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Mother & Daughter Trip Through France
Saturday
04 May
2024
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Sunday
12 May
2024
Duration
9
Days

They say that France’s allure comes from its je ne sais quoi, but there’s a reason that it’s the most visited country in the world. The quoi, as it happens, is the unceasing power to surprise you. You could spend a lifetime in France and discover something new with every stroll: charming villages reside in the mountains, countryside, and by the sea. From Versailles to Champagne, you will see the many faces of France, rich in architecture, micro-cultures, amazing cuisine. France was practically designed to celebrate La joie de vivre and your visit will immerse you in the mindset.

Saturday, 04 – Sunday, 12 May, 2024 · 8 nights
Journey to France
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Trip Overview

May 5–6, 2024: Versailles (1 nights)

May 6–10, 2024: Paris (4 nights)

May 10–13, 2024: Reims (3 nights)

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Weather

In May, Paris and the surrounding region typically experience mild to warm weather with average temperatures ranging from 59°F to 75°F. Expect mostly sunny days with possible showers, making it a pleasant time to explore the city's outdoor attractions and charming streets.

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Travel Requirements

U.S. travelers do not need any special visa to visit France for tourism purposes.

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These guidelines are for reference only. Scenset holds no responsibility for travel restrictions. Travelers are responsible for ensuring the right documentation to travel.

...the breathtaking beauty of Versailles awaits you.
Saturday, 04 May, 2024
Day 1: Welcome to France 🇫🇷
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Flight or Train to Paris

Arrive in Paris by a short flight or take the train under the Chunnel.

Transportation details tp be provided by client. We can add this as part of your itinerary if you prefer.

Booked Independetly.

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Private Transfer

Your private English speaking driver will greet you in the arrivals hall of the airport or train station and transfer you to your hotel in a luxury vehicle.

Booked By Scenset.

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Check in

Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel and relax. Please note early check-in has been requested, but cannot be guaranteed until arrival. If your room is not ready, the hotel will store your luggage and you will be able to refresh in the spa facilities or go directly to the pool.

Airelles
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Afternoon Tea

Served in the Sitting Room of Le Grand Controle, expect Viennese-style brioche rolls, treats made by the pastry chef or even the much-adored Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse hot chocolate.

Afternoon tea is included in your stay each day, and served daily in the Sitting Room from 3:00-5:00PM.

Please feel free to cancel or change the reservation when you arrive at the hotel.

To be Confirmed by Scenset through
Le Grand Controle Concierge

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Versailles Special Access Tour (TBC)

A highlight of any stay at Le Grand Contrôle, explore a different part of the Palace every evening, with the complimentary Le Grand Contrôle guests' exclusive tour after opening hours. You will discover the Palace of Versailles like never before. With access to the main areas of the Palace; the Hall of Mirrors, the State Apartments, or Marie-Antoinette's Private Chambers, your guide will also reveal previously unseen spaces and rooms.

  • Time: 5:45 p.m.
  • Small group tour, optional
  • Meeting Point: Speak with the Concierge to confirm the departure time and the meeting location. Kindly note that after the indicated time, 5:45PM, the access will be denied by the Palace of Versailles. It will be impossible to join the visit in progress.


The King's Apartments
Louis XIV made several adjustments to his Private Apartment. The most major changes were carried out in 1701 when the King’s Chamber was moved to its current location, in the centre of the façade of the Marble Courtyard. As in all royal residences, the King’s Apartment contained the customary succession of rooms: a Guard Room, two antechambers, a chamber and a cabinet. Access to these rooms was subject to strict hierarchy and controlled by etiquette. Beyond them was the king’s private domain, which, as a matter of principle, no one could enter unless invited.

Example only, precise special access location to be confirmed by Le Grand Controle closer to your stay as this changes regularly

Booked by Scenset

Special access at the Palace of Versailles
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Dinner Reservation

Enjoy the Royal Feast at Restaurant Alain Ducasse; a very special experience!

"The Feast" is an immersive experience where the team recreates a royal 18th-century feast, a la Michelin.

Dress Code: Casual chic with a mandatory jacket for men.

This is a recommendation by Scenset—nothing has been confirmed.

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Your Stay: Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle

Why we love it for you: Experience palace life during your stay at Airelles Le Grand Contrôle in the heart of the Château de Versailles. Immerse yourself in this historic place where refinement and authenticity are always by your side. A one of a kind hotel, Le Grand Contrôle is luxurious, warm and intimate, offering its guests many benefits they won’t experience anywhere else.

