Paris is the City Of Lights, romance, food, culture and history. It needs no introduction as its sights are known as some of the most iconic and beautiful throughout the world. Despite being the dream destination for millions of people each year families coming to Paris are often overwhelmed and lost. Although spoiled for choice with sights, activities, museums and day trip options narrowing down an itinerary which will entertain the children while engaging the adults is often challenging. For this reason we have put together a time-tested week long itinerary, using tours and guides which have astonished many of our most discerning clients and which will amaze and entertain every member of your family as well.
Arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport where your private driver will be waiting to whisk you away to your beautiful, historic and extremely family friendly Victoria Palace Opened in 1913 this boutique property is a family favorite due to their large room sizes, more than half are greater than 375 square feet and their complimentary children’s program which focuses on creating an unforgettable trip for the youngest members of your family. Enjoy the combination of classically French décor combined with modern amenities and a central location in the Left Bank’s residential neighborhood of Cherche-Midi.
Upon check-in children between the ages of 4 and 12 staying for at least two nights, will receive a special a “Junior Frenchman’s Welcome Kit” to help them remember their visit to the French capital and provide them with a keepsake which they will be able to enjoy over time as well as show to their friends, teachers and grandparents back home. It includes a traditional French surprise, a paper cornucopia filled with toys and sweets, plus a selection of one of three books in French or in French and English with the child’s name and the date of stay.
For an exceptionally enjoyable experience, we recommend the Two-Bedroom Suite which provides families with ample room including a parlor and a bedroom with a canopied king-sized bed, which can be split into two twin beds and a connecting room with a king-sized bed which can become two twin beds. A roll-away bed may also be added if required.
After dropping off your bags and settling in we get you acquainted with this incredible city, on a quintessential family favorite tour.
Walking tour and Fun-filled Tuktuk Ride Through Paris:
This tour encompasses the best of Paris and includes both the popular tourist sights as well as smaller off the beaten path locations. Starting at the Notre-Dame de Paris, discover the history of one of the oldest and most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Next you will head over to the Louvre Museum where the kids will be entertained with anecdotes about its history during the time it served as a royal palace. You will not be going into the museum today so enjoy the views and stories, we’re saving the Mona Lisa for tomorrow.
From the Louvre, enjoy a relaxed walk at the Tuileries Gardens. This vast and beautiful park walks you until Place de la Concorde. On the way to the iconic square you will stop at the Palais Garnier, also known as The Opera. In the 19th century this ballet and opera hall was responsible for the revitalization of the entire surrounding neighborhood as cafés and shops opened for business attracting patrons of the arts, musicians and dancers. Today the neighborhood pays homage to its storied past, beautifully blending history and change.
Making your way past the opera you will find yourself in very heart of Paris, The Place de la Concorde. Your guide is going to show you which hotels, ministries or churches are hidden behind the columned facades of historic buildings all while entertaining your children with engaging stories. If you look straight ahead you will see the glorious Champs-Elysées avenue and Arc de Triomphe!
Last but not least, your guide is taking you up to Montmartre to see Paris from the best point of view! You will be driven in a private Tuktuk for a scenic 60 min ride along Paris’s most famous streets. The Sacré-Coeur terrace provides an extraordinary panoramic view above Paris.
Finish off your busy day with a relaxing dinner in one Paris’s famous cafes such as Le52, A hangout for 10th arrondissement locals and other Right Bankers who love the accessibility of the neo-brasserie format. Make sure to grab a spot on the terrace and enjoy another one of Paris’s favorite pastimes, people watching.
Today your morning starts with complimentary breakfast and famous French espresso. Enjoy a quiet morning and take in the sights as you will be heading to the Louvre.
Treasure Hunt At Le Louvre:
While the iconic and world renowned Louvre museum is both the largest and one of the finest in the world many families are intimidated by its vast halls and infamously long lines. While you may not be able to spend endless hours perusing the thousdands of exhibits adorning the walls, floors and ceilings for the museum we can make this experience both entertaining and meaningful. With the right guide and well planned itinerary The Louvre can be a fabulous place for children.
