• Programme for accompanying persons

    Chocolate - make it and eat it!
    Generally we know how to eat chocolate. But make it?
    This workshop held in a concealed location is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to make your own chocolates (tempering techniques, piping moulds, etc) under the expert and watchful eye of a master chocolatier full of life and little anecdotes to share. You’re bound to leave with your arms full of personalised mini-chocolate bars.
    • Wednesday 30/09 - 1.45 to 5 p.m
    Paris... in a 2CV
    For those of you wanting to visit the legendary Montmartre or revisit it with new eyes, we highly recommend this surprising half-day tour in a 2CV around some unspoilt authentic locations unknown to the general public, ending in a typically Parisian café. Use the Polaroid camera to capture and immortalise this novel and unusual trip.
    • Thursday 1/10 - 8.45 a.m to 1 p.m

     
    Rungis Market

    Experience and witness all the richness and impressive logistics of the Rungis International Market during this visit to the biggest fresh produce market in the world, followed by a hearty breakfast in one of the brasseries in the market; we highly recommend it. Like the great Chefs of the best restaurants who come here to buy their products, you’ll be able to browse around meat, fruit & vegetable, dairy product and cut flower stalls. This original way to experience French culinary heritage at its best is not to be missed.
    • Thursday 1/10 - 6.30 to 12 a.m
    • Fryday 2/10 - 6.30 to 12 a.m
    Behind the scenes at the Eiffel Tower
    A symbol of Paris and France, the Eiffel Tower is on the  very exclusive list of the most visited monuments in the world. One of a kind since its construction in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel, the tower is now offering you the chance of a fascinating and novel behind the scenes tour. Accompanied by a guide, you can visit the amazing “original engine room” which still controls the lifts, explore the “former bunker” hidden a few metres underground, walk along the technical gallery under the first floor and admire the stunning view over the esplanade. An amazing experience !
    • Wednesday 30/09 - 2.30 to 5.30 p.m
    • Friday 2/10 - 9 to 12.45 a.m
    The private apartments of the Château de Versailles
    Away from the beaten track and the hordes of visitors, you’ll discover a suite of smaller, more private rooms leading in particular to the Bedchamber of Louis XV, the Clock Room with the imposing and extraordinary astronomical clock, the Games Room of Louis XV, the “Corner Room” with its roll-top desk, considered one of the most famous pieces of furniture in the world, the Cabinet des Chiens, the “after the hunt” dining room, the King’s interior cabinet, the Cabinet des Dépêches, the Gold Plate Room, the Library of Louis XVI and the porcelain dining room.
    Your visit will culminate in a tour of the Chapelle royale or the Opéra, the most beautiful court theatre.
    At the end of this visit, you will have lunch at the restaurant ‘La Flottille’ in the grounds of the château facing the Grand Canal.
    • Thursday 1/10 - 8.45 a.m to 5 p.m
    The Galerie-musée Baccarat
    Here, in the former private mansion of Marie-Laure de Noailles, now dedicated to the magic of Baccarat crystal, you can visit the shop and see the “Mode & Maison” collections, dine in the “Cristal Room” on the first floor and, finally, visit the Galerie-Musée and admire a selection of prestigious items of the heritage collections.
    This guided tour will introduce you to the art of Baccarat crystal and show you the legendary pieces of the Universal Exhibitions which trace the whole expertise of the mark in terms of design, cutting, wheel-engraving, enamelling and gilding.
    • Thursday 1/10 - 9 a.m to 1 p.m
    • Friday 2/10 - 9 a.m to 1 p.m
    The Picasso Museum
    The collection of the Musée Picasso Paris comprises over 5,000 works and some tens of thousands of archive pieces. By its quality and size and the diversity of the artistic disciplines represented, it is the only public collection in the world that allows you to travel through the whole of Picasso’s works, including paintings, sculptures, engravings and drawings, as well as, as the name suggests, learn all about the artist’s creative process, through sketches, studies, drafts, sketch books, successive stages of engravings, photographs, illustrated books, films and documents.
    • Wednesday 30/09 - 2 to 6 p.m
    • Friday 2/10 - 2 to 6 p.m
    Temporary exhibition at the Grand Palais
    Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun is one of the greatest portraitists of her time, on a par with Quentin de La Tour or Jean-Baptiste Greuze. A child of the petite bourgeoisie, she finds her place among the nobility of the kingdom, and particularly with the king and his family, becoming the official painter of Queen Marie-Antoinette. This exhibition, the first French retrospective to be dedicated to her, includes almost 130 of the artist’s works, mapping out a complete path through a major pictorial oeuvre and an important page in the history of Europe.
    • Thursday 1/10 - 2 to 6 p.m
    Musée du Quai Branly, lunch at Les Ombres and tea ceremony
    The day will start with a guided tour of the Musée du Quai Branly. Opened in June 2006, the museum of arts and civilisations includes the collections of the national museum of African and Pacific art and the ethnology laboratory of the Musée de l'Homme. Built according to plans designed by Jean Nouvel in a vast public garden created by Gilles Clément, this museum develops the scientific activities of the two current museums, offering visitors a wide range of different activities.
    Lunch will be in the “Les Ombres” restaurant on the top floor of the museum. This magical domed restaurant offers an unforgettable view over the Seine, the Eiffel Tower and into the distance. The terrace with its multiple pools is reserved for guests of the restaurant.
    Finally, after lunch, we’ll take you to a Japanese Tea House for an initiation in the tea ceremony.
    • Thursday 1/10 - 8.45 a.m to 5 p.m
    The Père Lachaise cemetery
    Head to the Père Lachaise cemetery for a guided tour through the 44 hectares on which this veritable open-air museum stands. Take a novel and entertaining guided walk through the cemetery and discover the biggest celebrities laid to rest here; an amazing journey through History with surprising revelations and anecdotes.     
    • Thursday 1/10 - 2 to 6 p.m

     
    Covered arcades
    Take a stroll through the beautiful glass-roofed shopping galleries of Paris! From the splendour of the Palais Royal to the recreational offerings of the Grands Boulevards, discover the face of the capital in the 19th century, with its blend of elegance, aplomb and consumer society.
    • Wednesday 30/09 - 2 to 6 p.m
    • Friday 2/10 - 2 to 6 p.m
    The old Paris
    This excursion starts with an original 2 ½ hour cruise along the Canal Saint Martin, as you learn about the history of the quartiers of the “Paris of Parisians”. You’ll enjoy the calm waters of this canal bordered by ancient trees and spanned by elegant footbridges and linger for a magical moment under the mysterious Voûte de la Bastille to experience the “Echos de lumière”, the work of the Japanese artist Kéiichi TAHARA. You’ll pass through the rushing water of 4 locks, experience 2 swing bridges, relive the “atmosphere” of the Hôtel du Nord created by Marcel Carné, Arletty and Louis Jouvet and share the pleasure of people strolling along the banks full of pretty shops and charming retro bistros.
    At the end of this boat trip, you’ll lunch at the 'Le grand Bofinger’ restaurant-brasserie.
    • Friday 2/10 - 9 a.m to 5 p.m