• Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • paris-montmartre-neighborhood
    Montmartre Neighborhood
  • Cruising on the Seine
  • Marais District
  • Louvre Museum
  • Gardens at Château de Versailles
  • Eiffel Tower

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Best of Paris in 7 Days Tour

Paris is synonymous with the finest things that culture can offer — in art, fashion, food, literature, and ideas. On this tour, your Paris-savvy Rick Steves guide will immerse you in the very best of the City of Light: the Louvre, Orsay, Orangerie, and Cluny Museums, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, and Versailles Palace. You'll also enjoy guided neighborhood walks through the city's historic heart, and quieter moments to slow down and savor the city's intimate cafés, colorful markets, and joie de vivre. Join us for the Best of Paris in 7 Days!

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24-28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art and culture of Paris come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 14 group sightseeing events • 7-day Métro subway and bus transportation pass • Paris bus orientation tour • 6-day Paris Museum Pass, allowing free admission throughout the city • Seine River cruise • Louvre Museum tour • Orangerie Museum tour • Orsay and Cluny Museum introductions • Montmartre walking tour • Historic Paris walking tour • Notre-Dame Cathedral • Sainte-Chapelle • Marais walking tour • Wine tasting • Versailles tour...and more
  • All group transportation during the week in and around Paris
  • 6 nights accommodations in a memorable, centrally-located hotel
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Free stuff including Rick Steves Paris guidebook, French phrase book, map, moneybelt and earplugs
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2015
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2-4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2-6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2-8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Paris

We'll gather at our hotel in Paris at 3 p.m. for a short meeting and orientation stroll around our neighborhood, followed by a panoramic tour of the City of Light aboard a private bus. Then we'll get acquainted with one another over a delicious "Welcome to Paris" dinner together. Bus: 2 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 2: The Historic Heart of Paris

Let's begin where Paris did, on the Ile de la Cité. Your guide will lead a walking tour of the city's early history, including visits to a pair of the world's most significant medieval Gothic churches: the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral and the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle. Then we'll take a stroll through the bohemian Latin Quarter, with free time for lunch on your own. We'll end our afternoon at the Cluny National Museum of the Middle Ages, where after an introduction, you’ll be free to visit the sublime Lady and the Unicorn tapestry and have a rare, up-close look at the artistry of original stained-glass windows from Sainte-Chapelle. Walking: moderate.

Day 3: Montmartre

This morning we'll hop on the Métro, then hike up Montmartre to tour the colorful neighborhood which was the haunt of artistic geniuses a century ago — including Van Gogh, Picasso, and Renoir — and generations of hopeful artists since. We'll end our walk with spectacular views of Paris from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. You'll be free for lunch and have time to explore more of the city on your own this afternoon. We'll regroup this evening to enjoy a wine tasting and dinner together before embarking on a dreamy Seine River cruise. Boat: 1 hr. Walking: strenuous.

Day 4: The Marais District and the Louvre

We'll begin our day with a walking tour through Paris' diverse, history-layered Marais district. As we walk we'll learn about enlightened 17th-century urban planning at the beautiful Place des Vosges, the cultural roots of the Jewish Quarter and how the French Revolution grew from this neighborhood. Our walk will end at the Carnavalet Museum, a cavalcade of Parisian history, which you can visit on your own. This evening, Europe's greatest museum — the Louvre — is open late, and we'll take full advantage of that. You'll come face-to-face with the works of Rafael, Delacroix and Leonardo, and timeless treasures that include Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo and hundreds more. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: All Day at Château de Versailles

Today we'll explore the elaborate palace that Louis XIV, XV, and XVI called home. 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. You'll then have free time to wander through the expansive gardens and visit the farm animals at Marie Antoinette's hamlet — or zip back to Paris early via one of the frequent trains. Train: 1 hr. Walking: strenuous.

Day 6: Masterpieces of Paris

This morning we'll tour the Orangerie Museum featuring Monet's magnificent water lilies and home to a fine collection of other works by Renoir, Matisse, Picasso and more. You'll be well oriented and have time this afternoon to see the world's greatest collection of Impressionist art — almost next door — at the Orsay Museum, with art from Monet and Degas to Cézanne and Gauguin and beyond. Or visit other nearby places covered by your included 6-Day Paris Museum Pass, such as the Rodin Museum, or the military museum of Les Invalides. Tonight we'll enjoy a farewell feast together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Salut! Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today.  It's a breeze to reach Paris' airports by taxi, shuttle or public transportation. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Merci et au revoir!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Activity Level

Our tours are physically active! It’s an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Paris in 7 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily...

  1. Carry your luggage up several flights of stairs to reach your hotel room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate around the city on your own.

Reviews

Sharon

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not too much to say. I started the Paris Tour after the 21 Days in Europe Tour and it seemed to flow seemlessly together. William was an excellent guide and the group was delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't one particular "wow" moment, probably because the tour helped me feel comfortable in Paris which was exactly what I was looking for."

Jeanne

Canton, MA

Tour: 10/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our tour so much that we were talking about planning our next Rick Steve's tour! It was highly educational, active, and a good balance of structured and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was at the Musée de l'Orangerie. The beauty and complexity of Monet's Water Lilies brought me to tears, and our guide's insight only enhanced my enjoyment."

Margaret

Lancaster, NY

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. We were able to experience Paris and learn about the City through our guide who was fabulous. In the short amount of time we were in Paris I felt we saw so much more as part of the tour than we could have seen on our own. The sights and smells of the City will forever be etched in my mind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments but seeing the Eiffel Tower light up at night one the boat ride was breathtaking."

Joseph

Lancaster, NY

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were familiar with comprehensiveness and intensity of the city tours, having done Rome last year. The emphasis on seeing the major sites, learning to navigate the city by public transportation, touring the major neighborhoods, and having sufficient time to tour on our own is the attraction of learning a city in this type of tour. Our guide, Elisabeth, was remarkably good. She offered a wine tasting, paired with foods, which was very expertly done. This was an unexpected treat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. This room, so redolent with history, was breathtakingly beautiful. To be in the place where WWI ended, and consequently, WWII began, was very powerful. We also enjoyed the gardens at Versailles, and strolled the community too. We had a fine lunch in town; the community was a charming destination all on its own."

Victoria

Bear, DE

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great value. We saw so much and learned so much. I felt like I really could navigate the city well by the end and understood so much more about the history and culture. Loved my fellow tour members and I feel like Elisabeth promoted our team spirit. Tour was a blend of seasoned travelers and novices but everyone seemed to learn new things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride on the Seine. When the lights of the boat hit the bridges, it was beautiful. I had walked over the bridges all day without realizing how exquisite they were. They were covered with gorgeous statuary. Also we had a great view of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Orsay, and other beautiful architecture from the boat."

Julie

Newark, DE

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pace of the tour was perfect! We started early each morning and got to the sites before the crowds. Then we had the afternoon to explore the city on our own. We either met back up for group dinners, or had the entire day and evening to ourselves. Elizabeth our guide was fantastic! So helpful, incredibly fun, and full of Parisian Chic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my mom's first trip to Europe, and when we started our walking tour in Paris we turned a corner and saw the Eiffel Tower together. It sunk in that we were really there."

Avia

San Marcos, CA

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fast paced but time to go off on ones own. My favorite part of the tour was covering so many places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Top of the Eiffel tour in good weather and view from Sacre Coeur."

Joseph

Sunset Beach, CA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

Good to be independent, but we payed handsomely for what we thought would be top notch guided tours of Paris, and that did not happen. Most of the time spent with the guide was walking to the metro, RER, bus stop, every day learning how to use the metro, which we learned the first time as did everyone else. The guide only spent about 2 hours per day with the group, then gave us free time, except when we had dinners and then we had to be back t the hotel at a certain time to once again walk

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Spending time with my wife and friends"

Patricia

Rosemount, MN

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the perfect balance of group tour and independent time. A lot of walking and exploring, which is exactly what we were looking for. Tour felt very personal due the small group and numerous neighborhood walks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Musée d'Orsay was my favorite experience. Truly a fantastic place. I also loved the wonderful markets - each had its own personality with such an array of items to choose from. tit didn't hurt that we were right by Rue Cler either."

David

East Falmouth, MA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great experience from beginning to end. This was due a lot by our tour guide Elisabeth. She was knowledgeable and very pleasant to learn from. She is a testament to the R. Steves' philosophy of structured touring but allowing us to do what we wanted on our own! I would not hesitate to recommend your tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Hall of mirrors at Versailles is breathtaking. I have wanted to see it since 9th grade world history class and was not the least bit disappointed."

Heidemarie

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

The hotel was great, great location, the tour guide, Elizabeth talked to us like we were in grade school, her tours were brief and maybe I did not read the fine print but we were expecting more than 2 to 3 hour tours, everyday we got left somewhere. Four people on the tour actually stopped going. I have done your tours before and it was nothing like this, tour guides were always available, I did not take this tour to learn how to take the metro. Two hours at the Louvre was a joke

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Things went a little better at Versailles, but again we were left there."

Dana

Rancho Santa Margari, CA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm thrilled with my tour experience! I loved every minute, between the itinerary, our lovely guide and the wonderful people on the tour with me I really cant say enough. The jam packed itinerary created a high energy experience that still left room for personal exploration that we took full advantage of with striking out on our own and shopping.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Its a tie between the many wonders of the Louvre and Marie Antoinette's hamlet, I'd wanted to see them for so long it was really quite magical to actually set eyes on both and walk on the paths that she walked on."

James

Portage, MI

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. My wife Diana has been on the 21 day Best of Europe tour in 2013, so she had briefed my on what to expect. I was not disappointed. The days were filled with events, both organized and on our own. We were able to get a full appreciation of Paris and all it has to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rounding the corenr and seeing Versailes for the first time."

Jim

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a good time. This was my first tour with any company. I did not expect as much go-go-go but I did pay to see sights, museums and monuments. So I should have expected it. At first I was bewildered to have lunches and afternoons on my own, but as the week progressed it made sense. Time for me to unwind, relax and wander the city. I like my alone time. It was the right amount, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning how to use the subway/metro. I had no prior experience and Elizabeth really gave me confidence and during times on my own I was successfully able to negotiate my way around even with a few Jim errors."

Lizabeth

Sunset Beach, CA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

Tour was not as advertised and certainly not like/as good as our previous tour with you. Too much time spent on getting to the tour/place of interest each day, and only 2 hours of actual tour each day with our guide. Certainly not worth the money. We would have been much further ahead/much less spent, doing it on our own and getting tours available to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"none!"

Barry

Canby, OR

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time traveling to Europe. I never thought I would go there but I was glad I did and with a Rick Steve's tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was just walking into the various buildings and museums on our tour and being taken aback by the art and architecture produced hundreds of years ago."

George

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/28/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

My wife and I have done a Rick Steve tour the Best of SouthernItaly a few years back. We had a wonderful experience, are tour guide was excellent.This trip the tour guide was not good. She treated us like children.We would have been better off just going on are owe using Rick's book.Are guide spend too much time explaining the subway system and doing two hour walks that were worthless. The group was 90%former Rick Steve customers and I would also say the group was well educated world travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What we do on are owe walking from are hotel to see the Eiffel Tower for the first time after arriving in Paris. The Hotel location was outstanding.We did not need a tour guide to explain everyday how to uses the Metro. As I said before the group were seasoned travelers. The guide should have asked us all and readjusted the tour knowing the ability of the group. But she stayed on her scrip and by the third day I felt like is was back in Basic Training in the Army being told things over and over"

Robert

Waterford, PA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Although new to the European tour scenario, I enjoyed the iconic and historic sights of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lighting a candle at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in memory of my passed daughter."

Barbara

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all good, except for that long plane ride!!! We had such a wonderful time and decided we could live in Paris! Loved all the walking. Even though I ate very well- even having deserts and wine-- I only gained 1 pound when I got home! Gotta hand it to all that walking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gonna say it was the Montmartre neighborhood tour and seeing the studio where Picasso worked and also seeing the apartment and building where Van Gogh lived! Mona was pretty exciting too! Oh, it was all a big "WOW"!"

Betty

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had plenty of personal time and enjoyed the structured activities. Patrick did an outstanding job of educating us on how to use the Metro and by day 2 we were able to travel with confidence based on his guidance. I enjoyed the option when I came down with a cold to not participate in the Friday morning activities. Enjoyed sleeping in and did some site seeing on our own. I am ready to go on another tour by Patrick.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Patrick's outstanding guidance on how to use the Metro. Put his guidance to the test when we went off on our own on day 2 and made it home with confidence. Not afraid to use the Metro system."

Paul

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great first experience traveling to Europe. The hotel was in a great location and Patrick was outstanding. Can't wait to take another Rick Steve's tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Montmartre area and seeing where Picasso lived and his studio. Great walking tour and the guide made the history so interesting."

Thomas

Camillus, NY

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All that I had hoped it to be and then some.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Chapelle is breath taking. I had no idea of the enormity of the Eiffel Tower. Its "foot print," when you are standing beneath it, is mind boggling. The overall beauty of Paris,the wide boulevards and marvelous buildings,all express the grandeur and glory of France."

Robert

Plymouth, MI

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a life-changing experience. My wife and I always dreamed of going to Paris. The Rick Steve's tour did not let us down one moment of the whole trip. All of the material and tour guide advice really kept us going through every single moment of the day. We would never consider using another tour group for this one kept us the most active and the most excited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was too many to count. However I can tell you the most amount of our wow experiences came from visiting and talking with the people of France. Personally I'm a photographer. Most amount of my wow experiences were when I was either on top all the Notre Dame Cathedral and shooting the gargoyles or taking street photography on the streets of Paris. I also can't forget about the tour inside of Notre Dame Cathedral. There was something awespiring about walking through the church."

Annie

Escondido, CA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the schedule and places included.Loved that the focus was on teaching us how to navigate on our own. The hoel was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame the first morning. Then being able to find our way back to Sainte-Chapelle on our own for evening concerts."

Louise

Camillus, NY

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding. Beside the history of places and overall beauty, our guide Patrick was outstanding and knowledgeable. Our traveling companions were congenial and good sports.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wows" to pick one."

Pam

Troy, ID

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did this tour back to back with the 21 day BOE. I knew that the 1.5 days in Paris at the end of BOE wouldn't be enough & felt I wanted to have a more in depth experience. Last been to Paris in, uh...1976. It was hot as heck & all I remember were the smells of dog poo & pissoirs. Still,I wanted a new look at Paris. This was a great way to feel comfortable in Paris, get a quick course in the history and culture of Paris and see some of the nooks and crannies you might otherwise miss.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After we toured St Chapelle, Rolinka suggested attending a concert there. She offered to make res. so I jumped on the chance altho no one else did. What a marvelous experience! At a Vivaldi concert in Venice a couple of weeks prior the musicians were so very passionate your heart just broke at the beauty. In St Chapelle, the musicians and in particular the soloist, were playful and even sexy! Acoustics were amazing. So good I went twice! Thanks Rolinka!"

Cecilia

Mpls, MN

Tour: 09/15/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

I found Paris overwhelming: hot, crowded and beautiful. I didn't expect the heat, but it's hard to plan on that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course, there were many areas around the museums I loved."

Charlotte

Enfield, CT

Tour: 09/08/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Il like most of every places we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles, De louves, Eiffel tower, cathedral of notre dame, etc."

Janet

Roseville, CA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris was all I expected it to be and even more. I was on the lookout for pickpockets and ready to make eye contact with anyone looking suspicious. I didn't have a problem at all. I felt very safe in Paris. My experience in Paris was such a positive one that I hope to return to take a 14 Day Tour in the near future. Our guide, Rebecca , knew all there is to know about the history of Paris. I would recommend the 7 Day Paris tour to anyone who is taking their first trip there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say, my favorite "WOW" moment was when we saw the Eiffel Tower lit up for the first time. It was breathtaking. This is something I've always seen in magazines and on television or the movies but never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would see this in person."

