Typical Itinerary

Join us as we journey to elegant Paris for a week of delicious indulgence of the senses. We will enjoy drinks in the noble Hôtel Ritz, tea at the Hôtel de Crillon, a jewel in the heart of Paris, and view the latest fashions from Paris' most famous fashion houses while indulging in high tea at the Hôtel le Bristol, consistently ranked as one of the world's best hotels. We will visit smaller museums, shop in exquisite boutiques and enjoy dinners in cozy neighbourhood bistros.

This page describes one possible itinerary. Our itinerary changes each trip.



Our home for the week will be in the genteel 7th arrondissement. Each woman has her own room with no added single supplement.

Our group is limited to twelve women and we invite you to join us. Our tour of Paris affords you the freedom to be as independent as you wish while enjoying security and comfort in the company of a small group of like-minded women.

Of course you will have plenty of opportunity to shop and dine and visit your favourite museums as well as jazz clubs and classical concerts. We will be visiting some of the Passages, Paris' romantic 19th century shopping malls as well.

Paris is the most fabulous city in the world. It is a woman's place, so inviting and sensual. Every woman owes it to herself to experience this lovely metropolis. Spend some time wandering in the Jardin du Luxembourg or investigate the winding streets of le Marais with its tiny, unique shops. We have an itinerary but we also encourage you to follow your own heart on this engaging trip. The experience begins when you board the overnight flight to Paris.

Upon arrival at Charles de Gaulle airport we will be met and transferred to our hotel. Since our rooms will not be ready we will leave our bags at the hotel and tour the neighbourhood, stopping for brunch at a local café. After checking in and unpacking and a well-deserved rest we will meet for dinner in the lobby and walk to a very French bistro.

We will walk in the famous Marais district with a local guide. This is a most fascinating and fashionable area of Paris with galleries and restaurants, chic fashion boutiques and cultural centres. The highlight of Le Marais is Place des Vosges, Paris' oldest public square built by Henri IV in 1605. It is a most eloquent square of perfect symmetry. Musée Carnavalet is worth a visit as is Musée Picasso. Ma Bourgogne, a busy café under the arcades is a perfect place to relax for lunch and to view the stately Place des Vosges. Later we will travel to 15 Place Vendôme for drinks at The Ritz Hotel.

We will visit some of the famous Passages, Paris' 19th century shopping malls. The covered passages of the early 19th century offered a pleasant place to stroll for Parisians, free from rain, mud, and dust. Within the passages storefronts offered every conceivable product. We will visit Galerie Vivienne, the most beautiful of all the passages. There is also Passage Jouffroy, Galerie Colbert and Passage Verdeau. We can lunch at le Grand Colbert where Jack and Diane and Keanu dined in the movie Something's Gotta Give. Today for those who would like savour tea in a grand hotel we will visit the Hôtel de Crillon at 10 Place de la Concorde.

We visit the 16th arrondisement, one of the most residential neighbourhoods in Paris with stately 19th and early 20th century buildings along elegant, tree-lined streets. Our tour starts at the Musée Marmottan, an exquisite little museum in a 19th century mansion. In 1971 Michel Monet bequeathed 65 of his father's paintings to the museum including Impression-Sunrise from which the term Impressionist was derived. There are also paintings by Camille Pissarro, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. The highlights are scenes of Monet's garden at Giverny, including larger than life water lilies. In the afternoon we can absorb the atmosphere of the elegant neighbourhood with a walk through Ranelagh Park and stroll down rue Passy.
    

We might have a change of scene with a visit to Giverny and a pleasant coach ride to the countryside. Walk across the Japanese Bridge and be transported back to a quieter, gentler time when Claude Monet painted his wondrous water lilies in this tranquil setting. Lunching in the garden café of the nearby American Impressionist Museum, we can view some delightful paintings by Mary Cassatt, an American artist greatly influenced by Monet.

A visit to Rodin's Museum in an historic mansion where he lived and worked is always pleasant. His famous sculpture "The Thinker" has pride of place in the front garden of this delightful residence which once counted Matisse, Rilke the poet and dancer Isadora Duncan as tenants. Rodin's greatest works are distributed in the gardens, enhanced by nature. A highlight today is High Tea at the Hôtel Bristol. In the evening we will enjoy a boat tour on the Seine and dinner afterwards on Île St. Louis.

OUR NEXT TRIP TO PARIS
is scheduled for
May 13, 2017
— departure from Toronto.

Please see TERMS for details.

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