You will start with skip-the-line passes and as you are whisked past the crowds your children will be given an important assignment. They will have to unravel a mystery inside the Louvre! Walking the halls of this enormous palace will become an engaging and educational game with an art historian by their side. They will be exploring Egyptian mythology, Greek Latin Antiques and, of course, Italian Art, such as the famous Mona Lisa!
Your guide will give your kids an activity booklet, tailor made for them, which allows them to use their incredible imaginations and become actors of their tour. They will explore the works of art and be asked exciting questions, knowing that with each correct answer, they will win a clue written on a card. Once the whole set of cards has been collected and all the clues put together they will be able to solve the mystery!
Of course, this Louvre for kids tour is not only focused on your children! Everyone in your family will see the main masterpieces of the museum and will learn engaging facts from your guide.
Following your tour enjoy a relaxing stroll through the streets of Paris. Check out the Montmartre neighborhood and the beautiful Basilica du Sacre-Coeur.
Tonight we recommend a fun dinner at Rosa Banheur http://rosabonheur.fr/ Located in one of the city’s largest and most beautiful parks Buttes Chaumont, this kid-friendly café takes a relaxed approach to dining. The Basque-style menu features classic tapas so grab a tray and sit outside at any one of the large, communal tables under the trees, and watch the kids run wild.
Explore the beautiful and historic area of Le Marais. This Parisian quarter positioned in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris has been at the heart of every important event in French history as mansions and the powerful families who inhabited them rose and fell. Stroll the streets and stop in the shops then explore the Jewish quarter where a vibrant community blossomed and survived for centuries.
Paris Catacombs Surprises
Under the southernmost part of the city lies one of the most incredible and eerie sights in Paris. Almost like another city unto itself these underground, multistoried rooms and long corridors became the Paris Catacombs. Unlike the ones found in Rome, they were never used as a cemetery. More than 100 steps below street level begins a 2 km route which leads you deep into a land of stones and bones. The bones belong to more than 6 million Parisians who quietly rested in intramural cemeteries until 1786. Moved here for hygienic reasons, they were respectfully set up by workers who never lacked imagination. While walking you will see a lot of bones, but never placed in the same patterns. Walls of shins, pillars of skulls, thighbones decoratively arranged: this is the kind of unusual architecture you’re about to discover.
This catacombs tour in Paris guarantees shivers and hilarious anecdotes. You will learn about the funny Quarrymen Foot-bath’s rite. You’ll discover which pragmatic reason lies behind the (slightly too) solemn Pedestal of the Sepulchral Lamp, or which very fashionable event the Rotunda of Shins hosted in 1897.
Although not appropriate for young children, families with school age and middle school age children thoroughly enjoy this tour.
After a couple busy days exploring and touring the main attractions you will want to sleep in and spend a day relaxing and experiencing some of the great pleasures of Paris.
French Pasty Cooking Class:
We know that you’ve heard of French cuisine’s reputation, pastries in particular: macarons, tartelettes citron meringuée, éclairs au chocolat, and so on. It’s time now to lean how to make them!
Located in the oldest foodie neighborhood of the city this fully equipped workshop will be your pastry laboratory! Your personal pasty chef will share with you her expertise to help you build your knowledge and then guide you through the process of creating incredible confections. Learn how to make proper cream, to line a baking mold with dough, and to correctly separate egg’s whites. After baking, savor your delicious treat while enjoying a warm cup of tea or coffee.
Private Seine River Cruise and Sunset at the Eiffel Tower:
To make the most of Paris while having the kids amused and relaxed a private cruise on the Seine River is an absolute must-do. Your family will be able to take in the sights and beauty of Paris from the comfort of your own luxury pontoon-boat.
During this 1.5-hour private cruise, you’ll catch glimpses of Notre-Dame, the Louvre, the Obelisk on Place de la Concorde, the magnificent Alexandre III bridge and of course the Eiffel Tower. The entire family will be entertained with stories and insights from your local guide while the kids will have their very own booklets with fun riddles to solve on the way.
Following the tour you will have a chance to visit one of the most iconic sights in the world, the Eiffel Tower. Learn the history, be wowed by the views and most importantly create a life-long love of travel and learning for your children.
