By law clearance sales are state-regulated in France and generally run during two periods of the year: once in summer, just before the massive exodus toward the sea and sun, and once in the winter, shortly following Christmas. Department stores, boutiques, designer outlets, and even hardware shops clear out items from the previous season, gradually slashing prices over the course of the sales period. So you can imagine the anticipation when the sales time comes around! What is the word to look for? SOLDES! If you’ve wondered how so many Parisians manage such seemingly impeccable style, now you know: even price tags on designer items can be slashed down by up to 80%.
The Soldes last for five weeks, and discounts keep increasing during that time. There are huge bargains to be made.
One interesting note is that vendors legally have to prove that everything they’ve marked down had previously been sold for its full price, and that their company had already paid for the merchandise from the manufacturers. Basically, they can’t lie about the fact that you are actually paying less… none of this “I’m going to make something slightly lower quality just for the sales and pretend I’ve marked it down 50% to get you to want to buy it.”
So dress comfortably, raise your head and charge on in with the other Parisians on the once in a life time Adventure into the world of bargain hunting in Paris!

Itinerary

This Adventure is not for the faint of heart, but for the fun loving shopper and window shopper alike! We will hit the hottest areas to shop in Paris, high-end to flea market with lunch stops in between and then return to our comfortable Parisian accommodations, put our feet up, sip on a cocktail and wait for a gourmet dinner prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-Paris Alum Chef Walter Eagleton.
And did you know that ON TOP of the sale price you will pay, you can also receive up to 20% back on VAT taxes charged in France? Wow, now that’s a deal! Many larger stores offer a tax refund service which enables non-European residents to claim back their tax refund, based on the tax they have paid on their purchases worth over €175.01 made in one store and on one day of purchase. To learn more, click here- VAT TAX FREE SHOPPING VAT AT CHARLES DE GAULLE

Here are just a few highlights of our shopping days in Paris-
Printemps Department Store: Created in 1865 by Jules Jaluzot, the Printemps Haussmann is one of the biggest department stores in Paris today. The shopping icon covers a 45,000 square meter space dedicated to elegance, fashion, glamour, and dreams through a selection of the most beautiful French and international brands. Since 1975, its 200 meter Haussmannian façade and its immense Art Déco-style dome have been classified as historical monuments. The store is divided into three separate buildings across 27 floors: Printemps de la Mode (9 floors), Printemps de la Beauté et de la Maison (11 floors), and Printemps de l’Homme (7 floors). There’s a whole floor of over 3,000 square meters dedicated to shoes alone. A food hall brings together the top 10 biggest names in French cuisine and cooking.
We will recover from our “shop ’till you shop” fever, by eating lunch* at the Ladurée salon and savor some of their famous macarons.

Galeries LaFayette: In 1893,Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn opened a 750 sq ft store in Paris, on the corner of rue La Fayette and rue de la Chaussée d’Antin, selling novelty gifts. In 1896, the company purchased the entire building. Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann is located on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, near Opera Garnier. It’s a 750,000 sq ft fashion flagship store. A wide range of brands are available at the store to suit all budgets, from ready to wear to haute couture. The architecture of the store is art nouveau, with a remarkable dome.

Flea Market of Saint-Ouen: The history of the flea market of Saint-Ouen dates from the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, when the ragpickers were driven out of Paris. Today, the flea market of Saint-Ouen is the largest concentration of antique dealers and junk dealers in the world, the largest market in the world, totaling nearly 11 million visitors per year. It is divided into several markets. It brings together thousands of merchants in narrow galleries, covered or in the open. It is the paradise of bargain hunters. You can find everything from restored furniture to old toys, posters and glassware, second-hand clothes or ceramics … In a wide range of prices.

The Marais: The historic Marais quarter is prime stomping ground for shoppers with an eye for the unique and finely-crafted, not to mention antique and art lovers. Here we will find antiques and fine-arts also jewelry, fragrance, and cosmetics shopping at boutiques

The Champs-Elysées: The Champs-Elysées, for its part, features luxury names (Louis Vuitton) while also being a major spot for shopping in trendy global chains like Zara.

St-Germain-des-Prés: Here we will find rare books, unique regional gifts, and vintage threads as well as the Bon Marché, the consummate left-bank address for classic chic. We will stop for lunch at Les Deux Magots* which once had a reputation as the rendezvous of the literary and intellectual élite of the city. Its historical reputation is derived from the patronage of Surrealist artists, intellectuals such as Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and young writers, such as Ernest Hemingway. Other patrons included Albert Camus, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, Bertolt Brecht, Julia Child, and the American writers James Baldwin, Chester Himes, Charles Sutherland, and Richard Wright.

Obviously this is not an exhaustive list, just a sampling! We will also visit the Louvre, the Eiffel tower and Notre Dame. And how about having dinner and a show at the Moulin Rouge! Window shoppers and non-shoppers welcome!

*All meals, wine and beverages at our Parisian Maison, as well as during excursions, when mentioned, are included in tour cost. Dinner and show at the Moulin Rouge is included.
Itinerary is subject to minor changes.

Accommodations

Our accommodations in Paris are in a residential neighborhood in a large Parisian home or large Parisian Apartment.
Due to size of accommodations, limited to eight Adventurers (four double bedrooms).

Price and What's Included

Tour cost is included.
We will meet you in Paris and escort you to your Parisian home for the week and then assist you with your transportation at the end of the tour.
Includes daily ground transportation by van, Metro, taxi or bus.
All excursion costs, all gourmet breakfasts, lunches, dinners and wine, when dining at accommodations.
Central Parisian accommodations are included.
Airfare not included.
*Meals and beverages are included at our accommodations only unless specified as included on the itinerary. Dinner at the Moulin Rouge is included.
Travel Insurance is required and can be bought on line from Travelguard.com/ or Allianz Travel Insurance.com.
$3700 pp single occupancy
$3150 pp double occupancy
Due to size of accommodations, limited to eight Adventurers (four double bedrooms).
Nonrefundable deposit of $750 pp due upon booking.