Sweet Tour of Paris with Steena Holmes – 2022 edition

September 25 – October 2, 2022

Travel with New York Times & USA Today best selling author Steena Holmes on her sweet tour of Paris

Steena can’t wait to share with you her love for Paris. The most perfect day in Paris for her is when she sits at a café and people watches while sipping on her coffee, meanders through the cobblestone streets, takes in the sights, walks through the gardens, stops for a glass of wine, indulges in a chocolate or two (or more), explores the shops and bookstores and then ends with a view of the Eiffel Tower. On this trip, Steena will share her perfect days with you. You’ll go on a quest for the perfect cup of hot cocoa (she always thinks she found it and then discovers a new café). You’ll enjoy all the macarons you can eat, take in a hands-on pastry workshop, and fill your senses with everything decadent and sweet!

How would you like to help her plot a new story that’s set in Paris? Every evening, over dinner, you”ll discuss with her highlights of the day, from the places you visited, things you saw, special moments and more that will be used as scenes for an upcoming book. You will also help her create and name characters within this “Paris themed” story. As a special treat for joining her, you will receive a signed copy of a “secret” novel to be released while you are on the sweet tour. You’ll be the first to read the story no else one has read!

 

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Sunday Sept 25 : Bienvenue à Paris
Your sweet tour of Paris begins! From Roissy or Orly airport, you will transfer  to your charming 4-star boutique  hotel  @Maison Favart, where you will have time to freshen up, relax or explore. Steena  will meet and greet you at a welcome cocktail & dinner.

Monday Sept 26 : Indulging in the Left Bank 

One of Steena’s favorite areas is the Left Bank and it’s not just because that’s where the famous Shakespeare & Co bookstore is located, ( Odette’s puff pasty is just around the corner)  or the fact there’s so many amazing chocolate shops to explore or quaint streets to get lost in. At one of the prettiest squares in Paris, you’ll discover the works of the great romantic painter Delacroix.     After a  french crêpe lunch @Breizch Café, time to stroll  by the Sorbonne and Jardins de Luxembourg to do a tour of the Pantheon. Dinner will be at mythical brasserie @La Coupole.

Tuesday Sept 27 : Champagne

Today will be a relaxing day trip to Champagne country with a visit to boutique vineyards. You’ll enjoy an amazing lunch @ King Henry 4 grill before stopping at Rheims Cathedral where the kings of France were crowned. The cathedral hosted 33 sovereign coronations in just over 1000 years! Dinner will be in  legendary belle epoque  @Le petit Riche

Wednesday Sept 28 : Nothing but the best.

Your quest for nothing but the best sweets will pursue today with more tastings as you’ll continue exploring the Left Bank starting with the best hot chocolate ever at Angelina’s.   You’ll love next stop at Des Reves et du Pain  which will put you in a good mood to explore one of Steena’s favorite places in Paris – La Grande Epicerie at the Bon Marché where you will have time to browse and have lunch.   After lunch you’ll have the best caramel you can taste in Paris by a famous “caramélier”. Then off to admire impressionist Monet’s works in a small jewel of a museum, tucked away in Paris’ posh 16th arrondissement. No best day in Paris is complete without photo op @Eiffel tower followed by dinner at the lively Parisian bistrot near your hotel @Bouillon Chartier

Thursday Sept 29 : Savouring the Right Bank

Today, have a light breakfast before leavingn for a morning filled with nothing but the best  macarons, madeleines,eclairs, candy and chocolate the Right Bank has to offer.You’ll tour the iconic @Opera Garnier best known for The Phantom of the Opera and have lunch at a lovely wine bar at Place de la Madeleine .  You can’t leave Paris without heading to a Cabaret. After a tapas style dinner near the hotel, off to @Le Moulin Rouge  for champagne and showtime!

Friday Sept 30 : Life at Versailles Palace 
You’ll have a full day outing to see where the “Sun King” lived and hear all about life in the court with an expert guide. You’ll have a gastro lunch in the gardens @Ore Ducasse ensuring you a moment of pure happiness. Back in Paris, you’ll wander through the @Palais Royal gardens to @Le Grand Colbert, which  is not only  a beautiful restaurant but also a historical monument.

