SWEET CHRISTMAS IN PARIS 2024
Calling all fellow #chocoholics and #travelholics!
Join me on my annual Sweet Tour of Paris!
Back by popular demand, we are headed back to Paris during the Christmas season and I hope you’ll join me on a fairytale trip with storybook villages, twinkling lights and mulled wine as we explore the Christmas Markets in Paris!
We’ll indulge our chocolate cravings and even take a dessert workshop with a French Pastry Chef.
If you love all things Christmas, come join me as we take a trip through time and immerse ourselves in a wonderful holiday tour.
Christmas, macarons and mulled wine...
Join me on this fairytale Christmas tour as we walk the cobbled streets of Paris and explore the Christmas markets while sipping on mulled wine (or hot cocoa).
We will visit a castle all lit up in lights, explore only the best markets for one-of-a-kind gifts you won’t find back at home, we’ll walk through a storybook village all decorated with Christmas in mind and so much more!
Come join me on my second ‘reader trip’ to Paris where we will stay at a luxurious hotel, eat all the best croissants and macarons we can find, indulge in decadent chocolate and mulled wine, take a workshop with a chocolatier and enjoy the holidays in Paris!
How to Reserve Your Spot…
I’m so excited you’re coming with me on this trip! I’m working with Nancy from Absolutely Southern France and she will take care of all the booking details! Please note – you are responsible for booking your own flight. I hope you’ll join my Steena Travels group on Facebook where we can discuss travel questions, talk about suggested times to arrive and leave Paris etc!
A 30% deposit is required to reserve your spot. We only have 10 openings available for this trip.
I can’t wait to share with you my love for Paris!
Exploring Paris at Christmastime is going to be magical! Not only will we be taking in the gorgeous displays, we will be exploring the Christmas Markets inside and outside of Paris, visiting a castle and exploring a storybook village.
During this sweet Christmas tour – we’ll walk through the streets of Paris, find the best Christmas Markets for a little shop-and-walk, we’ll have a hands-on workshop for some delicious treats, we’ll take a few day trips to explore castles and storybook villages with their own markets, have a photo shoot in front of the Eiffel Tower, we’ll be on the hunt for best sweets we can find, and so much more!
We will be staying at the amazing 4* Boutique Hotel Maison Favart!
Staying in the Petite Maison Favart means occupying the cosy apartments of Charles Simon and Justine Favart Ronceray, the famous couple at the heart of the Opera Comique heyday in the 18th century, while overlooking the Opera House!
This trip is designed for both the single traveler and as a ‘girlfriends’ trip.
If you are traveling with a friend/partner/family member, we’re able to offer a slightly discounted price.
This trip is priced in the home currency of the trip’s location (in Euro’s). Airfare is not including in pricing.
Cost as a single traveler with your own room: 5550€ single / 4950€ twin occupancy
- All inclusive trip includes: hotel room in a 4* hotel, airport transfers, all meals indicted in itinerary, Strasbourg Market tour, day trips, hands-on sweet treat workshop, drinks during meals, tips, tour guides and entrance fees.
I can’t wait to share with you my love for Paris as we explore the Christmas Markets together!
NOTE: You will want to schedule your arrival flight to arrive in Paris for Sunday, Dec 1 or earlier. Most flights from Canada/US will need to depart Saturday, Nov 30th to arrive in time.
Day 1 – Sunday, Dec 1: Bienvenue à Paris
Our sweet tour of Paris begins! After being picked up from the airport (transfers included), we will step into a charming 4-star boutique hotel @Maison Favart, where we will have time to freshen up, relax or explore the area (there’s a cafe just down the street, a boulangerie close by and the Opera House is a few minutes walk with lots of shopping in the area! In the evening we will have a welcome cocktail together before making our way to dinner at the Opera House’s chic @ChezCoco.
Day 2 – Monday, Dec 2: Christmas Markets & Chocolate!
One of my favorite areas is the Left Bank and it’s not just because that’s where the famous Shakespeare & Co bookstore is located, ( Odette’s puff pasty is just around the corner) or the fact there’s so many amazing chocolate shops to explore or quaint streets to get lost in. We’ll start our day with a croissant or chocolatine @foudepatisserie, a first boutique of its kind in France where we will find beautiful and yummy pastries by several famous chefs along with other gourmet treats.
