Incentive Travel Paris: An extraordinary incentive destination.
Paris Incentive – PROGRAM
Day 1 – Transfer from airport to hotel.
Transfer from airport to hotel by private coach and English speaking assistant.
Check in at hotel.
Dinner cruise on Bateaux Parisiens
The boat cruise on the Seine river is the most pleasant way to discover the city as it unfolds on either side of the river whilst enjoying an excellent dinner.
You will have all the time to admire the most exquisite architectures and all the famous historical places along the waterways such as the Palais de Chaillot, Place de la Concorde, Assemblée Nationale, Musée d’Orsay, Louvre Palace, Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame cathedral, Ile St Louis, Palais de Justice, Conciergerie and more.
Day 2 (4 hours) – AM: Half day Paris city tour.
Join us this morning for an Orientation Tour of Paris, featuring a panoramic drive for your first glimpse of Paris and some of the most awesome and world-famous sights. We begin with a scenic drive along the magnificent tree-lined boulevards of the western end of Paris as designed by Baron Haussmann in the 19th century; along the Champs Élysées with its ceremonial Arch de Triomphe; and onward to look from the terrace of Chaillot Palace across the waters of the river Seine to the striking heights of Paris’s most famous monument, the 100 year old Eiffel Tower. View the École Militaire, the Invalides where Napoleon is buried and the historical magnificence of the Place de la Concorde. Driving further into the narrower streets of the east end of the city, we will see the Ile de la Cité, Paris’s birthplace, the Conciergerie, Hotel de Ville and Pont Neuf. We will drive along the left bank of the Seine with its famous river bank bookstalls, the Sorbonne University and the graceful Palais de Luxembourg, and finally along the arcaded Rue de Rivoli to admire the 17th century elegance of the Place Vendôme.
Day 2 (4 hours) – PM: Half day tour to Ile Saint Louis and Notre Dame.
Ile St louis and Ile de la Cite are two natural islands located in the Seine River. A quick bus ride to the islands and after a walk to explore them in more detail.
Ile St louis named after King Louis IX of France, is one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Paris. Enjoy the elegant 17th century townhouses with their interior courtyards. Have a stop at the most famous ice cream shop in France: Berthillon for a tasting.
Continue to Ile de la Cite, the cradle of Paris to visit the cathedral Notre Dame, a marvel of Gothic architecture and pass by the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie, the former dwelling of the Kings built in the 14th century.
Day 2 (3 hours) – PM: Paris sightseeing Tour by 2CV + visit of Montmartre.
This tour is design to discover the most beautiful monuments of Paris… You will understand why Paris is and will always remain a legendary city…!
Montmartre which has successfully preserved its village atmosphere where many artists chose to live at the end of the 19th century. Artists can still be seen working on the Place du Tertre. The Basilica du Sacré Coeur, with its Romanesque and Byzantine architecture, is one of the premier religious building in Paris.
All cars are convertible 2CVs. Their colors are vibrant and they are numbered on the front doors and hood. The rear seat is covered with velvet cushions for your comfort.
Day 2 (3 hours) – PM: Perfume workshop at Fragonard museum.
An unforgettable learning experience in the world of perfume-making awaits you at the Fragonard perfume factory. You can discover how a perfumer or “nose”masters the art of fragrance creation while learning about the history of the perfume industry. You’ll see which raw materials are used and how they are extracted. By the end of the program, you will be able to compose your own eau de toilette inspired by Roses or the year’s flower, or even a classic eau de cologne (100 ml).A fascinating learning experience in the world of perfume.
This workshop is given by a professional. Each group is welcomed with a guided tour of the factory led by guides fluent in major foreign languages.
Day 2 – Evening: Visit of the backstage of Opera Garnier.
Who has not dreamt of being locked up in this Palace of a thousand secrets, such as the famous Phantom… of the Opera?
Meandering through the artistic treasure that is the Opera Garnier, this is the unique feeling that will be offered to you by our guide. Loose yourself in its silent corridors, be amazed by its rich architecture and the abundant decor. The disconcerting Pythonisse will greet you before you take the majestic “Grand Escalier”, bringing you to the auditorium, the lounges and the foyers.
