• Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
    Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • Ice cream fans in Montmartre neighborhood, Paris, France
    Montmartre Neighborhood
  • Marais district pâtisserie, Paris, France
    Marais District
  • Louvre Museum
  • Château de Versailles statues, Versailles, France
    Château de Versailles
  • Eiffel Tower

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Best of Paris in 7 Days Tour

from $2,495 per person + air

Single Supplement $775

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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 masterpiece-packed Louvre and Orsay museums, resilient Notre-Dame Cathedral, exquisite Sainte-Chapelle, and the extravagant Palace of Versailles. You'll also enjoy guided neighborhood walks through the city's historic heart, as well as quieter moments to slow down and savor the city's intimate cafés, colorful markets, and joie de vivre. Join us for the Best of Paris in 7 Days!

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Dates & Prices

2024

What's Included

You'll get at least 9 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our Best of Paris tour:

  • 7-day Métro subway and bus transportation pass
  • Seine River cruise
  • Louvre Museum
  • Orsay Museum
  • Montmartre walking tour
  • Historic Paris walking tour
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Marais walking tour
  • Versailles…and more

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • 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 group transportation during the week in and around Paris
  • 6 nights' accommodations in a memorable, centrally located hotel
  • All breakfasts and 3 other meals
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Paris

We'll gather at our hotel in Paris at 4 p.m. for a short meeting and orientation stroll around our neighborhood. Then we'll get acquainted with one another over a delicious "Welcome to Paris" dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Sleep in Paris.

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 a pair of the world's most significant medieval Gothic churches: the resilient and legendary Notre-Dame and the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle. Next we'll stroll through the bohemian Latin Quarter, named for the language you'd have heard on these streets if you'd walked them in the Middle Ages. Then you'll be set free for the afternoon to explore more of the city.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Paris.

Day 3: Montmartre and a Seine Cruise

This morning we'll hop on the Métro, then hike up Montmartre to tour the colorful neighborhood that 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-Cœur Basilica. After free time for lunch and exploration, we'll regroup this evening to enjoy dinner together before embarking on a dreamy Seine River cruise.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Boat: 1 hour. Sleep in Paris.

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. This afternoon, we're off to visit Europe's greatest museum — the Louvre. With a smartphone in hand and the Rick Steves Audio Europe™ app, Rick's voice will guide you through the works of Raphael, Delacroix, and Leonardo and timeless treasures that include Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and hundreds more.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Paris.

Day 5: All Day at the 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 to zip back to Paris early via one of the frequent trains.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Train: 1 hour. Sleep in Paris.

Day 6: Masterpieces of Paris

This morning we'll tour the Orsay Museum, home to the world's greatest collection of Impressionist art with works from Monet and Degas to Cézanne and Gauguin and beyond. Then you'll be free to visit the nearby Orangerie Museum, featuring Monet's magnificent water lilies and other fine works by Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, and more. Tonight we'll enjoy a farewell feast together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Santé!

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Paris.

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!

(This tour does not include the Eiffel Tower. To avoid its long lines, we recommend booking tickets several weeks in advance. For details, see our Eiffel Tower ticket tips for tour members.)

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

Jessica

Tour: 12/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was outstanding! The itinerary was well-planned and was a great mix of sight-seeing and cultural immersion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rolinka! She absolutely made the trip! She was incredibly knowledgeable, engaging with everyone in our group, and incredibly helpful! "

Karen

Tour: 12/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris in the winter did not disappoint!! We experienced only a few minor drizzles and moderate temperatures (40 to low 50s).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a tie between when I took the first sip of mulled wine from the vendor near Sacre Coeur and when I tasted the first bite of a meringue from Aux Merveilleux de Fred."

Gary

Tour: 12/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had been to Paris using the Rick Steves guidebook. However, our experience with tours convinced us that a tour was appropriate. This was our first tour with no hotel changes. We learned to use the busses or metro system. We went exploring on our own for museums and other sites. We spent an evening walking down the Champs Eleysees looking at the lights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We found an excellent restauranton on the Versaille property. "

Jean

Tour: 12/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Many great outings. Great meals. Enjoy meeting new friends. Rolinka was a great tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Palace in Versaille"

Sean

Tour: 12/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was a great trip, Rolinka was outstanding guide and was a great group, everyone got along and everything went off without a hitch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to stand in front of "Starry Night" and stare at it."

Josefa

Tour: 12/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour director! Learned to navigate our way around Paris after being shown how to take the Metro and bus. Appreciated the history and stories which helped us see life in Paris before and present day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just being there and walking the streets of Paris."

Larry

Tour: 12/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

There are too many humans on Earth. And, very selfishly, apparently too many of them have the time and money to travel. I found the crush of humanity at museums, palaces, city streets, transportation, overwhelming. Of the three Rick Steves' tours we have been on, I most enjoyed the one that was primarily about experiencing a country's culture, geography, etc - Ireland (contrasted to "bucket list" Paris and Venice/Florence/Rome). Virginie's insight into French life was the highlight!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles! I was resolved that I would not allocate too much personal approval to the excesses of The Sun King - Versailles, after all, is what happens when one spends lots and lots of (tax) money. The beauty of the palace (in addition to its scale), however, is undeniable and thus became a wow moment. "

Glenn

Tour: 12/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In a single word, "WONDERFUL!" The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable, easy to understand, and very customer-focused. The hotel was great, as were all of its staff. And the food....!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower "sparkle" -- not once, but twice -- from the Seine River."

Scott

Tour: 12/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. It was our first trip to Paris and we left feeling like we saw everything. Our guide was exceptional -- she added so much context and insight into each aspect of the tour. The hotel and their staff were equally wonderful. I think there is a distinction between being a tourist and a traveler and being on a Rick Steves tour teaches you how to be traveler. We felt immersed in a new experience and loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles and walking the gardens. Very special. "

Si-Ing

Tour: 12/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience! It was my first time in Paris/ Europe. The itinerary hit all the major attractions. We also have an excellent guide who is both passionate and knowledgeable about the city. 10/10 highly recommend it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the sites were simply breathtaking and amazing. If I do have to pick one though, it'll probably be the Eiffel Tower on the river cruise and the city view on top of the Arch de Triomphe."

Rosemary

Tour: 12/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well managed and thorough. The hotel was comfortable and welcoming. They had a lovely living room where tour members could hang out together. Make no mistake about how physical this tour is. It was fast paced and required lots of walking with very little time for rest breaks. Our tour guide was exceptionally good. She knew the city and gave us interesting commentary throughout. She is a fabulous ambassador for the Rick Steves organization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am a sucker for art and history. I enjoyed seeing the fabulous art and architecture. I got goose bumps when I saw the Eiffel Tour and the Arc de Triomphe. I warmed my heart to see how much progress they are making rebuilding Notre Dame Cathedral."

David

Tour: 12/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was incredible. Virginee was an amazing guide. Despite a few days of drizzle, we all experienced the very best of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mont Montre (I spelled it wrong). Besides the view of the whole city, we got a snapshot of all the famous artists that inhabited the area."

Judith

Tour: 12/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the adjectives people use to describe Paris are so true - A Movable Feast, The City of Lights are just two and Rick Steves you have created a tour that highlights what makes Paris so special. This was my 11th tour and I enjoyed our superb guide, friendly tourmates and the lovely hotel in the convenient 7th arr. Everyday Paris offered up presents as we learned to use our Metro passes, savored delicious meals & used polite French phrases.This tour was a Christmas present to myself!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual, there were many Wow moments but seeing Norte Dame and the progress being made on its reconstruction was very emotional. Seeing the stained glass windows of Sainte-Chappelle once again and our Seine River boat cruise when we saw the Eiffel Tower lights twinkle twice, at 8 and then 9 pm, I learned how to become a flaneur or flâneuse (feminine) or the art of wandering to discover oneself in a beautiful and interesting place. Paris is my favorite city in Europe!"

Pam

Tour: 11/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Looking back over the week, we started with learning about the daily life of the Parisiennes, with background knowledge built up for us during walking tours of the city regions well known for their effect upon history. This was followed with museum visits, led by local experts in each area whose storytelling history presentations pulled everything we had experienced together for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We found our tour hostess, Rolinka, to be a guide who is well versed on the life and history of Paris, a story teller who was also adept at keeping a group moving through public transportation. She wove our travels with information that was always engaging. Along with the local guides brought in to highlight our various experiences, Rolinka brought her lived experiences to our tour participants. This was our wow moment: when all of the information shared brought the city to life for us."

Jill

Tour: 11/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My last Rick Steve's tour was a multi-city bus tour with a different hotel every few nights, so I appreciated staying in the same hotel while in Paris. Rolinka was the best tour guide! With precision, she made certain we mastered the metro so we could travel around the city with ease when we were not with the tour group. This tour hits all the wonders of Paris and also shows the sweet, calmer sides, like Rue Cler. The group dinners were spectacular!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the view of the Tuileries Garden and Basilica of Sacré Coeur de Montmartre from the Musée d'Orsay clock window. There was so much of Paris packed into that framed view."

Deanne

Tour: 11/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. The hotel was nice, comfortable and friendly staff with great location. The group activities were well chosen and layered nicely. The individual time was great to see things I wanted that weren’t on the tour agenda. Giving us metro and museum passes, and teaching us how to use Paris public transportation helped us make the most efficient and affordable use of our time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow. That’s hard because there was at least one per day. The visit to the Musee D’Orsay had the most “wows” in the least amount of time. "

Stefanie

Tour: 10/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was so much fun, but I particularly enjoyed our visit to the Pantheon and Luxembourg Gardens with Arnaud."

Peter

Tour: 10/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Arnaud Servignat is a terrific guide. He made the tour with his extensive knowledge and ability to provide a background on Paris's history. The local guides were also outstanding, especially those who took us through the Orsay museum. The Hotel Londres Eiffel was perfect. The welcoming staff and comfortable rooms were all a respite after a long day of walking. It was nice to have time off to do what we wanted whether shopping or seeing more sites. The group we were with were all engaged.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo statues in the Louvre."