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Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle
1x Deluxe Room

  • Breakfast included
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Included In Your Booking
  • Daily Breakfast created by Alain Ducasse
  • Organic gourmet mini-bar
  • Personal butler service
  • Royal Afternoon Tea
  • Unlimited access to the Orangery Garden
  • Exclusive tour of the Domaine de Trianon
  • Exclusive tour of the Palace of Versailles
  • Golf cart to discover the gardens
Sunday, 05 May, 2024
Day 2: Journey to Paris!
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Exclusive Tour of Trianon Estate

In an attempt to gain some brief respite from courtly etiquette, the kings of Versailles built themselves more intimate spaces close to the main palace. Adjoining the Petit Parc, the estate of Trianon is home to the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon palaces, as well as the Queen’s Hamlet and a variety of ornamental gardens.

Exclusive tour for Le Grand Controle guests only.

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Private Transfer

After enjoying morning breakfast prepared by famed chef Alain Ducasse and luxuriating around Versailles, head back into Paris in the afternoon in private transfer.

Booked By Scenset.

Arrive in Paris and enjoy the remainder of the day at your own leisure.

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Restaurant Recommendations

We will provide dining recommendations for you closer to your date of travel, and can make dining reservations on your behalf.

Your Stay: Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain

Why we love it for you: The Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain emerges as a beacon of retro-chic elegance in the heart of Paris's historic literary quarter, paying tribute to the artistic legacy of icons like T.S. Eliot and James Joyce. This five-star haven, set within the walls of three interconnected 17th-century buildings, has been thoughtfully redesigned by Didier Benderli, blending its rich literary heritage with contemporary sophistication. Guests can indulge in the charm of its uniquely adorned rooms and suites, savor the culinary delights at Les Parisiens neo-brasserie, or find serenity at the Spa des Prés, making it a distinguished retreat amidst the city's vibrant cultural tapestry.

Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain
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Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain
1x Superior Room

  • Breakfast included
Monday, 06 May, 2024
Day 3: Artsy in Paris
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Musee'Orsay with Art Expert

Take a guided tour of the Musée d'Orsay, the artistic gem of the Left Bank. It's the greatest Impressionist museum in the world, housing works by artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Renoir, and many more.

Booked by Scenset

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Lunch Break

Refuel between your museum stops with a lunch break somewhere in the area. We'll make a recommendation as your trip gets closer.

Recommended by Scenset. Lunch to be paid locally.

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Louvre with Art Expert

Continue your art-filled day with your guide in the crowned jewel of art museums: the Louvre. One of the world's most renowned art museums, it boasts an extensive collection spanning from ancient civilizations to the modern era, including iconic masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Its architectural splendor, exemplified by the glass pyramid entrance juxtaposed against historic palatial structures, offers a captivating blend of contemporary and classical elements.

Booked by Scenset

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Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain
1x Superior Room

  • Breakfast included
Tuesday, 07 May, 2024
Day 4: Explore Le Marais
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Boutique Shopping

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Parisian allure to explore the enchanting neighborhood of Le Marais with a personal shopper. Wander along its narrow cobblestone lanes lined with trendy boutiques, vintage shops, and artisanal bakeries that beckon you to indulge in the local flavors.

Your expert guide will lead you through the labyrinthine streets, unveiling the rich history and cultural tapestry woven into the very fabric of Le Marais, all while showing you some of the neighborhood's most boutique stores. You'll be able to pick up items you can only find in Paris.

Includes: Transfer from hotel to Le Marais district

Booked By Scenset.

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Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain
1x Superior Room

  • Breakfast included
Wednesday, 08 May, 2024
Day 5: Exploring Paris
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Into the French Kitchen

Enjoy a cooking class with a local chef. This excursion starts with a visit to the local market, where you'll creat your menu based on what's in season and fresh. Then, head to your chef's Parisian apartment to create your meal. You'll sip on wine while cooking and at the end, get to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Booked by Scenset

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Create a Fragrance

Head out to visit a fully private perfume making atelier in one of two locations in the city (Saint Germain or Faubourg Saint Honoré). This privatized workshop lasts two hours and includes a champagne welcome, refreshments and sweets. You will leave with a 90 ml sample of your very own Eau de Parfum—and the memories to last a lifetime.

