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

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Best of Paris in 7 Days Tour

from $1,995 per person + air

Single Supplement $825

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

Dates & Prices

2022

2023

What's Included

You'll get at least 10 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

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

  • 7-day Métro subway and bus transportation pass
  • 6-day Paris Museum Pass, allowing free admission throughout the city
  • Seine River cruise
  • Louvre Museum
  • Orsay Museum
  • Montmartre walking tour
  • Historic Paris walking tour
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Marais walking tour
  • Versailles…and more

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Paris come alive for you
  • All group transportation during the week in and around Paris
  • 6 nights' accommodations in a memorable, centrally located hotel
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Paris

We'll gather at our hotel in Paris at 3 p.m. for a short meeting and orientation stroll around our neighborhood. Then we'll get acquainted with one another over a delicious "Welcome to Paris" dinner together.

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

Day 2: The Historic Heart of Paris

Let's begin where Paris did, on the Ile de la Cité. Your guide will lead a walking tour of the city's early history, including a pair of the world's most significant medieval Gothic churches: the resilient and legendary Notre-Dame and the exquisite Sainte-Chapelle. After free time for lunch, we'll regroup and stroll through the bohemian Latin Quarter, named for the language you'd have heard on these streets if you'd walked them in the Middle Ages. Then you'll be set free for the afternoon to explore more of the city.

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

Day 3: Montmartre and a Seine Cruise

This morning we'll hop on the Métro, then hike up Montmartre to tour the colorful neighborhood that was the haunt of artistic geniuses a century ago — including Van Gogh, Picasso, and Renoir — and generations of hopeful artists since. We'll end our walk with spectacular views of Paris from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. After free time for lunch and exploration, we'll regroup this evening to enjoy dinner together before embarking on a dreamy Seine River cruise.

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

Day 4: The Marais District and the Louvre

We'll begin our day with a walking tour through Paris' diverse, history-layered Marais district. As we walk, we'll learn about enlightened 17th-century urban planning at the beautiful Place des Vosges, the cultural roots of the Jewish Quarter, and how the French Revolution grew from this neighborhood. This afternoon, we'll visit Europe's greatest museum — the Louvre — where you'll come face to face with the works of Raphael, Delacroix, and Leonardo and timeless treasures including the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and hundreds more.

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

Day 5: All Day at the Château de Versailles

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

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

Day 6: Masterpieces of Paris

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

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

Day 7: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Mona

Tour: 10/23/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The Hotel was charming and in located in a good part of Paris not far from the Eiffel Tower. The plans that were in place were good (even though I missed out on one as my knee was hurting.) Getting to places on the metro was ok but trying to navigate back to the hotel on our own was confusing at times. I wish we would have had the tour guide waiting for us once in a while. A few in the group got lost, even me. The food at selected restaurants were fine and wine was provided most times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was seeing the Mona Lisa and the evening ride on the Seine even in the light rain."

Jennifer

Tour: 10/23/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I had a great time in Paris. The other members of the tour were kind and welcoming. Our guides were knowledgeable and accommodating. The restaurants we ate at were delicious. The tour covered the Paris highlights perfectly and gave me the confidence as a first time traveler to see and do things I wouldn't have been comfortable doing on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking to the Île de la Cité on the first morning and taking in the most beautiful sunrise on a bridge over the Seine. And then to follow it up with the breathtaking Sainte-Chapelle! Amazing!"

Amy

Tour: 10/23/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The art museums I discovered on my own and the Orsay was the best piece of the trip. I made an amazing friend through the tour. The hotel and the hospitality from its employees were amazing. The food we ate from nearby restaurants was delightful too. Rue Cler neighborhood was a great jumping off point.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the tour of the Montmartre neighborhood and the stories I heard there. Also the Orsay museum contains many fabulous paintings!"

Silas

Tour: 10/16/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Viriginie was outstanding. The tour overall was wonderful. I personally would have preferred more time to soak in the feel of the city and different areas and less time cramming things in, more time experiencing art or architecture or the city in my own head, a little bit less time with someone talking in my ear. But I'm not a person who's very drawn to group tours... this was something my father-in-law wanted us to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the great food and dining experiences."

Veronica

Tour: 10/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. I had visited Paris very briefly in the past, and this tour gave me a deeper experience through the guided museum and neighborhood tours. And I now feel confident in getting around Paris on my own! Right mix of structured tour and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not one "wow", but the guided tour of the Orsay was outstanding and maybe my favorite. Overall, I enjoyed everything we did."

Tracy

Tour: 10/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the week in Paris!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just being in Paris after all these years!!!"

Marcie

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun and educational tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel tower from the river cruise"

Jaymie

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time, and the tour was very well planned and executed. Our guide Rolinka was engaging, fun, and caring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many wow moments to count! St. Chapelle, Musee D'Orsay, the evening boat ride. I would have been overwhelmed by the Louvre, but our guide led us to the highlights and gave us a great experience. Wow."

