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Paris: 'New York Times Journeys' Afternoon Wine, Cheese, Bread and Chocolate Tour

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    Stop At: Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, Place St-Germain-des-Pres, 75006 Paris France

    The area symbolises best the “left bank” in Paris where artists, writers, musicians and all what Paris had of “Bohemians” once lived. Quickly gentrifying, the area still remains a little something special. This is what we will try to unveil during this tour focusing on some of the most famous stores and sights of this Parisian neighbourhood.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Deyrolle, 46 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris France

    Our first stop will be in the Deyrolle Boutique that is not all it seems upon first glance: it looks like a regular old gardening store from the outside but the second floor houses a unique ‘cabinet des curiosités’ that will make you feel like you have just stepped out of a time machine. A small private taxidermy museum awaits, filled with stuffed leopards and baby elephants, skeletons of various creatures and some odd mash-ups that look as if they belong in a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum instead of on the Left Bank.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Seine River, 75001 Paris France

    The embankments of the Seine river are probably some of the most romantic places in Paris and offer a fantastic panorama on some of the most famous sights in the city. We will “flâner” as the French say, gently stroll stroll along the river, past the Louvre and the Institut de France for some great view.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Un Dimanche à Paris, 4, 8 Cour du Commerce Saint-André, 75006 Paris, France

    At the former printing house of Jean-Paul Marat, another radical voice of the Revolution, we will taste the best hot chocolate in the city. The building, which also houses a medieval tower, is now home to Un Dimanche à Paris, a delightful chocolate concept store by Pierre Cluizel, whose family have been making chocolate for sweet-toothed Parisians for over 70 years. Together we will meet the managers and chefs in their exhibition kitchen and discover what it takes to produce these exquisite creations every day.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Cafe Pierre Herme, 61 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France

    Burn off the calories you have just consumed taking a stroll along the iconic Boulevard Saint-Germain, past typical cafes and bars where the likes of JP Sartre and Samuel Beckett once sipped coffee, towards the Abbaye Saint-Germain-des-Prés, one of the oldest churches in Paris. We will stop nearby to taste sumptuous macarons at the Pierre Hermé store. Hermé was named Best Pastry Chef in the World in 2016 and as we all know, a pâtissier is judged on the quality of his macarons so it’s comforting to discover that Pierre has also been nicknamed the ‘Pablo Picasso of macarons.’ His pastries are like works of art, evoking a tinge of guilt as you take that first ruinous bite, which is soon forgotten as the sweet and tart flavors begin to tickle those tastebuds.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Boulangerie Poilane, 8 rue du Cherche Midi, 75006 Paris France

    The next culinary stop will be at Poilâne, an institution in France. They have been making elaborately decorated sourdough bread in their wood-fired basement ovens here for more than 80 years, a large proportion of which is shipped out to fine dining restaurants around the land. Doctors have even prescribed the bread to their patients, claiming it is good for digestion.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Luxembourg Gardens, Rue de Medicis Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris France

    We’ll then stumble towards the intoxicating Luxembourg Gardens, which were designed for the Medici family in the early 17th century. As no tour of Paris is complete without paying your respects to a certain tower designed by Gustave Eiffel, we’ll take you to a little known spot in the gardens where you’ll be able to spot the top of the iconic ‘Iron Lady,’ giving you an opportunity to take some alternative holiday snaps from a different perspective.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Fromagerie Sanders, 4 rue Lobineau Marché Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris France

    the Marché Couvert (or covered market), is the place to buy some of France’s most delectable cheeses. At the Fromagerie Sanders, a cheesemonger who has been producing creamy curds for four generations, you’ll meet the owners and learn how their love of cheese has made their store one of the best places in Paris to find unusual varieties.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Bacchus and Ariadne, 4 Rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris, France

    The tour will finish with an aperitif, that is a worthy representative the world over of French savoir-vivre (meaning ‘good manners’). At the winery Bacchus et Ariane we’ll experience this very French tradition, nicknamed l’apéro, and enjoy a friendly and cheerful moment together, drinking wine, sharing bread, trying more unctuous cheese and enjoying some casual chit-chat.

    Duration: 30 minutes
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    Departure Point
    236 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris, France
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Duration
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    4/6 Rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris, France
    Inclusions
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Hot chocolate with a pastry sample
    • Contemporary macaron by Pierre Herm
    • Cheese tasting with bread and a glass of wine
    • Surprise souvenir to take home
    Exclusions
    • Additional food and drink
    • Tips/gratuities for your guide
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This tour is vegetarian and gluten-free friendly. We can also accommodate other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
    • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge.
    • Wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget an umbrella if it is a rainy day.
    • For your New York Times Journeys/Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I was able to do the NYT and Secret Paris tours, both gave me the opportunity to see Paris in a way I could not do on my own. Both tours were with Doina who was an excellent guide and person. I could not have...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank 20,701
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I actually did 3 Urban Adventures tours while in Paris as I always really enjoy them and find that they are an amazing way to explore a city. I had 2 guides - Raphael and Doina, both of whom were amazing and really made the...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Rachel N
    Reviewed 7 August 2019

    We did the New York Times tour on a hot afternoon. It was a great introduction to the Left Bank and gave us a nice sampling of interesting architecture, unique shops (Deyrolle!) and delicious food. Doina was an excellent, informative and fun companion. We and...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank PetrdenSD
    timdem, Propriétaire at Paris Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hello! We are really happy you and your teenage daughter enjoyed this tour: Doina is a great guide and she really loves sharing her knowledge throughout this "Tastes of the Left Bank" experience. We really hope to have you again on one of our tours...More

    Reviewed 26 July 2019 via mobile

    We were lucky enough to have the guide, Vivian, to ourselves for the 4 hours and he kept us interested, informed, refreshed and happy. The tour does have the food and wine aspects but there’s more than that - you will see sights and learn...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    timdem, Propriétaire at Paris Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2019

    Hello! Thank you so much for this great review! We are so glad you spent an enjoyable afternoon with Vivien, definitely one of our best guides :-) We hope to have you on one of our tours again soon! Cheers, Adele and the PUA team

    Reviewed 20 July 2019

    Lots of fun exploring the best baguette, the best patiesserie, the best... We walked a lot, saw a lot and ate a lot. All in all, a great Paris experience.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Robert B
    timdem, Propriétaire at Paris Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2019

    Bonjour :-) Thank you so much for this review! We are happy to know you had a great experience in the Marais. Cheers, Adele and the PUA team

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    Kristin P
    19 December 2018|
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    Response from timdem | Property representative |
    Hi Kristin, sorry for this (very) late reply, I just saw this message now. The tour lasts for 4 hours. Best, Tim
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