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Paris

Get swept up in the magic of one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. For centuries, Paris has been a source of inspiration for artists, writers and lovers with its vibrant history blended with a modern cosmopolitan culture. From the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower, to the beautiful promenade of the Champs Élyséesto the treasures of the Louvre, you’ll be spoilt for choice of incredible things to do in the City of Light.

When to Go and Weather
The beauty of Paris can certainly be enjoyed no matter what the season. However, as with most of Europe, Spring and Summer (April to September) are the better months of the year to plan your visit. During these months the weather is wonderfully mild and the sun shines almost daily. If you do happen to go during the fall and winter months, be sure to pack a fashionably warm jacket and be prepared for a few showers. Paris is known for sudden and intense rainfall so an umbrella is necessary for outings during these months. If the weather isn’t fabulous when you’re there, take the opportunity to explore some of Paris’s indoor sights. Plan a day at famousMusée de Louvre. This incredible art museum is housed in the former palace of King Louis XIV and holds over 400,000 masterpieces, most famously The Mona Lisa. Take a tour of beautiful gothic style Notre Dame Cathedral or do some shopping at Galaries Lafayette, one of the city’s major department stores.

Transport
Thanks to the volume of visitors to Paris each year, the city has many transportation systems that will make getting around an absolute breeze, even if you don’t speak the language. For longer distances in the city, the Paris Metro is a very convenient subway system with over 300 stations located all over Paris and is relatively affordable. If you’d prefer to experience the city from above ground then busses are another great mode of transportation. You can even use your Metro pass to transfer to any bus or purchase a new ticket at the Metro stations. For those wanting to try something new, check out the Batobus. This river boat runs up and down the Seine and stops at major attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame. While renting a car and driving is also an option, due to the high volume of traffic and considerable lack of parking it is recommended that hiring a car is left for day excursions outside the city.

Food
If there is one thing the French are famous for it is absolutely amazing food! Whether you’re going all out for a five star experience or simply having a casual lunch at one of the cities many cafes, Paris will have every one of your taste buds jumping for joy! For a casual dinner with unbeatable ambiance check out chef Beatriz Gonzalez’s up and coming restaurant Neva. With a relaxed atmosphere and stunning dishes that put a contemporary spin on French flavours, this is a great place for a low-key dinner. The recent years in Paris have also given way to a number of very chic wine bars offering more than just charcuterie and cheese. Nowadays the trend has moved towards yummy tapas prepared with seasonal market ingredients and paired with a nice glass of wine. Reasonably priced Le Dauphin is a great spot to spend a Saturday evening, or Frenchie Bar à Vins. Boasting that hidden relaxed feel of every great wine bar, Frenchie and Le Dauphin are truly hidden gems.If you find the Parisian culinary scene to be a little daunting, then you can always take in a casual meal at Café Charbon. A popular spot, you’ll love the frantic chatter of the young hip crowd while you enjoy the simple pleasures of French cooking.

Fun Facts
There are more dogs in Paris (around 300,000 of them) than there are children. The City of Lights refers to the number of great intellectuals that have been drawn to the city. France is the most visited country in the world with over 70 million tourists each year.

Flights

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Holidays

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    New Hotel Lafayette: This charming hotel is within easy access of the many captivating attractions for which this city is renowned, near Folies Bergeres, Cabaret and Gare de Cadet station. The hotel offers facilities and services to ensure that guests experience a relaxing, comfortable stay in the city of love.
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Tours

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    MEETING POINT:'La Boutique' OPEN TOUR - 13 Rue Auber 75009 PARIS
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    Paris - Cruise and Illuminations Tour

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    Paris Day Tour
    Combine a cruise on the Seine on board a glass enclosed boat with a bus tour through the capital to admire the different facets of Paris by night. You'll be captivated by the magic of the bridges and monuments all lit up.

