Paris insolite

  • From Paris
  • Discovery

6 days / 5 nights

Day 1 : PARIS

Arrival in PARIS.

City tour of PARIS by bus.

Overnight in PARIS.

 

Day 2 : PARIS WITH THE MYTHICAL 2CV – SECRET PARIS AND IMPRESSIONNIST RIDE

Breakfast

Paris is full of treasures that are waiting to be discovered.

Embark on the mythical 2CV and let yourself be driven through the maze of Parisian streets.

Your driver will recount the capitol’s most unexpected anecdotes. Explore Paris’s best-kept secrets with him.

In the afternoon, take a fascinating impressionist journey that follows the tracks of Renoir, Degas, Manet, Pissarro, Monet, Van Gogh and more…

Continue from Montmartre, passing by the Louvre, the Tuileries, or from Gare Saint Lazare towards Boulevard des Capucines. Discover the monuments and the sceneries that inspired these majestic painters.

Overnight in PARIS.

 

Day 3 : PARIS – INSOLIT VISITS

Breakfast

Visit the covered passages of Paris.

Very popular in the 19th century as a way to access to the Grands Boulevards from the Palais Royal, the thirty remaining roofed passageways (formerly 140) enable you to plunge into a ”time warp”. Cut off from the busting streets. Today, one can find all kinds of shops here, as well as some cafes. But especially, you will see the remnants of a recent past where strolling and parading oneself was an essential part of daily life.

In the afternoon, go backstage at the Lido de Paris.

Don’t judge a book by its cover! Behind the cheery, external Parisian image of the Lido lies extremely complex organization.

The backstage tour of this legendary cabaret will take you where few people go : into the costume rooms full of flamboyant costumes, reserved for its dancers, costume designers and makeup artists.

Your guided tour will then show you around the building and its unique architecture. You will be stunned by the complex set of pulleys, plates and giant elevators used to widen the stage and transform the sets. It’s simply magical !

Overnight in PARIS.

 

Day 4 : PARIS – BAKERY AND THE SEWER SYSTEM

Breakfast

Visit a Bakery.

Paris is the home of the baguette, that golden bread stick which is a real symbol of all things French. Our friendly boulanger will invite us into his warm kitchen, the heart of the boulangerie. He will share with us his most treasured baguette recipe that was passed down through generations : from the mixing of the dough, the kneading, the shaping, the decorating and finally the cooking of the baguette in special baguette ovens.

The baguette is at the heart of French daily life and it comes in many forms. Our baker has his own special signature that makes his baguette unique and today all of his secrets will be revealed to you. Because you are part of a small group, the visit has a truly personal feel and the baker will share with his love and passion for his work with you.

Of course, when that heavenly smell of freshly baked bread fills the air and the baguette comes out of the oven, warm and golden, a tasting will be included.

A baguette and croissant goodie bag will be available free of charge or you to take away at the end.

In the afternoon, visit the Paris Sewers.

This is an offbeat underground tour. The Paris sewers, built in the 19th century, can be visited all year round from the Pont de l’Alma. Fancy a walk well off the beaten track in the French capital ?

This tour will show you the underside of Paris from ancient times through to the era of Belgrand, the 19th-century engineer who designed the sewer system in its current form. In the underground tunnels you will learn about the water cycle and all the work done by the Paris sewer workers.

Overnight in PARIS.

 

Day 5 : PARIS – RUNGIS MARKET AND CATACOMBS

Breakfast

Lovers of good food will go for a tour of Rungis market.

The largest wholesale market of fresh produce in the world (232 acres).

You will have the opportunity to see an extraordinary variety of products representing France’s heritage of gourmet food. The guide will lead you through five pavilions : oils, meat, dairy products, vegetables and flowers.

At the end of the visit, you can eat a “country breakfast” from 8:00 to 9:00 am on-site.

In the afternoon, visit the Catacombs of Paris which form a veritable labyrinth beneath the very heart of the city. They were created in the passageways of the former quarries whose stone was used to build the capitol.

Situated 20 meters below ground, the ossuary contains the remains of approximately six million Parisians, transferred there gradually between the late eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries as graveyards were being closed because of the risk they posed to public health. The first of these graveyards was the Cimetière des Innocents, which was closed in 1786, and was located in what is now the district of Les Halles.

The bones from several graveyards and churches in Paris undoubtedly include the remains of many famous names from previous centuries including the writers François Rabelais, Jean de La Fontaine and Charles Perrault. Additionally, victims of the guillotine during the Revolution were likely transferred to the catacombs from their original burial pits including Lavoisier, Madame Elisabeth, Camille and Lucile Desmoulins, Danton and Robespierre.

Overnight in PARIS.

 

Day 6 : PARIS

Breakfast

Free time in PARIS.

Transfer to the airport.

Check in and take off.

OTHERS THEMES YOU COULD CHOOSE

  • Others visits are possible on 2CV
  • Cimentary of Père Lachaise
  • Metropolitan Station
  • Behind the scene at the Eiffel Tower
  • Opera Garnier…