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1. Posted by kaycapps (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

Hiya, Does any on have any good ideas on day tours in Paris? We will be there for 6 days and want to get the most out of it that we can. Any ideas????? Thanks so much, Kay Capps

2. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

How about an open air bus tour? I didn't do this when I was in Paris, but I bumped into a few people that did and really liked it. I found a company called Viator that has an interesting route...checkout their website for more details. It's one of those hop on/hop off bus things. I did one in Barcelona and was very happy with it (since we hardly did any research on the city!).

You could also try a Segway Tour...I passed by a few of them on my last trip to Paris in April, and the guide seemed very informative. I don't think you'll see as much as a bus tour though.

There's also a walking tour company I found - Paris a Pied (or Paris by Foot). It seems ok, but, again, you may not find that as beneficial as a bus tour.

Hope this helps!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

3. Posted by kaycapps (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

Katie, Thanks so much for your input. Th hop on hop bus looks like a great idea. It is $37.00 us for a 2 day pass. Is it cheaper to buy now or wait until we get there???? As with any tours should we book before hand or wait ??? Thanks again. Kay Capps

4. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

No prob! I think for that kind of stuff, you can wait until you get there because no one actually stays on the same bus for the duration of the day. The buses are just going around and around the city, and when you're finished with the site you're at, you just wait at the bus stop for a bus to come! That's how it happened in Barcelona and I'm sure they're the same....to be sure, maybe you can email them (if there is contact infor on the website)?

K ;)

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Someone recommended a Bateau Mouche tour for my first day in Paris, and I found that really helpful. What with the jetlag and 2 hours' sleep, I wanted to see everything and yet not move at the same time. So an hour and a bit on a boat seeing the sights was perfect. You get a little history, and you start to get a feel for what's where and how the city's laid out. Plus it's so nice just to be out on the water...

Tway.

6. Posted by le_ffrench (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y

I agree for the Bateaux Mouches, this is a nice way to visit Paris.
I would also advise to make the trip at night. Paris is really magical on warm Summer evenings, especially on Saturday nights as there are numerous boats on the Seine, with tourists or wedding parties on board. Having dinner on a boat can be another possibility.

If you are used to roller blading, there are two large "randos" which take thousands of people through the streets of Paris each week.
There is one on Friday evening, the other on Sunday afternoons
The Sunday afternoon one is generally less difficult (it is the only one I ever did). It starts at 1430 on Sunday at the Place de la Bastille. You can rent roller blades on site.
http://www.rollers-coquillages.org

Do not miss the Chateau of Versailles (which you can reach on suburban train : RER C). There are special events there on Summer, mostly the "Grandes Eaux Musicales" during which all the park's fountains come alive. In July and August, they also do it at night. This only takes place on weekends, though, check their calendar of events
http://www.chateauversailles.fr/en/510_Calendrier.php?idT=4&l=En