Richard

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great having someone along that kept us informed every step of the way and yet let us go on our own to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel Tower from the river cruise"

Katlyn

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first group tour, and I would absolutely travel with a Rick Steves group again in the future. Our tour guide, Rolinka, made all the difference in how much we were able to learn and discover on our own. I was a bit nervous about being the youngest on the tour with my husband (we're 29 and 32) but we had no problem fitting in. It was a perfect mix of group time together, and solo exploration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband and I both audibly said 'Woah' as we looked up walking inside the Sainte-Chapelle chapel. The stained glass walls are immense to experience in person, but the small quarters of the chapel itself still allow the space to feel intimate and secluded."

Brian

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, Rick Steves delivered a well organized tour with outstanding, fun, and well informed guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two very memorable moments were the walking tour through Montmartre and the Seine river cruise at night. Both really showed off the beauty of the city!"

Mark

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Loved the guides.They were friendly, informative, accessible and patient, especially Claire.The staff at the bed and breakfast were great, as was the location of the b and b, since it was in a great neighborhood with lots of dining choices. On the negative side the cost of the tour was expensive given the fact that our room was the size of a postage stamp.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the D'orsay.Great museum, given chance to linger, nicely paced.Our guide was great."

Lori

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have not been back to Paris in over 40 years so I was really looking forward to getting reacquainted with the city. This tour did not disappoint! Our guide, Claire, was outstanding. The local guides, Vincent for the Marais, the Louvre and Versailles, Brigitte for Montmartre and Joelle for the Musee d’Orsay museum were incredible! I learned so much from them! Most importantly, I got to really experience Paris and live like a local. I had the time of my life!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no “wow” moment - it was more of a “wow” week for me. I was thoroughly enchanted the whole week just being in Paris."

Lisa

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A strike prevented us from a Versailes visit, and a very wet neighborhood walk (torrential downpour) was not too fun. Our usual tours include different cities and bus rides. This was our first city (in one place) tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first "wow" was how much of Paris was "under construction"- apparently a city wide clean up for the Olympics in 2024. Every where you looked it was scaffolding - blocked sidewalks, obstructions, etc. But on the positive side was how much we enjoyed the nighttime cruise on the Seine!"

Sylvia

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well-oirganized, well-run.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding the hidden 'closet' built into the wall of my hotel room."

Pamela

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our second Paris tour (first was in 2005) because friends and a relative wanted us to join them. So, not as special for us this time. But still, a wonderful tour overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sainte-Chapelle, Orsay Museum, and the Seine River cruise were the highlights!"

Kevin

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was my eighth Rick Steves tour and it was amazing. This was my second visit to Paris and this even exceeded my initial visit. Our accommodations and meals were great. Of course, the museums and sights were out of this world. Our main tour guide, Jennifer, was among the best guides I've encountered and the local guides Elizabeth and Brad were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles! The palace was amazing and the Hall of Mirrors was dazzling. The view down the Royal Drive was stunning. The Gardens and the fountains were beautiful."

Steven

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Paris was beautiful. Our tour guide Jennifer was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mina Lisa, Eiffel Tower"

Joanne

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was our first visit to Paris and it couldn’t have been more organized, time efficient, comprehensive, informational and enjoyable! Every day was a pleasure from the lovely hotel where we stayed to the guided tours and sights to the group dinners and most of all the incredible Rick Steves Tour guide, Jennifer. It far exceeded our expectations but once again proved the first class quality of Rick Steves Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower in all of her glory, lit up at night, the first evening of our tour! We were really in Paris! The wow moments continued throughout the week-the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, Norte Dame, the Louvre, Versailles, the Orsay, the Rodin, Napoleon’s Tomb-all wow, wow, wow moments."

Robert

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The people and city of Paris, our fellow travelers and especially our guide Jennifer, made our trip most memorable indeed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing under the Arc de Triomphe and looking back down the Champs-Élysées and imagining moments in history and the last stage of Le Tour de France."

Laurie

Tour: 09/19/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was an active tour that covered key parts and sights of Paris in depth. I think the bus orientation wasn’t very effective and was too long, with traffic and roadwork. A walk around the Paris area, maybe Luxemburg Garden or Rue Cler, or a visit to the Opera Garnier would have been more fun and interesting. Our guided tour of the Louvre on the Best of Paris tour was 100% better than the self-guided tour for the Heart of France had been. Our local guide made it much more informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I most enjoyed the unexpected things: stopping at La Tartine, a little bistro on our Marais walk where we shared coffee, wine and charcuterie; our talented guide entertaining us with her singing and accordion playing during one of our dinners! I also enjoyed walking around Antoinette’s Hamlet at Versailles; so peaceful and charming. The evening Seine cruise was really special, to see the Eiffel and other buildings lit up."

