France with Friends

The Art Trip of a Lifetime!

Inspired by you and designed for you, this will be the art trip of a lifetime! We will explore the city of lights  together and uncover its artistic and cultural treasures. With private tours of the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, the Pompidou and more, we will marvel at masterpieces, but we will also uncover hidden gems in smaller and less-frequented museums. In particular, we will have a personalized tour of the temporary exhibition, Pionnières  at the Musée du Luxembourg, spotlighting women artists of the roaring twenties. Beyond the museum, we will discover the history of Paris. Lodging at Hotel Artus, a sophisticated boutique hotel in Saint-Germain-des-Près, we will be in the picturesque heart of the city with easy access by foot and by metro to the Louvre, Notre Dame and other major sites. There will be time to relax and deepen our connection through discussion, merriment and laughter. Each day, we will discuss what we've seen together at an historic or trendy café, nourishing our hearts and deepening our bonds. After all, this trip is as much about friendship as it is about art! Not only a feast for our eyes and sisterhood for our souls, this voyage offers a veritable delight for our palates. We'll dine at the city's finest dining establishments, from Michelin star restaurants to hidden bistrots. We will not do as tourists do! Instead, we will do as the locals do and savor the best that Paris has to offer as we immerse ourselves in everyday Parisian life. 

This deluxe voyage is curated for an intimate group of women who wish to travel tastefully, while deepening their connection to art, culture and each other.


In addition to Paris, you have the option to travel like royals to the Loire Valley where we'll walk in the footsteps of the French queens in their castles. We'll escape the crowds and discover enchanted palaces, hidden histories and local traditions. We'll sleep like royals in a castle at the Château Hotel, Domaine de la Tortinière, and pamper ourselves at the spa and pool. This hotel has welcomed many famous guests over the years including Audrey Hepburn. We'll have private tours of magnificent chateaux, including  Chenonceau, Chambord and Chaumont-sur-Loire. And with wine and cheese tastings, we'll discover the Loire's unique terroir. We'll slow down and enjoy unique cuisine, wine and gastronomy as we relax in the stunning countryside and enjoy each other's company.

I can't wait to show you the finest art, food and wine

that France has to offer!

Oh the fun we'll have!

Art:

Private Guided Tours of the following museums led by Lauren:

The Louvre

Musée d'Orsay - Impressionism

Orangerie - Monet's waterlilies

Pompidou - Modern Art

Notre Dame & Sainte Chapelle

Musée du Luxembourg & meeting with Curator Camille Morineau

Musée de Montmartre - Suzanne Valadon's former studio

Musée Nissim de Camondo

Jewish Walking Tour of the Marais

Art Gallery Tour with Contemporary art expert Caroline Etter

 

Castles:

Private Guided Tours of the following French castles led by Lauren:

Versailles

Chambord*

Chenonceau*

Villandry*

Chaumont-sur-Loire*

International Garden Festival*

Clos Lucé, Amboise & Blois*

Fashion:

Meet-and-Greet with Haute Couture expert Guénola du Halgoüet

Fashion History at Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Tour of the historic La Samaritaine, Le Bon Marché and Grande Épicerie

Vintage Couture and Paris Arcades Shopping Experience

Food, Wine and Epicurean Delights:

Three Course Meal at a Michelin Star Restaurant in Paris

Private Champagne Tasting - Women Wine Makers with Cynthia Coutu

Sugar Crawl Pastry Walking Tour of Saint-Germain-des-Près with Pastry Chef Lisa Allen

Food Market Tour of Marché d'Aligre

Private Pastry Making Class at Versailles with Molly Wilk

Loire Valley Vineyard Tour & Tasting*

Loire Valley Cheeses Tasting*

Nightlife:

Live Jazz Concert featuring drummer Jeff Boudreaux

Paris bars à vin and wine tasting with Charlotte King

Belly dancing class with Yaël Zarca

Night out in Saint-Germain-des-Près

& MORE!

This itinerary is subject to change

*Included in Ultimate Package Paris & Loire Valley

All activities are optional

You're in good hands with Lauren!

Art Historian and French national licensed guide

 and an exceptional team of

French Culture Experts!

Carrie Angoff

French cuisine and culture expert with 15 years' experience running international cultural exchanges.

Cynthia Coutu

Award winning certified wine professional focused on women wine makers and Champagne.

Caroline Etter

Art historian, curator, consultant and licensed guide with vast knowledge of contemporary art.

Chiara Gugliemucci

Fashionista and licensed guide from Venice.

Guénola du Halgouët

French fashion consultant and strategist in haute courture and luxury brands.

Charlotte King

Licensed guide, art, theater and wine expert. Interpreter for renowned French winemakers and sommeliers.

Camille Morineau