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How to Experience Paris Like a Local

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Your visit to the City of Light can either be a checklist of guidebook suggestions or something so much more special. See Paris like a local and design your trip around these unique Paris experiences.

Renew Your Wedding Vows in Paris

Say “I do” all over again, this time in one of the most classically romantic cities on the planet. Your location? The Eiffel Tower or any other spot in central Paris. The package includes a celebrant, a professional photographer, and up to an eight-person wedding party.

Private WWI Day Trip from Paris

You can visit some of the World War I battlefields on your own, but this private tour provides unparalleled access and an expert historian to act as your guide. From the trenches of Belleau Woods to the somber graves at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, each stop is a chance to learn more about The Great War.

Coco Chanel’s Footsteps Tour

She created the little black dress, and now you can walk in the iconic footsteps of the late, great Coco Chanel. The two-hour tour includes stops at Coco’s favorite cafes and her first hat shop, plus a cup of rich hot chocolate and a narration about the icon’s most titillating exploits.

Perfume Workshop in Paris Led by Master Perfume Maker

From musky to floral, sweetly scented to powdery and fresh, French perfume is eternally luxurious and elegant. Now you make your own DIY spritz under the guidance of a master perfume maker. You’ll also soak up the history of perfume-making and discover how to craft a new signature scent that’s 100 percent you.

Behind the Scenes of a Boulangerie: French Bakery Tour in Paris

French bread is one of the crustiest, chewiest, softest, most decadently savory treats in existence. Try your hand at baking your own loafs with the tutelage of an expert French baker as part of this behind-the-scenes tour. You’ll learn about more than just bread, too; lessons include a look at baguettes as well as delicate French pastries, and you’ll get treats to take home with you, too.

Private Tour: Fashion History in the Heart of Paris

For those who love haute couture almost as much as life itself, there’s this tour that encompasses the very best parts of Parisian fashion yesterday, today, and tomorrow. From vintage boutiques to a walk through key design districts occupied by designers you’ll likely see making headlines next Fashion Week, this is wearable art at its finest.

Small-Group Wine Tasting Trip to the Champagne Region

It’s a short, pleasant ride from Paris to Champagne, where you’ll experience top-tier bubbly served by revered houses like Taittinger and Mercier. You’ll tour the estates, enjoy a mouthwateringly tasty lunch, and indulge in private tastings surrounded by sloping vineyards studded with plump grapes and oodles of history.

St-Ouen Flea Market: Bargain-Hunting Tour in Paris

If you like a good deal, you’ll love scouring the hundreds of stalls at the storied open-air St-Ouen market. Your guide will help you navigate the incredibly expansive collection of shops, introducing you to secret spots beloved by locals and even coaching you as you haggle your way to rock-bottom pricing.

Ghosts, Mysteries, and Legends Night Walking Tour of Paris

A city with as much history as Paris is bound to have a darker side, and this is it. Venture off the beaten path away from candlelit restaurants and let your tour guide tell you the tale of ghosts and unsolved mysteries lurking at places like the Hotel de Concierge (site of Marie Antoinette’s imprisonment) and the hellish confines of the Place de Greve.

Literary Paris: Private Book Lovers’ Tour

The City of Light has hosted some of our most prized authors, and this three-hour tour allows you the opportunity to get up close and personal. See where Balzac and Simone de Beauvoir hung out, have a moment of silence at the site of Oscar Wilde’s death, and stop by a café for an espresso and a chance to pick up copies of your favorite works.

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