Each day begins with a complimentary hot breakfast at your hotel and each evening is yours to enjoy Paris at your leisure. Lunches will be sit down wherever possible at tried and true places along our route.
Day 1 - Arrive at your centrally located 3 star hotel for your orientation and guided boat tour down the Seine. Enjoy an evening welcome event with your host.
Day 2 - Explore with your guide the winding village-like quarter of Montmartre with it’s ancient windmills, cottages, the Basilica Sacre Coeur with views across the entire city, the Montmartre museum and the nearby garment district. Discover the haunts of artists like Toulouse Latrec, Picasso, Renoir, and the last working vineyard in Paris.
Day 3 - Experience a full day guided tour of the historic Clignancourt flea market. Also known as the Marché St-Ouen, this is the worlds largest flea market with everything under the sun. Vintage clothes are just the beginning with stalls specializing in almost anything you could want. With 7 hectares and 3000 vendors this is a must for anyone who loves a market.
Day 4 - A precursor to the modern day shopping mall, the covered passages in Paris still provide people with services and shops while giving you a chance to get out of the weather and traffic. We will tour through some of Paris’s most beautiful and iconic passages including the Palais Royal and it’s colonnade shops next to the famous black and white striped columns by artist Daniel Buren. After we will visit one of the last traditional couture ateliers in Paris and see how they hand make flowers using techniques developed over 200 years ago.
Day 5 - A guided tour of the textile and fashion museum at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs including the beautiful bijoux (jewelry) collection. Past exhibitions have included, 300 Years of Fashion, Dries van Noten, Martin Margiela, the Hermés Years, and Dior, Couturier of Dreams. Visit the only dedicated fashion museum of Paris to see the latest exhibition and explore the area near the eiffel tower.
Day 6 - Visit a 300 year old tapestry company with a tour of their unique workshops where they still create priceless carpets and weavings. Each tapestry takes up to 7 years to create with 2 to 5 people working on one piece together for that entire time. It is both a school and residences and the site is much the same as it was in the time of Louis the XIV. After we will have a chance to visit a craftsperson to explore the special relationship between art and fashion.
Day 7 - Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Marais, one of Paris' remaining medieval neighbourhoods, focused on shops featuring French arts and crafts. Discover the tiny winding streets of St. Paul village, the beautiful square of the Places des Vosges and some of the best design, fashion and food in the city Paris. We wrap up with a beautiful farewell dinner with the group at a classic French Brasserie.
Please email us with any questions or if you would like to learn more about the locations and details of the tour. This is a sample of what our itinerary looks like and the schedule may change depending on availability, All of our tour experiences maintain the same high level of quality. We will keep all guests apprised of changes once they’ve been confirmed. All tours are guided either by your FXT host or by the experts at our planned museums.