City Sightseeing tours
Taking a sightseeing tour is a must for first time visitors to any city. You get to know where the famous landmarks and popular attractions are, and learn a bit of history from the audio commentary, in the comfort of an air-conditioned luxury coach. Make a note of places that interest you most, then visit them using the hop on/off buses, which have frequent stops at popular attractions. Sightseeing boat tours are also popular, and as with coach tours, continuous or hop on/ off trips are available.
Romans may disagree, but Paris is still seen as the capital of romance by many, and what could be more romantic than a dinner cruise along the banks the Seine, gliding past the beautifully illuminated monuments whilst enjoying some fine French food and wine? Proposals have been known to take place on these cruises – that guy down on one knee probably hasn’t just dropped his fork!
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If you’re wondering where to have your tea after a hard day’s sightseeing, this restaurant on the first floor of the city’s most iconic landmark is a treat that’s hard to beat! There is an early sitting at 18.30, which is handy for families, and another at 21.00, when the city lights start to twinkle. French kids are used to eating smaller portions of what the adults are having, and a childrens menu is available at both sittings, with not a chicken nugget in sight! They also do a fun “chic picnic” at lunchtimes, served in a picnic style basket.
Going to Paris and not seeing the can-can is a bit like going to Spain and not seeing flamenco! The Moulin Rouge, immortalised by Toulouse Lautrec, is still the most popular cabaret show, both for being the birthplace of the can-can and for it’s retro feel. The famous windmill frontage and cosy old style interior evokes nostalgia for La Belle Epoque, as does Paradis Latin, re-designed in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel. Make it a memorable evening by having a champagne dinner. For a more Las Vegas experience, try Lido de Paris, Cesar Palace or Crazy Horse, and fashionistas will enjoy Mugler Folies.
Get a Paris Pass!
The Paris Pass is a pre-paid smart card that gives free entry into over 60 top museums, galleries, monuments and attractions, free public transport, free hop-on/off bus tour and river cruise. It comes with a 120 page guide book to help you plan your trip, and discounts at some restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. You get fast track entry to some popular attractions, including the Louvre, saving you time as well as money. With most of your activities already paid for, you can save your Euros for eating out and shopping, knowing that you won’t be coming home to face a massive credit card bill!
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Visites Spectacles – The Eiffel Tower Romance
A very entertaining walking tour led by talented actors, that gives you fast track access to the lift to the second floor, and a behind the scenes tour of the bunker and engine room. Full of comedy, romance and drama, as well as historical facts, it is a fun way to explore the Eiffel Tower.