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Paris: The City Experience

7 days |  10 days with Normandy & Paris extension
Group size1538 travelers
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This is the time to discover your Paris.

Whether for romance, history, indulgence, or artistic inspiration, Paris is the destination for experiences you’ll never forget. Unpack only once, then marvel at soaring landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and stroll through the many charming arrondissements. Browse some of the world’s richest collections of art and recall the Belle Époque, then seat yourself at a sidewalk cafe and watch the Parisians do their thing.

Your tour package includes

  • 5 nights in a well-located hotel
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • Signature farewell experience at the Eiffel Tower
  • Sightseeing tour with a local guide
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Included highlights

  • Eiffel Tower photo stop
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Champs-Élysées
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Views of the Seine River
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris5 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Paris
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to France! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery, and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

  • Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe
  • Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River
  • See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house, and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square
  • Marvel at the iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides

Tonight, enjoy free time in Paris or add an excursion.

Paris Home-Hosted Dinner

$75 per person

Day 4: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know Paris at your leisure or add an excursion.

Food of Paris Walking Tour

$95 per person

Day 5: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Paris or add excursions.

(Please note: Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny excursion may be offered on day 6, depending on the day of the week.)

Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise

$119 per person

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny

$89 per person

Day 6: Free day in Paris & signature farewell dinner
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Explore Paris at your leisure or add an excursion.

(Please note: Versailles Palace & Gardens excursion may be offered on day 5, depending on the day of the week. Please call for more information.)

Head to restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel, located about 180 feet above the ground on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, this evening.

  • Peer down through the transparent glass floor, see an immersive show about the iconic monument, and visit its historic spiral staircase
  • Sit down to celebrate your trip during a three-course farewell dinner with drinks while taking in panoramic views of the city

Please note: This evening’s dinner does not include access to the top of the Eiffel Tower—those tickets must be purchased separately. You may purchase tickets online through the Eiffel Tower’s website. We recommend purchasing them 30–60 days in advance.

Versailles Palace & Gardens

$129 per person

Flight Home0 nights
Day 7: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to visit Normandy and continue exploring Paris.

Extension to Normandy & Paris
Head north to the Normandy Coast, where you’ll see that history isn’t just found inside a dusty old textbook. Stories about the Allied soldiers take on a whole new meaning as you walk along the shores where they once fought. After your on-the-ground history lesson, head back to Paris to board your flight home.
Normandy & Paris2 nights
Day 7: Normandy Coast via Rouen & Honfleur
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel through historic cities and pristine port towns on your way to the Normandy coast.

  • Visit Rouen, home to a large 16th-century clock and the Gothic, two-towered Rouen Cathedral
  • Walk through the Old Market Square where Joan of Arc was executed
  • See the untouched Honfleur harbor, once an important port
  • Sample cheeses, including Camembert, Pont-l’Évêque, and Livarot, paired with cider and Calvados, the region’s distinctive apple brandy
Day 8: Sightseeing tour of the Normandy Beaches
Included meal: Breakfast

Dive into World War II history during a full-day visit to the beaches of Normandy, where the Allied troops landed in June 1944.

  • Stop at the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, the burial place for more than 9,000 American soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Normandy
  • Walk along Omaha Beach, the landing site of American troops on D-Day
  • Visit Pointe du Hoc to view the granite monument that honors the American 2nd Ranger Battalion, which seized German cannons here before they could be used to fire on American troops

Continue on to Arromanches where you’ll have free time to explore and eat lunch.

Normandy & Paris1 night
Day 9: Transfer to Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel back to Paris and raise a glass to toast to your trip with a farewell drink this evening.

Normandy & Paris0 nights
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5
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    See you at the top- of Paris that is
    11/03/19 by 7th-time traveler Vicki

    What an incredible trip: the best guide ever(Patrick); the coolest hotel in the best location. Our group loved every minute of sight seeing in the City of Lights. The Eiffel Tower by night; panoramic view of Paris from Montmartre; five star restaurants; street markets; chocolate shops a plenty;...

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    11/03/19 by 1st-time traveler Henrykay

    From a year out, sitting with tour coordinator, Vicki Reis, in a restaurant at breakfast, I knew I wanted to be part of THIS tour. I paid for it that day and began to plan. I wan't totally up to Vicki's plan of packing a full year in advance, but that idea got me started in the right direction. I...

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    11/03/19 by 1st-time traveler Gail

    Overall, we enjoyed this tour. Paris is a beautiful city and our tour director, Patrick, made it a very welcoming city. We did have a problem when we signed up for an excursion at the Go Ahead site . We signed up weeks in advance for the Dinner in Paris and Seine River Cruise. At the time, a messag...

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    Go Ahead Tours replied on 03/02/20

    Dear Traveler, Please allow us to express our apol...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Mercure Montparnasse
    Mercure Montparnasse

    This modern hotel is located in the Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris’ 14th arrondissement. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, y...

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    Mercure Montmartre
    Mercure Montmartre

    This contemporary hotel is located in Montmartre. Guests enjoy on-site dining options, an outdoor terrace, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Sacré-C...

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    Flights

    Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.
    Add our airfare package and you'll get:
    • Round-trip flight for your tour
    • Airport transfers at your destination
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    • 24/7 support from our dedicated service team
    • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
    • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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    Local weather

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    FAQ

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    Passport & visa requirements
    • In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
    • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
    • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
    • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
    Tour pace
    • You will walk for at least 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills.
    • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
    • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
    • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
    • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
    Transportation & arrival information
    • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Paris. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. For more details, please reference the Paris transfer information included in your Go Kit.
    • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
    • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
    • For your convenience, Metro tickets are also included in the price of your tour.
    Baggage allowance
    • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
    • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
    • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
    • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
    Clothing & packing tips
    • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
    • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
    • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
    • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
    Health
    • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France.
    • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
    • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
    • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
    Cuisine
    • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread, and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
    • Although lunch is generally served from noon until 2pm in France, dinner is served from 7:30pm onward. Those wishing to eat earlier can stop at a cafe, where light entrées and sandwiches are available throughout the afternoon and evening.
    • Cuisine in the Normandy region of France on the tour extension is known for its fresh flavors. Chicken, rabbit, and duck are staples, and you can find fish and shellfish in its coastal towns. The abundance of dairy farms throughout the region means many dishes are accompanied by cheeses and creams. Normandy is also famous for its apples, which are used to create cider and Calvados, or apple brandy.
    Electricity & air conditioning
    • France operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
    • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
    • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
    • Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
    Connectivity
    • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
    • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
    • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
    Time zones
    • France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
    • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
    Currency
    • You will use the euro on this tour.
    • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
    • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
    • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
    • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
    • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
    Tipping
    • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
    • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
    • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
    • Tips can only be paid in cash.
    Purchasing excursions on tour
    • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
    • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
    • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
    • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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