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What other city can conjure up romance, elegance and chic sophistication like Paris? This is a city to savour – whether from high among the lattice work of the Eiffel Tower or from a pavement café with a glass of Bordeaux in hand. The treasures of the Louvre, the glories of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe and the elegant Champs Elysées – all are essential Paris. But be prepared to detour – watch a game of boules in the Jardin de Luxembourg or dither between a rich, custardy millefeuille and a flaky pain au chocolat at a nearby pâtisserie. Watch artists at work near the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and marvel at the Impressionist masterpieces in the Musée d’Orsay. People-watch in a side walk café and when the sun sets, fall in love with Paris all over again.






SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN PARIS



Paris Museum Pass THE PARIS MUSEUM PASS

A sightseer’s best friend, allowing entry as many times as you wish to over 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris. Check out the crazy traffic from the Arc de Triomphe, have Mona Lisa’s eyes follow you at the Louvre and imagine times gone by at Château de Fontainebleau. 

Canal St Martin CANAL ST MARTIN
 

With its old iron footbridge, Canal St Martin was made famous in the movie Amelie and is lined with cafés and restaurants and is a great place to hang out. 

Tour Montparnasse TOUR MONTPARNASSE
 

For stunning views of Paris. From here you can see all the major sights, and it is far less crowded than the Eiffel Tower. 

Père-Lachaise Cemetery PÈRE-LACHAISE CEMETERY
 

Said to be the world’s most visited graveyard and some of the most frequented graves are those of Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Chopin and Oscar Wilde. Get a free map on the way at the conservation office just inside the main entrance off Boulevard de Menilmontant.

Saint Chapelle SAINT CHAPELLE
 

Not far from the Notre Dame, Saint Chapelle is a spectacular cathedral with the most amazing stained glass windows. 

Three Prices to Pay in France THREE PRICES TO PAY IN FRANCE

At a café stand at the bar like a local (the most economical). Sit down inside the café and the price goes up, and if you sit outside on the footpath the cost is even higher, but worth it for the people watching. 
Paris is full of Surprises PARIS IS FULL OF SURPRISES
 

Problem is that you might miss them if you don’t know where to look. There are plenty of guides that give interesting ideas for self-guided walks. Investing in a set of guide cards or a book is well worth it. The “City Walks” series are great and cost from about $40. If self-guided isn’t for you, your travel consultant has plenty of guided options.

Paris Secret Food Tour THE PARIS SECRET FOOD TOUR TASTE OF LE MARAIS
 

Stroll through charming medieval streets with a foodie guide, popping into the neighbourhood’s best brasseries, boulangeries, and markets to sample French specialties like croissants, cheeses, croque monsieur, chocolates, and macarons, topped off with wine pairings and a secret dish.

Champagne Tour CHAMPAGNE TOUR
 

Visit all the big-name Champagne houses – Moet & Chandon of Epernay, House of Mumm in Reims and Hautvillers, the birthplace of Champagne pioneer, Dom Perignon. With your expert guide, learn about the intricate Champagne-making process and sample glasses of premium Champagne.

Loire Valley Castles Day Trip LOIRE VALLEY CASTLES DAY TRIP
 

Stroll through the flower gardens of Chenonceau; admire the architecture at the largest of the Loire valley château, Chambord; at Amboise, the home of King Francois 1st and the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci, stroll through the charming village.

Giverny and Versailles GIVERNY AND VERSAILLES
 

Explore two unmissable sights in one day. In Giverny visit Monet’s home and studio and the lush gardens that inspired the artist, then after lunch in the countryside, discover the magnificent Palace of Versailles and enjoy free time in its stunning French-style gardens

Monets Garden by Bike MONET'S GARDEN BY BIKE
 

Meet at Gare St Lazare and train northwards into the Brittany countryside. Pick up your bike in Vernon and head to the market for picnic supplies, before pedalling down small paths alongside the river to the village of Giverny. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere enjoying Monet’s beautiful gardens.




PARIS ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotel and apartment-hotel options in Paris.
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Hotel Des Trois Poussins
HOTEL DES TROIS POUSSINS
★★★
This area has a real village atmosphere with local favourite, Rue Des Martyrs, at the end of the street. It’s renowned for its tempting delis and boulangeries. A 15 minute walk up the hill is Montmartre and the steps of the stunning Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Quirky and fun Parisian art adorns a feature wall in these contemporary rooms.
Best Western Plus La Demeure
BEST WESTERN PLUS LA DEMEURE
★★★
On the edge of the vibrant Latin quarter, in a Haussmann-style building, this bright, newly renovated hotel provides elegance and style. Still family-run with lovely personal service and now with a brand new fitness and wellness area. It is in a great spot to experience a more local flavour, with the historic Rue Mouffetard markets close by.
Hotel Duminy Vendome
HOTEL DUMINY VENDOME
★★★★
You don’t get real estate in a more prime location than this. It’s tucked away in a quiet street close to Rue St-Honore, perfect for browsing the shops. Le Louvre, Place de La Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens are just a short walk away. It’s housed in an authentic Parisian building, with a charming courtyard and trendy breakfast cellar.
Citadines Opera Paris
CITADINES OPERA PARIS
★★★★
Ready for an apartment-like home in the city centre? This place is tucked away in a restful spot and is totally renovated in contemporary style. Be delighted by the historic shopping arcades, the glass-roofed passageways (Passage des Princes, Jouffroy des Panoramas, Verdeau) and the glamorous department stores just 10 minutes walk away.





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