ParisTilton October tour
October 22-29, 2016

7 magical days in Paris with Marcy and Katherine Tilton

A Glimpse into a Paris Tilton Tour
esigners, teachers, authors and sewing experts, Marcy and Katherine Tilton announce:

ParisTilton October 22-29, 2016

This intimate small group travel experience is tailored for women who enjoy design, fashion, textiles and art who want to explore and encounter the magic of Paris with a designer's eye

While staying on the Left Bank in the heart of the old Paris, you'll experience living like a Parisian while exploring Paris with an artful eye. We share our favorite places, sources and secrets, with entry to places not open to the average tourist, and when our week is done you will know how to navigate the City of Light on your own.

When you register, you will become part of an e-mail chat group so we can get acquainted before the trip and prepare for our adventure together, with tips on packing, great books about Paris, what to bring, what to leave home and more.

Paris is a walking city, its museums, historical walks and culinary delights pepper our days as we wind through the neighborhoods of this magical place

NOTE: This tour DOES involve walking. Be prepared to walk 4-6 miles a day, and to navigate flights of stairs in the Metro and old buildings. Bring really comfortable shoes, (or better yet buy some Arche shoes while in Paris). Please contact Marcy or Katherine with any concerns.

The groups are small, 10 to 15. Come with a friend or group of friends, or come alone and make new friends. Spouses are welcome too. They are on their own during the day, but are included in all group meals, and meet up together with us for dinner in the evening. If your spouse wants to join us for some events, we can arrange for that too.
At the end of the day, we often meet for dinner in a small bistro in the neighborhood for a simple and delicious and not too expensive little French meal. Marcy and Katherine love good food and are always on the search for a great neighborhood restaurant. Our hotel does a great job of getting reservations for us too.
Visit to the atelier of a couture flower making house which has existed since the 1700's to see the start to finish process ... and do a bit of shopping.
We'll visit Monet's home and gardens at Giverny.
When possible, we time the tours to coincide with exhibits at the Musee de la Textile et de la Mode (Museum of Textiles and Fashion) at the Louvre and at the newly re-opened Musee Galliera (fashion museum of Paris). Past exhibitions include Jeanne Lanvin, Azzedine Alaia, Balenciaga, Christian La Croix, Sonia Rykiel and Madeleine Vionnet. We also visit major museum shows at the d'Orsay, Orangerie, Grand Palais and small exhibitions, all depending on our schedule and the scheduled exhibitions.
Welcome lunch in a small neighborhood restaurant.
YES, we DO go fabric shopping!!!

Tour Cost:
$6495 Double Occupancy
$7500 Single Standard Occupancy
$7895 Single Superior Occupancy
Double Occupancy is ONLY available for 2 persons traveling together.
Single Standard is a smaller/cozy room with private bath/shower and all the amenities.
Single Superior is a larger, more spacious room with private bath/shower and all the amenities.
Logistics and Details

FAQs If you have other questions, do send an e-mail:
give us a call: 541 592 4675
We love to talk about Paris!
How is this trip different from previous tours?
Every trip is different, the exhibitions change with the seasons and there are always new shops and restaurants to explore. We love to explore new areas and share out expertise and love of Paris with our groups.

At one time our tours had a slant toward women who sew, and while we've had participants who did NOT sew, we've had others tell us they did not come because they don't sew or want to come with a non-sewing friend. So while this trip is definitely friendly for people who sew, there are 2 of us, so one takes the sew-ists to the fabric shops and merceries while the other takes the non-sewists to another attraction. Another factor: the demise of some of our favorite Parisian fabric stores. And, we love to share our favorite (and always changing), Paris sources and resources.

The focus is on design, seeing Paris with a designer's eye, which broadens the scope for everyone, no matter what you do, as Paris is one of the primary centers for all aspects of design.

