Paris: 'New York Times Journeys' Afternoon Walking tour, Pastries, Cheese & Wine
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'.
per adult from
210 to 240 minutes
What's included :
- Local English-speaking guide
- Hot chocolate with a pastry sample
- Contemporary macaron by Pierre Herm
- Cheese tasting with bread and a glass of wine
- Surprise souvenir to take home
What's excluded :
- Additional food and drink
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, Place St-Germain-des-Pres, 75006 Paris France
The area symbolises best the “left bank” in Paris where artists, writers, musicians and all what Paris had of “Bohemians” once lived. Quickly gentrifying, the area still remains a little something special. This is what we will try to unveil during this tour focusing on some of the most famous stores and sights of this Parisian neighbourhood.
Duration: 4 hours
Stop At: Deyrolle, 46 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris France
Our first stop will be in the Deyrolle Boutique that is not all it seems upon first glance: it looks like a regular old gardening store from the outside but the second floor houses a unique ‘cabinet des curiosités’ that will make you feel like you have just stepped out of a time machine. 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.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Seine River, 75001 Paris France
The embankments of the Seine river are probably some of the most romantic places in Paris and offer a fantastic panorama on some of the most famous sights in the city. We will “flâner” as the French say, gently stroll stroll along the river, past the Louvre and the Institut de France for some great view.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Un Dimanche à Paris, 4 8, 6 Cour du Commerce Saint-André, 75006 Paris, France
At the former printing house of Jean-Paul Marat, another radical voice of the Revolution, we will taste the best hot chocolate in the city. 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.
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: Boutique Pierre Hermé, 72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France
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 and as we all know, a pâtissier is judged on the quality of his macarons so it’s comforting to discover that Pierre has also been nicknamed the ‘Pablo Picasso of macarons.’ His pastries are like works of art, evoking a tinge of guilt as you take that first ruinous bite, which is soon forgotten as the sweet and tart flavors begin to tickle those tastebuds.
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: Boulangerie Poilane, 8 rue du Cherche Midi, 75006 Paris France
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. Doctors have even prescribed the bread to their patients, claiming it is good for digestion.
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: Luxembourg Gardens, Rue de Medicis Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris France
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,’ giving you an opportunity to take some alternative holiday snaps from a different perspective.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Fromagerie Sanders, 4 rue Lobineau Marché Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris France
the Marché Couvert (or covered market), is the place to buy some of France’s most delectable cheeses. 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.
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: Bacchus and Ariadne, 4 Rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris, France
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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Departure Point :236 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris, France
Departure Time :2:00 PM
Return Detail :4/6 Rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris, France
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- This tour is vegetarian and gluten-free friendly. We can also accommodate other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
- This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge.
- Wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget an umbrella if it is a rainy day.
- For your New York Times Journeys/Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- By joining this tour you are supporting various family-owned businesses. You will sample a pastry and a hot chocolate in a shop owned by Pierre Cluizel, an important figure in the 4th generation of pastry chefs and chocolate makers in the Cluizel family. Opened in 1947, their chocolate only uses cacao from producers that pay special attention to preserving the natural ecosystem of the cacao trees.
- As part of your tour you will also try bread from Poilâne, an 80-year-old bakery that has been in the same family for three generations.
- Lastly, the surprise gift you receive at the end of your tour comes from a very old candle maker, also owned by a family who needed to find creative ways of adapting to modernity in order for the business to survive.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.