Ann

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought that the tour had a nice itinerary. I feel like I didn’t miss a thing in Paris. I loved the comfort that I felt on the metro after being taught how to use it by Rolinka. The tour guides Rolinka and Claire were different but both terrific. The guide at Versailles and at the Louvre was a great choice as was the guide at MO. The hotel rooms were a bit small but everyone who worked at H Londre Eiffel were helpful and kind. It really felt like home in Paris!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a great group of people on the tour. My first wow was that everyone in the group was so friendly and eager to see and learn! My second wow was the picnic on the last night by the Eiffel Tower. I thought that Rolinka was an awesome guide but I give this wow to Claire."

Shana Blake

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had no idea what to expect other than the glowing reviews of your Spain tour from my in laws . As someone who speaks decent French and who has had a life long dream of Paris I was nervous that the tour would hold me aloof from the culture and streets I was dying to sink into with all my heart and soul. Astonishingly, this tour gave me the incredible gift of making me feel like both a student and a local. It gave me the confidence to never say adieu Paris, but a bien tot! Dream: overdelivered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a moment where the glory of the place and the care of our guide Rolucka resonated together. The first time we entered Saint Chapelle, which is already an explosion of light and color for the senses, Rolucka chose to play a beautiful soaring cantata into our headsets from her phone. She had started our day with the mantra of being in the right place at the right time. This added touch sealed that place into my heart forever. She even chose music of the correct historic style. Genius."

Maria

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The complete Rick Steve’s Tours is a rated for me. Rolinka and Claire knowledgeable, professional fun , and just all around great guides. If I had to pick one “wow” moment it would have to be on the last night when Claire, our guide, organized a wine and cheese tasting at a park overlooking the Eiffel Tower and one of our tour participants who happens to be an amazing opera singer sang La Vie en Rose. A one in a lifetime unforgettable moment that will live in our minds and hearts forever!"

Leah

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guides. Great accommodations. Amazing places, museums, food. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I learned how to take the metro. I felt safe, empowered and confident.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved the Orsay. It took my breath away. But it was all the things. I can’t pick just one."

Susan

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rebecca was totally awesome and made the trip perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to pick one."

Steven

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was fabulous. We had never been to Paris so were looking for a little "hand holding" so that we could fully experience the city. Rebecca was outstanding. She made everyone welcome. We really enjoyed the tour guides for our different slices of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We love the Louvre and Orsay but the WOW moment was definitely enjoyed the evening Seine River Cruise."

Patricia

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour ever and it far exceeded anything I could have imagined! Rebecca, our guide was so engaged and enthusiastic and fun. My husband and I feel confident that we could return to Paris and manage quite well on our own. There is so much to see and do. The tour was the perfect balance of activities and free time. The expert guides that joined us for Monmartre and Versailles and the Louvre were also top notch with wonderful personalities ! Can;t stop thinking about this great time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out the hotel window and seeing the Eiffel Tower! That was the "Pinch me,, I'm really in Paris" moment."

Juan

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, our guide Rebecca was beyond excellent; enthusiastic and personable and helpful. The specialist guides were the best too. We really enjoyed the hotel and it’s location in a very pleasant, convenient and walkable neighborhood. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the itinerary but even the unfamiliar stuff wowed and made it feel well-rounded. Now, even a week after being back home, we are still feeling those good vibes from the experience and Paris seems like an old friend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gotta be honest, I’m a big fan of Gustave Eiffel so we visited the tower twice; once during the day and once at night. It wasn’t part of the tour but there was ample free time to visit. And I loved seeing it every time we stepped out of our hotel."

Stephen

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent, except the Metro took a while getting used to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel Tower at night!"

Colleen S

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Because my husband developed cold symptoms and was diagnosed with COVID19 on the morning of day 4, we got to experience how compassionately and competently our guide, the hotel staff, and the RS tour COVID policies worked to get him diagnosed and treated. And also how to allow me to continue the tour while staying in a separate room. I appreciated the guides’ efforts to educate us about the history. I especially enjoyed the explanations by Elizabeth about the different painting styles,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing “La Moulin de la Galette” by Renoir at the d’Orsay. The light shimmers and photos can’t reproduce that feature. We previously visited Paris in 2000 and the d’Orsay was closed due to a rainstorm damaged roof during that time so visiting it this time was very special."

Judy

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Rebecca, was OUTSTANDING! Spending 7 day in Paris was a special time for both my husband and me but Rebecca's enthusiasm, professionalism and obvious love for Paris, France and what she does was contagious. She made us both feel like temporary Parisians.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every meal we ate was a wow moment, but the Orsay Museum was our favorite tour destination. The subject matter expert tour guide Elisabeth brought to life the history of all the beautiful works of art we saw there."

Greg

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rebecca was wonderful. She gave me the confidence to return to Paris on my own!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved it all."

