SOLD OUT: Our Fall Insider Guide Through Paris Neighborhoods

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Paris, France
Oct 14 - Oct 21, 2024
7 Nights
Level: 3.5
We rate all trips on a 1 to 5 scale. A designation of 1 would be trips with the least amount of activity, such as our beach trips, where it's up to you if you'd like to be active. Our adventure trips (such as the Inca trail hike) are a 5. Most of our trips are rated 3, for people who don't mind a fair bit of walking.
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About this trip

You may think you’ve done Paris, but our delightful guide, Ellen Williams, knows Paris like the back of her hand and takes us into the neighborhoods where locals live and play. You’ll come away with wider knowledge of the terrain and a deeper understanding of what makes Paris arguably the most fascinating city in the world. 

Click here to watch a video that will introduce you to your guides, Ellen and Lucie Frost, give you a feel for the trip and fill you in on the full itinerary. 

Ellen is the author of three guidebooks on Paris and she’ll take us to lush neighborhoods not normally visited by tourists.  Read the story about our visit to France in 2022.

We Show You the Vibrant Heart of Paris

The itinerary for this Next Tribe Paris adventure is carefully designed to provide a balance of walking through a variety of particularly lovely quartiers, visiting small, lesser-known museums, exploring specially recommended boutiques, and enjoying a select group of cafés, bistros, and brasseries. While this is not a typical sightseeing trip, notable landmarks, and places of interest will be pointed out on all our outings.

NOTE: NextTribe members receive a $100 discount on price. 

We will profit from being in the French capital when there’s daylight until almost 10pm, and when the many gardens we’ll pass through will be in full bloom.

We’re mindful that some of you will want more time on your own to wander, while others are more comfortable sticking with the group. We will happily help you arrange visits to any additional sites of particular interest or with tracking down items you may hope to buy.

We’ll provide you with pre-paid transit cards for all our metro and bus travel within the city. You’ll also receive a special Next Tribe Google map for your phone, so that you can easily locate any of the locations we’ll be visiting or share it later with Paris-bound friends. We’ll help you translate menus and speak with the locals, although many of them speak English. Our goal is to transform any Paris anxiety into Paris excitement. If our last 2 trips are any indication, we’re going to have a terrific time together in one of the best places in the world.

We’ve included a visit on the first afternoon to Monoprix, like a French Target that died and went to heaven. You can stock up here on any Parisian toiletries for your stay, for wonderful snacks for your room, extra socks, whatever.

5 Reasons We Love this Trip

  1. Removing the planning and logistical stress of what can be a daunting city 
  2. Enjoying one of the most beautiful, magical places in the world with a great bunch of women
  3. Getting to the delightful corners of Paris that most visitors would not find on their own
  4. Benefiting from our guide’s decades of Paris experience uncovering terrific shops, restaurants, neighborhoods 
  5. Sampling delicious foods and wines

This trip was everything and more I had hoped for. I wanted to leave the trip not just having "seen" Paris but really experiencing it. Even though I know there is still much to discover I feel like I got a really good feel for all the different neighborhoods ( arrondisements ) the transportation system the culture etc. Ellen really tuned in to making sure she knew what everyone was hoping to do and see and making sure we accomplished those goals. Can I just say FUN? We had so much fun! Walking the streets of Paris with someone who knows it inside and out and genuinely LOVES the city was the best.... And I came home with 12 new friends from all over the country! What a blessing.

- Delcy Brockman

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Itinerary

Mon, Oct. 14th: Welcome to Paris and tour of Rue du Bac

We'll meet our guides for the week, Ellen Williams and Lucie Frost. Once we’ve all arrived at the Hotel des Saints-Peres , we’ll gather in the hotel breakfast room for a welcome lunch while we get acquainted and talk a bit about our legendary quarter, St-Germain-des-Près.

We’ll walk to the nearby Faubourg St-Germain, once the neighborhood of choice for the French aristocracy in elegantly grand city mansions, and tour the Rue du Bac, a super-picturesque Left Bank rue commerçante (commercial street) brimming with gourmet food shops, boutiques, and the amazing Le Bon Marché, one of the oldest (and finest) department stores and food halls. For those interested, we can detour to the Musée Rodin, for the scores of blooming rose bushes in the celebrated sculpture garden.

Our first dinner will be at La Cigalle, a stylish soufflé restaurant near our hotel.

Tues., Oct. 15th: Les Halles and Palais-Royal

In the morning, we’ll explore the old Les Halles quarter, for centuries the central food market of Paris, where some of the finest culinary stores in the city - prized by chefs and home cooks - continue to operate though the market is long gone. Among other stops, we’ll visit the oldest patisserie in the city, and two places that were favorites of Julia Child, Dehilerin, a historic cookware shop, and Au Pied du Cochon, a Les Halles institution since 1947 where we’ll have lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll walk through the historic garden of the Palais Royal and visit two of the loveliest 19th-century covered shopping arcades.

That evening, we’ll be treated to a private dinner at Mokonuts, an innovative small gem of a restaurant near the Bastille.