As we find new experiences and discoveries the tour changes. Recently we've added a hands on perfume making workshop, and are able to make arrangements for a guided tour at the original studio and library of Yves St. Laurent. Last Spring we discovered what has become a favorite new neighborhood restaurant where we'll have our celebration dinner, and we'll have a fashion lecture with a charming Parisian fashion maven. Our small Left Bank hotel is in the midst of fabulous restaurants, cafes and world class shopping.

What if I want to come in early or stay after the tour ends?
The hotel extends the group rate if you want to add extra days at either end of the tour. You'll make these arrangements through Katherine and she passes this information on to the hotel. You will pay the hotel directly for the extra nights...when you check in you give the hotel your credit card info and the hotel will charge you when you check out for the extra nights and any incidentals.
I want to come, but am traveling alone, how will that work for me?
One of the wonderful things about these trips is the people who come are so much fun to be with. We bond. We become a little community, so there is always someone to have a meal with, take a walk, visit a museum, do a bit of shopping with.

We go out and about together each day, then when there is free time, Katherine and I make sure that everyone is taken care of. You can go off on your own, hang out with me and/or Katherine, and we make plans for the end of the day, usually meeting back at the hotel in the little bar to recount the day, for show and tell, and to see if people want to have company for dinner.

If I want a roommate, can you find me one?
The double occupancy option is available for 2 people traveling together.

We offer two levels of single occupancy, a Standard room which is smaller (but very comfortable, we each love our cozy Standard room), and a Superior room which is larger.
Can I bring my spouse?
Yes, there is a spouse option. This includes the hotel (double room for the 2 of you), daily breakfast, welcome lunch, farewell dinner, metro pass, transportation to and from airport. The spouse is on their own during the day while we are off on our adventures, but can meet you for dinner in the evening.

What to wear?

Always a question when coming to Paris, and a topic of discussion in our e-mails with the group. In an nutshell: one color scheme, layers, a raincoat that packs flat. Fewer is better, the old saying 'bring half the clothes and twice the money' applies!

SHOPPING is literally everywhere in Paris, and we window shop (the French call it 'leche vitrine', literally window licking). French women sew, knit, embroider and if they don't they have a dressmaker, and they rely on the quintessential French vendeuse (sales associate) to help make the best clothing choices. We'll take you to our favorite clothing and sewing related shops. As a designer and maker, I am delighted by looking at the innovations in design and construction in Paris clothes, in museums, on the street, window shopping and virtual shopping. 

Come to add a Parisian touch to your wardrobe and/or your stash.

Sample Itinerary

While we PLAN PLAN PLAN ahead for our Paris adventure, we've discovered that much magic happens once we are in town, so we go in a week - 10 days early to find out the current happenings, meet new contacts and re-visit our perennial favorite spots. And always we make new discoveries to fold into our tour week.

Participants receive a daily printed itinerary complete with addresses of the places and sources we'll visit.

The sample itinerary below gives a flavor of how we spend our days in Paris, visiting a different part of town each day, sharing how to get around, walking, on the metro and on the bus. Paris busses are a well kept secret, a great way to see the sights and you'll learn to come and go on the bus too.

  • Day 1 Saturday
  • 1PM: Meet in hotel lobby. Take a walking tour of neighborhood and have late welcome lunch* with group.
  • Early evening: Boat ride on the Seine.*
  • Day 2 Sunday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Visit flea market and have lunch at organic market.
  • Afternoon: Visit Textile Museum*.
  • Evening: Optional dinner on your own or with group.
  • Day 3 Monday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Neighborhood walk and tour of the Palais Royal. Visit speciality vintage couture boutique for history of the little black dress.
  • Afternoon: Visit fabric and arts district and a neighborhood mercerie.
  • Evening: Welcome dinner for group at a classically French restaurant.

A boat ride on the Seine gives an orientation of the city and helps with arrival day jet lag.

