On The Footsteps Of Julia
Paris for Food lovers!

Paris, France
September 23 - 28, 2024
5 Nights
Starting at $5,954 /person

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Group size : 8
1 Home base
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Group size : 8

Join Isabelle, our local Parisian Chef, as we follow in the footsteps of Julia Child, 75+ years after she first set foot in Paris and launched her famous career. Through her passion for cuisine and a strong desire to learn, Julia became one of the most beloved American Cooking Experts of the 20th century. On this journey, we retrace some of her most special moments in Paris. From her favorite Bistrot to her favorite markets, from cooking classes at the Cordon Bleu to the hotel she stayed at after landing in Paris, we will introduce our guests to French cuisine through Julia's eyes. You will stay on the left bank, Julia's favorite area of Paris, and, along the way, we will uncover some of Chef Isabelle's favorite eateries, markets, and even Versaille's farm and estate.

What is Included

Nights
5 nights at one of our host properties
(3 choices)

Meals
5 breakfasts

5 lunches

4 dinners with wine pairings, including The Jules Vernes

Activities
2 cooking classes, as per itinerary

1 pastry class, as per itinerary

Several tastings and market visits, as per itinerary

VIP tickets to Versailles

Private Seine River cruise with bubbly & passed hors d'Oeuvres

Eiffel Tower Sunset visit

And More
Private airport transfers

Services of a Host (and Chef) throughout

A combination of metro and luxury transportation in Paris

All taxes

Highlights

Following on the footsteps of Julia..revisited!

More than 75 years after Julia's arrival in France, Art In Voyage honors her by retracting her steps in the French Capital, introducing guests to some of her favorite hangouts, and of course, experiencing her first cooking class. With some of the places now closed, we introduce some of our favorite eateries and experiences along the way.

Three hosts hotels to choose from.

At Art In Voyage, variety is the spice of life. And since spices add tremendous value to any dish, we are offering our guests two choices of accommodations. The first, Pont Royal, is where Julia first stayed in Paris. The second, Aubusson, is a darling of St Germain des Pres, dating back to the 17th century. The third, Maison Colbert, is a classic on the Left Bank.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
|The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
Welcome to Paris

Day 1- Welcome to Paris

Day 1 : Welcome to Paris

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On arrival in the city of lights, you are whisked away to your property by our private driver. After lunch and an afternoon at leisure (our Guest Experience team would be delighted to arrange a private city tour), we regroup for a late afternoon Seine River private cruise with Champagne and passed hors d'oeuvres. We enjoy a 3-course traditional dinner (just the way Julia liked it) at Chez Denise, in the center of Les Halles district. It is paired with lovely French wines.

Le Cordon Bleu

Day 2- Le Cordon Bleu

Day 2 : Le Cordon Bleu

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We start our day just as Julia would have: Breakfast at Les Deux Magots followed by a visit to the left bank bookstore "Shakespeare & Company" which she visited regularly searching for books on French cooking. We then make our way to a market on the right bank where Chef Fonzo introduces us to some of the fresh produces likely being used in our cooking class. That is where we head next. Le Cordon Bleu is where Julia spent 6 months learning about French cuisine. It is followed by Lunch of our guests' own making. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Julia's favorite dessert

Day 3- Julia's favorite dessert

Day 3 : Julia's favorite dessert

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The morning is at leisure. For guests interested in sites such as the Louvre, our team would be delighted to arrange for tickets and/or a private visit. We regroup in time for lunch at Cafe de Flore, where Julia and her husband dined among rising and celebrated artists. One of the oldest coffee houses on the charming Boulevard Saint Germain, Café de Flore remains a popular hangout for celebrities and tourists even today. Our afternoon is not any less exciting with a classic French dessert cooking class with a local pastry Chef. We will focus on French eclairs, one of Julia's favorites. Tonight, we gather on the Great Iron Lady (the Eiffel Tower) for sunset, and a memorable dinner at Michelin-starred Jules Vernes.

A Queen and some cheese

Day 4- A Queen and some cheese

Day 4 : A Queen and some cheese

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After breakfast, we make our way to Versailles. There, our private guide takes us through the grand estate built by Louis XIV as well as the famous Domaine de Marie Antoinette, the farm of the estate. We enjoy lunch in the park of Versailles with a lovely picnic prepared by the team of Chef Gordon Ramsay at the neighboring Trianon Palace Hotel. Back in Paris, we enjoy a cheesemaking workshop before some time to relax at your hotel. Tonight's dinner experience is a two-part one: e start with Le Verjus, in the heart of the beautiful Palais Royal, built in 1633 for Cardinal Richelieu. Part two takes place at Brasserie Lipp, Julia's favorite place for desserts where we enjoy some local sweets.

