Global Girls in Paris
June 18 – 27, 2017
Optional London Extension: June 27 – July 1, 2017
Art & History Museums
- Louvre visit
- D’Orsay visit
- Rodin Gardens visit
Monuments & Historic Sites
- Eiffel Tower visit
- Arc de Triomphe (ascend)
- Les Invalides – Napoleon’s Tomb visit
- Notre Dame Cathedral and Towers visit
- Sacré Cœur visit & Montmartre
- St. Chapelle visit
- Conciergerie visit
- An afternoon Cooking Class
- Seine River cruise
- A morning bike tour
- Parisian picnic
- Visit a perfume factory/museum
- Shopping (or window shopping)
- Day trip to Versailles
- Market days (We will shop at the local food market and help prepare dinner)
- Afternoon rollerblading in Paris
- Participate in a Graffiti Mural Workshop in which we’ll learn about Paris street art while engaging in hands-on designing of a graffiti mural.
- Visit the world’s largest flea market
- Sampling the city’s best macarons, croissants, and pain au chocolate
- Engage in a ‘Day of Service’
- Special exhibits
- Flânerie- strolling to experience the pleasures of the city
- ‘Soirée Formelle’ where we’ll dress-up for a fancy dinner and show or exhibit.
I’ve been traveling to Paris for many years and I’m still in awe of what I am convinced is the most beautiful and intriguing city in the world. Each visit brings new discoveries. There is just something unique about Paris, it’s difficult to put into words…a certain ‘Je ne sais quoi’. The optimum way to see Paris, is to capture the essence of the city. This is achieved by knowing the ins and outs, the things I’ve discovered organically and serendipitously over many years and hundreds of miles walked exploring the city.
This is more than a tour. I have created an exclusive, insider’s experience of Paris. I will show you the Paris that I love and have come to know personally. Serendipity lurks around every corner, and with me you will discover a Paris that will leave you wanting to return time and again.
Girls will have personal, hands-on experiences throughout our 10-day exploration of Paris. Because we travel as a small group, the girls have the unique opportunity to truly capture the essence of the City of Lights. Together, we will undertake a customized journey that will awaken all of their senses through art, history, literature, cuisine, and fashion. We will also have a lot of fun along the way.
I hope to be able to share the spirit of Paris with you.
Dates: June 18 – 27, 2017
Small group: 13 girls maximum
Ages: 14 – 17
Extras: Spending money for personal shopping
Individual Travel Insurance
Extension: London June 27 – July 1, 2017 (see below)
*Price may be subject to change based on cost of flight at time of booking.
*Price will not change once registered.
When I say, “this is not a typical ‘teen tour’”, you can expect meal times to reflect this as well. Being culturally immersed during travels includes enjoying the culinary delights the country offers. This is especially true of France. The French have a love affair with food and meal times are central to an authentic Parisian experience.
All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included on tour. Any additional snack items are at the traveler’s personal expense.
Breakfast will be at our apartment and will consist of coffee, tea, juice, yogurt, eggs, fresh fruit and fresh breads from the ‘boulangerie’ (croissants, baguette, pain au chocolat, etc.) along with preserves, butter, Nutella.
Lunch will be spontaneous depending on where we are. We may pick up a baguette sandwich or items from the local food market and picnic in the park, stop at one of the many vendors at the Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest covered market in Paris, or enjoy café culture while lunching and people watching.
Dinners will be enjoyed at some of my favorite restaurants and at our apartment. Cooking at the apartment will be a team effort and will be a part of our Parisian culinary experience. We will buy from the local markets…boucherie, fromagerie, charcuterie and learn to prepare some French dishes.
- 2 Full-Time Guides
- Chaperoned Roundtrip Flights from Miami
- Airport Shuttle
- Metro Passes
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner (daily)
- All Museum & Monument Entrance Fees
- All Activities listed under ‘Highlights’
This is not your average ‘tour’. The girls will be enriched with an authentic cultural experience that will allow for serendipitous discoveries.
- Living like locals in a Parisian apartment in the heart of the city.
- Daily excursions exploring the city on foot and by metro.
- Walking in the footsteps of Picasso, Chanel, Monet, Hemingway, and more through ‘les Grands Boulevards’ and the labyrinth of cobblestone streets.
- Exploring the city’s museums, monuments, gardens, markets, pâtisseries, covered passages and boutiques (ranging from designer to vintage).
- Taking in café culture.
- Rummaging through stalls at the markets for unique finds.
- Strolling along the Canal St. Martin.
- Catching a game of Pétanque.
- Enjoying the annual Fête de la Musique.
10% Deposit (and optional travel protection) paid upon registration.
$1,000 is due 30 days after registration
75% of balance is due 90 days before departure
Remainder balance is due 60 days before departure
Travel Protection Plan options:
What’s not included:
Flight to Miami (if traveling from somewhere other than S. FL region)…or supplement if flying directly from another city to Paris. (However, this will need to be coordinated so that we are in Paris to greet you upon your arrival.)
Travel Protection Plan
Customary gratuities for guides
Any applicable baggage-handling fees imposed by the airlines
Expenses caused by airline rescheduling, cancellations or delays caused by the airlines, bad weather or events beyond WWS’s control (see next page for details)
Passport, visa and reciprocity fees
Our Sojourn in Paris
Take a sneak peek at where we’ll be staying. This is a loft style apartment located in a safe and quiet area in the heart of the city. The dormitory loft can sleep 8 and there are an additional 3 bedrooms. It is a place where we can enjoy breakfast together before heading out on our daily adventures, come back for a bit to catch our breath before dinner, and then have a restful evening so that we are energized for the next day. The apartment is secure, clean, comfortable and is equipped with all the necessities, including great wifi so that the girls can post their pictures to social media and stay in touch with families back home. This will be our home away from home, our sojourn in Paris. Check out the pictures!
Tadji Kretschmer – Director
I’m a mom to 4 kids, ages 19-24, whom I’ve traveled with extensively. I’m a certified middle school teacher and have led numerous student trips to New York with 20+ students. I’ve been traveling to France for over 10 years with numerous extended stays in Paris. I’ve been leading canal boat trips throughout France for the past nine years and have led several private guided tours in Paris and London. I’ve also organized trips throughout Italy, Spain, and Germany. I’m semi-fluent in French.
Demi LaLonde – Group Leader
I’m currently a junior at Florida State University. I was raised in a Montessori setting and had Tadji Kretschmer as my 2nd – 5th grade teacher. This led to a close bond between our families. Tadji has inspired me to travel and explore the world. I’ve been fortunate to be able to travel with Tadji to many places, including Costa Rica, Paris, London, New England, BVIs, USVIs, Puerto Rico, and New York City.