Carolyn

Tour: 09/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoying the neighborhood around our hotel"

Gery

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a fabulous tour! We saw all the wonderful sites, had fantastic tour guides, and ate some terrific French food and wine. We met some wonderful fellow tour members who added to our total enjoyment. After waiting 2 years for this tour due to Covid, we were so happy to be standing in person viewing the Eiffel tower sparkle in the night!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to narrow down--everything was very memorable. But loved seeing the Notre Dame reconstruction process, the Louvre, and Versailles! The Hall of Mirrors was breathtaking. We saw the fountains in the gardens dancing to Handel--unforgettable."

Robin

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We liked being able to settle into our well located hotel, have daily adventures to learn about the city and history, and then have plenty of free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sainte-Chapelle was clearly a wow"

Daniel

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We had a lovely group of people that made the experience even more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles was beyond doubt a most overwhelming display of opulence I could imagine."

David

Tour: 09/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was more than a checklist. It was an experience tailored to the moment and the tour guide. We had plenty of time for deeper dives and extras that were not on our itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the tour guide, during our final dinner, serenaded us with a accordion and vocal performance."

Karen

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Going to a big city like Paris can seem overwhelming— so much to see, do, learn about, but walking around with Marie was like traveling with a local friend. Her enthusiasm for the sights, history and culture was contagious, but best of all, Marie conveyed the Parisian spirit of savoring each experience. Each traveling day ended with good food, good wine and ample time to people watch in a sidewalk cafe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many “wow” moments to count, but the specialized tour guides put into context all the exceptional things we were seeing and gave us lots of options for our free time."

Toni

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized and planned city tour. Great guides, as always.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved all of the museum visits."

Archie

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

i had a wonderful time. everyone was very nice to be with. Marie was a great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"it was all just one big wow."

Harvey

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marie was wonderful explaining our travels for the day. She would always answer any questions the group had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles, Vincent made the palace come alive with his knowledge and manner of sharing his knowledge."

Lois

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour. Marie, our RS guide was SUPERB!! Saw and experienced all the desired museums. museum guides were interesting & knowledgeable.Enjoyed the free time provided to explore on own. Excellent choice and location for Hotel...VERY accommodating.Tks for the heads-up re: Eiffel Tower not on tour. We arranged to go to the top YES!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The tribute to Princess Diane under the Statue of Liberty torch flame. 2. Marie Antoinette's Hamlet..a must see for all! Take a trolly then long walk. But well worth it! 3.The "love locks" !!"

Dwight

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both tours in France where great experiences!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Napoleon's Tomb in Paris and Omaha Beach."

James

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day was fabulous. Tour guide exceptional as to information on various historical sites & very personal who connected to the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Paris tour had several WOW moments, from the Louvre tour, the guide who was exceptional & educated in the arts to just commuting daily on the trains. The hotel & staff were a pleasure to return to after walking through Paris."

Paula

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a solo traveler I found the tour to be family. It was easy to meet everyone while we toured the city. The free time gave us options to continue or go on our own way. Our tour guide Marie was so encouraging and helpful. The hotel and staff were so polished. There was nothing that didn’t exceed my expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful night boat ride right at dusk on the Seine was WOW"

Stephen

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good hotel, excellent guides, excellent tour director

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel Tower blinking"

Meagan

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We enjoyed our Rick Steves tour overall although a few things could be improved. Pros: We got to see all of the Paris highlights; museum tours, logistics and transportation were pre-arranged; we loved meeting new people in our tour group; all of the local guides for Montmartre, Versailles, the Louvre and Orsay All were Amazing - knowledgeable, engaging and interactive. Cons: group meals were mediocre at best, hotel had minor issues, personal interest from our group guide was lacking at times

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really loved our tour at the Musee d'Orsay. Our local guide was phenomenal. It was very nice to start the tour just as the museum was opening because there were a lot less people. We did also love our Montmartre guide and our guide for Versailles and the Louvre."

Janet

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves Tour in Europe! Looking back on all the experiences, I am amazed at many great sites! There are so many wonderful moments to enjoy recalling! For me, this city has been my dream trip for nearly 40 years! Ever since I was introduced to French culture in high school, I have dreamt of Paris. I loved the city sites, from the small moments of sitting at sidewalk cafe sipping hot cafe au lait with chocolat croissant and people watching to the large moments at Versailles!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My trip with my husband was special celebrating our 10 th anniversaire. Our magical moment was the boat ride along the Seine with a glowing sunset while viewing the beautiful Eiffel Tower. After the group tour, we also enjoyed very magical evening on the Eiffel Tour at nighttime when Paris was all aglow! Truly a Magical city of Amour ??"

Barbara

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour guides were fabulous and I loved the hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Musee D’ orsay"

Emily

Tour: 08/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the structure of the tour with group and individual time as well as the teaching philosophy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A delicious chocolate croissant every morning while sharing breakfast with fellow tour members…and sometimes one later in the day, too!"

