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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)
Few things exude Christmas spirit better than festive food, and where better to sample seasonal specialties than in Paris? Discover the undisputed capital of gourmet food in the run-up to Christmas on this intimate small-group walking tour, limited to eight people. Enjoy samples galore and shop ‘til you drop at one of Paris’ enchanting Christmas Markets, and explore specialty food stores with your expert guide.

Highlights

  • 3-hour Christmas walking tour for food lovers in Paris
  • Experience Christmas shopping in Paris at markets and shops decked out for the holidays
  • Sample festive French produce: artisan cakes, cookies and hot wine
  • Learn about the Thirteen Desserts of Christmas tradition from your expert guide
  • Relax with a hot beverage in a typical Parisian tearoom
  • Maximum group size of eight people, ensuring a personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A great chance to get into the Christmas spirit in style! It's great that you get to taste typical French Christmas treats and hear the stories behind them too.

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Gourmet Christmas Tour of Paris

Small-Group Christmas Gourmet Tour of Paris

Your gourmet Christmas tour of Paris starts in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés, at the Place Saint-Sulpice. From there you will visit one of Paris' Christmas Markets which include authentic wooden stalls decked in twinkling lights to help put you in a festive mood.

Focusing on the gourmet foods available at the market, you'll sample regional specialties as you stroll around with your expert guide. Sip on hot spiced wine (vin chaud), and try beautiful Christmas cakes, gingerbread cookies and other seasonal delicacies on sale in a Parisian Christmas market.

Your small-group tour will continue to some famous Paris food stores, where you will enjoy samples of chocolate and traditional French sweets. Learn about the Thirteen Desserts of Christmas, a Christian tradition that originated in the south of France, whereby 13 desserts are eaten after a Christmas meal. The 13 desserts symbolize the 12 apostles and Christ, and while you won't have chance to sample all of them, you'll try a few of the best – including candied fruits, nougat and gingerbread.

Your gourmet Christmas tour ends in a typical Parisian tearoom, where you can relax with a hot beverage while your guide regales you with tales of festive French traditions.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Fantastic tour, completely different to what I thought it would be, I was expecting to go around Christmas Markets and see Christmas decorations, food etc - the tour was teaching you about Christmas traditions through Europe and tasting of the food and the meaning behind that actual piece of food, eg a special Christmas chestnut sweet.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

An excellent tour with a superb and knowledgeable guide. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring many areas and gourmet shops in Paris which we would never have discovered on our own. Being able to choose the food items and enjoying them with a hot beverage at the end of the tour is a lovely experience. Highly recommended!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great tour and we had a wonderful tour guide!

Hirsty
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

We had a wonderful afternoon with Alexandra. Fortunately we were the only participants so could ask as many questions as we needed answered. It was bitterly cold and raining, but the tour was so great we did not feel it. The venues were well researched, the tastes fantastic and the amount we learned was astonishing. Great to learn something new about how different culture celebrate Christmas with different foods and customs.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

The tour guide was nice and really took us to elite places for chocolate shopping and gathering of the 13 desserts. He then took us to sit and eat the desserts with a coffee or tea and nice Christmas music. The title of this tour could be misleading maybe it should be something like " the 13 dessert

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

This was a wonderful, personalized tour lead by a true gentleman, who took incredible care in ensuring the tour was suitable for us and our son. This was a great opportunity to stroll the back streets of Paris to find hidden gems and collect the 13 deserts of Christmas that we then shared over tea at our final destination. Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

The Small-Group Gourmet Christmas Tour of Paris exceeded any expectation that we might have had. Our tour guide, Roberto, was wonderful. (He even made dinner reservations for us for Christmas dinner and offered his phone number in case we had problems while we were in town.) The tour was a great way to see streets and shops that are off the beaten path in otherwise tourist-filled parts of town. The tour isn't really paced for people interested in heavy duty shopping at each stop, but that was just fine with us. The tour concluded with coffee or tea at a nice hotel with plenty of time to enjoy the delicious holiday treats we picked up along the way. I would recommend the tour to anyone planning on being in Paris for Christmas, especially since many places are closed for the holidays.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2013

Excellent tour - however have lunch before you go as there is a chocolate overload :)

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2013

The tour guide was wonderful. She showed us some really awesome gourmet shops and the tastings were divine. My one and only problem with this tour was the "tea room” at the end. She took us to the Hotel Littre, clearly on the other side of the tour route/neighborhood. We definitely went out of our way just to go to this "tea room" only to have very sub-par, awful service. I hope the company stops using this establishment. Terrible end to an otherwise brilliant tour!

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2013

our tour guide was great.

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