If you don’t know what you want to see or do or eat in Paris (or the rest of France), we’re here to help. Maybe this is your first visit to the City of Light; we can help you plan your trip, making sure you see the iconic sights, but still get off the beaten path. Or maybe you’ve been before, but this time want to go where the locals go. Or maybe you just don’t have time to figure out where the best foodie spots are. Sometimes, everyone just needs someone who speaks fluent French!

We cater to the discerning traveler who wants to have an authentic experience. We will guide you to places, restaurants and outings that you’ll remember forever.

Our Trip Planning is led by Katrin (pronounced “ka-treen”). After a career as a literary agent escorting best-selling authors around the world on book tours, she decided to live the good life and join Girls Guide to Paris & Beyond! She’s lived in Paris for over 20 years, speaks fluent French (obviously), and has exquisite taste. She’s exactly the friend you’d trust implicitly for a recommendation or to organize anything.

What’s more, she’s an absolute delight to be with. She will make you laugh! She sweats the details without breaking a sweat. She cares so much about those she works with that enduring friendships are created. She represents everything Girls’ Guide stands for. I am thrilled to have her on our team.

Note: Katrin will be co-leading or leading a number of Girls’ Guide trips in 2020 – 21. She is someone quite special and we are lucky to have her as a comrade in all things French.

“Katrin was the perfect mix of ease, grace and fun. She listened to my interest and helped create an amazing itinerary that made sure I thoroughly enjoyed my first trip. I can’t wait to return and partner with Katrin again.”

Tammy, Cambridge

“Katrin did an amazing job of bespoke planning for our 6 day visit to Paris. We did “planning only” which was of tremendous value. She listened to what the varied special interests of our family of 4, including 2 college students, and set up a schedule letting us miss the crowds; experience vs visit Paris; finding a convenient Air B&B and a strategy to plan ahead so we could save time in Paris.”

Jane B

Ideas

Whether it’s a themed day in Paris, a day-trip (or week trip!) to the countryside, or some ideas to help your kids fall in love with Paris too, let our experts help create magical experiences. This is a completely custom service; no two are alike. Here’s some examples of what we’ve organized for others:

In Paris

Womens-only Tours

Marie or Josephine?

In our back pocket we know of an expert in both Marie Antoinette & Josephine Bonaparte history. She can create a customized tour for you and your party so that you can literally walk in the footsteps of one or both of these intriguing royal women of France. Be queen for a day!

Trips for women

Paris & Perfumes

Learn about the history of perfume, created in France in the 18th century while making your own scents with a master. The ideal souvenir.

A foodie day in Paris

Visit the market with your chef and teacher, and with your purchases, take the best cooking class in town. Later, learn about and taste natural wines and sit down to a Michelin star quality meal.

A beauty day in Paris

Learn about French beauty with our friend and former model. Explore the best drugstores for unique French beauty brands at bargain prices. Learn how to make your own scent, and stock up on candles made by the oldest firm in Paris.

Artistic Paris

We’ll take you to two of our favorite off-the-radar small museums with lunch, visit a former artists’ squat and then finally hit the top galleries in the Marais.

Photo Safari in Paris

Learn new skills from a professional photographer. Your Instagram feed will never be the same! And come home with pictures of yourself you actually like!

Marché aux Puces

A day at the famous flea market, shopping for antiques and vintage items followed by a stop for a drink while listening to Gypsy Jazz at the bar where Django Reinhardt played.

Literary Paris

Walk in the steps and live (for a moment) the life of the greats; from Hemingway to Colette to Sylvia Beach.

Wine & Champagne Tasting

Wine and champagne tasting class from a professional sommelier followed by a stellar meal in a classic Parisian bistro with a superb wine cellar.

Fashionista Paris

VIP Paris touring the Golden Triangle with fashion experts. Explore the best in haute couture and ready-to-wear luxury fashion.

Ultimate Paris Shopping Tour

Stock Shops: Designer Discounts and Outlets and we can throw in some Vintage shops too!

Midnight in Paris

Jazz-era Paris makes us all swoon. From the steps in Mr. Allen’s movie, we’ll take you back to the heyday of jazz in Paris

Paris with Kids

See Paris in a way that’s fun for the whole family. Take a Segway tour, do a museum scavenger hunt, take a cooking class for the family, or find your favorite chocolatier.

Flower Power

Enjoy a day exploring Paris’ finest gardens and learn how to make a French bouquet. This tour is led by one of the most knowledgeable florists in Paris.

The Women of Paris

Learn about the women who have shaped Paris from Marie Antoinette to Simone de Beauvoir, with an expert history buff.

From Street Art to Ateliers

Explore the charming hipster area of Canal St. Martin with its picturesque bridges, cafes, shops, and florists.

The Street Art of Belleville

Explore this new up and coming area and learn about the political reasons for the street art found here.

Ancient Paris

Explore on the oldest Universities in the world, see the roman ruins, take photos in front of the oldest building in the city and discover Paris of the middle ages.

Central Paris

Its islands and its history from the Parisi tribe to today from a female point of view.

African American Paris

Soak up black history in Paris from Josephine Baker to James Baldwin to Miles Davis with a long time American expat and history buff.

Insider Paris for First-Timers

Skip the Eiffel Tour lines, see the Orsay museum before it opens…and many more surprises!

Revolutionary Paris

See the city of light through the eyes of the revolutionaries, from the Bastille to the Paris Commune to the Student Riots.

Jewish Paris

Discover the history of the Jewish population from the 10th century through the second world war up to the modern-day.

Montmartre

Walking or Biking from St. Germain to Montmartre discovering little shops and historical corners along the way.

Beyond Paris

Chantilly

Spend a day visiting Chateau de Chantilly, where the great French chef Vatel was said to have invented whipped cream in the 17th century. Head up in a tethered balloon to see their formal gardens from above.

The Palace of Fontainebleau

The medieval castle is one of the largest royal castles in France. After touring the Chateau, visit the forests via horse-drawn carriage.

Vaux le Vicomte

Visit André Le Nôtre’s Gardens at the 17th century castle of Vaux le Vicomte, just one hour from Paris. Lunch at the Chateau is available.

Chartres

Just one 75 minutes southwest of Paris lies the gorgeous town of Chartres, famous for its awe-inspiring gothic cathedral.But the blue awnings, cobble stone streets and half-timbered buildings will also delight.

Rouen

Tour this lovely town 1 hour and 45 minute northwest of Paris with a focus on Joan of Arc and Claude Monet who are integral to the history of this medieval Rouen.

There are so many other amazing things to do in Paris and beyond. This is but a sampling. We don’t list the classics like the Louvre, Versailles, Normandy beaches or Giverny, but we can help you arrange the best way to see these well-known sites. Having a local help you avoid the crowds and book a truly knowledgeable guide is priceless. Inquire today and get a free consultation to discover what will make your Paris trip truly magical!

How it Works:

Get in touch with us by clicking on the Inquire Now link above. We will organize an initial (free) phone consultation to assess what you need and brainstorm ideas.

We plan. You go on your own: €60/hour for activity planning, restaurant reservations or any other help you need (3 hour minimum). Most full-day itineraries can be organized with this minimum fee. Week-long trips typically require 10-15 hours, but this varies depending on what we’re doing.

We Plan and Guide: €450 for a half day or €700 for a full day of guiding you and your party around Paris or the French countryside. Includes planning services. All meals and 3rd party costs (e.g. entry fees, transportation, class fees, meals, etc.) are extra and paid directly by the client.

Thank you for putting your trust in us, we will make sure the memories of your trip to Paris will last a lifetime!

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