Susan

Tour: 08/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I thought it was very organized well run tour. The palace of Versailles

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The palace of Versailles"

James

Tour: 08/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fast-paced, rigorous tour with lots of walking when combining formal tour events with free time sightseeing. Specific guides were exceptional and tour support thoughtful and helpful. Incredible opportunity to experience Paris and environs up close and personal. Hotel perfectly located and Metro & museum passes invaluable. Recommendations for free time activity and dining added to the experience. Staff at hotel friendly, welcoming & professional--went above and beyond to create a great experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to the Orsay Museum with our guide Joelle. Her exceptional knowledge of art and art history and an incomparable way of communicating her knowledge made this visit one of a lifetime. She encapsulated a generation of art/history perfectly and in a fascinating and understandable way. Additionally, her commentary served as a basis for looking beyond the Orsay's collection to more deeply appreciate other areas of art and sculpture. Like auditing a graduate course in a new favorite subject."

Mary

Tour: 08/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The food, hotel and city were amazing but the true standouts of the trip were our tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guided tour of the Musée d'Orsay was by far our favorite moment."

Karen

Tour: 08/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is a great blend of organized activities and free time to explore Paris on your own. If you take full advantage of the free time, it is a very full, fast paced tour. The Metro and museum passes were an extraordinary benefit. The hotel was perfectly located and the staff was extremely welcoming and professional. Specific guides were excellent as was the tour support.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guided tour of the Orsay Museum with Joelle (?) was fabulous! She led us through the museum providing a mini art history course that led from the early influences on the Impressionists to the post-Impressionists. Her descriptions created an easily understandable progression through the art world of the time. Her insights into the artworks themselves were extraordinary. She helped me understand and appreciate the works in greater depth than I previously had."

Debra

Tour: 08/07/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Palace of Versailles"

Wendy

Tour: 07/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lots of sights to see and learn about but plenty of free time for naps (which we needed after all the stimulation of new things). Our guide Veronique was exceptional even while this was her last tour of a lengthy season and she looked forward to going home to sleep in her own bed. This trip was a high school graduation gift to my granddaughter and her mom from rural Indiana (How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm...). I was glad there were other young people with us in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As I had spent my junior year abroad in Paris and had seen many of the sights, the best part was meeting all the interesting people in our group. We enjoyed their company at meals and laughed a lot. Among them, my granddaughter met the teacher she always wished she had had in high school. We'll be keeping in touch. The "buddy system" was a brilliant way to herd cats. We never lost anybody on the metro."

Chelsea

Tour: 07/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tours with local expert guides, the community created in our group, and our host was so gracious and kind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Orsay with Cerise, and seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle."

Deborah

Tour: 07/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour immensely. The accommodations were delightful, both the room and the staff were exceptional. Your tour guide was also first rate. She really provided us with the ability to navigate Paris comfortably on our own. The choice of sights that we saw were good, I liked visiting all of the areas of Paris and the museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say that I loved the hall of mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. I have seen it in pictures but being there was my "wow" moment."

Dolores

Tour: 07/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was informative and friendly. We had a better hotel than expected, we were thrilled that wine was included with dinner. I thought the tour was well planned, included history and was a good value. I appreciated being taught how to get around on my own using metro, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of them but more than the places visited I came home with memories of great connections with other solo travelers, lots of laughs and memories made."

Nathan

Tour: 07/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our main tour guide was excellent: friendly, knowledgable, patient, and went beyond the essentials. Our hotel and staff, and specialist guides were also first rate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The streets of Paris. The outdoor cafes, walkability, liveliness, and feel of Paris is wonderful."

Susan

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an Outstanding tour! I cannot say enough good things about our amazing tour guide, Veronique! She was fabulous!!!! I loved every minute and plan to do another Rick Steve’s tour in the future. I love your philosophy to live like a local and how Vero taught us to use the Metro, courtesy phrases, how to order coffee, as well as the history and culture in Paris. I can’t wait to plan my next trip with Rick Steve’s!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Montmarte and Le Marais days, loved the Orsay Museum and all the dinners with our group! Met lots of new friends! It will be a trip I will forever remember and cherish!!!"

Ronald

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect blend of local culture and history. Extremely educated guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The French way of life."

Susy

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience for my first trip to Europe, highly recommend it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles was the wow moment for me so beautiful..."

Tanya

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experiences I didn't capture in the 3000+ photos I took will forever be remembered every time I dreamily reflect on my tour of Paris!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day I experienced "wow" moments. I have always admired Rodin pieces of work from photographs and to be able to steal away after our guided tours one afternoon to the Museum of Rodin, I was overcome with unexpected swells of emotion and a sense of awe while walking through the gardens filled with his work. I really appreciated the extra free time allowed before or after our guided experiences each day."

Laura

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We learned so much about French history and culture. Loved traveling like the locals, except at rush hour on the Metro in the mornings! Had just the right amount of activity with our tour group and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Emerging from the spiral stair case inside the Sainte-Chapelle into a room of seemingly mile-high medieval stained glass was unexpected and amazing!"

