Guidebook Updates for France

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on France, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Across France

Aix-en-Provence

For books printed before November 2013, the following may apply:

Albi

For books printed before January 2014, the following may apply:

  • Leader PC Internet café near Place Lapérouse has closed. Fortunately, the tourist information office can provide a list of Wi-Fi hotspots.

Arles

For books printed before November 2013, the following may apply:

  • The Fondation Van Gogh won't move to its new home (at 35 Rue du Dr. Fanton, near the Trinquetaille Bridge) until April 2014.
  • The Arlaten Folk Museum remains closed for renovation, with plans to reopen in 2014.

Avignon

  • The Avignon TGV station is now connected to the Avignon Centre-Ville Station via TER local train (instead of shuttle bus).
  • The email address for the Jardin de Bacchus B&B has been changed to  jardindebacchus@gmail.com.
For books printed before October 2013, the following may also apply:

Basque Country

St-Jean-de-Luz (France)
San Sebastián (Spain)
  • San Sebastián Food, a tour company, is now located at Paseo Republica Argentina 4. (Its phone and website have not changed.)

For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:

San Sebastián
  • Pension Bellas Artes has closed.
  • The Zarranet Internet café has closed; try Navi.net, at Calle Narrica 12, instead.
  • Kanpai deli has closed.
Bayonne (France)

Bayeux

For books printed before January 2014, the following may apply:

  • Le Bistro Bayeusain has closed, both as a café and pension.

Beaune

For books printed before January 2014, the following may apply:

  • Colette Barbier, who leads private tours that focus on vineyards and the region's history, has new rates (€260/half-day and €420/day) and a new email address: cobatour@sfr.fr.
  • For Internet access, try the main tourist information office, Dix Carnot Café, or Bistrot Bourguignn — all have Wi-Fi.

Chamonix

For books printed before January 2014, the following may apply:

  • The télécabines on the Panoramic Mont Blanc lift to Helbronner (atop the Italian border) run only from about mid-June to mid-September, and even then only in good weather. The lift on the Italian side of the mountain, from Helbronner down to La Palud, remains closed through 2014.
  • The phone numbers listed for local taxis no longer work; try Alp Taxi at tel. 06 81 78 79 51, or Taxi Buton at tel. 06 07 19 70 36.

Colmar

For books printed before January 2014, the following may apply:

Côtes du Rhône

For books printed before November 2013, the following may apply:

  • Driving from the Ardèche Gorges from Vaison la Romaine takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes via Bollène and Pont Saint-Esprit.
Vaison la Romaine
  • The Wallgreen car rental agency at Vaison Pneus has closed. Check with the tourist information office for car-rental options.

Dinan

For books printed before January 2014, the following may apply:

  • Crêperie des Artisans has closed, as has the Vue de la Rance Chambres outside town.
  • The trail to Léhon, on the far side of the Rance River, may still be blocked by a landslide when you visit. Until this is cleared, it's best not to cross the river from Dinan's Old Port; instead, take the trail on the city side of the river to Léhon, and cross there.

Dordogne caves

For books printed before January 2014, the following may apply:

Luberon

For books printed before January 2014, the following may apply:

  • Le Clos du Buis in Bonneiux (south of Roussillon) now charges €108–153 for double rooms (with bathrooms).

For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:

  • The Auberge du Presbytere has closed.
  • Hôtel les Névons has significantly increased its prices: standard Sb/Db-€69–80; Sb/Db with balcony-€79–90; huge Db with terrace-€98–120, Tb-€95–140 depending on size, Qb-€138–160.

Lyon

For books printed before January 2014, the following may apply:

  • The restaurant called La Machonnerie has changed its name to "Daniel et Denise" (but contact info and great cuisine remain the same).
  • The Lyon-Perrache train station no longer offers baggage storage; you can still store bags at the Part-Dieu station.

Marseille

For books printed before January 2014, the following may apply:

  • The Marseille History Museum has reopened after a lengthy renovation with new prices, hours, and contact information: €5, Tue–Sun 10:00–18:00, closed Mon, 2 Rue Henri-Barbusse, tel. 04 91 55 36 00.

Mont St-Michel

For books printed before January 2014, the following may apply:

  • Parking now costs €12, and the parking shuttle to the island stops at the parking lot next to the tourist-information office — visitors no longer have to walk half a mile to catch it. This shuttle is now available to everyone, including disabled visitors and those staying at a hotel on the island. Regional buses from Rennes and St-Malo now stop at this same parking lot; passengers who don't want to walk the rest of the way can transfer here to the shuttle.

Nice

  • The all-day bus and tram pass no longer covers express buses #98 or #99 to the airport. You must buy the €6 Aéro ticket if you are going to the airport.

For books printed before November 2013, the following may also apply:

  • The Russian Cathedral has reopened (free, Mon–Sat 9:00–12:00 & 14:30–18:00, Sun 14:30–18:00, until 17:00 off-season; chanted services Sat at 17:30 or 18:00, Sun at 10:00; no tourist visits during services, no shorts allowed, 17 Boulevard du Tzarewitch, tel. 04 93 96 88 02).
  • The Masséna Museum is now closed on Tuesdays.
  • The web address for the Villa Saint Exupéry hostel is now www.villahostels.com.
  • Cave de l'Origine restaurant has closed.