Cindy

Durand, MI

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic experience. Mi liked that we had a good balance between tour time and free time. Excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved it all!"

Marshall

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well thought out. Very helpful in orienting us to Paris and how to travel easilly in it. Very up, very fun. Very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just being there."

Pamela

Traverse City, MI

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent, I loved all the museums & the Architecture and the chocolate croissants were amazing too. The tour group was great too. Met a lot of nice people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was when I was walking down the streets of Paris looking at all the architecture and seeing the Eiffel Tower in the background. My other "Wow Moment" was when I bit into my 1st Chocolate Croissant."

Christopher

New Britain, CT

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The group organization was very good. The tours were not what I expected. I have more experience in Paris than most people so the tours were just OK. Rebecca was very experienced and helpful. Some of the individual tours were more like a race than an informative experience. It was difficult to conform to an undisclosed agenda for each sub-tour. An accurate written summary updated to the time of the tour would be improve the experience. I would say more if I had more characters.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Orangerie Museum."

Carole

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/01/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Very interesting and we were blessed with great weather. We all felt (most of our tour members) that there was too much standing in one place looking at artwork instead of the guides walking and talking so we could see more. There is no way any of us could possibly remember all that the guides told us at each piece of art. We all nearly passed out looking at the Monet lily pads for ever. A 5 min walk thru would have been enough! We all loved the neighborhood walking tours as we kept moving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We all loved the night boat trip on the Seine. It was great seeing the Eiffel Tower lite up at night & sparkling. Nine of us were so disappointed on our final night there that we never got to see what the "surprise" was that our guide had promised us after our farewell dinner. As we all were walking with her the light turned red & 9 of us had to wait to cross. Nobody looked back for us & we had no idea where they went. Our guide should have made sure we were all with her."

Bibiana

Dorado, PR

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My experience was outstanding, Our guide, Marie went way over her duties to please and orientate us. She was terrific. The hotel was very well located and very comfortable. Regarding our tours I suggest that they last a little longer so that we don't have to rush so much through every place we visit. They all ended close to lunch time and we had plenty of extra time to extend them maybe a couple of ours still leaving us with plenty of free time in the afternoon. Both dinners were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles was incredible, loved the tour. The gardens were out of this world. I suggest that we tour the gardens on the little buses so we can see more and stay longer without getting so tired of walking."

Jonelle

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time. The mix of tour activities and free time was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eiffel Tower twinkling at the top of the hour after dark."

Robert

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed our tour guide, Marie. She was very helpful and knowledgeable. The hotel was great along with its personnel. We covered all the artistic highlights and had sufficient personal time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the seine river in the evening with all the energy going on, but the wow was spending time with Monet paintings."

Donna

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we expected and more. It was a really great experience!

Martha

Clarence, NY

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour of Paris was awesome, we were amazed at how much we were able to do in such a short time. Under Marie's very capable instruction we were able to learn the bus, metro and rail accomodations easily and after each guided tour segment were able to make our way around the city comfortably and with confidence. It is a gorgeous city and there is so much to see, we wanted to learn about Paris and we feel Rick Steve's tours was the right choice but the hotel accomodation was very poor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day presented a "wow" moment, but the walk through Montmartre and up to Sacre Coeur was brilliant."

James

Anchorage, AK

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the evening boat ride and seeing the Eiffel Tower all lit up."

Lenore

Glenview, IL

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was seamlessly [INVALID]d under Marie's leadership. We felt that we were well taken care of, never lost, and handed off to competent local guides. We found the most interesting, out-of-the-way places, that gave us the real feel of Paris. Our favorite bistro was Chez Janou in the Marais. This was not an official stop for the group but is in the Guide to Paris book. We highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle on our last night in Paris."

Stephen

Clarence, NY

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Better than I had hoped for. Paris is magnifique, of course (take Washinton and New York and multiply by five for the amount of history, culture and beauty). Marie, our guide, was the best. I also enjoyed our other experts; and it was a nice mix of guided tour and free time (once Marie acclimated us). We had never done such a tour before, but are already discussing another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too close to call, but Notre Dame bathed in light at night was special."

Carol

Meridian, ID

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was just wonderful. It was very strenuous, but you told us it would be. I loved learning how to use the metro and bus systems because it put us in contact with Parisians and let us feel the pulse of the city. I loved the free time we had. Should have and could have used it to rest instead of more touring on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eiffell Tower at night from the river cruise. I never got tired of seeing it day or night."

Michael

Buffalo, NY

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very crowded and very fast. there were occasions where I would have liked to stay a little longer, for example at the Cluny. It also makes me want to go back to Paris again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's probably looking the long way from an upper floor at the Orsay, looking at the old train station concourse."

Marjorie

Glenview, IL

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and my dream trip to Paris. The tour experience was wonderful as it took some worries off the shoulders of a first time traveler. Our guide was kind, helpful, and truly concerned for our welfare. It was nice to get to know people from all over the United States. There is really a "family" atmosphere, which is what I wanted. I would recommend a Rick Steves tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour started on my birthday, and I was surprised after dinner when the lights suddenly went out. Then a waiter appeared holding a plate with a piece of cake and the biggest sparkler I've ever seen. Another waiter was singing Happy Birthday. What a gift and a truly memorable experience. How kind of the tour guide to be so thoughtful and arrange such a surprise!"

Ann

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/24/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experience to tour Paris without spending time on the administrative functions. Our transportation was determined ahead of time, our hotel was wonderful and convenient, our group meals were spectacular, our museum tours were well planned and the museum guides were great. We were easily whisked into the museums without standing in lines. We were free to spend our time on taking the tours, savoring the meals, resting!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed the evening cruise on the Seine. Even though we had seen those sights from the streets, it was interesting to see them in the evening lights from the river."

Jim

Belleville, WI

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What can you say about Paris that hasn't been said? It was my first visit there, my husband had been before. I was afraid of being overwhelmed by it all, but our guide Toni and the pace and planning of the tour made it easily and delightfully do-able. This was our third Rick Steve's tour and we would do it all again. Only negative is I wish we would have stayed a few more days to see more and do more after we had been orientated. Glad we arrived a day early and would recommend that to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No question - the Orsay Museum including lunch in the grand resturant . Seeing the impressionist painting in person and displayed in such an incredible building and space....Wow!"

Patrick

Mill Creek, WA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we hoped for and more. It well organized, a perfect blend of organized touring and free time to explore on our own. I thought that there was a great mix of museums and local neighborhoods on the tour. Great choices for restaurants and the hotel. There was never a time were I felt disappointed in what we were doing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having never been overseas before, there were a lot of "wow" moments. One in particular was the group hanging out in the Parc du Champ de Mars under the Eiffel Tower, sipping wine and champagne, and watching the Tower sparkle in the night."

Shirley

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour guide who leads visitors through a city one could only understand with an experienced professional. With Toni's clear instructions we were easily navigating Paris' bus and Metro before the week was over.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles. I knew it was a vast place. It was beyond all imagination. Is really, really big."

Mary Beth

Littleton, CO

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think that these tours are the way to go! Toni our guide was so knowledgeable and truly a pleasure to be around and so professional. The accommodations were wonderful and the restaurant recommendations were spot on! There was enough time to go out exploring on your own and yet enough structure too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting in looking at Monet's "Water Lilies" and at the Orsay- all of the Masters!!!"

Kimberly

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 08/17/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide, Toni, was very knowledgeable and friendly. She handled everything excellently. Everywhere we went was beautiful and immensely fun. It was a perfect trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked how, as a tour group, we were able to enter areas quicker than if I had planned the trip myself. I lover Versailles!!"

Jane

Buffalo Grove, IL

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our tour of Paris, from the choice of hotel, selection of sights, knowledgable tour guides,to the valuable information in the Rick Steves' guidebook. We particularly appreciated the balance of group travel with independent sightseeing.. While we enjoyed the diversity of ages of our group, I'm wondering if a more homogenous grouping of just adults might be an option you could offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening cruise on the river Seine. Just spectacular! Seeing the city at night from the vantage point of the river just left me breathless. Enjoyed chatting with people from all over the world."

Sheila

Downingtown, PA

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

PARIS was our first trip to Europe. We took the time to prepare and practice pack to fit everything into carry-on luggage. What a sense of success to enjoy PARIS with style. We had 25 great and interesting individuals in our PARIS tour group, plus our awesome Tour Guide. We really enjoyed the five 12 to 19 years olds and the three 20 something college students.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many "pinch me" moments in Paris with the Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III Bridge. We walked 48 miles in PARIS. Mentioning a few more of our favorites: Latin Quarter, Montmartre, Marais, Galeries Lafayette, Jardin Du Luxembourg, Arc de Triomphe, Ile St. Louis, Notre-Dame and art museums !! As we drove off in the airport shuttle to fly home, I FELT LIKE I LEFT MY HEART IN PARIS. We are looking forward to our next visit to PARIS !!!"

Jared

Fargo, ND

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful trip that met all expectations. Our guide Toni was excellent and well prepared us to explore Paris on our own. Our tour group was an eclectic and fun bunch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were in Paris. The whole week was a wow moment!"

Pamela

Spokane, WA

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WE had a fantastic time and enjoyed meeting and getting to know others on the tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Champagne under a sparkling Eiffle tower."

Dana

Danville, CA

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was great. Toni was an excellent guide, the hotel location and choice was wonderful. We enjoyed the majority of the selected tours. The only tour that was a disappointment was Versailles. It was far too crowded. This may have been because we went on a holiday. I wish that the tour guide could have made an adjustment or that I would have thought to skip the tour of the main rooms and just visit the outer buildings and gardens instead. Our tour guide did her best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess the windows in the Saint Chapelle 2nd floor. They were amazing."

Martha

Rocky Hill, CT

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We visited all major sites in Paris in addition to Versailles. RickSteves tours provided us with 6 days passes for unlimited use of metro, bus and museum pass. This is an excellent way to explore the City of Light on our own when we get free time. Only thing I was surprised is all major sites in Paris are crowded with tourists, like all world's tourists are congregated in Paris in August! There is no time to linger, to appreciate since the crowd would push in for your place!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel Tower at night certainly is "wow" moment! On the roof top of Arc de Triomphe, views of Paris are worthy of "wow" moment!"

Sal

Buffalo Grove, IL

Tour: 08/10/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found this tour to be amazing. Every detail was great..from our tour guide, Toni, to the hotel to the amount of free time. The group was very compatable with no prima donnas. I will be back to Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Toni led us to the Eiffel Tower on our last night & surprised us with a bottle of Champagne. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful trip."

Mona

Hooksett, NH

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic experience! It was just the right mix of time with the group and time on our own. I was in Paris in 1953 as a student from Norway and have always wanted to go back. I explored a lot on my own using the Metro and local buses and walked a lot. It was fun practicing the little French I remembered from my school days in Norway. We had a fun group of all ages, we got along great and had a lot of fun together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but Sainte Chapelle was definitely a "wow" moment."

Keith

Kent, WA

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Most of the tour was excellent. I was with two teenagers. We arrived early and sadly two of us ate something bad so we suffered a bit, but that's not your fault. William was an excellent guide and supportive assistant throughout. Our guides for the Louvre and Versailles were excellent, too. The boat ride on the Seine was terrible, though. Crowded, uncomfortable, and uninformative. Ditch it. Add Viator tour of Eiffel Tower (early) and the Catacombs (we did with Aeon Tours).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to be honest. My two favorite wow moments were NOT with the tour. We signed up for the "Skip the line" Eiffel Tower tour with Viator (Alison was the guide). It was excellent and it made for a very good introduction to Paris since one can see the lay of the land and learn a bit of Paris geography from the top. The other "best moment" was the Catacombs tour we signed up for with Aeon tours. Calloway (the guide) was informative, reverent, and hilarious. The teenagers loved him."

John

Cumberland, ME

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The hotel was well placed in a desirable location, near restaurants, and convenient to transportation. Easy to walk to the Eiffel Tower and rue Cler. All guides were helpful and knowledgeable. The tour's [INVALID]ion of must-see sites to visit while in Paris was appropriate. It seemed strange that the Eiffel Tower was not included in the package but then again people in the group would be split between a day and a night ascent, so which does the tour choose?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stained glass and interiors, and the history, of the Sainte-Chapelle and the Notre Dame. Also, we enjoyed going around Montmartre and experiencing that aspect of Paris history."

Michael

Waterford, CT

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my family's fourth trip to Europe and first RS guided tour. I have read the RS books for each prior tour and made extensive use of info in the books, which I found incredibly helpful and fun. Doing a guided tour was a leap of faith for me in turning over the planning and details to our guide. The experience overrall was terrfic, and I would suggest heartily that people who do not read the guide books should go on guided tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide at Versailles noted during the tour that we were in the room where Benjamin Franklin asked the King of France for assistance for the US in the weeks leading up to the American revolution. That generous financial assistance to the US probably accelerated the French financial crisis that precipitated the French revolution. Our guide also pointed out the balcony on which Mary Antionette appeared the night the palace was over-run by the French revolutionaries."

Gary

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 08/03/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am very glad I went on this tour and heartily recommend it to everyone! First, the hotel with Arnauld and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Then, William was a superb tour guide who gave us the information we needed to know within and outside the tour. Of course, Paris itself is fantastic. The 23 members of our tour were intelligent, friendly and fun to be with. In all ways, this was a trip of a lifetime! Thank you. Gary

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Orsay museum. I love the impressionist period, and to see hundreds of masterworks in that magnific train station was almost overwhelming."

Hal

Oak Hill, VA

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent introduction to the art museums of Paris and late 19th and 20th. century art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time."

Jeanene

Bowling Green, KY

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

This was my 3rd RS tour and I had great expectations given my previous experiences. However this experience was rather flat. I realized that the itinerary left more of the iconic sights out. So the value on this tour relative to the other tours I've been on was simply not there. But still it was Paris, and the city was terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was seeing the Eiffel Tower which I did on my own. There were no "wow" moments on the tour itself. I had high expectations for the Louvre but by the time I saw Mona Lisa and the Venus - I was so tired it was a little hard to appreciate though I did. You may want to look at rescheduling on the itinerary - leaving the Louvre until last on a busy day may not be best."

Alexandra

Oak Hill, VA

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was very positive. I enjoyed having guided tours through the various city neighborhoods, the Louvre, and Versailles but yet had free time to see other things that I wanted to see. The hotel was fabulous, the organized dinners were wonderful, and Daniela was really great. I loved the flexibility of the entire week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many so it is hard to pin it down. I have to think that the stained glass windows at Sainte Chappelles were amazing."

Carol

South Orange, NJ

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

i was very happy with my experience in Paris on the 7 Days Tour. Right from the start I felt as if I was going to be well taken care of. When I met with Daniela and the rest of the tour group i was pleased to see her goal was to help us be autonomous travelers as well as part of a group. Each tour guide we met from there was informative and entertaining and I learned a lot. Our days seemed very busy but we had afternoons to explore own. I appreciated that time to exercise my new skills

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How could I choose anything but the Eiffel Tower... Seeing it up close or from our boat ride it was Paris for me!"

Kathy

Denver, CO

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was awesome nice group of people, wonderful tour guide, amazing city, lovely hotel! I love having some structured time as a group and plenty of 'on your own' time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The art in Paris is absolutely fabulous!!! Loved it. However, I really fell in love with Eiffel."

Cathy

Bothell, WA

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

It was "okay". Some good, some not so good. I was fairly stressed for a good portion of the "tour". 70% amazed (from the museums), 30% stressed for various reasons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moment - Seeing the brilliant statues in the Louvre and Museum Orcy and ofcourse eiffel tower sparkle at night. At times too much walking ... I felt like velcro with couple of people, as the metro - I hated it and not until the 4th day did I kind of get it figured out."

