The City of Light. The City of Love. The World’s Most Beautiful City. All of these are synonyms for Paris, a singular and prestigious city that inspires admiration and fantasy worldwide.
But despite the many clichés surrounding the city, there are as many facets to Paris as there are different sorts of Parisians. Paris the artistic, the romantic, the gourmet, the authentic, the frenetic, the hip, the high-end: it’s up to you to find the facet that suits your style and tastes most closely! And of course, taking a bespoke luxury tour of Paris is one of the best ways to encounter the city in a truly authentic, in-depth fashion.
In some ways, the fantasy of Paris depicted in countless films is true. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Champs Elysées, the Sacré Cœur, and luxury boutiques on Place Vendôme, rue du Faubourg St Honoré and rue Cambon are all essential to the capital’s culture and economy. But the city also harbours distinctive and unique neighbourhoods with their own special character, cultural and architectural treasures on nearly every street corner, a fantastic artistic and creative energy that permeates the air, and gourmet delights that encourage you to experience life and soak in the city’s savoir-vivre. Because if there’s one thing Parisians know, it’s that life is worth enjoying to the fullest.
Revered for its unparalleled art of living, we never tire of Paris: few can resist its whirlwind of energy, beauty, luxury and excitement. There’s always a fantastic exhibit to take in somewhere, or a new bar whose programme includes a not-to-miss jazz performance. Or a charming market to amble through, a rooftop cocktail bar so quirky-cool you feel privileged to experience it, or a new gastronomic restaurant that the whole city is lining up to try, ASAP.
Whatever your interests or travel goals, our Paris luxury tours will allow you to encounter the city in all its complex splendour. We’ll take you to secret niches of the city that (until now) have been jealously guarded by locals. After all, when you really get to see behind its postcard facade, Paris is all the more captivating.
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Paris, Centre of Arts and Culture…
For over a millennium, Paris has been the cradle of numerous artistic and intellectual movements. As a result, this is a city that is remarkably eclectic, simmering with ideas, new initiatives and creative concepts. The Enlightenment thinkers of the 18th century, from Descartes to Voltaire, helped make Paris one of the world’s brightest cultural capitals, a centre of modern thinking. Today, the French capital is one of the world’s three most-visited cities, thanks in large part to its incomparable cultural, artistic, historical and architectural riches. Its incredible diversity is also a draw card for visitors.
Boasting some of the globe’s best fine-art collections—housed at museums such as the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, Petit Palais, Palais de Tokyo, Fondation Louis Vuitton, and the Centre Georges Pompidou– the city also reserves numerous niche-interest collections that are true gems. Even if you’ve already briefly visited these revered artistic sites on a previous trip, or even if you know them fairly well, we will give you a whole new perspective by arranging private tours with expert docents and guides. Another exciting experience is to attend an auction at the l’Hôtel Drouot, the globe’s largest, and arguably most prestigious; imagine the excitement and suspense as you follow the rhythmic taps of the auctioneer’s hammer, wondering: will this exquisite piece be mine?
Gourmet adventures in Paris…
Just as it’s ahead of the curve when it comes to the arts, Paris has always been avant-garde in the realm of cuisine and gastronomy. It’s little wonder, then, that the French capital ranks 3rd globally among cities with the most Michelin-starred restaurants in its ranks. With 92 restaurants holding between one and three of these coveted stars, you can find something to suit your mood no matter what—from intimate bistros run by up-and-coming chefs to extravagant institutions housed in palace hotels (think Le Meurice Alain Ducasse, housed at the eponymous luxury hotel).
The Parisian culinary scene is nothing short of diverse, characterised by a multitude of unique gastronomic experiences to be enjoyed by the curious foodie. Have a morning coffee at the gourmet roaster known as the Grands Crus Verlet; enjoy a Parisian-style lunch that brings you back to eras past at the historic Cafe Procope or the Belle Époque’s Bouillon Chartier; indulge in a world-class macaron at Ladurée, Pierre Hermé ou Dalloyau; sip a decadently rich hot chocolate at the Viennese-style Angelina tearoom, or high tea at the recently renovated Ritz; regress back to your childhood as you survey the mousse au chocolat bar at Chapon; or revel in both fine French cuisine and breathtaking views at the Jules Vernes restaurant at the tip-top of the Eiffel Tower. The list is endless, and truly delicious!
High fashion and luxury galore…
It’s pretty much an indisputable fact that Paris is the world’s fashion capital. The city lives and breathes by fashion—or, shall we say, fashions in the plural. From haute-couture houses to ready-to-wear boutiques and trendy standalones from young, edgy designers, there are as many styles and fashion philosophies at work in the city as you can dream up.
