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Many of our guests spend time in Paris before or after our tours.  Here are some ideas to
help you make the most of your time there.

Title: Top 10 to do’s in Paris

Author: Andy Heaps

Article:
When considering the most cultural cities of the world, Paris
is generally found near the top of the list. The galleries,
museums, boutiques and exquisite eateries are seemingly endless.
How then, as a tourist can you make the most of your short break
in one of the world’s most popular cities? We have defined a
list of top 10 to-dos on your visit to Paris.

1) The open top bus tour. Every tourist city has it, many
tourists use it. An easy way to see the city while relaxing and
listening to the English commentary provided. Tickets and routes
vary depending on what you want to see, but the basic principle
is the same. Hop on and off all day long, stopping to see the
attractions that catch your eye. With frequent buses and many
stops there is no excuse not to be brimming with Parisian
culture by the end of the day.

2) The Louvre is arguably the most famous museum / art gallery
in the world, hosting some of the most famous masterpieces in
the world. Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ is just one of a huge
collection of renaissance art, sculptures, ceramics and many
many more exhibitions. Guided tours, performances, concerts and
readings make the Louvre much more than your regular museum.
Opening times vary and we recommend checking before hand.

3) Keeping with the theme of iconic Parisian locations, our next
recommendation is the Eiffel tower. The top of the tower is 276
metres and you can choose to walk the first 115 metres if you so
desire. For the less energetic, there are several lifts
available to take you to the top. Two restaurants within the
tower (altitude 95 and Le Jules Verne) both provide 365 degree
views across Paris, offering one of the most romantic dining
experiences available.

4) A more recent ‘claim to fame’ for the city has come thanks to
Dan Brown’s bestseller ‘The Da Vinci Code’. There are mixed
views about this book but the ‘Da Vinci code’ tour has seen Dan
Brown fans from around the world flock to Paris. See the
locations made famous in the book while re-tracing the steps of
the lead characters, Robert Langdon and Sophie. A must for Dan
Brown fans, but book early – there are a lot of them!

5) Moving to a slightly different theme our next recommendation
is Disneyland, Paris. Fun for all the family - meet the
characters, enjoy the rides, experience a journey through
Disney’s television and cinema history. With 4 zones to explore
– Animation Courtyard, Frontlot, Production Courtyard and
Backlot, you will do well to explore the whole park in one day!

6) City Segway Tours offer a unique way to explore Paris. The
Segway, invented by Dean Kamen is designed to operate in
pedestrian environments and its unique balancing system makes it
one of the safest and enjoyable ways to explore the city. City
Segway Tours provide you with your Segway and all necessary
safety equipment, and take you on a guided tour of the sights
and attractions of Paris. This is becoming a very popular way to
see the city so make sure you book in advance.

7) A more ‘French’ way to see Paris is by taking a tour of the
city in a chauffer driven Citroen 2CV. An iconic French symbol,
the 2CV tour will give you a personalized tour, highlighting all
the main attractions. As space is limited, the tour is very
personal, with the chauffeur happy to stop as you please, full
of knowledge to answer every question.

8) Seeing as you are in the fashion capital of the world, it
would be rude not to explore the shopping possibilities of the
Champs-Elysees. You will find boutique after boutique, something
for everyone and plenty to amuse the window shoppers! After a
hard afternoon in the shops, relax at one of the many outdoor
café’s and indulge in a bit of people watching.

9) After all that sightseeing you will need somewhere to eat. In
the Latin Quarter you will find L’avant-Gout. The chilled
atmosphere, high quality, reasonably priced food makes this a
great way to enjoy some typical French cuisine. The menu may not
change too often but that is because there is no need for
change. Continuous, consistent rave reviews have made this
restaurant one of the most popular in the city.

10) A great way to end your day is with a few cocktails in
Buddha Bar. Located in the middle of the 8th Arrondissement,
this stylish bar is filled with fashionable drinkers being
looked upon by a giant Buddha. With DJ’s playing ambient tracks
it is the perfect place to relax after a hard days sightseeing.

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