YOUR PROGRAM :
Day 1 :
Arrival in Paris and transfer to your hotel.
Start your stay with a guided panoramic city sightseeing of Paris : place de l’Opéra, place de la Concorde, the bridge Alexandre III, the Hôtel de Ville, the Louvre museum and its pyramid, the famous Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe…
Day 2 :
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, discover the emblematic Galeries Lafayette with a local guide and learn all the secrets and the history of this 120-year-old establishment. The company founded in Paris in December 1893 – 30 to 40 years after all its competitors – is today both an iconic store and a monument of the capital, with a world-wide reputation. The Galeries welcome more than 100,000 visitors per day over an area of 70,000 square meters! The building shows several architectural styles, demonstrating the successive enlargements of the store: Haussmann, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and the drugstore spirit of the 1960s. At the centre of this unique heritage property is the neo-byzantine dome, the heart of this theatre of fashion. This guided tour will take you through the aisles of the store, cross the emblematic spaces of the place and take the staff private elevators to the panoramic terrace. You will understand how the founders of the department store invented an architecture adapted to the needs of commerce. Your guide will tell you the history of the majestic dome built in record time and the hidden message behind the 10 coats of arms which surmount the pillars of the great hall. An architectural and historical visit which will make you discover more than 120 years of history of a family business that has put the energy of creation at the heart of its project.
Short before lunch, walk to the close Printemps Haussmann Luxury department Store dating from 1865! Printemps stakes its claim as an indispensable monument offering a slice of French history and culture. Much more than a shopping destination, Printemps – a Historical Monument– promises exceptional surprises: on the 9th floor of Printemps Beauty-Home Store, all of Paris is at your feet! A panoramic terrace unveils what no other site can offer: an open, unobstructed view from the Opera to the Madeleine, from the Eiffel Tower to Montmartre.
Enjoy lunch at the Brasserie Printemps where the breath-taking view of the Art Deco cupola illustrates one of the most beautiful pages of the heritage represented by this Parisian symbol.
In the afternoon, free time for shopping or possibility of taking part of an activity within the Galeries Lafayette:
Return to your hotel and free dinner. Overnight stay.
Day 3 :
Breakfast. In the morning, attend to a special private event! Assist to a French style cooking course with an Italian lady in her own apartment, living in the very glamourous district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. She will tell you details about life in Paris and give you all advices you may need.
Free time for lunch.
In the early afternoon, enjoy some free time in Paris or continue with the visit of the Opera Garnier after closing! Led by your guide, you will be amazed by the rich architecture and decor of the so-called « Palais Garnier ». Your visit will begin with the “Rotonde des Abonnes” (Members’ Rotunda) which was formerly used to welcome the audience, and where you will be able to discover the unique signature of the architect Charles Garnier amongst the arabesques. The mysterious Prophetess Pythia will greet you before you take the majestic “Grand Escalier” (Main Staircase), which brings you to the auditorium, the lounges and the foyers. The abundant decor, the splendour of the various foyers and the variety of materials used will take your breath away. The numerous paintings and sculptures allow the Palais Garnier to be not only a theatre but also a museum at the same time.
Return to your hotel and dinner. Overnight stay.
Day 4 :
Breakfast. Departure towards the new Yves Saint Laurent Museum and delve into the world of the creator to discover a thousand and one anecdotes about his haute couture house. The Museum exhibits the couturier’s body of work on the legendary premises of his former haute couture house, alternating between retrospective displays and temporary thematic exhibitions. It is located in the legendary hôtel particulier where Yves Saint Laurent spent nearly thirty years designing his collections from 1974 to 2002. The same building serves as the headquarters of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent. Across 450 m², an ever-changing rotation of retrospective displays and temporary thematic exhibitions will present the Fondation’s rich and unique collection.
Free time for lunch.
In the afternoon, free time in Paris or possibility of booking a spa or a private French make-up course with Lancôme, Guerlain, Clarins or another brand you like. You will be welcome with some viennoiseries, Ladurée macarons, tea “Mariage Freres”. After a demonstration highlighting the face and eyes, practice on you and others. Optional photo shooting to keep this unforgettable moment.
Finally, spend a magical evening in a typical Cabaret of Paris (Lido, Moulin Rouge, Crazy Horse,…) or enjoy a dinner cruise on the Seine river.