• 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 $1,795 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $675

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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 Louvre, Orsay, and Orangerie museums, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, and Versailles Palace. 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!

Dates & Prices

2019

2020

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Paris come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 13 group sightseeing events • 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 • Orangerie Museum • Orsay Museum • Cluny Museum • Montmartre walking tour • Historic Paris walking tour • Sainte-Chapelle • Marais walking tour • Versailles…and more
  • All group transportation during the week in and around Paris
  • 6 nights' accommodations in a memorable, centrally located hotel
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 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.

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Paris

We'll gather at our hotel in Paris at 3 p.m. for a short meeting and orientation stroll around our neighborhood, followed by a panoramic tour of the City of Light aboard a private bus. Then we'll get acquainted with one another over a delicious "Welcome to Paris" dinner together. Sleep in Paris (6 nights). Bus: 2 hours. Walking: light.

Day 2: The Historic Heart of Paris

Let's begin where Paris did, on the Ile de la Cité. Your guide will lead a walking tour of the city's early history, including a pair of the world's most significant medieval Gothic churches: the resilient and legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral and a visit to the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle. Then we'll take a stroll through the bohemian Latin Quarter, with free time for lunch on your own. We'll end our afternoon at the Cluny National Museum of the Middle Ages, home to the sublime Lady and the Unicorn tapestry. Walking: moderate.

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. You'll be free for lunch and have time to explore more of the city on your own this afternoon. We'll regroup this evening to enjoy dinner together before embarking on a dreamy Seine River cruise. Boat: 1 hour. Walking: strenuous.

Day 4: The Marais District and the Louvre

We'll begin our day with a walking tour through Paris' diverse, history-layered Marais district. As we walk, we'll learn about enlightened 17th-century urban planning at the beautiful Place des Vosges, the cultural roots of the Jewish Quarter, and how the French Revolution grew from this neighborhood. 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 Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and hundreds more. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: All Day at Château de Versailles

Today we'll explore the elaborate palace that Louis XIV, XV, and XVI called home. We'll make the 30-minute train trip to Versailles, where we'll have a guided tour of the dazzling Hall of Mirrors and other sumptuous rooms of the palace. You'll then have free time to wander through the expansive gardens and visit the farm animals at Marie Antoinette's hamlet — or zip back to Paris early via one of the frequent trains. Train: 1 hour. Walking: strenuous.

Day 6: Masterpieces of Paris

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

Day 7: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

(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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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!

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.

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!"

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!"

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."

James

Hazelhurst, WI

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall tour experience was lots of fun! Itinerary was great and provided lots of time for personal exploration. Julie was great and knowledgeable about the ins and outs of Paris and France overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a few wow moments! Ste. Chapelle was truly magnificent! Montmartre was a great experience and who can forget the bust of Dalida! LOL! And, when we visited the Marais, we had free time to roam the area and found the MOST delicious patisserie and went there twice before we left! YUM!"

Barbara

Richardson, TX

Tour: 07/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have dreamed of going to France since I was 16. This week was my dream come true. Everything went as advertised. The combination of excellent tours and insights and free time to explore more sites and museums kept me busy every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My tour of the Dallas Opera house with Paul and Jim."

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. :)"

Doug

Ventura, CA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did not know what to expect, really. Never been to Europe or even been on a guided tour. It could not have been better. Wonderful guide, perfect itinerary, great weather. Lots of walking which we liked.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I guess just walking the streets that first night and seeing the Eiffel Tower."

Sharon

South San Francisco, CA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience, and we were very satisfied with our trip. The pace was swift, but we had most afternoons free to explore on our own. Marie respected our time and was always there to help. Her instructions on the bus lines and the Metro were invaluable and enabled us to be independent travelers. The museum guides were very well versed in the history and art. The gentleman who guided us in the Louvre and Versailles was outstanding in his knowledge and his delivery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Marie decided to lead us on the quick walk to see the Eiffel Tower light up at night (after our Seine River cruise.) This was spur of the moment and she recognized the opportunity to share a magical moment with us. It is a delightful memory."

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!"

Kathleen

Ventura, CA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we are SO glad that we chose it instead of attempting to see Paris on our own. We learned so much more about French history, art, culture, architecture, and we saw so much more of the sights than we would have on our own. Plus I'm sure we squabbled less! I can't say enough about our guide Marie, who is a treasure. Her stories and extensive knowledge about what we were looking at truly enriched our experience. She was first rate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gardens of Versailles, and Marie Antoinette's hamlet were favorites but (who'd have thought it) my favorite "wow" was mastering the Metro system!"

Elizabeth

Seattle, WA

Tour: 07/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great! Loved being in a group and having someone who knew the culture and language to lead everyone, especially being new to travel and the language.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Versailles!"

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."

Amy

Franklin, TN

Tour: 07/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and it really exceeded all expectations. The itinerary was excellent and well organized, while still leaving room for us to make plans and explore on our own. We appreciated the small group size, and were impressed by the accommodations and meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed so many incredible experiences – visiting Versailles, strolling through the Orsay, cruising the Seine. But Sainte-Chapelle may have been the most unexpected – and unforgettable – "wow" moment. When I hit the top step of the chapel and saw those gorgeous stained-glass windows, it was truly breathtaking."

Cheryl

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour! Our guide, Rebecca, was fabulous and the local guides were all so great and very knowledgeable. Nice hotel in a good location. Other tour members were all wonderful - so easy to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite 'wow' moment was being outside, drinking champagne, looking at the Eiffel Towel lit up with the sunset behind it! Thanks, Rebecca, for this perfect ending to our tour!"

Jacob

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was perfect. It was record heat and I still enjoyed the entire trip, especially the AC in the hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The river tour during Magic Hour"

Rick

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I highly recommend this for all interested travelers wanting to visit Paris. The Hotel Londres Eiffel was a perfect location for this trip with great breakfast each day. The hotel staff (Cedric and Arnaud) were very kind and accommodating. I was able to experience and see so much of Paris. The agenda and itinerary for each day was perfect. The restaurants and dinner menu selections that was part of this tour was outstanding. Best trip ever!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments for this trip. One that really stands out is the Seine River sunset cruise. It was truly awesome to see all the historical buildings and specifically the Eiffel Tower at sunset. The weather was perfect with a nice cool breeze. It was amazing to see the Tower lit up and with twinkling lights. Just to view the Tower with the reflection off of the river water made it a spectacular sight and a special moment in time."

Nicole

Dallas, TX

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rebecca is knowledgeable, professional and a DELIGHT! I have taken 6 guided tours including 2 Rick Steves' tours, and Rebecca is the SHINING STAR. She knows Paris and shares her insights freely. She interacts with the group, the other guides, the hotel staff, museum door keepers and people on the street in such a positive, authentic way, she quickly became our trusted leader and friend. The Bastille Day ribbon pins she made by hand for each of us is a charming remembrance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I mastered the Paris Metro, RER, Bus - thank you! Empowering. Keep doing this! On our last day: The Musee D'Orsay and Musee l'orangerie - - Rebecca found a shady spot for a break between viewing these two WOW museums. Then she opened a box of multi-colored macaroons for our group to share as we shared memories of our week in Paris - WOW!"

Scott

Monroe, CT

Tour: 06/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monet Water Lillies at Orangerie Musee, including local guide."

Noella

Stockton, CA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I think that this tour was awesome. All the activities on our itinerary were well planned and laid out. We were Paris in the midst of a heat wave and all activities were adjusted accordingly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but I was "wowed " by efficiency of our tour guide."

Deborah

Clarendon Hills, IL

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though Paris was extremely HOT, our hotel was very comfortable with extremely good air conditioning! Great location too! We could walk or take public transportation everywhere and we did! Truly immersed ourselves in the Paris lifestyle. Much of this was thanks to our guide, Rolinka. She is a true gem. Knowledgeable, funny, subtlety steering our group thru rush hour mass transit, and keeping the annoying group member in line without him even knowing he was being handled!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Louis Vuitton store! Oops I guess you meant on the tour. JK The Louvre, always the Louvre. Learn something new each time I go."

Lisa

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an absolutely fabulous trip. We loved our tour guide Rolinka! She made our experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention!"

Gretchen

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my travel experience with Rolinka in Paris. I was with my husband and two adult daughters and we all had a fabulous time. Rolinka was extremely personable, intelligent, friendly, and did an outstanding job making all of us feel safe, comfortable, and cared for. I would highly recommend any Rick Steves' trip led by Rolinka!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two "wow" moments...seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night from our boat on the Seine River was amazing! It was a beautiful evening and I couldn't believe I was in Paris looking at such a fabulous sight! My second favorite "wow" moment was walking into Monet's garden paintings in l'Orangerie, simply breathtaking!"

Betty

Alton, VA

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour experience, and it was outstanding in every way. Our tour guide, Rolinka B., was exceptional. She was knowledgeable, friendly, funny and dependable. She encouraged us to learn and do knew things. And, it didn't hurt that she seemed to be having as much fun as we were! Our group was a good one -- we mixed well together and looked out for each other. Paris, in spite of the heat wave, was incredible. Our hotel was perfectly located and had the best A/C in Paris!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Palace and Gardens of Versailles"

Greg

Mooresville, NC

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great been watching RS on PBS for years but after actually going on tour better than we had imagined

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything about Paris was WOW but the Tomb of Napoleon was a constant sight because it was right around the corner from our hotel...beautiful building inside and out Seeing the Mona Lisa was great despite the crowd ...much more detail in person"

Susan

Lemont, IL

Tour: 06/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Magnifique!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris is a city filled with "wow" moments! Seeing the sites of the city in the daylight, then at sunset, then in the dark of night ... wow ... truly the City of Lights! Another "wow" ... taking the train and seeing the Versailles Palace and Gardens!"

Gary

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, the hotel and its location were great. Hotel Londres Eiffel staff were super helpful and put out a stellar breakfast each morning, with American-style coffee. Much appreciated. Guide Virginie was engaging, informative and in total control, even as we crammed onto the Metro during a heat wave. She's a gem. The guides she chose were informative, with the Versailles guide being a standout. Very funny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus tour stop to click pictures of the Eiffel Tower. Great viewpoint. Stroll through Montmartre was also a favorite."

Diane

Belleville, WI

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Paris is an incredible city. This was my third trip there and second Rick Steves Paris tour. I wanted my grand daughters and daughter to see it so this was a girls trip. We had a great time and our guide Virginia was excellent - Helpful, interesting and fun while keeping us gently on task. We learned a lot about French culture from our guide. Everything was as hoped, Paris wowed my teenage grand daughters. The only downside was the unprecedented heat during our visit but it was doable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking my grand daughters to the D' Orsay to stand in front of the great French impressionist paintings they had seen in books. We managed to eat in both of the lovely dining rooms there as we went twice. They loved the twinkling Eiffel Tower and just seeing this magnificent city."

Howell

Midlothian, TX

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Despite the heat wave, the tour was wonderful! Our guide was beyond knowledgeable about the history and culture of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Chapel."

Bill

Sherwood, OR

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Paris in 7 Days Tour was truly amazing! Our tour guide, Virginie was fantastic, too! The itinerary included a wonderful blend of museums, historic districts, art and architecture. Every moment seemed filled with the excitement of "taking in" the grandness of Paris. The flow and pace of the tour was great - from the introduction and overview bus tour on the first afternoon, to the great balance of the daily outings and free time, and the variety of the group meals (delicious)!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to choose only one "wow" moment, but I'd say sitting on the top deck of the Seine River cruise on the last night enjoying the sights while reflecting on all of the marvelous events of the week's tour."

Lincoln R

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! The activities were well-planned and well-executed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was hard to pinpoint a wow moment, but I enjoyed the time spent at Versailles, the Louvre, the Orsay Museum, and the the L'Orangerie (Monet's Water Lilies)."