Saturday Oct 1 : Pastry workshop in Montmartre 

You’ll start your day by donning an apron for a hands-on pastry workshop making delicious desserts in Montmartre. From there you’ll have free time to further explore the Paris, do some last minute shopping, enjoy the hotel’s facitlities, and have some time to pack. You’ll meet for cocktails in the hotel before your farewell dinner @ Drouant, a mythical hotspot where the prestigious Goncourt Book Prize is awarded.

Sunday Oct  2 :  Farewell 

Time to have your last café au lait and bid farewell to Paris with sweet memories. Transfers to Roissy Charles de Gaulle or Orly airport will be arranged.

 

Deposit
To secure a place on our tour, we ask that you fill in our reservation form, which indicates that your 30% deposit will be required. The balance will be due 2 months prior to the tour.

Included
All meals indicated in the programme including wine, gratuities (tips for guides, drivers, restaurants) and taxes, professional tour facilitator & guide, activities and entrance fees as indicated in program, airport transfers on first day and last day of tour, accommodation in a 4 hotel boutique hotel with spa, coach on day trips.

Not Included
Round trip airfare to France, airport transfers, any personal souvenirs or purchases outside of this tour and not indicated above, additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals, spa services at the hotel and all the sweet treats you pick up along the way, travel insurance (highly recommended) and trip medical coverage (required for travelers over 50 years of age).

Terms and Conditions
If insufficient numbers of participants sign up for this tour or in the event of conditions deemed unsafe for our clients, the tour may be cancelled or postponed.

Cancellation Policy
This is a package group tour and non-refundable with no refunds even in case of injury or illness or personal emergency. Cancellation must be notified by email to nancy@absolutelysouthernfrance.com. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance including medical assistance and cancellation. If you get sick from Covid or any other disease, before the trip departs or during it you will need to have your own medical and trip cancellation insurance to cover any costs incurred.

Payment
We accept Visa, MasterCard, &American Express.

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Photo Release
You hereby grant Absolutely Southern France permission to use your likeness in a photograph, video or other digital media in any and all of its publications including web-based publications, without payment
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Arrival and Departure
You will be welcomed on arrival by Steena at the meet and greet cocktail followed by dinner. Your Paris airport transfers to the hotel on day of arrival and departure are included.

What to Pack
Phone chargers, medication, layered clothing, comfortable walking shoes .

Physical Requirements
Our tour is “physically active”. You may be on your feet, walking and standing, for a few hours, indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. That means if you need help climbing in a tour bus or if you are winded after walking 50 feet, Steena and Nancy will have other trips for you to join.

Weather
Temperatures should be pleasant. We expect clear sunny skies with average daytime temperatures of 21°C/70°F and an average low of 13°C /56°F.

Additional Services
Nancy McGee of Absolutely Southern France is happy to assist with roommate matching in twin occupancy as well as pre and post tour travel planning.

 

Note : We reserve the right to modify the itinerary based on unforeseen circumstances or more interesting and exciting opportunities.

 

CONTACT US

To reserve your spot or request additional information,  please fill out the form below. Nancy will then contact you to discuss the tour details and arrange your booking.

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Tour Details

Dates: September 25 – October 2, 2022
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Cost: 5100€ single / 4325€ twin occupancy
Participants: 10

Tour HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel with New York Times & USA Today best selling author Steena Holmes on her sweet tour of Paris
  • Have fun on a scavenger hunt to find her favorite places and treats
  • Go on a day trip to Champagne country with a visit to boutique vineyards
  • Savour the best madeleines, chocolates, macarons, pastries, eclairs, caramel, candy, crêpes, cream puffs, pastries ..
  • Take part in a hands-on cooking workshop making delicious desserts
  • Stroll the streets of Paris with an expert guide
  • Discover how Sun King Louis XIV & his royal court lived in the Palace of Versailles
  • Capture images of some of the best Paris has to offer : Eiffel tower, Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, Louvre, Invalides, Pantheon, Opera Garnier, Place des Vosges ..

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