La Creuzette Summer Shopping Affair

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Overview

Twice a year Paris goes on sale: Winter and in the Summer. La Creuzette chooses the July summer sale session to present our guests with the shopping time of their lives. One night in glorious Paris and four at La Creuzette where we will do brocantes and antique fairs in the area, and concept stores in beautiful Vichy. Hardy Olivier and Louis Jansen van Vuuren will inspire and advise you on our stylish shopping sprees. Together we shall be exploring some of the best-kept shopping secrets in the City of Lights.


Cost Breakdown

La Creuzette special interest programmes are carefully compiled to ensure that you have the ultimate, hassle-free luxury holiday experience. Our all-inclusive land arrangement means that everything aside from flights, Schengen visas and personal expenses are taken care of as follows:


  • €2 950 per person sharing
  • Transfer from Charles de Gaulle to our Paris Hotel early morning on the 27th
  • One night’s stay in central Paris in twin rooms
  • Transport from Paris to La Creuzette
  • Luxurious accommodation at La Creuzette for the 4 nights
  • Full board accommodation (i.e. all meals with drinks, also at restaurants we visit, Paris included)
  • All excursions and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • All cooking demonstrations and guest chefs
  • Transport to Chateauroux station and train back to Paris


A non-refundable deposit of €1 000 secures your booking with the balance due on or before your arrival at la Creuzette. A single supplement of €650 for the week applies for single occupation.


Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday, 25 July)

Arrive in Paris in the early morning where you are welcomed at Charles de Gaulle airport and escorted to your hotel in central Paris. We enjoy a quick cup of coffee and croissant before we embark on our morning shopping adventure at les soldes (summer sales). Louis and Hardy will be your knowledgeable guides as we navigate the famous fashion boutiques, department stores, and innovative concept stores. Lunch is a quick plate de jour at one of the many delightful bistros and then we continue our shopping. We stop at Pierre Hermé where we have arranged a special tasting of some of their new macaroon flavours. With Vogue naming Pierre Hermé as ‘the Picasso of pastry’, it is no surprise that his macaroons are some of the best in the world. Later, we head back to our hotel to drop off our shopping bags and to have a few relaxing minutes before we meet for a glass of champagne. Tonight we will dine at Restaurant Le Procope, one of the oldest restaurants in Paris.

Day 2 (Sunday, 26 July)

After breakfast, we spend the morning doing last-minute shopping in Rue de Rivoli and the rest of the Marais. We enjoy lunch in the city before we collect our luggage from the hotel and drive to La Vallée Village just outside Paris. This wholesale shopping centre stocks all designer brand names at discount prices, and is one of Paris’s best-kept secrets. Later, we continue to La Creuzette and en-route we stop for dinner at the world-renowned truck-stop l’Escale Village. We arrive at our destination in time for a nightcap and a good night’s sleep in the peaceful French countryside.

Day 3 (Monday, 27 July)

Breakfast will be served in the main dining room at 09:00. After breakfast, we take a short walk to the 11th century Chateau de Boussac. This gothic castle (privately owned) is filled with an incredible collection of antiques and beautiful tapestries. We may have an opportunity to see the owners’ private apartments, which are not usually open to the general public. We explore the rest of the village and its interesting history. Lunch will be enjoyed in the garden at La Creuzette. After lunch, we visit a big brocante warehouse where you can find anything from antique french linen and antique silver, to beautiful armoires, etc. We spend an hour or so bargain hunting before we return to La Creuzette. This evening, we meet in the dining room of the summerhouse at 19h30 for a glass of champagne followed by dinner.


Day 4 (Tuesday, 28 July)

After breakfast, we venture into nearby Montlucon to walk through the old part of the city and shop anything from wonderful tablecloths and kitchenware to perfume, clothes, etc. You might be lucky and find a good vintage Louis Vuitton at one of the antique shops. We visit our wine merchant at his newly renovated tasting room for a special wine tasting and a traditional French lunch. After lunch, there will be an opportunity to buy some special wine which you may wish to take home with you. Later, we return to La Creuzette where we will have some time to relax before we meet in the summer kitchen for a cooking demonstration by a guest chef. Dinner follows.


Day 5 (Wednesday, 29 July)

After breakfast, we drive to the city of Vichy where we will spend the day shopping some of the most popular concept stores with Lynn Chaullieu Kolver, South African born who has lived and worked in Vichy for the past twenty years. Late afternoon we return to La Creuzette where you will have some time to pack, before we meet for drinks, followed by our farewell dinner.

Day 6 (Thursday, 30 July)

After breakfast, we take a walk to our village’s weekly market. We meander through the colourful market stalls that are laden with fresh fruit and vegetables, fragrant soap from Marseilles and other artisanal products from the region. We also visit Louis’s beautiful shop ‘Le Store’ and have some time for last-minute shopping. Later, we depart for Châteauroux from where the fast train to Paris departs.

Please note that this itinerary may be amended to accommodate suppliers, service providers and the weather.

Terms and Conditions apply

25 Jul 2020 - 30 Jul 2020

€ 2 950 per person sharing

  • Transfer from Charles de Gaulle to our Paris Hotel early morning on the 25th
  • One night’s stay in central Paris (in twin or double rooms)
  • Transport from Paris to La Creuzette
  • Luxurious accommodation at La Creuzette for the 4 nights
  • Full board accommodation (i.e. all meals with drinks, also at restaurants we visit, Paris included)
  • All excursions and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • All cooking demonstrations and guest chefs
  • Transport to Chateauroux station and train back to Paris at the end of the week.

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