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Paris Tips by Savvy Female Tour Operators

Evelyn Hannon

We're delighted with the many tour operators leading female-friendly adventures to France who are also members of our Journeywoman network of classified advertisers. These are the experts, the people we go to when we need advice about travel to Paris and the French countryside. We asked each of these savvy tour planners to share one of their 'travel to France' secrets with us. These are their juicy offerings along with a bit about each of their diverse woman-centered travel companies. Keep this advice handy. You never know when the urge to be in Paris or France, in general becomes too great to resist.

Paris Travel Group...

Their female-friendly tip

Divine chocolat chaud...
The Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to explore Paris. So what could make a quiet, relaxing fall or winter day in Paris even better? Sipping an unbelievably rich cup of hot chocolate in a cozy café while you watch the world go by. I’m always on the lookout for a truly delicious 'chocolat chaud' (pronounced ‘cho-ca-lah show’). My latest find is a comfy little café, Ragueneau, located around the corner from the beautiful Palais Royal. The chocolat chaud is wonderful and generously served in a pitcher, ask for the Viennoise if you prefer delectable whipped cream. It is pure milk and cocoa, no artificial powdery stuff here, Parisians take their chocolat seriously. Visit in the late afternoon and linger peacefully over your chocolate feeling pampered and very Parisian. Ragueneau, 220 rue St Honore, 75001; Paris. Tel:

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PARIS TRAVEL GROUP -- Custom-Designed Travel Services. Let us create a Personalized Travel Programme exclusively for you, a unique itinerary tailored to fit your interests. Experience the true spirit of Paris and be a part of the excitement. Simply let us know what you would like to do and see and your Private Concierge will custom-design your detailed Itinerary complete with highlighted maps, dining and shopping info, color photos, interesting walking routes, addresses and much more along with an indispensable "how-to" section so you can access all the resources you need to put Paris at your fingertips. Bon Voyage!


French Escapade...

Their female-friendly tip

Discover Paris in a 2 CV Venice has its romantic gondolas, London its impressive double-deckers. What will you ride in Paris to feel sooooo French? There is no better way to discover the city than to ride a 2 CV. It is not the most comfortable, it is not the most luxurious, but it is the Frenchest. Even with a 9-hour jetlag, there is no way you will fall asleep and miss the view in the bumpiest car in the world. And you know what -- you’ll love it!

With '4 roues sous un parapluie', your chauffeur will take you to the best parts of Paris (also available in Lyon), French style. Many different tours are available (from 30 minutes to 4 hours, and even weekends). Some of the top selling tours are the 'Da Vinci Code' tour and 'Shopping in Paris' tours.

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FRENCH ESCAPADE -- Discover France another way. We offer a new travel concept to make you discover the beautiful countryside through the eyes of natives. We (2 French native women) welcome you for a week in our luxury villa in Provence, provide a chef on site, escort you on day trips and share our love of the culture through local product tasting, nature, history and traditions. Tours are limited to 8 women., toll-free 1-866-483-5713


Paris Woman...

Their female-friendly tip

You'll love this museum...
One of our favourite places in Paris is the Marmottan Museum. It‘s situated in the up-scale 16th arrondissement. We take the #63 bus from the Rue Cler area to its end in the 16th and walk a block to this lovely old mansion. It’s small and manageable -- just three floors including the best works by Claude Monet and works by Camille Pissarro and Renoir and Sisley. The highlights are scenes from Monet’s garden at Giverny including his famous water lilies. After our visit we usually meander through the delightful Jardin du Ranelagh where children are given rides on donkeys and the world stands still for a few moments in time. We stroll down rue Passy admiring the stately 19th and 20th century buildings along elegant tree-lined streets. The 16th is less crowded and more devoted to the local clientele. Some stores to visit in the area are Etam for bags and shoes and Franck et Fils a very old-world department store as well as L’Entrepot with its abundant housewares.

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PARIS WOMAN -- A taste of luxury in Paris. Join our group of 12 women as we visit Paris. Plenty of opportunity to express your independence while enjoying the comfort of our friendly circle. Tea at the Hotel de Crillon. Fashion Show at the Hotel Le Bristol. Drinks at the Ritz. Visit Paris’s romantic 19th Century shopping malls – Les Passages. Tel: 416 499 5094 Website:



Their female-friendly tip

Best hot chocolate in town...
If you're looking for the best hot chocolate in the Paris, or even the world, look no further than Angelina's, a lovely Viennese café on the Rue de Rivoli just opposite the Tuileries Garden and the Louvre. It's the perfect post-museum spot to luxuriate in the rich, thick hot chocolate served in a pitcher with a mound of whipped cream on the side. The pastries there are equally sumptuous. Try their signature dessert, the Mont Blanc, a true zenith of a dessert, comprised of a meringue base piled with chestnut puree and whipped cream. Address: 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris. Metro: Tuileries

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UNTOURS -- Get off the bus and into a culture. Untours lets you live in Europe instead of just traveling through it. Our packages include 14 nights in a fully furnished vacation rental, ground transportation, optional airfare, and on-site support. Average package price w/ air: $2,400/person. Destinations: France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Holland, Prague, and Budapest. “One of the world’s ten best travel bargains!” according to Arthur Frommer. Website:, phone: 888-868-6871, email:


Gourmet Safari...

Their female-friendly tip

The foodie underground with Its 'hidden kitchen' In Paris...
When you are next in Paris why not eat with the locals -- even better, in their own hidden home kitchen. Hidden kitchens seem to be popping up around the globe (US/NYC, Italy, Asia for starters) and the latest one in Paris is receiving rave reviews. When you make your arrangements to go for dinner at someone's private home, this is truly an underground experience (home by day, restaurant by night). Step one is to request a seat by e-mail, they set the stage and the menu, you pay for the meal prepared, not knowing what the menu will consist of or who will be seated next to you. The price of dinner is 80 Euros, this includes an aperitif, the ten-course tasting menu, wine pairings with most courses and coffee or tea to finish. The dinner is set is a large, beautiful Haussmanian Parisian apartment that seats up to 18. It is the perfect venue for groups traveling, solo travelers and also for meeting new people. They do either communal seating (one big table) or two separate tables depending on the occasion. This experience is highly recommended when you are in Paris, definitely find your way there! See:

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GOURMET SAFARI -- We offer hand-picked authentic culinary vacations in key culinary regions of Italy, France, Spain and Morocco. Take in cooking lessons with local chefs using only the freshest of seasonal produce, visit local villages, restaurants, open-air markets & wine estates. We provide an authentic culinary travel experience that is unique and exclusive, with an orientation towards a highly personalized, independent service for the individual traveller. Website: Email: Tel: 416.238.9987/800.839.5795

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