Buying Trip to Paris
Buying Trip to Paris
Buying Trip to Paris
Buying Trip to Paris
Buying Trip to Paris
Buying Trip to Paris

Buying Trip to Paris

Regular price
$4,500.00
Sale price
$4,500.00

Please note, these dates could change! If you're ready to sign up, please call us at 404.257.0511 or email us at info@huffharrington.com


    Oooh la la! An antiques buying trip to Paris with French-speaking experts leading the way and taking care of your every need? If this is your idea of heaven, join our group of enthusiastic women who are passionate about interior design and love the hunt as much as the catch.

    Your home for the week will be either an elegant apartment with killer views of the Eiffel Tower or a chic little boutique hotel in the tony 7th Arrondissement. Shortly before you arrive, you will receive our famous little “black book” of favorite haunts and secret resources, to help you map out and plan ahead for your free time in Paris.

    We’ll go off the beaten path to experience a couple of Paris’s best little street markets, and of course, we’ll spend two fabulous days at the famous flea market, Les Puces. We’ll also venture outside the city to a wonderful antiques fair open only to dealers and buyers. You’ll have some free time, too, to explore on your own. The pace is fast, but we promise you’ll love every minute.

    Want an insider’s view of one of our trips?  We’re thrilled to have been featured on “La Dolce Vita” blog, you can read it right here.

    BOOKING
    ACCOMMODATIONS
    ITINERARY
    FAQs

    Booking

    A 50% non-refundable deposit is due per person at registration. No reservation will be confirmed until the deposit is received. Final payment is due 90 days prior to the trip start date. For reservations made within 90 days of departure, the entire trip cost must be paid at the time of booking. We accept payment by American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and personal check. Trip prices are in US dollars.

    costs

    Note: All costs are double occupancy; there is a surcharge for singles and a limited number of single rooms, available on a first come basis.

    • A Week in Provence: $4,200 for double occupancy; $4,900 for single occupancy
    • Paris & Provence- Spring: $4,750 for double occupancy; $5,500 for single occupancy
    • Paris & Provence - Fall: $4,950 for double occupancy; $5,800 for single occupancy
    • Painting in Provence: $4,500 for double occupancy; $5,500 for single occupancy
    • Buying Trip to Paris - Spring: $4,500 for double occupancy; $5,250 for single occupancy
    • Buying Trip to Paris - Fall: $4,750 for double occupancy; $5,500 for single occupancy
    • Buying Trip to Provence: $4,200 for double occupancy: $4,700 for single occupancy

    Costs include all accommodations, all meals in Provence and most meals in Paris, group transportation and admission fees to any group cultural events. Not included: air fare, train fare and local transfers to and from the airport and any personal transportation outside of group activities. Exceptions apply for the Paris Provence trip.

    travel insurance

    We can't stress enough how important it is to be prepared for the unexpected. Because our deposits are non-refundable, please protect yourself by buying travel insurance at the time of booking in the event you must cancel your accommodation and forfeit funds. We recommend Travelex or American Express.

    If you decide not to purchase travel insurance, you agree to indemnify us against any charges that might otherwise be covered by your insurance. You further agree that we are not responsible for any costs of cancellation by you.

    cancellation

    Our refund policy is firm: If you initiate the cancellation 60 days or more prior to the departure date, we will reimburse any funds paid, less the non-refundable deposit. If you initiate the cancellation less than 60 days prior to departure, we cannot refund any monies paid for the trip.

    By authorizing payment to Huff Harrington Fine Art, you acknowledge that once you submit a deposit to us, we have financial obligations related to your participation that must be fulfilled. You understand that the 50% deposit for this trip is non-refundable and that you have been advised to purchase travel insurance. If you have chosen not to purchase adequate travel insurance, you accept full responsibility for non-refundable payments if you choose to cancel or change your reservations.

    We reserve the right to cancel the trip if fewer than 7 participants have signed up, within 16 weeks prior to the scheduled trip dates. If Huff Harrington initiates the cancellation, we will refund all deposits and payments due to guests.

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    We're pretty picky travelers ourselves, so we can assure you your accommodations will be elegant, efficient, and comfortable. We offer a mix of single, double, and even triple accommodations available on a first-come/first-serve basis.

