Wondering how to plan a trip to Paris? Speak to a Tourlane Travel Expert today and we’ll plan your flights, transfers, accommodations, and English-speaking guides. All you need to do is enjoy the ride! With its elegant boulevards, delectable cuisine, and rich history, Paris has something for every traveler. Cruise along the River Seine onboard a tour board, after exploring the grand gardens at the Palace of Versailles. Ascend the majestic Eiffel Tower for champagne after admiring the great works of art at the Louvre. It’s impossible to resist the charm of The City of Lights.
A stately monument with a sensational view, the Arc de Triomphe honors the armies of the French empire. Get up close to appreciate the intricate relief sculpture of climactic battle scenes and the inscribed names of French generals. You’ll want to visit the panoramic terrace to appreciate the memorial’s unique placement at the center of the 12-point Place Charles de Gaulle intersection, where the city stretches out on all sides.
As you explore the Musée d'Orsay, you can’t help but appreciate the building’s ornate architecture. A repurposed train station built in 1900, the museum houses some of the most famous impressionist and expressionist masterpieces. Rest in the shade of Renoir’s The English Pear Tree or wrestle with Manet’s Olympia—which caused so much uproar when it was unveiled at the 1865 Paris Salon that it had to be guarded lest one of the patrons deface it.
Art enthusiasts should head to the Louvre, which is the world’s largest art museum and Paris’ most popular tourist attraction. The Louvre impresses with its unbeatable depth and diversity, taking visitors from ancient Rome and Egypt right through to mid-19th century Europe, with a dizzying array of painting and sculpture. The museum’s most famous piece is Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The Louvre is worth booking in advance, to avoid queues. Speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert for more information.
When in Paris, be sure to visit the largest square in the city, which is also a place of great historical significance. The Place de la Concorde, completed in 1772, is a stately walk, featuring tiered fountains and a 75-foot obelisk, a gift from Egypt in 1833. Milling among the happy crowds, you may find it hard to imagine that this was once the site of many famous executions during the French Revolution, including Marie Antoinette.
The quintessential landmark of Paris throughout the world, this 1,062-foot wrought-iron masterpiece lives up to the hype. Learn how the tower came to be in the first-floor museum and then head to the summit for the best view in the city. If you can’t get enough of the panorama, then make a night of it with dinner and champagne at one of the restaurants. The Eiffel Tower is worth booking in advance. Less
There are a range of fantastic day trips available from Paris. We recommend traveling to the Palace of Versailles, which are about one hour by train or taxi from central Paris. The Palace of Versailles was the primary home of the French monarchy, who were famously overthrown during the French Revolution. Another popular day trip available from Paris is the Champagne region, located to the east of the city. Day tours are bookable via your Tourlane Travel Expert.
As Paris is a very large city that has so much to offer visitors, we recommend spending at least three nights in the city. This should allow you to tick off many of the primary attractions in the city center. If you wish to go on a few day trips from Paris, such as Versailles or Champagne, then we recommend spending at least four nights in the city. Paris is the perfect place to start or finish a trip around France, as it has a multitude of direct flights to the USA.
The cost of a Paris vacation depends on your travel tastes and preferences. As a popular visitor destination, Paris has a broad range of accommodation options, ranging from serviced vacation apartments to luxury hotels, and your choice of where to stay will greatly affect the cost of your vacation. Your choice of activities and experiences while visiting Paris will also influence the price. For example, you may decide to hire a private tour guide to show you around the city. Speak to a Tourlane Travel Expert for a free consultation and quote.
The best clothes to pack for a Paris vacation depends on when you plan on visiting the city. We recommend packing a very sturdy pair of shoes with comfortable socks to match, as Paris is very walkable. If you’re visiting during the spring and summer, be sure to pack plenty of lightweight t-shirts and pants, as the city gets hot. A light jumper should suffice for the evening. If you visit Paris during fall or winter, remember to pack a decent winter coat, gloves, sweaters, boots, and a hat. A camera is a must-have for any Paris vacation.