Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of this year’s trip?

This year’s trip will run from Sunday, May 10th through Saturday, May 16th, 2020.

Who will be on the trip?

There will be a maximum of twelve participants on the trip. A representative from The French Needle will accompany the group. Vincent, the owner of Awesome Guides will be our guide.

Where will I be staying?

We will stay in the family owned Hôtel "Pas de Calais" in the heart of the St. Germain neighbourhood. Fabulous sites and shops are mere footsteps away. The comfortable hotel is a quiet oasis on a side street and includes all modern amenities.

Where will I be eating?

Breakfasts will be served at the hotel. We will be taking you to a selection of authentic french restaurants for lunch and dinner. As most restaurants can take reservations only three months in advance, we have yet to confirm the lists. When reservations are confirmed, we will forward the complete list to all participants. Wine is included with dinner and the kitchens can make accommodations for vegetarian/allergy requests.

How will I travel around?

A private driver will take us on our outings in a comfortable minibus. Walking will be required on the guided tours and to some restaurants.

What is the cost of the trip?

Paris, May 2020: € 4900.00

600.00 supplement for private room.

After filling in the form and confirming your reservation with The French Needle, you will be you will be contacted by our tour operator (Awesome Guide) to sign the trip agreement and effectuate payment.

What is included? 

  • The cost of the accommodation (single or double occupancy)

  • Most meals (dinner including wine)

  • Classes and supplies, entrance to all activities

  • Transportation for the duration of the tour

  • Guides for all activities, all tips and taxes

  • Transportation to and from the hotel to airport traveling on the first and last days of the tour.

What is NOT included?

Air fare from your place of origin, trip insurance if so inclined, and pocket money.

When do I pay?

A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total is due to reserve your space. The remaining two thirds are due in January 2020.

All payments will be handled by Awesome Guide, you may contact them by email:

Note: If we fail to meet our quota of participants by December 1st, 2019 your deposit will be refunded in full.

Should I buy a plane ticket?

Our tour begins and ends at our hotel in Paris and you must make arrangements for your own travel to that point.

What travel documents will I need?

Those coming from outside the European Union will need a passport. At this time U.S. citizens do not require visas.


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