SOLD OUT: Our Insider Guide Through Paris Neighborhoods

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Paris, France
May 14 - May 21, 2024
7 Nights
Level: 3
8-12 Travelers

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Deposit: $500

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Trip Description

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. The co-leader of the trip is writer Lucie Frost. 

This trip is sold out, but we’re offering the same trip with both Ellen and Lucie as leaders, Oct. 14-21. Get all the details and sign up here, before the fall trip sells out as well.

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.

Cancellation Policy

Your initial deposit in non-refundable and reserves your spot on a trip. Even though your deposit is non-refundable, it is transferrable to another trip provided you cancel at least 60 days prior to the start of the trip. You may apply your deposit toward any other trip through 2024.

Full payment for your retreat is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip. At 60 days prior to your trip, there are no refunds for any reason. If you must cancel within this 60-day period, you will need to contact your travel insurance company for reimbursement.

Up until 60 days prior to your trip, you can receive a refund for all but the deposit, which, as stated above, can be transferred to another trip through 2024.

At 60 days prior to retreat, there are no refunds or credits. Your room and tour has already been paid to our vendors. NextTribe cannot offer refunds for any reason (Covid, injury, illness, death, etc). For this reason, we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance.

To officially cancel, you must send an email to NextTribe stating that you wish to cancel to

If we are forced to postpone or cancel your trip due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the trip as planned (including, but not limited to, natural disasters, manmade disasters, Covid, disease, travel restrictions, etc.) NextTribe will offer credit for another trip (with a $100 discount on the next trip) or refund all of your payments. California travelers please note that NextTribe’s Seller of Travel license number is 2153726-70 and we do not participate in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF).


We will make every effort to operate all trips as advertised, however all itineraries are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter or make reasonable substitutions as deemed necessary.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is recommended to be purchased within 21 days of booking your retreat.




TUESDAY, May 14th

Welcome to Paris

We'll meet our guide for the week, Ellen Williams, above. Once we’ve all arrived at the Hotel des Saints-Peres , we’ll gather in the hotel lobby 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, and a detour to 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.


Les Halles and Canal St-Martin

We’ll start the day walking through the historic garden of the Palais Royal to visit one of the oldest of the 19th-century covered shopping arcades. From there, 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 – including Dehilerin, Julia Child’s favorite cookware shop – continue to operate though the market is long gone.

Then on to lunch at Les Enfants Perdus, a restaurant near the Canal St-Martin that specializes in seasonal ingredients. The picturesque area around the canal 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 along the 200-year-old waterway.

That evening, on the way to dinner at La Fontaine de Mars, a popular traditional French bistro since 1908, we’ll stop to take photos at the foot of the nearby Eiffel Tower.

THURSDAY, May 16th

The Nouvelles-Athènes Quarter

We’ll start the day in the Nouvelles-Athènes quarter, a mid-19th-century neighborhood that was home to some of the greatest artists, writers, and musicians of that era, and today is a trendy gentrifiying area of Lower Montmartre is known as SoPi (South of Pigalle).

Visit to the Musée Gustave Moreau – a wonderfully intimate museum that honors the work of the Symbolist painter whose gorgeous home and studio this was. We’ll take a coffee break at the garden tea salon ofthe nearby Musée de la Vie Romantique, set in a private 19th-century villa, and then tour the lively Rue des Martyrs, one of the most vibrant streets in Paris.

After lunch at Breizh Café, an excellent creperie near the charming Places des Abbesses, we’ll have free time in colorful Montmartre.

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

FRIDAY, May 17th

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

We’ll travel an hour by train to Vaux-le-Vicomte, the exquisite 17th-century chateau and gardens that served as the inspiration for Versailles. We’ll enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch on the grounds designed by the celebrated landscape architect André le Nôtre.

On our return to Paris, we’ll have time to further explore our St Germain quarter before dinner in Montparnasse at La Coupole, the legendary Jazz Age brasserie.

SATURDAY, May 18th

Right Bank, Dior Museum and Sunset 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 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.

SUNDAY, May 19th

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.

We’ll stroll to the lovely Ile St-Louis, the more intimate of the two Seine islands, with a stop at Berthillon for their celebrated ice cream. Dinner will be at Semilla, a modern restaurant with lighter contemporary cuisine in St Germain.

