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Paris: 'New York Times Journeys' Afternoon Wine, Cheese, Bread and Chocolate Tour

Paris: 'New York Times Journeys' Afternoon Wine, Cheese, Bread and Chocolate Tour
Food, Wine & Nightlife > Chocolate Tours > Chocolate Tours
$145.88
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs
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Take a trip into 'The New York Times’ much-loved “36 Hours” travel column in one day! Inspired by tips from Times journalists and local experts, this luxury Parisian odyssey is a celebration of what the city does best, focusing on the four staples of French culinary life: wine, cheese, bread and chocolate. Together we'll taste exceptional heritage chocolate, exquisite cheese and artisan bread that’s become the symbol of a nation, concluding with an oh-so-French aperitif and a stroll through the dreamy Luxembourg Gardens for a glimpse of Gustav Eiffel’s pièce de résistance. Expect a local's perspective, hands-on experiences and behind-the-scenes access courtesy of The New York Times'.

Our culinary and cultural adventure will commence right in the heart of the Left Bank, in the famous Boulevard Saint Germain. The first stop will be in the Deyrolle Boutique. A small private taxidermy museum awaits, filled with stuffed leopards and baby elephants, skeletons of various creatures and some odd mash-ups that look as if they belong in a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum instead of on the Left Bank. 

From there you will try the Parisian art of flâner with a walk to the Berges de Seine, a bustling promenade that hugs the river, to reach a hidden alley that used to be the meeting place of the leaders of the French Revolution. The building, which also houses a medieval tower, is now home to Un Dimanche à Paris, a delightful chocolate concept store by Pierre Cluizel, whose family have been making chocolate for sweet-toothed Parisians for over 70 years. Together we will meet the managers and chefs in their exhibition kitchen and discover what it takes to produce these exquisite creations every day.

Burn off the calories you have just consumed taking a stroll along the iconic Boulevard Saint-Germain, past typical cafes and bars where the likes of JP Sartre and Samuel Beckett once sipped coffee, towards the Abbaye Saint-Germain-des-Prés, one of the oldest churches in Paris. We will stop nearby to taste sumptuous macarons at the Pierre Hermé store. Hermé was named Best Pastry Chef in the World in 2016.

The next culinary stop will be at Poilâne, an institution in France. They have been making elaborately decorated sourdough bread in their wood-fired basement ovens here for more than 80 years, a large proportion of which is shipped out to fine dining restaurants around the land. 

We’ll then stumble towards the intoxicating Luxembourg Gardens, which were designed for the Medici family in the early 17th century. As no tour of Paris is complete without paying your respects to a certain tower designed by Gustave Eiffel, we’ll take you to a little known spot in the gardens where you’ll be able to spot the top of the iconic ‘Iron Lady.’

We’ll then head towards Cire Trudon, the world’s oldest candlemaker and perfumier, who began trading all the way back in 1643. King Louis XV was a fan. At the Fromagerie Sanders, a cheesemonger who has been producing creamy curds for four generations, you’ll meet the owners and learn how their love of cheese has made their store one of the best places in Paris to find unusual varieties.

The tour will finish with an aperitif, that is a worthy representative the world over of French savoir-vivre (meaning ‘good manners’). At the winery Bacchus et Ariane we’ll experience this very French tradition, nicknamed l’apéro, and enjoy a friendly and cheerful moment together, drinking wine, sharing bread, trying more unctuous cheese and enjoying some casual chit-chat.

Take a trip into 'The New York Times’ much-loved “36 Hours” travel column in one day! Inspired by tips from Times journalists and local experts, this luxury Parisian odyssey is a celebration of what the city does best, focusing on the four staples of French culinary life: wine, cheese, bread and chocolate. Together we'll taste exceptional heritage chocolate, exquisite cheese and artisan bread that’s become the symbol of a nation, concluding with an oh-so-French aperitif and a stroll through the dreamy Luxembourg Gardens for a glimpse of Gustav Eiffel’s pièce de résistance. Expect a local's perspective, hands-on experiences and behind-the-scenes access courtesy of The New York Times'.