Day 1: Paris
Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaule and transfer to your boutique luxury hotel. This afternoon, take a stroll through the surrounding district of the Marais, one of those rare Parisian neighborhoods that combines excellent museums, boutiques, dining, and nightlife in a postcard-perfect historic setting. Highlights of our walk include the Musée National Picasso (in an old house in the Marais, and full of the art works Pablo couldn’t bear to part with); the eternally elegant Place des Vosges and a tea tasting at the atmospheric Mariage Frères tea house, one of the city’s finest tea sellers. Hotel: Murano Urban Resort.
Day 2: Paris
After lunch, set out for your seats at centre court of the Tournoi de Roland-Garros, one of the most beautiful tennis venues in the world. The French Open is renowned for its clay courts and the havoc they cause the top players. In 2007 Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal and Belgian “Queen Justine” Henin took home the glory for an incredible 3rd time each. Depending upon the exact dates of your trip, you will have the opportunity to witness everything from the opening matches to the Men’s finals. Enjoy the superb calibre of play, take in the chic Parisian crowd, and enjoy a Kir Royale at the hospitality bar. Tonight, enjoy an aperitif on the terrace of the famed Cafe Flore, where the greatest writers of the 20th century used to gather to argue over literature and philosophy. Hotel: Murano Urban Resort. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Paris
Sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then choose how you wish to spend the morning. Whether it is strolling the famed Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré with a personal shopper; exploring the Louvre Museum with you iPod-based Da Vinci code museum tour, or taking a Soundwalk through the lively St. Germaine district, there is something to suit every mood and interest. After lunch, return to the French Open for another day of thrilling match play. Build yourself an al fresco picnic with local delicacies and don't forget some first class pinot noir and a selection of delicious cheeses. Return to the hotel in the evening. For your final dinner, we recommend the L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, a dramatic black-and-red restaurant built around an open kitchen featuring some of the most inventive cooking in France. Hotel: Murano Urban Resort. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Paris/Home
This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Hotel: None. Includes: (B).
Paris Options: Paris is one of our favourite cities, and we always encourage people to spend as much time as possible here. We would be happy to add days to the beginning or end of your journey in Paris so that you have more time to relax and pursue your personal pleasures. We can also arrange extensions to different parts of France or elsewhere in Europe. Call our Personal Trip Planners for more details.
A partial menu of Paris based options includes:
Option 1 - Private Louvre: Enjoy a private back door visit to the Louvre guided by a passionate art history lecturer who will share his intimate knowledge of the innumerable masterpieces. Price: $500 per person
Option 2 - Haute Couture: A private guided tour of Cecile Henri workshop, one of the last remaining embroidery workshops for Haute Couture and ready made clothes: Price: $450 per person
Option 3 - Michelin-starred cooking: Join renowned chef Alain Passard, 3 star-chef in the Michelin guide, 19/20 in the Gault-Millau, for a lunch-time cooking class in his kitchen. Price: $600 per person
Option 4 - Private Tasting: Taste wines in some of the most famous caves of Paris with Philippe Faure-Brac, one of the worlds’ leading sommelier (elected world’s best sommelier in 1992). Price: $1,200 per person
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