France·June 3 - 10 2025

Paris Match: Clay Courts and City Lights

Experience the thrill of the French Open and the timeless beauty of Paris

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Overview

The beauty of Paris and the French Open on the red clay of Roland Garros - it's a match made in heaven. Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime trip to witness one of the most iconic events in sport against the backdrop of the City of Light. The star of the show is sitting on Court Philippe Chatrier (center court) for the women's semi-finals. If you've never been to a Grand Slam event in tennis, you're in for a treat. The French open is the only remaining major tennis championship still played on red clay. Iga Świątek has won 3 of the last 4 titles at the French Open, and will be defending her title against American Coco Gauff, Aryna Sabalenka, and 100 other elite athletes. But this trip is about much more than tennis. You'll be treated to an insider's view of Paris. Stroll along the Seine soaking in the morning light and the city's iconic landmarks. Dive into the heart of the city's culinary scene to discover fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, and crusty baguettes. Delight in Michelin Star meals and sip champagne. Explore Paris' hidden gems, from tucked-away museums to the tranquility of a secret garden. We'll take in all that Paris has to offer! For the real tennis enthusiasts, we'll have the chance to play at Tennis Club de Paris on the beautiful Terre Battue surface, the same surface used in the Roland-Garros tournament. (This is an optional activity). Enjoy a mix of instructional drills, open play, and maybe a set of doubles with a personal coach. I can't think of a more glorious way to spend a week!

Highlights

Watch the Women's Semi Finals from inside Roland-Garros at the French Open

Watch the Women's Semi Finals from inside Roland-Garros at the French Open

Immerse yourself in the magic of the opera at the Palais Garnier

Immerse yourself in the magic of the opera at the Palais Garnier

Watch the sunset from Montmartre

Watch the sunset from Montmartre

Walk along tree-lined canals

Walk along tree-lined canals

Visit the famous bookstore - Shakespeare and Company

Visit the famous bookstore - Shakespeare and Company

Enjoy checking out the shops in the hidden French passages

Enjoy checking out the shops in the hidden French passages

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip

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Paris

Day 1: Tuesday, June 3, 2025

Bonjour Paris! Fly into Paris (either Charles de Gaulle or Orly airport) on June 3. If you're flying overnight to get to Paris, you may want consider arriving a day early so you can rest, relax and get acclimated to the local time. Either way, hop in a taxi or Uber (they are clean, safe and plentiful at the airport) and have it whisk you to our hotel, the exquisite haven of Hotel Square Louvois,

Take a stroll around the neighborhood or a swim in the hotel pool. We'll meet in the around 6 pm for a welcome drink, before heading out for dinner.

Tonight's culinary delight awaits at Lou Cantou, where the essence of home cooking intertwines with culinary excellence in the heart of the 9th arrondissement.  

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Dinner

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Paris

Day 2: Wednesday, June 4, 2025

After a delightful breakfast, we'll explore the enchanting passages of the 18th and 19th centuries - secret havens of private shopping lanes. Wander through these charming lanes, popping in and out of shops. 

Lunch will be at the elegant Le Vero Dodat 

After lunch, our journey continues with a stop at A La Mere de Famille, a haven for artisanal chocolate lovers. They've been making chocolate since 1761! Treat yourself to a delicious snack for your room or find the perfect gift for someone special.

The rest of the afternoon is yours to shop or unwind. We'll reconvene in the lobby for an evening of culinary excellence at Accents, a Michelin-rated restaurant that promises to elevate your senses with a gastronomic feast. Prepare for an unforgettable dining experience as we savor the finest flavors of Paris together.

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All meals

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Paris

Day 3: Thursday, June 5, 2025

Today is the day we've all been waiting for!

The French Open, played at Roland-Garros stadium in Paris, is one of the 4 major tennis championships, and the only "major" played on clay. The world will be watching, but we'll be there in person!

Our Category 1 tickets to the ladies’ semi-finals includes access to L'Orangerie, a 19th-century greenhouse beautifully converted to a VIP hospitality venue steps from Center Court Philippe-Chatrier. Here, we will enjoy a delicious Parisian sit-down lunch and an open bar.