Dreaming of tasting Parisian haute couture and its fantastic, elegant creations? This is the city that literally designed the notion of haute couture, giving birth to so many legendary names, from Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior to Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, and the whimsical Jean Paul Gaultier. If you snag a spot at one of the runway shows held during Paris Fashion Week, you’ll be plunged right into the frenzied passion of creation that marks the event.
Touring Paris with us, you’ll also be able to experience the high luxury that awaits in the city’s most-coveted boutiques: Hermès, Cartier, Guerlain, and countless others are studded along prized luxury thoroughfares that include Avenue Montaigne, Place Vendome, rue du Faubourg St Honoré, rue Cambon and the Avenue des Champs Elysées.
If you’re looking for a more offbeat experience of the city and prefer to see Paris’ fashion scene through the lens of Parisians, head for districts such as the Marais, the Quartier Montorgueil or Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Remember, after all, that it’s not only the global brands that keep the spirit of fashion alive in the city. In these districts, you’ll discover a myriad of designers, niche perfumers (Serge Lutens, Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier), beauty institutes and spas with true local renown (Nuxe, Escale Orientale), and specialist jewellers offering bespoke creations. These more intimate boutiques, artisans’ shops and galleries will win you over for their spirit of creation and innovation.
Paris After Dark…
After sunset, the city of light unveils yet another of its mesmerising facets: an unforgettable and remarkably elegant nightlife scene. Whether you wish to take in an extraordinary opera at the Bastille or a ballet at the Palais Garnier, see a play at one of the city’s gorgeous old Boulevard-side theatres, enjoy a jazz performance at an old-world cabaret, see and be seen at one of the city’s exclusive private clubs, or enjoy the shimmering lights on the Seine and fine cuisine aboard a boat or yacht, the night is all yours.
One of the most luxurious overnight experiences to be had in Paris? An enchanted stay at one of Paris’ultra-prestigious palace hotels. Boasting an astounding variety of luxury experiences—from Michelin-starred restaurants to verdant rooftop terraces with views over the city and high-end spas—all of these prized addresses have succeeded in forging their own unique identity and style. This is why it makes it impossible to recommend one above all others: each has something astounding to offer when you’re seeking an ultra-luxury sojourn in the French capital. So go enjoy them, without reservation.
Off the Beaten Path in Paris: Unusual Places and Experiences…
Paris is certainly THE city to explore on foot. Offering enchanting, tucked-away gardens, pedestrian cobbled streets that ooze charm and quiet elegance, and river quays that feel impossibly romantic, Paris will almost surely surprise and charm you.
Since it divides the city into right and left banks, the Seine River is the natural artery along which you can embark on your ambling explorations. Raise your nose and look upward whenever you can: you’ll be astounded to note innumerable details on building facades, or on elegant bridges that gracefully join the right and left banks. Each distinctive Parisian neighbourhood, meanwhile, is a village in its own right. Each boasts a unique ambiance unto itself. Why not explore a few districts that you’ve never heard of? This guarantees authentic encounters with a city that will captivate and enchant you with its magic– haunting you well after you return home.
Stroll casually along the Canal Saint-Martin, a waterway painted by the Impressionists during the 19th century, and tap back into a spirit of carefree, childlike wonder. Reach the city’s heights and take in panoramic perspectives from Montmartre, or enjoy a picnic in the Jardin du Luxembourg or the Jardin des Tuileries, both commissioned by the Franco-Italian Queen Marie de Medici, and still symbols of royal wealth and splendour to this day.
Next, why not lose yourself in the one-way streets and quiet alleyways of the rue Vignoles, or amble along the banks of the Seine and snag a special old volume or other treasure at one of the old traditional booksellers, with their green metal stands? If you tire of walking, take a river cruise to discover the city from the water. For an especially Romantic experience, kiss your sweetheart under the Pont Marie, or climb the 422 steps of the towers at Notre Dame to see the whole city from the gargoyle’s (breathtaking) perspective.
Interested in the city’s rich, complex history, or in architecture? Stroll around the medieval passageways of the Ile de la Cite and admire the old hotels particuliers (mansions) of the Marais; enjoy art-deco architecture and brightly coloured facades in the chic 16th arrondissement near Trocadero, or in the arty quartier known as the Butte aux Cailles; admire the Tour Eiffel from a rooftop restaurant nearby. Here, again, the possibilities for discovery are close to endless.
In short, Paris reserves a dizzying array of luxurious and enriching experiences, made all the more extraordinary when you have the expertise of a private docent or concierge service to guide you to the city’s most secret, exclusive niches. Contact us now to start building the luxury Paris tour or high-end getaway you’ve been dreaming of.
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