Karalyn

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 07/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour of Paris was incredible. I learned a lot about Parisian history and culture from Daniela and the other guides who led us through the museums. It was perfect to have the guided tours every morning, filling my brain with new information, followed by a free afternoon to follow my own itinerary. The tour covers most of the sites that were most important to me,.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Montmartre. It was incredible to me to walk the same streets as my favorite artists, and learn more about them."

Leonard

Dix Hills, NY

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. Marie was lovely and shared her love and knowledge of Paris. The specialty tour guides also were extremely knowledgeable and obviously passionate about their subjects and added to our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just the entire tour."

Terri

Seabrook, TX

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience! We were located in a perfect hotel for accessing the Metro and near many of the sights. Our guides gave us history, context and stories that left me with the feeling I had a better understanding of the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but probably the most "wow" for me was Versailles. Hard to take it all in, no wonder they had a revolution!! Elizabeth was our guide there and she was so elegant and descriptive! Another was the Montmartre Walk. Loved the views and Chris was so engaging, funny and full of great stories."

Carolyn

Frisco, TX

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Paris adventure was all that we hoped for and more. What a wonderful experience of this beautiful city. We had such a great time and brought home fantastic memories of the sights, sounds, and tastes of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our Mega WOW moment: We hadn't planned it, but we were blessed to be in Paris over Bastille Day. With the Hotel de Londres Eiffel just blocks from the Eiffel Tower, we were able to experience Bastille Day celebrations on Champ de Mars and fireworks over the Eiffel Tower. A once in a lifetime experience!"

Ronald

Frisco, TX

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an exceptional tour! My family and I had previously planned to take this tour three years ago, but had to cancel at the last moment because of a medical condition I experienced. That being said, expectations were running high for this trip and I must say they were all meet and exceeded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having the opportunity to be in Paris on Bastille Day and viewing an extraordinary fireworks display from the Eiffel Tower that evening. It was one of the most elaborate displays I have ever witnessed."

Margaret

Sydney,

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very friendly group of people. As the only non American and travelling alone I felt very comfortable with this nice crowd. The Hotel was great...Cederic the concierge was incredibly helpful, the breakfast good and the location easy. Our guide was lovely...very patient with us all as our confidence and knowledge of Paris grew daily. The guide for the Orangerie was AMAZING in her knowledge and passion!! May I ask for her name /contact details ? as my family is travelling to Paris later in the year

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eiffel Tower on Bastille day. So many others...Montmartre was interesting, Sainte-Chapelle amazing, the Louvre and Versailles must sees."

Kimberly

Pfafftown, NC

Tour: 07/13/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in front of the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day as 500,00 people sang the French national anthem -- with fireworks and a full symphony performing on stage."

Glenna

Concord, CA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As first-t many friendses tourists, we were very pleasantly surprised with the organization and graciousness of our tour leader Marie. She made our experience wonderful. As part of a month-long stay in Paris, it was a great overview and immersion into Paris and its assets and beauty. We felt confident enough to set out on our own and made many friends among our fellow tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the steps of Sacre Couer!"

Myrna

Mountain View, CA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! The group dynamic was amazing. I really like the free time to ourselves after the guided tour. Gives us time to absorb and reflect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris is a beautiful city with so much history. I don't think I can pinpoint my favorite. Is it dining at the Eiffel tower and seeing it twinkle on my birthday, or the museums (orangerie, Louvre, Orsay) or visiting the Place of Versailles and seeing how the royalties lived? There were so many things to see and absorb in 7-days! I'm definitely going back."

Zachary

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Having never done an extended tour, I was pleasantly surprised and satisfied with the amount of freedom and flexibility the Rick Steve's Paris Tour offered. Our guide was informative and helpful. I really feel like I got a sense of the city. Start times were a bit early each day, but other than that, no real complaints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last night with champagne in front of the Eifel Tower."

Karen

Lihue, HI

Tour: 07/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

exceeded expectations. Loved Marie. You weren't kidding about the tour being rigorous! this is a continuation of the "wow" moment from question #3: Another moment was when I got a very up close look at Van Gogh's self-portrait and could see the actual brush strokes. He had painted blue under one eye - my first thought was "that doesn't work!". Then I backed up - to quote the British: it was positively brilliant! I came away with a much deeper appreciation of art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't usually get much out of museums. We sat looking at Monet's "Water Lilies" for a long time while the guide talked - the longer we sat there the more beautiful the painting became, and I began to see the movement of the water. I was blown away and now understand why people would sit and look at art work."

Howard

Salem, VA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The excellence of both the Tour Guide and the Hotel made this tour experience exceed any pre-concieved expectations we may have had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Absolutely no one moment. From the first meeting with Elizabeth Van Hest to her farewell at the final dinner, the tour was like an inflowing tide of "wow" experiences, each exceeding the height reached by the previous wave."

Julie

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the time together and the time to do what we wanted - with great suggestions for our unguided time. I felt like we got to experience more than I would have on my own due to the expertise of Elisabeth and her great passion for Paris. Thank you for choosing someone who had an obvious love for the place - not to mention a depth of knowledge about the art and culture specific to Paris. I also felt that this tour was true to your philosophy of experiencing the people and community.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My moment would have to be the L'Orangerie experience. We were there before it opened and to be able to get so close - and then back up - and get close again to Monet's paintings moved me deeply. It was a very intimate connection to art I have only seen in books. Elisabeth's obvious love for this particular space was obvious too."

Annette

Richmond, RI

Tour: 06/29/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was so pleased with my tour guide Elisabeth. She was successful in helping all of us be comfortable getting around on the trains and subways of Paris. As an artist and art teacher, I was impressed to see how much she knew about the art we saw, including historical information and observations on techniques and colors! I am planning another Rick Steves tour for next summer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On July 4th, at the farewell dinner, our tour guide presented each table with a sparkler and we all stood up and sang the national anthem. It was such a moving tribute to our country."

Mary Ann

La Crescenta, CA

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rolinka set the tone of our tour by having us introduce ourselves and then pairing us with a buddy (not someone we already knew). She introduced us to Paris and gave us the confidence to navigate the city on our own. Each day we had a tour experience, either with Rolinka or a site specific guide, and then were encouraged to explore on our own. Having the metro pass and the museum pass allowed us to tailor our free time to our own tastes. I would travel with you again in a heartbeat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose a favorite out of the whole, but, would have to say coming onto Marie Antoinette's Hameau at Versailles. After the opulence of the palace to see this quiet oasis of tranquility was a surprise. Of course the beauty of the garden and the fabulous weather conditions just made this a truly special memory."

Lori

Hawthorne, CA

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I was hoping for and I saw everything that was on my must see list. What a beautiful city, from the architecture, museums, and the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Musee De L'Orangerie - Monet's Water Lillies Musee d'Orsay - only saw the Van Gogh Exhibit, absolutely incredible, the building is beautiful. I need to come back to see everything else. Versailles - Palace and Palaces of Trianon, Marie-Antoinette's Estate, and Hamlets. Montmartre - Sacre'-Coeur Basilica is a very special place."

Eric

Cleveland, OH

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour included the right amount of structured activities and independent sight-seeing options. Our tour guide also shared tips on language and cultural norms to help our group understand how we could best enjoy the city. The pace of activities was well planned. The daily updates with advice on additional activities was invaluable. The experience was greatly enhanced by the audio devices that allowed our guide to speak to us even if we were in separate cars on the metro. Please keep this!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose just one "wow" moment. Our tour included many pleasant surprises and discoveries based on the information in the tour books and the advice of our tour guide. The palace and gardens of Versailles were a highlight. So was the Orangerie Museum."

Bob

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not sure of a single wow moment. I enjoyed the group meals, was fascinated at the opulence and lack of productivity of the old royalty, and the art is amazing."

Robert

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exactly as advertised. Strenuous but do-able. A small group of sociable, nice folks. The hotel was small and friendly; the tour-guide and local guides were great. Overall, the tour was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See my wife's comments about the lovely concert at Sante Chappelle - a truly "wow" moment. For me, another "wow' was the moment, mid-week, when I realized that I was capable of navigating the city on my own. The tour had taught me enough about the Metro, the layout, the neighborhood, and the sites to make me a knowledgeable, confident and competent tourist in a city of 10 million people."

Eleanor

Coventry, CT

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The people were wonderful, our tour guide was exceptional. I like the philosophy of exposing the group to the various parts of the city, and then giving us most afternoons as free time to do our own thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide hooked us up with tickets to a Vivaldi concert at Sainte Chappelle. It was breathtaking. We just happened to be talking to her about this, because I had problems booking a concert via the internet. Don't know if our tour guide went above and beyond in arranging this. I would like to see the tour enhanced by being able to sign up and pay extra of course for concerts during evenings with no plans."

Margaret

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rolinka was absolutely wonderful. What a charming, positive person. The entire group was terrific. I feel like I've made some lifelong friends. The week was a perfect blend of guided tours and on our own time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guide for the Musee d'Orangerie was the best informed of any person I've been guided by. She was a wealthe of information. I'd take the whole week over again just to hear her."

Suzanne

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'd watched my share of Rick Steve;s travel shows so had fairly high expectations. I was not disappointed. If anything it was better than I could have hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint-Chapelle's stained glass. The entrance to the lower chapel is great but a short climb to the upper chapel leads you to an unbelievable experience of color and light. It was hard to leave."

Lillian

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end, our first Rick Steves tour lived up to its rave reviews for Paris. We arrived a day early, as advised. The group orientation and bus tour of the city gave us a glimpse of great things to come. The schedule had the right amount of group time for us. The guides at specific sites added depth to what we saw. Rolinka was a delight AND a good resource and Metro teacher. She was kind to invite us to dinner at her house in Montmartre.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attending chamber orchestra performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Ste. Chapelle. Rolinka arranged for us to get tickets the day of the concert and we sat in the 2nd row. The beauty of the stained glass, the glorious sound created a memory I will always treasure."

Jack

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was great, even the weather. Rolinka was an outstanding guide and kept everybody informed and on the move. I got a little tired of all the museums, but that's just me. Really enjoyed the "hamlet" at Versailles, which we explored on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the "hamlet" at Versailles."

Juliana

Westchester, CA

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I didn't know what to expect since this was my very first tour. My sisters and I spent another week on our own and I don't think we would have been so confident in getting around Paris if it were not for the guidance we were provided by Rolinka. She gave us tips on interacting with the Parisians, navigating the Metro, avoiding getting picked pocketed, how to eat escargot, etc. resulting in a trip of a lifetime. She was always there to help and gave us the tools to go it on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from, but I have to say I never laughed so much as the video my sisters and I helped Rolinka create on how to tie a scarf like a Parisian. I knew I would have a good time, but I didn't think I would fall in love with Paris as much as I did if it were not for the Rick Steve Tours. I love the philosophy of getting immersed into the city and locals without all the pretense."

Robert

Newnan, GA

Tour: 06/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Busy from early morning until late at night. Rolinka did an excellent job of getting us to where we needed to be at the correct time. Paris was wonderful. The food, wine, bakeries, cheese all great. Love the big city buzz you get when being completely involved in the city. Went from being a complete Paris novice to metroing across the city to our destinations in just a couple days. More walking than I anticipated, but by day two I was used to it and doing fine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The special Van Gogh exhibit at the D'Orsay museum. My wife and I having dinner one night with Rolinka."

Anne

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour from the very beginning was very organized, informative, and friendly. Having it so organized made me feel relaxed and expectant. I gained insight into the history, art history, and culture. I learned new things. The intent of making visitors independent was accomplished and appreciated. By the end of our time in Paris (we stayed extra days) we were quite good at getting around on the Metro, transferring several times even. We felt confident!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guided tour of the Orangerie was fabulous. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. Not only do I appreciate Monet more, but also Cezanne, Renoir, and Utrillo. It was a treat for the eyes and ears. I also loved the Orsay. Elisabeth gave us perfect instructions about our visit and we were able to enjoy the 5th floor nearly by ourselves. It was her helpful hints throughout the week that added to the pleasure of our trip."

Don

Katy, TX

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I thought the tour was outstanding. It was worth the cost for a first time visitor to Paris, and I found it to be very educational as well as enjoyable. I also appreciated the size of the tour group, which allowed us to develop new friendships that perhaps wouldn't occur in a larger group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is extremely hard to say. There are so many wow moments, from the architecture, to viewing stain glass at churches, to the artwork, to the food, etc. Heck even something as simple as having a coffee at a café while people watching could almost be a "wow" moment. I'm not sure I can pinpoint one. Can I just say the entire tour was "wow"?!"

Irina

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed my trip to Paris with Rick Steve's tour. Elizabeth is an amazing tour Guid and I enjoyed the your very much with her. I loved how much we got to see each Day it was very amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the your was the walks in different quarters of Paris."

Heidi

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour experience with Elizabeth as our guide. She was excellent in making our first Rick Steves trip as memorable as I imagined Paris would be. Each day of our trip as very exciting and we were glad that we went to Versaille even with a looming strike that could have shut things down. We were happy that it was open. With Elizabeth's expertise in teaching us about the Metro we felt confident to explore on our free time. I loved every moment of Paris!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our night boat trip and seeing all the sight from the water! My first wow moment was on the taxis to the hotel and we passed the Arc and the Effel Tower."

Bruce

Redding, CA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a friendly group largely from the west coast. Everyone got along well. The guide was funny, charming energetic and bursting with stories. She taught us how to experience Paris and savor the delights. The days had enough free time to allow for individual tastes. The selection of experiences covered a broad range of topics including Art, History, Culture and Architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking up the steps into the main chapel at the Sainte-Chapelle was outstanding."

Gail

Hayward, CA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I fell in Germany a week or so before coming to Paris and worried that my experience would suffer. However, I found that the tour and our leader could be very flexible. I had a great time despite a banged-up, swollen knee. Elisabeth really is to be commended for her knowledge, flexibility,and good humor. She managed my ducking in and out of our schedule surprisingly well, AND provided several alternative ideas that made me feel as though I was managing well too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The art lecture at the L'Orangerie was outstanding! And, our guide through the Montemart area was excellent. They added immeasurably to our experience. "

Alan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/22/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I loved our Paris in 7 Days trip. This was our first (But not last) trip to Paris and it was everything we imagined it would be. What made this trip special and more memorable for us was the organization, efficiency and the "user friendly" nature of the tour. Our tour guide was fantastic and our group was the best. What we really liked about how the tour was set up was the fact that we had ½ the day to be on our own to explore or even just to relax at a neighborhood café.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when we walked up to Sacre-Coeur Basilica on the Montmartre tour - amazing views and the surrounding streets and neighborhood."

Eric

Argyle, TX

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where to start... this was our first Rick Steves tour and for sure will not be our last. We have done lots of world travel so we were concerned the tour would be over-managed (like cruises) or with a bunch of stereotypical American tourist. It turned out to to be the very best vacation we've ever taken. We knew Paris would be great but our tour guide, Julie, was magnificent. Also, the two local tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and positive at every level.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris itself was a big "Wow." Also, the folks on the tour were great (no grumps). Julie was an A+ feature with knowledge and contagious enthusiasm"

Debborah

Rochester Hills, MI

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't have enough superlatives to tell you how wonderful our experience was. Granted, we were on our honeymoon and a little starry eyed and we had a friend recommend Rick Steve's tours, so we expected a lot. This tour surpassed all that we expected. It was well organized (and I am a stickler for organization), very informative, complete in showing us the highlights of Paris, and most of all FUN. The other people on our tour were wonderful and also fun, no grumps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love impressionist art so the tour of Monet's Waterlilies with the excellent guide who told us so much about Monet, the museum and his paintings was amazing. I learned so much more about the painting....and I thought I knew a lot going in."

