Sure there's the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre, but head here for the food with this package from Go-Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com), which includes round-trip airfare, six nights, and lots of quality time with French food.
You will stay in standard double room at the Comfort Lamarck, which is located in the village-like residential neighborhood of Montmartre, within walking distance of Sacre Couer Cathedral, Moulin Rouge, and several museums. A five-minute walk to the metro from the hotel means the usual suspects are easily accessed, too: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre. Wake up in the morning to fresh croissants and cheese. While you're in Paris, you will be treated to tours and classes designed to whet your appetite and teach you a little bit about French cooking -- after all it is the basis for much of cuisine as we know it today. A culinary tour of the City of Light takes you through the St. Germain-des-Pres neighborhood -- known well for its cafÃ© culture, art and plenty of great dining options. Then, you'll get the chance to create a three-course meal under the guidance of a local chef -- with fare such as Mediterranean zucchini, chicken with two vinegars, grape pickers' cake (and the recipes are yours to keep, too). If that's not enough, a dessert or chocolate making class is also included, with the likes of chocolate mousse, lemon madeleines, and other typical French treats. Homemade dessert never tasted so sweet.
Why is this a deal? Round-trip airfare from New York-JFK clocks in about $1,139 per person (nonstop, although Go-Today pulls the best-priced flights available), and the hotel's standard double room costs $898 (€690), or $446.50 per person. When just calculating the airfare and accommodations, the trip comes to $1,585.50 per person -- with a savings of $186.50. Often it's a bit trickier to calculate the exact cost of special tours and inclusions because travel packagers are able to get much better prices than the average individual, but Go-Today representatives say that the cooking classes ($158, $123), culinary tour ($126) and round-trip transfers (approximately €18-€30, or $23-$39) would add on approximately $407 per person. When looking at the whole package, you'll save nearly $616-$632.50, versus booking this independently. Tres bien!
Trip Type: Air-inclusive, independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip non-stop airfare between New York and Paris; six nights in a standard double room at the Comfort Hotel Lamarck; continental breakfast daily; airline fuel surcharges; government taxes and fees; hotel taxes and fees; round-trip transfers; hands-on cooking class; dessert or chocolate class with French host; Paris gourmet walking tour.
What Else You Will Have to Pay: Transportation to the home of the personal chef for cooking classes, which will vary.
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
When: May 13 and June 6 & 13
Single Supplement: $190
Other Departures: Miami from $1,697; Chicago from $1,800; Los Angeles from $1,926
Other Details: This package is available through the summer months and into fall. Many departures in May start from must $50 more, or $1,449 per person. Prices jump quite a bit in the summer, starting at $1,699 for July, August and September; departures drop to $1,499 for October trips.