During your week you will discover many of the hidden gems only a local can show you as well as the top sites in VIP fashion.
Imagine yourself staying in a 5 star hotel in Paris, the city of lights.
Sipping champagne on a glorious rooftop after an afternoon of shopping in some of the most incredible stores Paris has to offer.
A private tour of The Louvre, Palais Garnier and a private room in Louis XVs wine cellars with our very own sommelier. Meals in Michelin restaurants and a pic-nic in the garden of a majestic Chateau.
I want this to be a truly memorable experience for you that you will cherish for years to come.
About this retreat
Number of participants Maximum of 12 participants
Duration 7 days
July 25 - 31, 2020
Day 1: We start the first day after you have finished your breakfast in the hotel by meeting in Jardin des Tuileries at the footsteps of the Louvre.
From here we will enjoy our first activity before heading to the first hidden garden on the list for a nice stroll in this magnificent oasis. We can play and take pictures by the striped pillars, relax near one of the fountains or simply enjoy a friendly game of pétanque with some locals near the beautiful alley of trees.
We will stay here to enjoy the quiet of the area and to eat our first haute cuisine lunch.
We will continue discovering this area as I share some of the most beautiful and oldest street passages and galleries.
From here you can go your own way to indulge in a little shopping or to take time to enjoy a few of the private art galleries and different boutiques in the area.
Maybe even just head back to Jardin des Tuileries for a little nap in the summer breeze.
We will meet again at 7:00 pm for dinner at Dame de Pic. This is one of many restaurants belonging to Anne Sophie Pic. She is the fourth woman to ever receive 3 Michelin stars. Michelin stars are something well known in her family as her father also had 3 stars and her grandfather received 3 stars in 1934.
Day 2: Today you will once again meet for the chosen 2nd outing.
From here we will have lunch at a typical Brasserie and then embark on a day of shopping during the yearly summer sale in Galleries Lafayette (in 1893 this store was 70 sq mt and today is 70,000 sq mt of absolute luxury and splendor. As soon as you are done here we will cross the street and head over to Printemps.
This store originally opened in 1865 and today we will start by heading up to the rooftop for a cool glass of champagne with a 360° view of Paris. We can then continue our shopping in this equally beautiful Haussmann store which is said to have the largest beauty department in the world!
We will regroup for dinner at another temple to gastronomy which will have you quickly understand why France is known for its cuisine and wine.
Day 3: Montmartre is one of my favourite neighbourhoods, during the day it is easy to see why so many artists have been lured to this area.
It is the steepest part of Paris and when standing on the steps of Montmartre you have one of the best views of Paris. This is also where we will start our day today.
From Sacré Coeur we will head down in the footsteps of Picasso and see his first studio in Paris. Strolling through Place du Tertre, with all its artists set up around the square painting caricatures and portraits.
We will then discover another secret garden and even have a refreshing ice tea where Renoir lived.
After another delicious meal, we will end our day at Paris’ oldest Cabaret and one that is still enjoyed by locals. This is not just a show that you will enjoy viewing but one which will also have you singing and dancing along with everyone else.
Day 4: We will meet at the Panthéon and enjoy lunch in Quartier Latin or weather permitting a picnic in Jardin Luxembourg with fresh cheeses, local treats from the area and of course a fine wine or a local craft lemonade.
From here we will stroll through some of the oldest and most incredible book stores, visit with the bouquinistes along the Seine before crossing over the bridge to Ile de la Cité.
We will see Notre Dame in a way that has never before been seen and as soon as the architects start repairing her will never be seen again.
Day 5: Today we will meet for lunch and then may be breaking up in different groups as you get to choose which option is best suited for you.
We will regroup for dinner at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and once the sun has set we will set off for a cruise on the Seine and you will see for yourself why this spectacular city is called The City of Lights.
Day 6: Last night we were at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, today we will meet at the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a memorable lunch by one of the best chefs in Paris with one of the best views.
From here we will immerse ourselves in art at Atelier Lumière. This is an art experience you will never forget. Most art galleries have you standing in front of a framed masterpiece. Here the art comes to life and you are literally immersed in it as it is projected on the walls around you, the floor and the ceiling.
Day 7: The fashionable Marais district is where we will enjoy our last afternoon. We will explore a few different secret gardens, see Victor Hugo’s home, Anne Frank’s chestnut tree and so much more.
We will end the day in a restaurant in the area that has agreed to close just for us. With its open kitchen, we will be able to see the chef create and possibly even get a few tips and definitely some inspiratio