Wed. Oct. 16th: Montmartre and the Nouvelles-Athènes Quarter

We’ll spend another day on the Right Bank, in the morning touring the winding cobblestone streets of Montmartre, stopping for a lunch of crèpes and hard cider at Breizh Café near the charming Places des Abbesses. Then, it’s on to the mid-19th-century Nouvelles-Athènes quarter that was home to some of the greatest artists, writers, and musicians of the Romantic era and is now a trendy gentrifiying area known as SoPi (South of Pigalle). We’ll linger on the lively Rue des Martyrs, one of the most vibrant streets in Paris, and take a coffee break at a garden tea salon in a 19th-century villa.

After returning to St Germain, dinner will be at Ambos, a modern French-Thai fusion restaurant near the Luxembourg Gardens

Thurs. Oct. 17th: Canal St-Martin

Napoleon ordered the Canal St-Martin in the early-19 th -century to bring fresh water to the capital. Two-hundred years later, the picturesque area around the canal is lined with cafés and boutiques and is one of the most popular areas of town with Parisians, who gather along the banks to watch barges and other small boats navigate through the locks and pass under graceful cast-iron footbridges. We’ll have lunch at Les Enfants Perdus, a restaurant that specializes in seasonal ingredients. In the afternoon, there will be time to explore the lovely and historic Ile-St-Louis, the more intimate of the two Seine islands, where we will sample the celebrated Berthillon ice cream.

Dinner will be at Chez Dumonet, a traditional vintage Left Bank bistro founded in 1898.

Friday, Oct. 18th: Chocolate and Free Time

In the morning, we’ll attend a chocolate-making class at one of the oldest chocolatier in Paris. The rest of the day, you’re free to wander, go to a museum, shop, or return to a place that particularly interested you earlier in the week.

Dinner will be at Basilic, a quiet Left Bank restaurant with a large leafy terrace.

Sat, Oct. 19th: Marché President Wilson, Galerie Dior and Sunset Seine Cruise

We’ll spend most of the day in a particularly elegant part of the Right Bank, starting with a tour of the Marché President Wilson, a twice-weekly street market with vendors offering gorgeous food, flowers, clothing, accessories and housewares. For those interested, a detour to the designer resale shops in adjacent Passy, one of the poshest residential areas of town, and a stop at the Hermès flagship to admire the coveted silk scarves.

After lunch at La Mascotte café, we’ll go to the Galerie Dior, the fantastic, newly installed homage to the esteemed couture house.

That evening, we’ll walk to the historic Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, where we’ll board an hour-long cocktail cruise that will glide us past the great monuments along the Seine, followed by dinner nearby at Le Caveau du Palais on the early-17th-century Place Dauphine. Those interested can easily see the spectacular medieval stained- glass windows nearby at St-Chapelle.

Sun. Oct. 20th: Porte de Vanves Flea Market and the Marais

In the morning, we’ll head to the Porte de Vanves flea market for vintage collectibles, then take a tram to the Marais, where we’ll break for lunch at La Tartine, an art deco wine bar on the Rue de Rivoli.

We’ll visit the Place des Vosges, a lovely square built in the early-17th century by Henri IV for the French aristocracy, and the wonderful Musée Carnavalet, the recently restored Paris history museum. For those interested, this is one of the most stylish shopping districts in the city.

Our farewell dinner will at Colvert, a creative, modern St-Germain restaurant where we’ll be served in a private room.

Mon., Oct. 21st: Departure

All guests make their way to the airport for flights home.

Bon voyage!

Logistics

Fly into one of the Paris airports, either Charles de Gaulle (CDG) or Orly (ORY) and make your way to the hotel in the San Germain area of Paris. The best way to do so is via taxi or Uber. If you want to take public transport, Ellen can give you tips on how to do this.

Before the trip, we will be gathering for a Zoom meet and greet and you will also get a schedule of everyone's flight, so you can see if there will be someone on your flight you can share a taxi with.

Our hotel info is: Hotel St. Peres
65 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 45 44 50 00

We will ask everyone going on the trip to have an international calling plan that includes texting. We use our text group to stay in touch before and during the trip to notify you of any schedule changes etc. Most major providers have international plans that include texting and roaming for a low price of roughly $10 a day.

If you want to extend your stay before or after, we can work with the hotel to arrange this.

If you have questions, please direct them to Marcy Mitchell, our travel manager, at travel@NextTribe.com.

What's Included

  • 7 nights

At the beautiful Hotel des Saints Peres in St. Germain

  • 7 dinners

At some of the city's best restaurants

  • 6 lunches

  • 7 breakfasts

  • Wine with dinner

  • Private guide services

From Ellen Williams, a NextTriber who knows Paris as well as anyone born in the city

  • Entrance to museums

We'll go to small, hidden gems that most tourists miss

  • Paris Flea Market

We'll go to the one with the best deals and most charming merchandise

  • Neighborhood tours

Ellen will guide us through neighborhoods like the Marais, Montparnasse, St. Germain, Canal St. Martin

  • Shopping Tour

Of favorite shops and boutiques (plus designer consignment shops).

  • Local transport

Passes for public transport

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcohol (unless specifically mentioned in an itinerary activity or purchased as an add-on)
  • Tips

Gratuities to local guides, drivers, maids and hotel staff, travel insurance, round trip airfare, passport and visa fees, personal items such as phone calls, laundry, baggage fees and items not expressly listed as included.

Additional Add-Ons

Hotels

Hotel Saints Peres

65 rue des Saints Pères, 75006 Paris

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