The City of Lights is known for being at the forefront of culture. From couture to literature, whether socialite or scholar, Paris is where you go to assess the climate of any trend. From the Count of Monte-Cristo to Marie Antoinette, Paris has been a magnet to which you too may find yourself hopelessly attracted.
Spend a magical night out on the town in Paris. Start your evening with a lamp-lit cruise along the Seine River, then see more of Paris' city lights by taking a Paris illuminations tour around the capital. Follow your tour of Paris by night with a late dinner on the fabled Avenue des Champs-Elysees, the world's most beautiful boulevard.
See more than Paris and take a day trip to Monet's garden at Giverny and Louis XIV's palace of Versailles. You'll explore France's royal history at the incomparably grand Versailles palace and see the gardens that inspired so many of Claude Monet's masterpieces at Giverny.
Want to see Paris in one day? To experience the best of Paris in a single day, take a Paris "walking tour" tour with a difference! You'll travel by river shuttle and visit Paris' most famous riverside monuments on this comprehensive full-day tour, including guided visits to the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and lunch at the Eiffel Tower.
Be dazzled with "Feerie", the latest Le Moulin Rouge show in Paris.
Entering the Louvre through the original Medieval structure from the 12th century, join a guide on a journey from one breathtaking gallery to the next as you travel through time visiting works from 450 BCE through to the 1800s. Admire one of the Louvre's most celebrated sculptures, Winged Victory of Samothrace. Marvel at influential pieces such as Canova's Psyche and Cupid and Delacroix's famous painting depicting the sentiment of the French Revolution, Liberty Leading the People. Michelangelo's masterpieces await you in the Italian Renaissance wing, and you will discover firsthand what makes Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa the most enigmatic portrait of all time.
If sipping French champagne while cruising down the River Seine is your idea of heaven, this champagne-tasting cruise will be a highlight of your trip to Paris! The champagne will be flowing as you cruise down the River Seine past some of Paris' most famous monuments. Combining a sightseeing cruise and wine tasting, you'll enjoy a champagne presentation by an expert sommelier, held in a private room at the front of the boat while you cruise along the Seine.
Treat yourself to a magical time at Disneyland® Paris. With two different theme parks, Disneyland® Paris will make your dreams come true twice! You have the choice to visit Disneyland® Park or the Walt Disney Studios® Park, or, if you choose one of the Hopper Tickets, you can visit both.
You need to ensure that you - and any child travelling with you - have all the travel documents necessary to enter or transit through each country on your itinerary. Please ensure you verify the requirements for each country as the required documents for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required on the return.
Most shops are open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Some smaller shops may close over lunchtime, noon -2 p.m., or all day on Monday. Most stores are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Banks are open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Some banks open on Saturday. To change money, it's best to head to a “bureau de change” (currency exchange office), or to withdraw money from an ATM. Some hotels will also exchange foreign currency but shops and smaller hotels are prohibited by law.
In France, all prices shown include tax and service. However, if the service has been particularly good, you may wish to leave a tip in order to show your appreciation. As a general rule, the amount is 5-10% of the total bill.
Water in Paris is safe to drink. If you ask for water in a restaurant, it will be bottled water (for which you'll pay) unless you specifically request une carafe d'eau (tap water).
Electricity supply in France is AC 220 V, 50 Hz. Sockets use the round-pin European system. Most hotels have adaptors.
The currency in France is the Euro.
French is the official language.
Paris is divided into 20 large administrative districts. Beginning at the centre of the city, they curl round in a clockwise direction like a snail shell. To find out which “arrondissement” you are in, you will find it on all the street signs.
Metro and trains (RER)
The metro is the most efficient and fastest means of transportation in Paris. It is supplemented by the RER stations in the centre, for which you can use a metro ticket. The metro and RER operates between 6 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.
Most buses run from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (a few operate until 12:30 a.m., and 10 operate during early-morning hours). Service is limited on Sundays and holidays. You can use the same tickets on both the metro and buses. Most bus rides require one ticket, but some destinations require two (never more than two within the city limits).
There are taxi stands on almost every major street corner but expect a wait if it is a busy weekend night. Taxi stands are marked by a square dark blue sign with a white T in the middle. During busy periods, you are best off asking hotel or restaurant staff to call you one, but you will have to pay for them to come get you and, depending on where they are, the fare can quickly add up.