Jean

Syracuse, NY

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a positive experience. Nice balance between time together and ' free time.' Information provided by Julie, our tour guide, was very helpful ...she knew what we needed to know so that we could feel confident when on our own or with the group. Providing the " whisperers ' was very helpful, even my husband (who uses hearing aids) was able to hear most of what the guides had to say...thank you. The time flew by...it was wonderful, in every way.

Kerry

Huntersville, NC

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience! Our guide was great, and everywhere we went was amazing. We enjoyed the structure and the pacing of the guided parts of the tour balanced with plenty of free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many, but if I have to pick one: Watching the lit up and sparkling Eiffel Tower at 11:00 pm with a glass of champagne in my hand was pretty cool."

Mark

Rochester Hills, MI

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris is amazing and the people were not at all what we expected. We had a wonderful time with the group, our guide, and the city overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in a neighborhood in Paris where we could move around and explore safely."

Michael

Syracuse, NY

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Professionally led, enhanced by on-site experts, touring out of a gem of a hotel, this was the absolute best way to see Paris for the first time. We enjoyed the company of like minded Rick Steves' fans and were pleased with how well we blended together with the tour guide. There was a good mix of tour time and me time so we were able to see most of what appealed to us. The only downside was there simply is too much to see in six days. Darn, I guess that we will just need to go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night time lighting of the Eiffel Tower, followed closely by the massive Louvre, the Orsay, the Seine boat ride,,,,Oh come on, don't make me list everything!"

Barbara

Gurley, AL

Tour: 06/15/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My overall experience in no way reflects upon the quality of the tour. Several days into the tour, I was stricken with abdominal pains, taken by ambulance to emergency room, and admitted to Saint Josef's Hospital. Diagnosis: diverticulitis. I could not continue the tour. Suffice it to say that, all things considered, I was fortunate. I received immediate medical attention, and I had Julie as my guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moment Julie appeared in my hospital room, towing the luggage she had hauled across Paris from my hotel."

Pam

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was everything I had hoped it would be. And, exactly as the promotional materials had described. Toni was a delight, fun, knowledgeable, resourceful, enthusiastic. You could tell she loves France!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the ride on the bateau mouche, especially at 11 p.m. when the Eiffel Tower began to sparkle."

Alice

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. Nothing was missed, we saw it all! I would recommend it to everyone! I loved the planned dinners, boat ride down the Seine. It was the best way to see Paris for the first time! It was a great, fun mix of people from different ages & walks of life. Our tour guide, Toni, was the best!! She had a great personality and was very relaxed, in command of every detail, etc. The hotel was wonderful, the staff was so helpful, went out of their way to make us feel at home!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment would be the boat ride down the Seine!! It was in the evening and before we docked right at 11 pm the Eiffel Tower lights went off and it was amazing!!! It was the perfect evening!"

Ray

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! Couldn't have been better any way you look at it. Great hotel, great tour guides, outstanding restaurants, great attention to detail, just about everybody's needs anticipated. This was our first group tour. Was kind of expecting a few problems or disappointments. There were absolutely none. Group size worked very well. Learned how to get around by ourselves. (Got lost once, but not for long. Should probably get lost more often).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last evening. After dinner in the oldest restaurant in Paris, Toni took us back to the Eiffel park - walked around a bit in the evening light, taking in all the people having picnics, playing ball, or just enjoying each others' company. Concluded with a glass of champagne with the group. Felt like we were in a famous French painting. Magical!"

Kathryn

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very positive experience. Enjoyed the sights we saw, the pace of the tour, the group camaraderie. Nice balance of guided activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower while walking from the Metro Station to the hotel on our arrival to Paris. An amazing sight."

Laura

Lodi, CA

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Looking forward to the tour, I had concerns regarding whether my teenage daughter would have a good time with an older group, and whether or not the tour would move fast enough for me. Our tour week days were the best days of our trip (we stayed a bit before and after the actual tour)! The others in the group were extremely funny, and being around them truly enhanced the whole experience. In short, the "group" part of the trip was fantastic, we both had a GREAT time and learned a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do I pick? Seeing the Paris sights at night from the river (boat cruise) was magical. Also, our guides brought to life the works in the Louvre, Orangerie, Orsay, and at Versailles making those some of my favorite hours."

Marybeth

Naples, FL

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous! It was my first time in Paris (not Europe) and I fell in love with the city! Everything was so well organized and I felt I got to see way more than I would have if I had gone without a tour! Our guide, Toni, was fantastic and so knowledgeable and your tour took all the planning, confusion and worry that goes along with exploring new places on my own out of the equation. I really felt relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed my 50th birthday present to myself! So, Thank You!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride on the Seine at night! I loved it and got great photos that I will treasure forever."

Gerald

New York, NY

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been to Paris before, and going there was a life-long dream. Thanks to Toni, Paris exceeded my greatest expectations. I simply could not ask for anything more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last evening, having sparkling wine at the base of the Eiffel Tower was a truly magical moment."

Alice

New York, NY

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a simply wonderful tour. Toni is a fantastic guide and the local guides were great- all guides were very informative and knew the material very well. The sights chosen were all the highlights of Paris, and the mostly free afternoons were the perfect mix of scheduled and free time. We appreciated the choice of hotel: location, comfort, even an elevator and air conditioning. Great fellow travelers. Can't wait to travel with Rick Steves again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course champagne at the Eiffel Tour at 11 p.m. was magic, the Louvre is thrilling, but I would have to single out Musee de l'Orangerie at Tuileries Gardens."

Christina

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time in Paris! Rick Steves' tour was excellent - just the right balance between guided experience and time on our own to explore. Great meals together, excellent narration during the sightseeing, and good accommodations. I have a real feel for Paris now and could go back on my own comfortably.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last night was really special. After dinner together at a great restaurant, we all walked to the park by Eiffel Tower. With that as a backdrop, we uncorked some champagne and toasted our excellent week together. Great finale to a fun week - wow!"

Sally

Midland, TX

Tour: 06/08/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour guide, Toni, who did a fantastic job of leading our group. I LOVED our group. I enjoyed everything about this tour, from the hotel and neighborhood to the museums and walking tours. It was all I could have asked for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all so wonderful and most everything was a wow, but, unexpectedly, seeing Venus de Milo was much more stunning than I could have imagined."

Hubert

Westerville, OH

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the charm of our hotel, its location and family friendliness. The group was great and even our 15-year old granddaughter (soon to be 16 for whom this was a gift)enjoyed the group. The tour had the right amount of organized time and site visits and plenty of free time to wander Paris on our own, which we always enjoy on any trip. Getting versed on the Metro and other public transportation systems was very helpful and helped the authenticity of our experience and enjoyment of the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning the Metro, which enabled us to rapidly get to the places we wanted to visit. I must also say the absolute friendliness and helpfulness of the people was lovely."

Christine

Voorheesville, NY

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip. A nice balance of structured activities with the group and free time on our own. I especially appreciated that our guide Marie taught us to move around the city independently. I think that is the kind of thing that sets a Rick Steves tour apart.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"oh... so many. But if I had to pick one, I think I would say seeing the eiffel tower at night- lit. I also really enjoyed our last tour group dinner together- wonderful restaurant, good company, and lots of laughs."

Clint

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were well prepared thanks to pre-tour information, and we had a fantastic time. We found the group members very compatible, energetic and friendly. We saw more of Paris doing this tour than we could have alone. It seemed a well balanced tour with different areas of focus and we appreciated the open time to explore for ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Returning to Saint Chapelle in the evening for a Bach and Mozart concert. About six of us went."

Leslie

Crescent City, CA

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Paris experience was everything I ever hoped and dreamed it would be, I was able to see all the artwork that I had been wanting to see for over 30 years, Marie and Rebecca were the perfect guides to educate us on how to travel around the city and experience for myself. Thoroughly enjoyed all the people in our group, and it was a perfect mixture of organized activities and free time. The Hotel staff was wonderful, the Concierges at Hotel Londres-Eiffel really made everything great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night time boat ride on the Seine"

Nita

Westerville, OH

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip to Paris was a 16th birthday gift for our granddaughter, Ashley. Visiting Paris had been her dream and now my husband and I are wondering what took us so long! We have traveled extensively, but never to Paris. Had we not had a young girl with us, we probably would have merely passed through Paris, given it a couple of days, and then visited many other areas of France. We spent 9 days getting to know Paris. It was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is an impossible answer. Paris is the "quietest" large city I have ever experienced. There are very few honking horns and the buses, cars and motorcycles seem muffled somehow. Every evening, a crowd gathers at the Eiffel Tower and there seems to be a peaceful, low hum of conversation. When Ashley and our group were sipping a little champagne after the good-bye dinner, watching the twinkling Eiffel Tower, she said she did not want to go home. It was very special."

Diane

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 06/01/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! From the moment our group gathered at Hotel Londres Eiffel, we were welcomed and made to feel at home! Our guide, Maire and observer guide Rebecca, were outstanding- nearby, teaching and answering questions; we saw ALL the major spots in Paris, with plenty of free time to explore. We came together, quickly, as a "family" group. I can't say enough good things about my Rick Steves Paris experience! It was my first time to Europe- BEST way to have an introduction to Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 really! First "close-up" of le tour Eiffel and 2 concerts at Sainte Chapelle"

Lauren

New York, NY

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour was amazing! The city, the tour guide, the itinerary, and the other people on the tour were all great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to name just one. I really loved seeing Monet's Water Lilies in the Orangerie, seeing Impressionism in the Orsay, and the walking tour of Montmarte."

Edward

Rohnert Park, CA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

everything went smooth as silk for us even though we arrived a little late. I understand our guide and group even waited so we could make the bus tour.... thanks so much to everyone especially Toni

Favorite "WOW" moment

"st. chapelle second floor windows "wow" is an understatement"

Suzanne

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous in so many ways. Toni is exceptional in her thoughtfulness, knowledge and kindness. Couldn't ask for a better Guide! After this lovely experience, I would highly recommend the Paris in 7 Days Tour! This was a trip of a lifetime and the way the schedule was set - it allows participants to visit museums and have the freedom to do your own agenda as well. The hotel was wonderful as well which made it an enjoyable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many "wow" moments - one was the boat cruise tour which we saw Paris in a different light; it reminded me of something you see in movies - it was beautiful. Second, Musee de l'Orangerie Monet's Water Lilies - our guide gave us a great history\background of the Water Lilies and we felt like we had the rooms to ourselves. It was serene and lovely. Our group was admire by others because we had an exceptional guide and she was great!"

Patricia

Chesapeake, VA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the Paris tour was wonderful. I was afraid I would not be able to keep up but the pace of the tours were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Versailles I was not prepared how big the gardens were. I love the fountains. I would come here again and just do the gardens."

Leila

Marlborough, CT

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

My overall experience I would rate at very good. I enjoyed the hotel, location was perfect, our tour guide,Toni, was great. the tour was well planned and gave us a sampling of the different districts of Paris. I felt the tour of the Jewish area was not as informative as the others and probably could be changed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not experience a wow moment on this tour. In Rome it was when I viewed the coliseum . My favorite moments of this tour were Notre Dame and the Eiffel tower at night. I also enjoyed Versailles very much."

Bonnie

Roanoke, VA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip out of the country, so was not sure what to expect. I had a wonderful experience, did not realize it would be so easy to fit in with the group, and overall just had a great time! One of the main things that made my tour so enjoyable, was our great tour guide, Toni. She was very knowledgeable, spoke excellent French, and just made a wonderful experience even better. I was amazed that I was able to see things and go places that I never had thought possible. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time. Coming in second has to be the Chateau do Versailles."

Janice

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 05/25/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our week in Paris with the Rick Steve's tour was flawless and exceeded expectations.Our tour guide Toni was welcoming,knowledgeable down to the practical lessons of negotiating subway and buses. The hotelLondres Eiffel was a real home base. The staff were superbly helpful. The dinners were filled with good French food and tour camaraderie. The headsets gave us the security of constant connection to our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't one moment. From beginning to end it was a Wow! We loved the D'Orsay Museum, especially. Toni gave us a wonderful group tour. We went with tour members for lunch and then went back to the museum for hours on our own. I loved the Pace of the tour and the ability to join the group as well as the free time to continue to explore on our own. The slow walk through Montmartre learning it's history and winding our way through the narrow streets to Sacre Coeur was fascinating."

Nina

Spring Valley, WI

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our Paris tour. We had been to Paris several times and always found it fascinating. This is our 50th anniversary year and we decided to go to one of our favorite locations and do an in depth tour. The whole experience was even better than we hoped it would be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While every planned activity was wonderful, one of the most exciting things we did was go to the Caveau de la Huchette - a jazz club in the Latin District on one of our free evenings. We inquired at the hotel desk and with our guide William's help and the help of the hotel desk clerk, they suggested this club. It was absolutely fascinating. We would never have discovered this without their help. Exploring the Versailles Gardens and having lunch there was also a "wow" time."

Keith

Spring Valley, WI

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. My wife and I had been in Paris several times. We felt that we need a more intensive experience this time. Although seven days does not make us experts, we really feel that we know the city much better now. We had an excellent guide who taught us well. We enjoyed the collegiality of the group. It was a thoroughly enjoyable week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first night is especially memorable. We decided to walk to the Eiffel Tower to see evening. The weather was perfect. Hundreds of people, young and old, were enjoying the evening. We purchased a bottle of wine and sat on the grass. The special flashing light display started on the Tower at the top of the hour. It was a spectacular sight. It was a great start to our week in Paris."

Robyn

Christchurch,

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great guides, good itinerary and well planned. As the only New Zealanders on the tour we met a whole lot of Americans. Now we have some US friends and may even visit them one day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Montmatre. So much history and culture. A fantastic guide"

Frank

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The only issue we had with the overall experience is that the hotel room was smaller than anticipated but the location was outstanding. The crowds at some of the visited venues were overwhelming at times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For my wife and I, it was a continuing "wow" experience in visiting the city and enjoying the moments we had in Paris. We especially enjoyed eating and drinking at the sidewalk cafes, learning about the art and history of the city, and enjoying the company of fellow travelers."

Sandra

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my husband's first time in Paris. We both had a great time and are ready to go again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attending the Van Gogh/Artaud exhibit at the Orsay Museum."

Amanda

Murray, KY

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were wonderful, and the itinerary was well-planned; we packed in quite a lot of sightseeing in six days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved travelling to Versailles. The sheer opulence is quite overwhelming. As our guide mentioned, no wonder there was a revolution! It is an all-day excursion, for sure."

Linda

Aurora, OR

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was a great blend of being guided and educated about Paris landmarks, history and culture and having free time to explore what we desired/having downtime to hang out and rest. Hotel was located in a nice area for experiencing the food and culture of Paris and access to public transportation. Very comfortable and QUIET (a bonus we didn't expect) hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The lady and the unicorn tapestry room at the Cluny was amazing. Also the guided tour of Montmartre and learning the details of the artists lives there was wonderfully interesting and the guide Christopher was engaging and entertaining."

Mariel

Spring Valley, WI

Tour: 05/18/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent, perhaps a bit heavy on museums and the accompanying explanations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cluny National Museum of the Middle Ages and the walking tour of Montmartre."

Lynn

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth visit to Paris, France. This was my first visit to Paris on a tour. Having a Rick Steves tour guide provided an abundance of background information regarding the many historic sites we visited on the tour, Seven Days in Paris. Although I enjoyed my previous independent visits, I much preferred the guided tour experience. Our guide was exceptional and made my visit very fulfilling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a "wow" experience because Paris has so much to offer in terms of historic districts and sites. An example would be the Notre Dame cathedral, you cannot help but be overwhelmed by the grandeur and historic importance of this site. But that applied to many of the sites we visited in Paris, hard to pick out just one "wow" moment among so many."