Day 2 – Dinner at Opera restaurant.
Discover a unique place conceived by the architect Odile Decq in the heart of the Palais Garnier. A mezzanine made of amazing shapes surrounds the original architecture of the Palais Garnier without ever touching it.
Day 3 – (8 hours) 1st Option: Versailles Bike Tour.
Take a tour of Versailles with a difference – by bicycle! It is the perfect way to discover the grandeur of this 2,000 acre Royal Domain!
10H You’ll start your tour by exploring the local market and browse through the brimming food stalls as you choose the best things for your picnic lunch along the lake.
11H The next highlight today is a bike ride through the gardens behind Versailles palace. You’ll leave foot visitors behind on your tour of the palace gardens by bicycle, as visitors on foot can visit only a small fraction of the palace gardens.
12H Arriving at the far end of the Grand Canal, you’ll settle down for a picnic in the exact spot where Louis XIV, XV and XVI ate in order to marvel at their palace. Relax on the grass in peace where only your cycling group will be able to easily reach this end of the Grand Canal.
14H Then spend the day discovering the unique gardens, the inside of Marie Antoinette’s private domain, Grand & Petit Trianons, culminating with your visit of the Chateau itself and its famous Hall of Mirrors.
Roundtrip transfer from Paris with a guide to take a tour of Versailles.
Day 3 – Lunch at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in Versailles.
For lunch, you will experience the finest cuisine at the 2-Michelin starred Gordon Ramsay at the Trianon restaurant. Traditional and intimate, expect innovative interpretations of French classics served against the dazzling backdrop of the Parc de Versailles.
The exclusive Chef’s Table at Gordon Ramsay au Trianon offers a wonderful view of the exciting and dynamic kitchen brigade in action. The table can treat up to six guests to an exquisite, fully personalized lunch or dinner experience, with fabulous cuisine created by Head Chef Simone Zanoni. Menus are created individually for each event, dependant on the freshest market produce and the preferences of the guests.
Day 3 – (5 hours) 2nd Option: Half day tour to Giverny
The tour departs Paris to Giverny situated on the river Epte to visit the charming house and spectacular gardens which inspired the famous French painter Claude Monet.
It was here that he lived for 43 years from 1883 to 1926. As one of the great innovators of the French Impressionist period of painting, some of his best known master-pieces were painted in the English garden surrounding his house together with the water lilies on the pond.
This tour includes a visit to Monet’s studio, the house, gardens, and the water garden with the famous Japanese bridge.
Day 3 – Nightclub Bus.
This is no ordinary party bus – it’s an upscale version featuring a bar and cosy wood-panelled salons with leather armchairs, a cloakroom, turntables and even a photo booth.
The people behind Stan & Walter have come up with an articulated bus done up to resemble an exclusive lounge, offering bespoke city tours with comfort as the watchword. Stan & Walter is perfect for corporate or group transport (up to 50 people) around the streets of Paris to admire the French capital’s iconic monuments while enjoying cocktails with appetizers or a DJ dance party.
Several options can be used to put together a tailor-made event with a specific theme or atmosphere: GoPro cameras, a photography workshop, wine tasting, an urban rally and much more. Stan & Walter provide solutions (in French and English) to their demanding, upscale clientele, 80% of it corporate..
Day 4 – (8 hours) 1st Option: Fashion Day in Paris.
To start the day in style, we will take you for a delicious breakfast at the Plaza Athénée, avenue Montaigne, the most chic of Parisian palaces, the opportunity to revel in the history of the origins of French haute couture and enjoy tasting the pastries of Christophe Michalak, world champion of cakes and pastries.
Your expert fashion guide will reveal the secrets of new collections to you and take you to visit the luxury boutiques of the big names in Parisian fashion on the famous avenue Montaigne.
More is revealed as the tour continues with a visit to a Parisian workshop that is a supplier of haute couture.
After lunch in a restaurant that is one of the favourite of fashionistas, you will enjoy a retro photo session at the Studio Harcourt that will plunge you into the golden age of cinema. You will be served a cocktail to sip as you listen to a presentation of this famous photographic studio with its rich heritage.
