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. 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 Select Vacation.
To make your reservations or learn more about this trip, please call (920) 231-6000 and ask for Jody or Amy.
Motor coach transportation will be available from Madison to Chicago -O'Hare International Airport (ORD) if departing on Day 1 of the tour with listed United flights.
Upon arrival in Paris, we'll join our French guide for a tour of the city. Stops include Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs Elysees. We join our hosts for a private welcome reception at the Hotel Madeleine Plaza.
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 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. 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.
Later that afternoon, we will return to Paris to enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Just a few blocks away from our hotel, you'll find the famous department store, Galeries LaFayette. We'll experience one of the most decadent gourmet food venues in the city. We will taste chocolate, macaroons, pastries, tea, wine, and eclairs. After the tour, you'll have time to shop at the gourmet merchants and experience this magnificent shopping mecca.
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 you will have an opportunity to experience an optional cooking class at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 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.
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.
Susan will host an optional lunch experience at the gourmet historic train station restaurant - Train Bleu.
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.
Tonight enjoy dinner in the St. Germaine neighborhood or enjoy a local evening cabaret.
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:
- Train to Reims - champagne country
- Musee d'Orsay
- Shopping at boutiques or Galeries Lafayette (2 blocks from hotel)
- 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.
Highlights and Inclusions
Airfare from Chicago O’hare to/from Paris, France via United Airlines included with air-inclusive package, including taxes and fees
Roundtrip Motorcoach Transfers
Available from/to Madison to Chicago O’Hare airport. Included if departing with the group host, Susan Holding on United Flights listed below.
We have handpicked the Madeleine Plaza Hotel for seven 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
- Paris City Tour with Parisian guide
- Giverny – Monet’s Garden and Home
- Seine River Dinner Cruise
- Mariage Freres Afternoon Tea
- Gourmet Farewell Dinner
- Cordon Bleu Culinary Demonstration
- Parisian Food Market Experience
- Galeries Lafayette Food Emporium Gourmet Tour
- E. Dehilleron Cooking Store Shopping experience
- Montmartre including Sacre Coeur and Place du Tertre
- 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.
11 Included Meals
- Seven European 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.
American guides, hotel & restaurant staff gratuities are included in the tour price.
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: Optional Travel Insurance, gratuities for the Paris city tour guide, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature.
*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 $369.66 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.
Final Payment: Due no later than June 15, 2017
About Your Hosts
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.
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 8 years.
Susan is a graduate of Cordon Bleu- the most prestigious cooking school in the world. Susan teaches pastry classes at her kitchen, The Little French Bakery. She has been featured in radio, TV, Madison Magazine, BRAVA Magazine, Wisconsin Trails Magazine, Isthmus Newspaper and Spoonful Magazine.
After returning from Europe, Denise’s dream was to continue to share her love of travel with others. She has a true love and passion for tour directing and Paris is one of her favorite destinations to explore and eat her way through.
Denise asked Susan if she would be interested in traveling with her and taking groups to Paris. The rest is history. For two years, they have taken groups to Paris sharing their love of cooking, history, art, fashion, biking, and eating in Paris.
United Airlines Roundtrip Chicago O’Hare
Depart on October 22, 2017 from Chicago O’Hare on United 987 at 5:55 p.m. and arrive in Paris, France at 9:30 a.m. +1 (Oct. 23)
Depart on October 29, 2017 from Paris, France on United 986 at 10:40 a.m. and arrive in Chicago O’Hare at 1:55 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 United 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.
- From June 21 to July 21 – 50% of the tour package price cancellation fee + airline fees
- From July 22 to August 21, 75% of package price cancellation fee + airline fees
- From August 22 to departure – no refund
Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.
For any name changes or revisions, FWT charges the following fees:
- Time of deposit to 60 days prior to departure…….. $100.00* per person
- 59 days to 0 days prior to departure………………….. $200.00* per person
*Additional cancellation fees may apply depending on airline or supplier requirements.
Travel insurance is not included in the price of your package. Fox World Travel strongly suggests the purchase of travel insurance at the time of booking. Your travel consultant can provide pricing and options for travel insurance coverages.
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