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Baguettes, Bistros and a Good Bordeaux

Fauchon... A Magnet for Foodies
It was Ernest Hemingway who said of Paris “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” He was, of course, talking of the overall experience and, it should be remembered, at a time when the Dollar was king so he was able to enjoy the good life with limited resources. Paris is a little more expensive these days but we can still take you to places like Maxim’s, Fauchon, Montmartre and Les Halles which Hemingway would still be able to recognize. If Paris is for lovers then this program is for food lovers. It is an immersion in the French way with food from the market at Ile de la Cite to Michelin restaurants. As another former Parisian resident would say … Bon Appétit!
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Traveler's Overview8 Days $4,473 per person inclusive of a deluxe room in a luxury hotel, most meals, market visits, regional food and wine tasting, personally guided sightseeing, all admissions and private car and driver. International airfare is additional. Private departures based on your schedule with a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests. Rates for private departures based on two persons available on request
Trip Dossier

Personal Highlights:

• A massage on your day of arrival to unwind and offset jet lag
• Exploring the food shops of Paris and enjoying lunch at Fauchon
• A private tour of Montmartre with lunch at Moulin de la Galette, immortalized by Renoir
• A walking tour of the Champs Elysees followed by lunch at Jules Verne the restaurant by Alain Ducasse in the Eiffel Tower

Day 1 Depart USA

You board your overnight flight bound for  Paris, the center of your exploration of French cuisine and joie de vivre


Day 2 Welcome to Paris…A Moveable Feast

Upon arrival in Paris you are met by your Ultitude guide and driver as you take an orientation tour of Paris to get an overall feel for the city. You will stop for a massage with our compliments to help overcome any jet lag than you are taken to your hotel. You have lunch at the hotel then the rest of the day has been left open. It is usually advisable to stay up so a short walk from your hotel puts you on the banks of the Seine for a nice stroll. Alternatively you can stroll among the many jewelry stores that surround your hotel. A light supper in the hotel's bar or terrace allows for an early bedtime and a refreshing sleep.


Day 3 Morning at Maxim’s, Lunch at Fauchon

Today you meet your guide to explore an entire district dedicated to the glory of French gastronomy. Your journey starts at Place de la Concorde and ends at the Madeleine Church but during your walk you will have viewed (and sometimes tasted) a variety of Basque foods, pork from the Loire Valley and regional cheeses . You will also return to Le Belle Époque with a visit to the Museum at Maxim's before heading to lunch at another food legend, Fauchon. The afternoon is at leisure and your guide can suggest the best shopping areas. This evening is left open but upon arrival we will give you a list of restaurants that we particularly like both for their service and quality. You are; of course, free to choose any other restaurant that may have been recommended to you.

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Day 4 Experiencing…and Tasting Montmartre

Perhaps no other place best captures the bohemian and artistic side of Paris more than the hilltop village of Montmartre. You will spend the day with your guide exploring this unusual area. While located within Paris, this area has one of the few remaining vineyards in Paris and two windmills one of which was " Le Bal du Moulin de la Galette" painted by Renoir. At various times Montmartre has been home to Monet, Renoir and Picasso and even today you can have your portrait sketched in the Place du Tetre. Your guide is knowledgeable about the area and will take you down some narrow alleyways to absorb the true flavor of Montmartre. You stop for lunch at the aforementioned Moulin de la Galette to connect with Renoir if only tangentially After lunch you visit the Musee Montmartre before returning to your hotel.

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Day 5 Le Marais and Les Halles

After breakfast you will meet your guide and head to Le Marais which was, in days passed, a marsh drained by the Knights Templar, hence the name. It has always been a melting pot but with a large Jewish district. You will have a chance to explore some of the shops selling kosher food and also enjoy the magnificent buildings in Place des Vosges, one of Paris' most beautiful squares. You then head to Les Halles for lunch at Le Louchebem, known for their meat. Up until 1971 Les Halles was the wholesale food market located within the heart of Paris. Because of its nocturnal activities its restaurants stayed open at odd hours and it became a tradition for some revelers to finish off an evening by going to Les Halles for French Onion soup before retiring. The market has since been relocated to the suburbs and the old site made into a subway interchange but many of the patisseries, restaurants and gourmet shops that grew up around it are still in existence and thriving. After a tour of the area you can return to the hotel or you have the option of visiting the nearby Centre Pompidou and its collection of contemporary art

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Day 6 Saxe Breteuil Market, Napoleon’s Tomb and lunch at the Eiffel Tower

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at the hotel to take you on a day of sightseeing and food tasting. Your first stop will be Saxe Breteuil, a colorful market nested in between two of the most famous Paris monuments. You wander the stalls and have a chance to sample some specialties from Savoy and Paris itself before proceeding to Les Invalides, the church where the sarcophagus of Napoleon lies in regal splendor. You then walk by the Ecole Militaire where Napoleon was a student and which features large buildings for Artillery (Napoleon's specialty), Cavalry and Infantry before proceeding to the Eiffel tower where a table has been reserved at Alain Ducasse's Michelin-starred Jules Verne with good food and great views of Paris. After lunch, you take a short walk to the Seine for a relaxing boat trip to view the city from a river perspective.

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Day 7 The Latin Quarter and A Farewell to Paris

Today is a day for markets. You start your day in the Latin quarter with its bohemian air enhanced by its proximity to Le Sorbonne, France's premier university. You will visit the flower market and Le Grande Epicerie de Paris before heading to Ile de la Cite for a food market filled with delightful sights and smells. For lunch you will head to a charming setting where you will taste a variety of superb French wines with selected specialties of French food. The afternoon is open to allow last minute sightseeing and shopping. This evening be our guest for dinner with wine at a Michelin restaurant as a fitting finale to your gastronomic visit to France.


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Day 8 Depart for USA

After breakfast, your driver is ready to take you to the airport for your return flight to the USA where you arrive back later that same afternoon.

Days 2 - 7

Hotel Lotti, Deluxe Room
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Since 1910, the luxury Hotel Lotti has always been more than just a prestigious address. It is the embodiment of hospitality and a hotel in which luxury blends magnificently with discretion. Surrounded by the most famous names in fashion and jewelry, the hotel is ideally situated between the place Vendôme and the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre Museum, the Opera House and the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, all of which are just a five-minute walk away. The hotel offers 159 luxury guest rooms and suites, providing you with a delightful stay in an elegant atmosphere where personalized service contributes to a relaxing atmosphere. The Il Lotti restaurant offers refined Italian cuisine in a refined atmosphere for a romantic breakfast, lunch or dinner. The hotel bar, La Dolce Vita, is the perfect place for a snack menu or delicious cocktail. Have a drink on the patio terrace for an excellent way to experience the romance of this palatial hotel. You can walk easily from the Hotel Lotti down to the Seine River.