Meet your guide in the morning at Galeries Lafayette in central Paris to begin your 3-hour Christmas walking tour. Paris is a special place to visit no matter what the season, but the city really comes alive over the festive period.
First, head inside Galeries Lafayette — widely considered the French capital’s finest department store — and marvel at the Christmas decorations within. Follow your guide to the food hall and sample fresh oysters with a glass of white wine. Taste French treats such as macarons or an éclair and gaze over the impressive selection of caviar, cheeses, chocolates, gingerbread and fois gras.
Step outside and wander along bustling streets where shoppers browse for Christmas gifts. Head up to a rooftop viewing platform for panoramic views over Paris’ twinkling lights, then visit a Christmas decoration shop where you can pick up gifts for family at home.
Follow your guide through the 8th arrondissement and pause beneath the grand columns of La Madeleine Church, constructed in memory of Napoleon’s military might. Head down cobbled streets and passageways where festive lights twinkle in shop windows, and delve into some of the charming boutiques for which the area is famous. On Passage Vivienne, sample fois gras with a glass of Champagne or dessert wine and raise a glass to Santa, Rudolph and friends!
After three hours, your tour will come to an end near the Louvre Museum.