Day 4 – (8 hours) 2nd Option: Culinary Experience.
AM: Gourmet Food Tour in Central Paris.
09h00-11h30: Walk into gourmet Paris during this 2 hours and a half tour in Les Halles-Montorgueil area. The place offers many attractions: old shops (including the oldest pastry shop in Paris, Stohrer), French brasseries and traditional restaurants, but also gourmet specialty shops (kitchen tools, food books etc.). Your guide will introduce and explain the highlights of this famous area. Les Halles-Montorgueil is also a place with much cultural interest : St. Eustache church, Jean Sans Peur tower, or Le Grand Cerf passage : let’s get through the heart of Paris !
The tour includes several tasting of French traditional products : pastries, bread, cheese, delicatessen and wine.
12H Then you will have time to enjoy a lunch at the “Marche des Enfants Rouges”. This is the oldest covered market in Paris, and takes its names from the kids dressed in red who used to live in the orphanage of the area. It’s small, but surrounded by a lot of cooked food stalls with terraces where you can eat at ease the menu of your choice: West Indian, French, North African, Italian, …
Day 4 – (4 hours) 2nd Option: Culinary Experience.
PM: The covered passages of Paris with wine tasting.
From the Palais Royal, your guide will take you along to Galerie Vero Dodat for its beautiful art bookshops and onwards to the Galerie Vivienne, one of the most majestic passages, with Italian mosaics on the floor and a glass roof.
The Galerie Vivienne will lead you to the Galerie Colbert, where exhibitions are regularly organized. Philatelists will appreciate the Passage des Panoramas, which leads to the Grands Boulevards made famous by Yves Montand’s songs.
Very popular in the 19th century as an access way 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 street bustle. Today, one can find all kinds of shops here, as well as some cafes and especially, the remnants of a recent past where strolling and parading oneself was an essential activity of daily life.
End this great tour at the Caves Legrand for a private tasting and (re)discover France through its wines!
Day 4 – 1st Option: Dinner at Boeuf sur le Toit.
A legendary temple of jazz music, Le Boeuf sur le Toit successfully combines elegance and modernity while preserving its Art Deco soul. Come taste the latest trends in our original, typically Right Bank food, just a stone’s throw from the Champs Élysées.
Day 4 – 2nd Option: Dinner at la Gare.
Former subway station of Passy – La Muette, located in the 16th district, La Gare invites you to a change of scenery in a timeless atmosphere. Upstairs is the warm and comfy Café de La Gare – an actual conservatory – and its deluxe snack menu. Downstairs is the Restaurant and its imposing dimensions, colonial-style decoration and vintage furniture, offering a sophisticated menu relying on tradition and modernity alike. Last but not least, the beautiful twin terraces give way to lush vegetation for a relaxing interlude right in the middle of Paris.
Day 4 – Theatre with subtitles.
Experience a pleasant evening at the theater to attend a French play, thanks to English subtitles translation.
Many non-French speakers would like to attend a theatre performance in Paris …but the language barrier can cause quite a problem.
To ensure ease of reading of subtitles (displayed in real time above the stage), we book the most appropriate seats for the customers.
What better way to delve into French culture alongside the locals?
Day 5 – (10 hours) 1st Option: Loire Valley Castles Day trip.
Make this tour a highlight of your visit to France! You’ll travel to Tours in the Loire valley by bullet train.
In the beautiful Loire Valley, named the Garden of France you’ll see an extraordinary collection of castles (named chateaux in French) built by the French Kings and noblemen between the 15th and 17th centuries. On arrival in Tours your motor coach and guide will take you to the charming country town of Amboise where you can wander through the narrow streets before visiting the Chateau of Amboise, one of the oldest in the area, home of Francois 1st the renaissance King. It was in Amboise that Leonardo da Vinci finished his days after being called to the court of Francois 1st in 1516.
Continue via the winding roads of the lovely Loire river area to visit the famous Chateau of Chenonceau amongst formal gardens of typical French design. Chenonceau was originally given by Henry II to his mistress Diane de Poitiers, but was occupied after his death by his intriguing queen, Catherine de Medicis.
