On this Parisian holiday, fall in love with all things French and beautiful. Wander around the halls of renowned fashion museums and soak in the rich history of French haute couture over the years. Flit in and out of your favourite luxury boutiques, take tours of fabled fashion houses and go behind the scenes at iconic department stores. Take master classes in perfume making or follow illustrious chefs into farmers’ markets and learn how to magic-up breathtaking, gourmet meals. Or better still, keep the whole day free to enjoy long and sumptuous, Bordeaux-soaked lunches inside 17th century chateaus. This holiday is for those who appreciate the finer things in life.
6 Nights / 7 Days
En Vogue Voyages
Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Then, open a window and soak in the sights, sounds and smells of your bustling Parisian neighbourhood. The day is yours to do as you please. Go for a walk down the busy, cobblestone streets and pop in to a boulangerie for some freshly baked chocolate bread. Or find a spot at a sunlit, street side café, order a chilled Chardonnay and people watch. Smile. You’re in Paris. (Overnight at your hotel in Paris.)
Experience 1 - Private tour of the Paris Fashion Museum: Palais Galliera (1.5 hours) Spend the afternoon at the Palais Galliera on a private tour of its renowned archives. Follow our curator as they walk you through the history of French haute couture over the centuries. Admire the varied styles of attire, marvel at the workmanship and gape at fashion treasures donated by icons like the Duchess of Windsor. Take home juicy snippets of fashion trivia to mull over, until you can come again. Note: This tour has been arranged exclusive for you. The Palais Galliera is otherwise closed to the general public due to renovation. Experience 2 – Visit to the Fragonard Perfume Museum & Boutique (2.5hours) At the Fragonard, meet a Nose. Yes, that’s what an expert Perfumer is called because of their fine sense of smell. Take a master class in fragrance making and create your own scent. Then think of who you want to gift it to. Next up, is a tour of the museum. Get your fill of perfumery history and discover why French perfumes are some of the most renowned in the world. Note: If you’re feeling peckish and would like to stop for a nice, little lunch. We recommend L’Opéra, the restaurant inside the Palais Garnier Opera House. It’s got some delish vegetarian options as well.
Experience 1 – Visit to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum The Musée Yves Saint Laurent houses over 34000 couture prototypes and accessories hand-picked and preserved over five decades. For students of fashion, it is a veritable treasure. For lovers of the brand, it is heaven. We’ve arranged a morning tour for you with a private and certified, English speaking guide. Ask as many questions as you like. Note: The new Spring exhibition showcases emblematic designs like the famous Mondrian dresses, and gives access to Saint Laurent’s studio and office. EXPERIENCE 2 - A tour of the Baccarat Museum (90 mins) Dedicated to the art of crystal making, the Baccarat Museum is a spectacular living heritage house famed for its exquisite coloured glass and magnificent crystal chandeliers. Take a guided tour through each of its breathtaking rooms and then head to the boutique to explore the latest creations. Wind up the afternoon with a complimentary glass of chilled champagne. Note: Founded in 18th century, Baccarat is a leading French luxury brand.
Experience 1 – Tour of the King’s Private Apartments at the Palace of Versailles. (90 mins) The Palace of Versailles holds genuine treasures unknown to visitors, with secret passages, rooms, private apartments, bathrooms and other hidden places. Take a private tour of the King’s personal apartments. Behind the walls and the pageantry of the Grand Apartments lie the royal private quarters where the kings and queens lived their real, everyday lives. Discover the intimate atmosphere and refined decoration of the living spaces and marvel at the Clock Cabinet, the Cabinet d’Angle with Louis XV’s roll top desk – considered to be some of the most famous pieces of furniture in the world. EXPERIENCE 2 – Lunch at the Ducasse Ore Celebrated 3-star chef, Alain Ducasse conjures up almost otherworldly gourmet meals at his new restaurant Ducasse Ore, situated inside the Chateau de Versailles. Enjoy a fabulous coq au vin or a confit de canard, with magnificent views of the Cour d’Honneur, as sides.
EXPERIENCE 1 – Tour of PRINTEMPS (90 mins) Founded in 1867, Printemps is a veritable institution of the city. With our new private tour you get to go behind the scenes of this iconic fashion and lifestyle store. And as you walk through its basement and go right up to its rooftop terrace, you get to observe not only the journey of its architectural transformation over 150 years but also all the technicians and craftsmen who work their magic every day to maintain this four-building complex spread over 90 hectares in all. EXPERIENCE 2 – Gourmet dinner & Tasting session @ Le Clarence. (90 mins) Discover one of Paris’ most illustrious wine cellars at Le Clarence, the luxury 2 Star Michelin restaurant owned by Prince Robert de Luxembourg. Set in a beautiful hotel particulier just off the Champs Elysées, its’ cellar includes not only the best from Bordeaux, but also an impressive collection of wines from Champagne to Bourgogne. Note: Prince Robert de Luxembourg is heir to the famous Clarence Dillon wine estates, including the Premier Grand Cru Classé Chateau Brion, often considered the world’s first luxury brand going back to the 16th century. Wine tasting can be an exhausting affair. For lunch, we recommend booking a table at the new Camondo restaurant inside the Nissim de Camondo Museum. They have some scrumptious vegetarian options too. (Lunch not included)
EXPERIENCE 1 – Market tour & Cooking Class (6 hours) Today, you follow our Franco-American chef, Charlotte, to the local market to pick up some fresh produce. On the way, you learn little secrets about French ingredients and how to use them, before heading back to her home and attending her master class in cooking a fabulous French family meal. The master class is followed by lunch. Yes, you get to eat what you make! (Dietary restrictions should be notified upon booking.) Note: Charlotte is an experienced and published chef and caterer. She lives in the 7th arrondissement, right off a lovely market street called rue Cler. EXPERIENCE 2 – Walk around SAINT HONORÉ You start the day with a visit to Moynat, the luxury bag and luggage brand owned by the founder of LVMH. Moynat is a heritage house, renowned for its beautiful design by Ramesh Nair. Walk around the swish neighborhood to discover more luxury brands and boutiques, including our very own Manish Arora’s.
Spend your last day in Paris, drinking in all your favourite sights of the city. Take big gulps, so that you have enough to last you until you can swing by again.
Arrive in Paris
Palais Galliera & Fragonard Perfume Museum & Boutique
Yves Saint Laurent Museum & Baccarat Museum
Palace of Versailles & Ducasse Ore
PRINTEMPS & Le Clarence
Market tour & Cooking Class and SAINT HONORÉ
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