  • Day 4 Tuesday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Meet in lobby and walk to specialty studio/workshop that creates for the couture trade for a tour and demonstrations.
  • Afternoon: Walking tour of tucked away charming passages for shopping and lunch.
  • Optional visit to couture fabric store and then wander along the rue St-Honor?©.
  • Later Options: Return to hotel, visit the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre.
  • Dinner on your own or with group.
  • Day 5 Wednesday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Depart for Marais walking tour. We will orient you in this charming old Parisian neighborhood, show you some of our favorite shops, studios, museums, restaurants and arrange a spot to meet for lunch. Free afternoon in the Marais. Hang out with us or go off on your own.
  • Evening: Dinner on your own or with group. The Louvre is open Wednesday evening.
  • Day 6 Thursday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Day on the Left Bank. Walking tour and group orientation to this arty quarter loaded with famous cafes, bookstores, great restaurants, the Bon Marche department store (with an amazing gourmet shop and mercerie), historic churches, art galleries and museums. Spend the day wandering this fascinating area with our guidance or on your own.
  • Afternoon: Optional lunch at one of our favorite cafes. Free afternoon - we will shop with you or take you to the d'Orsay, the Rodin Museum, to the top of the Eiffel Tower or ??
  • Evening: Dinner on your own or with group. The d'Orsay Museum is open on Thursday evening.

  • Day 7 Friday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Meet in lobby for early morning visit to the Orangerie. Late morning appointment to visit the atelier/studio and museum of a world famous fashion designer.
  • Lunch: Optional lunch with the group.
  • Afternoon: Free to wander the great shops along the Avenue Montaigne, stroll the Champs Elysee or peruse the world class window shopping in the rue St-HonorE neighborhood. Or, free time
  • Evening: Farewell group dinner* This changes with each tour, a current favorite has been, Le Grand Colbert (featured in the film Something‚Äôs Gotta Give).

  • Day 8 Saturday
  • 7AM-8:30AM: Breakfast* in hotel breakfast room.
  • Morning: Depart for planes, trains and automobiles - au revoir!
We'll stop and linger at a cafe and watch the world go by!

What Our Past Tour Participants Say
"I love traveling with Marcy. I'd go anywhere she was willing to take me. She's organized, attentive, talented and FUN FUN FUN. She knows so much about Paris and is very generous in sharing her knowledge. She has been able to arrange wonderful small studio visits, leads us to great shops and neighborhoods. Her palate is wonderful so the food she discovers is fabulous. Her sister, Katharine, is now her partner and they are an incredible team. Lots of laughs. Lots of interesting inspiring side trips. I've been twice. great group dynamics, too. I recommend travel with Paris Tiltons with wholehearted enthusiasm. All ages, too."

Mary from Oregon

I went on Marcy's first tour to Paris. I was the only one in our group who had never met Marcy or taken any of her classes. Although I do some hand quilting, I didn't sew clothing like everyone else in the group. It didn't matter one bit. Although we did go shopping for fabric, we also went shopping for just about anything else. I had been to Paris 5 times before this trip, and I got to see sights I had never been to before. We went to restaurants I hadn't been to before, and are now on my list of favorites when I go back to Paris. I enjoyed meeting all of the ladies (and one brave man!) The best part of the trip for me was how relaxing it was. Even though we were very busy all day, I didn't have to make any decisions about anything. I just followed the plan, and had a fantastic time. I highly recommend going with Marcy!

Karen from Colorado
"Marcy and Katherine are the perfect traveling companions-organized and knowledgeable...... There is the freedom to go on your own but if you are less confident they were perfectly wonderful about guiding you where you wanted to go or letting you tag along on their forays. Very nice balance of activity/structure with free time to explore. Lots of walking, good food (but not many big evening meals which was great) and so much to see. I went to Paris alone and returned with a new sense of travel savvy that was the result of the gentle tutelage of the Tilton sisters."

