Excellent ! Audrey Hepburn used to say "Paris is always a good idea".
The variety of things to do in Paris is endless. If this is your first time in the city, an orientation tour with a private driver is certainly the best way to start and to get a feel of the city.
We also recommend to squeeze in at least one walking tour. Although it may sound touristy, a cruise on the river Seine is arguably the loveliest itinerary through the city of Light ( I still do this from time to time !) .
Getting on a bike can give you a brand new perspective and help you work off inevitable calories... In any case to make this your very own itinerary and experience, we believe you need inspiration and to get as many options as possible, enjoy !
Lost with translation and jetlag? We can organize your private transfer with an English speaking driver (other languages available).
The drive will take approx an hour. Like in most large cities, the itinerary is rather ugly...Do not worry ! As soon as you get into the capital it will fall into place. Why not start with a French breakfast : tartines and café crème ?
We can also provide a VIP/Fast track welcome service directly from the exit of the plane with assistance to clear customs and immigration.
Our licensed private guides will help you make the most of your visit. The Louvre and Orsay are the most visited museums. Allow at least 3 hours for each.
If you have more time and culture is your thing, then consider l'Orangerie, Musée Rodin, Centre Pompidou. Musée Carnavalet covers the history of Paris. Picasso museum has reopened in October 2014. Lesser known museums such as Musee Marmottan and Musée Bourdelle are secret gems. And there are many more !
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Getting a ticket to go up the Eiffel Tower has turned into a nightmare. We therefore recommend booking a lunch at the Jules Verne on a weekday as it is then much more affordable and it includes access to the 2 nd floor while assuring a very nice experience you will remember.
Another alternative is to choose the Eiffel Tower backstage tour on a group or private basis. And if seeing the tower is enough for you, why not have lunch or dinner in a nice restaurant overlooking it ?
You may want to join a cooking class or do it on a private basis, (activities covering both food shopping and cooking skills are ideal and fun), learn how to make jewelry, share an outdoor painting lesson, create your own perfume, become a pétanque player, return home as a mixology expert...
There are many options for you.
To know that someone from the 17th century has walked the same streets as you adds curiosity and fascination. Paris is a human-scaled city perfect for exploring on foot. Meet your private licensed guide at your hotel/apartment. He can show you how to use public transportation to reach the starting point of your walking tour.
Montmartre, le Marais district, Ile de la Cité, Latin Quarter are great to be discovered on foot. Covered Passages less known, even by French people, should be on your list !
Depending on the time of year and on your points of interest, you can dedicate a good half day or a full day to the visit of Versailles. The Palace and the Gardens can fit in a half day tour (5hrs).
If you want to see it all (Marie Antoinette's estate and Grand Trianon) and have a nice lunch break in the Gardens, then choose the full day option. You may also want to treat yourself with a Michelin starred restaurant. The city of Versailles is also worth the visit with its antic shops and a great food market.
Versailles can be combined with Giverny should you only be able to dedicate one day for both.
If you like impressionism and particularly Monet's work, you will then visit Orsay, l'Orangerie and Musée Marmottan. If you want to immerse yourself in Monet's world and vision you definitely have to go to Giverny to visit Monet's house and gardens. This visit can be done on a half day private tour with a driver/guide. Should you want to spend a full day there, we can recommend a nice place for lunch and add a visit to Musée des Impressionismes. Giverny can also be combined with Auvers sur Oise .
What is a visit to Paris without a visit to a local market on a Sunday morning ? Marché Maubert, Marché d'Aligre, rue Mouffetard, rue Lepic, rue de Levis, rue des Martyrs, rue Montorgueil, there are many places dedicated to fresh food trade with a real atmosphere. Fruits, cheese, regional specialties, mouth watering colours and flavours, nearby cafés, it's all there for your eyes and tastebuds.
In a much more luxury version, a visit to La grande Epicerie at the Bon Marché, or to the food stores of Galeries Lafayette and le Printemps is really impressive. You will also find very fine food stores all around the Madeleine church.
Moulin Rouge, Lido, Paradis Latin, Mugler's Follies, if you love cabaret, Paris is defitinely the place !
Cabarets appeared during Belle Epoque, a moment of respite between two wars, a period of transition between two centuries, during which social barriers collapsed and the industrial revolution gave hope of a better life for all, in a rich cultural profusion of fun and frivolity.
Going to cabaret shows is not something a Parisian would do however it is worth going to see amazing costumes, feathers, strass, pearls and sequins not to mention the glamourous sexy chic Doriss or Blue Bell Girls !
The Lido offers backstage tours (under renovation until March 2015).
We have designed our own private pastry and chocolate tour in St Germain des Prés. It offers a mix of great names and new talents. Tastings will give you the opporutnity to savour chocolates, caramels, pâtes de fruit, the famous "chou à la crème", hot chocolate as well. The itinerary meanders through small historical pedestrian streets, secret backyards, cute and quiet squares, passing by typical bistros as well as great boutiques ending with one of the best gourmet store in Paris.
Your guide can tell you a lot about chocolate but also anything you want to know about the history of the district you are walking through.
This tour can be tailor-made and any stop you may want to add, change within this 3 hour tour is possible !
What if you had fallen in love in the Roaring Twenties ?
Travel in time and role-play the adventures of Pauline and Baron Edouard like in an old movie scenario !
A 2 hour stroll to pose in Paris' iconic landscapes with a unique opportunity to try on vintage costumes
Step back in time with our fun 1920's scenario. You will get
professional coaching for spectacular poses. You will leave with an Instant print photo souvenir to take home and be able to download the 5 best pics the very next day. Your photographer is a professional comedian.
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Eiffel Tower backstage tour
Don't be shy, try to use some French words, Parisians will melt and be a lot more welcoming ! An orientation tour with a private driver and guide will give you a very good idea of the city layout, help you have a first glimpse of the major sites (with stops at suggested spots). It's an excellent option for first time visitors.
We recommend a 4 hour tour, in the morning or afternoon up to you.
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FIRST TIME IN PARIS
The most visited are the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, Sacré- Coeur. If you are not necessarily after the top 4 or have extra time, do consider the Sainte Chapelle, Pantheon, Invalides, Opera Garnier... and include the bridges over the Seine : Pont Alexandre III is a masterpiece, Pont des Arts etc...
I very much like the IMA ( Arab World Institute ) for its architecture and highly recommend its rooftop terrace offering a great view over the city.
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ICONIC MONUMENTS OF PARIS
This is to me the most beautiful itinerary through Paris. The most simple way is to hop on a Batobus, sort of shuttle boat servicing major sites. This is a non narrated cruise.
You can choose a dinner cruise to see the city by night. We will suggest 2 different companies. One with modern entirely glassed-over boats holding 100 passengers, or a more intimate, fine food oriented elegant European yacht with a capacity of 14 tables.
Another great way to discover the river and its banks (requiring some budget) is to take a private cruise on a small riva type boat. (max capacity of 6 pax).