MONDAY, May 20th

Whit Monday Celebration and Extra Exploring

Our experience has been that most women prefer a largely loose itinerary on the final day to wander, go to a museum, shop, or return to a place that particularly interested you earlier in the week.

We’ll arrange for a place to meet for lunch or a picnic in the Luxembourg Garden.

Our farewell dinner will at La Petite Chaise, a short walk from the hotel, where we’ll be served in a private room.

TUESDAY, May 21st


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

Bon voyage!


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

  • Visit to Vaux le Vicomte

An excursion to the chateau that was the inspiration for Versailles.

  • Shopping Tour

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

  • Local transport

Passes for public transport

Additional Add-Ons


Hôtel des Saints Pères


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What’s different about your trips?

We curate trips specifically for curious, engaged women over 45. You’re pretty well assured that your fellow travelers will be a lot like you–since you’ve all responded to the idea of “aging boldly.”. That means built-in compatibility in your small group, including the woman who is leading the adventure.. In addition to specializing in group travel for people who don’t normally like group travel, we also pride ourselves on creating experiences that allow you to interact with local women or get deeper into the culture than you would if you planned the trip yourself.

Where do you go?

We have a wide range of weekend jaunts here in the U.S. for those who want a quick getaway. We also love taking women to Mexico, where founder Jeannie Ralston used to live. We’re always talking about pushing boundaries, and we’re doing that in the geographic sense too. For those with more time, we offer trips all over Europe, to India, Vietnam, Peru (for a hike on the inca Trail to Machu Picchu). Soon, our travelers will be getting passport stamps in even more countries on six continents. Be saving those frequent flier miles!

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NextTribe is affiliated with the Transformational Travel Council, an international group of travel professionals dedicated to making the world a better place, one trip and one traveler at a time. We recognize that travelers, especially post-pandemic, are looking for more than just a date and a destination. They can shop for that anywhere online. Our community honors the intention behind a traveler’s investment in a trip. Our travelers want to have fun (we do too!) and to travel with a sense of purpose and belonging. That’s why we go to great lengths to provide ways for women to self-select by reading the articles in our magazine and the content of our website. If you like what you see, you’re likely to be a NextTribe traveler, and we look forward to seeing you on a trip soon!

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If you really prefer to book your travel yourself and go it alone, we applaud you. That’s brave and bold and we would never try to talk you out of it. But our trips are designed so that even a woman who’s used to traveling alone, or someone shy about meeting new people, will feel comfortable in our group. Our trip leaders are there to “read the room” and make sure everyone feels included and respected.

What if I don’t like group travel?

We don’t either! Not the way most groups do it. If you feel like doing what the group is doing, great! Join us for dinner or just some of the activities. All the benefits of solo travel and the comfort of being with a group. Our groups are small (normally around 12 to 14 women) and in most situations, you are free to opt out of an activity. We figure you’re grown-ass women who know what’s best for you.

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We are committed to providing what we call “affordable-luxury” travel. Don’t expect
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trip and the destination. We offer domestic trips for under $2,000 for a shared room, which we encourage. If you don’t have a roommate we will match you with someone. Sometimes this has resulted in lasting friendships with new travel buddies., Some of
our longer trips–two weeks in India or Vietnam, for example–will cost between
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Our trips cover most everything you’ll need to dive into a destination. Hotels and most meals, plus special experiences such as hands-on classes and sessions with local artists, writers or entrepreneurs are almost always included, but each trip is different so please be sure to read The Experience and the itinerary. We occasionally have an add-on for an extra price, but those are clearly designated. What’s not covered as a rule are airfare, alcohol and tips.

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What’s the activity level of the trips?

Most of our trips are geared for active travelers who like to walk–a rating of 3 on our 1-5 rating scale. Here are some examples of how we rate. A designation of 1 would be our beach trips, where it’s up to you if you’d like to stroll down the beach, or play in the waves or walk around the small town. Trips where we have dedicated transportation for much of the time (such as India) are a 2; Paris is a 3 because we believe the best way to appreciate a city is to view it on foot. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is a 4, because you’ll be walking up some hills (at 6,000 feet altitude) and occasionally on cobblestone sidewalks. Our Inca trail trip is a 5, as are our more adventurous outdoor trips.

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