Culinary Arts & Science

Paris, France | Minimum Age - 14 years

France is world renowned for its spectacular sites, culture and decadent food! This trip is your opportunity to test your interest in the world of culinary arts & sciences before you consider it as a full time career. Get insights to the fine art of cooking followed by the French in one of the country’s leading institutes where you’ll get to observe the best at work and then practice your skills under their expert supervision. For a wholesome experience, we’ll visit farmer's markets, local patisseries and a community kitchen. And certainly, in addition to learning all about French food you’ll also get a chance to explore the French capital and sample some fantastic food.

What can you expect to achieve from this trip
  • Learn culinary skills at the world famous Alain Ducasse Institute
  • Get an introduction to French cuisine by the expert faculty & chefs at the institute
  • Learn to make Macarons, French Pastry, Pasta, and a complete vegetarian French Meal
  • Get introduced to new cultures through visits to farmers markets & local cafes
  • Explore the magnificent city of Paris with a tour of Montmartre & a hop-on hop-off ticket
  • New experiences in a safe, secure environment and an opportunity to acquire skills - independence, interdependence, and personality development
  • Get an Internship Certificate jointly issued by Alain Ducasse & DoTheDifferent

Trip Highlights

Culinary Training at a Premier Institute
Food Walking Tour
Visit a Refugee Kitchen
Explore Paris
Local Culture

Itinerary - 7 Days

Arrival – Paris

On arrival in Paris we transfer to the hostel - our accommodation for the next one week. Once there, you will be briefed about the institute and the experiences.

Meals: Dinner

Orientation at the Institute; Pasta Making & Tour of Montemart

Begin your course in the culinary sciences this morning with an introduction to French cooking followed by a course in Pasta making.

Later this afternoon, we head out for a tour of the Montemart district of Paris.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Food Walking Tour & Vegetarian Cooking

Start today with a food walking and market tour. We continue the day with an afternoon session at the institute where we learn about vegetarian cooking - French style!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Introduction to French Pastry

Today is an exciting day with an introduction to French pastry! Watch the experts at work and then try your hand at making croissants, madeleines, danishes and more.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Macaron Making & Paris Social Tour

End your time at the institute with a grand finale - learn how to make macarons! These delicious treats are tricky to make so get them right and you’ll have everyone impressed!

Later this evening head out on an off-the-beaten-path tour of Paris and visit organisations that are working to integrate refugees into Parisian life.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Paris Hop-on Hop-off

With our time at the institute at an end, we spend the day on a hop-on hop-off tour of Paris. This is our chance to get to know this fascinating city a little bit better and do some last minute shopping before we leave tomorrow.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


We check out after breakfast this morning and head to the airport for the flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast

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Expert on this trip

Monica Pillai

Monica has balanced a 17 year long career in HR & Communication while helping Bangalore Walks conduct history and culture tours where she has honed the art of taking charge and providing learning experiences to travellers. She believes that her un-glamorous corporate career has made her an expert on scheduling, planning etc. - skills that come handy when taking responsibility as an Expedition Manager, while we believe that her experience in the field of Learning & Development is what makes her a pro. When not gainfully occupied, Monica retires into one of her various reading nooks and spends hours with her nose buried in a book.

What's Included

Arrival and departure transfers at the destination at specified timings. Our team will help you with the details for your trip.

Safe, secure and fun accommodation at hostels, lodges & camps on shared basis - separate for girls and boys.

All meals. Breakfasts are continental style with cereal, toast, jam, butter. Picnic style lunches and hot dinners with snacks available on most days.

An experienced Internship Leader from the #DoTheDifferent team who travels from India and stays with the group at all times.

Meaningful experiences to introduce you to practical exposure on the subject of your interest.

Certificate for the valuable real experience and knowledge you have gained to boost University Applications & your CV.


What flights should I book? Open or Close

Flights are not included in your trip price. Should you like to travel on the same flight as our Trip Leader from India, we suggest the following flights ex-Mumbai:

Sunday EY-7604 BOM 05:20 AUH 07:00
Sunday EY-37 AUH 08:55 CDG 14:20
Saturday EY-32 CDG 10:35 AUH 19:30
Sunday EY-206 AUH 22:00 BOM 02:45 (next day)

You are welcome to book other flights if you find them suitable, however please aim to arrive and depart within 1 hour of the above group arrival and departure from Paris to ensure the Trip Leader can personally receive and see you off.

What is the accommodation like? Open or Close

On this trip our participants will be staying at a youth hostel on sharing basis. Toilets and bathrooms are not attached. Our Trip Leaders stay at the same facility with the group.

Is vegetarian food easily available? Open or Close

Yes, vegetarian food is easily available throughout Europe. The style and cuisine is continental and includes salads, fruits, bread, pasta, pizza and some typical vegetables. An open mind and flexible attitude goes a long way in adding to the experience. If you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies, do inform us prior to the trip itself so that we can see how we can meet your needs.

Is there any special documentation needed to obtain a visa for France? Open or Close

All Indians entering France need to hold a valid Schengen visa. Travellers below the age of 18 travelling as unaccompanied minors require special documentation. You may also may require documentation relating to the person receiving the participants at the destination. DoTheDifferent provides visa assistance though the documentation is the responsibility of the parents / travellers. Visa is granted at the consulates discretion.


Start Date End Date
23 June 2019 29 June 2019

Why Us

  • Life is an adventure

    Discover, appreciate and understand the world you live in
  • Global Exposure

    An insight into unconventional opportunities
  • Develop New Skills & Interests

    Many that can’t be taught in an ordinary classroom
  • Learn first-hand from the experts

    Get access to specialists and leaders in their field
  • Comprehensive Personality Development

    Independence, Team Building & Leadership
  • Authentic Cultural Exchanges & Community Work

    Meaningful experiences that make a difference
  • Meet like-minded Youth

    From all over India and at times the world
  • 100% Safe Environment

    Self-discovery & Growth in a secure environment
  • Internship & Participation Certificate

    Value Addition to College Applications with the Certificate