Rosalie

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! Loved the location of the hotel and the helpful, friendly staff. Our tour guide Elisabeth was exceptional. Her knowledge of the history of Paris, French royalty, the wines of France and the French culture are nonpareil. Her stories were educational and entertaining. She is so charming! Mary Ann was a bonus; the name game comes to mind. I am recommending the tour to family and friends. I feel confident I can navigate Paris on my own now. Can't wait to go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but being at the top of the Eiffel Tower at night when an almost full moon was rising was "wow". Wasn't able to get an online reservation, but when walking to the tower late in the evening to see it lit up, noticed the line to purchase tickets was quite short, so able to see all of Paris at night. Spectacular!"

Wendy

Lethbridge, AB

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was a great introduction to Paris, and I left feeling there was so much I would like to do next time. My tour companions were fun & our guide was very informative about Paris. Eating was amazing, expensive & seemed to eat up a lot of time. (Ha, ha!) I needed more clothes as doing laundry took up more valuable time. I would advise staying a few more days in Paris to catch the things you missed & to do shopping as the tour is packed with activities which left me very tired by 7 pm each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus tour of Paris the first night was my wow moment. I had no idea there were so many things to see & how beautiful they were."

Sheridan

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe at the age of 68. The tour was excellent for a first time visitor. I learned so much more then any of the novels I had read about Paris. I loved the hotel,small but quaint. I did learn to become independent on the Metro (had others with me).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment (there were many) was the tour of the Montmartre area. I loved the tour of the artist district and the Sacre-Coeur Basilica. It was nice to get away from the downtown area to a quieter place."

Allen

Lethbridge, AB

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was my first experience. The tour experience with art/artists education elements. I do like interacting with people even with the difficulties of french language.People were pleasant(very understanding) and the accomodating was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going into the large Notre Dame church was my "WOW" moment."

Irving

Littleton, CO

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Interest in Paris Tour began with reading of Edward Rutherford's historical novel "Paris" some time ago and the tour in general did not disappoint. Itinerary did a good job of covering the various districts of interest. The day for Versailles was obviously a disappointment due to the strike but Arlene and I salavged it by leaving immediately upon arrival and returning to Paris for the train to Giverny which turned out to be memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Number 1: Who is not impressed by first view of the Eiffel Tower up close and personal! Also at end of boat tour when lit and sparkelling. Number 2: View from the Arc de Triomphe Number 3-4 (tie): Giverny and the Orsay Museum"

Andrea

Benicia, CA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was traveling with my daughter, and we had a great time, downpours, strikes and all. The skies above Paris (between rainstorms) were exceptionally clear and quite beautiful. I've been to Paris before, but our guide, Elizabeth, took us to a few places I've never been, and I plan to return to examine some of them more closely. It was a great group, and we had a lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A double rainbow appeared over the Arc de Triomphe as our tour bus drove by, during a ceremony honoring soldiers of World War One. It was lovely. Our tour guide asked the driver to drive around again for a better view. The group was able to take some great photos of the rainbow, and the Eiffel Tower, from the Trocadero Plaza before it faded away."

Zacharias

Carleton, MI

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent service by our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fact that our guide helped us organize our own getaway to Giverny to see Monet's gardens even though that was away from the tour."

Brad

Regina, SK

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided a great introduction for a first time visitor to the multitude of attractions that Paris has to offer. In the visits to the great museums, you are able to view many of the most famous works of art while also being made aware how much more there is to explore. The same is true in the historical walks in Paris neighbourhoods and the wonderful meals in Parisian restaurants: your appetite is whetted to pursue more experiences on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first "wow" moment was seeing the famous historical monuments from our taxi window: the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. There was a succession of such moments throughout the tour, but my favourite ones were when I was able to view firsthand works of art that I had long admired, particularly the paintings of Ingres and Degas."

Glenn

Tampa, FL

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This tour covered everything that one needed to know about Paris. Paris (above ground) is a beautiful place (in most parts). Our location was SO convenient to the Bus (preferred to the Metro) as well as the Metro. Rue Cler was wonderful and not full of tourist groups! Too bad we had some vocal grumps on our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bateau Mouche boat ride, the double rainbow at the Eiffel from Trocadero, dinner at La Varangue (Phillipe's Place), and the night tour of the Louvre."

Helen

Carleton, MI

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

A very well organized tour. We didn't have to plan a single thing except where to eat dinner some days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walk up to Montmartre"

Robert

Davis, CA

Tour: 05/11/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Actually, I would rate my tour experience higher than "Good" but not quite "Outstanding." Perhaps, "Very, very good" is more accurate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monet's Water Lilies at the Orangerie were exceptional, but so were Rodin's sculptures, the Arch of Triumph, and the Eiffel Tower (especially when lighted at night). It was also exciting to see the Venus de Milo."

LeRoy

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Arnaud was outstanding as a guide. The Londres Eiffel was perfect. The hotel staff was very gracious, courteous, tending to our every need. Our interpretive local guides were first class historians and communicators. Everything about the tour was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I visited Paris in 1973, I concluded that the French people were not fond of Americans. I believe that French attitudes toward Americans have changed. Everywhere we traveled in France, the locals were kind and friendly. During our visit to Versailles, we had lunch in a quaint restaurant near the gardens. A french family sitting next to us started conversing with us on topics such as education, taxes, paris etc. It was a Rick Steves' moment."

Darrell

Oakhurst, CA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The tour went to all of the great museums, architectural wonders, and cultural sights that your tour materials promised. I think the tour was well organized and most of the tour personnel were great. The other tour members were a great group of people to travel with and I hope to travel with some of them again. I feel that I certainly got my moneys worth from the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The architecture of the Louvre was fabulous. But the museums, art, architectural sights, and history of Paris were all very exciting."

Swee Mee

Toronto, ON

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was quite exhausting, but we saw and learnt a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular wow moment"

Nancy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Some of the tours were too crowded for my comfort level and I didn't have the level of confidence in our guide that the tour would proceed smoothly. Montmartre and the local guide for that part of the tour was interesting and personable and it probably my favorite part of the Rick Steves tour. I actually enjoyed walking the neighborhoods and talking to locals, sitting and having coffee and I toured Monet's gardens on my own ahead of the tour and it was the big highlight of my trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montmartre area and the local guide there. It was a more intimate and conversational part of the day."

Virginia

Edina, MN

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As our first Rick Steves' Tour, we were very impressed. Well organized, everything promised was delivered. We felt the tour was a good return on our investment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From the hotel, walked to the corner, turned left and walked to the end of the block, and voila! There in front of me was the Eiffel Tower, the tower I have read about, seen pictures of, and now seeing in person--a thrill for me."

Cheryl

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was as wonderful as the previous Italy trip we had taken with your tour company. The hotel, Londres Eiffel was located in a very convenient area. It was fun to be a quick walk from The Eiffel tower,,close to the Seine,,and of course Rue Cler. It was also comfortable and staff were incredible. The room was one of the smallest we have ever had,,,but we were always comfy,especially when I opened the window,,,listening to the Paris street sounds ,oh la la.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The free time at Versailles,,walking in the rain,,listening to the piped period music. Meeting a French family at the restaurant Petite Venice. Learning about the French National insr, disability benies,high taxes. The wife had family in Orange county,Ca,,as they have the largest Vietnamese community in the USA.The waiter at Petite Venice had lived in San Francisco had had biked to our community of Sacramento, Ca. In spite of the rain we were in the Versailles garden when the fountains were on!"

Virginia

Frisco, TX

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Paris tour was great. Our sites and tour guides were so good! We loved our hotel and it was so convenient to everything. Loved all the outside guides and would give them all an outstanding. That is a great way to give us the best information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Montmortre neighborhood walk. The final dinner was a real treat!"

Jean

Oakhurst, CA

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

I clearly enjoyed visiting the major attractions, walking the neighborhoods, and meeting interesting people. I was disappointed, however, in the rushed feeling of some walks. I, as well as others, would have preferred being out longer with a break for restrooms and maybe a coffee mid-morning. That would have allowed time for discussion and reflection on what we were seeing. At times it felt we were in a herd being driven.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting in the Orangerie with Monet's water lilies surrounding me was astounding. Because the tour got us in before the crowds arrived, I could take in the entire room. Beautiful. The evening boat trip was also a "wow"."

Janeane

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first visit to Paris was very smoothly run and a great, thorough overview of the city. Since there is so much to see and do and I am normally a very independent person, this tour was a great combination of guided tour and time for independent exploration. Arnaud was very knowledgeable and witty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of Montmartre, and the discussion of the WW II history and the tour of the Jewish district were my favorite parts of the tour. Most of my favorite "wow" moments from Paris were actually when I explored on my own--The Eiffel tower, the Catacombs, The Père-Lachaise Cemetery and the Orsay Museum."

Desmond

Oxford, MS

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Arnaud brought the city "alive" in so many ways, it's difficult to choose one. In particular was the discussion he had with us when visiting the Jewish quarter: the background how it became that, the situation the people faced during the war years, etc., and how his parents and grand-parents fared during that time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've been on other Rick Steves' tours, but this time I marveled at the energy and joy of the tour members as they interacted with Arnaud and each other; something really unique to a RickSteves tour not often found in other tour outfits."

Jim

Prairie Village, KS

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been to Paris 2 other times, with family, but not on a tour. This tour gave a wider view of the city and a deeper understanding of what was there to be seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Monet lily pond paintings at Orangerie Museum. I have seen some other lily pond paintings (Kansas City's Nelson Gallery has one) but these have a depth of color and character that surpasses them."

Eileen

Prairie Village, KS

Tour: 05/04/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A Rick Steve's tour is a fantastic way to experience Europe, and we often recommend it to others - although only to those people who we would like to travel with ourselves - never to rude or grumpy people! We love the chance to get close to the local culture; learn about the art, history, and architecture; and also have free time to ourselves. We love that the logistics are handled for us, so we can spend more time seeing museums than figuring out how to get to them, for example.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although it's hard to pick just one "wow" moment, my choice is taking a boat ride on the Seine at sundown and seeing the Eiffel Tower in lights. At that moment, I felt like I was really in Paris!"

Cynthia

Mountain View, CA

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The intimate hotel in the heart of Paris, was a perfect start. Your guidebook was one of the best discoveries ever. The various walks pointed out so many wonderful things I would have missed on my own. Please upgrade that Seine river cruise that includes hordes of people beyond our group (smoking, unkind behavior was rampant). Include a better walking map of Pere Lachaise. The people on my tour were absolutely charming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were 3: The hotel staff: I was in Paris for my birthday. My boyfriend wired roses to the hotel. The staff took a photo of the flowers and sent it to him and then gave me a gift before our tour departed one morning. St. Chapelle: I didn't know about this place. It was spellbinding so much so that I returned there for an evening Bach recital. Receiving a Metro pass: Although the Paris Metro is tres easy, having this pass made moving through Paris a delight."

James

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, ArnaudS was the major asset of the trip. His knowledge and ability to communicate it is fantastic. Especially valuable was his outline of preferred behavior and coutesy protocols to be used with Parisians. Our cultural acclimation was superb as a result. Arnaud also walked his talk, never failing to do the right thing as we encountered occasional emergencies, or unexpected situations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montmartre was the quaintest, and most picturesque example of what I always imagined Paris to be."

Erin

Helena, MT

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic trip! I knew I would like it, but I loved it!!! It was busy, and we saw so much. Arnaud was a great guide and did such a good job of helping us be independent in Paris. He gave us the tools we needed to feel confident in getting around when not with the group. I would go back to Paris in a minute and highly recommend the Rick Steves tour. April is fairly cool and rainy, so take clothes to layer. Get good, very comfortable shoes for all the walking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The overall Parisian experience was incredible. I had so many favorites. I did go back for a second visit to the Orangerie Museum with the Monet water lily panels -Wow!"

June

Wilsonville, OR

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt the tour was a marvelous blend of organized group activities and time to explore on our own. We will definitely join another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moments happened a lot. The sense of history and appreciation for the arts was beyond my expectations. I loved the variety of neighborhoods and museums."

Kathleen

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We actually picked this tour because we wanted to celebrate our 30th anniversary in the city of light and also renew our vows at the foot of the Eiffel Tour. Having been on another city tour we knew that the educational aspect and the overall experience would be the very best fit for our style of visiting new places. We were NOT disappointed. We can't wait to go back to France and practice what we learned and enjoy some of the many places we were introduced to on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I sure this is a standard comment but it's so very hard to pick a "wow" moment as every place we went became our favorite "wow" moment. Some of my favorite "wow" moments include every museum, all the churches/cathedrals, and of course all the wonderful spots we were introduced to in each of district."

Robert

Wilsonville, OR

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time trip, and exceeded expectations! Very well organized and trip leader could have not been more personable, well-informed and helpful. Pace and extent of activities was right on target. Ready to go again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to find one wow because of so many wonderful moments. We went as a 25th year anniversary celebration and this was perfect for the purpose."

Kathleen

Pittsford, NY

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the tour was relaxing but busy because of the balance between scheduled activities and down time. I very much enjoyed meeting people with same interests who I could connect with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not any particular thing. The entire trip was fantastic. I would have to say one of the best parts was sharing experiences with my husband and other tour members."

Keith

Helena, MT

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well conducted, well organized. Lots of walking, but not a problem. Have good shoes! I bought good Rockports. Great food choices by guide, fun wine tasting. Well prepared to handle a couple of ultimately minor, but scarey medical incidents out in the field. Fun people to tour with. Hotel very nice and just what we expected. People need to expect small facilities, including bath. Hotel breakfast wonderful! Best croissants I've ever had! At this time of year, rained a lot. Be prepared!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View of old city wall."

Jo

Clinton, WA

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

In general, this was a good tour with a good variety of experiences included in the 7-day tour. My complaints have to do with the hurried pace of the tour; for example, our guide would point out places we should visit for eclairs or chocolates (for example) and then storm off quickly, not giving anyone a chance to sample the wares, which would only take 5-10 minutes at most. The walking pace did not allow photographs without being left behind, and many people in our group struggled to keep up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Orsay museum was particularly an amazing museum, and all of us would have enjoyed more time during the tour itself. We all enjoyed the wine tasting at the hotel with Arnaud's knowledgeable talk."

Cathy

San Jose, CA

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour, combined with 4 days of our own free time, was the perfect amount of time and way to see Paris! We were able to get our feet wet for a few days ahead of the tour, spend 6 days on tour, with a few days afterwards to see the places we didn't get to with the group. It was a great mixture of education, fun, and story telling. Our guide Arnaud was a walking and talking Rick Steve's guidebook. Fast paced, well rounded, and nice sized group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite 'wow' moment had to do with the hotel that was chosen. We arrived in the afternoon and after a few hours to rest up, decided to go for a short walk around the neighborhood. We rounded the corner a block from the hotel and saw the Eiffel Tower! Wow! WOW! Wow was all we could say!"

David

Camarillo, CA

Tour: 04/27/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Paris trip exceeded all expectations. The hotel was excellent with a friendly staff and mascot (dog). Arnaud was funny and full of energy and the city was/is fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot identify one favorite out of the tour. It was all wonderful."

Randall

Kaysville, UT

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It is hard to explain what makes for a great vacation using a tour company, but with Rick Steves it began with pre-trip preparations. Information provided by Rick Steves eased anxiety about traveling abroad. Our hotel was very well placed and accommodating. The tours furnished a nice variety of local attractions with enough free time to fill with leisure or personal pursuits. Our tour guide was fun, flexible and knowledgeable of local history, and culture.

Philip

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went like clockwork. I can't imagine how it could have been better. Patrick Vidal, our guide, was the very best. He made the whole week enjoyable and stress free. Patrick was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles!! It was impossible to imagine that someone could have built such a over-the-top structure."

Janet

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first group tour with Rick Steves and I was very pleased I chose to do Paris with your tour. All aspects exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend this tour for 1st visit to Paris. Tour days were well planned with a good amount of free time for doing your own thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With champagne glass in hand, a great capping off of a wonderful week with our tour guide offering a toast to all for a great week, with the lighted Eiffel Tower as a backdrop. Prefect!"