Denise R

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exceptionally well planned and provided a balance of structured and free time. It was obvious that experience with past tours was used to determine where to place the longer more strenuous activities. I liked having the weekly museum and transportation passes. Veronique did a fantastic job teaching us the Metro system and assisting us to be "pros" before sending us on our own. The group size seemed manageable as well. We were 3 generations and all enjoyed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For sure it was seeing so many neighborhoods and the hidden gems. It was not my first time in Paris, and I found some of the historic neighborhoods fascinating."

Kristen

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was so unique, that I felt like I was living in Paris, not visiting Paris. I felt like I was a part of the community and culture. It’s was a vacation experience, not a vacation trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Sainte Chapelle"

Gail

Tour: 07/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides and the friendliness of the tour group made the Paris tour exceed all my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It may sound funny, but I'll never forget the experience of riding and navigating the metro. I thank the Lord for Veronique's guidance in how to relate to Parisians. The guides at Montparnasse, the Louvre, Versailles, and Orsay museums gave me a taste of what I want to go back to see and experience in the future. And I must rave about the French food and the restaurant chefs and service we enjoyed. Some of the courses were almost to pretty to eat!"

Sandra

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic - visited so many wonderful places, ate wonderful food, made really good friends, had an amazing guide for the tour as well as great guides for different sights. The Hotel de Londres Eiffel was perfect, everyone who worked there was so helpful and fun and our room was to die for - we could lie in bed and see the top of the Eiffel Tower and feel the cool night time breeze coming in the open window.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really hard to pick one but the Bastille Day firewords on the Champ de Mars was spectacular. We arrived at 6 pm and picked our spot sitting on a blanket supplied by our hotel staff and we were joined by Teresa. We had a wonderful time laughing and talking, eating our baquette, cheese and macarons. There was a concert to listen to and lots of people to watch. And of course the Eiffel Tower was right in front of us - spectacular."

Susan

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is a great tour with lots of time to explore all of Paris - the perfect combination of guided tours and free time. We were able to do much more than what was listed in the itinerary. Our local guides were amazing and having both the museum pass and metro pass were extremely appreciated. We had an amazing group of tour members, and we had a lot of fun together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Versailles was an overwhelming wow moment as was watching the fireworks over the Eiffel tour with our new tour member friends on the evening of Bastille Day."

Marla

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

William, our guide, was amazing. He was so interesting, told us so much and was so enjoyabel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring Versailles and learning more about Marie Antoinette"

Sandra

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

William and the other tour guides were awesome. I have been to Paris several times, but this time It was different, historically and inspirationally.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bastille Day fireworks from the Eiffel Tower."

Patricia

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide William was everything we could've wanted and more - knowledgeable, responsive, and helpful. The places we went were amazing. There was a great combination of tour time and our own exploring time. I loved, loved, loved this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the guided walking tours of the neighborhoods--The Marais, Montmartre, and the historic center. There's nothing like walking around different parts of the city and having their unique history come alive with an awesome guide."

Alane

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our tour. Our guide was very personable. He provided helpful and interesting information. He was always willing to make suggestions and answer all my crazy questions. Our group melded together well and made toGether so much fun! Great experience! I would Definitely recommend a Rick Steve’s tour and hope to go on another one soon!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved sitting in the street with your friends and watching the Bastille Day fireworks and lights on the Eiffel Tower."

Nick

Tour: 07/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and it didn't disappoint! Our guide, a local Frenchman, was knowledgeable and well verses, the other tour guides were also great, sites were hand picked to help us maximize our Paris experience, hotel and included meals were great. What a memorable, fabulous experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think touring the historic arts district near Sacré-Cœur Basilica and the Montmartre District was amazing! Seeing where world-famous artists lived and did their work and performances was such an eye-opening, special time. The Basilica itself was breathtaking and fun to go up into the tower and see such a beautiful, commanding view of Paris."

Jennifer

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exhausting but wonderful tour through Paris. Our guide, Virginie, was fantastic and our fellow tour mates warm and amusing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful evening on the Seine. The boat tour was moved to our last night together and it was a perfect send off. The weather was beautiful, the lighting was perfect, and Virginie popping Champagne corks into the river was priceless."

Tonita

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing guide in Virginie Moore, as well as the others who participated at various locations. Guided tour was the way to go to see a lot in a short amount of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to pick?! For me I guess it was finally getting into the Louvre and to Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet after not being able to see them when I was there 22 years ago. But every moment was “wow”!"

Larry

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful baptism into one of the world's great cities. Our guide Virginie was very knowledgeable, and her commentary helped put so much of what saw in historical and social context. She really made the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moment was actually the day prior to the tour, when we went to the top of the Eiffel Tower on our own. Amazing experience, and hope it can be included on the tour itself at some point."