Morris

Lilburn, GA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My son and I took two consecutive RSE tours this year -- Paris and the Heart of France followed by the Best of Paris. We did this because we felt we did not spend enough time in London and Rome during our RSE tours in 2017 and 2018. Since there was some overlap between the two tours in France, we did not accompany the Best of Paris tour group the first two mornings and instead visited a number of sites that were not on the tour itinerary. It all worked out very well!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since we took two consecutive RSE tours in France this year, we were able to spend about ten days in Paris. Almost everything we saw there was interesting and exciting. We were also able to visit Fontainebleau and Chartres."

John

Lilburn, GA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our Seine River cruise was amazing because we got to view the major sights along the river while relaxing. My favorite part was looking back towards Notre Dame after our boat passed to see it backlit by the setting Sun. Although it was beautiful, the color reminded me of the fire a few months before. In that moment I was grateful that the cathedral's towers were still standing, as I am sure the Parisians are too."

Diann

Pittston, ME

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was everything that I had expected and hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and learning about (from Uter, an excellent local guide) Monet's waterlilies at the Orangerie."

Gretchen Smith

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour. An excellent introduction to Paris, comprehensive, multidimensional, various perspectives. Loved the group demographics: more young adults (8) and more family units (father-son, aunt-nephew, family with college-age children, etc.) than we had expected, a lively mix! Appreciated the schedule flexibility: On Monday (day 2), we used the afternoon and evening to take the train to Chartres to visit the cathedral, a highlight (then did the Cluny later in the week).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to pick just one. Here are two: The stained-glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle Sitting quietly on a bench in the Orangerie allowing myself to be completely absorbed in Monet's "Waterlilies""

Tracy

Brooklyn Park, MN

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour. From the beginning planning emails and communication down to the last day of the tour, everything was so carefully orchestrated and thoughtfully designed. Our tour guide, Antoine, was so gracious and considerate of our care and experience. I was impressed with his knowledge and ease with which he managed our group and guided us each day. He set the tone for the tour and it created a fun and relaxing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to choose one moment - I loved the hotel we stayed at (Hotel Duquesne Eiffel) and the central location; the itinerary and great [INVALID]ion of museums and neighborhoods along with the additional guides along the way. The dinners we had as a group were such fun and the restaurants were well chosen. I appreciated the opportunity to learn the metro. The trip was exactly as described. I would highly recommend to my friends and have been doing so! I will go on another Rick Steves tour!"

Linda

La Crosse, WI

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I specifically picked this tour as wanted to concentrate on Paris and very much enjoyed staying in one place for a week. Our tour group was wonderful, very compatible[INVALID]everyone on time, very positive and inquisitive. A joy to have group dinners and many of us had nice conversations over breakfast also. I was very happy with the choices for specific tours and felt that Antoine did a nice job changing the itinerary a bit given the situation at Notre Dame and switching boat ride and dinner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed L'Orangerie. Our guide was very knowledgeable and I appreciated her in depth Monet information. Antoine had cautioned us that she may get a little more specific in other areas of the museum and she did which got a little more than we may need to process but she was lovely."

Karla

Edgewood, KY

Tour: 06/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With so many details planned, we could just enjoy everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose! The first one was looking out the hotel window and seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle. Then maybe Saint Chapelle."

Jerilyn

Safety Harbor, FL

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exciting, full of personality, gave real character to the information being shared.Interactive with the group to make us as though it was a very personal tour. Knowledge in every area of Paris and all that was shown to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I saw the Monet painting of The Pond, I had a extremely emotional moment. It brought me to tears and a long period of very deep emotion. I was made to feel very comforted by our guides. This was so unexpected and a moment in time that I will hold dear in my heart forever. They had a way of allowing you moments to truly take in what we where being shown. Given this human element to this trip, took to to a very special place, that I can only title. Unforgettable."

Dora

Pacifica, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

In less than a week, we had a taste of almost every part of Paris and became comfortable with getting around the City. It did help to know some French.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed seeing Monet's Water Lilies and the twinkling Eiffel Tower."

Dan

Rialto, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wanted a tour that would prepare me to tour Paris on my own. The tour was a perfect fit for my wife and myself. We spent the first week on the tour, and then we went off on our own with what we had learned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was when I realized that I could travel on the Metro with confidence."

Kristin

Sault Sainte Marie, MI

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the hotel and neighborhood we stayed in. It was a pleasure to have two tour guides. They were both knowledgeable and went out of their way to make our experience terrific. This was the first formal tour we have been on as we have always done our own thing. We did not want to tackle Paris on our own. WE will definitely take Rick Steves tours again. The format of having afternoons to explore on our own worked perfectly for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Steve got us to the Effile tower just as it started to twinkle."

Mary

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was fabulous. Our second Rick Steves tour and did not disappoint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular wow moment. It probably would have been Notre Dame."

Luann

Rialto, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a marvelous time. We spent the first week with our tour group and guide. Steve and Veronique were great! They were very knowledgeable, and fun. The group was friendly and just the right size. Not too big. We learned so much and when the tour was over we felt like we knew enough to enjoy the following week on our own. The overall experience was great and I would recommend the tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many great moments, but my favorite was the last night with the group. Steve decided we should walk to the Eiffel Tower for a farewell hug. As we prepared to say our farewells the Tower began twinkling, It felt like it was just for us. It was magical."

Riley

Dunedin, FL

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Montmartre trip."

John

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour of Paris. This was my second walking tour, following Rome in 2017. The hotel was very centrally located with easy access to public transportation and the Eiffel Tower. My room was a little short on space, but perfectly fine, clean and very quiet. Our tour guide, Rebecca, was terrific, lots of fun, lots of energy, very responsive to questions, ideas and suggestions, and very knowledgeable. She had us all using the subway system with confidence.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower light show from a bateau mouche was a real Wow. I knew the tower is illuminated at night, but I didn't know that at 10 pm all the lights start twinkling on and off all up and down the tower. Very impressive and beautiful: a real light show! It was also very moving to see that Notre Dame Cathedral is still standing and seems, at least from the outside, to have survived the terrible fire and is stable and secure."

Cheryl

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rebeca was an excellent guide. Her local knowledge coupled with historical background provided a well-rounded tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Versailles gardens."

Randee

Wall Township, NJ

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great, just the right amount of group time and time to explore on our own.

David

Miami, FL

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The Paris trip was everything that we hoped it would be; great access to venues and museums and neighborhoods that meant a lot to us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Orangerie and seeing the Monet Waterlilies guided by Joelle."

Rosemary

Miami, FL

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We choose Rick Steves Tours because we like the "travel like a temporary local" philosophy. We decided to do the 7 days in Paris with a group, rather than independently, and we are very glad we did. Having the guidance and insights of Rebecca, our guide, helped us use our time better and get deeper into Parisian life and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was so grateful for the chance to spend a morning at the Orangerie Museum with our guide, Joelle, who is an art historian. Joelle helped us see deeper into the paintings, the artists and how both connect with their cultural context. A rich experience for those who love art!"

Linda

Columbus, NE

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe. I loved that I didn't have to worry about lines and tickets but still had free time. I can't imagine doing all this on our own. Our tour guide was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing stands out as a wow moment because it was all pretty "wow"."

Robin

Culver City, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour was fabulous from start to finish, from the expertise, friendliness, and leadership of Julie, our guide, with whom we were in such great hands, to the hotel, the meals, and the breadth of our tours. We lucked out to also have Steve along on our tour, with his great energy, experience, and anecdotes. I fell in love with Paris, the history, the many gardens, the architecture, museums, cathedrals, the people and the culture and the pace, and of course, the bread!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can I possibly just name one! Monet's Water Lilies at the Orangeries brought tears to my eyes, I was so moved by it's beauty. Learning about the acknowledgment by the French government of its compliance with Hitler in deporting Jews to the concentration camps, and the building of Sacre Couer to honor French citizens killed by their own government during one of the revolutions, made me think of how much my young country has to learn with regard to reparations."

Roger

Lolo, MT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour for learning how to navigate Paris. The hotel and staff were wonderful and a great location to explore. Also, very safe neighborhood close to transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Luxembourg Gardens and walking the Seine."

Wenona

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Paris was my first Rick Steves tour, and I couldn't be more satisfied. It was fantastic! Julie, our guide, was so personable and knowledgeable. I learned so much about the history, the architecture, the art, the food, the people, the politics and the culture of Paris. And the group-bonding philosophy of Rick Steves really made a difference. Our group was terrific. We got along so well and were all so interested in learning about and experiencing Paris together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments, but I especially enjoyed the Seine River cruise with our group at sunset -- seeing Paris from a different perspective. And, we also took Julie's advice to try a falafel sandwich and eat it in a quaint park in Marais. We felt so Parisian!"

Alexander

Key Biscayne, FL

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

1.- Organization was great. The timing of all activities were perfectly synchronized. 2.- The whisper technology was great. It allowed us to flow seamlessly in the metro or the buses. 3.- Julie has a unique leadership quality. She made us work together and enjoy more the experience. 4.- Steve Smith participation was unique. He made comments about Paris, its history and culture that only could come from someone that has lived there a long time and has devotes his live to study it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Friday "finale"was unexpected. It was not only a tourist experience but it was an emotional one. We exchanged email addresses and we have already been in contact with several of our tour members. Everything was my favorite moment."

Alicia

Lolo, MT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour. The company had come highly recommended & far surpassed any expectations I may have had. The guide was tremendous, the itinerary perfect, the people very compatible, fantastic food, & the right amount of down time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last evening river tour was incredible! It brought all the sites we had experienced together into perspective with all the people we had experienced it with!"

Brenda

Farmington, CT

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish, the tour was phenomenal. Julie was the best. She gave us guidance on how to maneuver in Paris, and then let us do it! There was just the right combination of walking tours, museum trips, and dinners together. And yet we had free time as well. The tour group itself was filled with participants who were interesting, thoughtful and good-humored. And to add to an already-delightful experience, Steve Smith accompanied us on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that it is hard to choose! I know that many other travelers have picked the river cruise and that is certainly beautiful. We did it on our last night, which made it a special sendoff for the group. Looking out of our hotel room to see the top of the Eiffel Tower twinkling was certainly near the top of the list. But I think the biggest wow moment for me was walking out on the roof of the Orsay Museum and seeing the Seine River with the bridges spanning it."

Augusto

Key Biscayne, FL

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Julie made a difference between enjoying Paris and having a fabulous Paris experience. She planed the tour not only to use our senses but opened up great opportunities for friendships . The wine tour was the best I have experienced. The persons that guided us in the museums were professional and were able to give us a unique experience. The time between rest and walk was great. We felt tired, slept well and were ready for a new day the following morning. Listening Steven was fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments. Wine tour was fantastic. Elizabeth at the museums was out of this world. We not only learn but were pleasantly entertained for hours. And I was with a 12 year old boy that wanted to go back to the museums to experience them more. Traveling in the Metro with the whispers was a new experience."

Denise

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Paris in 7 Days Tour was exceptional !! It began with the perfect hotel close to the Eiffel Tower. The Duquesne Eiffel Hotel was adorable and the staff was warm and welcoming. Our Tour guide Julie was fantastic and helped us all enjoy Paris to the fullest. We immersed ourselves in the culture and felt like for a short while we became Parisians. Everyone was wonderful and our group blended together like old friends. We are looking forward to many more future travels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Orangerie and experiencing Monet's waterlillies!!! It brought tears to my eyes and it was a very magical moment. Elizabeth ( another one of our spectacular guides ) is an Art Historian and made me feel like i understood the paintings and brought them to life."

Darren

Belmont, MI

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We liked the goal of the tour to equip us to travel around Paris on our own. The tour definitely gave us the knowledge to do this. We also enjoyed having Julie and Steve with us. They were able to answer our questions about about French culture and the history of the various places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The timing of the boat ride on the Seine the last night of the tour. We were able to see the sun set during the boat tour."