Eat dinner at one of the nearby cafes, or for a truly unforgettable experience make reservations at one of the restaurants in the Eiffel Tower. Jules Verne or The 58 Tour Eiffel.
Versailles palace is one of the top requested tours for first time as well as repeat visitors to Paris. An easy ride from the city transports you back in time and brings you to one of the most beautiful castles in the world. Palace Of Versailles
Magical Versailles Place & Gardens
On our Palace of Versailles Tour, you will experience more than a simple visit. Travel back in time and learn the delicate rules of the Court and understand why Ladies and Noblemen would have killed to hold a position close to the King. At the start of the tour, parents and children receive a Historical Character Card. With your card, step into the shoes of the courtiers and servants that were living close to the King. Along the tour, your guide will call your card and tell tales of the incredible life of your character!
In the 17th century, many Courtiers visited Versailles to pay tribute to the King, expecting from him favors and promotions. Today, visitors still travel the world to see the Palace of Versailles, the most beautiful castle in France, and learn about Louis
XIV, the most famous King in French history.
Break for lunch at the famous Ducasse Restaurant before heading out to explore the Versailles Gardens and witness the incredible Musical Fountains Show.
For a truly special experience inquire about The Royal Serenade in the Hall of Mirrors. This is a unique forty-minute visit to the Grand Apartments at sunset in the company of the Musiciens des Folies Françoises and the Compagnie de Danse l’Eventail. Make your way from the Royal Chapel’s Vestibule, to the Hercules’s Salon through the Hall of Mirrors. The musicians are dressed in magnificent baroque costumes, which bring to life scenes from this 17th century court.
Tonight have dinner at the lovely Le Petit Commines
The Paris restaurant is located near Saint-Germain-des-Prés, thus, his name is a nod to Jacques Prévert, a fan of word games and famous neighborhood resident. “Philippe Delacourcelle knows how to handle spices like few other French chefs. He also trained with the late Bernard Loiseau, and learned the art of French pastry at Fauchon”
After spending several days exploring the main sights in Paris many visitors are ready to break off and explore other parts of France. For unique experiences with older children we recommend the following options:
Day of Champagne and Choloate:
Set off mid morning on a private tour of some of the most beautiful country side in France. Visit the historically important city of the Reims and explore its 13th century Cathedral, which is larger than Notre-Dame de Paris and housed the coronation of 25 kings of France before becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Next head out and enjoy the views of rolling hills, stop for lunch and a champagne tasting in a private cellar and explore the vineyards on a relaxing tuk tuk ride.
In the afternoon head back to Epernay to visit the famous Moët et Chandon which started off as a favorite champagne of King Louis XV and retained its reputation for centuries to follow. From Napoleon to Queen Victoria, everyone wanted a glass of Moët et Chandon! Although the tasting is delicious a walk through the 17 miles of underground cellars is truly memorable.
End your tour with a chocolate artisan to discover their specialty bouchons au chocolat (chocolate with champagne) before heading back exhausted and happy.
D-Day History Tour
Today you have an early breakfast before being picked up by your private driver to experience a powerful trip back in time to the the D-Day invasion of Normandy by the Allied forces. A crucial period for the outcome of World War II this tour teaches you the history and lets you reflect on its impact on all our lives, visiting the iconic sites of the Normandy D-Day Landings in the company of your driver and personal guide. On 6 June 1944, also known as D-Day, the Allies opened up a new front against the troops of Germany’s Third Reich. It was the largest military operation in history, marking the start of the Battle of Normandy, which eventually lead to the end of the Second World War.
Although a somber reminder of the many lives lost in this war the tour offers a beautiful window into the willpower and resolve of the more than 150,000 soldiers from America, Britain, Canada, and many other different nations who landed by air and sea on a number of beaches along the Normandy coastline in an effort to save Europe. Visit the Pointe du Hoc. Caen Memorial, dedicated to films and illustrations about World War II, the American Cemetery in Colleville and the famous Omaha Juno Beaches, which were the site of the famed D Day landing.
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