Paris: The City Experience

7 days / City Stays
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About This Experience

Whether for romance, history, indulgence or artistic inspiration, Paris is the destination for experiences you’ll never forget. Explore soaring landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and underground hideaways like the Catacombs. Browse some of the world’s richest collections of art and recall la Belle Époque. Sip Sauvignon blanc and feast on coq au vin. Seat yourself at a sidewalk cafe and watch the Parisians do their thing. This is the time to discover your Paris.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 5 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 three-course dinner with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

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  • Paris, France
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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Board your overnight flight—the City of Light is calling

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Paris aboard an internationally recognized airline.

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Day2

Browse both banks and fall in love with Paris

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Paris! After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). The rest of the day is free for beginning your exploring before tonight’s included welcome dinner.

Day3

Discover why Paris is on everyone's must-see list

Breakfast

Today’s panoramic sightseeing tour brings you to Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde.

Day4

Remember the Ancient Regime at its most opulent and extravagant

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens

Breakfast

For those of you who love shopping and discovering what treasures you can take home with you, Paris’ department stores and outdoor markets are world renowned, and there’s no place better than the Left Bank to browse for antique books. To discover opulence on a grander scale, journey outside the city on an optional excursion to Versailles, where you can glimpse what life was like as a member of King Louis XIV’s court.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Versailles Palace & Gardens $105* pp

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Day5

Get lost amidst the Louvre’s thousands of objets d’art

Optional Excursion - The Louvre & Tuileries Garden

Breakfast

Take the day to explore the vibrant Latin Quarter, home to the Sorbonne, and then stop at the Luxembourg Gardens, which inspired Hemingway as he wrote A Moveable Feast. Or join our optional excursion to the Louvre, where you can gaze at the Mona Lisa and the legendary Venus de Milo.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

The Louvre & Tuileries Garden $85* pp

The extravagant Tuileries Garden is located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. Each section of the Garden has something to offer, including majestic statues, glimmering fountains and intricate pathways. Next, make your way over to the Louvre, considered one of the world’s largest art museums. With more than 8 million visitors each year, it is also the world’s most visited museum. Once you arrive, join a museum guide for a detailed tour. You’ll find some famous, familiar pieces such as the Mona Lisa and Liberty Leading the People. After the tour, feel free to explore on your own—your all-day ticket allows you to reenter the museum at any time during the day.

Day6

Is there anything more romantic than the Seine under moonlight?

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise

Breakfast

Give yourself a day of relaxation today. Stop at an intimate cafe to sip cafe au lait and watch the world go by—one of Paris’ most celebrated traditions. Otherwise, opt to travel to Giverny and step into the gardens that provided Claude Monet with much of his inspiration. Tonight, consider joining our optional excursion for an evening in Paris with dinner followed by a Seine cruise.

Optional Excursions

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85* pp

The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet's home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109* pp

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Day7

It’s not goodbye it’s au revoir

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Paris $329*

Paris-the city of life, love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs Elysees to the winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find romance, history and beauty. Browse boutiques, stroll manicured parks, take a seat at a sidewalk cafe and watch the sun set over the Seine.

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Day7

CHEERS TO ANOTHER DAY IN PARIS

Optional Excursion - Montmartre Dinner & Wine Tasting

Breakfast

Spend this time furthering your explorations of Paris. You may also choose to participate in the optional Montmartre dinner and wine tasting.

Optional Excursions

Montmartre Dinner & Wine Tasting $125* pp

Start off your evening in Montmartre with a French wine tasting, led by a local expert, and a three-course dinner. Afterward, walk through Pigalle’s cabaret-lined streets, passing by Moulin Rouge on your way. Then, take a funicular ride to the top of Montmartre, the highest point of the city, and explore the lively area around the iconic Sacré-Coeur Basilica.

Day8

Enjoy flaky croissants & café au lait at a typical Parisian cafe

Breakfast

Wile away your final day in Paris. Perhaps you'll visit the city's museums, enjoy a croissant in one of its cafes or make a picnic lunch on the Champs de Mars.

Day9

Merci beaucoup and see you again soon, Paris

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Passport & Visa

In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the French consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please be respectful and avoid showing bare legs or shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Cuisine

For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, freshbaked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafés. On the restaurant scene, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price.

Arrival & Transportation Information Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Paris. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure).