Steve

Crestwood, MO

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything it was advertised to be. Outertaning tour guides, outstanding location and sites visited. The tour group was especially fun to be with and experience all of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing how the Eiffel Tower was constructed."

Roger

Dexter, MI

Tour: 05/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our Paris experience with the Rick Steves tour. The group was super-congenial,and there was a good balance of together and on-our-own time. We felt well-prepared to explore on our own. There is so much to discover and explore in Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With no disparaging of our fine tour guide, the wow moment for me was discovering that we were going to be traveling with Steve Smith. This definitely exceeded expectations."

Bob

Dublin, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour. So I wasn't sure what to expect. Our tour guide, Rebecca, was tremendous. She was informative, engaging and constantly upbeat. In each area of Paris we went to we had terrific specialists that added so much to the experience. Their knowledge (and love of their subject) and ability to impart it to the group was outstanding. I learned so much. The Hotel was well located, clean, comfortable with a helpful staff. The group dinners were good. It was a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'll pick two - Versailles."It's good to be the King!) And The Musee de l'Orangerie. I knew of the Water Lilly paintings. But the background on Monet that the guide gave us added so much to the experience. So much so that we made sure on out way to Normandy to stop and visit to Monet's garden at Giverney."

Jeffrey

Gurnee, IL

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour. We are active seniors looking for a way to experience Europe for the first time and the Rick Steve's experience did not disappoint. We had the most fantastic tour guide with Rebecca. She taught us how to be a smart safe traveler as well as how to be a good, polite visitor in a foreign country. Our plan was to use the tour to get to know our way around Paris and then we stayed an additional 4 days to go back and hit additional sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles was a high point from a tourist standpoint, just because of the scale of the place."

Linnea

Crystal Lake, IL

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last day museum tours were my WoW moment(s)"

Tracy

Portage, IN

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Out tour guide was incredible (Oh la la). Rebecca would patiently answer any questions and if she did not know she made sure that she found the answers. The hotel and staff was very nice (the elevator made me very nervous). I am planning a trip to Rome in 2020.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Palace of Versailles was by far my biggest wow of several wows. The opulence and the fact that so much had been saved was incredible."

Drew

Williamsville, NY

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic, enjoyable, interesting, educational, and just plain fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sainte Chapelle"

Lenora

Wyckoff, NJ

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

loved that we had a mix of guided touring and free time to go wherever we wanted. our trip was informative and enjoyable. Julie was great and made traveling easy throughout Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Seine River Cruise and of course the Eiffel tower experience."

Susan

Rapid City, SD

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the variety of things we got to see. I also enjoyed that the tour allowed us to explore on our own in the afternoons. Julie was a amazing guide who answered all of our questions and gave us a view of what life was in France.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Versailles. The entire place was amazing! I still am amazed that I was able to visit it and get such great info about each room."

Beverly

Maumee, OH

Tour: 05/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

over all I enjoyed the trip very much, our tour guide was great, the food as great and the hotel was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have never been to Paris before so every part of it I liked the part that was a wow moment was Chateau De Versailles, the gardens were beautiful."

Lawrence

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Versaille garden"

Jeannette

Broomfield, CO

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and what I liked the most is the introduction to the sights in Paris then the freedom to enjoy them on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering into the upper chapel of Sainte-Chapelle took my breathe away and brought tears to my eyes, the beauty was amazing."

Sandra

Kent, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned, and smoothly executed! Marie was so personable, warm, and lovely. Her stories we interesting,engaging, and thought provoking. We had good docents, as well. The ratio of organized time, and independence was perfect. We felt like we had been given good skills to get around on our own. Meals we wonderful! Can't say enough, would definitely recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to Marie sing, as we waited for the Eiffel Tower to twinkle!"

Kathleen

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was fine-nice to have details like museum pass, metro pass, hotel taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unlike our previous tour-Best of Rome- I can't thibk of any wow moments."

Kenneth

Allen, TX

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was very professional and well done. I particularly enjoyed the historical aspects included when touring and seeing all the Parisian sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming face to face with the deep history of Paris."

John

Richmond, VA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Marie is an outstanding person that represents your brand with a very high level of competence. It was our first experience with your company as well as our first time in Paris. My only complaint was the choice of restaurants for the first night meal. The seating was crowded and uncomfortable. Not a good way to start the tour. I am very glad that it was the only uncomfortable moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is not a wow moment, but it greatly impacted our trip. The teaching of the use of the metro was a simple thing that added an immeasurable amount to the time spent in Paris. The freedom of movement without fear of being lost added to the enjoyment of the week."

Ryan

Kent, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Interesting, informative, educational, safe, comfortable, fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eiffel tower twinkling at night and our tour guide Marie singing Le Vie En Rose."

Monica

Mechanicsville, VA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first European trip and my first Rick Steves tour. While I was a little disappointed there weren't more people my age(mid-40s), there were friendly people in the group. The trip was exhausting, so I do believe I received the most bang for my buck. I could recommend a day off somewhere in the middle to be able to sleep in, but otherwise, I definitely feel like I saw everything I needed to. Overall Great tour, great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, so I really can't say.(this is the same answer I have given friends and family). The Seine River Boat Cruise is super!"

Susan

The Villages, FL

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, great mix of planned events and on-your-own time. Our guide was extremely helpful with suggestions for transportation and alternative places to visit and to eat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles was unbelievable!!!"

Nancy

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful experience -- one we will never forget! We love Paris and the people there, primarily because of our tour guide, Marie. Each day offered new experiences and opportunities and we saw more of Paris than we would have if we had not taken the tour. We also enjoyed meeting new people who were part of our tour. Marie's knowledge, experience and positive attitude made the tour a particularly enjoyable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to pick a favorite "wow" moment because each day offered a new "wow" experiences. While the tours of Versailles and the Louvre were amazing, our favorite moments were in cafes "people watching" and soaking up the culture."

Roberta

Fargo, ND

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are first timers with Rick Steves tours and we were not disappointed. We had a fantastic week exploring Paris. Our guide, Michaelanne, was organized, very knowledgeable and delightful.( The other guides at various sites as well were also very knowledgeable and imparted interesting and valuable information to the group.) Our group bonded well and we very much enjoyed being together, sharing our lives with one another and at the tours'end decided that we we would stay connected through FB/email

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We can't say we had one WOW moment, but rather each place had its own uniqueness. The only disappointment, if one can call it that, was the boat ride on the Seine. There were too many persons on the boat & it was daunting to hear the speaker over the din of the crowd."

Lena

Albany, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris is amazing, with its monuments, artwork, culture, and natural beauty. Michaelanne made it come alive with her explanations about what we were experiencing. Our tour group was extraordinarily cohesive and I feel like I've made several new lifelong friends. I honestly did not want the week to end. I would love to travel with this group again and have Michaelanne lead our group. The whole experience was a complete dream come true.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was learning how to use the metro. Knowing that I have that skill will change the way I travel in the future. It's probably not what most people would choose after spending a week in Paris, since Paris is "Wow!" everywhere you look, but having this new transferable skill will improve my future travel experiences and it was something I hadn't expected on this trip. Kudos again to Michaelanne for teaching us so well."

John

Stanley, NC

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I first should admit that I am not extremely fond of packaged tours, but I'll have to say this one was exceptional. A great combination of a chance to experience the most important aspects of this location, plus ample time to explore on your own.....a good balance. There was simply not enough time to soak it all up, but I think we touched on the most important sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was great to learn how to use the Metro. I loved sitting at a sidewalk cafe, drinking wine and eating cheese and watching people."

Mary

Stanley, NC

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it exceeded my expectations! Michaelanne was an excellent guide, communicating very clearly, offering practical solutions to problems travelers were most likely to encounter;and, possessing a monumental fund of knowledge of French and Parisian history and current events. I especially enjoyed the balance of scheuled touring and "free" time to explore, using the skills Michaelanne taught us. The "specialty" guides were excellent, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments; however, independently using the Metro to return to Saint Paul - Sait Louis Basilica for an evening concert was the greatest "wow" for me."

Scott

Albany, OR

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and afforded many opportunities for individual as well as group experiences. Michaelanne did a great job of making everyone feel welcome and at ease from the very beginning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I cannot single out a favorite "wow" moment as there were great experiences every day. For me, the most striking thing about the Paris tour is the realization that there is something marvelous to experience in so many places. It's almost overwhelming."

David

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This action-packed week in Paris was exceptional. The itinerary combined organized time as well as a generous amount of free time to pack as much additional sightseeing as one could manage. By the end of the week, I was totally exhausted, but in a good way. I was able to see all the major venues that I had planned on visiting including some additional experiences that I had not anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I suppose the evening cruise on the Seine was special in that we were returning to the pier as the light show on the Eiffel Tower was beginning. We were treated to a twinkling tower as we pulled in."

Steve

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris. There is so much to see and do. Our tour director did an outstanding job of taking us to visit some of the most beautiful parts of the city

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The canal tour, no wait. Notre Dame, no wait. The Monet exhibit, no wait. The Eiffel tower, no wait. The Louvre, no wait. Eating a real macron, no wait. Eating an eclair, no wait. Riding the Metro, no wait. Eating crepes, no wait. You know, the whole tour was a non-stop "wow" monent!"

Shawn

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Bet Tour Guide Ever!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time!!!"

Paul

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The Paris tour covered most of the traditional highlights that the city has to offer. Michaelanne was a superb guide committed to ensuring that the entire group experienced a well informed historical perspective on this city. Her knowledge of the transit system was very helpful so that on "our time", we could venture out with the benefit of the Paris transit system. She was also very helpful in recommending venues that were not in the official tour, such as concerts, light shows etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vivaldi string quintet and soprano at St Paul's-St Louis cathedral. The 130 yr anniversary laser light show at the Eiffel Tower. While both of these were not part of the tour, they were recommended by Michaelanne."

Peter

Madison, WI

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first visit to Paris. I wanted your experience to show me the basic important parts. I stayed 3 extra days and felt confident on the metro, and able to go where I wanted after time with the tour. Michelann helped me find a cafe on Rue Montorgeuil between the organ concert at St. Eustache and the 7:30 concert at St. Chapelle which worked great. She was encouraging, good-spirited and fun as well as very knowledgeable. I want to take the E. France tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'd say seeing the house garden on Montmartre where Renoir did his famous garden dance painting was quite special for me. Our guide there, Cherise, was a very good speaker. I loved her deep knowledge of the subject and ability to articulate it. And, outside of the tour I was able to use my new familiarity with the city to come upon Delacroix's atelier garden tucked away off of Rue Furstemburg near St. Germaine de Pre."

John

Champaign, IL

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Can't imagine a better guide than Michaelanne! She was the embodiment of the tour's overall structure -- offered lots of expertise and guidance while in no way being a smothering presence. Lots of room for independent exploration with plenty of support whenever we wanted it -- ç'est merveilleaux!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was a toss-up. After the group's walking tour of the Marais, my wife and I headed over to the Centre Pompidou. The Pompidou's collection was wonderful overall, but Constantin Brancusi's studio (on the grounds of the museum) was an absolute "wow!" Rivaling that for "wow" moment of the trip was the group dinner at Le 7eme Vin. The food and the hosts were so wonderful we went back the next evening to find another warm welcome and wonderful cuisine yet again."

Carol

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour reminded me of summer camp. Like at camp, I learned many new things but these new learnings were about art, Paris metro travel, and Parisian culture. I met many fun and friendly people on the tour, and enjoyed getting to know them. Just like a child at summer camp, my world vision changed due to my experiences and the people I shared them with. It's an experience that an adult seldom gets. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love the Orangerie. The tour guide was superb and I learned a lot and enjoyed the gorgeous art."