Kristen from the Twin Cities

Going to Paris with Marcy was one of the best travel experiences I ever had. I dream of going again someday and the May trip may be the perfect opportunity. Even though each trip is unique because of the participants and excursions, I didn't want to go on the "same" trip as before. Marcy is thorough in her planning and organization, is a delight to be around with her energy and enthusiasm, and she knows her way around Paris! You don't always have to stay with the group if there is something else you'd like to experience--but the group is a lot of fun, and you don't want to miss out.
I remember my trip almost everyday: Standing in front of the Mona Lisa by myself, seeing in real life the Impressionist paintings I love, listening to the organ concert at the Notre Dame Cathedral with Mary and Robin, walking the streets and boulevards, and the list goes on. Going to France had always been a dream of mine, and going with Marcy was the perfect first experience!

Marla from Colorado

Logistics & Fun
  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights in a family owned small luxury three star hotel on the Left Bank in the heart of old Paris, checking in on Saturday, October 22, 2016, checking out on Saturday, October 29, 2016.
  • Our charming family run hotel has a small intimate bar, a great place to gather in the evening and the staff takes very good care of all our needs.
  • Delicious breakfasts are provided in the lovely breakfast room.
  • Admission to all group venues, presentations, tours and meals listed as included.
  • Meals included are: breakfast each day, welcoming lunch, celebration dinner.
  • Museum fees for all group museum visits. The Louvre is walking distance from the hotel, and there are opportunities to visit museums throughout the week.
  • Metro and bus pass. You'll learn to navigate the metro and how to use the Paris bus system too!
  • Transportation coming to and from the airport. Details provided upon registration.
  • Visit to the Musee de la Mode et du Textile at the Louvre and/or Musee Galliera to see the current exhibition.
  • Visit to the Fondation Yves St. Laurent studio and museum located in the famous St. Laurent building. (depending on availability).
  • Lecture with a fashion historian.
  • Perfume making workshop: learn how it works and make your own signature scent
  • Visit to a couture flower making workshop (depending on availability)
  • Fashion/couture lecture
  • Explore the Marais and visit a unique designer boutique and studio.
  • Spend a day exploring our favorite places on the Left Bank.
  • If you sew, we'll take/direct you to our sources for fabric and button shopping in the Paris fabric district as well and at upscale shops featuring fabric from haute couture collections as well as the uniquely French exquisite ‚ merceries (French notions shops)
  • If you love fashion and clothes, we'll show you our favorite Parisian shops and sources.
  • Visit to a small flea market (vintage buttons) and ‚ a Marche Biologique; organic market on Sunday morning.
  • Welcoming lunch. An exceptional celebration dinner.
  • Dining and conversation in cafes and restaurants ranging from well known to small out of the way spots.
  • Impromptu visits to studios, galleries, and special expositions.
  • All this and more, in discovering the beauty and magic of Paris in the company of kindred spirits.

about us.....
Marcy says:

When Katherine and I were in Paris together celebrating her birthday, I had a dream of the two of us sharing a similar experience with other women; and ParisTilton is the result of that dream. As collaborators we make an energetic travel team and love sharing our Paris savoir faire with others.
Katherine says....

Marcy has been exploring the nooks and crannies of Paris for 30 years, and her passion for all things Parisian is huge and infectious. Exploring Paris with Marcy is a grand adventure with new discoveries, delicious food, irresistible inspiration and lots of laughs!

From Paris to the Moon, by Adam Gopnik (Random House)

Paris in autumn "... is lined with wonderful shops; butchers with fat-wrapped noisettes d'agneau and bakers with various-sized Tarte Tatin, all caramel-colored, and childrens clothing stores, their windows filled with violet coats for small girls... . The rue Cler... is one of the nicest shopping and marche' streets in Paris, and it acts as a heart for the neighborhood ... . Then, by four o'clock, violet twilight falling, watching that sky that looks as though it were ready to snow though it never does, we get the bus back home. Going home, it goes down Saint-Dominique, gently, formally, perfectly curving across the Left Bank. I looked up the rue Jean Nicot and could see lights twinkling, like fireflies, right across the Seine, filling the trees. The hardest thing to convey is how lovely it all is and how that loveliness seems all you need...In that moment ... when you're walking from the bus stop to the rue Saint Dominique and the lights are twinkling across the river... you feel as if you've escaped."
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