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Take A Walk ...

All the world’s greatest cities are wonderful walking cities, and Paris is one of the best.

The 6th arrondisment, posh St.Germain-des-Pres, is my personal favorite. Take a walk down any of it’s leading streets and discover a treasure trove. Rue du cherche Midi, for example, hosts Poilane, one of Paris best bakeries, shoe stores galore.

Other high profile streets in the area: antique heaven on Rue Du Bac and Rue de Grenelle, home to my favorite clothing boutique, Chacock (expensive, but clothes that you will wear for many years).

 
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Pulse of Paris

Sept 22-27 2016…5 night contemporary Paris…


The Old and The New: iconic monuments are stars in the Paris sky

Suddenly Paris deserves to be seen as the most exciting destination in Europe.

SWT Tours Pulse of Paris tour agrees and offers an amazing selection of all that is new including the renovated Picasso Museum, the contemporary art museum in the Bois de Boulogne designed by Frank Gehry and a stunning concert hall.

In addition, our Pulse of Paris tour adds activities that brings your Paris experience to a new level. Every one, we believe,  should experience a 3 star meal, nothing matches the service and caliber of the food offered by the best chefs in the world. We lunch at super star chef Alain Ducasse’s  Jules Verne restaurant  at the Eiffel Tower. The special ambiance of this restaurant is matched by the views from the Eiffel Tower.

Luxury Paris…We might not be able to afford a $1500 room at the Ritz or Four Seasons in Paris but you will get a small taste of luxury with a spa treatment at the Four Seasons Hotel. Where else would you be offered a glass of champagne and dried fruits as you wait for your spa treatment. Just walking through the lobby can make you feel like an heiress.

The WOW factor:

THE LVHM CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM in the Bois de Boulogne designed by Frank Gehry adds a spectacular glass clad modern vibe to the Paris landscape

THE Picasso Museum …after 5 years of construction and renovation and much controversy in its administration, the museum reopened in October. Space will be doubled and house the largest selection of Picasso paintings in the world. Expect to be dazzled.

 

THE Picasso Museum

Frank Gehry backdrop at Louis Vuitton

PULSE OF PARIS ITINERARY:

Day 1

Arrive in Paris, transfer on your own to our hotel, located in the prestigious 6th arrondissement.  In our opinion, this is the best location in Paris, within walking distance of great restaurants, shopping, and museums (near Musee D’Orsay, a short bus ride to the Louvre or a short walk to several jewels of smaller museums). 

 

Afternoon: SWT Tours creates an entirely original tour that gives you special insight into the Paris of today. We call our tour: THIS IS PARIS WALK-ABOUT

Within a small radius of a few blocks there are Paris’ most legendary cafes, famous restaurants, upscale boutiques, an iconic church, a Louis Vuitton store, an Alain Ducasse chocolate boutique. a “secret” restaurant and more. We will share our special knowledge of these locations.

After our walk about, we will join discriminating Parisians at Café Bonaparte, the alternative bistro stop, to famous, pricey Café deux Magots and Café de Flor and enjoy an espresso, a glass of wine or perhaps their delicious onion soup.

 

Some of our stops on our Paris Walk-About Tour

Café deux Magots Paris’ most famous cafe

Fabulous Burger at Ralph Lauren's Paris Restaurant

Emporio Armani, flagship store Paris

Brasserie Lipp, one of Paris' most famous brasseries

Day 2

Montmartre Moveable Feast a tour that combines a 3 course lunch at 3 different restaurants with a lively lecture on the fascinating history of the area where Van Gogh, Picasso and Toulouse Lautrec lived and worked. This lunch is an excellent way to try several restaurants, each featuring food from a different region of France, plus appropriate wines.

Montmartre Heavenly crepe dessert

Sample Sadakaru Aoki pastries that combine French and Japanese influences at Galeries Lafayette

Evening…Optional group dinner.

Day 3

Morning:

John Baxter, an Australian, has lived in Paris for a couple of decades , He has written many books on Paris such as The Most Beautiful Walk in the World : a Pedestrian in Paris.

His latest just published, Paris After Dark. He does a few literary walks. Depending on his availability, we will do his St Germain tour that ends with a light lunch at his apartment. Sylvia Beach,  the former proprietor of the famous book store, Shakespeare & Co. lived on the the fourth floor. John lives on the 6th.

The Louis Vuitton Foundation spectacular Frank Gehry designed contemporary art museum opens in Paris in the Bois de Boulogne.
 Ever since 1997 with the opening of Gehry’s titanium clad structure in Bilbao, Spain. cities all over the world have commissioned Gehry to create their own dynamic structure. You can see Gehry’s work in such diverse cities as Hong Kong and Annandale- on- Hudson, just a short drive from where I live in Hudson, New York.

LVMH Flaunts Its Billowing Gehry Trophy in Paris

3 star lunch at Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower

Now it’s Paris’ turn and the museum ushers in a new Gehry design. Instead of titanium, Gehry uses glass to clad the Museum creating wonderful light.The structure has 11 galleries, a large auditorium, roof terraces for events and art installations.

Cruise on the River Seine…my favorite Paris tour. Glide by all of Paris’ spectacular bridges and monuments from Notre Dame to the Musee D’Orsay.

End the day with a spa treatment at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel. Nothing in Paris, in my opinion, matches the splendor of the Four Seasons Hotel

Day 4

Morning … visit to the just reopened expamded Picasso Museum displaying the largest collection of Picasso  paintings. Details to follow as the museum reopens the end of October 2014.

Lunch in the Marais

Afternoon walking tour of the Marais, one of Paris' most intriguing neighborhoods, ending at the beautiful Place des Voges.  The Marais chronicles the fascinating  history of  Paris during the 17 & 18th centuries.

Day 5

Morning:

Visit the Louvre to view the museum’s most famous paintings. The Mona Lisa and Winged Victory, for example. Maximum 2 hour visit. You may want to return on your own.

I.M. Pei Pyramid Louvre Entrance

Pumpkin soup garnished with a large slice of blue cheese

Afternoon:

Galeries Lafayette is the perfect place for shopping. Pick up your 10% discount card and browse most of Paris’ boutiques all in one place.

Lunch at Galeries Lafayette gourmet food hall just moved across the street from the main store. You will find an amazing array of Paris' best food outlets here chocolates, pastries, breads, meats. Wonderful choices for lunch from a Greek tavern to Petrossian caviar.

End our Pulse of Paris tour with a wine and cheese dinner. My pumpkin soup garnished with a large slice of blue cheese was one of the best tastes of my recent Paris visit.

Day 6

Return home or stay an extra day on your own.  I urge you to stay on.

Possible Itinerary changes depending on Vendor Availability and schedules.

 

Cost

$3250 plus $75 to partially cover cost of lunch at Jules Verne. Includes 5 night hotel room, single occupancy with no single supplement. 2 lunches: Eiffel Tower and Montmartre Moveable Feast counted as 2 dinners, most activities mentioned in itinerary. $100 towards spa treatment at Four Seasons perhaps a manicure. Treatments are expensive but there are treatments where $100 would be half of cost.  A massage runs about $250. 2 day museum pass.

Book early: Our hotel requires a one night payment to book room. There are only a limited number of rooms at price quoted. The next room up is about $50 a night more.