Rosanna

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

For me, always is going to be an awesome experience going to Paris I love Paris. It was sad to see the Eiffel Tower all fenced I was surprised. Is Always awesome to visit the most famous museums I loved it The vendors with the buckets and others kinds of "vendors" are very annoying sometimes they ruined tourists experiences in Paris, police should do more about it Overall Paris is a beautiful place Our tour guide Marie did a good job telling us and advising us how to get around the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW moment for me is being there in Paris with my Fiance Another wow Mona Lisa I wanted to see the famous painting, I went 5 years ago and din't get to see it, the fancy lady whom did the talking tour in The Lourve she was very understanding and polite."

Stephen

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

loved Paris and our guide. Hotel staff was friendly. Enjoyed all of the sites and there was the perfect mix of organized and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, I think I enjoyed the river cruise the most."

Annette

Webster, WI

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I experienced Paris, the public transportation, the culture, French history and world class art. It was awesome! The right balance of guided activities/tours and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero for the first time. What an experience! WOW!"

Susan

Stafford, VA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our second Rick Steve's tour, and did not disappoint. From the hotel and staff, guide, tour group members, itinerary, food, and much more; it was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is an unfair question for me. First time in Paris, everything was a favorite "wow" moment. I think seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. Especially, we had a surprise night when we actually saw the anniversary lights on the Tower. A few days later saw it on NBC news online, and made me happy I actually saw it in person when it actually happened."

Michael

Burnsville, MN

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun Well organized Informative

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to use the Metro."

Carolyn

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marie was fantastic! I love the Rick steves philosophy of "teaching you how to fish" versus always providing the fish for you. What I mean by that in particular is that Marie taught us how to use the metro, bus and train system so we could use it on our own when we weren't together. Very smart! And then the guides that you hire for specific parts of the tour: Montmartre, Louve, Orangerie, and Versailles were fantastic! As was Marie's tour of our neighborhood and the Marais.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Marie's tour of the Marais as well as her going "above and beyond" with a wine tasting class and taking us to the last Eiffel Tower 130th anniversary light show."

Kathleen

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had taken the My Way Alpine tour last year and comparing the two I think for me I prefer the My Way style. But I could not have asked for a better introduction to Paris a city I had never been too. I would be completely comfortable returning as a solo traveler and maneuvering around the city. I think there is a good balance of guided tour time and free time. The tour was very well organized. I feel like I received a lot for my investment. Worth every penny considering all I was able to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the river cruise up the Seine and looking at the architecture thinking of all the people over the centuries seeing the same. I did the Rodin museum on my and loved it."

David

Laverne, CA

Tour: 05/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

it was a great trip, very well organized and a lot of fun

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the walking tours of the Latin and Jewish quarters was very interesting also liked the Orsay museum tour"

Susan

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Weather was abysmal but Patrick made us forget about it and we enjoyed every minute!

Lynley

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding way to see Paris in 7 days. You hit all of the highlights and gave us time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we all made it off the morning rush hour metro train together, lol!! The nighttime river cruise showed us a more beautiful side of Paris. Personally, I think the buildings lit up at night are more beautiful than during the day."

Tara

Belleville, ON

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Patrick the tour guide was awesome! He was very personable and had a great sense of humour. This was my first Rick Steves tour and traveling on my own, Patrick explained the metro very well. I felt comfortable traveling on the metro on my own. The group was very welcoming and including the single travels to join them on their excursions. I felt there was enough time to be on your own to explore the city on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a wow moment! Going to Paris has always been my dream trip and after this trip, I feel comfortable enough to visit the city on my own again. The best "wow" moment was the last dinner, and when we walked to the Eiffel Tower to have a glass of bubbly to celebrate the end of the tour. It was raining that night but Patrick found a great spot to see the Eiffel Tower lite up and stay dry. It was very magical!"

Betty

Ferndale, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can not identify a favorite" wow" moment as the whole tour was "wow" for me."

Robert

Mooresville, IN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best introduction to European travel I can imagine. Not only will see many familiar landmarks, you're going to learn how to navigate independently. I saw the sites but also learned something about French culture. You're not only changing locations in travel, you're witnessing a different way of life. Many of the attractions cater to groups. You'll see long lines but won't be spending a big chunk of your time in a queue. Read the travel guide, learn some phrases, YOU'RE IN PARIS !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"L'église de la Madeleine and solemn high Mass on Sunday morning. Afterwards, Bach played on the beautiful pipe organ. We didn't meet with the group for our first meeting until the afternoon."

Cordelia

Roseville, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the minute I booked the trip everything fell into place. The instructions given me were right on and made my preparation for the vacation simple. The group l landed in was wonderful. Being a 70 year old widow I felt like I had found family. I saw Paris my dream trip since I was 18 from top to bottom. My guide was also not only informative she made me feel comfortable and confident that I could not only see Paris with her at my side but on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in front of the Eiffel Tower with the others members of my tour on our last night watching the lights go on and saying goodby to all the friends I had made."

Kate

Worthington, OH

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My mom and I were travelling together, my first Rick Steves Tour, and it was a great balance of guided group and independent time.

James

Richmond, TX

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very pleased with the activities and places visited. The tour guide, Marie, was not only extremely knowledgeable about Paris, but she knew how to handle a sizable group very well - employing Rick's travel philosophy. The schedule, though ambitious, was not exhausting. We had ample free time. Admittedly the weather, at times, was not helpful, as in the boat ride, which turned out to be much colder than anticipated. The selection of the hotel was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say TWO Wow moments: 1. The Chamber Music concert in the acoustically-supreme Saint-Chappelle (optional thanks to our guide), and 2. the surprise champagne toast at the Eiffel Tower on our final evening. Sublime and amazing!!"

Suzanne

Worthington, OH

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marie was an excellent guide who provided us with a wealth of information. She "immersed"us into the Paris subway system which got us all around the city!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Musee D'Orsay and L'orangerie museums were a Wow day! Also the boat ride on the Seine."

Ellen

Isle Of Palms, SC

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome trip with awesome guide. Love the time to ourselves also. Wish I could have seen more, 6 days is just not enough for a city like Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versialles"

Anne

Fair Oaks, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lovely tour guide. Liked the size of our tour group (I saw other tour groups with one guide and 30 plus people!) The Hotel was a great choice by the tour I like the idea of using local transportation, and it was fun to rush into and out of the Metro trains with Marie saying, "Go,go,go!" in my earpiece. The activities and attractions - were well chosen - great itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Monet's in the Orangerie."

Joyce

Crystal Lake, IL

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I especially liked the fact that the group was not too big. This allowed us to get to know each other and socialize with the entire group when we were out and about. The hotel was clean, comfortable and quiet, and was located in a nice, safe neighborhood. Breakfasts included a nice variety and dinners were delicious. My daughter and I felt safe being out in the evening. Our guide, Marie, was simply, wonderful. She was knowledgeable, friendly, easy to be with, and kept an eye on us all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Marie, our guide, singing to us while waiting for a boat ride on the Seine. Everybody joined in singing traditional French songs. Wonderful!"

Margaret

Cypress, CA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Paris tour was exceptional and our guide worked around itinerary adjustments, demonstrations, holiday closures, etc. Tour participants were friendly, open and interesting. The tour was every bit as physical as the tour materials state, so don't overestimate your abilities, however, we all had the option to "opt out" of activities whenever we wanted. We didn't because we didn't want to miss anything. Our guide, Marie, made the week so much fun. It was the trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moments for this art novice were visiting the less crowded Orangerie and Orsay museums. Also, on our extra day we climbed to the top of the Arc de Triumph then walked the entire Champs-Elysees when the street was closed to cars. Both very special."

Charlene

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I wish I'd been in better physical shape for this but it was still a really great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide took us to the Eiffel Tour at night with the lights sparkling and opened a bottle of champagne..."

Randall

Rogers, AR

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was really an exceptional week in Paris. I was able to see all the things I wanted to see. However to experience Paris from a small neighborhood hotel and walking the streets and sitting and eating at cafes made the experience more meaningful and valuable to me. It was more than seeing "all the sites" as I really learned about the culture and history of Paris and France. I enjoyed the people in the tour group much more than I anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into Saint Chapelle and seeing the beauty of the stained glass windows"

Quan

Darien, IL

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I gave credit to Toni and all the local guide for making this such wonderful trip for everybody not just myself hope to see you again .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I arrived at the hotel at 6 in the morning and the hotel clerk gave me the key let me check in early rather than at 2pm and I thank him for that!"

Richard

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The delightful tour of the City of Lights was all that we hoped it would be and perhaps more. The personable, knowledgeable Toni Seymour provided excellent guidance and a feeling of personal connection. The accommodations were terrific: the staff, location and facilities were great and we would stay there again. The pace and content of the tour were excellent and the balance with free time was just right. By the end, we felt that we could successfully spend independent time in Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Musée de l'Orangerie was a highlight. The building and the art are sublime and our guide was gracious, knowledgeable and authoritative. Her encyclopedic knowledge, expertise and explanations made our time with Monet's Water Lilies and the works of other artists seem like a favorite graduate course in art history."

Gladys

Miami, FL

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great hotel and perfect location for enjoying Paris. The itinerary was very well planned and included free time for personal interests. Our guide, Toni, was so Special. She was very knowledgeable and extremely kind. Loved all the extra experiences she arranged for us. Toni was great in teaching us to manage the subway system and just getting around on our own. All tour members were friendly and congenial. Enjoyed receiving subway and museum passes as part of tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had been to Paris before this tour but still learned new things. My "WOW" moment was visiting L' Orangerie for the first time with the amazing guide Joelle. All local guides were very good but Joelle is on a different level altogether. The Rodin Museum was another WOW which we visited on our own, thanks to the museum pass provided with the tour."

Marcia

Rogers, AR

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed and learned from our guide, Toni, liked very much all the other group members, and loved Hotel Londres Eiffel! i learned so much from all our guides, loved learning how to use the metro and visiting so many interesting, unique, beautiful-in-their-own-way places. History was fascinating. I want to learn more now. Food, especially macaroons??, was wonderful, natives, especially shopkeepers were friendly. And I got to use my long-ago French minor occasionally.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't beat the Eiffel Tower lighting up at 10 p.m."

Mary Rose

Tewksbury, MA

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Safe, sane and secure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My guide Toni and group were just great."

Frances

Monroe Township, NJ

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the tour, especially the hotel with its staff and location. The group was friendly and our guide Toni was the best. But the reason I do not give this 5 stars is because I believe that we visit too many churches and museums and that is not all there is to a city's culture, what about the food or music, would have loved a food tour or a concert at the Grand Opera House. The Cluny museum could have been omitted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles after reading and hearing about it for years was so incredible. The stain glass windows at Sainte-Chapelle were incredible to see in person. And the Cruise on the River Seine was absolutely stunning."

Patricia

Deerfield Beach, FL

Tour: 04/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Toni, was fabulous and made for a wonderful trip. She was so much help in learning the metro. I loved her upbeat personality. Everyone at the Hotel Londres was also great. I will definitely stay there again the next time I'm in Paris. And since I did not get to see everything I wanted to, I guess I'll just have to plan another trip.

Kelly

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris was the trip of a lifetime! After watching Rick Steves on PBS for years, my expectations were high and my experience exceeded them in every way. Our guide Virginie provided the perfect blend of history, culture, and individual assistance with professionalism and care. Especially grateful to have visited Notre Dame before the fire.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having never been to Europe but watching Rick Steves' shows for years, it was seeing the Eiffel Tower not only the first day on the walking tour, but every day and night when I wanted!"

Allison

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! Virginie and Veronique were fantastic guides and made the trip truly memorable. Their knowledge, personalities and small touches were all so special. This was my first tour and I look forward to going on many more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to walk through Notre Dame hours before the catastrophic fire."

