Paris! The very word conjures up visions of luxury and the good life. Adding the term ‘French’ to just about everything from couture and perfume to wine and cuisine immediately elevates it to the level of the sublime and eminently desirable. The French are adept at infusing even the most mundane aspects of life with a certain je n’est ce quoi that will make it another opportunity to enjoy life. At the opposite end of the mundane lie the exquisite pleasures of designer fashion shows, exclusive clubs and neighborhoods, world renowned landmarks of architecture and history, the list can go on.
Paris captures and distills some of the very best that France can offer into a heady and exhilarating medley of flavors, scents and sights that will charm and intrigue both the first time visitor or the frequent guest. Visitors to the city, whether looking for romance, history or a sampling of everything that’s good in life, come with great expectations and Paris graciously and effortlessly leaves them stunned and satiated. Paris smiles with equal benevolence on those who prefer to walk her less travelled roads and those who wish to embrace the ‘went everywhere and did everything’ style. So whether your wallet resembles the proverbial shoestring or you are desperate to burn up a small fortune, try out a few or all the experiences described here. This is luxury with an original ‘Made in France’ label and is sure to fulfill all your fantasies of decadence and comfort.
10. Skip-the-line Access to the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay: $221
A visit to Paris is worth nothing if you have not let your eyes rest in respectful awe on the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and some of the other timeless works by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and other great masters. However the interminably long lines to get tickets to the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay will surely put a damper on the spirits of even the most ardent art seeker. Spare yourself all the trouble and get direct access and a private tour of both museums when you buy a skip-the-line access. You will be able to enter the Louvre via an underground entrance at the Carrousel du Louvre. Spend a good two hours looking at whatever your art-crazy heart desires on the private tour and ask your tour guide all the questions you wish. Take a short break for lunch (not included in the access ticket) and enjoy the stories and facts behind the fabulous art work on display at the Musée d’Orsay with another effortless and exclusive private tour.
9. Paris New Year’s Eve Illuminations and Dinner Tour: $250
Paris is magical all year round. In the summer the streets will sizzle with the hottest fashion, flowers and food. Paris in the winter is the stuff of many a real-life fairy tale and there are precious few other locations in the world to rival this city’s attraction on New Year’s Eve. Bringing in the New Year with an Illuminations and Dinner Tour will give you a breathtaking journey by air conditioned coach to soak in the dazzling sights of the City of Lights. After a stop at the beautifully lit Eiffel Tower, you will be treated to a three-course dinner with champagne. You can pick a restaurant of your choice from three or four options. After dinner, you can welcome the New Year by sitting back and enjoying the fireworks display while sipping champagne. You can also throw in some dancing to wind up a perfect evening.
8. Buy French Perfume: $260
Few things embody French luxury as much as perfume. Paris is a dream destination for those looking for some of the most exclusive and highly prized scents in the world. The Parisian perfume industry employs some of the best noses in the business and is known for premium brands such as Chanel, Guerlain, Givenchy, Dior, Cartier, Lancôme and Balenciaga to name a few. A perfume pilgrimage in Paris must surely include a visit to Fragonard which has two boutiques right in Paris and the Guerlain perfume house. Serge Lutens is a tastefully opulent boutique at the Palais Royale where you will find 23 exclusive scents and all the ones sold at their worldwide outlets. Whether it is Chanel No 5 or Be Givenchy or Coque d’Or Guerlain, Paris will give you a scent which will be your favorite forever.
7. The Set Menu at Restaurant Pic: $455
Paris and fine dining go together like a great cheese and a fine wine. Even tiny cafes and bistros have a signature something-or-the-other that will make the place unforgettable. If experiencing a meal in Michelin-starred splendor is on your agenda then the three set menus at the Restaurant La Dame De Pic will not disappoint. The menus are based around three perfumes: Undergrowth Spices, Citrus and Saffron, which according to the owner enhances the dining experience by involving all the five senses. Menus are available in English and French and the staff are ever willing to assist. A meal at the Restaurant Pic is sure to be one of the highlights of your Paris visit.
6. Moulin Rouge Show with VIP seating and dinner: $585
Thinking of taking in a show on an evening in Paris? Do not settle for anything less than the most extravagant and enthralling and then add champagne and a three-course meal of French delicacies to make for the perfect evening. A VIP Seating Moulin Rouge Show ticket with dinner will get you one seat out of just 24 in an exclusive private balcony with unparalleled views of everything. Also included are skip-the-line entry and free coat check. The spectacular show will be followed with dinner, champagne and wine which are also included in the package.
5. Seine River Cruise with Dinner: $638
Paris has been made synonymous with romance and love in stories, songs and movies and rightfully so. If you are looking to impress your lady with your ultra refined ideas of romance, this experience will surely leave a favorable impression. Glide on the Seine for an hour long private cruise while sipping champagne. Slowly waft past the brilliantly lit wonders of Paris including the Eiffel Tower, l’Arc de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde and Notre-Dame. When you have seen your fill, it will be time to fill up on an exquisite gourmet dinner near the Champs-Elysées. That will be the perfect end to a seductively beautiful evening.
4. 58 Tour Eiffel Dinner and Crazy Horse Cabaret with Champagne: $695
In Paris there is never a lack of something expensive and exciting to do at any time of the day or night. For those in love with the soaring majesty of the Eiffel Tower, this is the Parisian experience that must head your to-do list. Enjoy the attention of your private driver as he picks you up from your hotel and a short while later enter the luxurious portals of the 58 Tour Eiffel Hotel on the first floor of the famed tower. Look out at Paris spread out at your feet while you sip champagne and dine on a three-course dinner at the award winning hotel. After dinner your private driver will whisk you away to an evening of avant-garde and sensuous entertainment and more champagne at the Crazy Horse Cabaret.
3. Luxury Tour of Paris: $1,099 for 1-3 Persons
Have just a day in Paris and want to make the most of it in the most comfortable way? A seven-hour tour of the city and neighboring areas will hit all the right spots of your Paris craving. The tours are conducted by private car or minivan and can accommodate up to seven people at an added cost. The itinerary will cover all the important points of attraction in this splendid city and allow you to stop for scheduled photo sessions. The price will also cover entry into one or two of the attractions, but usually entry fees, parking charges and meals are not included.
2. Day Tours From Paris: $1,168 for 1-3 Persons
If you have the luxury of more than a couple of days to spend in Paris, day trips into some of the surrounding areas will be a richly rewarding experience. There are a whole range of tours to choose from including History Tours, Wine Tours, Art Tours, Tours of Religious Places and many more. For a more relaxed day out you can pick a tour to the many picturesque and charming villages that dot the French countryside such as Beuvron en Auge, Senlis, Montfort l’Amaury, Gerberoy and Dampierre. All tours have a bilingual university educated tour guide who is also a licensed driver. While Paris has much to offer, discerning visitors will no doubt revel in discovering the many unspoiled and rare gems of natural beauty and delicious cuisine that these expeditions offer.
1. A Night at the Hotel Fouquet: $1,487 Per Night
Spending a night at the Fouquet’s Barrière located on 46 Avenue George V has surely to be the pinnacle of ultra luxury living in the city named the fifth most expensive city in the world for tourists. The hotel works on the principle of sustainable development and has won three ISO Standards which in itself is an unique achievement. The Fouquet’s 48 rooms, 33 suites, three bars, five restaurants and an out of this world spa will ensure that you and even your pet will get to spend a night like a king, nestled in the lap of luxury.