Bon Appetit!

Day 5- Bon Appetit!

Day 5 : Bon Appetit!

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On this last day in Paris, we start with a visit to the local markets before a cooking class is held. It is followed by lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Here, our guests will be able to enjoy some of the city's best-kept secrets, do some shopping or simply pay a visit to some of the left bank's pastry shops. Maybe take on Paris by bike (a great way to get rid of some of the pounds gained on this incredible adventure)? We regroup for cocktails at one of our favorites speakeasy before our grand Finale at Le Grand Véfour , Julia's monthly romantic "Rendez-Vous" with her husband, with a history dating back to 1784. We celebrate new friendships and conclude a memorable culinary experience by saying to all "BON APPETIT!"

Au Revoir?

Day 6- Au Revoir?

Day 6 : Au Revoir?

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This morning, you are privately transferred to the airport where you catch your international flight home. But should this really be the end? Join Chef Fonzo in Mykonos where he is headed next (and enjoy a 10% discount for booking both journeys - see "ADD-ONS" section below), or have our team put together an extension to one of France's neighboring regions (check out our "Add-ons" section for some inspiration).

Accommodations

Deluxe room | Pont Royal

Hotel Pont Royal | 4*L

Paris, France

Beautifully located in the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district on the left bank of the Seine, the Pont Royal hotel immerses its guests in literary and artistic Paris. Stroll through the Latin Quarter and discover its small streets filled with art galleries and the quays of the Seine, real open-air bookstores with bookstores. High place of Design, the boutiques of the boulevard Saint-Germain and the famous Bon Marché are nearby...

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Beautifully located in the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district on the left bank of the Seine, the Pont Royal hotel immerses its guests in literary and artistic Paris. Stroll through the Latin Quarter and discover its small streets filled with art galleries and the quays of the Seine, real open-air bookstores with bookstores. High place of Design, the boutiques of the boulevard Saint-Germain and the famous Bon Marché are nearby for shopping lovers. It is also where Julia Childs first stay on her arrival in Paris
A stay at the Pont Royal will irrevocably transport you to the great hours of Saint-Germain marked by Sartre, the famous Castor, and the antics of the Vian gang. Its unobstructed view of Paris will definitely make it your Parisian home.

Hotel d’Aubusson – 5*

Paris, France

On the Left Bank in St-Germain-des-Prés, on a side street a couple of blocks from the Seine and Pont Neuf, you will find this five-star boutique hotel in a 17th-century mansion. Individually decorated rooms exude timeless elegance and the legendary piano bar remains a place of pilgrimage for jazz lovers in Paris. Les Vedettes du Pont Neuf river cruises set sail from beneath the bridge, and the dazzling Monnaie...

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On the Left Bank in St-Germain-des-Prés, on a side street a couple of blocks from the Seine and Pont Neuf, you will find this five-star boutique hotel in a 17th-century mansion. Individually decorated rooms exude timeless elegance and the legendary piano bar remains a place of pilgrimage for jazz lovers in Paris. Les Vedettes du Pont Neuf river cruises set sail from beneath the bridge, and the dazzling Monnaie de Paris museum in the city mint is a five-minute walk. Count another five, past the racing-green stalls of Paris’ quayside bouquinistes (book sellers), to reach Notre Dame cathedral.
No two of the 49 rooms are the same. Those in the oldest part of the building overlook the patio garden or a romantic slate-roofed pavilion; many have high beamed ceilings and décor is traditional French Country style, with soft pastel palettes and canopy beds. Rooms facing rue Dauphine in the more recent, 19th-century part of the hotel are slightly bolder in décor and more contemporary: think chic Chanel-like B&W tweed carpet, vintage-motif wallpaper, and cream palette with gold, Bordeaux, or aqua-blue accents perhaps.