Melvin

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed this Paris tour. This was our first time in France, and the experience was fantastic. I was greatly impressed with the choices made by this tour of the outstanding sites and experiences. The choices of museums, churches, neighborhoods gave is a broad picture of the real Paris. I am particularly interested in art. Experiencing the beautiful unicorn tapestries at the Cluny and the Monet water lilly paintings at the Orangerie were truly awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved touring Montmartre and seeing the neighborhood where the impressionist movement was born. Also, I loved the museums chosen. The Monet paintings were mind-blowing. I liked the Louvre so much I went back to see some of what I misswed (particularly the Egyptian and Persian art). Another great moment was seeing the Eiffel tower all lit up and sparkling."

Janet

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris....oh, my goodness. This was my third Paris trip and the tour filled many of the gaps although Paris can be visited annually for a lifetime and not be covered. Our guide, Patrick, set the tone for education and fun. His knowledge, organizational skills and people skills make him exceptional. What's not to like? The itinerary helped understand Paris in a way that seemed very personal. However, all of our tours with Rick Steve's groups feel like this which is why we keep using RS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monet's paintings and the superb explanation of his work and concepts rates way up there."

Michele

Newport, OR

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I have traveled quite a bit. This was our first tour, ever,and first Rick Steve's experience. It was great ! Wonderful group of people, and our tour guide, Patrick, was absolutely first rate. Tour was well-organized, and well-paced. We had plenty of time and opportunity to take off on our own and did so. Museum pass and metro pass were great. Don't leave "home" without them ! I felt a little goofy wearing a headset during activities, but it's a great idea and worked well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris was a dream trip for me--the whole city was a "Wow" moment! The Eiffel Tower at night , on the river during the boat cruise. The Musee d'Orsay and Musee l'Orangerie. I had tears in my eyes most of the time ! The FOOD! We ate simply. As my husband said, "There are no bad meals in Paris.""

Brenda

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We have always found the idea of an organized tour less than appealing, assuming a rigid, over scheduled experience, but since we don't speak French, a tour seemed the best course of action this trip. We could not have been more pleased. Our guide prepared us well to manage on our own during our free time and we were soon confidently zipping around Paris with confidence.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stained glass in St. Chapelle Cathedral."

Brenetta

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed my tour experience. Patrick was knowledgable, thoughtful and organized. He planned each day of the tour with a good balance of structure and free-choice time. I was a bit nervous about the experience, but Patrick's laid back style put me at ease right away. My tour buddies were pleasant and inclusive. There were many highlights of the tour, but I especially enjoyed seeing the Eiffle Tower illuminated at night.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments during our seven day tour. I believe my favorite "wow" moment was visiting the National Museum De'L'Orangerie and experiencing the Claude Monet's Water Lillies - it was amazing."

Ronda

Cayucos, CA

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience. I feel that I saw all the sites to see in Paris at a comfortable pace. Our tour guide, Toni, was simply fabulous. She took whatever time was needed to ensure her group was comfortable and well informed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles. The guide was excellent and we had a terrific day."

Violet

Auburn, CA

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour covered a wide areas of France of which I was unfamiliar. The overall tour by bus gave me an idea of what we were going to see & hear about. By the 4th day some of the sites were very familiar. I found most of the contacts with French friendly & amusing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We met a couple from Nancy who gave us almost 2 hours of entertainment with each of us not knowing the others' language. My son had an app on his smart phone that translated whole sentences in French & English. We had a gay old time trying to speak the language of the other & using the app. They were so expressive and open. This happened at a cafe in the Trocadero. What a happy happy experience!"

Sarah

Bolingbrook, IL

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I loved the hotels that Rick suggested for the tour and through his books when we weren't on the tour, but still in France. They were always clean and the staff was friendly (also very helpful). Another feature that I enjoyed was the personalized tours at the different sites. They provided a wealth of knowledge on the topics (areas we would visit) and a great addition to the tour. The group we went with was friendly and it was nice to do both group and individual activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is too hard to pick one moment when you have waited 20 years to see a city. However, a highlight for me was the local tour guides. They added a wonderful perspective to the terrific sites/areas that we were visiting."

Robert

Vienna, VA

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great mix of group activities and free time. Hard to believe we were able to see all that we did in such a short period of time. A great opportunity to debunk all the anti-Parisian caricatures. Interacting with French people was a real plus and an opportunity to learn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Equally divided between Orangerie and Versailles."

Bonnie

Cayucos, CA

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time on our 7 Days in Paris tour. The pace was excellent and we truly thought we had time to see and absorb the wonders of the city. We flew in 3 days early and stayed 3 days after the tour ended which provided us ample time to visit places not included on the tour. Toni, our guide, was wonderful and kept everyone engaged and fully informed at every turn. I really appreciated the others on the tour as everyone was friendly, helpful, timely and always pleasant.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though it was Easter week and everything was crowded, we managed to move along quickly. The crowd at Versailles was almost overwhelming as we walked up, but our tour guide there was absolutely fantastic. She was able to maneuver the crowds and was so informative, including the pertinent historical facts, infused with humor. Just the shear opulence and beauty of the rooms and gardens was something I'll always remember."

Katherine

Pendleton, OR

Tour: 04/20/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great way to see Paris for the first time. The location of the hotel was ideal and everyone was helpful and friendly. I appreciated instructions on how to use the Metro, which allowed for exploring on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the art at the Orsay and Orangerie which I had admired and studied for 50 years."

Lawrence

Dumfries, VA

Tour: 04/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall tour met or exceeded expectations. Guaranteed visits to most desired sights while providing framework to substitute (e.g., Pere Lachaise Cemetery for Marais Walk) and/or explore on own (e.g., Rodin Museum/Napoleon's Tomb). Including river cruise definite plus. Supplementing Toni w/ individual attraction experts outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing FIVE paintings by Leonardo da Vinci + 2 statues by Michelangelo + Code of Hammurabi at the Louvre. Also "Sparkling Light Display" on Eiffel Tower & view of it from our hotel room."

Kelly

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 04/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. The hotel was great and was centrally located. The staff was great and the breakfast in the mornings were outstanding. The food was great, good variety and fresh. Our tour guide Toni was really good. She was friendly, knowledgeable and conducted the tour and group with professionalism. The local tour guides were exceptional and very knowledgable about the museums and neighborhood. I liked that the tour events went until approx 1/2 a day and then there was free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monet's Water Lilies in The Orangerie were spectacular. The local guide we had for The Orangerie was spectacular and she gave me a new appreciation of the art that was there that allowed me to see it with a different perspective. The gardens at Versailles were also very beautiful."

Andrea

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 04/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful tour experience! I liked the fact that we started each day with planned activity. Then we were open to go and do what we wanted to do in the afternoon. Some days there was an activity for those who were interested. I also enjoyed the group dinners. I made some new friends on this trip! I would recommend this trip for people who have never been to Europe and those who have been before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was on the Seine river cruise at night looking at all the sights all lit up. There was a large orange moon out that night that was breathtaking. I also enjoyed the champagne toast at the Eiffel Tower on our last night."

Virginia

Arlington, VA

Tour: 04/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I very much appreciated the extent to which your pre-trip info and tour guide empowered us in exploring on our own. We enjoyed the group events, but getting around Paris on the mtro and bus was a joy because of the metro-pass and guidance you provided. Of course, the museum pass was very helpful as well. Wish we could have picked it up at the hotel so we could have used it to visit a museum after our plane landed before our hotel room was ready.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The art at the museums was breathtaking. The Eiffel Tower was much more lovely and graceful in person than I had anticipated from pictures. Won't ever forget the fabulous food available at so many wonderful outdoor cafes, where customers eat facing out to enjoy people watching."

Carol

Arlington, VA

Tour: 04/13/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second time on the Paris tour (previous one was also with Toni). It was great to spend time in this wonderful city again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"L'Orangerie--this was closed the last time I was in Paris and was high on my list of place to see. And the guide was excellent."

Mark

Whitefish Bay, WI

Tour: 04/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was skeptical regarding how much I would get out of the tour as I had been to Paris on business many times in the past (at least once per year since 1989). It was my girlfriends first trip and the first time I had been there strictly on holiday. I can now say that the tour was a great experience and I now have a much greater appreciation for Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Louvre was outstanding. Again, I was skeptical as to how much I would enjoy it and came away in awe."

Ruth Ann

New Ulm, MN

Tour: 04/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the small size of our group. Guided tours were great. Appreciated the free time and flexibility. The only time I was unhappy was when we were crammed on to abarge for a trip on the Seine. The boat was HUGE and filledcwith screaming middle schoolers. I would have rather stayed in the hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every walk through a narrow backstreet was a "wow" when Arnaud said,"Look at...""

Judy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steves trip, and as always, this trip to Paris was outstanding. Loved our guide, Arno, who was like a teacher and a good friend. It was a good awaking to Paris and its different areas. Each and every day of this week was packed with lots of opportunities to learn about Paris and France, and the exquisite cuisine, and make lots of new friends. I loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments, but my favorite was cruising the Seine at night and seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up and then sparkle each hour for 5 minutes starting at 9 o'clock. Since our hotel was so close to the Eiffel Tower, we looked forward to this spectacular view every night."

Susan

Novi, MI

Tour: 04/06/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris is everything imagined and more! We stayed in a lovely hotel in a gorgeous neighborhood. Our guide, Arnaud, is excellent, professional and personable. Our group enjoyed wonderful walks through the different areas of the city, the museums, mastered the metro, enjoyed the city highlights bus tour and loved the Seine River evening cruise. Our meals at local restaurants were excellent; I'm eating a plant based diet and Arnaud made it easy for me to obtain this.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the La Tour Eiffel sparkle every hour on the hour for 5 minutes in the evenings. Wow."

Suzanne

Arlington, TX

Tour: 04/06/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Very good. This will be fleshed out in comments in boxes below. I think it's a shame that you don't do email lists with an opt-out provision. Every tour I've been on has done that, and we have never had a problem. The week in Paris went by so fast that I did not get around to seeking that information, and now I wish I had it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After our tour at Versailles, I took the tram and got off at Le Petit Trianon. After touring the house, I went out to the garden in back. It was a beautiful day, the flowers were blooming, it was quiet and just a wonderful experience to walk and sit throughout that garden. I decided to spend the rest of my free time there rather than try to rush out to the Hamlets too. It was a real treat for this retired landscape architect."

Kim

Van Alstyne, TX

Tour: 03/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was more than I ever expected! Each day was different and well planned. I like that I had the option to stay with the group or do my own thing. I LOVED the use of the headsets because it allowed all of us not to miss out on anything our tour guides had to say. It was a great opportunity to really see parts of Paris I might not have otherwise visited on my own. It was a great experience.....thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part was the walking tour through Montmartre......so beautiful and full of interesting history!"

Richard

Xenia, OH

Tour: 03/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our absolute best vacation ever. Rolinka was simply incredible, always was one step ahead of the game. French food is better than wonderful. Our tour group got along very well and it was fun sitting at a different table each morning and getting to know others. I would highly recommend your tours to all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Palace at Versalles for the first time was stunning, we walked around the corner, BOOM, it was just sitting there in all it's splendor."

Stephen

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 03/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris is overwhelming. With an abundance of vistas, landmarks, culture and hidden gems, it's unthinkable to visit the city without the help of a knowledgable guide. The structure of the tour was perfect, with guided tours in the morning and ample time on our own to enjoy suggested sights in whichever districts we were near. (Or venture across town on our own - the unlimited 7-day Metro pass is a huge benefit.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I seriously wanted to cry when I first entered the Galerie Médicis in the Louvre and saw the prodigious canvases of Rubens."

Jenifer

Xenia, OH

Tour: 03/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles"

Kimberly

Missoula, MT

Tour: 03/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris, what a beautiful city- it blew away my expectations for a week long city tour. So much to see, a week was not enough. April was a perfect time to visit; the weather was warm and everything was in bloom. Also, the locals were most gracious- and the language barrier was never a problem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower upon our arrival was definitely a 'wow' moment- as was every other time we strolled near it day and night. And with our hotel only a few blocks away, we spent a lot of time in the park by the tower."

Heather

Alberton, MT

Tour: 03/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris was the last place on my bucket list of places to visit, but I've always wanted to go on a Rick Steves tour and it was the only tour that fit in with my school's Spring Break. I'm so glad I went!!! The whole tour experience had me falling in love with Paris and wanting to see more of France. I'm searching out language classes so I can learn French to enjoy my next trip even more. Rolinka, Brad, and Elizabeth guided us through the city and its history with passion and humor. I LOVED IT!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the group's last dinner. The relaxed setting provided an atmosphere where everyone came alive talking and laughing sharing personal stories and telling about the places they went in Paris during their free time. It was a great way to end the trip."

Judy

Langhorne, PA

Tour: 03/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first big trip and it was the a wonderful experience. It was very helpful for a first time traveler to have the tour provide us with a metro and museum pass. Now I feel comfortable going on more trips and going out on my own. The hotel was perfect, warm and the staff friendly and helpful. Breakfast was wonderful. Oh.. the bread. I cannot say enough how terrific it was and how the trip made me eager for more. Thank you Rolinka and thank you Rick.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a wow moment from walking around the hotel neighborhood and seeing all the different shops, Notre Dame and a children's choir singing as I walked in, the lovely people I met, Sacre Cour, The unicorn tapestries, the Waterlillies at the Orangerie. Again the bread brought in fresh each morning, the huge boulevards and the architecture. Amazing. It made me want to return."

Michelle

Maple Grove, MN

Tour: 03/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was just a great way for my daughter and I to see Paris. I think we would not have been able to see the highlights without an organized tour. We loved the guided tours and felt there was enough time to also explore our own interests. All restaurants and accommodations were exceptional. I am so glad we were able to use the metro system instead of being on a bus and the headsets gave us the freedom to walk and yet not miss the information from our guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think everything was a wow, but every time we turned the corner of our streetand the Eiffel Tower was there, I just had to pinch myself. Having dinner at rolinka so with our group the last night was so very special also."

Maria

Chino Hills, CA

Tour: 03/30/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed our very first trip to Paris (and first Rick Steves tour!) Even after being home a week now, we still keep talking about our wonderful experience and want to return to Paris again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments on our trip like when we first saw the Eiffel Tower light up and even twinkle at night or when we took the Seine River cruise. The view of the City of Lights was breathtaking from both the Eiffel Tower and the Arch de Triumph. But my favorite "wow" moment was our final dinner with our tour group. Rolinka, our guide, invited us to her home in Montmartre for an amazing meal. The setting was not only beautiful but warm and intimate-perfect way to end our trip."

Dave

Osprey, FL

Tour: 03/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

our guide, patrick vidal, helped us to appreciate much of what has made Paris the great city it is via the art, culture, museums, restaurants, and inspiring ambience provided in this tour. We would be at a loss to add many suggestions to a whirlwind week that included Versailles and the Louvre, the boat trip on the Seine, and the many enlightening museums. Evaluating a week in Paris on a Rick Steves' tour is akin to winning a baseball game in the 15th inning. Preparation and hard work,but a "W."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "10,000 camera flashes" all going off on the Eiffel Tower on the hour for 5 minutes at night!"

Rebecca

Olympia, WA

Tour: 03/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was very personal. I went to France only knowing the birth place of my Grandmother. Patrick took the time to show us on a map how I might find my great great grandparents village and we did! The total experience was life changing."

Dana

Osprey, FL

Tour: 03/23/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having Patrick's Metro navigation,language and culture lessons made Paris accessible for our enjoyment. The Rue Cler location of the hotel provided a great base for exploring the city with easy Metro connections to all locations plus interesting local shop and the market. Being so close to the Eiffel Tower made a view of this icon at many times of day interesting, enjoyable and a sure reference point when confused about directions. We had a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the two oval rooms of Monet's Water Lilies at the Orangerie was a wow moment for me. The insight and understanding provided by our guide Elizabeth helped deepen appreciation for these paintings by understanding Monet's motivation to provide a feeling of peace in the "infinity" arrangement of the two rooms."