Elaine

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the trip was fantastic. Having the museum pass and the train pass allowed me to be all over the city when not with the group. Paris being the city of lights and love, the group had a lot of couples celebrating. This was a little different than the other Rick Steves tours I had taken.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting in the Musee De L'Orangerie after being at Giverny. I was able to use the museum pass for a few hours before closing and it was quiet, peaceful and beautiful to just sit surrounded by Monet's beauty."

Linda

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was perfect, guides and other tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Eiffel Tower every day"

Daniel

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once in a lifetime trip. So glad we chose Rick Steves Europe to make the trip memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gardens at Versailles"

Mary

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

wonderful leader, hotel in good location but not close to metro, main focus of tour on art museums

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Eiffel tower lit up at night"

Suzanne

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Virgine More, was fabulous and taught us so much not only about history but French culture. She had an answer for all of our questions. She explained everything so well. I learned a lot and saw so much of Paris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going into Saint Chappelle was my wow moment. The interior of that church was indescribably beautiful."

Jill

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a great way to experience Paris for someone like me who is intimidated by big cities. All of the must-see sites were accessed easily and at the best possible time to avoid peak crowds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one but I loved the walking tour of Montmartre because it's such a beautiful neighborhood. The Marais tour was so amusing and our Seine river cruise was so much fun thanks to our guide and the other folks on our tour."

David

Tour: 07/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour director exemplifies the quality of a great leader. She is knowledgeable and competent. We learned a great deal of the French culture and history from her. She was also a great tour director who patiently making sure we are all taking care of properly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to St. Chapelle. The stain glass windows."

Allan

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I have been on several other Rick tours and this one wasn't the same. Felt that the guide was more a caretaker than a guide. Had very little context about the information that was given. Previous tours had information provided in a more coherent way. The sights we saw were great and hit the list of "must do's" so that was really good and the guides at the various locations (especially the D'Orsay museum) were really good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sights of Paris from Montmatre."

D'Lene

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our French guide Arnaud, and all of the local guides, were outstanding. The charming family-run hotel was centrally located (with a sweet dog in residence!). It was a treat to stay in the same hotel during the entire tour. The itinerary included all of the sights on my must-see list, with the perfect amount of free time. Highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many wow moments to pick just one. The many opportunities to admire the Eiffel Tower due to its close proximity to the hotel was a dream come true. And I especially enjoyed our walking tour of the Marais district, our visit to Versailles, the guided tour of the Orsay Museum and the Seine River cruise."

Lisa

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful trip. Our first time to Paris, and it was a great introduction to the city. Friendly group and very knowledgeable and helpful guide, Armond.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the top of the Eiffel Tower at night, the sights around the Seine River, Orsay. Loved eating outside at all the cafes, and people watching."

Bob

Tour: 06/26/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Arnaud was extraordinarily knowledgeable about French history and an excellent guide through the bustling world of the Paris Métro.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was worth a wow, but I particularly enjoyed our local guide in the Musée D'Orsay, Cerise. She is extra smart, and she gave us deep insights into the relationship between art and politics."

Stephanie

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Some aspects of the tour were great (e.g. the hotel and its location, the meals, the planned activities and tours not led by our main tour guide). William, our main tour guide, seems like a nice man, but he was not good at leading/guiding the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Musee d'Orsay and Versailles. I also really enjoyed Monmartre and our guide. She was wonderful."

Olivia

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time in Paris. William was outstanding and did a great job accommodating all of us. The tour was well balanced with enough down time so that you were not exhausted everyday. We enjoyed getting to know everyone in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We learned so much about Paris! The individual tour guides were outstanding. Our tour guide to Montmartre was especially great. She took us up the hill a different way and told many interesting stories about the artists in this area."

Megan

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized tour hitting all the highlights we wanted to see in Paris. Made the trip nearly stress free.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our morning walking up to Monmarte. Our guide was wonderful and told amazing stories. The area is beautiful."

Debra

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Orsay museum."

Linda

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much about not only the history and culture of Paris but also how to use the different forms of transportation and passes needed for those. Our guide, Rolinka, was excellent in giving us instruction in all of the above. Our tour was a balance of having a guide and having free time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a "wow" moment. Rolinka, our guide, introduced us to sites that varied from day to day; each opportunity was unique to that of the day before."

Joe

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed visiting the different neighborhoods of Paris. The hotel was awesome and the location was excellent. I know the Louvre is the flagship museum but the guided tour that covered the "highlights/main attractions" was so crowded and loud it was not enjoyable and bordered on the absurd. A guided tour of a different area in the Louvre or a different less traveled museum would be definitely be more enjoyable. Apply the same recommendation to the Versailles tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The St. Chappelle cathedral was fabulous. The gardens and estate at Trianon at Versailles were amazing. Charming and very informative guide."

Larry

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour leader was outstanding but my experience at the Louvre and Versailles was not good. The crowd was too great for me and we did not have time to personally appreciate what we were seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe the boat tour on the Seine."