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

The best City Stay

I have taken a few city stays and this was right up there with the best. Our Tour Director Patrick was the best tour director I have had in my last 3 or 4 tours. He really catered to our wants and was helpful when I was on my own. He gave us printouts of directions to places and suggestions for places to eat near our hotel. I gave this tour a 4 star rating instead of 5 star because the Notre Dame/Marais walk was a bit long and would have benefited with a short break between the two places. Also, I didn't think it was a good idea to have two included meals on the same day, after a mid-day lunch I really wasn't that hungry for the dinner. After reading some of the reviews for the Mercure Montparnasse I was a bit concerned, mostly about the area but now I know it was the best place to be with 3 metro stations, lots of nearby restaurants and many places of interests that were easy to walk to. If I ever go to Paris without GoAhead, I would book that hotel. It was clean and the personnel were pleasant. Although I had friends from home on this tour, I wanted it to be sort of a "Paris, my way" experience and I did many things on my own. I thought it might be daunting considering my age but Patrick made it easy for me and I was quite comfortable walking around the city on my own. I believe this was my 11th GoAhead tour and I recommend GoAhead to many people.


4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/8/2013

Number of Past Tours: 11

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Perfect Vacation

What a fantastic trip! Everything was so well planned and executed. Vanessa (our tour guide) was the BEST! She was always there to answer questions and give great touring advise. The walking tours that she guided were some of the most interesting and enjoyable times I had. Her knowlege and passion for the city was infectious. The hotel, location and travel arrangements couldn't have been better. This was my first trip of this type and I would travel with Go Ahead anytime, and will. If you have any reservations about this tour, take a deep breath and DO IT! You will be amazed. Keep up the good work Go Ahead.


5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/29/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Paris and Patrick !

So this was my first trip with Go Ahead Tours. It has been a wonderful experience from the start. Booking was easy and the staff was very knowledgeable. I was fully informed from the start and all questions were answered. There was no high pressure because they know they have an excellent product. The last time I was out of the states was when I was in the Air Force, so carrying a camera was better than carrying an M-16. When I arrived Patrick took over. He has a real passion for his job and attention to detail. You know from the first minute that you are in great hands. The hotel was fabulous and the staff was very attentive. Patrick gave us all great recommendations and he was always spot on. He knew when to guide and when to step back and let us explore. I was planning on booking another trip before I left and now I know I will be booking another trip to Paris before the new year. I cannot say thank you enough to Go Ahead Tours and Patrick for making the week in Paris magical. If you have never been out of the states do this tour first. You won't regret it.


5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/1/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Paris City Tour

What can I say it's Paris! Who could not fall in love with this city. Hotel was nice., Vanessa our tour host was just amazing !!! She was always there to great with a warm hello and big smile and willing to answer any questions that you may have had, no matter how silly it may have sounded. I would and will recommend this tour and Go Ahead tour to my family and friends! Keep up the good work...


5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/29/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Entire five days were excellent. Tour director, Patrick, was exceptional. Daily walking tours, dinners,evening cruise on the Seine River well planned and very interesting. Hotel very nice, breakfasts very good. We were lucky having good weather. Metro, getting around Paris, was easy. One small glitch, was waiting a bit too long at the airport for transportation to hotel. I already have highly recommended Go Ahead Tours to friends.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/15/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Incredible Tour/Great Tour Director!

This trip was my lifelong dream, and I was not disappointed! From our super tour director to our lovely hotel to all of our wonderful excursions and meals, we had a wonderful trip! I can't stress enough just how much we enjoyed our Paris experience! I will never forget it, and I highly recommend Go Ahead Tours! I only wish we could have stayed much longer. The wonderful sights, food and friendly people make me want to go again as soon as possible. Thank you, Go Ahead Tours!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

C'est la vie!!

Paris is magical whether or not the sun's shining. Our week in the City of Light was always bright, despite the rainy conditions, because our tour guide, Brian, was so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fun to be around. His knowledge of Paris, history and his communication skills helped us get to certain sites, restaurants and master the Metro. The hotel Mercure in the theatre district was a nice location, close to Metro stops and many restaurants. Our time went by quickly but happily.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 2/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Best Paris Trip Ever!

I really had a great time and Patrick was the best tour director! Ever!

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/12/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

great "city experience"

The "Paris City Experience" was a wonderful experience. Our Tour Director Patrick went above and beyond. We were in excellent hands the minute we arrived in Paris. We were greated, and escorted to our hotel where Patrick was awaiting our arrival with a wonderful smile, room keys, tour information, and weekly schedule. He was a wealth of information, history, answers to all questions, tid-bits, city knowledge, and a mentor to all of our needs. I highly recommend this tour. AND cannot say enough about Patrick. He did indeed make our trip hassle free, question free, and memborable. Thank you!! An honest reveiw from a well-traveled gal.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/7/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

My wonderful experience

This tour was my dream and I am very satisfied with everything. Our tour director Patrick is very knowlegable, helpful and friendly. I also would like to thank all our team. Everybody cares to each other. I have a lot of sweet memories of Paris. Thanks again Go Ahead Tour for giving me this adventure opprotunity.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/7/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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