Randy

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall a good experience. Coverage of Paris was excellent. Also, with good free time and assistance with alternative activities. Note: This was our first Rick Steve's tour of three we were doing in a row (Best of Barcelona and Madrid, Best of Italy). We are very experienced travelers that have been all over the world with a variety of tour companies.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do I say this? Our "wow" moment was how much we disliked the Louvre and Versailles. Way to crowded and commercialized. Crème Brulee we had a one of the group dinners."

Cindy

Palos Hills, IL

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although this was my second "Best of Paris in 7 Days Tour", it was not repetitive because of the different itineraries and because of the additional experiences that Virginie added to the week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was especially extraordinary that despite long lines, Virginie devised a way to get us into view Notre Dame, which was just hours before it caught fire. If we had not seen it that afternoon, the opportunity would have been lost."

Bonnie

Littleton, CO

Tour: 04/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a Solo Traveler, I felt extremely welcomed and really enjoyed the Rick Steve's Philology of being an independent traveler. I plan on taking more Rick Steve's tours, the possibilities are endless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being immersed; learning how to greet people in their shop, order at a restaurant, ride the metro with ease. By mid-way in the tour I felt extremely confident to navigate any place I wanted to go, without standing out as a rude American. Thank you!"

Barbara

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I travelled alone from Minnesota and met up with tour at Londres Eiffel Hotel. I cannot say enough about the accomodations, staff, room, etc at the hotel, I loved it! Location about 8 blocks from Eiffel Tower, close to Rue Clear (where I went many times during free time) and just a perfect location. Arnaud, our guide, was a blast...loved his great knowledge of Paris, off the path areas of interest, and all he knew about our itinerary. I cannot express how I was taken by Paris. Barbara

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Paris."

Michael

Haverhill, MA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful first Rick Steves' tour experience. The hotel was perfectly located and the very accommodating staff in this small friendly hotel even got us into our room early. The tour covered almost all of the must sees in Paris, with the right balance of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We arrived a day early and were able to go to a Latin Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, which was, and now will be, a very special experience for us. I loved the tour, but I passed on Versailles for a day trip to Normandy, which was also special to me."

Kathleen

Richfield, OH

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having traveled fairly extensively in the past- but never on a Rick Steve's tour, I was very impressed with this experience. It was everything I expected and more! The guide was amazing and made us feel truly comfortable in maneuvering around the city on our own. We learned so much - about history, art, culture. etc. This was a wonderful experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the relic room at St. Chappelle and witnessing the light through the beautiful stain glass windows...stunning!"

Jane

Union City, TN

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel that I saw the highlights of Paris, both on the tour and in free time with my daughter. Arnaud was an excellent guide and teacher, and Alexis was so gracious and helpful. I am 75 and was concerned about "keeping up" with the group, but it proved to be doable. I especially feel grateful to have visited Notre Dame one week before the tragic fire. Many of my friends are asking about Rick Steves tours and I am highly recommending them!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That is hard to say! Of course, Versailles was spectacular in its grandeur and expansive estate. I especially enjoyed Marie Antoinette's little hamlet which was a surprise to me. But just being in Paris for a whole week and getting a little familiar with the city and eating delectable French cuisine and absorbing the historic surroundings was all a "wow" for me!"

Mary

West Roxbury, MA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience overall. We saw the highlights and, in retrospect, I'm so grateful to have seen Notre Dame while it was still intact. The hotel was well-located and lovely, with such kind and helpful staff. Arnaud, our tour guide, did an excellent job of keeping us on track and on time while also educating us on French history, culture, and how to ride the Metro like a Parisian - all with a sense of humor. Fast-paced walking, as advertised - 45 miles, according to my Fitbit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The art work at the Musee d'Orsay - a magnificent collection!"

Rose

Brecksville, OH

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Arnaud is amazing. He is interesting, commanding, and funny! Because of his excellent guidance, by day three, I felt I could go anywhere in Paris using public transportation, unassisted, if I chose. He also helped us understand the French culture, so important. We visited many interesting places and learned so much, both from Arnaud and guides at the sites. Alexis is kind and helpful, quietly assisting us as needed. The food was wonderful. The entire experience was lovely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! However, when I walked into Sainte-Chapelle my breath was taken away."

Elizabeth

Potomac, MD

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was active and wonderful. I/we learned about and saw a great deal of Paris. Loved learning how to use metro and the buses and having the week long metro pass. The location of our hotel was perfect for sightseeing either by public transportation or walking. The hotel staff was exceptionally helpful in assisting us to find the way to get to a sight by walking, taking the bus or on metro; and also in securing a private car ride from the airport and return to the airport upon departure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Montmartre was a "wow" day for me! Walking the streets, visiting Sacre-Couer Basilica and learning about the artists who lived and worked there for a time. This view of Paris is spectacular."

Barry

San Jose, CA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour guide (Arnaud) - great, provided great Metro instructions for self-sufficiency, detailed knowledge of city. Alexis from home office - good, helpful addition. Special guides - great for the most part. L'Orangerie tour-guide went a bit long in same spot. Hotel and breakfast great, but room size was a bit small. Group dinners were OK, not great. Maybe we didn't get the true French cuisine?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to, walking up the Arch 'de Triomph stairs, seeing the view. Versailles, especially the outer properties."

Nancy

Wilton, NH

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exhausting, in the best way possible. I feel as though I have a strong base for future trips to and continued learning about Paris. I will be 100% comfortable using the Metro, taking a bus, walking in a shop, and choosing a restaurant. Arnaud's professional standards, ability to communicate his knowledge, and attention to detail greatly contributed to the success of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the harmony of the city's planning. Following the sight lines of streets, the balance of the buildings, and the never ending beauty of the small parks and squares. FYI: we had fabulous weather! One space: Sainte-Chapelle...the beauty, history, and harmony. L'Orangerie was another memorable morning. Our guide taught us so much, including how much more there is to learn. And Montmartre was magical, in a down-to-earth way."

Kathleen

Everett, WA

Tour: 03/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so much more wonderful than I had anticipated it being! I thought the tour was well organized and we saw all of the places I wanted to see. We ate well and I liked everything I tried. We learned to use the metro which was very useful and I am impressed at the efficiency of the system. We also had enough wiggle room in our free time to explore on our own. But, I really appreciated the organized events to add structure and security for a first timer like me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult for me to pick one moment, but I have to say that seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night as we finished our boat trip down the Seine and saw the 130,000 lights sparkle was definitely a wow moment."

Sarah

Webster Groves, MO

Tour: 03/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, so I can honestly say it was the best. I appreciated the events that were planned, the accommodations, the balance of free time to scheduled activity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the city with fresh eyes. Paris has been there long before me, and will be standing long after I'm dust, I love the window of time I got to be there."

Kathleen

Houston, TX

Tour: 03/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the BEST vacation for going to Paris for the first time. While there is a lot to do, it was really nice having all of the events and attractions planned for me and the guide would take us where we needed to go. A great balance between tour activities and free time. I thought the estimated amount of walking was right on. By the end we were out and about and knew the metro and the trains. We are already planning our next Rick Steven's vacation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Notre-Dame and Saint Chappelle in person, very magnificient. The energy and vibe of Paris and the locals was friendly and positive. I never felt ashamed that I was not fluent in French."

Serafima

White Plains, NY

Tour: 03/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized and we had some free time to relax and just stroll the streets of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to the Orangerie Museum. I was impressed by the passionate and very knowledgeable guide/curator."

Dennis

Carmel Valley, CA

Tour: 03/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

wonderful experience for our first RS tour. Hotel and staff were top notch and really went out of the way to make our stay unforgettable. We looked forward to breakfast everyday. the croissants, the baguettes, and the hot chocolate were outstanding. The tour itinerary allowed us to see the sights but left plenty of time for on our own things. The local guides were amazing and we appreciated how deep into the culture they went. Arnaud's fun attitude spread like wildlife among all of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Orsay and Louve Museums and Arnaud's contagious sense of humor."

Paul

Bend, OR

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It could not had been better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the street art"

Donald

Orinda, CA

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Day 2 started with getting on the Metro on a Monday morning packed in so tight one could barely move. All 24 of us made it to the transfer and then on to Historic Heart of Paris. All of us surviving that first ride, getting to know and trust our guide, created a belief that we really could do this. With a Fit Bit we logged a minimum of 14,000 steps to a maximum on Day 4 of 21,000 steps and 10.1 miles. Being 76 years old I was ecstatic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monet's water Lillies at the Orangerie Museum"

Myrna

Woodburn, OR

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience. This is my second Rick Steves tour and I happily do more. The pace is great the guides are wonderful and the sites chosen to visit are excellent. I have recommended you to my friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eifel tower at night."

Kathryn

Portland, OR

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great experience! The tour was a great mix of structured activities and open times, with plenty of suggestions. The hotel was unique, small, well run, and friendly. Very little time was spent on buses. All the tour guides were informative and clearly interested in their respective subjects. It was nice to have the small tour group to I tract with, none of the group bonding time felt forced. Well done Rick Steves'

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't answer this question with a single experience. Enjoyed that we took the metro to all activities. Enjoyed that my 74 year old taxi loving mom found taking the metro the highlight of the tour! I learned so much about Paris and its history on this trip. Thank you!"

Catherine

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and included many of the highlights of Paris. We were able to see other sights during our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The windows at Sainte-Chapelle and the Eiffel Tower were "wow" moments. All the museums were incredible. Just walking around the city of Paris was very pleasant."

Sara

Madison, WI

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour! It was my 4th time in Paris and I was never bored. I traveled with 2 people who had never visited the city and it was great to have all the "Must-Sees" and logistics taken care of. Our tour guide, Daniela, was fantastic! She was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and fostered a great team spirit amongst our group. All 3 group dinners were fantastic in terms of food and ambience. The local guides each added something special to the tour. The hotel gets a mixed review.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being at the top of The Eiffel Tower at night. A young man asked if I would take a short video of him and his girlfriend. After he gave me his phone, he got down on one knee and proposed to her! Very romantic!"

Marilyn

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had an outstanding guide. The over all design of the tour was good and the hotel was superb. In some cases we did not have enough time in the places we were taken too. The number of people enrolled for the tour was about right. Not sure I would do another tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The palace"

Paul

Englewood, CO

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We got to see so much of Paris. A week was a perfect amount of time. The mix of group tour and individual time to explore Paris during the week was a really nice balance. Our tour guide Daniela and tour group were great to spend time with every day. And all the free time planning my sister in-law and wife did leading up to the tour kept all of our days full of fun sites and food! This was our 6th Rick Steves Tour and we will be back in Europe in the late summer for number 7!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Orsay and Rodin museums had spectacular collections. And the view of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur through the face of the clock at the Orsay was a totally unexpected WOW moment."

Lisa

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

If you are looking for constructive criticism, I'm afraid I won't be much help because I thought everything was perfect and I wouldn't change a thing! For me, this was an excellent mix of guided tour and independence. I loved that the tour included a Navigo pass for the Metro as well as a museum pass which I took full advantage of! The helpful tour guide and hotel staff took care of many logistics so we could concentrate on fun. And fun we had! The other tour group members were great as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle would have been my first thought. But in light of the Notre Dame fire tragedy I feel so privileged to have been able to see that magnificent and historical church in person. That was life changing in that I will no longer put things off indefinitely."

Barbara

Windsor, CA

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter and I had been talking about going to Paris for over 20 years and thanks to the RS 7 Days in Paris, we finally did it. The tour was a great immersion into the transit system, museum highlights, food, and culture. We will definitely go back to experience Paris more fully, most likely with her daughter when she is older.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Orangerie, I love the art of the Impressionists. I could have stayed there all day."