Susan

Tour: 10/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Arnaut, was a great source of information, fun to listen to, & helpful - as were all the local guides.The hotel was one of the nicest I've ever stayed at, with a terrific staff. The tour covered everything I expected it to & then some. However, it turns out that a single city tour, without wine tastings, pasta making, and down time with the group is less to my liking than RS's "traveling" tours we've taken in the past. One more point to consider when choosing the next tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two things: 1) The "Iron Lady" in all her glory twinkling against the dark night sky above us as we floated along on the Siene. 2) Theall encompassing weight of history. The thought that most of what I saw, touched, walked on, and experienced has been seen, touched, and experienced by countless people through the centuries of Paris' existence."

Edward

Tour: 10/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 5th RS tour and 1st city tour. Our guide, Arnaud, was great. Although it rained frequently during our tour, he kept our spirits up and did an excellent job of introducing Paris to us and educating us about the region's history. Thanks to Arnaud and the outstanding local guides, we learned enough about today's Paris to feel comfortable staying in the city for several extra days after the tour. We felt like masters of the Metro.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the main goals of our trip was to immerse ourselves in fine art. For me, seeing Vermeer's "The Astronomer" and di Vinci's "Mona Lisa" in the Louvre and Monet's "La Pie" in the Orsay were my "wow" moments on the tour."

Kitty

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very thorough & educational trip. Plenty of information provided. Fast-paced & great introduction to appreciation of the vast offerings of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not what you want to hear, but my favorite moment was taking a day to myself. Created my own agenda, explored smaller & less touristy museums, walked on both banks to experience the flow of the city, & ultimately felt like I learned to navigate my way around part of the city."

Tammy

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the Hotel Londres Eiffel and staff. Virginie was an energetic, informative and charming guide. The other guides were very informative as well. Appreciate learning how to use the metro and bus systems. Learned so much and will return with confidence because of it. Have never been in a group tour and I look forward to doing it again. Thanks for the wonderful memories. My stay in Paris would not have been the same without this tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel tower and city at night from the Seine. Sainte-Chapelle chapel. Everything in Paris is WOW!"

Lisa

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second RS tour and it did not disappoint and I was thrilled with what we got to see, our guide Virginie, pacing, information provided, meals, hotel, and my tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to have to pick one, but the Seine river cruise and seeing the Eiffel Tower from the water. It was especially wow because it was the last night of the tour so it certainly capped off a great week!"

Don

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Learning about Paris from our guide brought to life things we never experienced on our previous visits to Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Montmarte walk was superb!"

Nicole

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was caring, knowledgeable, organized, and wanted to make sure everyone's experience was the best it could be. The chosen activities/attractions were great, with the exception of the Louvre museum. I feel it can either be removed from the itinerary or a guide within the museum should be hired. It is so busy and huge in the Louvre that I felt rushed on my own. I like the perks the guide chose with her available budget.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris is amazing and being immersed in the culture, with the help of the tour going on neighborhood walks and picking local, non-touristy restaurants helped. It's hard to choose a "wow" moment, but I just love how old palaces, etc., are repurposed for museums and the like. The city is very clean and the people friendly, which really adds to a positive experience."

Leanne

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour surpassed my already high expectations of a Rick Steves' tour! Our guide was fantastic - super knowledgeable and always concerned about our safety and experience. Guides that she called upon were also top notch in their knowledge and guiding capability. We not only toured Paris together, we were taught how to navigate Paris ourselves which helped us take advantage of our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the d'Orsay Museum. I knew I'd love the Louvre, and I found I loved the d'Orsay even more. I think it was because the d'Orsay seemed more approachable and with less crowds, I could go slower and just soak it all in. "

Sally

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

At a time when museums in and around Paris were being evacuated regularly (bomb threats), Claire managed to get us to every place on the itinerary, sometimes, we thought, through sheer force of will!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Notre Dame in all its scaffolding at night from the Seine was amazing. The D’Orsay museum— Rue Cler— where we sat and watched the action."

Linda

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Out tour director did a very good job navigating us around Paris & into all the major sights despite many obstacles; heavy crowds, increased security, protest marches, strikes & evacuations from bomb threats!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My 1st day in Paris! Walking to the Eiffel Tower from our beautifully located hotel & enjoying dinner at a cafe, just around the corner, where jazz musicians & a singing waitress were performing!"

Michael

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves tours are not for everyone and he freely admits this in the literature. But if you’re fit enough to keep up, you’ll get the real thing. The guides are truly the best! I could go on and on about our experiences with them but let’s just say when people really enjoy what they’re doing, it's contagious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That’s a tough question, there were so many. Seeing Van Gogh’s original artwork. Finding Jim Morrison. Walking up to the Mona Lisa. Riding the subways of Paris for the first time on our own. How about the rebuilding of Norte Dame. But probably the most fun was having lunch at an outside restaurant on Montmartre by ourselves just watching the day go by. An accordion player was playing on the street next to where we were seated. Our view looked over Paris. Pretty awesome. "

Marcia

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I greatly enjoyed the tour. The tour guide was helpful and well informed.I also enjoyed the group of people on the tour.I did have concerns about how the logistics of the tour were handled. The tour guide lead us to the sites and guided us through the tour. However, we were left to navigate our way back to the hotel on our own. While directions were provided, it was overwhelming, particularly initially to navigate our way via metro when it was completely unfamiliar to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to highlight just one "wow" moment. It was my first trip to Paris, so I was thrilled to see the sites that I had long wanted to experience."

R. Michael

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Nico, made it a point to serve the needs of all participants. A traveler himself, he is especially attuned to what makes for a wonderful experience in a new locale. Of special note was his interest in the history and popular culture of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the visit to Versailles, especially the wonderful local guide"

Nancy

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Nicco, was fantastic!!!!!!!! He's funny, super friendly, extremely knowledgeable, a great problem solver (there was a popup strike on the day of our visit to the Louvre). He becomes one with the tour group! He even organized an impromptu evening tour French lesson which ended with the river cruise on the Seine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Catacombs! The Eiffel Tower at night! "

Barbara

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A perfect blend of group and solo adventures, where we visited every item on our itinerary. We skipped long lines to get into very popular sites, and enjoyed three traditional French dinners together in local restaurants. Our charming centrally located hotel made for easy commutes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Orsay Museum, which included (for me) a Vincent van Gogh virtual reality experience and a gourmet lunch with new friends at the Cafe Campana. "

Keith

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Brian

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing. My wife and I had the best time. We are in our 30’s and most of our tour mates were in their 50’s and 60’s, the age gap did matter at all. Everyone was super welcoming and our guide was the best part of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the D’Orsay museum. "

Jerry

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This week in Paris was fantastic. I give all credit to our wonderful guide Nico who gave his all to see that every day was filled with expert knowledge, support and his experience as we discovered a city I have long wished to see in more depth. Staying in one excellent hotel, visiting exciting locations, utilizing the great local guides, having lots of free time, "mastering" the Metro, being accompanied by an amazing group of fellow travelers and on-and-on the tour never failed to please.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is tough because there are so many. The Sparkling Eiffel at night. Nico making the Metro (and every thing about our time together) easy. The warm and helpful French people that I was long ago led to believe might be a "little cool" but when I as educated to say "bonjour" opened up like family. "

Steve

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, NIco, was without question, one of the best Rick Steves guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking down the streets and stopping in local stores for fabulous pastries, sandwiches, bread, fresh figs and more."

Maureen

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour guide wonderful hotel everyone professional and friendly

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The museums the info that rolicka and the special walking tour in the Latin quarter and the osyr museum. The Eiffel tower"

Charles

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One can feel well prepared to navigate Paris solo after this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing I'd been 'conned' into walking to the top of Montmartre without getting exhausted!"

Charles

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This group tour was well organized and brought us to key tourist sites across Paris. The curators and guide were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing all of the spectacular sites around Paris while eating our way through the various districts. "

Deborah

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Gardens at Versailles Orangerie, spectacular walking around we spent the whole day there. "

Terri

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I have nothing but great things to say. The tour guides were terrific, the itinerary checked most of the Paris "To Do" items. The hotel was great, the area was lovely. Lots of walking and time on the ground in Paris, and mass transit like real Parisiennes. Also one thing I always like about RS tours is opportunities to go off on our own and explore any special interest items we have. The thing we had to keep in mind is that this was an "pverview" tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Palace of Versailles. I've been to palaces before - Windsor Palace, Buckingham Palace, Versailles puts them to shame. Just amazing."

Randall

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Judith

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lovely, comfortable hotel in a great location with absolutely amazing tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles "

Tammy

Tour: 09/25/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. The guides for the Louvre, Montmartre and the Chateau de Versailles were outstanding. I was happy with our accommodations. The only negative comment I have is that the tour guides did not regularly check on the the tour members. Some of the tour was struggling to keep up with the long walks and could have used some small breaks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"See the Eiffel Tower at night."

Kathleen

Tour: 09/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My travel partner, and I did two tours back to back, Belgium/Holland/Netherlands, and 7 days in Paris. I would rate the Belgium/Honda/Netherlands tour as Very Good, the Paris tour I would rate Adequate (not up to Rick Steves standards, in my opinion).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Belgium/Holland/Netherlands: So many! The day spent at Flanders Field visiting the different WWI cemeteries was extremely moving. Seeing the storm surge protection devices was incredible and I especially liked all the canal rides. The cities of Ghent, Bruges, and Delft were delightful. 2. Paris: The Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame at night from the cruise on the Seine. Absolutely stunning!"

Scott

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Preliminary and preparatory details were comprehensive for this, my first Rick Steves Tour. The hotel in the heart of our Paris tour area was outstanding and very accommodating. Our main guide and auxiliary guides for special sites were amazingly prepared, knowledgeable and articulate. The dinners together built community and cohesion amongst us tour members, as well as to help acquaint us with the French restaurant experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

" My first siting of the Eiffel Tower."

Connie

Tour: 09/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First RS tour and am planning my next. It was wonderful. Our guide, Marie, made it fun, informative, relaxed, and adventuresome. I am grateful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it's hard to pick. I'd saw the Mona Lisa and sparkling Eiffel Tower."

Ann

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our tour very much! We have been trying to get back to Paris for years as it is one of our favorite cities. My husband and I experienced pretty much everything we wanted to see and do with the Rick Steve's group. The group of 22 people we were with were a great group of fellow travelers. We thought our guide, Claire was very good and kept us informed of the expectations and the daily plans. Only downside was the Louvre. Very crowded and couldn't hear the guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montmartre and our guide Chris. Seine River cruise and seeing Eiffel Sparkle. Our hotel staff and how close it was to all we wanted to see. Also enjoyed seeing Sainte-Chapelle and the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles."

Michael

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great balance of hitting the “must do’s” in Paris, and free time to explore on your own. Claire, our tour guide, was wonderful. She made navigating a new city so much easier and taught us about the history and culture of Paris. I would highly recommend this tour for your first time to Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While there were many “wow” moments, I really enjoyed the walking tour of Montmartre. Our local guide did a fantastic job of relating the significance and history of the area. Learning about the street artist that are there now was fun, and you would notice their art throughout Paris on the rest of the tour. "

Cheryl

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Claire made the tour outstanding

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the walking tours and learning about Paris history"

Marlene

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Claire was outstanding. Her enthusiasm and narrative during our walking tours brought the history come alive. Our quaint and charming hotel was blocks from the Eiffel Tower Seine river and Rue Clar. We became very comfortable walking the neighborhood to museums, cafes and shops. The hotel staff were warm and very accommodating. The daily tour sites were perfectly arranged and gave us plenty of free time. This was our first trip to Paris and it was the trip of our lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many unbelievable sites. The Seine River cruise, the Eiffel Tower sparkling, the Saint Chapelle and Palace of Versailles. And on and on. But I think the best part was being enmeshed in local life, especially seeing the children get out of school on the Rue Clar, chattering in French. Delightful. And walking the city we felt the energy of Paris radiate our being. No tour buses for us. Even in our 70’s. "

Alan

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

So many elements deserve an "Outstanding" rating, but the inclusion of a couple of items (Louvre and Versailles) that proved to be so crowded and rushed took the whole thing down a notch. If "Very, Very Good" was a choice, I'd go for that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most memorable moment came completely unscheduled, but was a result of inspiration we got from Montmartre guide Chris. He told us about the street art and about an app to track pieces put up by "Invader". Later that day a father picking up his two kids from school saw my wife aiming her phone at one of the mosaics and they came up to talk with us about the app and showed off the 600+ captures the son had made. It was a lovely moment with some real Parisians! "

Joanne

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time! My college roommate and I took the best of Paris tour to celebrate our 50th birthdays! The guides for the marais, Versailles and the Orsay were wonderful, the hotel Duquesne was just what we expected. Loved that Rolinka would give us a very useful daily word/phrase to try out on the Parisiennes! Rolinka is a seasoned guide and went above and beyond...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day to wake up in Paris! Loved the Eiffel tower sparkling at night, 20K steps a day, our neighborhood bistro for daily dinner and a drink."

Judy

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, my tour couldn't have been better. Rollinka, our guide, was fantastic! I enjoyed the mix of tour and free time, allowing us to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris itself is a "wow", but I have to say celebrating my birthday with a wonderful dinner and then an evening cruise down the Seine, coming home to the Eiffel Tower glittering in the distance, had to be the highlight for me."

Tami

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and my first trip to Paris. The way the tour was planned, the knowledge and friendliness of our guide, and the beauty of the city made this trip truly outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Saint Chapelle for the first time was truly a "wow" moment. To think the beauty of this church was created and maintained since the 1200s is awe-inspiring. "

Elsie

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every aspect of my tour experience from our wonderful guide Rolinka, meeting and spending time with my tour mates, to exploring the enhancing Paris, food and learning a lot about Paris, culture and people. I am so grateful to have experienced the Best of Paris with Rick Steve’s Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have too many to count, but my absolute favorite was the evening Seine River Cruise and seeing the Eiffel Tower Sparkle during our boat ride. It wasn’t my first time seeing the Eiffel Sparkle. I caught on our first night, but being on the river and seeing it sparkle added to the beauty of it."

Michael

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just an incredible week. The group was really fun and interesting. We were all brought together by our Rolinka who was such an amazing guide. It was really fun learning about everyone and all of their travel experiences. We will definitely tour again with Rick Steves Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Musée d’Orsay, we had such an amazing guide to lead us around!! I learned so much about the artists and many great pieces. "

Catherine

Tour: 09/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was wonderful. I really did not know a ton about Paris and the neighborhoods. Rolinka was a wonderful guide and our tour group was really great. I enjoyed walking around the city, learning to get around on a metro and seeing the beautiful sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Notre Dame. It was so much bigger than I imagined. It is amazing to see all the work that is being done to bring it back to life. Rolinka suggested the Immersion tour of Notre Dame for our down time and it was amazing."

Thomas

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

So much to see, lots of walking, quite exhausted, but we thank you for the "free time" you give to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eifel Tower at night all lit up while taking the river cruise. We were closer to it than I had ever been!"

Meril

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Daniela was superb. She was absolutely amazing. She taught us how to ride subways and train. Somehow she kept our 28 people on track as well as providing fun extra things like wine tastings and chocolate tasting! We saw everything we wanted to see in Paris and much more! Best vacation ever! We were busy but we were relaxed and had so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having Champaign after we got off cruise on Seine and toasting each other, the Eiffel Tower and Our Guide Daniela!"

Dennis

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Victoria

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been to Paris before - but we really enjoyed the Rick Steves tour. We came straight from the London tour and there were actually 8 of us who did so we already knew quite a few before it started. I was wonderful how the tour was able to get us time entrance tickets to museums and such - something that has changed since the last time we were there. Also I enjoyed the extra tours we went onl.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had to be Versailles! It was my first time there and I was sincerely gob-smacked with the opulence and over-indulgence of it all! Having a french tour guide was just the perfect accompaniment to the experience. "

Sandra

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We hit all the top tourist sites in 6 days

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night"

Juliette

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Jennifer was AMAZING and such a thoughtful and mindful guide in what the group desired mixed in with her own extensive experience of Paris. She was also very attentive to snacks and explaining in thorough detail how to get around in Paris and options of where to go when the group wasn't all together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last night when our guide brought us to a sumptuous dinner at Le Septi`eme Vin and our guide played her accordion and sang while we all ate dinner and bonded one last time at our last meal. "

Amelia

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was wonderful thanks to our amazing tour guide Jennifer El Gammal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since this was our first trip to Paris the entire experience was a “wow”! I especially enjoyed our time in Montmartre😊"

Chris

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour - it was the right amount of group 'touring' and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of Montmontre by a local tour guide was fantastic. His excitement and passion for the area and the arts was obvious. "

Thomas

Tour: 09/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our firs trip to Paris and we were not disappointed. Our tour guide, Jennifer, was exceptional. She provided interesting information combined with a bit of humor. And, she did all this while six months pregnant in 90+ degree heat for the entire week. We also like the idea of being guided for the first part of each day and then left to explore on our own. It was a great combination that worked for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It seemed like there was a part of each day that was a "wow" moment. The Seine River tour at night was one of those moments for me. To see the Eiffel Tour lit up and sparkle each hour was exciting. Also, I was amazed to see all the people on the banks of the Seine socializing, listening to music and enjoying the night."

Janene

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bateau mouche ride to see Notre Dame lit up at night"

Patricia

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved how organized and friendly the whole week was. There was a wonderful balance of group time, tour time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Discovering a wonderful little restaurant, La Firmin, just about three blocks from the hotel. It was on a quiet side street and the Eiffel Tower framed the end of the street. Amazing view, delicious food, and a lovely night with my husband as we celebrated 40 years of marriage."

Pamela

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful homey hotel, fun and brilliant Parisienne/American tour guide, hit all the highlights one should see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the historical and architectural information we received from our guides"

John

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour with the need for some minor improvements.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night (9 pm) boat tour on the Seine. Paris at night is incredible. "

John

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was beyond my expectations. I think we may have gone to the wrong city first. Paris may have ruined the rest!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into St Chapelle"

Laurie

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The week in Paris was great. I have been to Paris at least 3 times before this, and the tour showed me so many different interesting and fun aspects. Rolinka made the tour so much fun, and interesting, she was a highlight of the tour! : ) The hotel was comfortable and centrally located, and the staff were polite and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Sainte Chapelle, followed by Versailles."

Anne

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our tour! From the hotel, to the excellent Rick Steves guides Rolinka and Richard, the local guides as well as our fellow tour members everything was organized, informative and welcoming. I loved not only taking the Metro, busses and train but learning how to take them independently. Rolinka and Richard were always teaching, we were learning about Paris, and how to enjoy our time there with every walk. It was a good mix of group time and time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially loved the tour of Montmartre with Rolinka, and Cerise's explanation of the art in the Orsay Museum. Montmartre is such a beautiful neighborhood and Rolinka’s sharing about all the history and insider information was fun. I learned so much from Cerise about Impressionism and what was happening in Paris and the art world during that time period. It was fascinating. "

Aurora

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience. The tour was organized and flowed nicely. Our tour guides were exceptional. They were knowledgeable and entertaining. Our time was maximized and I saw much more of Paris than expected. The hotel was a great choice and location. The food provided was excellent. I would highly recommend this experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick since I was very satisfied with all aspects."

Jan

Tour: 08/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guides Rolinka and Richard were fabulous. For having only a week in Paris I think the activities planned hit all the high spots- it was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The paintings in L'Orangerie"

Holly

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed spending a full week in this beautiful city. Loved being introduced to the various neighborhoods before exploring on our own. Having the Metropass enabled us to explore freely using the various forms of transit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking from our hotel to see the Eiffel Tower the first time. It was wonderful having the tower as the landmark for finding our neighborhood."

Hector

Tour: 08/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 2nd RS tour & it was great. Really loved our hotel location which was 5 minutes away from the Eiffel Tower. The hotel & staff were perfect and the neighborhood was full of bakeries, cafes, and restaurants. Our guide, Jennifer was superb. She was very attentive to the group’s needs and very knowledgeable about the city of Paris. We also enjoyed her musical performance on our last night together!!! Taking the Metro and walking through the neighborhoods of Paris was really cool as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overall, there were a few “wow” moments on our tour. Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time as we arrived to our hotel was a WOW moment. It’s simply amazing to see especially in the evening. The Palace of Versailles, and the cruise on the river Seine were great. Also, visiting the different districts in Paris with our group was fun. Montmartre was great to visit and our guide, Brad, was very informative about its history as one of Paris’ most famous districts. "

John

Tour: 07/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was immersive, grueling and terrific

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The windows in Ste. Chapelle"

Jacqueline

Tour: 07/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First off, my compliments to Hotel Londres Eiffel and all of the staff! What a lovely and charming hotel! The breakfast buffet was amazing! I loved the makeup of our tour group. What a great bunch of people!! Our tour guide, Rolinka was wonderful! She was always informative and kept us moving along, but never made us feel rushed. Apprentice guide, Jerome was a wonderful assistant/guide as well! The selected sites we saw were perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh, I could list more than one, but my favorite "wow" moment has got to be on our Seine River cruise seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkling against the moonlit night! Just wow! "

Zoe

Tour: 07/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View of the city from the Eiffel Tower"

Rich

Tour: 07/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In the seven day tour we were able to see most of the major sights in Paris, but it would take longer to see all of the many museums. Our lead guide was excellent, and so were the other sub-guides on the tour. The hotel choice (Londres-Eiffel) was a great location and super staff and amenities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the "wow" was the Louvre Museum and the Mona LIsa. "

Brandon

Tour: 07/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good overall experience. Everything that was included in the tour was fulfilled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The VanGogh paintings in the Rodin museum "

Amy

Tour: 07/23/23

Sandra

Tour: 07/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steves Best of Paris in 7 Tour days was a wonderful, outstanding, pleasurable experience! Everything was well planned out, coordinated and executed by a phenomenal Rick Steve Tour Guide Rolinka. With her guidance and knowledge about Paris myself and my family learned so much and got to experience the City of Lights in such an amazing way! Thank you Rick Steve's Tours for such a great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After an amazing dinner, the evening Cruise on the River Seine"

Kristen

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall experience was very good. It exceeded my expectations for sure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was probably visiting Montmartre and the Sacre-Couer Basilica. "

Angela

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My sister and I met a wonderful group of people. We had so much fun! We did a lot of walking because we had so many things we wanted to see. The hotel and staff were outstanding. William, our guide, was very informative. Our other guides were fun and helped us get a better understanding of Montmartre and Orsay. The food was delicious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Montmartre Walk. The view at the Sacre Couer is incredible. I enjoyed the walk among the artists too. I also enjoyed our day trip to Versailles. So beautiful!"

Melissa

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience was fabulous because of William. He was not just an amazing tour guide, he was an exceptional host. Kindness was his main ingredient throughout the entire tour. Everything he touched was a golden experience for us. I am so very grateful for his knowledge and care during our trip. The hotel was just perfect and the staff was amazing. Kindness, cleanliness and the comfort of having such a caring staff, (all staff), made our visit exceptional. All excursions were fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Orangerie Museum was so moving! The art work and curation was beautifully crafted. (To be honest, everywhere we went was wonderful!)"

Nancy

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We thought the tour was very nice and hit all the right highlights. It was also quite strenuous with all the walking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite Wow moments were Monmartre and Joelle at the Orsay. "

Susan

Tour: 07/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time in Paris. Our tour guide William gave us an outstanding overview of the city, the history and the transit system. Hotel and staff were also outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We rode the metro at rush hour and nobody got left behind! This is a really hard question, because there are so many of those moments… Versailles was certainly breathtaking, both in scale and opulence."

Paula

Tour: 07/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was very well organized and informative. Claire, the tour director, went above and beyond to make our first, Rick Steves' tour both educational and memorable. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being immersed in the culture and day-to-day life in Paris...I truly enjoyed walking and using public transportation to explore the city vs. a tour bus. As a result, everyday was a "wow" moment. "

Charlynn

Tour: 07/09/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lots of beautiful sights and history’

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel Tower glistening at nigjt"

Esther

Tour: 07/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great location, amazing guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gardens of Versailles "

Lisa

Tour: 07/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. More walking than I thought but not an issue. Accommodations were clean and comfortable. Staff kind and helpful. Great location. Clair was AMAZING. It was wonderful sister time too!! Saw the highlights, despite crowds. Really amazing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think there were several - Clair hosted an informal winter/cheese taste that was really lovely and I learned a lot! River cruise was wonderful but way crowded. The Louvre was HUGE and wish my app was working but the tour book pages really helped. The Orssay was amazing. There were so many. I really appreciate it "

Jennifer

Tour: 07/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our week in Paris was great. Each morning there was a walking tour of a different area of the city and the afternoons were ours to wander and enjoy Paris. The Museum Pass and Metro pass was included in the tour and much appreciated. By week's end we were getting around the city like locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The river cruise on the Seine. A perfect night and great views of the Eiffel Tower and other landmarks."

Jake

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall was satisfactory, itinerary could be a little more fast paced but our guide was incredible. I think there was too much emphasis on walking tours instead of exploring the city naturally

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rolinka recommended the Notre dame VR experience and I was absolutely blown away, I think adding it to the official itinerary would be an awesome decision."

Jane

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mary Beth

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A perfect tour with a perfect guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Any walking time with comments on French life, architecture and history. "

Patrick

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and it far exceeded our expectations. Rolinka was our tour guide; she was lovely and amazing. She spent individual time with all group members and facilitated a wonderful group experience. On our visit to Sacre Coeur, Rolinka took us on a meandering walk through Montmartre that was fascinating. Our group was full of wonderful and interesting people. We developed warm relationships and really enjoyed their company for the week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour we had with Brad through the Jewish corner in the Marais section of Paris. The area was beautiful, historic, and fascinating. It was also a reflective and contemplative experience because of the horrors the Jewish people had to experience and endure before and during WW II. "

Timothy

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A truly amazing experience! I've been to Paris twice before, but never with a tour group. I learned so much about the city and its history and culture from being a part of this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one thing in particular, but I would say the hotel we stayed in and its location were a pleasant surprise. Having stayed in Paris hotels before, this was by far the nicest we've stayed in. The rooms were small (as expected for Paris) but well-appointed, and the staff was very pleasant and accommodating. The location was awesome as well, with tons of restaurants, patisserie and boulangerie shops within walking distance."

Blake

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic introduction to Paris for first-timers. Loved staying so close to the Eiffel so that we could walk over at night for picnics and lights. Our tour guide Rolinka was incredible, helping us to better appreciate the art, architecture, history, culture, and people of Paris. For two introverts, the social aspect was sometimes intense, but the people on the tour were great. More diverse than I was expecting, with a huge range of ages, which made it nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the d'Orsay museum, the I Love You Wall, the l'Orangerie, the Tuileries Garden, and the guided walk through Marais with Brad. We loved the food and wine. Often, our favorite part of a museum tour was stopping for lunch at the end and having a glass of wine in the museum cafe. We came away with a better appreciation of the French people, thanks largely to Rolinka. The whole Paris experience was a dream. "

Gary

Tour: 07/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent

Hazel

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Under the guidance of our tour leader, Rebecca, all went smoothly. There was just the right balance of planned group activities and time for independent exploration of Paris. I loved that we were taught how to use the Paris Metro and also learned a catchy phrase that referred to how to get thru the turnstiles...."Down, up..Push yourself thru..Change at Concord..Merci Beaucoup".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was drinking champagne and watching the Eiffel Tower "sparkle" at night. This was an optional event after our farewell dinner and I think the attendees would all agree that this was a perfect ending to our Paris stay."

Andrea

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second tour and we were very happy with both. Rebecca iz an outstanding tour manager. She made everything fun and added her own creative and extra events such as a wine and cheese lecture and a ribbon celebration the last night of the tour which was delightful! The activities were varied and the special guides were excellent. Rebecca made it easy to learn the Metro system and used the “buddy” system to keep us together. The hotel was very nice and the staff was extremely helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My “wow” was the tour of the Musee d’Orsay. The guide gave a wonderful progression of the birth of impression from Millet to Van Gogh. And even though there many other visitors the it felt as though we were the only people there. She was ver knowledgeable as were the other specialized guides."

Donna

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. Great time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versaill "

Kathleen

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second tour with Rick Steves Europe, and like last time it did not disappoint. I loved our room and all the perks our guide provided. And the small group size allowed us to get to know people from other cities in the US.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but the one that was most surprising and fun was the receiving and sharing of "ambassador pins" that Rebecca orchestrated on our last day. Such a great climax to this wonderful tour!"

Christopher

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was packed but left many opportunities to explore solo. Our tour guide Rebecca was knowledgable, amiable, and patient.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First day walking tour crossing one of the bridges on to Ile de la Cite and looking around at all the sights--I teared up! Guided tour of Musee d'Orsay was excellent. Though they were not included in the tour, exploring Pere Lachaise and Les Invalides solo were highlights for me."

Lisa

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was action packed, and exactly what I was hoping for. I learned a great deal about history, art, culture, food, and more. We experienced so much in one week-The walking tours of different areas of the city gave us insight into the past and present-day vibes. Our main guide, Rebecca, was amazing in every way. She showed us how to navigate and get around Paris with ease. She shared so much knowledge about all things French! What a fabulous tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the enormous scale of the grandeur of the many architectural feats in Paris (and Versailles) was mind-blowing. The French royalty really had a flair for the elaborate. I was amazed by the intricate and endless detail throughout the various structures we visited throughout the city. It was truly spectacular."

Donald

Tour: 06/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our second RS Tour. This time was as great as our "Best of Italy" tour last year. This time we opted for a tour that stayed in one city. Our guide Rebecca was outstanding in explaining how to navigate the city. The hotel location was excellent, I find that to be a RS trait, always a great location. A great value, just add up all the hotel costs, museum and metro passes, the meals, the wonderful guides and the tour costs seem very little for the value of the services.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed Montmartre with Chris. He managed to get us up the hill almost without effort, charming us with his stories. I would recommend the Montmartre Musee and Renoir's Garden for those who enjoy Impressionism. A truly magical place but not included on the tour. Go on your own, It's well worth it. You need to get your Eiffel tower reservations months in advance or walk up -always an option. A big Thanks to our guide Rebecca. Happy Travels."

Kim

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. Our tour guide Marie was fantastic, she truly cared about every member of our group. The Hotel Londres Eiffel is charming and has a nice continental breakfast (great coffee too). I enjoyed all the scheduled excursions and there was enough free time to see other sites on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impressionist paintings at the Musée D’Orsay; the guided tour was excellent. Also, seeing the Eiffel Tower suddenly while walking through our hotel neighborhood."

Erica

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed learning about the French culture and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we were on the boat tour, we went by the Eiffel Tower just as the twinkling lights came on!"

Kathy

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the moment we entered the hotel to our final group dinner, the tour was everything I hoped it would be and more. Our hosts at the hotel and our tour guide made Paris feel like home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Besides spending a full week with my daughter, the Orsay and Orangerie Museums on the last day were the highlights in terms of institutions visited. In terms of the social aspects, the group meals and the time spent exploring the shops and cafes along the Paris streets each day were fun experiences."

Hamid

Tour: 06/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel tower, Musée d’Orsay, San Chapelle,"

Trina

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We had a great time in Paris, loved loved loved the hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles was my "WOW" moment. Vincent was an excellent tour guide with so much flair and knowledge."

Todd

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on the tour of Paris, and all the people involved were terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our impressive tour guide Rolinka. Wow she is great!"

Rosalyn M

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's my first tour experience so I had nothing to compare it with But it went beyond my expectations in a very good way. First our tour guide Rolinka, she is a Paris specialist. She knows everything Paris. Well organized, very knowledgeable about history of Paris and at the same time there's a human personal touch in anything she did for Z'sus. As for tour members surprisingly we got along very well, there was a genuine warmth among us in spite of diversity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montmartre /Sacre-Coeur Basilica and River Cruise. I feel at "home" at Montmartre. Entering the Sacred Heart Church is"spiritually calming". Overlooking the city of Paris from the Basilica is an added bonus."

Jacqueline

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was a wonderful way to explore Paris. Everyday was something new and interesting. The tour guide made it easy to learn the city so we could explore on our own too. The hotel was adorable and very accommodating, the meals were terrific and the tour guide was awesome! We met some really nice people and had a fantastic time seeing the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride on the Seine was at the perfect time. We got to see the sun set and the Eiffel Tower sparkle."

Christina

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Unfortunately, my tour was cut short due to illness, but what I did get to experience was wonderful! Our tour guide, the hotel staff, and the Rick Steve’s representatives were also very helpful and accommodating in helping us get situated after illness struck.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was very impressed with the virtual reality experience at Notre Dame Cathedral. It was disappointing to not be able to enter the cathedral due to the reconstruction, and this was a really fun way to blend learning about the past with today’s technology. It gave me a better feeling of what the surrounding area looked like when it was originally being built, and that’s hard to “feel” with pictures or drawings. "

Marc

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect introduction to Paris

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monet water Lilly paintings that wrapped the room in the Orangerie."

Sarah

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The RSE tour was excellent and exceeded all my expectations. I have been on tours before but nothing like this. Looking forward to booking my next trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was amazing...but the Museum de'Orsay was my favorite. Not only was the artwork amazing, but the building is architectural beautiful! "

Johanna

Tour: 06/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide was knowledgeable and fun - hands down one of the best ways to experience Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride on the Seine was beautiful!"

Clarissa

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Due to my age, I found the tour to be a challenge. At the same time, I feel a sense of pride that I met it. The group was very congenial, the hotel was in a good location and our tour guide very knowledgeable, helpful and fun. I’ve taken many tours with other companies but this one was my favorite.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris has so much to offer, so many spectacular sights to take in, it’s difficult to pinpoint a favorite. In my opinion, it’s the French people who provide the “wow”."

Angela

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although I have been to Paris before, this was the first for both my nieces and sister. We had a blast! They fell in love with Paris - how can you not - and vowed to visit again. We're considering taking another RS tour in 2026.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in front of Eiffel Tower with nieces."

Rebecca

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour. Sadly, we were canceled for the Louvre tour which was a big disappointment. Our Louvre guide took us to an alternate location and we did get to do the virtual Notre Dame experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being canceled for the Louvre! "

Charlene

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent hotel location, very helpful staff, learned to navigate Paris using public transportation, excellent guide, small friendly tour group, saw lots of highlights of the City and Versailles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Chappelle stained glass. Also loved knowing how to use the Metro to get all over Paris. I felt very independent but I always had someone to go to if needed."

Kathryn

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Vero, was fabulous. She was organized, always on time, energetic, cheerful. I also really appreciated her deep knowledge of Paris and the way she shared its history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Musée d'Orsay was my favorite. We had a very good guide inside the museum. I also loved the Espace virtual tour of the Notre Dame."

Shirley

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed Paris. Marie, our guide, was friendly and instructive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Versailles was my wow moment. "

Eva

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very informative, excellent guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Orsay museum"

Thomas

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great group of Rick Steves travelers helped make the tour. Good mix of sites and neighborhoods. Good hotel near the Rue Cler shops and restaurants. Our guide Marie was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My biggest surprise was the village at Montmarte. Charming. The guest guide was informative and fun!"

Kelly

Tour: 05/29/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Husband and I had a wonderful time on the Tour. Marie, our Tour Guide was well informative with a lovely personality. Each day there was a selective new place to experience and was in Awe with Paris and its history not to mention picture moments everywhere throughout. Paris is amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our WOW moment was the boat cruise on the Seine River looking at all the buildings against the blue sky while the sun was setting and then approached the Eiffel Tower as it lit up with the moon in the background."

Latrelle

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the most organized and best trip I have experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it!! The expert tour guides did an excellent job."

Phyllis

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was very different from other RS tours I have taken. Being in a single city for a whole week was a vast change for me. I was surprised at the extent of the "time on my own". Without the "bus time" of other tours, there is a lot more time in the day to be on your own. Getting to know the Paris metro was a game changer and really helped me see more of the city. Our guide was instrumental in helping me gain the confidence to explore Paris on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was not a scheduled tour activity. Several of us were bummed that we could not see Notre Dame and our guide told us about the Notre Dame Virtual Reality Tour. She helped several of us secure tickets and even went with us to make sure we got set up OK. At the end, we all looked at each other with mouths agape and all we kept saying was "wow, I am so glad we got to do this". Hey Rick, at least as long as the cathedral is closed, add this to your tour activities!!"

Paul

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip is a dream come true. We have been a fan of Rick Steves since the 90's and finally Dream Fulfilled! Thank you Rick.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For my wife, the Eiffel Tower, specially the River Cruise, me the Versailles. Also, the Virtual Tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral is Must Do until it is ready for tours. Walking along the Seine River in the evening was also Memorable. Our Love if Paris is IN SEINE!"

Jane

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a really great experience! We loved our guide, Rolinka. She forged bonds with all members of our group and was so helpful, not only during planned excursions, but also during other aspects of our Parisian experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staff at our hotel was wonderful! When heading out for a picnic on the Champs de Mars, we asked for a corkscrew. The desk clerk supplied us with a picnic basket, wine glasses and a blanket for our use, Some locals mistook us for natives because our set up looked "so Parisian"!"

Heather

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rolinka was wonderful Enjoyed everything….it would have been better if Notre Dame 3D experience was included

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower "

Brian

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour overall - our guide Rolinka was terrific, the hotel was very nice in the perfect location. The experience was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sainte-Chappelle stained-glass windows were unexpected and quite impressive. Really enjoyed our guide at the Musee d'Orsay who taught us how to look at paintings. "

Roy

Tour: 05/28/23

I loved our tour guide Rolinka; she was knowledgeable, engaging, understanding, flexible and great at keeping us on schedule. The tour sites (museums, palaces, cathedrals, etc.) were great and the walk abouts in the different neighborhoods interesting. My only complaint was with the scheduling: i.e., walking the Marias in the morning and then doing the Louvre in the afternoon. The Louvre was hot and packed which quickly drained everyone's energy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Saint Chapelle Chapel, the stained glass windows and the delicate stonework creating an inviting atmosphere. Again the crowds sucked."

Jennifer

Tour: 05/28/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 7 days in Paris tour was everything I dreamed and more. It far surpassed my expectations, and was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on the great lawn in front of the Eiffel tower at sunset, simply watching the people live their lives. The atmosphere was magical."

Mary

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw so many of the top sights in Paris. Wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Based on the number of photos taken, the iconic Eiffel Tower. "

Amy

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a first time visitor to Paris, I thought the tour was a great intro to the city. Our guide, Rolinka, was fun, knowledgeable, and gave us the info we would need to feel comfortable getting around on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I’m not sure that I had a favorite “wow” moment. But I think the neighborhood walks are what I enjoyed the most. "

Brian

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time in Paris, and France as well, and we enjoyed every minute of it. The city was vibrant, the tour guide was very knowledgeable, and gave us a great sense of the culture, the people and the history behind the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's tough to pick out a favorite moment because we had so many of them, but the Palace at Versailles, was just amazing. Seeing all the gold leaf, marble, statues, and pictures everywhere. I'm amazed the revolution didn't occur sooner."

Teri

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed the variety of walking and sightseeing experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed everything."

Brooke

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my very first Rick Steve's tour. My Nana wanted to surprise me and I was surprised when she decided to tell me where we were going one day before the trip. Everything was perfect. Rolenka our guide was amazing. I definitely will have to return to Paris and see more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it would be the Eiffel Tower. I never could imagine the size and pictures don't do it justice. At night we sat in the garden and watched the light performance. After seeing it 6 times I never tired of it. "

Ellen

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and enjoyed everything about the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris was just one big wow after another. Honestly can’t pick one thing."

Carmel

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide covered everything clearly, helpful tips with being on our own...excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the neighborhoods "

Catherine

Tour: 05/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide and local experts

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gardens at Versailles "

James

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour: well managed; fun experiences; valuable free time scheduled into tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sacre Coeur--it was huge inside and the views of Paris from its steps were breath-taking."

Jacie

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience all around. Our tour guide Tina Hiti thought of everything and treated us like a member of her family. We felt safe and well cared for every step of the way. My husband has celiac disease and she made extensive efforts to provide him with gluten free snacks and dining options. She was wonderful and so fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning how to use the metro and trains. It allowed us to explore so much more when we were on our own. "

Kristine

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Paris! Our tour guide, Tina, was wonderful- knowledgeable, totally helpful, thoughtful, fun and responsible. We saw so much of Paris in one week... just the right mix of guided tours and free time. We fell in love with the beautiful city. Our tour group got along so well and we were sad to say goodbyes on the last evening. We highly recommend Rick Steves' tours and plan to go on more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick one favorite... standing in front of Van Gogh's Starry Night, stained glass windows in Sainte-Chapelle, twinkling lights on the Eiffel Tower at night, fresh and warm crispy croissants, champagne!"

Maureen

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the balance of guided activities and free time. I also really appreciated that our guide taught us to be independent and navigate the complex Paris Metro system, enabling us to travel and explore on our own. This was invaluable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favourite wow moment was our guide, Tina, arranging a wine tasting experience and teaching us how to decipher wine labels in France."

Sterling

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sylvia

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Paris was crowded in May. Our guide did her best to help us with this situation .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel Tower blinking on Seine River cruise."

Neal

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I think it was very good. Early May must be one of the busiest times in Paris. There were literally just too many people trying to utilize all of the wonderful sites of Paris. The museums were almost unapproachable. Previously we have visited Paris in the dead of winter and found it much more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monet’s home and gardens. However, this was a day trip and not part of the tour. "

Amy

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! I wish it had been longer but I got a terrific impression of this amazing city!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles"

Joann

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour which was well organized. I appreciated that free time was available every day for personal explorations. Our guide was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles was spectacular."

Vickie

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a really good time. Marie, our guide knew exactly what she was doing, how to introduce and keep together more than 25 oohing and awing adults. Our hotel, Hotel Duquesne Eiffel was perfect. The location, the staff, the amenities, all of it. I have already recommended it to several others. The itenerary was busy but still allowed us free time, which I liked. Being able to have training for the metro, train and bus was important for us first timers. Bypassing the lines were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's hard to say. Pretty much everything was a "wow" moment. I supposed knowing that I was walking were great writers and artists and kings and queens had once walked, was pretty sobering. But for me, to see the Eiffel Tower for the first time, brought tears to my eyes. "

Kathleen

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent city tour. Great itinerary & very educational. Loved the loaded Metro card & museum pass. One of my life goals is to learn how to use local public transportation wherever I go. Now I am very comfortable taking the Metro & buses in Paris. I can get anywhere in beautiful Paris. I’ll be back to the City of Light.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening Seine River cruise was wonderful & the Eiffel Tower was the highlight with the spectacular light show. Magnificent. "

Barbara

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect and most efficient way to see Paris!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Impressionist art at the Musee D’Orsay"

Tina

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first time to Paris and I left feeling like I saw the main highlights of the city on the tour in addition to some on my own. I can now see why everyone absolutely loves Paris!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the night boat cruise on The Seine River and seeing The Eiffel Tower light up and twinkle at night! Plus I loved hearing the senior class of students on our boat singing and just having a blast! "

Marilyn

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good mix of activities with reasonable free time to pursue own interests. Knowledgeable guide and small size group made it easy to travel. Having museum and metro passes is great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Orsay Museum. Wonderful collection and crowd not too overwhelming. "

Michael

Tour: 05/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guides were interesting and fun. Marie especially! The hotel was great and the location was perfect. The staff was helpful and patient. Each day was planned well and our guides Marie organized our movements throughout Paris with ease. I would definitely recommend the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking out onto our hotel balcony and seeing the Eiffel Tower (Le Tour Eiffel) in the distance."

Ken

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles."

Gloria

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Positive experience. Liked the historical information and context given.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles and Sainte-Chapelle."

Irene

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Week in Paris tour was truly outstanding in all aspects. The sights are top notch, and there are more “must see” sights than actually can be visited in a week. Our primary tour guide, Arnaud, took great pride in teaching us some basics of French culture and language, as well as taking us around the city, teaching us the Metro and train system, and educating us about the sights we visited together. The food at the group meals was excellent, as was our hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles, Sainte Chapelle, the Orsay art museum, and the Sacre Coeur Basilica are among the greatest sights in the world. Seeing the Eiffel Tower from up close all lit up at night from a boat on the Seine river may have been the greatest “wow” moment of them all."

Faye

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour guide who educated and entertained us with history of Paris. The itinerary was well thought out and allowed us time to explore on our own. Learning how to use the metro and buses was an added plus - it gave us confidence to try something new!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sacre Couer and the Montmartre day was perfect - close second was Versailles on a beautiful spring day to enjoy the gardens."

Thomas

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing! Since my wife and I had never been to Paris before we felt this tour would be the best use of our time to see and do things as a group and on our own - we were NOT disappointed! Our guide, Arnaud is fantastic. His flair of sharing his knowledge of history and of Paris today was often amusing. always insightful and never dull. All of the guides he selected for different sites were wonderful as well - especially his former teacher!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Once, our train had shut down several stops early. Arnaud, gathering us and his thoughts, took us on an impromptu walking tour to get us to our destination! We loved it. Our private wow moment was after going up the Eiffel tower we took a walk along Av. Joseph Bouvard, we came to the middle of the park with a direct view of the tower.Just then, the sparkling lights on the tower lit up as if just for us - Paris magic!"

Sharon

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall is was a very good tour experience. Offering lots of opportunities to explore more of Paris during free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite “wow” moment was the Seine cruise and seeing the Eiffel Tower light show!"

David

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Paris is a learning experience. Where to go. What it means. How to get there by metro, bus, or by walking. It builds confidence to return to France and Europe for more traveling adventures. Being in a neighborhood, sharing the experience with like-minded travelers, world-class guides - it all adds up to an outstanding experience that exceeds expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seine River cruise after dark and watching the Eiffel Tower light up and start blinking with my favorite person right by my side. It might sound very touristy, but it really is a wow moment that shouldn't be missed."

Andria

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have never traveled to Paris and never been on a guided tour. THIS WAS AMAZING. I will certainly do this again. Paris is my new favorite city. We are going again for my birthday November 2023 on our own. the skills taught by your guide was priceless. We are now confident riders of the metro and Paris bus system.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ABSOLUTELY the first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower. Meeting other travelers and learning about them. SO FUN."

Joseph

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great organization and there was a very solid logistical support

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles was very impressive. The food was also very good. Gregoire suggested a restaurant: "Bouillon Racine" "

Sharon

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved Paris and all the tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower when I walk out the door of our hotel. Love Marie Anntonetts garden. Very disappointed that the gardens at Versailles were not planted and it was elbow to elbow in the castle. "

Eugenie

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fabulous! Our group was composed of interesting, congenial people which contributed to the great success of the tour. There was a good mix of the history, culture, and and atmosphere of Paris with plenty of time for exploration in the neighborhoods. The guides were outstanding which is to be expected in a Rick Steve's Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments! My favorite was the gathering of our group after our Fair Well Dinner, on the great lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower. We watched, with delight, the sparkling of the Tower and enjoyed a group circle of sharing our "best moments" ending with our group picture. "

Erica

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Gregoire was a fabulous tour guide. Having everything planned for us but also some free time was a great mix. The independent guides at various places were a real value add. The group itself was great, easy to get along with. So glad I went with the RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cruise on the Seine, when Gregoire brought out champagne! And it stopped raining long enough for our tour. Then we saw the Eiffel tower sparkle on our way back to hotel. Magical."

Lisa

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great itinerary. We were busy seeing all the sights and getting good background/history. It was nice to have some free time to have dinner on our own & do our own thing. Our guide, Gregoire, was friendly, knowledgeable & helpful. The staff at the hotel was also helpful. The hotel is in a beautiful neighborhood. The rooms are small; I was able to wedge my suitcase on one side of the bed, but not enough room on the other side. Housekeeping was really good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course, the sights and museums were incredible. But a highlight was the Seine boat ride; fun to chat with other tour members while we all walked around taking pictures. Our tour guide was available during this time too. And, another highlight, was at the end of the tour, when our guide brought us to the Eiffel Tower after dinner so we could all admire the twinkling lights together."

Robert

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour gave me exactly what I wanted - access to the sights I hoped to see, and free time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the guides and the guided walks through neighborhoods. I would never have found such interesting areas to explore, and the guides added so much history and current information to the experience so I could appreciate the areas even more. The guides at the Orsay Museum and at Versailles were also outstanding; they added more to the experience than I would ever have imagined."

Victoria

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything, tours, hotel, food excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gardens of Versailles "

Gary

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the location of our hotel. Amazing guides. Excellent choice of locations to visit on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can’t choose. They were all wow worthy. "

Robert

Tour: 05/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The sights selected for the tour gave us a superb diversity of Paris in a very short time. Each day was filled with exciting events and venues visited. The hotel was central to all our activities including lots of good eateries. All the daily guides were extremely knowledgeable and made their presentations interesting. The only downside was that Rick could have ordered somewhat better weather!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A toss up between the d'Orsay and Marais district tour. Loved the description of the houses and stories told while touring the Marais district. Our guide through the d'Orsay was most excellent in her description of the paintings and their history. We got tremendous insight into the lives and times of both the painters and the history of Paris. Were able to see individual paintings up close."

Liz

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Rolinka, was amazing and the experience of seeing Paris with her guidance was incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was seeing the Eiffel Tour sparkle after dark."

Carrie

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely love Rolinka our tour guide, and all the wonderful experiences of Paris!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Last restaurant we ate at Vin et Marée Local guides we met: Brad in the Marais Vincent in Versailles Joelle in the Orsay Extra activity at the 3 D show of Notre Dame Sainte Chapelle All of Rolinka’s wonderful stories about Paris as we walked, and the treats she bought us"

Billee

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fast-paced, interesting, informative and so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our group did the Virtual Reality tour of Notre Dame. That was truly a one of a kind experience. All the sights of Paris are wonderful and many had me saying, “wow!”"

Kathy

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been to France before this trip. The Hotel Londres Eiffel was outstanding. I loved our room and the staff was extremely helpful. Rolinka was a terrific guide - interesting and informative, fun, professional, and adaptable. Our walks in Monmartre and Marais were both rainy. Rolinka made sure we got breaks from the rain as well as treats to help keep our spirits up. The group on this trip was a lot of fun and really clicked. The group meals were all delicious and memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having never been in Paris before, it's very hard to pick a "wow" moment; it was a "wow" trip. However, walking back from our first group meal, a few of us wandered by the Eiffel Tower just as it started to twinkle. Wow! What a great way to kick off the week."

Rudolph

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even with the rain and wind it was a fabulous. Seeing the many things I've only seen photos of or read about - Saint-Chapelle and Notre Dame, the Louvre, Versailles - or being greeted by the Eiffel each morning as we left the hotel was a thrill. Each day our guide, the energetic Rolinka, took us on a new adventure, treating us to "cultural events" (l'incroyable from Aux Merveilleau de Fred) and working her "Rolinka magic" to smooth things out as we explored Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had "wow" moments. In retrospect, the ease and simplicity of getting around Paris using the Navigo Découverte card and public transportation. So this is what it means to have quality public transportation."

Judy

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though we didn’t have the best weather our guide made sure we had a wonderful time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 3 D tour of the Norte Dam "

Susan

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This tour was our least favorite of the 4 Rick Steves tours that we have taken. We liked our guide and thought she did a good job. Unfortunately the weather in Paris was quite poor the week that we were there. It was cold and very wet, making the tour far less enjoyable than it could have been.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eternal Notre Dame 3D Virtual Experience was the Highlight of this tour. This experience was Incredible!!! This was by far the absolute Best thing that we did on this tour, and we know that it is not a part of the regular tour. We want to thank our guide Rolinka for making this happen. This 3D Experience should be Added to ALL the Paris Tours. It was educational, exciting and overall Outstanding!!! "

David

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Everything I expected and so much more. The tour members were all friendly and enjoyable to be around. The tour guide, Rolinka, was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think just realizing I was in Paris. Definitely a bucket list trip. "

Michael

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful visit to Paris, beautiful architecture, great food and drink, amazing history, and lovely people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving up to and seeing for the first time Arc de Triomphe"

Maria

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With our guide, ROLINKA, Paris came alive. ROLINKA was very detailed in a fun way. I brought my daughter and granddaughter and they were just thrilled to experience what the tour gave us. We had wonderful visits to museums and a great metro lesson. Our free time was filled with recommendations from ROLINKA and we felt completely comfortable walking around the city. The beautiful buildings, the people, the food, oh my, we were in a Paris dream and still are!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOW moments but one in particular. We had the 3-D experience at Notre Dame. Having never participated in any virtual activities, I was completely blown away by the detail. We were submersed in the early construction and history of the beautiful, spiritual landmark. To be inside and to be up in the rafters, and so close to the spire and flying buttresses takes your breath away. I would do this 3-D experience again, in a heartbeat! "

Diane

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First of all, our tour guide, Claire made our experience extra special! The tour overall is very informative from the museums, monuments, culture, and with French history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been to Paris a few times and I have seen the Eiffel Tower before. My "wow" moment is the fact that our hotel was located with walking distance from the Iron Lady. Having the opportunity to walk to the Eiffel Tower every night and seeing her lite up is truly and a "wow" moment for me. "

Patricia

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I feel very happy that I chose this tour. I feel like I had a wonderful introduction to perhaps the most beautiful city I have ever seen. Claire, our tour guide, was excellent; the Hotel Londres Eiffel was exceptional; the sites chosen to visit (with the exception of the Louvre) were very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moments were on the Seine River cruise. Every moment was just breathtakingly beautiful. Afterwards, many tour participants and our tour guide stood on a bridge over the Seine and waited for the Eiffel Tower to begin to "sparkle.""

Sheree

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved seeing so much more of Paris

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After our boat trip we stood on the bridge and watched and waited for the Eiffle Tower to light up and sparkle it was amazing."

Warren

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was perfect, even the weather. Hotel location couldn’t have been better. As older travelers my wife and I, in our 70’s, enjoyed being in the heart of Paris and with in walking distance of the Metro and many of the sights that we wanted to see and visit. Your guides were top notch, personable and very encouraging in our experiencing Europe the “Rick Steves way”. And that is exactly what we signed up for! Thanks for the experience of a life time, again. We look forward more tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A better understanding of why Paris has a “cafe culture”! It wouldn’t have happened without the sharing by our tour guide Claire. "

Gregory

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stained glass windows in Sainte-Chapelle on a sunny day. They were amazing."

Barbara

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved this 7 day tour of Paris. Hotel was in the ideal location to access all of the popular sites of Paris and the staff was amazing. Our tour guide, Claire, was magnificent. Couldn't have asked for a more friendly, knowledgable, kind person to show us around Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when I realized that everywhere I looked there was immense beauty and such deep history right in front of me."

Kathleen

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I spent two days before the tour wandering through Paris and enjoying the sights. When our tour guide, Claire, started the official tour, we learned so much about the city, it's history, the food culture, and its people.Suddenly, Paris came alive in unexpected ways. It was priceless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cruise on the Seine at night - such a wonderful and unexpected experience that I might never have chosen. So amazing. "

Leonard

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles "

Elizabeth

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our seven day tour in Paris was just amazing! Claire was the most fantastic guide we could have asked for, who provided little extras to our group all week long. The hotel was clean, comfortable, and centrally-located. The staff were all so friendly! Our "expert" guides shared so much fascinating information during our tours of the Marais, Versailles, and Musee d'Orsay. The pace of the tour was well-timed and the group dinners were delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering Sainte-Chapelle was breath taking!"

Jeannette

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome! Our tour guide Claire was phenomenal!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment for me was seeing the Eiffel Tower. We have expectations of sites we have dreamed of seeing but seeing it in person was my "WOW" moment."

Jo Anne

Tour: 04/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Claire was the best guide I have had! Knowledgeable, personable, very accommodating! Our hotel was also in a great location for touring the city. The metro made it very easy to get around!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sparkling Eiffel Tower and D’Orsay Museum!"

Dale Rogoff

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "Best of Paris" was our 4th RS tour. Great tour group. Daniela, our guide, was wonderful - knowledgeable, with a fun sense of humor, very engaging. Daniela helped us build confidence in navigating such a big crowded city. We had such a nice time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our final dinner together, then a boat ride on the Seine, followed by seeing the Eiffel Tower nightly light show as we walked back to our hotel. The 14-year old in our tour group was awed by the twinkling Eiffel Tower lights! Her excitement made all of us smile!"

Denise

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, great hotel, excellent guide, nice group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Versailles for the first time—no wonder there was a revolution! Such ostentation when so many were poor and hungry"

Shelaine

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not having been on a tour before, I wasn't sure what to expect but had a good idea of what I hoped to experience. This tour exceeded all of my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments included looking up into the stained glass at Sainte-Chapelle, and seeing The Orangerie at the Gardens of Versailles for the first time."

Frederick

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was interesting and well-organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Seine River evening cruise."

Anne

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide, Daniela Wedel, was exceptional, with background in art history & architecture, her organizational abilities, kindness and great sense of humor. Tour was well organized with museum passes and Metro pass & reservations to all the art museums and Versailles. Food was excellent. Breakfast had superb coffee, pastry, yogurt. Dinners excellent. Hotel very nice, great staff, great amenities. People taking tour with me were gracious and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last day of the tour was my birthday. It was a perfect day. We visited the Orsay & Le Orangerie Museums. I love Impressionist art, so seeing these masterpieces was incredible. The dinner was excellent and the chef honored me with a candle on my desert. The night ended with a cruise on the Seine & the sunset was breathtaking. It made me feel like I was in an Impressionist painting. Daniela also went out of her way to make my birthday special. I will always remember this day. "

David

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cathye

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the major sites and attractions were covered. Well organized with excellent guides for all aspects of of the trip which helped to provide an even greater sense of history and perspective. Luckily none of the recent demonstrations adversely impacted any part of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sunset river cruise was wisely moved to the last evening to take advantage of better weather. What a beautiful evening to complete our trip,"

Gary

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very Complete and informative !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montmarte and the the Boatride at Sundet"

Bruce

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well done. Thoughtfully planned. So helpful re: learning how to navigate the city on public transit. Hotel was in a great location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our group included a family (dad, mom, their teenaged daughter, maybe 14-15 years old). When I heard their daughter gasp loudly with unrestrained joy and delight after seeing a sparkling Eiffel Tower after dark, for the first time, I thought that this trip was worth every penny! Experiencing the joy and fascination of co-travelers adds to my own experience. "

Kathleen

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montmartre"

Laura

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotel was lovely and situated in a very good area. Close to the Eiffel Tower and lots of shops nearby. Our trips on the metro and bus went very smoothly. Marie, our guide, and Gregoir, the assistant took very good care of us. Answering questions, giving us history and current events in good measure. We had to change plans due to the strikes but overall, it went quite well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the second story of St. Chappelle was quite the "wow" moment! We had plenty of time to take pictures and gaze upward. Marie gave us the history in our ear while we looked up in awe. "

Edward

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought everything about the tour was very well done, the tour guide was excellent. I just had trouble keeping up!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Chappell, the Mona Lisa"

Kathy

Tour: 04/16/23

Extremely enjoyable tour experience. The accommodations were outstanding and the tour guide, Marie was very good. The tour Greg, who was shadowing Marie, was also very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were 2. The gardens at Versailles and the Louvre tour"

Jacki

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first time to Paris !! What a beautiful, clean city, and lovely locals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I say the laundromat across the street from the hotel, how silly does this sound? Actually, it was a joy to be able to do my laundry a couple of times in a modern facility. Now, so many things to state were a "wow", but I loved the various neighborhoods away from city centre, especially the Latin Quarter and Montmartre. There is nothing quite like the view from the hilltop of Montmartre."

Thomas

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Busy, intense, interesting, tiring, inspiring, educational, nonstop fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View from Montmartre. "

Charles

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. Marie and Gregoir did a great job and we liked our guides at the museums and neighborhoods we toured.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Starry Night specifically and the Orsay generally. "

Louise

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided a wonderful introduction to everything Paris has to offer including how to get around on the Metro system, the history of Paris (all the King Louis' and Napoleon), and how to eat like a Parisian! The tour left us enough free time to visit other highlights including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomph, and Napoleon's tomb. The 6-day Paris Museum pass and the Metro pass were extremely helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of all the places that we saw including the Louvre, Montemarte, the Orsay Museum, Maraisse District, Santa Chappelle, the thing that stand far and above everything else are the Gardens at Versailles."