    For more information about our favorite home away from home, please visit Les Murets to see pictures of the house, which was recently renovated from top to bottom. We are also tickled and thrilled to have one of our favorite blogs, Cote de Texas, write a recent blog about Les Murets' coming of age. Regarding room accommodations, by French standards, the rooms are large and most have a private bath or shower. The “premium” single rooms have queen sized beds and an en-suite bathroom. The double room has two comfortable single beds and a private bath, and is also quite spacious. The “triple” is in the Petite Maison with its own entrance from the courtyard. It has two single beds downstairs (which can be made into a king) and a queen sized bed in a loft area with a slanted roof. If three people share this space, they will need to be good friends or family. However, everyone who has ever stayed there has liked it a lot because it’s charming and pretty.

    In Paris, we stay at exclusive, private apartments or small boutique hotels. Our Paris apartments are beautiful but, like most accommodations in Paris, the bedrooms are often small and it is not unusual to have to share bathrooms.  For single occupancy rooms, we cannot always guarantee a private bathroom.  Some rooms may also be multi-use rooms with euro-style convertible beds and privacy doors. 

    Sample Itinerary

    Note: We like to stay flexible so the itinerary is subject to change based on weather, interests of the group, and day of the week.

    day 1

    Meet us in Paris in the early afternoon for a welcome glass of bubbly in your beautiful apartment or boutique hotel.  We’ll have a light lunch and stroll around our elegant neighborhood for a nice little introduction to living in Paris “a la française.”  You ‘ll have time to unpack, relax and explore our arrondisement on your own before we head to dinner in a lovely neighborhood restaurant.

    day 2

    we’re up early and off to the fair!  With your guides leading the way, you’ll spend all day outside of Paris at a marvelous fair for antique lovers and professionals that only happens twice a year and attracts dealers from all over Europe.  We’ll have lunch at the fair (so much fun!) and spend the rest of the day continuing the hunt for treasures.  We’ll wend our way back into town for a light dinner on your own in the neighborhood.

    day 3

    We make an early morning stop at the famous Paris flea market to get the lay of the land and hopefully nab some one-of-a-kind goodies before the market closes at noon for lunch.  After lunch, you’re on your own to explore Paris to your heart’s content.

    day 4

    We’ll head to the outskirts of Paris for a delightful street market that specializes in small, decorative objects and collectibles galore.  Spend the afternoon on your own wandering around St. Germain des Pres in Paris or any of Paris’ wonderful little neighborhoods.  We’ll have a delicious dinner with the group at a little jewel of a restaurant that we adore.

    day 5

    We’ll spend the entire day at the flea market today.  With your expert buying guides paving the way, we’ll be scouring the aisles and booths for whatever catches our fancy.  We’ll introduce you to some of our favorite charming vendors and we’ll help you navigate the flea market’s many labyrinths.  .

    day 6

    Today is your day to enjoy Paris - from museums to shopping to wandering and soaking up the Parisian atmosphere. We'll meet up at the end of the day for a farewell dinner at a lively and fun restaurant. 

    day 7

    Au revoir, amies and see you next time!

    Oooh la la… I’m ready to sign up! What’s my next step?
    A 50% non-refundable deposit is due per person at registration. No reservation will be confirmed until the deposit is received. Final payment is due 90 days prior to the trip start date. For reservations made within 90 days of departure, the entire trip cost must be paid at the time of booking. We accept payment by American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and personal check. Trip prices are in US dollars.

    Have you offered this trip before, and can we get some references?
    Yes! And we’d be happy to give you some references. You can also read recent testimonials from others who have done the trips. Want an insider’s view of one of our trips? We’re thrilled to have been featured on "La Dolce Vita" blog, you can read the post right here.

    How many people can go on the trip?
    The trip is available on a first-come/first-serve basis. We need to have seven (7) guests in order to do the trip. 

    I can’t stay for the full week. What arrangements can be made for me to leave early?
    If you need to leave early, or arrive later than the group, we ask that you make your own arrangements to get to the train station or airport. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds if you don’t stay for the whole week.

    What if I need to cancel?
    Because our deposits are non-refundable, we urge all guests to purchase travel insurance. We recommend Travelex or American Express.  Please see our Booking Procedures for more information. 

    How do we get to Avignon?
    There are direct flights from Atlanta to Paris on Delta or Air France, and then a very convenient fast train (TGV) directly from the Paris airport. To book tickets online, visit Rail Europe. If you are going directly from the Paris airport, the train station within the airport is called CDG-Roissy. If you decide to spend a few days in Paris at the front end of the trip, the train to Avignon leaves from the Gare de Lyon in Paris. Either way, the train takes about 3 hours and is a beautiful and easy trip. We will meet you at the station in Avignon upon your arrival and take you back to the Avignon station between 7 and 9 a.m. on the day of your departure.