Nîmes

For books printed before November 2013, the following may apply:

Paris

  • The Louvre no longer offers free admission on the first Sunday of the month in summer (first Sundays are now free only Oct–March).
  • The Picasso Museum is now scheduled to reopen by summer of 2014.
  • Paris Webservices has a new phone number and hours: tel. 01 45 56 91 67, now open 8:00–18:00.
For books printed before April 2014, the following may also apply:
  • Cook'n with Class cooking school has a new location at 6 Rue Baudelique (Métro: Jules Joffrin or Simplon).
  • Café Constant is now open daily.
For books printed before February 2014, the following may also apply:
  • Local guide Thierry Gauduchon has a new email address: tgauduchon@gmail.com.
  • St. Sulpice Church is no longer allowing visits to its massive pipe organ (because of space constraints). However, the church's superb organ recitals continue as usual.
  • Montparnasse Tower now offers a discount for Rick Steves readers. Present your Rick Steves guidebook and pay €9.50 for entry (discount valid for up to 4 people).
  • Hôtel du Cadran now offers a free, big breakfast and a discounted price to Rick Steves readers who book by email or through the hotel's official website and use the code "RICK."
  • Hôtel Lindbergh has reopened, after a period of renovation, as "Hôtel Signature St. Germain."
  • The night trains from Gare d'Austerlitz to Barcelona and to Madrid are no longer running, nor is the night train from Gare de Lyon to Rome.
For books printed before September 2013, the following may also apply:
  • A few copies of the first printing of Rick Steves' Paris 2013 were printed with a defect. Before you leave, make sure you have pages 383–478. If your book is defective, please return it to your place of purchase. If that's not possible, contact Bobby Dunne at our publisher's office. Email bobby.dunne@perseusbooks.com with your mailing address, the book title, the nature of the defect, and the original place of purchase.
  • A few copies of the first printing of Rick Steves' France 2013 were printed with a defect. Before you leave, make sure you have pages 96–145 in the Paris chapter. If your book is defective, please return it to your place of purchase. If that's not possible, please contact Bobby Dunne at our publisher's office. Email bobby.dunne@perseusbooks.com with your mailing address, the book title, the nature of the defect, and the original place of purchase.
  • Bateaux Parisiens boats no longer offer a discount to rail-pass holders.
  • The last entry to the Arc de Triomphe is now 45 minutes before closing.
  • Hôtel la Bourdonnais is closed until March 2014 for major renovation.
  • Hôtel de Turenne has raised its prices quite a bit: (Sb-€130, Db-€150–200, Tb-€190–230), and changed its name to "Hôtel Eiffel Turenne" (reservation@hoteleiffelturenne.com).
  • Hôtel Duquesne Eiffel has a new website: www.hde.fr.
  • La Gourmandise is now "The Pizzeria."
  • Un Chien dans le Marais has closed.
For books printed before August 2013, the following may also apply:
  • The tourist information office at Gare de Lyon has closed.
  • Americans can now rent a Vélib bicycle with an American (magnetic strip, not chip) credit card by booking a "short-term subscription" online.
  • At Notre-Dame, there are now free English tours on Sunday at 14:30. Admission to the treasury is now €4, and its new hours are Mon–Fri 9:30–17:40, Sat–Sun 9:30–18:10. The tower climb at Notre-Dame now costs €8.50 and in June closes daily at 18:30 — there are no longer later hours on weekends.
  • The Army Museum is no longer open half an hour later on Sundays.
  • The Montmartre Museum is no longer closed on Mondays; it's now open daily 10:00–18:00.
  • At Versailles, a shuttle bus run by the local transit company now goes from the Versailles Château Rive Gauche train station to the Trianon Palaces and the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette. The shuttle does not stop at the main entrance to the Château, but it's ideal for anyone going to the Trianon/Domaine first, or ready to return by train to Paris right from the Trianon/Domaine.
  • Hôtel Muguet and Hôtel de l'Empereur have strict cancellation policies; you must cancel seven days before your arrival or lose your deposit.
  • For Internet access in the Luxembourg area, try Cyber Cube at 5 Rue Mignon (Mon–Sat 10:00–10:00, closed Sun); Le Milk has closed.
  • Hôtel la Perle now charges extra for breakfast.
  • The correct address for Hôtel Relais Médicis is 5 Place de l'Odéon.

Versailles

For books printed before April 2014, the following may apply:
For books printed before February 2014, the following may also apply:
  • The map on page 582 of Rick Steves' Paris 2014 has an incorrect label for the château’s entrance "A" – the label should point to the left-hand side of the courtyard, near the "Château Tour Begins" icon. The more-detailed map on page 591 is labeled correctly.
  • In some copies of Rick Steves' Paris 2014, the paragraph beginning "By Shuttle Bus" appears twice on page 605, and the following information is missing:

By Petit Train: The very slow-moving tram leaves from behind the Château (north side) and makes a one-way loop, stopping at the Grand and Petit Trianons (entry points to Domaine de Marie-Antoinette), then the Grand Canal before returning to the Château (€3.70 each way, pay driver, free for kids under 11, 4/hour, runs 11:00–18:00). Note that the tram doesn’t go from the Grand Canal to the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette.

For books printed before September 2013, the following may also apply:
  • The main RER station in Versailles is now called "Versailles Château Rive Gauche."
  • Café des Arts has been rechristened as Restaurant l'Emmanon.

Villefranche-sur-Mer

For books printed before November 2013, the following may apply: