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  • 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 $1,895 per person + air

Single Supplement $725

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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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What's Included

You'll get at least 11 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
  • Paris panoramic bus tour
  • 6-day Paris Museum Pass, allowing free admission throughout the city
  • 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 half your dinners
  • 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 prior to 2022
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel 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 3 p.m. for a short meeting and orientation stroll around our neighborhood, followed by a panoramic tour of the City of Light aboard a private bus. Then we'll get acquainted with one another over a delicious "Welcome to Paris" dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 2 hours. 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. After free time for lunch, we'll regroup and stroll through the bohemian Latin Quarter, named for the language you'd have heard on these streets if you 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 evening, Europe's greatest museum — the Louvre — is open late, and we'll take full advantage of that. You'll come face to face with the works of Raphael, Delacroix, and Leonardo and timeless treasures including the 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. Or visit other places covered by your included 6-Day Paris Museum Pass, such as the Rodin Museum or the military museum of Les Invalides. Tonight we'll enjoy a farewell feast together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Salut!

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

Jeff

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I were very happy that we decided to join the Best of Paris tour. The company made it so easy during the set up and organization. The Pre tour package and information that they provided was thoughtful and complete.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I never new that we would be able to bypass the long lines. Our tour guides new what, where and how's to ensure we got great access to all the big venues."

Robert

Mountainside, NJ

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best vacation of my life! The most wonderful guide, (Rolinka), very interesting, curious, kind, cooperative group members combined to create a very comfortable, highly motivational experience. I am so grateful to have had this wonderful, immersive trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After Rolinka's comprehensive and clear orientation I realized I could use the Metro to go anywhere- I did!"

James

Farmerville, LA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific from start to finish. Rolinka is the best. Fabulous guide and delightful person. Hotel was great as was location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite from Paris was simply walking about the neighborhoods. Cafes, shops, wine, bread, ..."

Patti

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rolinka was an amazing guide, but we have never had a guide who wasn't amazing (this is our fifth tour). She showed us the ropes about getting around on public transportation, and we had a great balance between group tour time and individual time (so that we could see or go back to things of interest). The hotel was great, cozy and friendly. The neighborhood became just that, our neighborhood. We would bump into our fellow travelers as neighbors. And Paris is amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We went back to the Louvre, having learned to stay as far away from the Mona Lisa as possible to avoid the crushing crowds. While wandering the halls, I ended up standing in front of two Vermeers, and there was nobody in front of me. Nobody was taking a selfie. I could look at them unaccosted as long as I wanted. It was magical."

Susan

Farmerville, LA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great time! Our fellow travelers were so much fun and Rolinka, our guide, could not have been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having my fellow travelers sing happy birthday to me at midnight on the streets of Paris with the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the background."

Mark

Auburn, NY

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed our Paris experience as it was everything I have come to hope for, from a Rick Steves tour experience. We had a great opportunity to see many of the prime locations with outstanding guides, as well as lessons on how to navigate Paris safely. Ample free time to explore our own interests in the city and the tools to be able to make the most of our time. Rolinka was an absolute gem, a breath of sunshine even on our cloudy day. She made each day joy-filled and enjoyable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had visited Tokyo on my own in 2019, and came across the "Gates of Hell" Rodin sculpture in Ueno Park. I took a photo at the time because it was so enormous and ornate. On one of our "free-time" portions of the day we chose to visit the Rodin museum (mainly to see 'The Thinker") with our Museum Pass and found the same sculpture there. I was amazed! Then I looked it up online to find there were six copies of them throughout the world."

Joseph

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was very organized and well planned out. I was prepared for all the walking we did, as the amount of walking was included in the itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the expanse of the gardens at Versailles. Absolutely incredible!"

Ann

Seattle, WA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great! Just the right mix of group activity and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking all over town on our own... plus: our first seeing the ceiling of Galeries Lafayette... oh yes, and also the Musée Marmottan-Monet. Outstanding! .... did I mention the FOOD?"

Sylvia

Goleta, CA

Tour: 02/09/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was wonderful, with planned tours and free time to explore. There was a perfect balance of time spent with the group and then time spent finding our way around Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many great moments, it is honestly hard to choose. I will say that touring the Orsay Museum and going to Montmartre were amazing. As was Versailles, Sainte-Chappelle...it really is impossible for me to choose one."

Donald

Rogersville, TN

Tour: 02/09/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every moment of it. Our tour mates were all interesting and fun people, the itinerary was well-planned, and the guides were all fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were really too many to choose."

Bill

Torrington, CT

Tour: 02/09/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour far exceeded my expectations. I had a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up the Eiffel Tower."

Nicole

Fresno, CA

Tour: 02/09/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing tour! We had a good group lead by an excellent guide! would totally recommend to family and friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"my favorite 'wow' moment was visiting St. Chapelle. It has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I gasped the moment I saw all the stained glass."

Robert

Bend, OR

Tour: 02/09/20

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A wonderful tour! I've been to Paris several times, yet I never felt that the tour was redundant. As usual, a very nice balance between planned activities and free time, with well-chosen and executed activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walking tour of Montmartre with Chris might have been the highlight of the trip. He was witty, knowledgeable, and a real delight. I will definitely try to book him on a future Paris trip."

Jill

Villa Park, IL

Tour: 12/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great overview of Paris. With the strike going on, it was nice to know we had our tour guide Daniela watching and making adjustments as needed. All the guides were great. Our guide for the Musee d'Orsay, James, was especially fantastic. The hotel location was perfect. On our very last day, we were close enough to walk to the Rodin Museum, swing by a bakery to pick up lunch, and walk to the Eiffel Tower to picnic in the sunshine before heading to the airport.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one. I will always remember our wonderful New Year's Eve group dinner with champagne and fresh raw oysters, followed by ringing in the New Year 2020 in front of the Eiffel Tower."

Evie

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 12/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We love Paris and have been there many times, but this was the first time we took a 'tour' there and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a great way to spend time with family. Even though it was cold, seeing Paris during the holidays was very special...the street lights, the Christmas markets, hot wine (vin chaud), classic French onion soup, New Years Eve. A great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was New Years Eve at the Eiffel Tower with family. We were able to walk there from the hotel. It's fun to see how others celebrate. Also, just being in Paris for the holidays was a WOW everyday with all of the lights and Christmas markets. It was a great feeling everyday!"

Jane

Selbyville, DE

Tour: 12/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Could not have asked for a better tour.! The strike did not have that much of an impact. Our group was great and we all were willing to walk a lot. After all, Paris is a walking city!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at the Eiffel Tower on New Year's Eve was on my bucket list and it has been fulfilled. Standing there at midnight with a glass of champagne seeing the tower sparkle and surrounded by new friends was my wow moment."

Raelene

Wheat Ridge, CO

Tour: 12/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip fit very nicely with our schedule and we felt very fortunate to be in Paris during Christmas. This was a unique experience and gave a different look of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have taken some art history classes and was very pleased to see at the Musee d'Orsay so many of the art works that have been discussed in the classes. There is just something special about seeing these pieces in person."

Melinda

Castle Rock, CO

Tour: 12/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized and streamlined despite the transportation strike. We saw everything we wanwere fortunate to have had great weather too!! My only comment was reevaluate the timing for then city tour. We ran into a huge traffic jam.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Running from the hotel to the Champ du Mars to be sure we could see the the Eiffel Tower sparkle on the hour on Christmas Day. Magical for our family to experience this together."

Connie Marie

Burlingame, CA

Tour: 12/22/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was my first RS tour so I wasn't sure what to expect. Now I know and can better prepare. Too much like -- if this is Tuesday, it must be Belgium. I think I need more free time to wander. Also, I was unprepared for the high-school type cliques.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My own night bus ride to see sights and Christmas lights. The bus tour organized by your group didn't really do anything at all because of the traffic engendered by the strike. Perhaps it should have been rescheduled because the night I went was effortless. But who can guess what strikers will do?"

Behrooz

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 12/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rolinka was a great guide taking us to the top sites and experiencing Paris providing us safety information to use transportation to and from hotel. Hotel staff were very friendly and accommodating. Altogether we had a wonderful fun trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. Wow moments for me. Being in Paris during Christmas holidays and Seeing Eiffel Tower everyday, Bus ride down the champs-Elysees at night. Our visit to Sainte-Chapelle...Orsay, Louvre, and Montmartre. Sunset cruise on the river seine."

Wayne

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was Great. The trip was very organized from start to finish. Fantastic tour guide! Great Hotel location and Staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow was the Chateau De Versailles, which I always wanted to visit."

Margaret

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris in 7 days was a wonderful experience. It was an opportunity to visit some of the major sites of Paris. Despite the transportation strike, we were able to visit everything. It was a well-paced tour with a good balance of free time with structured activities. I truly enjoyed our guide and our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Louvre!!! Even though this was my 3rd visit to the Louvre, Elisabet was so knowledgable and made the experience so interesting, that I truly enjoyed looking at the different paintings. The Orsay museum was a close second for the same reason."

Kristin

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. The itinerary ensured we enjoyed all the "must see" sights of Paris, and was nicely paced, without feeling rushed and with plenty of free time. The guide ensured we had the skills to confidently travel about town, and provided insight to our free time plans so we could make the most of it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How hokey is this - the Eiffel Tower sparkling for 5 minutes at the top of the hour. It was just cool. Non-hokey: Elisabeth's guiding us through a wing of the Louvre, because she did a fantastic job teaching the history of the building, the significance of the artwork, and I learned so much."

Jane

South Jordan, UT

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Virginie was knowledgeable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe the boat tour. We had been to Paris before so we already had some wow moments. The boat tour was new and really great. Also the food was really good."

Alan

South Jordan, UT

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love Paris. This was our second time here. The first was with the Rick Steves Best of Europe Tour in 2017. With this 7 day tour I was able to see more and go deeper than with just a few days at the end of a long tour. I enjoyed every moment. Thank you!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough question. Each day had Wow moments. The Boat Ride was new to us and was amazing. Just walking down the sidewalks of Paris and mingling with the people was a wow moment for me."

Leslie

Sparks, NV

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful visit to a beautiful city. Hit the highlights and had some time to do things on our own. Our hotel was wonderfully situated. Julie was an amazing guide. Our group was fun and got along great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. I'd been to Paris 3 times prior to this trip and they were either closed for restoration or traveling elsewhere, so seeing them was a bucket list for me."

Caitlin

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 11/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour and we've been recommending it to friends and family now that we're home! The tour was a great mix of structured, guided experiences and free time. We picked a tour because we are busy young professionals who didn't have the time to plan out all the intricacies of a trip abroad and we picked a Rick Steve's tour because we admire his approach to travel.

Linda

Punta Gorda, FL

Tour: 11/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience. Just what we had hoped for. The itinerary was closely followed so we were able to read and prepare for all of the experiences before, and review them after. This was my third Rick Steves tour and did not disappoint. I had high expectations due to my previous amazing tours of Scotland and Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour was full of "wow" moments. On almost every corner Paris offers such moments. That is Paris."

Benjamin

Monroe, WI

Tour: 11/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montemarte tour was great."

Julianna

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 11/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had reservations about this trip because I thought I wasn't a "tour" type person. But now I am! So glad I talked my childhood girlfriend into coming along...we had a blast. What was so surprising was the amount of information I thought I knew, but didn't. The culture, and the architecture was so impressive. I was surprised at how organized and efficient the tour was. Overall experience was perfect. Loved the half days to explore on our own. Very thoughtfully done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Louvre was just so much more than I thought it would be. The guide was so French, so gracious to us, and so knowledgeable about the exhibits. I would never have been able to gain the depth of knowledge without this guide. Entering in the moat was astounding, I had no idea of it's history. What is beautiful is we all took away something extraordinary that we learned. I've heard people say they have been to the Louvre, but I realized I took away the treasure of memories I won't forget"

Kris

Rochester, MN

Tour: 11/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic visit to Paris. Having the morning activities organized enabled us to relax and just enjoy our experience and in turn gave us confidence to explore on our own in the afternoons. The museums and sites included on the tour were a great "taste" of Paris!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versaille was a wow moment for us! The scope of the palace and grounds is amazing. We walked down to the Queen's Hamlet - what a hidden jewel! Totally worth the walk!"

Lynda

Arlington, TX

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was already quite familiar with Paris as a solo traveler and from the Heart of France tour but I knew I would learn even more about the city on this tour. I loved all of it! I loved having the metro pass and museum pass and being able to go wherever in our free time. Rebecca was always there with suggestions for restaurants or museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose, the visit to Sainte Chapelle was fantastic, the light that day was perfect; and our last night with the Eiffel and champagne is something to remember always."

Adrienne

Walhalla, SC

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyday was filled with exciting new sights & experiences. Our hotel & the hotel staff was wonderful. The group was so nice & friendly, while respecting our privacy & time. Our tour leader, Rebecca, couldn't have been better. All in all, a trip of a lifetime that we will always talk about!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monet's work at the Marmottan & Orangerie. Spent lots of extra time at both."

Teresa

Lakeland, FL

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a fantastic 7 days in Paris! From our first meet and greet on Sunday afternoon through to the champagne toast with the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the background after our farewell dinner, our week was filled with many memorable experiences. We had a great group of fellow travelers and the absolute best guide to lead us through the week. It was the perfect introduction to a truly iconic city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to choose just one but Friday night champagne toasting 'vive la France' with the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the background has to be the ultimate best moment that I will remember from the tour!"

Leon

Goodyear, AZ

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip to Paris gave us an opportunity to explore one of the great cities of the world with the guidance of our wonderful guides Rebecca and her able assistant Lauren. We were able to not just see the highlights of the city but had the added benefit of expert guides within the art museums and areas we explored. Just as important was the confidence Rebecca gave us to go out and explore the city on our own time. Teaching us how to logically use the metro and explore was key.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Museum D'Orsay."

Douglas

Palmyra, VA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We travel regularly often to Europe but have never had as amazing an experience as this Rick Steves tour! Paris is always a delight (having been there several times before), but it was even more wonderful with Rebecca as our guide. She was endlessly energetic, knowledgeable, upbeat, and...well, fun! She made us feel like locals (I especially liked using the Metro throughout the week), and led us to places I had been before, but never appreciated as I did on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last evening's champagne toast in front of the Eiffel Tower while it was twinkling capped off the week perfectly. Our group had become close, and Rebecca made that happen. The toast captured it all."

Carolyn

Palmyra, VA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our tour of Paris. It was fast paced and made the best use of our time there. But it also had free time built in, so you could do your own thing or relax if you wanted. There was a nice balance of showing you local customs and how to get around on your own, as well as time to use your new found experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of favorites, but if I had to pick one...it would be the twinkle of the Eiffel Tour. It was mesmerizing! Loved how our hotel was so close, we could put every evening and catch a glimpse of it!"

Clark

Walhalla, SC

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, good itinerary, great food, plus free time to do more time in museums like we wanted. Being the taught how to use the Metro was crucial to being free to go where we wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Effiel tower twinkling on the hour at night, and being just 3 blocks away from the tower allowed us to walk back to it night after night."

Emily

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Despite being in our 60s, this is our first formal European "tour." It was a wonderful experience and we hope to do another one!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To be honest, those crazy croissants every morning at breakfast . . . Unbelievable. But truly, the overall experience was "wow." Paris is "wow." Fresh food, small shops, high quality merchandise, narrow streets, happy children in abundance, clean streets, friendly people. all were "wow.""

Cynthia

Geneva, IL

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Paris was exactly what I expected from a Rick Steves' tour! The perfect balance of Paris highlights with our tour mates and free time to explore on our own. I had a fabulous experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed many "wow" moments but my favorite was the hike up Montmartre ~ so charming and picturesque. Our local guide was fabulous!"

Richard

Topsham, ME

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved everything about the tour format. My only suggestion would be selecting a hotel with a lounge so that you could hang out and enjoy refreshments and meet other tour guests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles and the Musee D'Orsay were favorites."

Kathryn

Chapel Hill, NC

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been to Paris, but I have watched Rick Steves programs and used his books for travel elsewhere in Europe, so I think I had a pretty good idea what to expect and, frankly, it met all of my expectations. This was my first group tour and I was very happy with all of the experiences I had. Chris and the local guides made it all very accessible but I learned so much as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of "wow" moments but I was so surprised by my reaction to Monet's "Magpie" and "Turkeys" paintings at D'Orsay. They were positively luminous up close, in person, in a way that can't be replicated in books or other reproductions. I felt thrilled."

Patricia

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our Paris tour experience. We were, at first, hesitant to sign up for a tour. In the past we have traveled on our own, or with family and friends. It was such a great benefit to have our hotel, tourist sites and museums visits arranged for us. I doubt that we would have seen as much had we planned our own trip. And having guided walking tours and museum tour only added to visit. Our guide, Chris, was amazing. She was knowledgeable, helpful, and congenial.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are of course, many "wow" moments in Paris. One of my favorites is an afternoon we spent traveling around on the Metro, shopping at a flea market in the Marais area. We were able to find our way around on the train (thanks to Chris) and for a period of time felt like we were native Parisians as we walked the streets shopping at the outdoor market and had lunch in a wonderful sidewalk cafe."

Peggy

Richmond, VA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Maria, tour guide, was fabulous. She kept us on schedule and delivered an exceptional experience around the city of Paris. Maria is very knowledgeable and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment had to be the Eiffel tower at night."

Nici

Boston, MA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marie was the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to account for."

Cheryl

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was terrific! Our hotel was a small, family owned hotel similar to other Rick Steves hotel choices. Very close to the Eiffel Tower too. Breakfast was good. Our tour guide, Marie, was great! She was accommodating, relaxed, knowledgeable and friendly. We had a good balance of free time and tour time so that worked for us as well. We easily learned the metro system and were able to navigate around Paris on our own time. Marie was able to suggest places we might want to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All round good tour with lots of historical and art history information imparted. We really enjoyed the tour in Monmartre,the Orsay Museum and the Seine Cruise. Seeing Paris all lit up at night was amazing- even on a drizzly evening."

Brian

Sandwich, MA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the full planned tours and our time by ourselves. Did lots of walking which was great. Hotel location is primo near Eiffel. Especially liked walking along the Seine which we did often, The nighttime included boat tour is fantastic with all the lights on the city. The boat is big with probably over 300 people on it so definitely would have preferred a smaller vessel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Marie Antoinette's "rural" village at Marsailles....unbelievable."

Ann

Sandwich, MA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Hotel was fine. Easy to locate because it was so near the Eiffel Tower. Breakfast was fine. Our Guide, Marie was very good. She did a very good job of teaching us how to use the Metro. The Museum Passes were great. I was surprised how much we saw on our own with them. The restaurants we went to with our group we astounding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was seeing the paintings up close in the D'Orsay. Because I had only seen prints, I had enjoyed but never really appreciated the mini strokes that make up all of Van Gough's work. It was a revelation to see them up close."

Jodi

Naples, FL

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I wanted to learn as much as possible about Paris and feel comfortable returning with friends and family on our own. This tour gave me the knowledge to do so.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite WOW moment was walking the streets and realizing I knew my way around Paris! Taking Rick Steves' advice and asking to be seated upstairs at Laduree on Champs-Elysees and having tea and their special chocolate tart then finding a Laudree on Rue Cler and having tea and a raspberry macaron as my last moments in Paris before heading to CDG."

Maureen

Omaha, NE

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. It was exactly what I would expect from Rick Steves. I wanted to learn about the city and public transportation and not be shuttled in a bus to "markets" where the tour director makes a commission. We saw the city from a wonderful neighborhood and Marie was a perfect guide. She talked us through each step and our headsets were great - no shouting. There was, as we expected, lots of walking and steps and cobblestones and it was fun and fascinating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We walked into our hotel room after taking a bus in from the airport. (We are adults! We can do this!) The full length windows were open and a beautiful sunny day was outside. The windows and railing outside simply said: Europe. Paris. Then I stuck my head out the window and there, on my right, was the Eiffel Tower! Gob smacked."

John

Portsmouth, NH

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

For our first visit to France we decided on a tour, and this one worked out well. Our guide Marie was wonderful and was effective at dealing with unpredictable situations like protests, memorial services, etc. She adjusted schedules accordingly and we did not miss a beat. Our travel companions were flexible, and it was true that there were hardly any complainers, and folks went with the flow. The Hotel Duquesne Eiffel was a great location, although for the price the rooms were small.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sacre Coeur and Montmartre walking tour."

Judy

Fitchburg, MA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour nicely provided access to many, many of the museums Paris has to offer. Free time guidance to see others was helpful. In my opinion the Cluny Museum should be eliminated and perhaps replaced by the Army Museum which was excellent. (Or Rodin Museum) With the Rick Steve's Paris book, the neighborhood walks were great. We paid close attention to advice for restaurants, walks, safety and overall tips. THe river cruise was lovely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The repeated viewing of the Eiffel Tour daytime and night, from the hotel area, walking close by and from the river cruise."

Patricia

Centennial, CO

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a delightful introduction to a truly fabulous city. With Marie's direction and encouragement, my husband and I (with our fellow travelers) gained true insight and in-depth knowledge to appreciate and enjoy our Parisian surroundings, food, art --all of it !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One favorite is difficult. One of the best was our trip through Montmartre (came to life/fascinating) and our 2nd group dinner at a wonderful nearby gem of a restaurant with the evening Seine boat tour. Marie had also arranged for a birthday surprise which was most appreciated. What a night !"

Bruce

Tampa, FL

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour provided us with a complete, informative, organized, and enjoyable experience for our first trip to Europe. Our tour guide knew so much and taught us a lot about the area and the history of the country. The ease of having everything arranged, with the flexibility of some free time really made for a stress free experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Marie was great, her knowledge was awesome, as was the other guides. The WOW for us was Elizbeth and the trip to the Orsay. The other thing that was amazing was the food. The food in Paris was great and the arranged meals were awesome. My wife hasn't stop raving about the Beef Borgonione at our second arranged restaurant!! I wish I could remember the place"

Amanda

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience was simply outstanding. It was well structured with a good amount of time spent with the group, but allowing for personal time too. Small modifications were made to the itinerary, where necessary, and were explained to us the first day of the tour. The daily itinerary was posted in the hotel lobby the evening prior. Expectations were made clear to everyone. Getting around on the Metro, bus, or RER train was easy. We walked a great deal and were successful in that regard.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I could say that learning more about Marie Antoinette during the Versailles tour, or seeing the inside of Sacre Coeur during the Montmartre walk, or seeing 'Liberty Leading the People' during the Louvre tour were all wow moments - even that time we were targeted by three young pick pockets on the Metro was a wow moment. But, ultimately, my biggest wow moment was our Rick Steves Tour Guide. She made every moment, every experience, of our tour richer, just by being herself."

Carole

Broadview Hts, OH

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Virginie made the tour feel like we were all family. She always did something nice for us by providing little treats along the way or conducting a wine tasting session because the weather was not cooperating. She and the local guides were so knowledgeable and shared such good stories about the history of France. I didn't want our tour to end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments because Virginie made sure we were all educated about traveling, providing keen insights and tips to make it safe and enjoyable. I really enjoyed the dinners we spent together as a group. The food was just fabulous."

Martin

Broadview Heights, OH

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It is one thing to print a schedule, another to make it work. Our tour guide, Virginie, modified each day's agenda based on weather conditions. She was outstanding - delighting us with local treats from each of the areas being visited. We really had a taste of Paris! The guides for the Marais, the Louvre, and Versailles were excellent. Everything from the hotel room, to our rides on the metro was PERFECT! Each meal was indeed a MOVEABLE FEAST!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our evening at the Louvre was insightful. It was not just about the painter, the sculptor, or the art object - but the historical context in which it was presented. There are hidden images within the pieces that reveal a greater story. Afterwards, we had dinner and wine at the Café Marly (attached to the Louvre). We were seated at a table with an open window view of the lighted large pyramid. As the moon shone on the pyramid below, we realized it was once-in-a-lifetime moment. WOW!"

Jane

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris was on my bucket list forever, but because I didn't speak the language I was intimidated. After the fire at Notre Dame I was afraid that I had waited too long to visit, but that wasn't the case. From the world class museums to the walks through Parisian neighborhoods the tour was the perfect mix of organized touring & time off to visit other attractions on our own. The trip to Versailles was the cherry on top of a week that was just perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several ( of course The Louvre, Sainte-Chapelle, The Orsey Museum and Versailles), but as corny as it may sound the night cruise on the Seine following our last dinner together while sharing a champagne toast with everyone on our tour was the perfect way to say au revoir."

Sam

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time and an excellent tour guide. Everything flowed nicely and the only thing I would suggest changing is when our tour met museum guides, they all spent too much time explaining just a few art subjects. It seem more like an art history lesson than a tour of a museum. Everyone on my tours was great and many of us exchanged travel and personal information through out our tour. I'm a single traveler so I feel the extra charge for a single room is a bit steep as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night boat cruise and meeting many new friends."

Larry

Grapevine, TX

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. This was our first RS's tour. We saw everything we had the energy to see. I would like to have had a little more detailed itinerary up front, in case we wanted to make other plans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A wow moment...this probably isn't what your looking for but I was surprised at how comfortable I was getting around in Paris. Seeing the Eiffel Tower from the hotel window. The 2nd and 3rd nights dinner."

Melissa

Okemos, MI

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second time doing this tour and it was just as great as the first time. Daniela is the best guide and it is awesome using the Metro like a true Parisian!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking upstairs to see the stained glass at Sainte-Chapelle!"

Wanda

Eagle, ID

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour met or exceeded all my expectations of a Rick Steves tour. Hotel and dining choices were excellent. There was a good balance between tour time and personal time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Daniella stepped between me and my traveling partner and a pick pocket on the subway in Paris. She was amazing and so poised afterwards. We are truly grateful."

Susan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Paris is Magical. Loved the hotel and all the the staff. Breakfast was great. Communication could have been alot better regarding using the metro. The headsets did not work for the first few days so felt a bit lost, and was also given wrong info about getting back to the hotel.So that was stressful. Really it felt more like a "on your own tour" which was not what I signed up for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Boatride on the Seine!!! Absolutely spectacular! We were given the boat tickets and told we could use them at our leisure as a wine tasting was scheduled in it's place. But it was easy to find and so glad we went ahead and did it as the weather was perfect that evening, with a golden quarter moon, Venus and the Eiffel glittering."

Vickie

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Daniela is an exceptional guide. She has a wonderful personality and cares for each participant. She was able to keep everyone on time and together, even with some at different physical capabilities. The hotel was nice and clean and the staff very helpful. My bag was lost at the airport and Laura at the Hotel helped track it down and get it delivered. The hotel staff directed me to the store where I could buy clothes and necessities for the four days that I didn't have a bag.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles was the wow for me. Our guide there was excellent. I really enjoy having the guides lead us through each museum and give the inside stories of the art."

Brenda

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the city (Paris). I enjoyed the other tour members; everyone was very nice and friendly. I enjoyed our guide, Daniella. She was friendly and knowledgeable. I'm glad I chose Rick Steves' Paris!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I didn't expect it to be, but it was actually the Eiffel Tower. First, waiting by the Seine for the boat tour after sunset, the tower was lit in gold, accompanied by a clear sky and a lovely crescent moon. And just as our boat went by it, to commemorate it's 130th anniversary, it lit up with the colors of the French Flag on the base and "130 ans", and a sparkling gold and white 'champagne' light effect on the top half. It was so beautiful! Montemarte was also incredible! So much history!"

Kathleen

Marlborough, MA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Paris and being on a tour was a perfect decision. It included museum passes and metro passes which opened all of Paris up to us. We had a perfect tutorial from Daniela on using the Metro and by day 2 we were very comfortable heading out on our own. We loved that your tour is the perfect combination of group and private time. I would now feel comfortable visiting Paris on our own, but would choose Rick Steves for other European cities and countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name one. We loved the city, the people and the food. My husband and I felt like newlyweds again, even though we have been married 42 years. It is definitely the city of love! Walking the Champs Elyses and climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe was a fun afternoon for us and the Seine River boat ride at night and seeing the Eiffel Tower flickering with light was lovely. We also enjoyed visiting Versailles."

Anne

Caldwell, ID

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour gave me a chance to learn about Paris in a lot of different ways. Staying in the Rue Cler neighborhood was comfortable and let me experience Paris culture when we had time on our own. I loved the tours of the different arrondissements. The group meals were delicious and fun. Our guide made sure we felt comfortable using the metro so I felt empowered to go places. The tour was well organized, fun, and went pretty smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last time I was in Paris I had a difficult time interacting with locals. Our guide gave us some great tips on local culture and what to say and their version of manners and this time I got to experience how wonderful people in Paris can be. At one restaurant a server spent some time helping me learn how to order something correctly in French, and he was so nice about it. I got to interact in a positive way with local people on this trip and that was amazing."

Debra

Brookfield, WI

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and it surpassed our expectations! Every little detail was taken care of and we could just relax and enjoy ourselves. It is so helpful that they spend a little time at the beginning of the trip to get you familiar with the local Metro systems so you can use it on your own when you are enjoying your free time. We did a lot of walking, but it was a great way to justify eating so much of the wonderful French food!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I always dreamed about going to Paris, and I think my favorite "wow" moment was standing in front of the Eiffel Tower our first day there and thinking "I'm really here!" It was amazing to be able to see it every day from our hotel. Each day held its own "wow" moments too though. The architecture, the art, the food - so many things that made it such a special week."

Christopher

Brookfield, WI

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Informative friendly guides that truly care about their customers. Better than expected service and understanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Arch De Triumph view down to the Louve."

Gail

Mcminnville, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved how Marie took great care to keep us moving safely all over Paris, we saw so much. The extra tour guides could not have been better, they were experts in their fields, funny. witty, and again kept us moving.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles was certainly a wow but I loved the back streets of Montmartre the best."

Mer

Lake Isabella, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour met any expectation I could have imagined for my first trip abroad. Every tour guide was quite knowledgeable and enjoyable. Marie was like a "mother hen" making sure we stayed together and were as comfortable as possible at every location. She is endearing and genuine. This trip was one-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and being a part of a Rick Steve's Tour Group made it memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment of the tour was seeing the pink Eiffel Tower on October first."

Gordon

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A whirlwind tour, covering an amazing amount of sites and history in a short period of time. An excellent tour for a first-time visitor like me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from. Tour of Montmartre was special."

Ruth

Laramie, WY

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience in every way!

Diane

Brooklyn Park, MN

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time enjoying the beauty of Paris. The RS Tour provided the planning and coordination for the hotel, transportation and seeing the sights. It also provided enough free time to explore on your own. With the experienced guides, we were able to enjoy and learn more than we would have gleaned on our own. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was not one "wow" moment. The amount of beauty in the architecture, art and sculpture throughout Paris was overwhelming. It is everywhere!"

Michael

Granger, IN

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was enjoyable. We felt like we learned a lot and and enjoyed the guide and the other tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip up to the Montmartre area."

Kent

Parma, OH

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Positives: Hotel for location,charm and services. Metro training and implementation. Our fellow tour participants were interesting and congenial.The one concern about the tour was its pace.Getting through the daily itinerary seemed to be a requirement;hence I felt we were pretty much on the march most of the day without time to absorb moments of interest. Day 4 was crazy with the addition of the fast-paced Louvre tour in the evening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No single one. Guided tour of Orsay and walking tour of Montmartre were highlights and the Jewish Quarter of the Marais District. Getting around on the Metro unassisted very important."

Patricia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a couple traveling to Europe for the first time, participating in this tour was perfect. We relaxed the reigns and enjoyed each others company without the stress of navigating a new country/language.. We quickly felt at ease given great guidance from our tour guide Marie and the hotel staff.. The ratio of group to independent time was just right. We were able to see the "big hitters" as a group and then make an educated decision about where & what we wanted to see more of on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time. Nothing prepares you for it. The beauty and immenseness is breathtaking. We equally enjoyed the final Farewell Champagne toast we made as a group at the base of the tower on the Champs de Mars. Marie sneakily toted those bottles of champagne to the sight and surprised us all with that nice extra touch."

Pamela

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For our first visit to Paris, this was perfect! We had an amazing tour of most of the major sites. And a great orientation to Paris and what we would like to do and see on our next visit. We will now feel very comfortable about returning, but should that not happen, we feel like we have truly experienced Paris! Logistics went smoothly and joyfully, with Marie as our leader. She was thorough, professional, and a warm and friendly person. She taught us to love her city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were there during the funeral of Jacque Chirac, beloved French leader. As we were touring near Notre Dame, the bells began to ring - 86 peals in honor of his life - the first time the bells have been rung since the fire."

Thelma

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great balance of busy and down time, with the tour and on our own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impromptu farewell - champagne toast to the twinkling Tour Eiffel on our last evening together"

Alaina

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first travel tour. I was hesitant to sign up, as I am an independent traveler within the U.S.and Canada. Traveling to Europe was a big step for my husband and I, so we decided to take the tour to be with people who may be in the same situation. The tour was way beyond my expectations of excellence. Our tour guide, Rebecca is a caring, personable teacher that gave us confidence to return to Europe in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being the only tour group in the Orsay, before it opened to the public. The bright light from the windows shone on the beautiful statues and ornately decorated former train station. The clock was spectacular!"

John

West Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our sixth tour with Rick Steves, and for me this was the best. That's not to say I didn't thoroughly enjoy the others it's just that Paris cast a spell over me. Our tour guide Rebecca easily showed us around the city, and added a few treats in for good measure ( wine and cheese tasting class, Champagne at the foot of the Eiffel tower on our last night, and giving us an idea of what Parisianne life is like.) The tour guides were also outstanding. Next year we'll be back for a longer time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Paris was my "wow" moment, but it was strange how we kept going back to the Eiffel Tower. The sight of it lit up was truly magical, and the fact that we could also see it clearly from our hotel room was special. However the city and its people are the real "Wow"."

Edward

Lakewood, OH

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I studied French in high school and have always wanted to travel there. This was my first time in Europe and could not have chosen a better way for my adventure than through a Rick Steves tour. I got to experience not only French history, but French culture as well. I also learned travel skills through our tour leader that I hope to able to use on my own on my next travel experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many--seeing St Chapelle, watching the lights twinkle on the Eiffel Tower, the French wine, the grandeur of Versailles that I couldn't pick one."

Nancy

Port Moody, BC

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our hotel was the cutest to start with, so close to the Metro, Military Museum, Napoleons Tomb and the Eiffel Tower. All my travel mates were so easy to get to know. Rebecca had so much passion, energy and enthusiasm for the French way of life, this was passed along to us. I loved how she tried her best to get us as close to Notre Dame as possible. She was very careful to make sure we stayed together and helped us with restaurants when we were on our own. We had 3 amazing dinners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was so many, they were everyday, I love how she got our sightseeing bus to do an unscheduled stop at the Trocadero on our first night. I love her wine and appetizer night with explanations of the different French regions that produce French wine. And love our last dinner together, the pins and the walk to the Eiffel Tower and our toast to a beautiful tour and night together and watch the gold blinking lights. So special."

Jerry

Port Moody, BC

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Paris shocked my system--buildings several centuries old, and still in use, museums as old as some of their artifacts, and a physical record of events that shaped the history of my own country. The tour provided daily demonstrations of the irony intimated in Shelley's Ozymandias, how that irony expanded--sacred places and objects that had become curios, shards of civilization that are revered without comprehension. And, there were the money changers in front of Sacre Coeur. Loved it all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was in the Louvre, at one end of a gallery. I was able to take a picture of the Venus de Miloat the other end surrounded by a crowd so thick and pressed together that one could not possibly approach the statue. In front of me was another statue of Aphrodite (I think), just as beautiful, and with both arms. There was no one to obstruct my view. I still wonder why the difference. Is it just PR?"

Katherine

Reston, VA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our first visit to Paris. Rebecca did an very good job guiding and engaging everyone in our 25 member group. We loved walking Paris and had many opportunities to do that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guided tour of the Orsay Museum with Elizabeth. She did an excellent job telling the story of the museum and the creation of the art displayed!"

Cathy

Garberville, CA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very informative and extremely fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing Art"

Catheryn

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Paris and the experience was beyond my expectations. Our tour guide, Rebecca, was wonderful. She made sure that we all were well informed about every day on the tour and learned how to use the Metro System from Day One. The hotel was so comfortable and the staff were so accommodating to all our needs! Thank you so much for a wonderful tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Eiffel Tower - we saw the Eiffel Tower twinkling at night and we saw the Eiffel tower totally dark commemorating the death of former President Chirac! our boat tour was fascinating at night!"

Claire

West Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything from start to finish was wonderful. Rebecca was a great guide with lots of information and helpful. The group that we were a part of was very friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to decide as there were so many, but, it has to be arriving to our hotel room and seeing the Eiffel Tower and being there to see it twinkling every night as we went to bed. That was something. Honestly, every day had a "Wow" moment."

Barry

Albany, NY

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very informative and fun. Felt comfortable riding metro after day 2....I don't usually ride subways. Pace was very comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montmartre...amazing!"

Geraldine

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our week in Paris was well organized and thorough. Michaelanne kept us moving at a good pace and was very helpful in explaining how we could do things on our own. The extra guides were all excellent, as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I have explored Paris before, I was most impressed this visit with the Marais district and the history of the Jewish population. Michaelanne gave us the history perspective and showed us various "hidden squares" to visit later on our own. My daughter and I had a wonderful traditional French meal that day at a restaurant in one of those squares. A great memory!"

Kim

Fairfield, CT

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Michaelanne is an awesome guide who explains the culture, history and politics as we walked!

Eva

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"so many people hawking wares at the EIffel Tower"

Carol

Rancho Mirage, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd RS tour... and they just get better each time! This was a different experience as it was a "city" tour and we stayed in one place/one hotel for the entire time. My prior tours involved several stops and coach rides from one place to the next. One is not better or worse, it's just different. The positives were not unpacking/repacking to move every couple of days. But, the group dynamic did seem different as you're not together on the coach.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are always too many "wows" to count in a place like Paris. I'll say mine was the day at the Orsay. The art is unbelievable and our guide there was fantastic. She gave us a little art history to help us appreciate all the great works.. in a fun way!"

Linda

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. Paris was drizzling and chilly and very crowded. Our guide made sure we could navigate (but not love) the metro.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The louvre hands down. When you enter and see Lady Liberty holding the flag it does something to one's soul."

Ronald

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very comprehensive. We learned and lived France and Paris history. Every block held something new. Loved the casual sidewalk dining. The metro was so easy to use. Liked not going as a group on a "tour" bus everyday. I liked feeling like a "local" when we moved as a group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the inside of incredible churches. Also the "Hall of Mirrors""

Anna

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Not my favorite Rick Steves tour so far but I'm not sure why. Maybe the excessive construction going on now for future Olympic Games which was everywhere. Was not interested in seeing the Mona Lisa but the crowds for her prevented us from seeing any Dutch Masters (the lines were so long and we were already pretty worn out). Also some glitches with transportation due to Yellow Vesters, climate change protest and Heritage Day all happening on the Saturday that we were there. Pickpocket worries!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I wouldn't call it a favorite, but maybe most memorable ~ I got my left upper arm caught in a Metro door! I was so surprised, I didn't have time to panic or react in any way, really. A nice young man on the train (and possibly Antoine, our guide for the whole tour) pried the doors open before the train started and all was well.. I got some significant bruising, but was otherwise fine. More embarrassing than anything else but it reminded me to stay clear of the doors for the rest of the trip!!"

Ward

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the tour was well organized and well. It was a pretty big group (24 or so) and that, of course, presents challenges. The itinerary selection was good, the day plans and sequence of days was also good. All scheduled appointments were made, all third party guides were present at the appointed places and times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been to Paris before so I experienced the oh wow moments years ago. That being said, I appreciated things more this time as I was not in a panic to see and photograph things. I had not done the river cruise before, that was a highlight."

Barbara

Dublin, OH

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall tour was fine but too much waiting. Also 3 dinners too many, very long and slow service. 2 dinners, 1st and last night plenty. Day with our tour with Louvre much too much. Also our group complained about walking. We were in shape so no problems but perhaps strenuous could say 7 miles, like our day at Montmartre. Our group in poor shape and we felt we missed some.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montmartre tour"

Bill

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour introduced me to Paris and French history in a way that I would never have discovered for myself. My knowledge of European history is limited, and Antoine and the other guides brought the history to life through the city tour, the architecture and art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Orsay Museum tour was overwhelming, and the guide was excellent. The setting of the old railway station was a work of art in itself. The discussion of the evolution from pre-Impressionist to post was very good. Two paintings that I don't think I'd seen and that really grabbed me were "The Floor Scrapers," by Caillebotte and L'Enfant au chat, painting of a girl with a cat by Manet."

Melissa

Corona, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour...I'm hooked! It was a trip of a lifetime for my daughter and me. Better than I could imagine. The hotel and staff were wonderful. Each day was packed with amazing sights and experiences. Michaelanne, our tour guide, was awesome! She was so knowledgeable and I left with a deep understanding and appreciation for Parisian culture. The local tour guides made each experience memorable. There is no way we could have seen or experienced as much on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments but seeing the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower at night and visiting Versailles were top of my list. Also our walking tour of the Montmartre was amazing. Without the guided tour, I would have missed the artwork on the buildings."

Jimmy

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good. The experience was what we were expecting. I probably had an over load of museum art work. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and informed us of what to expect, where to go and how to navigate the city. The tour gave us the chance to pick and choose what we wanted to see, making the experience very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say that the Versailles was the most interesting. On our own was the Eiffel Tower, what a view."

Duane

Spokane, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great, the history is amazing, going to the museum's and churches was so interesting. One thing I would like to see is maybe a break from the history and maybe in the middle of the tour we go somewhere such as a car manufacturer if there is one close to Paris or maybe a glass blower. These are just ideas I have no idea if these things are in the area. Seven days of history is a lot of history and a day of something different would be a nice break.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing how other people in other countries live, and comparing it to how we live in America is a real eye opener."

Patricia

Goodyear, AZ

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steve's 7 day in Paris tour was perfect! From the hotel, to our guide MichaelAnne and the tour, we were treated so very well. Everything was thought through to ensure our group received the best of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to pick one "wow" moment. Everyday offered a new experience! I am still trying to process all the wonderful sights and information MichaelAnn shared with our group."

Gregory

Brawley, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lots of fun, great adventures, and the right amount of education. I really enjoyed Michael Ann. She's the best. Chris and the other guides were informative and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Versailles and the Orsay."

Susan

Kerrville, TX

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every Rick Steves Tour I've taken, the week in Paris Tour being the fifth, has been wonderful. This was no exception. Our hotel was charming and very well located near the Tour Eiffel, our guide, Michaelanne, was superb...knowledgeable, warm, caring and fun. All the elements of the tour were planned to give us the best overall experience of Paris and there was enough free time for much exploring on our own. It was a special and rewarding experience in every way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the Monmartre. Our local guide, Chris, really brought the history alive and had a wonderful sense of humor. It was very entertaining as well as being informative. And we so enjoyed our time at the artists' booths that both my daughter and I each came home with a new piece of artwork."

Michael

Lancaster, PA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this trip- the city and the tour. Everything was as described in the tour information, which was wonderful. Our guide, Veronique, was fun, informative, and helpful. Hotel was very nice and in a great location. The staff was very friendly and helpful. All of our fellow tour members were enjoyable and fun to be with. This was our first trip with Rick Steves, and we would not hesitate to do another one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was wonderful. The Eiffel Tower (on our own), the Seine cruise, Montmartre, Orsay Museum, and Monet's water lilies paintings were very memorable. Having a birthday dinner at a street side cafe with new friends was a special treat."

Brian

West Des Moines, IA

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience! Veronique did an awesome job....then with Alfio on board...what a bonus!! Paris even exceeded my already high expectations. I cannot recommend the tour enough.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch with new friends at a "local" restaurant in Montmarte. Obviously there's a ton of other great wow moments. With our newly learned travel skills, we comfortably took a day trip on our own to Thionville and found the actual building where my Father-in-law lived while stationed there during World War II...as well as other sights he had photographed. That was and incredible experience."

Susan

Pickerington, OH

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour; wish we had taken Rick Steves tours before. Great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is really a hard question to answer. Instead of a location "wow" moment I would say my "wow" was our experience meeting and interacting with the people of Paris. We had heard negative comments about traveling in France and the French people. Our experience was the exact opposite. Had a great experience and some wonderful interactions."

Kathleen

Butternut, WI

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris has engrossing museums, lovely architecture, and very good food. I enjoyed the Seine River cruise so much that I wanted to do it again but we were too busy. Paris is great for walkers which we are.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was afraid of using the metro but with Veronique and Alfio's guidance my fears went away. She taught us while still in hotel lobby and gave us maps. The next day she explained again, answered questions, and before we entered the metro she clearly pointed out that particular station, and went with us at front with Alfio at the back. Super job! Wow I can do this!"

Kenneth

Butternut, WI

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris is a wonderful city and I am very pleased to have experienced it with expert people to make the most of our time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I just can not pick one wow moment. For me I was in awe many times to see some of the art that I have always wanted to see."

William

Mililani, HI

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very full week that covered everything I wanted to see. Veronique was an outstanding guide, very knowledgeable, and very approachable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monet's art located in Orangerie Museum."

Sally

Mililani, HI

Tour: 09/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was very good. Thank you for providing whisperers from day one. I think the tour provided a very good mix of activities from the cruise on the Seine, to museum tours, and walking tours to Montmarte. One thing I thought was odd -- our guide kept telling us the goal of the tour was to learn to use the Metro and travel independently throughout Paris. My goal in visiting Paris was to learn about and enjoy the city. Why would I take a tour to learn how to ride a subway?!?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having my husband kiss me under the Eiffel Tower! He promised to kiss me under the Eiffel Tower quite a few years ago."

Mary

Lucas, TX

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 7 day Paris tour was excellent. From the hotel, to the hotel staff to the tour guide Arnaud, the week was an exciting whirlwind of experiences. Arnaud was an excellent, informative guide with a fun sense of humor. Each day brought a new and different experience. Churches, museums, Marie Antoinette's farm, Versailles, walking tours, parks, suggestions for free time, all made for a wonderful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say Versailles. I knew it was ornate and full of history, but the actual experience was more than I could have hoped for. Our local guide was excellent."

Nathan

Nashville, TN

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I traveled to Paris with my mother, having arrived a few days prior to the tour starting. Hotel Londres Eiffel was fantastic with wonderful, attentive staff and comfortable rooms. Our guide, Arnaud, was an absolute joy to have teach us about Paris and life in France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved how walkable Paris was during our time there. Efficient public transportation led to the ability to explore and revisit several areas from our tour."

Dennis

Lucas, TX

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was well planned and comprehensive. We covered most of the top attractions in Paris. Our guide was knowledgeable and made the trip fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Palace of Versailles and the surrounding gardens was breathtaking."

Connie

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful sampling of Paris and it made us definitely want to come back, now that we understand the Metro and know the lay of the land.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As an art history major, I'd have to say the Musee d'Orsay was especially satisfying."

Angela

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first trip to Europe, and I loved it! My sister was my travel buddy, and she's traveled there before. She helped as my mentor, but I learned a lot from the RS material that we could access and from our guides. We had a wonderful time! It was a good mix of guided tours and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many great memories, I can't say there was only one favorite. Loved the Eiffel Tower summit trip to the top. Loved the boat trip in the evening down the Seine with the lights of the city along the shore, seeing the landmarks from the "other side" and even a band playing. Loved Pere Lachaise Cemetery and Montmartre tour. Visiting the Bouquinistes along the river, which Arnaud mentioned. Loved dinner out with our group and sharing details of our daily tours and lives."

Monica

The Dalles, OR

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very well organized tour of Paris. A great introduction to a beautiful city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris itself was my overall "wow" moment."

Rachel

Trenton, MO

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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Favorite "WOW" moment

"N/a"

Mark

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was awesome. Great Rick Steve's guide and great local guides. Enjoyed the morning walking tours and the flexible time in the afternoons and evenings. Would have paid more for a slightly larger hotel room. I think we had the smallest one in the hotel.

Garrett

New York, NY

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Julie was an outstanding guide. The group was excellent and interacted very well. All of the tour was well thought out and executed. The tour truly covered the best of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The architecture of the Musee de Orsay and the art contained in side the museum."

Victoria

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. We had originally scheduled the 11 day France tour, but rescheduled to this tour due to my husband's illness in April. I am happy that we did. We really had the Parisian experience. We had just enough time with the group and enough time to explore on our own. I felt like I really enjoyed Paris and all its arrondissements being on this tour. Thank you for showing us Paris and giving us the tools to come back and explore some more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montmartre. We had another guide join our group. I really enjoyed his knowledge and insight to the area. A very good walking pace and we gradually walked to the top without a lot of effort. Thank you."

Roseline

Simsbury, CT

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"versailles"

Jim

Cohasset, MA

Tour: 09/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an extremely well organized tour. Clearly, there was a lot of thought and planning put into everything from the hotel, it's location, the museums and all the many logistics necessary to moving a crowd smoothly through a city environment. The use of the "whispers" made it possible to communicate with tour members without shouting or even being in eye contact. Very impressed by the professionalism exhibited throughout the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to pick one but entering the magnificent space in the Louvre underneath the pyramid with all the light pouring in was truly breathtaking. When that was first installed in the 80's I thought it was an eyesore and some nitwit architect just plopped down a modern structure in the most inappropriate spot possible. My mind was completely changed seeing it in person. This is one of the greatest things about travel. So many assumptions get challenged and you have to change the way you think."

Joseph

Medford, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed this tour thoroughly. We got to visit many wonderful places and we also had several afternoons and evenings on our own. My wife and I napped in the afternoons and these naps really helped us enjoying the evening activities. We used the metro pass given to us by this tour on bus, subway and train. We even used it the day after the tour ended to go to airport from our hotel. It not only saved us a lot of money on taxi, it also allowed us to observe the Parisians on the move.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment is my observation of Parisians. They are very polite, friendly and helpful, very different from what I heard before this tour. This is my first time visiting Paris."

Nancy

Auburn, MA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Arrived two days early...the hotel concierge gave us detailed train and bus instructions to Giverny and printed our tickets to the park. Our tour director, Rebecca was the best guide ever....she knows so much about France, taught us some basic French, gave us plenty of time to explore each site we visited, held an informative optional "wine tasting" event, taught us how to use the Metro...and buses, and trains...so well that we were able to continue to explore France on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The farewell dinner...and walk to the Eiffel Tower where Rebecca had several bottles of wine...we all toasted when the tower lit up...greeted each of our buddies and fellow tour members with the "two cheek French kiss". WE learned so much and made so many new friends.."

Madelyn

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The emphasis on culture, history, variety, accelerated daily pace, fine food, and highly qualified and entertaining tour guides was just what I'd hoped for. The Museum and Metro passes were wonderful to have. Overall value was high.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the neighborhoods on foot (Marais, Montmartre, Rue Cler, historic Heart of Paris, etc."

Marjorie

Miami, FL

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the fact that we each got the metro pass for the week to use to go anywhere at anytime. Also to have the museum pass to go with it. All the guided tours were interesting and the guides excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don't have a wow moment. Everything was beautiful and interesting."

Roxanne

Mounds View, MN

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good tour packing a lot in during the 5.5 days. '7th day doesn't count as it is only the hotel breakfast & off to airports or train stations on our own, but not part of the RS tour. I would have liked at least one more bus tour. We sure did a lot of walking and museums on our own after the guide let us go off in the afternoons & evenings. It was an expensive tour of 5.5 days for much on our own after the morning guidance. However, Rebecca was SIMPLY THE BEST GUIDE EVER. FANTASTIC !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, we basically saw a lot of museums in Paris. The Orsay was my favorite by far. Everyone 'sees' art differently based on their art appreciation, knowledge, background, etc. but seeing the Art Nouveau rooms at the Orsay was a huge WOW and highlight for me. Of course, the Eiffel at night was a great WOW too!"

Stephen

Ennis, TX

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We simply had a great time! Although there was a LOT of walking (as advertised), it was not prohibitive. The hotel rooms were a bit small by US standards, but normal based on other European travel - but the hotel staff was great! The other members of the tour were fun to get to know and Rebecca was just a blessing! What an interesting person she is and so in love with Paris that her passion was evident at every turn. I should also mention that the "guest" guides were superior.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A tie between walking up to the Venus de Milo in the Louvre and being in the Champs de Mars sipping Champagne when the Eiffel Tower began to sparkle with lights."

Wilson

Wailuku, HI

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It's an amazing experience to be in Paris . It's beautiful and can be overwhelming with all the activities going on but we made the right choice to go with Rick Steve's tour , it's well planned to the very detail from pre planning to the end . We said our goodbyes in front of Eiffel Tower. after a great meal . How good is that

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The louvre is amazing and with the very knowledgeable tour lady to talk about what's in there made it top notch. She got me converted to appreciate arts more than just taking pictures of it and gone"

Teresita

Wailuku, HI

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I will recommend this tour to anyone. The hotel is small but homey, clean and is well located . The staff and service is excellent. It's the first hotel I stayed where they clean the rooms and provide supplies and make the beds daily. It's a strenuous tour with lots of walking on cobblestones and warm weather,at the end of the day it's really nice to go back to a clean room with a cool diffused water in the kitchen

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are couple of them that I really like , the visit to the Louvre, the Orangerie and Orsay museums, the dining experiences stands out second to the best , the restaurants are well picked and food and service superb. The best for me is the Siene River cruise at night that is an unforgettable experience for me where I really felt I'm in Paris especially as the boat passes the Eiffel Tower ."

Thomas

Loretto, MN

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was really great. There was an opportunity to see a lot of art at museums like the Orangerie, Orsay, Louvre and the guides that we had did a terrific job of interweaving French history with the buildings and art that we were viewing. The way the tour is organized gave us ample time to spend more time at the things we wanted to see more of and teaching us how to use the metro gave us the ability to do that independently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Orsay and the cruise on the Seine were the highlights for me."

Connie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very good experience. I met wonderful people in my group. My guide was great. I feel we could cut down the time spent on some of the historic districts and museums. It was too much information. I would have preferred learning more of the Parisian culture today I really liked learning how much to navigate thru the Metro and train system.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the light show of the Eiffel Tower at night. But my 2nd "wow" moment was the Roman baths at the Cluny Museum. I couldn't believe the original site is right in the middle of Paris and preserved so well."

Leonard

Carmel, IN

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour was a good mix of structured and free time. Patrick did a tremendous job of keeping things on schedule, and I don't recall feeling rushed. Since most people on the tour are viewers of the TV show, we generally shared a similar outlook regarding travel, which made it easy to develop camaraderie.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour of Montmartre gave a great slice of local color. The Louvre was amazing, but overwhelming. Really enjoyed Patrick's wine tasting and French lesson - a nice touch."

Rebecca

Loretto, MN

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was wonderful - no complaints. i had been on a previous best of paris tour, and missed seeing some of the museums and churches that i had seen on the first round. and also, so sad not to see notre dame. i wish giverny was added as part of the tour, maybe on the last day after breakfast. or guided tour of pere lachaise. i'd like to know more about paris during the resistance, and world war 2, particularly the stories of individual art works.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"versailles."

Paula

New Hope, MN

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, it was a great experience. Our guide and the hotel staff made everything so easy and made us feel so comfortable in Paris. I felt like we really got to know Paris. We had just the right amount of time to spend on our own and with the group. Our fellow travelers were awesome, friendly and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoying the Eiffel Tower at night. It was simply magical to see it lit up and sparkling."

Ronald

Ashland, MA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jackie and I found this tour very informative, exciting and adventurous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite WOW moment was at the Louvre, seeing all the paintings that the artists were capable of expressing their talents during difficult times in their lives."

John

Spring Hill, TN

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I felt the tour was very well organized with a good balance of organized tours and adequate time on our own to explore. Patrick was AWESOME! He is so energetic and funny. He is a wealth of knowledge and did a great job of explaining history, wine, the French language, etc... The last night we were there was great! Patrick took us to one of the oldest restaurants in Paris and we ended up at the Eiffel Tower to have some wine and a toast with new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is really hard to pick because each experience is unique in it's own way. But if I had to pick one it would be standing under the Eiffel tower. You don't realize how big that structure is until you are standing at the base. I'm kind of a foodie type so when I had my first croissant and pain au chocolat that blew me away!"

Elizabeth

Kennebunk, ME

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our "Best of Paris in 7 Days" tour certainly met our expectations from the earliest suggestion to arrive a day in advance in order to rejuvenate before starting the fast paced schedule through the printed preparatory materials and the daily guidance of getting to know and appreciate Paris. Our tour was enhanced by the clearing out of the rain mid-afternoon of the first day and remaining lovely all week. Ratings of each day's tour pace were right on. Choice of hotel was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We carried out our prior commitment not to ascend the Eiffel Tower but soon found that the "Graceful Lady" of Paris was often a presence. Our "Wow" moment was when we first opened the curtains of our charming room at the Duquesne Eiffel Hotel to a view of two-thirds of the Tower! Her twinkling hourly lights were our last sight from bed at night and our first view in the morning to asses the forthcoming weather. She was the memorable destination for a walk on Saturday with our first group friend."

Joseph

Arcadia, CA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Giverny, Paris Opera House, Montmartre Museum"

Mark

Lowell, MI

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Julie was an excellent guide !! Her personal touches made the trip much more interesting and fun !! Rick Steves, she is one of your best ambassadors.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing The Gardens at Versailles. Their vast size and opulence was somewhat beyond comprehension - sort of like seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time. Another "wow" moment was getting our pockets picked at the Concorde Metro stop (only lost 50 Euros) - we saw in the news that Rick Steves lost much more when his pockets were picked in August (thanks for making us feel better Rick)."

John

Lyndhurst, NJ

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour. My first time in Paris and the whole city was exciting. Everything was well organized and the places we went were well chosen for experience and what was practical for the size of our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many. The biggest one was Versailles, seeing how immense it is, from the courtyard to the luxurious rooms to the vast pond. The another was the river cruise, to see Paris at sunset with all the beautiful buildings and to realize the part the river played in the development of Paris. Related to that was the Pont Neuf, to realize this is where modern Paris began. Tieig all these together is just walking in a beautiful city with so much to see, so much to offer."

Christopher

Hammond, LA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good. We enjoyed the places we saw and the hotel. It has air conditioning!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Louvre."

Christoph

Somers Point, NJ

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour for myself and 2 teens. Pretty little clean hotel in a great location close to the Eiffel Tower. Restaurants and some shopping nearby. Very helpful front desk especially Cedric. Nice guy. Tour itinerary was very complete and flexible. If one of my teens wanted to sleep in it was no big deal. Museums were stunning. Boat ride at night was gorgeous. Marie, the tour guide, was very sincere and thouroughly knowledgeable. She made it fun every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Doing the river tour of the Seine at night was stunning. The buildings, lights and weather were incredible. Another under the radar wow moment was the Paris St Germain soccer stadium tour we did. The tour guide made it so fun we felt like life long fans of PSG. They take you in the locker room, press room and on the field. Super cool tour!"

Rhonda

Buckley, WA

Tour: 08/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris is large and can be overwhelming to explore. Marie was wonderful at breaking it down into small and sequential bites, providing history and current events, humor, understanding and enlightenment of this beautiful city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was simply that I could navigate the city entirely on my own once Marie explained the community transit in Paris. The subway and train system is designed to quickly get you anywhere you want to go without ever getting behind the wheel yourself."

Jay

Bend, OR

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best of Paris in 7 Days is another home run by the Rick Steve's team. Don't second guess your decision to press 'GO' on this personalized first class trip. You could spend a year researching and planning, but still come up short in trying to match this package. It's affordable and proven with a small group feel, which is a comfort if you are not accustomed to navigating cities that are foreign to you. The guides are brilliant, the accommodations well appointed and the dinners delectable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The impressionists on the 5th floor of the Museum d'Orsay and the Roman baths in the basement of the Cluny Museum."

Laura

Pleasant Grove, UT

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent hotel, tours and guide. We loved every minute of our experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Musee de l" Orangerie - the guide was truly amazing. Plus, Elizabeth at the Musee Lourve! The entire time was brilliant."

Juan

University Place, WA

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Julie was fantastic, she was knowledgeable, kind, seeked to established conection with the group and challenged us to experience Paris by staying in contact with the local people, using public transportation, explaining why Parisians do certain things in a certain way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Louvre. The guide was fantastic"

Daniel

Clifton, NJ

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was fantastic.She was very caring and extremely knowledgeable.Our group was a lot of fun.The sights that we saw were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments.The whole tour was a WOW."

Susie

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour and great guide! Julie was fantastic along with the others!

Ellen

Parrish, FL

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I and my fifteen-year-old son loved everything about this tour! Julie was an incredible guide. She was smart, friendly, full of information and seemed to enjoy herself as much as the rest of us did. She didn't just show us around, she taught us how to get along on our own. She also led an excellent wine and cheese tasting! My son and I learned so much each day. We LOVED the hotel! The group was small enough that we were able to get to make friends pretty quickly. We loved the "whisper system".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our cruise on the Seine on our final night was magical. As we passed beneath the first bridge, Julie uncorked a bottle of champagne and served it to all of us. It was a beautiful evening and I think everyone was feeling overwhelmed with the beauty of Paris, the wonderful friends we'd made, and the sadness of our last night together on this life-changing week."

Lucinda

Orem, UT

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our guide Julie, and the other members of the group.

Kristine

Richmond, VA

Tour: 07/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fabulous tour. I was traveling by myself and made many friends in the group. I also loved that our guide helped us learn how to use the buses and metro, so we could get around the city on our own. Lovely hotel, too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guide that did the Orangerie tour was amazing. I learned so much about the art world of that time that I hadn't really appreciated before."

William

Wilsonville, OR

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was so smoothly organized that the experience was fully enjoyed,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Orsay Museum. Went to Paris for the art and saw a lot of it. Enjoyed bus ride on day one to see many highlights in architecture."

Grace

Sun Prairie, WI

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time seeing the major sights of Paris and learning about its history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wonderful tour guide made sure we were able to see the Mona Lisa, even though the painting had been moved to another place in the Louvre."

Andra

Franktown, CO

Tour: 07/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was another awesome Rick Steves tour for me. I have visited Paris several times on my own and love the City. That said, I always find value in seeing a familiar 'friend' with a guide and through someone else's eyes. In this particular case, it was through Marie's and my granddaughters' eyes. I appreciate and value the fact that your guides (for the most part) are men and women who actually are 'natives' of the countries and/or cities we visit. What an extraordinary experience overall!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sparkling champagne in front of the sparkling Eiffel Tower with our wonderful tour group and the ever amazing (sparkling?) Marie. This was an unexpected treat and a lovely surprise!"

Glenna

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was a lot of fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Versailles!"

Brenda

Rio, WI

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our week in Paris was fabulous! Julie, the tour guide, was wonderful! She explained everything thoroughly, was very helpful and a lot of fun to spend time with. All of our local guides were also very informative and interesting. The hotel was in a great location, the staff were all very nice and the rooms and breakfasts were excellent! We will definitely travel with Rick Steves again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the surprise of fireworks at the Eiffel Tower the first night we were in Paris. It happened to be Bastille Day and there was a celebration that we never expected to take part in. It was a great cultural experience!"

Kelly

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter and I decided to get our of our vacation comfort zone and go to Europe. Our goal was to have a rich learning experience. Goal met!! This was our very first guided tour and am so completely happy we chose Rick Steves' Tours. It delivered exactly what it promised: an opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Paris in a small group. Our view of the world has expanded and we will return (with guide book in hand) by ourselves in the future and also plan our next RS tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I joked that "I can get lost in the bathtub" so I was quite anxious to a) travel to Europe in the first place and b) navigate back to the hotel on the Metro by myself. Julie spent time to teach us exactly how to read the Metro map, use the guidebook, and be confident. One afternoon when we had free time, Hannah and I managed to get to/from several places ON OUR OWN. That was the Wow! moment. I can do this (explore new places!!)"

Marycarol

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved our guide, Julie! Loved learning how to navigate Paris on our own. loved learning about Paris, the history and modern day. :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! but our first night watching fireworks over the Eiffel Tower on Bastille day was amazing. :)"

Anson

Rio, WI

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip! Great guide and great experiences! Would have liked more time at the Louvre but they local guide did what they could with the time. Loved the way we were left to become our own traveler in the afternoons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gardens at Versailles."

Jayne

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour. I was impressed with the quality and quantity of activities. The guides were knowledgeable and took time to explain what we were seeing and answer our questions. The food and accommodations were impressive and more than met my expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was on the Paris City Tour. We had just finished the evening river boat cruise on the Seine. It was starting to get dark and the Eiffel Tower was already lit. Our guide, Marie, knew we might just make it to the base of the tower in time to see the twinkling lights at 10:00 pm. She quickly guided us through some back streets where we landed at the base of the tower just in time to see the twinkling lights go on. It was a magical moment enjoyed by all!"

Melody

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Julie was a FABULOUS guide! Also, I lived the sequence of our day trips: I lived the history of each place we visited and how it all seemed to culminate with our last day at the 2 big museums. I felt like I was able to visit so many of the places where the artists painted throughout the week and then on the last day I could really connect to the art because I visited the places where the art was made/places where the artists were inspired.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Last day at the Orsay and l'Orange museums because that's where the while trip seemed to come together for me."

Eve

Putney, VT

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was lovely as Paris is a wonderful place to be. Being on the tour, I actually felt a bit silly because we didn't do anything I couldn't have easily organized myself. I have been on other Rick Steve's tours, and we did more things off the beaten track or with locals. It would have been nice to have more of a discussion of current events. The protests were happening while we were there, but we didn't get a social/political context for the unrest. Would have been interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just being able to walk to Eiffel tower easily from the hotel! So lovely just to hang out there in the evenings."

Parmelee

Old Monroe, MO

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfectly planned and designed to get the best out of each day. We left our hotel each morning ready to see what the day offered, and returned each day exhausted but happy!! We were thrilled with Paris: the food (fantastic), history, art and the people. We could easily take this tour again and enjoy it just as much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a new "wow" moment . . standing in front of the Mona Lisa, taking a riverboat ride under the night sky with the Eiffel tower lit up in all it's splendor. Walking by Notre Dame (after the fire)with a feeling of gratitude that it was still there."

Valerie

Post Falls, ID

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience exceeded expectations again this our second tour with RS

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of it was an awe ha moment. All the sights we visited were amazing"

Donna

Fall City, WA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my first tour of any kind. I was wary that there wouldn't be enough time to do the things I wanted to do. I thought the structure of mornings guided and afternoons free worked great. It was especially helpful that Michaelanne gave us ideas and transportation ideas before leaving us off in the morning. Getting the full skinny on how to navigate the Paris public transportation system empowered us to venture off on our own. Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No fair. How can one choose one experience when it's PARIS!?!?!? So I'm giving you two: 1)Coming to the top of the stairs at Sainte Chapelle on a sunny day with the stained glass all around. It would make a true believer out of the darkest skeptic. 2) Standing in front of the Renoir Danse à la campagne that I have loved my whole life - but for that matter - the entire D'orsay had me seriously considering a move to Paris."

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.