We'll of course watch the women's semi-finals, but you'll want to explore the outer courts too to see the world's best tennis players compete.

After an amazing full day at the French Open, we'll head back to the hotel for some rest. Enjoy dinner alone or with friends tonight. We can recommend a local restaurant, or you can order room service.

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Dinner

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Paris

Day 4: Friday, June 6, 2025

We'll start our day with a delightful breakfast, setting the stage for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Paris. Our first stop takes us to the illustrious Palais Garnier, fondly known as the Paris Opera House. A masterpiece commissioned by Emperor Napoleon, this architectural gem stands as a testament to Parisian grandeur. 

Lunch will be Parisian cuisine at Café de la Paix, a beloved institution renowned for its culinary delights and timeless ambiance. 

After lunch, the city beckons you to indulge in a leisurely shopping spree, or perhaps take in a museum or two. Explore the iconic Galeries Lafayette or discover the delights of The Grande Épicerie de Paris, a treasure trove of gourmet delights sure to captivate your senses.

Tonight, we'll grab a light, early dinner before enjoying a live performance at Palais Garnier. The enchanting melodies and captivating performances will transport you to a world of elegance and sophistication, creating memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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All Meals

Opera

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Dinner

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Paris

Day 5: Saturday, June 7, 2025

After breakfast, the day offers a choice of activities tailored to your preferences. Tennis enthusiasts can participate in a thrilling 1.5-hour clinic at the Tennis Club de Paris on the iconic Terre Battue clay surface, identical to that of the Roland-Garros tournament. Enjoy a blend of instructional drills and open play, followed by a light brunch overlooking the red clay courts. While equipment is provided, please bring your tennis shoes and appropriate attire. 

For those seeking a cultural experience, we will explore the Gustave Moreau Museum, the former residence and studio of the esteemed artist. Immerse yourself in Moreau's world as his captivating artworks adorn the walls, offering insight into his life and creative process. 

Next up is a visit to the Musée de la Vie Romantiquelocated in the house of the painter Ary Scheffer, built in 1830. The museum recreates a harmonious historical setting evoking the romantic period. The ground floor is devoted to George Sand and includes portraits, furniture, and jewellery from the 18th and 19th centuries. On the first floor, contemporary works are exhibited around the paintings of Ary Scheffer. 

In the garden of the museum, the tearoom Rose Bakery is a delightfully tranquil spot and serves delicious snacks. We will stop here for a light lunch. 

In the afternoon, we'll reconvene for a historical walking tour of Montmartre, the vibrant 18th arrondissement renowned for its artistic flair. As the day draws to a close, we'll gather on the steps of Sacre Coeur to witness the mesmerizing sunset over the city.

To conclude the day, we'll indulge in an epicurean delight - a food tour of Montmartre - sampling the neighborhood's culinary treasures. 

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All meals

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Optional Tennis Clinic

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Day 6: Sunday, June 8, 2025

After breakfast, our adventure continues!

Our host Katrin will regale us with a guided literary tour, exploring iconic spots such as the legendary Shakespeare and Company bookstore. Let Katrin unravel the area's rich literary heritage, offering insights into Hemingway's Parisian escapades and more.

Following lunch, Katrin will lead us on a unique shopping experience through the renowned Parisian drugstores. Discover the allure of French skincare, perfumes, and cosmetics as you immerse yourself in the city's beauty culture.

As the day winds down, we'll indulge in the exotic flavors of Middle-Eastern cuisine at Yoummah. As good as French food is, you'll be ready for a change of pace!

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All meals

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Day 7: Monday, June 9, 2025

This morning, we'll enjoy brunch at Rose Bakery, celebrated for its delicious and wholesome offerings. Indulge in a feast of freshly baked goods, crisp salads, savory quiches, and more, promising a culinary delight to kickstart your day.

After brunch, we'll take a leisurely stroll along the enchanting Rue de Martyrs, a bustling street renowned for its charming boutiques, gourmet food shops, and inviting cafes. Let the vibrant atmosphere of this lively thoroughfare captivate your senses and imagine how glorious it would be to live here!