Roger

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves tour. I found the "Best of France on Your Own" tour last year scratched the surface regarding Paris, so I added two days at the front end and one at the end of this tour so I could get to the sites, museums, neighborhoods that I was interested in. I was entirely successful, in part to a very good job by our tour guide Arnaud and in part due to siting of our tour at the Hotel Dusquesne Eiffel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Impressionist paintings in the Orsay and Orangerie museums."

Rita

Dallas, TX

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was a dream come true. I have wanted to go to Paris for years but I did not have time to tackle all the research for all the things that you must see and do. This tour did all the heavy lifting for me and my husband and left the best parts for us to enjoy.

Mike

Royal Oaks, CA

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Second time on the seven day Paris trip but Arnaud made it unique and pleasurable. Though we visited essentially the same sites the guides, and particularly Arnaud, made it seem new and exciting. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to partake in the French/Parisian experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The free time option allowed us to schedule a gourmand dinner at the Eiffel tower as well as a dinner cruise on the Seine. Arnaud's help in mastering the metro allowed us an independence that paid off in unscheduled local experiences."

Mary

Tigard, OR

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my forth time AND best tour of Paris. Each time it exceeds my expectations with impressive sites. Superlatives do not adequately describe our tour with Arnaud. I felt respected, protected & well educated with his level of expertise which was obvious with each activity. The breakfasts were out of this world, the best on any of my 14 worldwide tours. Where is my expresso with warmed cream, fresh croissant, delicious pastry, lean ham, scrambled eggs & fresh fruit...all at the ready?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our riverboat cruise on the Seine River with a full moon on a clear, but chilly night, was outstanding in every way...the boat, the route AND the City of Lights did not fail to perform in its grand illumination."

Vickie

Santa Clarita, CA

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed being able to explore the city -

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments - it is hard to pick just one. The stained glass windows at St. Chapelle were amazing and such a surprise."

Nancy

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We definitely got our money's worth. My spouse struggled with all the walking; he has two artificial hips and an ankle that is held together with screws. But he managed to get by!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Museum of Decorative Arts and Crafts (Musée des Arts Décoratifs). This was not part of the "official" tour but was included in our Museum Pass and is adjacent to the Louvre. I mentioned it to Arnauld and urged him to suggest it be added to the tour. The jewelry exhibit alone just blew me away!"

Anthony

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 03/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. Guide extremely knowledgeable and patient. Excellent accommodations. Obviously, Paris is too big to see in 7 days but this was a great introduction.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles."

Claire

Tigard, OR

Tour: 03/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was absolutely amazing! It was a perfect balance of walking tours, museums and free time. Having both the Metro and Museum pass included as part of the cost of the tour made the experience so easy. I never use public transportation at home but was extremely comfortable using this in Paris. Everyone in the tour was easygoing and friendly which always makes the experience better. The hotel was perfectly situated, the room comfortable and the staff extremely helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was biking around Versailles to Marie Antoinette's hamlet. The weather was perfect, the scenery beautiful and it was a great change after for waking for the better part of 5 days."

Gregory

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 03/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was like having a staycation in Paris[INVALID]we loved having seven days in such an amazing city. We also loved having 50% of the time to ourselves. We love that about RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat tour on the Seine after dark was pretty fantastic. The champagne toast at the Eiffel Tower on the last night was also memorable. Even an incident with a pickpocket turned into a wow moment--wow, those kids were good!"

Marlene

Baltimore, MD

Tour: 03/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed Paris, and Patrick was a terrific guide! He was professional, had a great sense of humor, and had so much to show and teach us as we explored the city. The hotel (Londres Eiffel) was wonderful, particularly the kind, generous staff. I enjoyed the mix of structured activities and free time so that we could choose our own adventures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Orangerie and Musee d'Orsay (which we did on our own based on the recommendation from Patrick), Montmartre, and a boat ride down the Seine at night with a full moon rising by the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Puce Marcee (recommended by Patrick and your book)."

Joyce Marie

Franklin, TN

Tour: 03/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My first trip with Rick Steves was in 2014 in Spain. I have been to Europe 5 times since then with other tours and cruise lines. But I always compare them to my first trip with Rick Steves. No comparison. It's a Rick Steves only tour for me from now on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening boat ride along the Seine!"

Jennifer

Plover, WI

Tour: 03/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Over all it was an interesting trip. We learned a lot and now we could each travel around Paris and the surrounding area easily.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On a free afternoon, we walked from the Arch, over the Alexander bridge, to the Eiffel tower. It was a beautiful walk with a lot of photo ops. The other WOW moment would be the river boat ride at night. We enjoyed the tour of the Louver."

Michael

Naperville, IL

Tour: 03/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized, excellent main tour guide, highly knowledgeable specific tour guides. Saw all of the primary sites in Paris, but still had plenty of time for individual exploration of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower at night."

Lisa

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Climbing the Arc was spectacular! The other was the river tour at night, WOW!"

William

Dallas, TX

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great mix of group activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles/ the Catacombs/the weather"

Nicole

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great overview of the city and the history. You get to see all the top sites, with the exception of the Eiffel Tower, but there is plenty of time during the tour to do that on your own if you want. The Hotel is in a prime location (blocks from the Eiffel Tower) and the Metro and bus system were really easy to use.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching the Eiffel Tower show off its nightly sparkle from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.....breathtaking."

Lizzie

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE PARIS TRIP!!!!! It is ARGUABLY the BEST RICK STEVE'S TOUR I have EVER DONE! And I would definitely do it again in a tick! Paris is IMMENSELY UNBEATABLE- NOTHING can EVER POSSIBLY beat Paris!!! Of all the places that I have been to in Europe, THE CAPITAL OF FRANCE ???? TAKES THE CROWN ??! On a scale of 1 through 10, a 10 being above-&-beyond immense love and adoration, and complete favoritism, beyond description, PARIS PERMANENTLY IS A 10!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Words cannot describe how much I LOVE PARIS! On a scale of 1-10, a 1 being complete dislike and 10 being above-&-beyond indescribable absolute favoritism, Paris indefinitely (= PERMANENTLY!) scores a 10. EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY of the 7-day Paris tour is a WOW moment- I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE TOUR AND ENJOYED IT AND PARIS ENORMOUSLY!!!!!!!"

Sarah

Jonesboro, AR

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing some of the great art in the Louvre. Our guide, Elizabeth, was wonderful."

Lisa

Dallas, TX

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rolinka was an excellent guide. I thought the trip was well paced - activities balanced with free time. The local guides were also very good, especially Cerise. Great location and the hotel was very nice. The staff was also helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monet's Water Lilies"

Tony

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Let's put it this way: my women were delighted with the Rick Steves Best of Paris Tour, and I, being a Good Husband and a Good Father, am delighted that they were delighted. So, Good Job, Rolinka and Rick Steves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing atop Arc de Triomph watching the sun set over Paris, and then the Eiffel Tower began its hourly light show."

Nancy

Napa, CA

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rolinka consistently keep all informed through verbal presentation, information sheets on the entry desk and the wonderful headset program. Each day was a different view of Paris. Wonderful. The Docents' at the various site were articulate and well informed. In addition, Rolinka had a very mixed group. She handled that well and made sure all were included and comfortable. The tour was well planned with enough time to see

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arch of Triumph at night with the full moon and 280 steps, the cities street converging and the view of Paris. There were many others but this was exceptional."

Charlene

Tinley Park, IL

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was good. This is the first 1 city tour so it was different than the 10-day tour of Italy. The food was ok. It was a little hard to get vegetarian food but that's Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first bite of the creme brulee!"

Kelly

Duluth, MN

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a wonderful tour! When I was last in Paris as a poor college student, I did not do anything right. So having the guides, the Metro pass, the museum pass made this so much better. The mix of organized events and open options was very nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was an extra coordinated by our tour guide. On the way to dinner we had the option to meet early and go up the Arc de Triomphe. Being up there are sunset, watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle, and having the full moon was just wonderful."

Mona

Seattle, WA

Tour: 02/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After 11 years of waiting I finally got a chance to see Paris. I was so happy. The tour group was nice, Parisians formal and polite. Lots of walking on this tour 5-8 miles a day. I had to get a pair of sketchers looking shoes and gave my boots to the sales girl to toss or keep. The art scene here is incredible. Tour was fast paced , saw a lot and by the end of the week I was tired and ready to go home. It was a perfect 7 days in Paris. Good food and wine.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Seine river cruise with Eiffel Tower lights going on for 5 minutes, chateau de Versailles was so opulent and the gardens so manicured and vast. Enjoyed the stories of Montmarte and to be where famous artists lived and worked."

Pamela

Portland, OR

Tour: 02/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves tour, so of course I had high expectations. And yes, it was wonderful - from the lovely hotel (Hotel Londres Eiffel), to our excellent tour guide (Patrick), to the varied and expansive itinerary. All great and so memorable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say it was walking out into our neighborhood to explore after getting settled in to our hotel. My favorite part of travel is absorbing the experience - the setting, the people, the culture. I will say that as I was walking on rue St. Dominique to the Orsay Museum, I came upon a magnificent church (?) smallish cathedral (?) in the middle of town with a lovely park surrounding, I was just astounded at the thought of having something so historic and beautiful in a neighborhood."

Carol

Lebanon, OR

Tour: 02/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour - I feel like I know Paris now. The balance of history, art, architecture, and general culture was just right. And the weather was nearly perfect - in February!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trying escargot - and liking them!"

Kiran

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 12/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was very happy with the tour. It was a nice blend of scheduled tours along with independent time to explore other tourist spots that I was interested in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles"

Tom

Lake Forest, CA

Tour: 12/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow, the entire tour,food and hotel were all incredible! We had so much fun and created so many memories, my kids want to go back on another trip today! Our guide was so kind, informative and helpful that even the most novice traveler would have felt right at home in Paris. Our hotel, Hotel de Londres Eiffel, was 5 star! We highly recommend Rick Steves' Tours and will definitely be back in the near future, the only question is which tour (their are so many to choose from)!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was exceptional, but seeing my wife and kids experience Europe and Paris for the first time was incredible. Their looks on their faces when they saw Tour Eiffel, the Louvre, Note-Dame, etc. for the first time was priceless. And seeing Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe at night was truly a treat, and cannot be explained but only experienced first hand."

Michael

Yellow Springs, OH

Tour: 12/24/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a really nice time. We have always gone to Europe on our own based on our own itinerary planning and wanted to try the group tour experience for once. Honestly, we're happier "paddling our own canoe".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably visiting Saint Chappelle. I have been to Italy several times and have seen countless churches and cathedrals. This place was truly memorable. Close second was Musee D'Orsay (not on tour)"

Kelly

Baton Rouge, LA

Tour: 12/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time, and our guide was a wonderful guide. The week went by really quick because there was so much to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was surprised how the Eiffel Tower lit up every hour on the hour with a sparkling display of lights. I was unaware that it did that, and as the symbol of Paris for most Americans, that really brought the experience to life."

Christine

Tyler, TX

Tour: 12/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Traveled solo and couldn't have asked for a better group of fellow tour members....great way to spend the Christmas Holiday! Rolinka is Amazing, Upbeat and Magical in her ability to make things happen! The Whisper sets are a fantastic addition to Rick's tours and I hope they are used on all his trips. Hotel Londres is an exceptional hotel and was in a great location. We all became proficient navigating our way around Paris in our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to choose just one but the Arc d' Triomphe at night witnessing the lighting of the flame and seeing Paris and Eiffel Tower from the Arc's roof."

Beverly

Farragut, TN

Tour: 12/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed it all: the tours, the food, our group, our guide and, unexpectedly to me, the friendliness of the French people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the monuments, museums and churches that you usually see only in movies and photos come to life. Especially the blinking lights of the Eiffel Tower at night."

Natalie

Bronx, NY

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enlightening and exhausting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Mona Lisa in person and visiting the Rodin Museum."