Mary

Tour: 04/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 7-day Paris tour was more than I could imagine. Our guide, Rolinka Bloeming, was amazing and easy-going! I would highly recommend this tour to others. We toured various districts of the city, multiple and magnificent museums, churches, and enjoyed great group dinners at amazing restaurants. The hotel was in close proximity to the Eiffel Tower, shops, bakeries, cafés, and restaurants. The hotel staff also provided excellent service.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" or should I say "Oh la la" moment was touring the Louvre and seeing the Mona Lisa, along with other grand art pieces, and sculptures like the Venus de Milo. "

Stephen

Tour: 04/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Besides seeing the sights around Paris with Rolinka, she taught us how to use the Metro and the commuter trains. In the future, we'd definitely feel comfident going around Paris ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The second story of Saint Chapelle."

Robert

Tour: 04/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our time in Paris was wonderful. We experienced as much as possible during our Rick Steves tour. We will definitely go on another trip with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Musee d'Orsay and the Rodin Museum. I also liked how our guide, Rolinka, showed the group how to use all of the modes of transportation in navigating Paris."

Tammy

Tour: 04/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were thrilled with the accommodations, the delicious meals, the excursions and our wonderful guides, especially Rolinka!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the exquisite stained glass hall of Sainte-Chapelle was such a stunning experience! Learning so much history from our knowledgeable guides was a special bonus! "

Mable

Tour: 04/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were extremely informative and engaging. There was a good balance of group time vs alone time. Provided meals were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Saint-Chapelle & also seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle for the first time with my own eyes.😍"

Melissa

Tour: 04/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour, so the bar was set pretty high. Happy to report this tour was every bit the quality and value as the first. Top notch sites, guides (Rolinka, our main guide, is spectacular), group dinners and experiences. We rave about these tours to anyone who will listen - such a great value and learn and see so much more than if we were going it on our own. Perfect balance of structure and independence. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eiffel Tower shimmering at night and Sainte-Chapelle are among many jaw-dropping sights in Paris!"

Maureen

Tour: 04/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

my daughter in law, 13 year old granddaughter and I had a fabulous time in Paris. The planned tours with Marie and the selected guides on walks and museums was wonderful and well planned out. we really enjoyed our free time, to walk around or just relax with a coffee and cold drink.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the walking tour in Montmarte and in Marais arrondissements, the loved the museum tours guides. "

Nicole

Tour: 04/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nalini

Tour: 04/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it! I enjoyed that we had balance of guided time and free time, utilized the metro and buses, and had a variety of guides in addition to our main guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the walking tours! "

Michelle

Tour: 04/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour. We went into it without any expectations. The detail into each day and the care our tour guide gave us was outstanding. We can't say enough good things about it. It was an amazing trip and we look forward to doing another tour soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day spent at the Palace of Versailles. The garden tour was truly a highlight, wish we had more time to explore it."

Joann

Tour: 03/26/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide Julie was fabulous! She guided us through the busy Paris streets, introducing us to the Metro, buses, and trains. It was a full week, with insights into the Paris culture and in-depth tours of neighborhoods and museums. I thought 7 days would be too much . . . it was not enough to get all the sights and experiences in! Luckily, Julie has prepared us to go back to Paris confidently on our own!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hands down - Versailles, especially Marie Antoinette's charming hamlet."

Sandra

Tour: 03/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour was excellent - all I hoped for and more. Our tour guide Julie was exceptional in her breadth of knowledge, her sense of humor and patience, and her ability to get us to where we needed to go despite the pension strikes. The chic little hotel (Londres Eiffel) was close to everything we needed and the staff was extremely helpful. I had a great time and highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our walking tour of Montmartre was extremely informative and we had a great time with our guide and Brad the guest guide. "

Ann

Tour: 03/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our tour. There were many little and big details that were thought out for us and made my first experience in Paris a great one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding bicycles around Versailles! "

Addison

Tour: 03/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Julie is the best tour guide ever- she made it incredible we love her and want her to do all France tours

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The love Julie bestowed on all tour members with champagne and wine tasting events "

David

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and photographing the Statue of Thomas Paine in Parc Montsouris in Paris. More Americans will soon learn about Mr. Paine's crucial contributions to their liberties and freedom. We should have a monument and statue honoring Mr. Paine in Washington, D.C by 2026. 250 years after he published a pamphlet in Philadelphia in January 1776 titled "Common Sense." That pamphlet "furnished every thought which now glitters in the Declaration of Independence." Character limit ends comments. "

Jillian

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was amazing, the hotel was beautiful and everything was so well organized! It was a great experience for my first time in Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower all lit up from the street while we were walking to our boat tour. "

Cynthia

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide was top notch, people in our tour group were wonderful, great hotel and neighborhood. This was my first Rick Steves tour, but it will not be my last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is not really a singular "wow" moment, but I was very impressed by our guide's ability to switch up the schedule and manage to get us to everything originally planned for the tour despite French strikes and demonstrations. "

Rachel

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We learned so much about French history and culture, which is the reason we travel in the first place. We loved our guide who was French but had lived in the US which made her guidance so complimentary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stained glass at San Chappelle. Amazing architecture and great workmanship. It was breath taking."

Machelle

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This, like other Rick Steves' tours I've taken, was absolutely wonderful. Our tour guide, Virginnie, was a delight and the change in plans so we could see everything on the itinerary was most welcome as seeing these would have been difficult due to planned strikes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles hands down as well as how nice the French were. I've heard so many stories of them not liking Americans but I did not find that to be the case at all. "

Sandra

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience. Our guide Virginie was amazing . She made everyone feel safe and her experience and knowledge as a tour guide was evident. We were there during the strikes and she was able to make quick decisions so that our trip was not affected. We had an experience in Paris that we would not have been able to have without being on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to choose just one . I would have to say the museums. I saw art that I had always dreamed of seeing and the guides that came along were so knowledgable and able to keep me involved and interested. One wow was walking into the room with Monet waterlilies. Virginie secured that reservation for us as well. Another wow was the food. Our meals together we at amazing restaurants. . "

Erick

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide was great, and took really good care of us. Everyone on the tour was a joy to be with. The hotel staff was the best I have ever encountered, a home away from home. I enjoy history, and I definitely received a crash course in France’s history. We were able to see the highlights of Paris, and it did not disappoint.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the village like atmosphere of Montmarte, it was not what I expected. "

Curtis

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Tour guide Virginie was excellent. We were not impressed with value received for the money. We are proficient European travelers and have traveled throughout Europe on our own and with tour groups, and found the price of the tour to not correlate with the value received (hotel, length of daily tour, sites included). We enjoyed Virginie very much and fellow travelers, but will use other tour companies in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Sainte-Chapelle"

Daniel

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall I really enjoyed my experience. We had a very good group and we really enjoyed each other. I would think the group you end up can affect your trip a lot. Our guides were amazing. I can tell they were truly passionate about the subject matter and did a very job managing the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing food. The sights and the different tours were great but the food was the best part. "

Barb

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With strikes, demonstrations and limited garbage pickup in some areas of Paris, I was so impressed with our guide. Virginie was aware of strike days and how it could affect our itinerary. I didn’t care if I saw Versailles on Thursday or Tuesday. She was able to change train tickets, access, … So thankful I was on a Rick Steves tour with our knowledgeable, personable guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My “wow” moment was seeing the large Monet water lilies pieces at Orangerie. "

Colleen

Tour: 02/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an art, history, culture and architecture immersion into the City of Paris. Our guide was terrific, and local guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The museum pass and Metro pass allowed us to explore the City on our own, with guidance from our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into Sainte Chapelle, seeing the sunlight through the stained glass windows, made us stand in awe and appreciation of the artisans and engineers who created this treasure for posterity. "

Patricia

Tour: 02/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a well planned, well organized exploration of Paris! Rolinka was a truly excellent guide..great at explaining what was happening and adding her own “flavor” to the days with her interesting stories and antidotes.I’d been to Paris before but now I feel confident enough to be able to say that I do know Paris!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The museums were wonderful but probably my favorite moment or day was the exploration of the Montmartre district. So beautiful and eclectic. The views up by the Sacre-Coeur were truly awe-inspiring."

Christina

Tour: 02/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and we've been very impressed. The tour had a great balance of organized group outings followed by free time to explore Paris. Our tour guide Rolinka was outstanding! She was a great wealth of knowledge, fostered confidence in us to explore Paris safely on our own, and got us passed super long lines and into all the major sightseeings in the blink of an eye. We also had outstanding museum/art history guides for several outings. Highly recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day brought new, outstanding experiences. My favorite ones where standing inside Stainte Chapelle while sunlight flooded though the stained glass windows listening to choral music which Rolinka played via our headsets (magical). Seeing Monet's water lily's at l'Orangerie did not realize how large these paintings are and capturing light at different times of the day."

John

Tour: 02/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

When I look back at my trip I think the over all experience was good. However, I don't spear French and I did not expect the people I met to speak English. So I found this challenging. Our tour guide, Rolink, was great. She had quite a job keeping us all together and covering the ground she did. I think if anything their was too many of us. Twenty-five is quite a crowd to be moving along the streets of Paris. Paris was cold. Next time I'll take a warmer jacket.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hall of mirrors at Versailles and woman sculpture in one of the museums we visited.Going through the Orsay with guide Joelle was excellent. "

Sharon

Tour: 02/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rolinka, our tour guide, was a gem. She ensured not only we enjoyed our tours, but also ensured our entire stay in Paris was memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Silly though it might be, one of my favorite moments of the tour was watching Rolinka show us the difference between the way American women walk and the way French women walk. During our tour we happened upon a French women who then exactly replicated the walk Rolinka had shown us."

Kelly

Tour: 02/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Norma

Tour: 02/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around with the tour guide and the group to see so much of Paris "

Christianne

Tour: 02/12/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour guides were so genuine, helpful and educated us to be able to get around to make the most of our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's hard to decide. We had such a great group that it was easy to enjoy each day. I did like exploring the food!"

Lois

Tour: 02/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour itinerary well thought out & always interesting. Best part of tour enthusiasm of director & interested tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow!!: Eiffel Tour at night; expert guide at Musee d’Orsay was incredible in telling us the story of the beginnings of modern art. "

When To Go & Weather

Paris is a vibrant city to visit nearly year-round. However, the months of April, May, September, and October are best for combining the convenience of peak season with generally good weather and lighter crowds. Visiting between November and March, the weather is colder and wetter, but the city still feels lively and has the benefit of being less touristy.

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour hotel is included in your tour confirmation email as well as the Itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your tour hotel in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of Paris' Charles de Gaulle (CDG) or Orly (ORY) airports.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Paris guidebook.