Shannon

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 02/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is the 2nd Rick Steves Tour I have been on, and it was just as amazing as the first! As a first time Paris visitor, I feel like this tour really helped me make the most of my trip, from the local guides to the amazing meals to the beautiful hotel, everything enhanced my Paris experience. I have been to Europe several times, but for some reason it is ALWAYS better when I'm on a Rick Steves Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Drinking champagne with our guide and group on the last night of the tour in front of the Eiffle Tower while it sparkled at night. It was a total "pinch me" moment and one I will never forget!"

Maureen

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 02/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our second Rick Steve's tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Just the right amount of free time to see all the other stuff we were interested in seeing that isn't part of the tour. We had a good mix of ages and travel experiences which makes it interesting. The weather was exceptionally warm for February so that helped with the experience. Seeing Louvre at night helped avoid the crowds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride down the Seine at night was my favorite. Cold, but great. Everything looks so beautiful at night."

Stephen

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 02/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an absolutely marvelous tour! I enjoyed it all - the sights, the museums, the food, the wine, the champagne, and the free time. The hotel was nicely located close to a market and the Metro, and Toni Seymour was a fantastic guide. I loved the meals that she chose for us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our farewell dinner at La Petite Chaise was the best meal that I have ever enjoyed! The food was exquisite. I loved the desserts. (Toni got an extra one for me.) The wait staff were wonderful. I want to go back there!"

Terri

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 02/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Louvre"

Maura

South Wales, NY

Tour: 02/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was very well organized, very informative. I liked how the tour took you to the areas of interest, but also gave you the independence to explore on your own. Teaching the group how to use the public transportation system was a great idea, so that it was easy to maneuver on your own. I thought the tour guide Toni was good, I also really liked the other guides Brad and especially Elizabeth. She was fantastic, I left tour with a greater appreciation for art history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved the museums, especially the impressionist museums, and the tour guide Elizabeth was fantastic, her presentation was done so well."

David

Street, MD

Tour: 02/16/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour that hit all of the highlights that we wanted to see and gave us lots of time to explore this fabulous city. All the guides were great especially Toni and the "Lovely Elizabeth".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking at the Eiffel Tower from the other side of the river. Going to the Louvre at night."

Ann

Cary, NC

Tour: 02/16/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall the trip was great. The hotel was very nice and in a great location. Going in the winter meant we never waited in lines for anything. Actually the weather in Paris was better than the weather on the US East Coast!! Would definitely recommend Paris in the winter. Only complaint, the group dinners were just so-so.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See in the Eiffel Tower!"

Kimberly

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 02/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was "magnifique"! Patrick was most informative and entertaining, his passion for the details enhanced our experience exponentially. The "Paris in 7 days" was the perfect balance of time spent together as a group and time left to explore individually. I look forward to exploring another city on a Rick Steves' Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Chappelle. The moment you immerge from a narrow, dark, stone spiral staircase in to a room filled with diffused light from the opulent stained glass. It's like walking into a kaleidoscope of color. Followed by the awe of the detail depicted in each scene in each individual pane."

Jeu

Monterey Park, CA

Tour: 02/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Paris in Feb was great! Sure, the weather was cold and occasionally rainy, but every tour member came prepared and weather was no problem. In fact, the weather kept the crowds and pickpockets virtually non-existent. Walking right into museums and restaurants and getting eyeball-to-eyeball with Ms. Mona Lisa was so refreshing. Our guide, Patrick Vidal, was the consummate guide teaching French, wine tasting, and his funny comments helped us learn the Metro quickly. Au revoir Paris!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite moment came during tour "free time". While on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, a howling rainstorm suddenly blew in and quickly passed by. As the sun returned, below us was a double rainbow which we looked at from the Eiffel Tower above the rainbow!!! Incredibly beautiful and forever memorable!!!"

Blakely

Memphis, TN

Tour: 02/09/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour exceeded our expectations. It was informative, structured but not confining, and encouraged us to try things on our own. Several stops or tours we would not have planned on our own, and the guidance by Patrick took away the intimidation factor of being in a country with a different language. The walks through the neighborhoods gave us such a sense of place and understanding of Paris, and the Metro and free time allowed us to feel like we were living as locals!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the overall WOW moment for me was actually seeing all of the things I had read about- Versailles, Notre Dame, the beautiful architecture. Walking around and seeing all of these things in living and breathing neighborhoods was just breathtaking. The art was unbelievable. The Orangarie was a quiet gem with Monet's large murals, Musea d'Orsay was exhilarating with all of the Impressionist pieces that changed art as we know it. Every day we said, "That was even better than we imagined!""

Martha

Davenport, IA

Tour: 01/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mary Bouron was our main guide and was fabulous. She gave us a view from the point of an American who lives in Paris. She was so enthusiastic and very informative. The guides at the individual museums, etc. were superb and I am guessing art historians in their own right. I especially liked that the tours were in the mornings and we were free in the afternoons and some evenings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was at the Orangerie Museum. Elizabeth was a great docent/guide. Also especially liked the Rodin Museum and Pere Lachaise cemetery done on our own."

Debra

Kaneohe, HI

Tour: 01/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I got married last year and planned a Paris trip for our honeymoon. This winter Paris trip met both our needs. As it was my husband's first trip, he wanted to see all the monuments and museums. I was my fifth trip and I wanted to learn to be a Parisian and get around the city by metro and bus. Voila! This trip had it all! Lower cost, lessons in self reliance, and seeing all the tourist stuff without the summer lines and heat. A stylish, authentic experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't tell you how fun it was to ask endless questions of our guide who lived in the city and could answer stuff like...where are the off leash dog parks? How do Parisians stay so slim? How do you manage childcare and medical?"

Marion

University Place, WA

Tour: 01/19/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enriching and fun. Mary and all of the local tour guides provided excellent historical, as well as current information to us about all of the sites, the culture, the architecture and people to us. The hotel and staff were wonderful. Although the temperature in January was chilly (as expected), the benefit of missing large crowds was well worth it. Loved the small (16) group size.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We arrived a day early, and it was wonderful to walk out of our hotel that evening and have the Eiffel Tower lit up and within a few minutes walk. Excellent hotel location! On the actual tour itself with the group, my favorite day was the one spent in Montmatre. Exploring the residential neighborhoods, visiting the artists and the beautiful Sacre-Coeur Bascillica were so memorable."

Sheila

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 12/26/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed our guide and felt very blessed to have such a great travel group. I very much enjoyed spending time with everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip provided that "wow" moment for me. I honestly can say that I didn't have a bad experience in relation to this trip."

Heather

Loveland, CO

Tour: 12/26/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was cloudy and sometimes rainy, but the sights were still beautiful. I enjoyed the museums, the churches, and the food!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chez Francis. The most delicious, memorable dining experience I've had in my life (so far)."

Beth

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 12/26/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had more fun than I expected- this tour exceeded my expectations. 1. The guides were all good- Rolinka had wonderful experience and was able to so easily manage the tour. 2. The headsets were a GREAT idea. We all could hear even when there were large crowds. It added a very personal side to the tour- we all could hear everyone's questions and the guides' answers. 3.The tour with Favia was my favorite- but I also really enjoyed the guided walks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rolinka has us all to her apartment for dinner. That was really fun because the good of people was very friendly. Then a few of us walked to the Sacre-Coeur- it was beautiful at night and went to part of a 10 PM mass."

Michelle

San Bruno, CA

Tour: 12/26/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall - just exactly the tour experience I was hoping for and could never have imagined. Our group was a delightful mix - families with young adults, a couple experiencing Europe for the first time, smart singles who wanted not only to see Paris but to know Paris. Our guide Rolinka was exceptional. She inspired all of us to explore, to talk with people, to step out of our comfort zones and experience the city. Magnifique!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment occured just outside the Metro at La Tour Maubourg - the stop closest to our hotel. On my first day I got turned around and went the wrong way- right instead of left. While getting re-organized I looked up from the map and saw the Tour Eiffel tucked bewteen two buildings. Stopped dead in my tracks...I was in Paris!"

Maxamina

Studio City, CA

Tour: 12/25/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved that while walking through a neighborhood, our guide Elisabeth would stop us in front of a building and tell us what had happened there hundreds of years earlier. Having a guide made it possible to cover so much more ground in the 7 days I was there than I ever could have on my own. I was also very surprised at how many tourists were there but we were able to bypass the very, very long lines to get into top tourist sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been a little obsessed with Versailles since seeing a movie that was filmed there. Looking out on the manicured gardens from the windows of the palace for the first time took my breath away. I was ready to move in!"

Thomas Andrew

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 12/23/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"montmartre"

Dale

Irvine, CA

Tour: 12/23/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. Everything about our tour was great. I really couldn't have imagined anything better. Daniela, our tour guide was superb. We got a real in-depth understanding of the City, and time to explore on our own. In addition, Daniela gave us some great insight into food, wine, champagne, and many of the spots that make Paris such a special place. She really helped us to "feel" the city, for which I will be forever grateful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris at Christmastime is so beautiful. Seeing the Champ de Elysees all lit up, with the Christmas Market was indescribable. Paris truly is the City of Lights, and from atop the Arc de Triomphe, you can see everything. Standing atop the Arc is when I thought "wow." This place is pretty amazing."

Pat

Seattle, WA

Tour: 12/23/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Experience was well planned and related to the information about Paris provided in the Book. Tour leader was very capable and a strong leader. Hotel was beatifully located, and comfortable too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was when my husband and I returned for the third time to look around. The grand gallery was awesome when I stepped back and looked at the amazing strength and sweep of the structure. I love the granite and marble material and beautiful columns. It was especially pleasurable to walk about in the Louvre at our own pace. After returning, we watched a GREAT documentary film entitled "The Treasures of the Louvre.""

Paul

La Palma, CA

Tour: 12/23/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Daniella, was excellent. She was very enthusiastic which helped us through some rainy weather. She gave us the tools to travel around Paris on our own in our free time. The guided tour to free time ratio was great. Everyone had enough free time to create their own experience in Paris. I would definitely recommend Rick Steves' tours for anyone planning tours in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I appreciated Daniella recommending that we take a moment in each location to stop and get the "feeling" of the museum, cathedral, etc. That helped me make each stop or sight a "WOW" moment."

Nancy

Coral Springs, FL

Tour: 11/17/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! I'm so glad we took this tour! We only knew a few words and phrases (toilette sil vous plait?) and the French people were very nice to us as we tried out our meager words but so many speak more English than we do French in Paris. Going to a place with so many, many places to see, food to eat, questions to ask, and not knowing the language a Rick Steve's tour is the best! Your tour leaders, we had 3 more at different locations, are so knowledgeable you learn so much in an easy manner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Patrick, our tour guide, was our favorite part of the tour! I've told so many people about this tour and how easy Patrick made it for us. He taught us about our neighborhood, how to take the metro, the bus, and how to call him if we got lost. He was so informative about the history about everything we saw. He could answer anything we asked and had a fabulous sense of humor. The "wow" moment was the last night we walked to the Eiffel Tower and Patrick passed around Champagne and sparkling cider."

Miriam

Forest Hills, NY

Tour: 11/17/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exactly what I had hoped for. It contained enough walking , information , sightseeing and FUN! Enough to do with our guide and enough time to explore on our own. Our hotel was perfect and in a great area. Staff was helpful and cheerful all the time. Our tour guide was exceptional in his knowledge, but yet didn't make it feel like a recital. He also had a sense of humor and made you feel he was always accessible. I did this trip on my own, but never for a moment felt alone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were really too many to pick favorites. I especially enjoyed our time in Montmarte and going to Sacre'-Coeur. I felt as if we were going back in time."

Daniel

Seattle, WA

Tour: 11/17/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Trip planned by wife Me, expecting travel with people I didn't want on my vacation Expected to be and feel rushed Expected to have only group time I got a trip with people I would have at my home on their vacation When I felt rushed I realized I underutilize my time and would not see half of what I wanted to see We had a lot of free time that we spent with our group.

Pamela

Hampstead, NH

Tour: 10/27/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was booked as a vigorous walking tour. It was but was doable. We were lucky enough to have had two guides, one in charge and one apprentice. Both were professional, knowledgeable and always there for any needs or concerns. I got to experience Paris at a level I would not have been able to without the guides' constant background information about people, places, history and knowing where to go and how to get there. No time was wasted. Thank you Rolinka and Virginia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For a first time visitor to Paris and trying to absorb it all I guess if I have to choose one "wow" moment, it would be the realization of the many years of history in the city. America being only 200 years old is just a baby."

Richard

Hampstead, NH

Tour: 10/27/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We never would have seen or learned about all the things we did if we had not gone on the tour. Trying to do all this stuff without a good guide (and Rolinka was very good) just isn't possible. We were kept pretty busy and walked a "LOT" but there was a fair amount of free time to poke around on our own. It's a good thing we paid attention to the training at the orientation on using the subway or we would have been lost.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I liked the Hall-of-Mirrors at Versailles. In fact, the entire palace was fantastic. We went in November and the gardens were out of season (and the statues were covered too). We were told that the late season visit resulted in fewer visitors. But the crowds were still very thick. I can't imagine what the crowds would be like during high tourist season!"

Stephen

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 10/27/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and felt we received excellent value for the experience. A lot was included - the museum pass, Metro pass, three meals and more. We had no disappointments. We also really enjoyed our fellow-travelers. It was a fun group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Picking one would be the Louvre. Second is the Seine boat ride."

Jin

Somerset, NJ

Tour: 10/27/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my first Rick Steves tour, I enjoyed it very much and it has exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first night of bus tour of 'city of lights'."

Lorene

Des Plaines, IL

Tour: 10/27/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the way the tour was organized and implimented. Every detail was seamless. There was also adequate free time for me to rest when my husband had the energy to continue exploring on his own. Our guide and our guide- in- training were warm and helpful. They really knew the city and were full of information and fun random details. They prepared us well for navigating the metro.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed Musee d'Orsay. I was pretty well saturated with art, but still found this to be a hghlight."

Bob

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/27/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Rolinka was a wonderful guide, very friendly, informative and knowledgeable. It was nice having a smaller group. It was a great bonus having Virginie with us, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sainte Chappelle - I didn't know much about it and it was a surprising jewel, indeed it was almost as if being in a jewel box. We had perfect lighting. The interior vs. exterior was pretty amazing[INVALID]so little of the support of the structure was visible from the inside, all you get is the beautiful stained glass."

Gwen

Oklahoma City, OK

Tour: 10/27/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Delightful in every way, from our guide Rolinka, warmth of the hotel staff, and itenerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the Louvre. I had recently taken a video course on Art of the Louvre and our guide, Elizabeth, obliged my request to view the Marie de Medici paintings by Rubens. What a thrill to not only see that which I had studied, but to have my knowledged enhanced by our charming and well versed guide."

Kathleen

Bayside, NY

Tour: 10/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was magnificant! I loved the experience of seeing Paris through walking Marie was wonderful, as were the ladies who served the breakfasts, the people at the hotel desk and my fellow tour mates. I saw alot of Paris, took many pictures and I have wonderful memories. I'm glad I chose a guided tour as opposed to just doing this on my own. Not only did I get to see the most famous spots, I got alot of history, which I am now trying to write down as I put my albumn together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My biggest "wow" moment was learning that the Crown of Thorns is actually at the Louvre. Others: the Eiffel Tower lit up at night; the traffic-cars buses taxis motorcycles and bicycles all on top of each other and no accidents! a mom riding to work dressed up on a bike with her child in back carrying his schoolbag; the French people being so good to us-I was told to expect some cold shoulders and did not receive any; the magnificant paintaings and the history of all of the "King Louis'"."