Tia

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an interesting time to be in Paris, a week framed with civil protests and holiday lights. We saw as much of the city as one can in five full days, learned to navigate the underground Metro stations, ate hearty brasserie food, walked ten miles some days, enjoyed vistas stretching from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triumph to Sacré-Cœur to Versailles, slept soundly in our characteristic™ hotel, enjoyed getting to know our diverse tour members, and, in the end, felt at home there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We got a glimpse into the French way of things as we strolled the Champs-Élysées on Sunday morning, observing holiday shoppers dodging workers removing plywood from the posh shop windows as life returned to normal after a day of protests. The French people are not shy about expressing their displeasure--mass protests are a part of that ethos. And of course the long history, architecture, art, and charms of Paris will all return to mind as I replay our Parisian adventures in my mind."

Joseph

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the combination of guided walking tours through the various neighborhoods of Paris combined with substantial free time to explore on our own. Our guide was an outstanding guide who explained many small details about life in France and Paris along with the major themes of the tour. Our guide for the tours of the Louvre, Versailles and the D'Orsay museums, the guide, added greatly to the experience by providing the stories behind the art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed experiencing the people and life in Paris during a time of year when there were fewer tourists. A wow moment was walking up the Eiffel Tower as far as we could before taking the elevator to the top."

Martin

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful time in and around Paris--seeing so many renowned and historic sites, learning so much about France, interacting with the French people, sampling foods & wines & beers... especially with the seasonal/Christmas decor and spirit on display! December weather in Paris wasn't bad at all (I wrongly packed for colder temp's), and at most locations & times the crowds weren't nearly as overwhelming as they are at warmer seasons. Our guide Virginie was a warm, delightful, knowledgeable leader.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not one for "favorites" but was properly awed by so many Parisian sights & settings that I thoroughly overloaded my camera with images & future memories (that I'm just beginning to process & share). Our good luck with mostly avoiding the rain was also notable! And having no obstruction from the "gilets jaunes" protesters (while also avoiding problems from the Strasbourg shooting when my wife and I were there just before the tour)."

Ann

Huber Heights, OH

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is crafted in an ideal way. 1) Daily group activities: museum visits with an expert historian, wine tasting, boat ride, group meals in French restaurants, ... 2) Daily time to make your Paris visit your own. The RS tour provides a week long public transportation pass and museum pass to enable free quick entry into all the major sites. 3) Hotel is located near the Eiffel Tower and is expertly managed. 4) Our guide rounded out our experience teaching French customs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It wasn't a riot -- the loud noises we heard coming back to the hotel after a late evening drink at rue Cler. It was police sirens and 800 to 1000 or so motorcycles turning onto a nearby boulevard. Each was ridden by someone in a red coat. Some were strung with Christmas lights. Some had frames and lights made to look like they were sleighs."

Barbara

Seattle, WA

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the Orangerie, our group had Monet's Water Lilies all to ourselves while our excellent guide shared her knowledge of the art."

Jim

Huber Heights, OH

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great location (Hotel Londres), the gilet jaunes did not interfere with the tour at all. Hotel staff and guides were just great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is our 3rd Paris trip in a row,so we are used to the city. Nonetheless, I see new vistas each time, this time walking from the Marais through the Tuileries garden and seeing the Arc de Triomphe in the far distance with the obelisk in the foreground up the entire Champs Elysees. Stunning!"

Christine

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved visiting Paris during the pre-Christmas season! I loved the pace of this trip. The guided tours of museums and neighborhoods were so informative and the suggestions for spots to see during our free time were useful. There seemed to be a perfect balance of guided activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was the evening boat trip down the Seine. The lights were magnificent during this evening activity. Such fun with a little champagne and chocolate, too!"

Valerie

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a return visit for me and a FIRST visit for my Travelling companion. What a glorious week! THe weather cooperated, the political scene was quiet, the metro was working and the group of fellow travellers were delightful and interesting. Winter in Paris means less tourists, as well. Having extra space to meander about in the museums and the streets is amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Travelling companion and I took a self-guided tour through the Palais Garnier where we watched a crew work on an upcoming ballet's stage lighting cues. THe theater was alive with memories of sugarplum fairies and fleets of swans which had graced the stage over the centuries. The Chagall Ceiling was a huge "ooo - ah" moment for me. I'd forgotten how bright and vivid the colors were. The many elaboratel and ornate foyers were a surprise as well."

Susan

La Jolla, CA

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The moment I walked into the Hotel Londres Effiel, I knew it was going to be a spectacular experience. What a beautiful little hotel. It was comfortable and cozy, and the area we stayed, equally comfortable. It is always surprising how quickly you make friends on a Rick Steves tour. I am very comfortable with the format, and appreciate the content.My " wow" moment was walking through Montmarte. I had imagined myself walking through there 50 years ago., and I finally did it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Montmarte neighborhood, despite the cold and rain... and snow! Patric really made me feel the creativity and energy of the neighborhood"

Cathy

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotel was exceptional as was the guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Louve"

Maureen

Washington, DC

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time! Our guide, Patrick, was charming, helpful, organized, and, knowledgable. He chose wonderful restaurants, and kept us entertained. He is a funny guy, and, I will always remember his enthusiasm, and, our chats. Our private tours were very good. It was great to skip the lines to the highlight sites, and, have a guided tour given by an expert. The hotel was excellent, and the staff, gracious. We had a great group, and I made some new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one. Paris is all a "wow!" I enjoyed our walk up Montematre Hill very much, and, our other walks around town. I would like to have more time to visit Musee D'Orsey. That was by far my favorite museum."

Dawn

Farmington, UM

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful from start to finish. The weather was cold, but that did not detract from our enjoyment of the trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Snow falling in Montmarte, the hot cocoa and roasted chestnuts. It was a magical day. Monet's Water Lilies never cease to amaze. Capping it all off was the final "toast" in the rain at a twinkling Eiffel Tower."

Kayla

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would definitely go on another Rick Steves' tour. I think we got much more out of our trip (in terms of both the knowledge/experiences imparted, as well as the sheer number of places visited) than if we had gone to Paris on our own. The quality of the guides (Patrick, as well as local guides) was probably my favorite aspect. I also liked that we had a lot of time on our own. The biggest downside was that we were very tired by the end of the tour (many early mornings and late nights).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the boat tour on the Seine river at night. Not only is Paris a beautiful city at night, but I felt like the city is meant to be viewed from the river (as many of the key historical sites were built along the banks of the Seine)."

Anthony

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would definitely go on another Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Easily the boat tour on the Seine at night! Special thanks go to Patrick Vidal here for recommending that we catch a boat at the top of the hour so that we could see the Eiffel Tower doing its hourly light show from the river."

Timothy

Camas, WA

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour is a great introduction to Paris. Our tour leader was very accommodating to the entire group. There was plenty of time to explore the city on our own after being shown the "ropes" of riding the Metro and RER trains. On our own we had time to meet and interact with local people in shops, restaurants, and on the street. After the formal tour,we were able to schedule a private tour of city lights with a local limousine company, and have dinner at the Moulin Rouge for our anniversary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The three dinners provided were are great restaurant venues. The wow moments were the museum guides at Montmartre, the Louvre and the Orangerie."

Bryan

Farmington, UM

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I especially enjoyed the balance of free time with group activities. Patrick gave us such great help with navigating the metro that we felt comfortable making our own discoveries, including a small bistro where an impromptu group of musicians were playing Appalachian music - so random! Don't know if we could find the neighborhood or bistro again, but what a fun night.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We've been to Paris several times, but the visit to Sacre Coeur in the snow was magical and that view will never get old!"

Susan

Wexford, PA

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second tour with Rick Steve's and this city tour did not disappoint. Enjoyed visiting all the iconic sites. The tour group participants were a blast and I loved the location of our hotel walking distance to Eiffel Tower. I was nervous about navigating on the metro but this ended up being a fun experience for us. Was great to pick out some independent sites and museums on our own. I didn't want to go home !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to pick but just loved seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up and sparkling at night it was fantastic also loved the walking tours of all the neighborhoods especially Marais District"

Susan

Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great flexibility within the tour. Tour went as planned and all the meetings/activities were on time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monet's Waterlilies were the highlight for me!"

Susan

Woodridge, IL

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved having the free time everyday. The guides at the museums were very good, especially at the Musee de l'Orangerie.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eiffel Tower"

Valerie

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 2nd trip to Paris & my first semi solo trip. This trip was AMAZABALLS! I would recommend this trip to anyone you asked! I wanted to learn Paris w/the ability to do on my own (completely solo) in the future. This trip gave me the SKILLS to do just that!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That would be the tour guides! Every single one was knowledgeable, approachable, and inspired me to continue to learn about the subject once home. I rode a Paris bus by myself! I know it may not sound BIG, but to me it was. I STEPPED outside of my comfortable zone and it was great!"

Carolyn

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Pace to fast and strenuous. Our fault for not expecting this. The Metro is barbaric. Of course using it at rush hour is difficult. I got shoved off the train on purpose by someone who was not even getting off. He said I should get off and let others off, then get back on. All in 8 seconds. Maybe you need a Paris My Way tour that does not include the Metro. We used a taxi some and had great experiences there. Wish we had done so sooner. Tour is excellent value for the money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris did not disappoint! It was really more beautiful than expected and mostly clean. Typical street scenes of cafes, flower shops and pastry shops were very stunning. Our neighborhood in the 7th was fabulous. We said everyday, we liked it better than the other neighborhoods we visited."

Sandra

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall it was a good time. Group was great. Arnoud was ok. I think I find your tours too fast paced for me. I would rather spend more time at each destination and see less in numbers. Just a personal preference.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Louvre. Our Tour Guide, Elizabeth, did a fantastic job of leading us through the "main" attractions. I wish I hadn't been so tired and could have spent more time there. The pieces that she showed us and explained were excellent choices."

Antonio

Ocala, FL

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was able to inmerse in the bustling activity of Paris & all what it has to offer. Complementary to Paris & heart of France.Our

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really our guide Arnaud which was a joy being with him. His vast experience, his funny face expressions, & the effort he put in really made this trip more than memorable"

Judith

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We saw and experienced so much that I felt we got a good exposure to Paris. It was a very busy tour, not laid back. The knowledge of our guides was professorial!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Musee Orange with the art teacher and listening to her exploration of impressionistism."

Galina

Ypsilanti, MI

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

This is really difficult because this was my first RS tour and it was a huge disappointment. The Hotel, The Guide. The Local Guides and The quality of food at those three dinners together. In my opinion, RS a hugely overrated tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sad to say but there was no "wow""

Shelby

Millsboro, DE

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. The hotel was lovely and steps away from many sites. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very good! It is an active tour with lots of walking and standing so be prepared. I was there at the end of October and it was perfect weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmmmmmm, there are many but Monet's Water Lilies took my breath away. The colors and overall size of the works are just incredible."

Jana

High Point, NC

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the trip of a lifetime for me. At 70, and after back surgery, I wasn't sure I would ever be able to see Paris... much less survive "strenuous" walking. But I did and it was fabulous. Arnaud was a fabulous guide. We saw all of the breathtaking highlights and learned volumes of history. It was an incredible experience that I would recommend to anyone who has only a week to spend on vacation. Arrive a day early and stay a day later. Turning 71 in Paris was a dream come true.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many WOW" moments to narrow to just one. It may be a cliche, but seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night from our boat ride on the Seine was a WOW. It was breathtakingly beautiful. The Palace de Versailles, the Louvre, and the Monet room at the Musee de l''Orangerie were beyond spectacular. Seeing all of the original art I've known about all of my life was a surreal experience...it brought tears to my eyes as did the stained glass of Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame. All WOW!"

Theresa

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I enjoyed the Paris tour. There was a lot to see and do. It's amazing the amount of history in Paris and how well it is preserved. There wasn't anything I was disappointed in seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Towel tower all lit up every night. It's beautiful and mesmerizing. It's incredible."