    DURATION: 4 hours
    DEPARTS: Daily at 7:15pm
    MEETING POINT:Pyramides Agency, 2 rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris
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    Get to know the City of Light through the eyes of a local on this tour full of tantalising treats and cultural gems! Start your Paris tour right in the heart of one of Paris' most expensive and fashionable areas, where luxury, elegance, and beauty are around every corner. Stop in at an illustrious food store and take the chance to sample a mouth-watering macaron, a delicious French speciality, and an ultimate Paris travel experience. Continue towards the iconic Louvre, home to some of the world's most celebrated art. The enigmatic Mona Lisa and gorgeous Venus de Milo both live in this treasure trove of fine art. We won't be stopping in (it can take hours, no - days, to properly explore the grand Louvre!), but we will wander through an arcade that offers a free glimpse into the famous sculpture gallery, relax in the well-manicured gardens, and enjoy some of the best sightseeing Paris has to offer. Next on this Paris food tour, head to a lively Parisian market to indulge in one of France's most popular gastronomic pleasures - cheese! Perhaps taste some smooth, mild Brie or sample a slice of pungent Roquefort - known as the 'King of Cheeses'. Afterwards, amble through Paris' secret arcades to discover quirky shops, unique boutiques, and one of the oldest buildings in Paris. Finally, walk to the fascinating, medieval neighbourhood of Le Marais. Full of sweet shops, patisseries, boutiques, and cafes, Le Marais offers insight into French culture and the secret Paris local way of life. Finish the tour in the forecourt of Paris contemporary art gallery: Pompidou centre, an incredible example of modern architecture in the heart of medieval Paris. A fitting finale to this revealing tour of Paris' best kept secrets.

    DURATION: 3 hours
    DEPARTS: Monday-Saturday at 9:00 am
    MEETING POINT:Place de la Concorde Under the Obelisk (Metros 1, 8, 12 Stop 'Concorde') - Your tour guide will wear a distinctive UA sign
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    This excursion will enable you to see Paris from two different viewpoints: from coach with a one and a half hour drive through the city / from an elevator ride up to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel / Tour ends at the Eiffel Tower.

    DURATION: Approximately 3 hours
    DEPARTS: Daily at 2:45pm
    MEETING POINT:Pyramides Agency, 2 Rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris
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TOP 10 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN PARIS

  1. Eat a macaroon from a French patisserie
  2. Get a birds eye view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower
  3. Take a stroll along the Champs-Elysees
  4. Leave a flower for Jim Morrison at his grave in Pere-Lachaise Cemetery
  5. Marvel at the wonder that is Notre Dame Cathedral
  6. Ponder the Mona Lisa's smile at The Louvre
  7. Soak up some history at The Palace of Versailles
  8. Walk the same streets that Monet and Picasso did in Monmatre
  9. Take your photo at L'Arc de Triomphe
  10. Smell the roses at the Luxembourg Gardens

Highlights
No matter how long you intend to stay in the city there is definitive list of sights you absolutely must see before you leave. Without a doubt, no trip to Paris would be complete without paying a visit to the one and only Eiffel Tower. Whether you chose to ride the elevator to the top and enjoy panoramic views of the city or admire this stunning structure from the leisurely green space of the Champs de Mars over a picnic lunch is up to you. A leisurely stroll down the beautiful Champs Élysées is also a must do. Start your walk at Place de Concorde the historic site of the infamous guillotine and end at the iconic Arc de Triumph. As a popular shopping street you can also buy souvenirs or shop for luxury designer goods along the way. Next, take a day and explore the cultural splendour of the Louvre. Even if you are not a museum person, the sheer number of globally significant works of art will have you enthralled. For those that are inclined towards the arts, the richly decorated PalaisGarnier is host to the brilliant Paris Opera. If you are brave enough to venture into a less desirable area of town, you can attend the original Moulin Rouge cabaret show. Finish off your visit with a day trip out to the famous Palace of Versailles which was once home toFrance’s most lavish king, Louis XIV. You will be in awe of the immaculately kept palace and beautiful gardens.