FULLY BOOKED: Weekend in Paris, With 10 French Lessons + Full Time Guide

  • January 25, 2013 · 7:00 AM

Hello Tastourians!

I've been to Paris several times, but always felt that the experience would have been better with a 'Full Time Guide' to help me with the language and culture. After 3 years of searching, I've finally found the perfect guide.  This weekend away has it all: It's a combination of sight seeing and lessons in French, Food and Wine. We will be guided from London on the Eurostar by our charming French Guide.  Our lessons will begin with role-play on the train and continue throughout the weekend whilst we eat, drink, shop and sightsee with a FUN professional language teacher.

Urgent booking note:

I'm very keen to book at this hotel as it is excellent value for the quality and location - right next to the Eiffel Tower. With most tourist spots within walking distance it means you can have some free time, without negotiating trains and buses on your own. BUT They only have a few rooms left.  It has a good deal with the Eurostar as well, which means we can keep the price low, by booking together. I need to have the names of the people travelling asap to secure the price. I know it's asking you to act on impulse, but I wondered if 4 people would be keen by Sunday?

If you can't commit now, as long as we have a few people, we will still go ahead, but if the hotel has space those booking later may have to pay an additional charge.

Please RSVP, even if you're a maybe, with your thoughts in the comments.



This trip requires 1 day of annual leave.


On the train lesson: Greetings, How to Check into Hotel, How to Order Lunch

Lunch: How to make purchases in boutique shops (How the sizes vary and How to ask for different sizes, in different colours and make payments)

After Lunch: Free time to shop with our guide or rest

Meet for Pre-Dinner Lesson: How to make a Restaurant Reservation & How to Order Dinner and Beverages  (Cocktails, Wine and Coffee)

Dinner: Wine Tasting & Review of the day

After dinner: A Parisian Wine Bar


Breakfast: Review of Day

Site Seeing Morning and Afternoon*, mixed with topical lessons.

Lunch: At the market, with lesson

Dinner: Review of previous lessons

A tour of the best Wine Bars in Paris (optional nightclub)

DAY 3: Breakfast with Lesson, Morning of Free Time*

Lunch:  Tour of Parisian Food Shops

Afternoon: Louvre Museum* or Free time

*Itinerary of group 'free time' (with the guide) to be decided jointly. Our guide will email a list of options to the group and those destinations with the most votes will be included in the tour.  This is one of the benefit of being a small group.

To book: please email [masked] for booking form.

Non-Refundable deposit of £300 due to complete booking.  Balance due by the 1st January.

This trip is limited to 6 people (including myself and the guide)


Non Members £595

Members £565

Save £20, if booked by 7th October

Includes 3 full days and 2 night hotel at central location, and return Eurostar.  Food, drink and travel in Paris paid in cash during trip based on expenditure.  Although the restaurants will be of  good value, we will be booking high quality restaurants. We have not included the restaurant food to allow people to be flexible with what they spend on the tour.


Hotel: £170

Eurostar: £150

Guide & Tutor fee: £250 (Includes over 10 hours of French Lessons, plus a personal and friendly French Tour guide, and language assistant throughout your stay. Also includes wine tastings by an award-winning wine educator.  This is a great price as you'd pay this much to have 10 lessons in London.)

Booking fee: £25



Departs: Fri 25 Jan 13 07:55

Arrives in London Sun 27 Jan 13  20:45


Hotel Waldorf Trocadero



Located so close to the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower, this boutique hotel is a privileged place well suiting visitors of any kind. The refined classical rooms of the Waldorf Trocadero Paris all feature individually styled furniture and the well-trained personnel offer a personal service. This is a first class hotel with attention given to every detail to ensure a luxurious stay.

Waldorf Trocadero, Paris, France

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  • Avi Sharma

    Hi Kelly, can you send me the link to pay by paypal? Cheers. Avi

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OMG, I've always wanted to go on a trip like this! So pissed off I wasn't reading my emails for a while. Kelly, please let me know when you do another trip to Paris like this. I'll be going to Paris twice this year, but your trip sounds like a lot of fun!

    January 21, 2013

    • Kelly

      Great!!! We're looking at the 26th April and 10th May. Do either of those work?

      January 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Kelly. I'm in Canada April 26. I'll have to let you know about May 10 as this is my last week at work and I don't have a job lined up yet. Don't know if the new company will be ok with letting me take a day off so soon after coming back from Canada. I'm going to Paris in July when my parents come over to visit, so I'll be off for another 1.5 weeks. BTW, the trip looked like a lot of fun, but I'm definitely more of a warm weather traveller to Paris. Talk to you later!

      January 28, 2013

  • Monique Gardner

    Amazing weekend. Gourmet 8 course tasting night was a memorable experience & my French is less rusty now1

    January 28, 2013

  • Kelly

    WOW! What a great weekend... Some of the best food and wine I've ever had, and I can even order it in French now! It was a great to share the experience. Thanks to all who came along!

    January 28, 2013

  • Letitia

    Hi Kelly, it would be great to have another trip like this again diluting the year! So sad I couldn't make this one.

    December 10, 2012

    • Kelly

      Hello Letitia, Once we run this one, and make sure the costing and everything is correct, I will post the event again for later in the year. I'll email you and we can deside a date together.

      December 10, 2012

    • Letitia

      Hi Kelly, thanks for getting back to me in this. Look forward to hearing from you.

      December 29, 2012

  • Kelly

    A note on Bags from EuroStar:

    a maximum of 2 bags (each one needs to be smaller than 85cm at its longest length) and a small item of hand luggage.

    Don't forget, with Eurostar there's no need to check in your bags. And, as long as you can carry your own baggage on board, there are no weight restrictions.

    Note from Kelly: You may need to carry your bags on the public transport system in Paris (or should we just cab it?) Please keep this in mind when packing.

    December 12, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hi, thanks so much to those that have already booked. This thread is for me to keep track of room request. And for you to request a room mate if you see someone on here you know. I'm fairly good at matching personalities (I'm secretly a matchmaker - for friendships too!) So don't worry about making a request, I can sort it out for you.

    October 7, 2012

    • Kelly

      Craig - Single Room

      October 7, 2012

    • Kelly

      Gina - single or shared

      October 7, 2012

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