Paris is home to some fabulous entities within the fashion, jewellery, culinary and perfume worlds. Come and explore the city and get a different perspective with insider access into the world of fashion, marvel at the expertise of one of the high end jewellers, meet with a wonderfully savvy antiques connoisseur and enjoy an in-depth wine tasting in a rather unique underground cellar. From your initial VIP service at the airport, to personal tours taking you into the coveted epicentre of creation - whether it is Stephane Rolland's next clothing collection, the perfume laboratory of Guerlain on the chic Champs Elysees, or learning the art of making the perfect macaroon at LeNotre atelier, this experience will give you an insight into the fabric of Parisian culture.
You will be met and greeted by a hostess at the door of your plane and assisted through customs and luggage pick up. If you have a private airport transfer arranged through us, your hostess will connect you up with your driver for a smooth transition.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional driver to your Hotel Chateau de Courcelles in Aisne
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy the many wonders of Paris. Consider taking a stroll down one of the many quays by the river Seine, or wandering around any of the fascinating neighbourhoods such as Montematre, the Marais or the Left bank. Of course there are a plethora of museums and galleries to choose from if you are so inclined. Consider getting a 2 Day Paris Pass that includes a Paris Transport Travel card for 2 days (zone 1-3) to see all of the sites that are of personal interest to you. The Paris Pass is a smartcard offering free access to 65 attractions in Paris such as the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Orsay museum, Musee Rodin, commented cruise with Bateaux Parisiens and Pompidou museum. With this pass, you have access to 22 museums, 24 historical monuments, 15 art galleries, 3 tourist attractions, 1 cruise and special offers in shops and restaurants. Please contact your Sales Advisor if you would like more details.
Banke Hotel (4*), located in the Opera district in the very heart of Paris, is a stone's throw from Boulevard Haussmann and the Galeries Lafayette. All 94 of the luxurious guest rooms’ interiors are decorated in cream and chocolate tones, purple curtains, parquet flooring, plaited leather rugs, damask leather headboards and designer furniture. Enjoy Spanish and French cuisine at Josefin Restaurant, or savour Spanish-inspired tapas at Lolabar. The sophisticated Banke Restaurant is perfect for all events and celebrations and serves an excellent breakfast buffet. Banke Hotel features its own gym and hamam (Turkish bath), perfect for relaxation. Wander around the hotel and discover the extensive art collection. Discover the impressive collection of ethnic jewelry and sculptures from India, Tibet, African tribes and more!
It is difficult to imagine a place more unique than the largest Vintage, Design and Antiques market in the world located at Saint Ouen. Often called “flea market” in magazines and newspapers, it is much, much more. Its 1,800 shops, stands and galleries showcase an unparalleled collection of treasures from decades and centuries past. It contains fifteen sub-markets, exquisitely charming cafés, and a gourmet restaurant designed by Philippe Starck. Depending on your interests and needs, you may return home with a few items, or furnish your entire home with the vast array of pieces available! This is arguably the best and first source for designers and decorators and professional art dealers in Europe.Spend half of the day today (4hrs) with a dedicated personal shopper who has developed an exclusive service for those who wish to buy or are interested in antique and vintage items in an eclectic setting - this is sure to be is an unforgettable journey through history and into the heart of Paris.
After meeting and getting a sense of your tastes and needs, your personal shopper will bring you from your hotel in a luxury vehicle to the various venues — including the warehouses, galleries, shops, and stalls of the Vintage and Design Markets. Your Personal shopper will act as your guide, advise, translate, negotiate, and organize payment and door-to-door shipping (including customs formalities) on your behalf. At the end of your tour you`ll be returned to your hotel or dropped off in the city centre if you wish to do some independent exploring or shopping. (There is the option to spend a full day at the "Marche aux Puces" with your personal shopper. Please let your Sales advisor know if this is of interest).
Who hasn't dreamt of baking a delightful French pastry, or preparing an exquisite French-style dessert? During Renaissance times in the 16th century, almonds were imported to France and biscuits were served at the Royal Court. Today, celebrity pastry chefs in Paris offer ever more exquisite macaroons with surprising and perfectly combined flavors. Learn how to prepare French Macaroons, how to shape the shells using a pastry bag, and how to prepare the creams for the fillings at the renowned LeNotre establishment with a private cooking class. Your will have a chauffeur driven vehicle at your disposal to drop you to and from the location.