For lunch, we will have plenty of options such as crepe drizzling with nutella and french onion soup at the picturesque Christmas Market: Marché de Noel, near Notre Dame Cathedral. Specialties at this market are high-quality arts and crafts, a wide range of clothing, jewellery and fancy gourmet foods. After a glass of mulled wine or a cup of café au lait, we will cross the bridge over the Seine river to enjoy the most spectacular light show as night falls on the Hotel de Ville Chrsitmas market (city hall). Dinner will be at the legendary belle epoque bistrot @Le petit Riche.
Day 3 – Tues, Dec 3: Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas
This morning, we will board a train for a ride through the countryside to winter wonderland: Strasbourg. When we arrive, we’ll have some free time to stroll the 300 stalls at the main market, selling sweets by master chocolatiers, gingerbread, mulled wine and maybe pick up a few hand crafted items as Xmas gifts and there is of course a giant Christmas tree!
After lunch, we will be able to try some of the local specialties such as quiche lorraine, gingerbread, choucroute… , our amazin guide Vincent, will take us for a guided tour of the Strasbourg cathdral, described as “a skillful combination of monumental size and delicateness” by Victor Hugo. The spire is considered as a masterpiece of elegance, numerous ornamental features decorate the facades.
Once night falls and the Christmas lights will illuminte the town, it will be time to have some mulled wine before boarding the train back to Paris having dinner “on the go” with delicacies we picked up from the Strasburg market.
Day 4 – Wed, Dec 4: French dessserts & Montmartre
We will start our day by donning an apron for a hands-on pastry workshop making delicious desserts in Montmartre. We will lunch at a quaint tavern in Montmartre where a nice fondu or raclette will hit the spot. We will have some free time in the afternoon to further explore the area which includes a small Christmas market – or you can visit your favorite museum, or take some time off at the spa in the hotel. On our way to dinner, we will enter the most beautiful passageway of Paris, the Vivienne Gallery for dinner at charming Bistrot Vivienne.
Day 5 – Thurs, Dec 5: Did someone say Chocolate & Caberet?
We will explore the right bank with a guided tour with Vincent of the iconic @Opera Garnier, best known for The Phantom of the Opera.
Before lunch, we will pick out our favorite macaroon and then discover the unique chocolate sculptures by Roger chocolatier. Lunch will be at a cute wine bar at Place de la Madeleine.
We can’t explore Paris at Christmas time without admiring the window displays and the giant Christmas tree in the art deco dome of the Galeries Lafayette. Their gourmet food section is also not to be missed featuring iconic chocolates by Ducasse, Marcolini, Top Chefs and other fine chocolate makers and pastry chefs including Christophe Adam, entirely devoted to éclairs.
We will end the evening with a night you’ll never forget – a genuine french cabaret. After an early dinner dinner, we will head to the @Le Moulin Rouge for champagne and showtime!
Day 6- Friday, Dec 6: A Fairytale Christmas Palace
Today, we’ll visit fairy tale Christmas palace Chateau Vaux le Vicomte on the outskirts of Paris. The castle, which inspired the design of the Château de Versailles, transforms into a magical palace for the Christmas holidays decked out with garlands, illuminations, decorations, vintage toys and baubles which can be purchased in the wonderful gift shop. After lunch at L’Ecureuil, you’ll discover the secrets of the French art of entertaining in the intimacy of a private salon at the château. Dinner will be at the typical french brasserie Le Vaudeville a short walk from the hotel.
Day 7 – Sat, Dec 7: Nothing but the best
Our day will begin with a visit to admire impressionist Monet’s works in a small jewel of a museum, tucked away in Paris’ posh 16th arrondissement. Lunch will be at the magical Christmas market at Les Tuilleries followed by time off to make your last minute purchases. No best day in Paris is complete without a photo op @Eiffel tower and its Christmas village display followed by bubbles at the hotel before our farewell dinner at the elegant @Le Grand Vefour in the courtyard of the Palais Royale.
Sunday, Dec 8: Farewell
It’s time to have our last café au lait and bid farewell to glittering Paris, bringing home unique stocking stuffers, sweet memories and new friendships. Transfers to Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport will be arranged.
Alternately, if you would like to extend your trip, we can help to make those arrangements.