Shadow of the Champs-Elysées

Tour

Since its creation in the 17th century for the purpose of parading carriages by Louis XIV, this area has been a prestigious headquarters of the world’s elite, as well as a showcase for imposing mansions, impressive exhibition halls and the most prestigious shops found in the City of Lights.

On this tour you’ll meander on and off the beaten path, discover the more secret facets of Les Champs Elysées and savor the secrets of French gastronomy and fashion.

Price per private group of 1 to 4:

Starting at le Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées and ending at le Parc Monceau, your private guide will take you inside the places seen on postcards and into their backstage. Enjoy an aperitif at le Petit Palais where you will be introduced to the architectural marvels of the French, taking in the impressive site of the complex of the Grand and Petit Palais. These impressive structures were built, like the Eiffel Tower, as attractions for the universal exhibitions. The Petit Palais and the Grand Palais encompass the extravagance of the Belle Epoque.

After describing the age of extravagant consumption, your guide will take you further down the Champs and tale you tales from the time of Gluttony under the Monarchy. Finally, you will end your tour in the magical gates of Parc Monceau—the favorite garden of Claude Monet—giving you a glimpse into the green leisure of Paris.

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But this tour will also give you a taste of today's pleasures on the Champs : the world’s most famous macaroons and pastries are there for you to taste, and beautifully designed shops to tempt you. When you know everything about “Les Champs”, your guide will take your for lunch in a modern bistro, where you will learn the secrets of traditional cuisine and modern gastronomy, and tell you the stories of what is in your plates and glass to enhance your enjoyment of a French gastronomic meal.

Then, follow the advice of Rousseau and take a digestive walk among the mausoleums of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, up to the magical gates of Parc Monceau, the favorite garden of Claude Monet. 

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From the Singing Cafés to the Widows' road

“In the evening the Champs Elysees are thronged with the middle and lower classes peacefully amusing themselves in promenading, sitting at the Cafes Chantants, gambling for gingerbread nuts and sugar-plums, etc... much as in an English fair, but without the drunkenness and madness of our lower orders. There is a very handsome circus (Cirque de l'Imperatrice) about half-way up the Champs Elysees, where equestrian performances take place, and the Concerts Musard are held every evening during summer in a pretty garden behind the Palais de l'Industrie. The Bal Mabille opens out of the Alice d'Antin, just beyond (on 1.) the great Rond- Point or circle, with a fountain. One of the drives is called Allée des Veuves, because in former days widows and persons in deep mourning frequented it as more retired than the high road. Two visits at least should be paid to the Champs Elysees, one in the afternoon and one in the evening when brilliantly lighted up”.

John Murray, A handbook for visitors in Paris, 1870.

-Grand and Petit Palais.

-Bridge Alexander III 

-Private mansion of a courtesan and all the intimate secrets (secret d’alcove) of la belle époque.

-Sample of the world’s most famous macaroons.

-Lunch in a bistro 20€pp 

-Chapelle Expiatoire: the mausoleums of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

-Parc Monceau. 

 

Info

Available:  Daily
Start Time: 11am
Duration: 4 Hrs
Meeting Point: In front of the main entrance of the Grand Palais
Includes: Private Guide
Excludes: Cost of Transfers, Meals,Tastings

Additional Info

 

"Absolutely wonderful from start to finish! Larry is great, extremely helpful with prompt, friendly service.

Our family of 5 (2 adults and three kids ages 16,11,9) took a gourmet food tour in Paris with Aurore. She was delightful."
   Susan

Couple

 

During this tour, your foodographer will tell you the story of the origin of tourism. Once upon a time, the world's elites all came to Paris to finish their education and have fun, Paris being the first stop in the Grand Tour. Starting with the fundamental Parisian delight—a good meal—these excursions will bring back to life the secrets of the traditional French Tour : its rowdy and illicit pleasures, its refinements and delicacies, its dangers and brilliancy, all the ambiguities of Gai Paris.

The Grand Tour is a journey into the history of entertainment. We will follow the footsteps, if not the example of Russians dukes in the underworld of the early 19th century.

 

 

 

“You wanted to sit down in front of a new café forming the corner of a new boulevard still littered with rubbish but that already displayed its unfinished splendors. The café was dazzling." Baudelaire (The Eyes of the Poor)

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