Sara

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a great way to experience Paris for the first time. We saw so many "must see" sites and we learned a lot of practical tips from Patrick. We were Paris metro experts and fully utilized our metro passes. I don't think we would have mastered that on our own. We saw and did more in our one week than many people I know have done on multiple trips to Paris. A great tour, well worth it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monet's Water Lilies at the Orangerie were incredible. Surrounded by the paintings, our local guide really brought them to life and made it a "wow" moment I'll always remember."

Michael

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful experience. Perfect blend of structured events and free time.

Joseph

Elgin, IL

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was lovely. The dinners were great. The dinners excellent. Patrick was very helpful and patient. The Orangerie guide was to detailed but cute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything."

Stephen

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I always enjoy Paris, being there on a Rick Steves'tour, and making friends with the others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to the Louvre. Our guide, Elisabeth, gave us a great tour."

Roberta

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wallet stolen before trip began.....and yes, I do know how to protect what I carry, so a moment of not being careful meant an evening cancelling credit cards. Passport safe. Patrick helped so much, and really single handedly saved the trip for me. Then the sniffles started late the week of the tour. I became a fed up snit with the guide at l'Orangerie. A reductionist pedant. The museum sold me several books and I became my cheerful self again. I would take the tour again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Monet's gardens before the tour and then seeing the paintings at l'Orangerie again. Gardeners and painters together. "Words fail" = dumb remark"

Donna

Ashland City, TN

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding! This was my first trip outside of the US and my first Rick Steve's tour and I can't imagine it being better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles was amazing! The splendor and opulence of the time was definitely a "wow" moment."

Penny

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great to see Paris with experienced guides. Loved learning how to use the metro which gave us confidence to use on our own. The small group atmosphere allows you to get to know everyone in your group. Appreciated the "free" time we had to do things outside of the Rick Steves' itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Orsay Museum."

Steve

Petaluma, CA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Patrick was a lot of fun! I loved wandering the streets, and learning about the art history of Paris. I treat these tours as an art history education for myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oddly, I thought cramming ourselves onto the metro in the mornings with all the commuters was a great time! I can't believe we all fit, but we did!"

Diane

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour! I have been to Paris two times before; on my own and for only a few days. Having the events of each day organized for me really added to my enjoyment of the entire experience. The training sessions for the Metro and the orientation to the city really helps as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tours of the art galleries was really the highlight of the trip. To be that close to these amazing masterpieces was remarkable."

Rebecca

Framingham, MA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour. I liked the structure, pace and schedule. There was enough free time built in. The trip was one of my best vacations. Paris is a wonderful city rich with history and art. Marie was a professional, knowledgeable and nice guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eiffel tower is a massive and beautiful structure that I couldn't stop talking pictures of!"

Alexandra

Nashville, TN

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a great time! This was my first time traveling alone without my family members and I had no trouble at all making friends with the people on the tour. I really enjoyed everything I got to see (one of the many reasons I picked the tour was because it hit all the spots I wanted to go) and I enjoyed the free time I had to see the rest of the things on my list. Marie was a wonderful tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the best moments was going together to the base of the Eiffel Tower to watch it sparkle. I also really enjoyed seeing Notre Dame in person, that was definitely on my bucket list as a big fan of Victor Hugo."

Barbara

Sisters, OR

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent...up to your standards of fantastic guide and program presented as advertized

Favorite "WOW" moment

"D'Orsey museum and Renoir! also many others..."

Kathryn

Rockville, MD

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the perfect mix of guided tour and independent exploration time. Tour director Marie was outstanding, knowledgeable, friendly and organized. We learned volumes and left Paris with a good understanding of the city, its history and its neighborhoods.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sainte-Chapelle. Just wow!"

Sandra

Rockford, IL

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Marie was impressive. So patient and so knowledgeable about Paris. To me it's the back stories that make the trip relatable and she knew them well. All the guides at the different locations were amazing. I loved having time on our own to revisit some sites again. Loved the wine tasting. We had a great group of people on the tour. I would say that there were more strenuous walking days than moderate, so be prepared with good shoes! All in all a great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Eiffel Tower lit up at night and twinkling. Definitely all the art."

Paul

Fargo, ND

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour, and the company delivered on everything as promised. Terrific host (Marie), good guides, everything on schedule. A pleasant group. The hotel was not our favorite, but it was well-located and had terrific croissants. :-)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps the Hamlet at Versailles. Other than that, we did a dessert crawl of the patisseries on Rue Saint Dominique where world-class eclairs and other baked sweets changed our perception of what was possible for dessert."

Vicki

Kaplan, LA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved how we were immersed in the whole Paris scene! The neighborhood walks were so enlightening and of course the museums were fabulous. Good food, good wine, good company! I must say how much I appreciated our tour guide, Marie. She was so professional at all times making sure we received the "full" experience of Paris in 7 days! She was always looking out for our comfort, safety, and overall enjoyment of our stay.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments from the tour being that I had never been to Parish before. I especially loved the history lessons we received during our tours. It made me come home and reread "Les Mis". Have a new appreciation for the novel."

Margaret

Loveland, CO

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Paris trip with Rick Steves was magical.Our tour guide, Marie, was knowledgeable and interesting. She gave us insights into the current French culture as we would head out each day to visit important historical places in Paris. Marie helped us understand the stories behind the historical events. Loved walking home from an excellent tour at the Louvre,along side the Seine, tour of Monet's paintings at the Orangerie and walk through Monmartre. Fun tour members and wondrous meals together...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was the little moments that made the wow- crepes in a cafe in Marais, jazz group playing as we studied Norte Dame,trying all the treats our tour guide shared with us,seeing paintings you have known all your life, Paris at night on the boat ride..."

Laura

Elverson, PA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved that everything was organized for us, yet we had time on our own. I loved the breakfasts at the hotel. I loved that we arrived at museums and sites at optimal times, we didn't have to wait to get into museums, and had tour guides. I loved that we stayed in a neighborhood where there were local shops and restaurants to visit. The location was so convenient to many sites, the metro, and bus lines. The people who were on the tour with us were all very nice and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had an orientation downstairs at Sainte Chapelle, then we mounted the circular stairs to go into the main cathedral. I left the darkened staircase and stepped into the cathedral. I wasn't prepared to see stained glass all around me, reaching high into the air, with sunlight streaming through all of those colored windows. It took my breath away! And after that all I could say was, "Wowwww!""

Louise

Des Moines, IA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my 4th RS tour. My first "City" tour. Because I'm already a fairly self-sufficient traveler, the City tour appealed to me because it had lots of free time built in. That's a pro and a con, of course, since it also means I didn't have as much time to get to know my fellow travelers, which is something I look forward to on these tours. I love the access that the museum and metro passes give us - that plus the hotel location were worth the price!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have "un petit peu" of French. At Sainte-Chappelle, I briefly sat on some steps in sight of the WC entrance. Tour guide brings a bunch of teen girls by me, all chattering. I smiled in sympathy (cuz teen girls), and she says something funny in French. I laugh. She then tells me about a Spanish group she once had. I nod and smile. American couple comes by, lost, and I reflexively help them in English. Tour guide laughs and says "I thought you spoke French!" "I do, a little!" We laughed."

James

Pittsburg, CA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An excellent tour and tour guide. It is a perfect introduction to Paris culture, transportantion and the most important tourist sites to visit. Our guide Michaelanne was efficient, well informed, and her enthusiam for all things Parisian was contagious. We had a good group that in just the short time of one week bonded well and enjoyed each others company. The tour of the Louve was through and effective, I especially like visiting on Wednesday evening when the Louve stays open to 9:30.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest wow moment for me was walking out of the hotel and looking up to see the Effile Tower only a 5 minute walk from our hotel in a beautiful 7th district of Paris."

Thomas

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I felt this was an excellent introduction to the history and attractions of Paris. It had a little more free time that I anticipated and my wife and I didn't plan and use this time as effectively as we could have. Walking the old streets of Paris and imagining what it must have been like to live there centuries ago was thrilling. Likewise visiting all the key attractions (Louvre, Versailles, Notre-Dame, etc.) with an expert local guide and avoiding the long lines was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was somewhat concerned about visiting Paris as I had heard that the Parisians can be extremely rude and difficult to interact with. Thus aside from the remarkable history and attractions of Paris, my "wow" moment was letting go of my preconceived biases which resulted in having some great conversations with local Parisians during our off tour meal times. Every person we interacted with was warm, friendly and engaging. Just normal people. Now and can't wait to return for another visit."

Cynthia

Duluth, MN

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great balance of scheduled time and free time. Good support and training for us to get around on our own. The audio system worked great - really liked it. The group dinners were really good- from both a food quality and experience standpoint. Much better than I anticipated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Floating down the Seine and seeing the Eifel tower lit up"

Catherine

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We have been to Paris before, so some of the tour was repetitive. Otherwise, we thought it was a nice tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Orangerie visit was a WOW. I felt I had just had a master class in art appreciation. Well done!"

Angelique

Maineville, OH

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Michael Anne did a fabulous job of helping us feel comfortable enough to explore on our own in Paris! Her daily tours were outstanding and made us hungry to explore even more of Paris on our own! She was very knowledgeable about the people of the city as well as the many tour sites we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The confidence Michael Anne gave me and my husband to continue exploring the city everyday on our own."

Robert

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time. The tour was well planned and organized. The hotel was excellent and Michaelanne, our guide, was friendly, knowledgeable, organized wonderful host; just outstanding. The planned activities were mentally and visually stimulating. The local guides, especially the the guide in Montmartre, made the areas we visited and museums very interesting with their insight. It was a good idea to have the tour group eat at three different types of french restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just the daily experience of meeting the people of Paris and spending time in a different culture."

Mary

Shaker Heights, OH

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We spent a week in Paris years ago, not on a tour. On this tour we had a much more enlightening experience. We also had our two adult sons with us. They are in their 30's and very much enjoyed the week!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower flashing at night from the boat."

Marsha

Cedarburg, WI

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Arnaud was an excellent guide and made the trip wonderful. Liked that it included most of the highlights of Paris. The cruise on the Seine was wonderful. It was nice to have free time to pursue our own interests. My daughter and I attended the Paris opera ballet. The restaurant's Used for the tour dinners were absolutely fabulous. The accommodations Delightful. Would definitely do a Rick Steves tour again

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into St. Chapelle With the gorgeous stained glass."

Robert

East Liverpool, OH

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Arnaud was exceptional ! Our hotel was great and the restaurants and sites we visited were all wonderful. Our overall tour experience was great and I would recommend a Rick Steves tour to anyone. Very well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our visit to Montmarte was the highlight of our trip."

Steve

Healdsburg, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great variety of experiences that gave us a great overall experience of Paris. The tour really helped with learning the Metro system and overcoming the language barriers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think experiencing Monet's "Water Lillies" was my favorite WoW moment. It was surreal. Also having the hotel so close to the Eiffel Tower was fantastic. The evening boat tour on the Siene was also really nice."

Denis

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was the best that I could have imagined. Patrick was informative, knowledgeable, energetic, likable, protective, and all around ideal as a tour guide. The individual tour museum and neighborhood experts were educated in their specialty areas and provided an entertaining learning experience. We had a good tour group; everyone was nice, pleasant, and cooperative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The film in the Louve of the history of the castle construction and expansion on the site of the Louve. Beyond the simple history of the site it was a capsule history lesson."

Gregg

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 09/17/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Paris was on our bucket list because of all the iconic sites to see. We were very pleased with both Paris and our guide, Patrick. We had been on one previous Rick Steves tour and knew that we'd be well taken care of. We had a very good group and we were very pleased with our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paris offers so many wow moments. We particularly enjoyed the Louvre and Versailles."

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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 online customer account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your tour hotel in the Documents section of your customer 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.