Maison Colbert – 5*

Paris, France

Located in a 16th-century building that was once home to Simone de Beauvoir and with a decoration inspired by the artist Joaquín Sorolla, Maison Colbert perfectly reflects the philosophy of The Meliá Collection. Redesigned as a modern tribute to the life of the renowned Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla and his connection with Paris, the Maison Colbert Meliá Collection displays the artist’s vivid depictions of the Parisian lifestyle and art. The...

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Located in a 16th-century building that was once home to Simone de Beauvoir and with a decoration inspired by the artist Joaquín Sorolla, Maison Colbert perfectly reflects the philosophy of The Meliá Collection. Redesigned as a modern tribute to the life of the renowned Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla and his connection with Paris, the Maison Colbert Meliá Collection displays the artist’s vivid depictions of the Parisian lifestyle and art. The exquisite decoration highlights the way the artist was able to capture the Parisian culture and lifestyle, its historic cafés and the lives of the French bourgeoisie, their fashion and elegance.

Your Host

Isabelle
Isabelle
Chef, Host & Paris Specialist

On Offer

Pont Royal Deluxe Balcony

$5,954 /person
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $1,000/person due at time of booking
Final balance due: 90 days before departure
Only one room left
Only one room left

Pont Royal Junior Suite

$6,498 /person
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $1,000/person due at time of booking
Final balance due: 90 days before departure
Only one room left
Only one room left
Only one room left

Maison Colbert Elena Sorolla Suite

$6,983 /person
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $1,000/person due at time of booking
Final balance due: 90 days before departure
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Aubusson Junior Suite

$7,751 /person
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $1,000/person due at time of booking
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

What is Included

Nights
5 nights at one of our host properties
(3 choices)

Meals
5 breakfasts

5 lunches

4 dinners with wine pairings, including The Jules Vernes

Activities
2 cooking classes, as per itinerary

1 pastry class, as per itinerary

Several tastings and market visits, as per itinerary

VIP tickets to Versailles

Private Seine River cruise with bubbly & passed hors d'Oeuvres

Eiffel Tower Sunset visit

And More
Private airport transfers

Services of a Host (and Chef) throughout

A combination of metro and luxury transportation in Paris

All taxes

Add-Ons and Extension

Extend to Champagne

$1,374 /person
Make your way to the Champagne region for 3 nights. Enjoy beautiful accommodations, tours and tastings. Prices are "from" and packages will be customized by our travel experts

Extend to Normandy

$1,280 /person
Head North on this self-driven 3-night extension to beautiful Normandy. Discover the Calvados, its famous liquor and cheeses, and stay in Honfleur, on the coast. Prices are "from" and packages will be customized by our travel experts

Extend to Burgundy

$1,624 /person
Sold out
Head South towards Burgundy where you'll enjoy a 3 night stay near Beaune, a full day private wine tour and memorable dining experiences. Prices are "from" and packages will be customized by our travel experts

What guests have said

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Layla Khoury-Hanold

I just returned from a small group trip to Paris and it was such an incredible experience! From a private boat tour on the Seine to a guided tour of Versailles, from dinner at the top of the Eiffel Tower to a cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu, the experiences were all amazing and the coordination of the trip logistics was flawless. Merci beaucoup!

September 2023
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Shelley Andre

I have just recently returned from my 3rd Art In Voyage curated tour, Cook Nice: On the Footsteps of Julia Childs. All I can say is that Mikael and his team are amazing! I was living a dream throughout my entire time in Paris. Never would I have imagined taking a cooking class at the Cordon Bleu or dining at Le Jules Verne Restaurant at La Tour Eiffel with its amazing views of Paris. From the moment I made the decision to go on this adventure, all of the planning details were prearranged and organized flawlessly. My only task was to arrive in Paris and begin experiencing all that Paris has to offer. From the champagne boat cruise on the Seine, the delectable food and wine tasting evenings, the pastry and cheese making classes not to forget beautiful Versailles and its gardens, these wonderful memories will last a lifetime. Our small group was fortunate to have Isabelle as our hostess for the 5 days in Paris. She is a kind, warm person and very knowledgeable in la gastronomy. Julia Childs would approve. We had an amazing time with her. Thank you AIV for making this trip a once in a lifetime experience.

September 2023
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Val Stephens

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Cook Nice Tour. From our accommodations, to our cooking classes, to the fabulous restaurants, everything was exceptional. We didn’t have to worry about a thing. I was so impressed with each activity and with the knowledge and care that our guide gave us. Thanks so much for a fabulous week!

September 2023
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