    Who will be driving and what kind of car will we be in?
    You will be driven in an eight passenger van by a local driver, and accompanied by one of your guides on all your outings.

    May I rent my own car?
    You may rent your own car but there will be no refund for renting a car on your own.

    Are there any other charges?
    We try to have everything included in your fee, but we do recommend a gratuity for your driver, if you are happy with his services. No other gratuities are necessary.

    Is there internet access?
    We do have wifi and high speed internet access for those who need to bring a computer. Be sure to bring a converter that works in France.

    Do we need to bring hair dryers or converters?
    We have four hair dryers at the house, so you should not need to bring one. It’s best to avoid bringing other electrical appliances if possible.

    Do you allow smoking?
    Les Murets is a non-smoking house. You may smoke on the terrace but due to dryness of the area, we ask that you be very careful when smoking on the property.

    Is this itinerary set in stone? Can we vary it according to our needs?
    This is a guideline and we may end up changing it, depending on the interests of the group. We have been to this area multiple times and are very familiar with all the opportunities and things to do. We also realize that one week isn’t very long and we are trying to pack as much in as possible.

    We’ve noticed all dinners are at home in the evening. Can we go out one night?
    You may surely go out on your own, but we have found that most people prefer to have dinner at home, where they can relax, watch the sunset, and not worry about drinking and driving along the dark and windy roads at night. Also, French dinners in restaurants tend to be much longer than we are used to and we’ve found that our American friends sometimes get impatient to go home. Plus, we think part of the fun and camaraderie comes from hanging out in the kitchen and helping to make dinner.

    Will I be expected to pitch in and help around the house?
    Yes and no. We’ve always found that when groups of women travel together, the preparations are fun, everyone pitches in with a glass or two of wine and the kitchen ends up spotless! During these trips, we will have food catered several nights during the week by a remarkable chef who makes wonderful tarts, veggies, meat or fish, and a lovely dessert. We always fill in with fresh foods from the market, including salad, cheeses, fruit and bread. On one or two nights, we will just have a light meal of leftovers with salad and/or soup and cheese (often everyone’s favorite meal!) and specialties from the markets, such as olives, tomatoes, cherries or strawberries, depending on the season. So the dinner preparations are easy, fun and delicious. If you want to pitch in, you’re welcome to. But if you want to sit by the pool and read a book, you are welcome to do that too.

    Do I need to be physically fit?
    You don’t need to be fit, but you should definitely have comfortable shoes. We usually travel with only two pairs of shoes (we figured out a long time ago that nothing takes up more room in a suitcase than shoes), and one of them is terribly ugly but comfortable, while the other one serves its purpose in dressier situations. Comfort is key. Remember, the reason French women don’t get fat is because they walk everywhere. We guarantee that you won’t gain weight if you act like a French woman during this trip, and eat only what you love and walk everywhere! We won’t be doing any heavy duty hiking, unless you want to. So it’s just important to be prepared and to be as comfortable as possible.

    What will the weather be like?
    Of course it’s impossible to predict the weather. But in May and June, temperatures usually vary between mid 60’s and mid 80’s with some wind. The same goes for September. It’s always smart to bring layers, because the days are often quite cool in the mornings and a little brisk in the evenings, although they can get pretty hot during the day. Here’s a tip: Travel lightly! You won’t need many clothes and you don’t want a heavy suitcase, especially on the train. The South of France is very casual and you don’t need to dress up. And there is a washer and dryer at the house. It is so much better and easier to pack lightly than to bring too much. Trust us, you will thank us for this advice!

    I would like to put together my own trip. Is this possible and will you manage it for us?
    Yes, we would be happy to do this! We offer a "Build your own trip" to Paris and Provence, with 3 nights in Paris and 5 nights in Provence for $30,000, and a Provence Only trip, which includes 6 nights in Provence for $26,000. The maximum number of people for this trip is eight. If there are eight, instead of seven, our leader will not accompany you on day trips in Provence, but we will make all the necessary arrangements with our driver and tailor the trip to your desires. Please call us for dates and details.

    I’m interested in going to Les Murets with my own group of friends and family. Is the property available for rent?
    Yes, it is. Please just contact huffsinfrance@yahoo.com and we’ll let you know if it’s available. Rental fees range from $4,500 to $8,000 per week, depending on the season. You may also book a week on your own, and have us do all the planning and reservations, but not accompany you. There is a special fee for this service.