The chateau is built astride the fast flowing Cher River. Time is free for you to lunch. Afterwards return to Tours for a short visit of the town and board the TGV train to return to Paris.
Day 5 – (10 hours) 2nd Option: Full day tour to Champagne.
Known around the world, thanks to the famous wine to which the Champagne area gave its name, this region offers a multitude of historic buildings, beauty spots and “objets d’art”, as well as the cellars where the great wine mellows.
Visit the interior of the 12th century Gothic Cathedral where the Kings of France were crowned over a period of 600 years but Reims is not only famous for its 12th Century Gothic Cathedral, you will visit a well-known CHAMPAGNE house with a tour of the cellars where millions of bottles are stored. Visit the picturesque village of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon invented the double fermentation method whilst he was Cellar Master at the Abbey. From Hautvillers, drive the short distance to Epernay – the traditional rival to Reims for the title of “Champagne Capital”.
Here you will have an opportunity to explore the old part of the town on foot, and maybe take home a souvenir from one of the many shops displaying the famous products of the region – Moët & Chandon, Taittinger, Mercier, Heidsieck, Bollinger.
Day 5 – (5 hours) 3rd Option: Full day tour to Chantilly including cream chantilly workshop.
The Château de Chantilly is one of the most picturesque castles in the region. It is situated on an artificial lake, and is surrounded by attractive parkland, with the Chantilly forest in the background. The Chateau de Chantilly with the Conde Museum that it houses, along with the Grandes Ecuries, which is home to the Musée Vivant du Cheval and the Parks and Gardens are now a very popular venue. The Musée Condé has the second most important art collection in France after that of the Louvre Museum and includes the world famous work “Les Très Riches heures du Duc de Berri”.
Let the chef share with you the secret of making traditional crème Chantilly. After watching the chef hand whip the cream, each participant will have the opportunity to try the method themselves and to discover the various ways of preparing this famous cream. Finally each person can sample its sweet taste on top of fresh cream puff pastries accompanied by a local specialty, “rhubarb nectar”!
Each participant will leave the workshop with a diploma signed by the chef and a document revealing the many secrets of traditional Crème Chantilly.
Day 5 – (5 hours) 4th Option: Hot Air Ballon Flight at Fontainebleau.
Come and meet us for a balloon ride over the Fontainebleau area to rediscover the true meaning of nature, as once enjoyed by Alfred Sisley and his other impressionist friends. Fly above the emerald green forests, home to wild boar and deer and hunting ground to the Kings of France – above rivers and romantic little villages….less than an hour away from Paris. The total excursion time is three hours with a flight time of approximately one hour. This includes the balloon preparation and inflation, the flight, the traditional “toast aux Aéronautes” at the landing and the return by vehicle to the starting point.
Day 5 – 1st Option: Dinner at Train Bleu.
Situated not far from the Place de la Bastille, inside the Gare de Lyon, the Train Bleu was opened in 1901. this magnificent, opulent train station restaurant is unlike any other in the world—and dining there is an unforgettable experience.
To enter this restaurant is to step back in time and into another world: the extravagant décor is breathtaking, the welcome respectful and dignified. The greatest painters of the time contributed to the magnificent decor of this buffet that is listed as an historic building. The golden-wood paneling, the paintings, the brass luggage racks and the bench seats recreate the heavily ornamented atmosphere of the early 19th century.
Day 5 – 2nd Option: Dinner at Bustronome.
The Bustronome is a high-end double decker bus that stands out in particular for its panoramic glass roof. It takes its passengers into the Parisian atmosphere in the best conditions whatever the season.
A delightful way to discover food and wine of a cultural capital while viewing its most beautiful monuments.
The unprecedented marriage between beauty and pleasure on board this luxury bus-restaurant, an out of the ordinary experience ready to awaken your senses. On board, passengers will discover the most beautiful views in Paris while enjoying the best of its gastronomy.
Capacity of 38 people for each service.
Day 6 – Transfer from airport to Hotel.
Departure from Paris
Check out from hotel, and transfer from hotel to airport by private coach and English speaking assistant.