She was informative, engaging and constantly upbeat. "I'll pick two - Versailles. I want to take the E. France tour. The setting of the old railway station was a work of art in itself. "Tough question. Our tour leader, Rebecca, couldn't have been better. The hotel was great, cozy and friendly. Nobody was taking a selfie. My room was a little short on space, but perfectly fine, clean and very quiet. Really it felt more like a "on your own tour" which was not what I signed up for. "Seeing and learning about (from Uter, an excellent local guide) Monet's waterlilies at the Orangerie.". As we prepared to say our farewells the Tower began twinkling, It felt like it was just for us. A whirlwind tour, covering an amazing amount of sites and history in a short period of time. That was the Wow! I love her wine and appetizer night with explanations of the different French regions that produce French wine. We will now feel very comfortable about returning, but should that not happen, we feel like we have truly experienced Paris! There is no way we could have seen or experienced as much on our own. We did a lot of walking, but it was a great way to justify eating so much of the wonderful French food! This was my first trip to Paris and the experience was beyond my expectations. Her local knowledge coupled with historical background provided a well-rounded tour. Airfare costs less, cafés are cozy, and the city feels lively but not touristy. Next year we'll be back for a longer time. What an extraordinary experience overall! The next day she explained again, answered questions, and before we entered the metro she clearly pointed out that particular station, and went with us at front with Alfio at the back. So lovely just to hang out there in the evenings.". "Our evening at the Louvre was insightful. It brought all the sites we had experienced together into perspective with all the people we had experienced it with!". You'll see Versailles, the Louvre, Orsay Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, take a Seine … loved learning about Paris, the history and modern day. "Hard to decide as there were so many, but, it has to be arriving to our hotel room and seeing the Eiffel Tower and being there to see it twinkling every night as we went to bed. We loved that your tour is the perfect combination of group and private time. My only complaint was the choice of restaurants for the first night meal. Dare to disobey the Rick Steves guide with this itinerary for three days in London. We not only learn but were pleasantly entertained for hours. This was my first visit to Paris. our trip was informative and enjoyable. From the world class museums to the walks through Parisian neighborhoods the tour was the perfect mix of organized touring & time off to visit other attractions on our own. No bus. With this 7 day tour I was able to see more and go deeper than with just a few days at the end of a long tour. There are hidden images within the pieces that reveal a greater story. It brought me to tears and a long period of very deep emotion. Based on your timings, I would probably suggest something like the following: "Seeing The Gardens at Versailles. After the group's walking tour of the Marais, my wife and I headed over to the Centre Pompidou. "I wouldn't call it a favorite, but maybe most memorable ~ I got my left upper arm caught in a Metro door! We had a great time and our guide Virginia was excellent - Helpful, interesting and fun while keeping us gently on task. I really liked learning how much to navigate thru the Metro and train system. We can do this!) It was our first experience with your company as well as our first time in Paris. Just walking down the sidewalks of Paris and mingling with the people was a wow moment for me.". I was prepared for all the walking we did, as the amount of walking was included in the itinerary. Two paintings that I don't think I'd seen and that really grabbed me were "The Floor Scrapers," by Caillebotte and L'Enfant au chat, painting of a girl with a cat by Manet.". I took a photo at the time because it was so enormous and ornate. Hotel was fine. Much of this was thanks to our guide, Rolinka. Our fellow travelers were awesome, friendly and interesting. It's a breeze to reach Paris' airports by taxi, shuttle, or public transportation. Another "wow" ... taking the train and seeing the Versailles Palace and Gardens!". We relaxed the reigns and enjoyed each others company without the stress of navigating a new country/language.. We quickly felt at ease given great guidance from our tour guide Marie and the hotel staff.. The gentleman who guided us in the Louvre and Versailles was outstanding in his knowledge and his delivery. The hotel and staff were wonderful. The freedom of movement without fear of being lost added to the enjoyment of the week.". We loved our tour guide Rolinka! And having guided walking tours and museum tour only added to visit. It was amazing to be able to see it every day from our hotel. For me, the most striking thing about the Paris tour is the realization that there is something marvelous to experience in so many places. We had heard negative comments about traveling in France and the French people. We lucked out to also have Steve along on our tour, with his great energy, experience, and anecdotes. She made every moment, every experience, of our tour richer, just by being herself.". Our Tour guide Julie was fantastic and helped us all enjoy Paris to the fullest. She was accommodating, relaxed, knowledgeable and friendly. "The Palace of Versailles was by far my biggest wow of several wows. How good is that, "The louvre is amazing and with the very knowledgeable tour lady to talk about what's in there made it top notch. everywhere you look, but having this new transferable skill will improve my future travel experiences and it was something I hadn't expected on this trip. My guide was great. The company made it so easy during the set up and organization. We had a wonderful time! :), "So many! My wife and I were very happy that we decided to join the Best of Paris tour. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Our hotel & the hotel staff was wonderful. (This tour does not include the Eiffel Tower. My prior tours involved several stops and coach rides from one place to the next. I really enjoy having the guides lead us through each museum and give the inside stories of the art.". Our guide, Michaelanne, was organized, very knowledgeable and delightful. Marie was able to suggest places we might want to visit. Marie had also arranged for a birthday surprise which was most appreciated. Overall Great tour, great experience. My bag was lost at the airport and Laura at the Hotel helped track it down and get it delivered. "Difficult to choose just one but Friday night champagne toasting 'vive la France' with the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the background has to be the ultimate best moment that I will remember from the tour!". Michaelanne, our tour guide, was awesome! The Seine River Boat Cruise is super!". We love Paris and the people there, primarily because of our tour guide, Marie. I liked feeling like a "local" when we moved as a group. Our tour guide knew so much and taught us a lot about the area and the history of the country. With the strike going on, it was nice to know we had our tour guide Daniela watching and making adjustments as needed. Very close to the Eiffel Tower too. The group was so nice & friendly, while respecting our privacy & time. She was endlessly energetic, knowledgeable, upbeat, and...well, fun! Paris is an incredible city. They were both knowledgeable and went out of their way to make our experience terrific. The tour was great, just the right amount of group time and time to explore on our own. I was surprised how much we saw on our own with them. "There were so many, but I was "wowed " by efficiency of our tour guide. "Entering into the upper chapel of Sainte-Chapelle took my breathe away and brought tears to my eyes, the beauty was amazing.". "I have been to Paris before so I experienced the oh wow moments years ago. Super cool tour!". From start to finish, the tour was phenomenal. over all I enjoyed the trip very much, our tour guide was great, the food as great and the hotel was great. We felt tired, slept well and were ready for a new day the following morning. ", Great balance of busy and down time, with the tour and on our own, "Impromptu farewell - champagne toast to the twinkling Tour Eiffel on our last evening together". Teaching us how to logically use the metro and explore was key. Our hotel was wonderfully situated. Efficient public transportation led to the ability to explore and revisit several areas from our tour.". Would have liked more time at the Louvre but they local guide did what they could with the time. Great location too! ", "Giverny, Paris Opera House, Montmartre Museum". Especially liked walking along the Seine which we did often, The nighttime included boat tour is fantastic with all the lights on the city. Sip decaf with deconstructionists at a sidewalk café, then step into an Impressionist painting in a tree-lined park. Not a good way to start the tour. The pace was swift, but we had most afternoons free to explore on our own. I was able to see all the major venues that I had planned on visiting including some additional experiences that I had not anticipated. All the activities on our itinerary were well planned and laid out. "Our favorite WOW moment was at the Louvre, seeing all the paintings that the artists were capable of expressing their talents during difficult times in their lives.". I felt like I really enjoyed Paris and all its arrondissements being on this tour. Great guide and great experiences! I would have liked at least one more bus tour. We had a wonderful time enjoying the beauty of Paris. I will always remember our wonderful New Year's Eve group dinner with champagne and fresh raw oysters, followed by ringing in the New Year 2020 in front of the Eiffel Tower.". "The whole tour of Montmartre gave a great slice of local color. I loved the tour. All of our fellow tour members were enjoyable and fun to be with. Boat ride at night was gorgeous. We felt like we had been given good skills to get around on our own. We were in shape so no problems but perhaps strenuous could say 7 miles, like our day at Montmartre. We did this because we felt we did not spend enough time in London and Rome during our RSE tours in 2017 and 2018. The itinerary ensured we enjoyed all the "must see" sights of Paris, and was nicely paced, without feeling rushed and with plenty of free time. Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. It was a good mix of guided tours and free time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and I appreciated her in depth Monet information. "No fair. This was my first Rick Steve's tour. After free time for lunch, we'll regroup and stroll through the bohemian Latin Quarter, named for the language you'd have heard on these streets if you walked them in the Middle Ages. This was spur of the moment and she recognized the opportunity to share a magical moment with us. You'll also enjoy guided neighborhood walks through the city's historic heart as well as quieter moments to slow down and savor the city's intimate cafés, colorful markets, and joie de vivre. We had just enough time with the group and enough time to explore on our own. My only suggestion would be selecting a hotel with a lounge so that you could hang out and enjoy refreshments and meet other tour guests. I thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour of Paris. It was so beautiful! We had a great time. "Lots of "wow" moments but I was so surprised by my reaction to Monet's "Magpie" and "Turkeys" paintings at D'Orsay. Entering in the moat was astounding, I had no idea of it's history. The food and the hosts were so wonderful we went back the next evening to find another warm welcome and wonderful cuisine yet again.". This is my second time doing this tour and it was just as great as the first time. This is our sixth tour with Rick Steves, and for me this was the best. However, the months of April, May, September, and October are best for combining the convenience of peak season with generally good weather and lighter crowds. Plus, you’ll probably be pretty hungry by the time you get your bearings after all that travel. She gave us guidance on how to maneuver in Paris, and then let us do it! Traveling in the Metro with the whispers was a new experience.". It also provided enough free time to explore on your own. Our guide was extremely helpful with suggestions for transportation and alternative places to visit and to eat. Our Guide, Marie was very good. We are truly grateful.". Marie was like a "mother hen" making sure we stayed together and were as comfortable as possible at every location. ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | As we were touring near Notre Dame, the bells began to ring - 86 peals in honor of his life - the first time the bells have been rung since the fire. We'll make the 30-minute train trip to Versailles, where we'll have a guided tour of the dazzling Hall of Mirrors and other sumptuous rooms of the palace. The tour provided daily demonstrations of the irony intimated in Shelley's Ozymandias, how that irony expanded--sacred places and objects that had become curios, shards of civilization that are revered without comprehension. She was first rate. I'll have to tighten up on Paris, three days rather than four and I've got it — 21 days. "Being the only tour group in the Orsay, before it opened to the public. And, we also took Julie's advice to try a falafel sandwich and eat it in a quaint park in Marais. "The Orsay Museum tour was overwhelming, and the guide was excellent. We choose Rick Steves Tours because we like the "travel like a temporary local" philosophy. I will say that touring the Orsay Museum and going to Montmartre were amazing. The hotel was in a great location, the staff were all very nice and the rooms and breakfasts were excellent! The entire place was amazing! Everything was well organized and the places we went were well chosen for experience and what was practical for the size of our group. I wanted to learn about the city and public transportation and not be shuttled in a bus to "markets" where the tour director makes a commission. This is one of the greatest things about travel. Everyday offered a new experience! She has a wonderful personality and cares for each participant. "There were so many that it is hard to choose! I doubt that we would have seen as much had we planned our own trip. Overall value was high. Hit the highlights and had some time to do things on our own. Oops I guess you meant on the tour. I was impressed with the quality and quantity of activities. I learned so much about the art world of that time that I hadn't really appreciated before.". It was magical.". I'll say mine was the day at the Orsay. "The impressionists on the 5th floor of the Museum d'Orsay and the Roman baths in the basement of the Cluny Museum.". "There were so many "wow" moments for this trip. "Seeing the Eiffel Tower light show from a bateau mouche was a real Wow. Tonight we'll enjoy a farewell feast together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. "Marie was great, her knowledge was awesome, as was the other guides. The Hotel was well located, clean, comfortable with a helpful staff. Veronique did an awesome job....then with Alfio on board...what a bonus!! As the moon shone on the pyramid below, we realized it was once-in-a-lifetime moment. It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. Everything went as advertised. Our tour guide, Rolinka B., was exceptional. It was fantastic! We really enjoyed the tour in Monmartre,the Orsay Museum and the Seine Cruise. Julie, the tour guide, was wonderful! 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