Your private vehicle and driver will take you to meet an exceptional Master jeweller. You'll be privy to an individualized commented visit of the very exclusive, luxury Boucheron’s Jewelry workshop, guided by the company’s top heritage representative. During the visit you'll be brought through the process step by step, from watching the initial designing, up to the jewel’s realisation in a precious metal, and then the setting of the rarest gemstones. Also to be discovered is the Boucheron private museum’s collection, as well as extremely precious archives, a historical testimony of Boucheron’s constant creative exuberance. A possible addition to this exclusive tour is to have a meal arranged in the private salon located above the workshop which has fabulous views of the Place Vendome. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you are interested in having this added to your experience.
Enjoy a very rare visit of Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture salons and workshops today! A Graduate of the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Stéphane Rolland’s talent was first recognized by Balenciaga, who hired him to work on his menswear collections, and promoted him to creative Director within a year, at the age of 21. At 24, he designed his own prêt-à-porter collection. Success came immediately. Later, he desired a new challenge: Haute Couture. It was in the house of Jean-Louis Scherrer that he would find his place. Aged 30, Stéphane Rolland was the youngest French couturier on Avenue Montaigne, in Paris. Following 10 years at Scherrer, he finally launched his Couture House with the first Couture show under his own name, in July 2007.
Entering his universe at the prestigious address on Avenue Georges V, you will discover the bohemian outlook and luxurious extravagance which define his character. You will be presented his latest collection in his showroom as well as his inspirations through the very personalized furniture and decoration. Upstairs in this listed private mansion is where the Couture workshops where the collections are designed are located. You'll have the opportunity to observe the delicate work of the latest “petites mains” with the constant backdrop of the repetitive sound of the sewing machines....Truly a one of a kind experience... (Includes private transportation between your accommodation and the workshop).
Get ready for a sensory experience today as you are driven by private chauffeured vehicle to the enviable address of the Guerlain perfume workshop located on the Champs Elysées, a legendary location and boutique since 1914. This listed building was entirely decorated by the designer Andree Putman who transformed it into a boutique flooded with natural light and embellished with gold mosaic walls. In the intimacy of a private salon upstairs, the world-famous perfumer and one of the few noses exclusive to the House, is ready to unveil his creations, like a magician revealing his most precious secrets. Enjoy a welcome beverage before touring the boutique and creating your own perfume under the tutorage of a master. During the perfume workshop you'll get to discover the origins and inspirations for Guerlain's perfumes, refine your olfactory sense and discover exclusive raw materials, particularly the ones used as signature ingredients. Finally, enjoy the tactile process of creating your own signature fragrance which you'll get to keep as a momento. In case you are not overly fond of your own creation, you'll get to choose a Guerlain fragrance within the limited collection which is only sold in this boutique.
Today you will have a vehicle and driver at your disposal to enjoy a private 2 hour wine tasting experience with Lionel Michelin, Wine Expert and Vintage Collector. Within the bowels of a 17th century wine cellar which welcomed the likes of Hemingway and Ustinov in times past, you'll be introduced to some very special vintages and bottles. The cellar is located in the first basement and is where the greatest bottles are stored. The second basement cellar, which was built in 1636, is especially dedicated to the sale of old vintage wines ranging over more than a century. After a short introduction about his passion for oenology, Lionel Michelin will bring you on a wine tasting journey. Each wine that is sampled will be analysed and commented upon, from its region, varietal, characteristics and evolution, as well as complementary dishes that could be served with it. A popular tasting theme is the voyage through the five main regions on France: Burgundy, Bordeaux, Cote du Rhône, the Loire and the Lanquedoc. A privately served lunch can also be arranged in the premises with advance notice. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if this is of interest.
You will be met and greeted by a hostess who will assist you with check in and through customs. If you have a private airport transfer arranged through us, your driver will connect you up with your hostess for a smooth transition.
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