We'll also discover the enchanting Canal St. Martin area, where tree-shaded promenades, quirky boutiques, and trendy cafes create a charming backdrop. We'll delve into the history of these iconic waterways and their significant role in shaping the surrounding neighborhoods.

To culminate our day of exploration and discovery, we'll raise a toast to each other and our delightful journey at Bouillon Chartier, a legendary Parisian institution renowned for its timeless cuisine. Prepare to immerse yourself in the ambiance of this iconic eatery as we savor the flavors of classic French dishes, celebrating the memories made during our unforgettable trip.

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All meals

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Day 8: Tuesday, June 10, 2025

It's time to say au revoir to Paris and our new friends!

After breakfast at the hotel, it's time to check out and depart for the airport. 

You'll Be Staying Here

Hotel Square Louvois

Hotel Square Louvois

Situated in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, your home away from home is the Hotel Square LouvoisThe well-appointed rooms offer refuge during your busy week in Paris.  Don't forget to bring your bathing suit to enjoy the indoor pool. 

Hosts

Kathy Machnik

Kathy Machnik

While Montréal is home to Kathy, she views the world as her oyster. Kathy is a former commercial and private flight attendant who revels in the adventure of travel and the opportunity to immerse herself in diverse cultures.  Whether with her husband and three daughters, with a group of girlfriends or by herself, she delights in discovering hidden gems off the beaten path. Whenever possible, her feisty rescue dog Frankie tags along!  A lover of all things food and wine, Kathy is also an avid tennis player, yogi, Ayurvedic enthusiast and gardener who is passionate about wellness and art.  She loves to entertain, cook beautiful meals, and gather with family and friends to celebrate all the good things life has to offer. 

Katrin Hodapp

Katrin Hodapp

A 25-year resident in her adopted Paris. Katrin has turned from a career as an international literary agent where she was responsible for number 1 bestselling authors in France to sharing her passion for literature, travel and art. She speaks five languages fluently and when not guiding visitors in France, Holland and Morocco, is an active translator in the film industry. She's always keen to find the perfect view, the ideal bistro and hidden gem to make the trips she leads seamless and memorable. 

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$9,995

Shared Room

Shared Room

Share a room with a friend or family member!

FROM$8,795

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Arrive one day early in France

Arrive one day early in France

Includes one night and breakfast at the Hotel Square Louvois

PRICE$385.00

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Tennis anyone?

Tennis anyone?

Join us at the Tennis Club de Paris for an hour and thirty minutes of tennis play on the beautiful  terre battue  surface....
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PRICE$300.00

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Experience Paris, its world-class cuisine, its iconic monuments led by a local and watch some of the best players in the world battle it out on terre battue.

The French Open & Insider's Paris

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, known worldwide for the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower. It has a reputation as a romantic and cultural city. In early June, Paris is the epicenter for tennis enthusiasts.

The French Open & Insider's Paris

What's Included

What's Included

Accommodations at unique, 4-star or better hotels

All meals (except where indicated), including beer & wine with dinner

Everything specifiied in the itinerary

Tickets to the Women's Semi Finals at Roland Garros

All transportation during the trip (except where indicated)

Expert Guides and Trip Leaders

A small group experience

Additional wine, beer, and/or spirits beyond what’s offered at meals

Travel & Medical Insurance Required

All personal souvenirs

Round trip airfare to Paris

Spa treatments

Optional tennis clinic at Roland Garros

Airport Transfer on arrival or departure

FAQs

Fly into the Charles De Gaulle Airport and hop into a taxi to the hotel.

The trip officially starts on the afternoon of June 3rd, but if you are traveling across an ocean to get to France, consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax and adjust to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, please let us know and we will book your room for you and make sure that you are kept in the same room until the trip starts.

We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.

June, the first month of the summer in Paris, is an agreeable month, with an average temperature of between 21.6°C (70.9°F) and 12.5°C (54.5°F).

The dress code for the French Open is smart casual, with no dirty sneakers and no short shorts or halter/tops for women. Read Petit in Paris for her recommendations. She recommends bringing a hat as you will be sitting in the sun.

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Paris Match: Clay Courts and City Lights

France· June 3 - 10 2025· 7 nights

FROM$9,995/pp