Booked by Scenset

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Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain
1x Superior Room

  • Breakfast included
Thursday, 09 May, 2024
Day 6: Journey to Reims
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11:00 AM - Check-Out

Checkout this morning at 11:00 AM.
Your are welcome to store your luggage and use the hotel facilities until your departure (if applicable).

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Private Transfer

After checking out this morning, meet your driver for your transfer to the train station.

Booked By Scenset.

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Train to Reims
  • x2 Tickets from Paris to Champagne (Reims).


Booked By Scenset.

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Private Transfer

Upon arrival at Reims station, meet your driver for a private transfer to your countryside estate.

Booked by Scenset

Your Stay: Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa

Why we love it for you: Overlooking the rolling vineyards of the Champagne region, Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa redefines luxury with its exquisite blend of modern comfort and traditional elegance. Guests are treated to a world-class spa experience, gourmet dining, and panoramic views that capture the essence of French beauty and refinement. This majestic retreat offers an unparalleled escape into the heart of France's most celebrated wine country, making every moment a cherished memory.

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa
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Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa
1x Garden Junior Suite

  • Breakfast included
Friday, 10 May, 2024
Day 7: Exploring Champagne
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Touring the Champagne Region

An unforgettable journey through the heart of Champagne awaits you. Your day begins with the awe-inspiring sight of Reims Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture that has stood the test of time. As you wander through its grandeur, you'll feel the echoes of history that surround you.

From there, your private chauffeur will whisk you away to the prestigious main street of Champagne houses in Epernay, a UNESCO World Heritage site that boasts an unparalleled collection of the world's most renowned Champagne producers.

The adventure continues with a Tour & Tasting at one of the legendary Champagne houses. Delve into the rich history of this champagne production, exploring the cellars and savoring the exquisite flavors of world-famous brands.

Your next stop is a private tour and tasting at a small boutique Champagne producer. This intimate experience will provide a unique perspective on the art of Champagne making, allowing you to compare the meticulous craftsmanship of a smaller house with the well-known brand. Here, in the tranquility of the vineyards, you'll discover the passion and dedication that goes into every bottle.

The exact Champagne houses you will visit are TBD based on availability, recommendations from local guides, and your list of preferred vineyards.

At the end of the experience, your driver will drop you off at your hotel.

Booked By Scenset.

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Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa
1x Garden Junior Suite

  • Breakfast included
Saturday, 11 May, 2024
Day 8: At Leisure in Champagne
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Spa and Wellness

Indulge in a day of unparalleled relaxation and leisure, taking full advantage of the hotel's exceptional spa and swimming pool.

Recommended by Scenset—nothing has been booked.

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E-Biking

This afternoon we suggest a stroll amidst the vineyards or take advantage of the hotel's e-bikes to explore a quaint nearby village.

Recommended by Scenset—nothing has been booked.

Champagne vineyards at sunset.
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Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa
1x Garden Junior Suite

  • Breakfast included
Sunday, 12 May, 2024
Day 9: Departure Day

It's time to head home, but this trip has left a lifetime of mom-daughter memories. Thankfully in France, we don't say goodbye but rather à bientôt, or until next time.

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11 a.m. | Check-Out

Checkout this morning at 11:00 AM.
Your are welcome to store your luggage and use the hotel facilities until your departure (if applicable).

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Private Transfer

After checking out this morning, meet your driver for your transfer to the airport.

  • Meeting Location: Hotel lobby
  • Drive Time: 1hr 25mins


Booked by Scenset.

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VIP Fast Track

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met at the curb by your representative. Your representative will assist you with your luggage, facilitate VAT tax refunds, help you with your check-in, fast-track your through airport security and escort you to your departure gate (or lounge) for your flight.

Booked by Scenset

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Flight Home

Catch your flight back home, and safe travels.

À bientôt France!
Includes

Accommodation for 8 nights

Important: We are currently not holding any reservations at the hotels listed above. Availability can only be confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Experiences

  • All experiences and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All private guides and hosts as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees associated with the trip

Transfers and Services

  • All airport transfers
  • All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary

Local Taxes

  • All taxes and fees associated with your trip
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International Flights

  • We have not included flights, but can make recommendations once the itinerary is finalized.

Travel Insurance

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Meals and Beverages

  • Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.

Gratuities

  • Tipping is at your discretion, and we can advise on recommended amounts to tip your guide & driver.
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