Shannon

Big Cabin, OK

Tour: 10/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Rick Steves' 7 day Paris tour and highly recommend it to our friends. Accomodations, guides, hotel location --all of it was just what we had expected and more. Morning activities were well organized and informative, yet we had plenty of free time in the afternoon to venture out alone. Marie was always there to offer restaurant suggestions and more. She was very good at preparing us for using the Metro and in effectively using our Museum Passes. It was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"VERSAILLE! "Excesses to the max" were everywhere (no wonder some folks literally lost their heads due to lavish lifestyles) --Well worth the trip! Evening cruise on the Seine was beautiful, especially with the Eiffel Tower lights twinkling above us as the tour ended. --ah Paris!"

Suzanne

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 10/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. A trip of a lifetime. I am 83 but had trained for it and my daughter was always right there for all the steps. I was very proud to do everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting in a little cafe suggested by Marie just below the church on Montmerre. The quiche, the wine, the light shinning through the leaves. Devine"

Amy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a dream trip for my mom and me. She is 83 and I was concerned it was going to be too much for her. Which, actually, it kind of was, but not your fault. The woman insisted on doing EVERYTHING including going to Monet's garden on our last day. She got Bronchitis. But a really cute doctor came to our hotel room. It was all good. Go French health care. We had a blast!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We adored Marie. She was fantastic. All the guides were amazing. I can't remember her name, but the woman that toured us around the L' Orangerie changed my life. I felt like I got an art history degree in two hours. I wanted to learn, paint, read and create in a big way after that tour. My mom and I also had a magical time in Marie Antionette's hamlet at Versailles. The wine included at the final dinner was super classy. I feel like it bonded us all."

Mary Lou

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 10/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Meh - ree was perfect. She was what you would see if you look up Paris in the dictionary. Great teacher. Great tour manager - 20+ jet lagged foreigners. Taught us the Paris metro and the layout of the city and propped us up to run around on own own. Excellent. Can't wait till my next trip with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Didn't really have one favorite."

Diane

Louisville, KY

Tour: 10/21/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was wonderful and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Tower Eiffel was spectacular for me- especially when it twinkled on the hour each evening! The Seine River tour at night was also amazing."

Joanna

Charleston, SC

Tour: 10/20/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It more than met my expectations. I thought the organization and planning could not have been better, with just the right amount of scheduled events, balanced with enough free time. Elizabeth, our guide, was excellent--so well prepared but so natural in her delivery. And l was so glad we had a sound system because I could hear every word without a struggle.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to choose; I loved all of the time spent in the art museums, but especially the time spent with Monet's lily pad paintings. The lecture was helpful and not over done."

Saleem

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/20/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This is my second trip with Rick Steve's group. As expected the hotel was located centrally, guide was good, meals were good and the trip was planned well. Met expectation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Notre Dame was just amazing, unbelievable. Fairy tale coming alive like moment"

Kenneth

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 10/20/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent guide. She keep us moving but gave us enough time to see the objects we were viewing. We were well taken care of and will consider a Rick Steve tour in the future and we let friends and family know how great a tour Rick puts on. KF and Mary Dunnington

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The lighting of the Eiffel Tower. I know this was not part of the tour but the tour put in place to see it. KF"

Alex

Bethesda, MD

Tour: 10/20/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

First tour with RS, and it was very good. Pros: like staying put in one place and getting to know neighborhood and way around city. Excellent orientation by tour director of where we were, public transport and how to get from place to place by bus, train or subway. Sites seen were some of the big ones, so felt we saw "essential" Paris. Mobile headsets - YES! Cons: common areas in hotel too small. Except for farewell dinner at place selected by tour director, tour dinners mediocre.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First, Lilly Pads at Orangerie. Second, tour of Louvre Third, Versailles Fourth, night cruise on Seine"

Alison

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/20/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was FABULOUS! Our guide, Elisabeth, was/is wonderful. The headsets were absolutely necessary (I understand they aren't standard, but they should be!). All of the supplemental tours and tour guides were great. The restaurants, and the hotel was/were very good, to outstanding. I plan to go back to Paris. Elisabeth trained us on getting around town, and now I know how to get around the city with ease. There are many more things to see and do, & this tour gave me a great, initial foundation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's really hard to convey. So much was great. I will state that while I don't believe I am someone who lives to work, the French have it down pat, they DO work to live! I loved the breakfasts in our Hotel: L'Hotel Londres Eiffel. The hotel staff was great, and I feel that the breakfasts at this hotel sum up the French Experience. Also, I would be remiss if I didn't stated how my fellow tour members were great company."

Seth

Charleston, FL

Tour: 10/20/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wasn't sure what to expect. I've traveled quite a bit but have never taken a tour longer than a few hours, so this was a first for me. The schedule was well thought out without being too overbearing. There was enough overview of the sights and areas of interest so that I could make a well informed decision as to what activities/areas I wanted to further pursue. The information provided by the guide was presented in an interesting and informative way...very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower was one of my most memorable moments. It's pretty amazing to think of the manpower and resources needed in the late 1800's to make that happen. It must have been an incredible sight at that time."

Charles

Manvel, TX

Tour: 10/20/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Good variety - river cruise, wine tasting, farewell dinner that fostered group bonding. Also, variety in places included - churches, districts in Paris, art museums, etc. However, very tiring for us. We opted out of some scheduled tours just to rest. This was not a surprise as you had warned us in your tour materials that it was going to be a lot of walking. However, there was also much STANDING and I thought a suggestion that one pack a portable seat would have been welcome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to by-pass long lines to get into popular venues, such as Notre Dame. Also, the closing dinner. A big disappointment was the river cruise - just a barge, really, seeing from the river in the dark buildings we had seen much more clearly during the day at street level. Make it more romantic!"

Dennis

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 10/13/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The Rick Steves guide, Toni, was excellent. The local guides for individual tour events were also excellent. I appreciated the amount of free time. The provided dinners were mediocre and the breakfasts, while consistent with european standards, were a little light on protein. Though the hotel was nice, it was substantially more than I would have purchased on my own.

Paul

Edison, NJ

Tour: 10/13/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience overall on your tour. Paris, of course could stand on it's own merits but your tour guide Toni Seymour made it come alive with her expert comments along the way. The other guides on the trip were equally knowledgeable and it made for a great trip. They also let go of our hands, so to speak and encouraged each individual to be brave and explore the city on our own. I would go on another Rick Steve's tour again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Palace of Versaille was my "wow" moment. The grandeur of the exterior and interior of the palace was breathtaking. Our guide's narrative during the visit made it all the more pleasurable."

Paul

Troy, VA

Tour: 10/13/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We almost did not go on another Rick Steves tour becuase when we went on our first one in 2008, we found our experience lacking at that time due to the very poor quality of service from our tour guide. We are now so glad that we decided to give it one more try. We enjoyed Paris and our tour guide, Toni, is to be thanked for this. Toni was a most gracious guide, very courteous and helpful in every way. Her organization and thoughtfulness provided us with a most enjoyable time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything from the day walks in and about Paris, to the magnificent museums and of course the food and wine! OOOh LA LA!!!!"

Catherine

Ladera Ranch, CA

Tour: 10/13/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was such a fun tour. I was completely open to whatever was planned as it was my first visit to Paris. Each day of the tour is well thought out and it was interesting to understand the different regions of the city and their history. The free time was perfect to explore on our own and soak up the culture of the particular region we were in. The Metro pass was critical to getting around, and the Museum pass a wonderful bonus to enrich and make the tour worthwhile and complete.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first night we took a bus tour and got an idea of the city. I was thinking, "I am actually here in Paris!" It just got better, with the Louvre and Versailles. And the Orangerie, Notre Dame, and Sainte-Chapelle. The WOW moments, however, also included the Eiffel Tower and the Arch of Triumph. How can one ever forget the first look at either one. And the restaurants - excellent!"

Patricia

Longmont, CO

Tour: 10/13/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another good Rick Steves tour! We enjoyed a small group of very nice people and a great guide who kept us moving. It is good to learn how to get around on your own. The hotel was conveniently located and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms were small but adequate. Everywhere we went we met people with the Rick Steves book. Instructions for getting around on bus, Metro and train were excellent and easy to follow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to Versailles was most interesting and the trains in France were easy to use and very efficeint. Having most of the day on our own to wander around and see what interested us wa great."

Alfred

Longmont, CO

Tour: 10/13/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the presentations made by all the tour guides, and appreciated their use of microphones so we could all hear them in sometimes crowded conditions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eiffel Tower lit up at night."

Rosemarie

Edison, NJ

Tour: 10/13/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, my experience was outstanding. The tour was both physically and mentally invigorating. I loved the sights and museums, and churches, the food, and discovering the variety of neighborhoods. Seeing the Eiffel Tower from all angles all over the city gave me a little thrill each day. Going to the head of the line at the Louvre. L'Orangerie, and Versailles was very special. Learning to use public transportation through the tour was invaluable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many, but I think walking from the train station in the seemingly ordinary town of Versailles and then turning the corner to see the incredibly lush, golden, and larger-than-life palace was a big WOW. Our guide brought the story of Marie Antoinette to life there. Another "wow"was the tour of Montmartre[INVALID]our guides definitely conjured the spirits of the artists and transported us to another era. Seeing the view from the steps of Sacre Couer was the finishing touch to a wonderful day."

William

Springboro, OH

Tour: 10/06/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour...our second Rick Steves and our fourth time to Europe with the green book.. Nice hotel, busy itinerary with plenty of time for independent exploring. We will be back...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"William's was touring St Sulpice Church on our own and attending Sunday mass.. Ginger's was shopping in the fabric district on our own."

Patricia

Richmond Heights, OH

Tour: 10/06/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked staying in one location for the week. Everything that I planned on seeing was fulfilled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two museum visits on Friday--Musee Orangerie and Musee D'Orsay. At every turn, I saw up close and personal, all the famous works of art that I had studied in many of my art courses. Versailles was a wow also."

Edward

Prescott Valley, AZ

Tour: 10/06/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Toni Seymour is an excellent tour guide. I am so glad I chose to travel with your tour group. I saw just about everything I wanted to see in Paris. My free time gave me a chance to look around a bit more. I am so glad I was able to avoid the long lines by being with your group and the hotel was wonderful and in the middle of everything. It was a wonderful 80th birthday gift to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See the city. Touring the Louver, Versailles, Orsay and Orangerie Musesums. And of course the Eiffel Tower."

Buzz

Santa Clarita, CA

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We stayed in a small hotel not fair from the Eiffel tower. Our guide, William Altman, was very charming, gracious, and well informed; he made everything about the tour easy & understandable. In particular he did a great job helping us navigate the metro so we were able to find our own way around when we went exploring on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing under the Eiffel tower as it lit up for the evening."

Lakshman

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For a short (7 day) tour this was the best introduction one could get to the city. Just enough to whet your appetite so you could come back and explore on your own. The museum passes and the Metro pass made it very easy to get into places and travel around the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the "wow" moment was the food and the trip to the Louvre. Standing next to the Mona Lisa - what a thrill, and no crowds !"

Leanne

Chicago, IL

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't believe that I could have custom-ordered a better guide than William McMann. He was attentive, kind, patience, articulate and most knowledgeable about the history of Paris. He engaged four "guest" guides - Brad, Charles, Jay, and Joelle. Each of these people were experts with a real passion for their area of expertise. Charles was brilliant in his two-hour tour of the Louvre. And Joelle-I learned more about Monet in her tour than I learned as an art history major in college.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Montmarte with our guide Brad. To stand outside the apartment of Monet and his brother cleo was truly a wow moment. Montmarte is charming, diverse and delightful."

Stephen

Sequim, WA

Tour: 09/29/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beautiful, overwhelming and historic. Crowded. frenetic and exhausting. Role all these things into one and that was Paris for me. William was terrific as well as the other guides for the [INVALID]ed tours. Our group got along very well and the hotel and it's staff were very helpful and gracious. I am a fairly large man and between the crowds everywhere and the small spaces I felt ill at ease most of the trip. All in all, I'm so glad I went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick a moment but it was the overwhelming realization that history, art, architecture and religion were coming together for the first time for me. It was inspiring to see what beautiful things we are capable of and at the same time so sad to see how we can destroy it as well."

Ron

Mukilteo, WA

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We enjoyed the tour very much. The tour covered a lot of Paris in the 7 days. Our guide was very knowledgable when it came to art and history and did a great job of explaining what we were looking at. If I had any suggestion on how to make the tour better I would add one more day. We covered so much in the 7 days that we felt like we didn't have enough time to fully take in what we were seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite WOW moment was the night time view from the top of the Eiffel Tower."

Richard

St Charles, IL

Tour: 09/22/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about our tour was wonderful. Our guide Julie was outstanding. She was exceptionally helpful and a fantastic resource providing information on everything from French history to navigating Paris. The hotel and staff were also great--and the hotel location couldn't be beat! We choose this tour because of the excellent reputation of Rick Steve's tours and because it included all of the sites we wanted to see on our first trip to Paris. It didn't disappoint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually, the entire experience was a "wow" moment."

Susan

Salt Lake City, UT

Tour: 09/15/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've been on several RS Tours and have loved them all. This was our first city tour and we felt like we saturated ourselves with the beauty and energy of Paris. It was a little intense and overwhelming at times but there was so much to see and do, we just felt liked we needed to go, go go. Paris was a great experience!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but one that surprised me was Monet's huge paintings in the oval rooms. I really was swept away! The local guide there was so excellent too!"

George

Stillwater, OK

Tour: 09/08/13

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed being with our tour group in Paris. Chris Coleman was an absolutely outstanding tour guide. We would go on another tour with her any day. We were kept busy as a group but had quality time on our own with good suggestions from Chris. Our hotel was top quality. We enjoyed our room, breakfast and the staff. Our location in the city was great. Each day our group tour was well planned. We got a really good overview in our six days there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow, its hard to say. I just enjoyed absorbing Paris in general."

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Pre-Tour

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about Paris: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews and articles, plus find a list of recommended books and movies.

Transportation

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your tour hotel, as well as contact information for your hotel in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

If you plan to travel in Europe before or after your tour, Paris is perfectly located for quick trips around France or to neighboring countries. London is only three hours away by the Chunnel train; Brussels and Bruges are about two hours away; and Amsterdam is a mere four-hour train ride.

Flying within Europe can be reasonable. Ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips and decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you need more information about additional European travel or for specific questions about your tour, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing On Your Own

If you arrive in Paris before your tour begins, learn the Métro (subway) system and use Rick Steves Paris guidebook for sightseeing ideas and good-value restaurants. If you are in Paris in the off-season, it's a good idea to double-check museum hours and closures with a quick call.

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Paris that we do not do as a group: Arc de Triomphe*; Les Invalides*; Jewish Art & History*, Marmottan, and Pompidou* museums; Eiffel Tower; St. Sulpice organ concert; Père-Lachaise cemetery; Paris sewer tour; day trips to Monet's Giverny garden, Chartres, Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fontainebleau*.  (* Entry is free with the Paris Museum Pass you’ll be given when the tour begins. To save money, you may want to save a couple of these for your free afternoons.)

The Marmottan museum is closed Mondays, and the Jewish Art & History Museum is closed Saturdays; most other museums are closed Tuesdays. Confirm all sightseeing plans with a tourist information office.

This tour does not include a visit to the Eiffel Tower. However it is often a highlight for any traveler and one we highly recommend. Avoid the lines by booking tickets several weeks in advance at: http://ticket.toureiffel.fr. Pre- or post-tour is the best time to visit the tower. If you need to visit the tower during the tour, consider making a reservation for Day 2 or Day 5 after 16:00 or any evening after 22:00.

Packing

For advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick’s packing tips.