Culinary Paris hosted by Susan Holding

September 9, 2018 to September 16, 2018

A culinary experience in Paris with Susan Holding, Cordon Bleu Alumna and Owner of The Little French Bakery Cooking School and Denise Pedersen of Fox World Travel

Bonjour! Join Susan Holding, Cordon Bleu alumna and owner of The Little French Bakery Cooking School, and Denise Pedersen, Fox World Travel, as they explore unique food venues in Paris for the 4th time.  Is this your first time in Paris? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time for sightseeing and getting to know the City of Light.

Imagine yourself in Paris eating a picnic lunch under the Eiffel tower with a baguette, Brie & Comte cheeses, fresh olives, French wine, and Pain au Chocolate for dessert. Tomorrow, you take a drive to the French countryside and explore the gardens at Giverny, and walk through the home of Claude Monet, one of the most famous impressionist artists of all time. Later that day, you return to the city and have a free evening to enjoy dinner at an outdoor café,  enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, expresso and crème brulee to top off your evening.

These are just a few of the memories you can create when you travel with Fox World Travel on this Group Vacation.


Motor coach transportation will be available from select cities to Chicago -O'Hare International Airport (ORD) if departing on Day 1 of the tour with listed American Airlines.

Bonjour! Upon arrival in Paris the group will be transferred to the Madeleine Plaza Hotel. After getting settled in, we will be picked up for an afternoon of touring including: City Orientation, Eiffel Tower, Luxembourg Gardens, Notre Dame and a stop for lunch. Returning to the hotel around 3:00 PM. We will meet early evening for a private welcome drink and reception at the Madeleine Plaza Hotel.

The Hotel Madeleine Plaza is a four star property located next to The Opera, Louvre , Jardin des Tuileries and the Champs-Elysees. You will enjoy a boutique style hotel with an impressive European breakfast. English speaking front dest staff can assist with excursions and basic questions. The rooms are decorated in Parisian decor and have comfortable beds with all the amenities of a boutique hotel. The Metro is steps from the hotel.

Susan attended Le Cordon Bleu and holds the Diplome de Patisserie. We'll travel to her alma mater to view a cooking demonstration by one of the school's chef instructors.

Following class, we'll travel to the Ritz Carlton for a hands-on cooking class with a Chef from the Ritz.

Tonight, we dine on the Seine River Cruise for a gourmet dinner with french wines and live music.

We travel to the french countryside to visit the beautiful French village of Giverny - home of Claude Monet. We will stroll through the gardens and walk through his home. We enjoy a leisurely stroll in the village for an included lunch at the Hotel Baudy - a local lunch spot where Monet frequented. We will catch a view of his painting cottage outside the restaurant.

On our return from Giverny, we'll travel to E. Dehillerin, Julia Child's favorite neighborhood for cooking supplies. Enjoy a personal shopping experience with Susan to find all of those essential items for cooking back home. Later that afternoon, we will return to Paris to enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Join Susan and Denise as they take you to one of their favorite markets located in the Bastille neighborhood. What a wonderful place to visit. Experience a true Parisian market experience and explore the specialty food stalls selling fish, fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, olives, nuts, and pastries.

Next, we will experience a food walking tour of the Latin French Quarter with a French guide. We experience the tastes of French wine, meat, bread, and pastries.

After lunch, we will Metro to the Marais district to experience the historic tea room of Mariage Freres. We will sip on their unique teas and exclusive pastries made with some of their blended teas.

This evening, experience a leisurely bike ride to see the City of Lights at night, dine at an outdoor cafe, or take in an evening cabaret such as the Lido or Moulin Rouge.

Today, you’ll enjoy free time until 2pm

Later that day, we will visit the famous Montmartre neighborhood where some of the famous impressionist artists such as Renoir, Monet, and Van Gogh lived. We will take the funicular to the base of the largest Basilica in Paris - Sacre Coeur. We will walk through the neighborhood for breathtaking views and stop to see the local artists painting at the Place duTertre.

The remaining day is free to explore Paris and take in the sights, sounds and cuisine!

Join Susan or Denise or venture on your own to some favorite neighborhoods and museums. Take a tour of the famous Opera House or enjoy a picnic with french wine and cheese at Luxembourg Gardens. Tonight , we enjoy our farewell dinner at one of Susan's favorite restaurants on Ile St. Louis.

Suggested free time activities are below:

- Louvre
- Train to Reims - champagne country
- Versailles
- Musee d'Orsay
- Shopping at boutiques or Galeries Lafayette (2 blocks from hotel)
- Montmartre
- Flea markets
- Lunch at Angelina's Tea House for her famous hot chocolate
- Eiffel Tower
- Strolling the streets of St. Germaine, Rue Mouffetard Market, or Rue Cler

We will travel by motorcoach to the airport for our flight home to the United States.

Upon arrival in Chicago O’Hare we’ll be met by our motorcoach to return us to our original pickup points in Milwaukee or Madison

Roundtrip Airfare

Airfare from Chicago O’hare to/from Paris, France via American Airlines included with air-inclusive package, including taxes and fees

Roundtrip Motorcoach Transfers

Motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare from select locations

Exclusive Accommodations

We have handpicked the Madeleine Plaza Hotel for six nights.  A four-star boutique hotel that is located in one of the best neighborhoods in Paris.  The hotel is within walking distance to the Opera House, Louvre, D’Orsey, Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, L’Orangerie, Mariage Freres, Fauchon, La Duree, Place de la Concorde, Madeleine church and much more.   It includes all of the comforts and convenience of a 4-star hotel including a European breakfast each morning.

Sightseeing, Tours and Custom Experiences

  • Culinary Experiences with Cordon Bleu Alumna, Susan Holding
    • Featuring Cordon Bleu Culinary Demonstration
    • Escoffier Ritz Carlton Cooking School hands-on cooking experience with a Chef from the Ritz
  • Paris City Tour with Parisian guide
  • Tour to Giverny – Monet’s Garden and Home & lunch in Giverny
  • Seine River Dinner Cruise
  • Mariage Freres Afternoon Tea
  • Parisian Latin District walking foodie tour
  • E. Dehilleron Cooking Store Shopping experience
  • Montmartre including Sacre Coeur and Place du Tertre
  • Paris Bastille market experience
  • Leisure day to venture on your own


  • Transportation to/from the airport in Paris
  • A -5 day unlimited metro pass is also included while we are in Paris.
  • Motorcoach and shuttle transfers to dinners and Giverny are included.

Included Meals

  • Daily breakfasts
  • One lunch in Giverny
  • Three dinners and a welcome reception with drinks and appetizers.  Two gourmet dinners are provided including the Seine Dinner River Cruise and our farewell dinner.  Shuttle transportation included to all included dinner meals.  FRENCH WINES INCLUDED WITH DINNERS!

American Experts/Tour Hosts

Susan Holding, Culinary Expert and Denise Pedersen, Fox World Travel Tour Guide, will accompany the group.

Experienced Tour Manager from Fox World Travel to accompany the group*


Gratuities are included for your hotel & restaurant staff and for all included meals.

Activity and Walking Requirements: Walking 2 miles or more per day and utilizing the Paris Metro are a requirement of this tour.  All guests should be able to walk comfortably at a casual pace and be able to utilize stairs daily while using the Metro.

Not included: Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

*A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

Land Only Package

Tour only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Land Only Package with Bus to Chicago

Tour only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy
Includes bus to Chicago

Air Inclusive Package

Airfare From Chicago O'Hare via American Airlines
Bus to Chicago from Select Cities
Based on double occupancy

*Above prices are per person based on double or single occupancy.  Economy class flights are included in the air-inclusive pricing. All taxes and fees of $428.31 are included and subject to change. 

*You have the option of taking the land only price which means you book your own airfare.  Do not book airline tickets until you have been given confirmation from Fox World Travel that the tour will operate. A minimum of 10 guests is needed to operate this tour.

Deposit: $400 per person. Deposits are non-refundable. Please complete the Fox World Travel Registration form online.
Final Payment: Due no later than June 11, 2018

Susan Holding (left) with Denise Pedersen (right)

This trip is hosted by two women who have a love for food, fun, and the city of Paris.  Susan Holding, alumna of Cordon Bleu,  is the owner of the Little French Bakery pastry school and author of The Little French Bakery cookbook.  Denise Pedersen of Fox World Travel is a veteran in the travel industry who is passionate about travel and decided she wanted to take people to Paris for food, fun, history and a lifetime of memories.

Their story…

It all started when Denise met Susan Holding, author of The Little French Bakery cookbook at a book signing in November of 2014.  Denise had just returned from working in France, for Trek Travel as a bike guide taking people on biking vacations throughout Europe.  She lived in southern France and had 19+ years of tour directing experience and was previously the Director of Sales for a large tour operator in the Midwest. Denise has taken large and small groups to Paris for over 10 years. Paris is one of her favorite destinations to explore and eat her way through.

About Susan…

The road to the Little French Bakery has taken many turns.

I’m an RN, BSN, MBA who followed a dream, went to Paris, and earned the Diplome to Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu. The courses spanned over two years. I loved my experience at Le Cordon Bleu. It was hard, tiring and very rewarding. Every time I’m back in Paris, I visit the school. I really wish I could have met Julia Child. She made such an impact on cooking and cuisine in the U.S.

I love to travel. Whether it’s a few hours away to Door County, or across the globe, I’m ready for an adventure. Our trips always include a taste of the local foods. We love spice!  I hope you’ll join me as we explore the world.

Susan also teaches pastry classes at her kitchen, The Little French Bakery, which has been featured in radio, TV, Madison Magazine,  BRAVA Magazine, Wisconsin Trails Magazine, Isthmus Newspaper and Spoonful Magazine.


American Airlines Round-trip Chicago O’Hare

Departure Date: September 9, 2018

Depart on September 9, 2018 from Chicago O’Hare on American Airlines 150 at 7:10 p.m. and arrive in Paris, France at 10:05 a.m. +1 (Sept. 10)

Return Date: September 16, 2018

Depart on September 16, 2018 from Paris, France on American Airlines 151 at 12:10 p.m. and arrive in Chicago O’Hare at 2:15 p.m.

Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, flight or equipment changes, seat assignments changes, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed to run this tour. Airline tickets are non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus fare difference.  A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for group air.

Luggage Fees: See airline website for luggage fee rates. Please check American Airlines luggage policies for International travel.  See checked baggage fees here.


A valid passport is required with a validity of 6 months beyond the return date of the tour.

Cancellation Fees:

  • Date of Deposit to June 11, 2018 – $400 per person
  • From June 12 to July 10 – 50% of the tour price + applicable airline fees
  • From July 11 to date of departure – No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

*Additional cancellation fees may apply depending on airline or supplier requirements.

Travel Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.