Edward

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent accommodations with outstanding location and service. Excellent guide and itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Becoming adept at public transportation use. Cruising the city."

Maria

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Rolinka and all of the local guides were great. They know so much and I learned so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name, but I loved the Orsay museum, Versailles was incredible also."

Lasha

Tour: 06/12/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A great week in Paris, loved the hotel and knowledgable and entertaining tour guide.

Randall

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall everything was well-planned, organized, and easy to participate in. As a first-time visitor to Paris, I felt like I saw all the top experiences and could return on my own and have a successful trip with everything I learned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many brilliant moments, but I think the visit to Sainte-Chappelle in the Île de la Cité was the most breath-taking. I studied art history at college, and that was the first moment on the trip I felt as if I was walking through one of my survey textbooks. Truly remarkable."

Joan

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience, we got a good sampling of the magnificent city of Paris .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower stands out and my favorite museum.was the Orsey."

Tristan

Tour: 06/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a fantastic experience and I was glad to have a group and well educated guide accompany me and my family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting some of the historical monuments and museums is very interesting because you can't find that type of stuff in the states."

Erin

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall our tour was very good. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful. I appreciate how the RS tours always maximize your time to get the most out of the day. Everything that RS could control for the tour was excellent. The only downside of a tour in 2022 was dealing with people’s different levels of Covid comfort. The disappointing part was adults not following the guidelines that were clearly laid out by RS and our guide for the week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the guided tour in the Orsay. I’ve been there several times but it was the first with a guide making the paintings come alive with the stories and details of what to notice."

Susan

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour leader Marie was superb. Other tour participants were delightful. Tour was well-planned, but with plenty of time for independent activities. Accommodations were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montmartre"

Pat

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Exceptional accommodation, active tour, nice group of people

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles!! From seeing the front of the palace, the hall of mirrors to the gardens and hamlet! Unbelievable"

Greg

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fourth RS tour and it did not disappoint. We thoroughly covered Paris during our weeklong tour. Marie our tour guide had us going promptly every morning. Most afternoons were free for exploring on our own. We had really nice group of 25 fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moment was just being in the city of Paris!"

Lisa

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve’s tour and my first trip to France. I absolutely loved Paris and the cafes, the history and museums. Learning to use their metro, visiting the different arrondissements and our hotel was so close to the Eiffel Tower that we were able to visit it several evenings. Our guide Marie was lovely and so helpful. Some members were reluctant to mask which made me uncomfortable. No fault of our guide as they did it at every moment that was not monitored and that is on them

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. St. Chapelle was AMAZING. Our day at Versailles was beautiful and I appreciated being able to come back on the train on our schedule. The art at the D’Orsay and our guide for that tour was especially memorable. I loved seeing my favorite Renoir paintings!"

Padma

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am a great fan of Rick Steves-have his books, CD's, T-shirt and watch his show almost every day. I 've been wanting to do his tour for many years and I finally did it. enjoyed the Paris tour very much due to the fact it was well planned. I was traveling alone but my fellow travelers made sure I was not alone and invited me to join them on various outings. I truly appreciated that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"More than one "wow" moment. My first "wow" moment was looking up at the ceiling at Galeries Lafayette. I was not prepared for the spectacular stained-glass ceiling even after reading about it. Second "wow" moment was entering the Sainte-Chapelle and being overwhelmed by the stained-glass windows."

Lynn

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Met my expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ease in moving around the city"

Deborah

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Veronique, was outstanding. She was knowledgeable about Paris history and provided excellent instruction on logistics so that we could navigate the city in our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The quality of our tour guide and the museum tour guides were incredible. Their knowledge created an entertaining, enhancing experience beyond my expectations."

Maureen

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I wanted to go to Paris as I missed several things on the Best of Europe Tour that included Paris. I enjoyed seeing what I missed but I felt it didn't have the variety I experienced with the tours that move from city to city. The tour was what I expected, I just know now what I like better in some tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montmartre area and restaurants which what part of what I missed on my first visit to Paris."

Elizabeth

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was very good! Our guide was very thorough and friendly. She was also very good at staying on schedule. I enjoyed meeting the other members of the tour! Paris was an amazing city and I could easily go back and spend weeks and still see new things every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved renting bikes at the Versailles gardens during my free time! It was beautiful scenery and so tranquil."

Stephen

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour. I have watched all RS episodes on PBS at least once each over the years. My expectations were therefore very high for the Paris tour. The tour and Marie fully met my expectations. The experience was memorable and I am grateful to RS for providing me and Liz the opportunity. As an aging person most of my concerns about traveling were alleviated by the general RS travel approach and specifically the kindness and competence of our guide Marie.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My good impressions were too numerous to mention. However, I was impressed most by the Montmarte tour. Brad was wonderful with his sprinkling of factual and anecdotal history. He brought the area to life in his calm, witty manner. I love hills, narrow streets and quaint venues. The vineyards and windmills were unknown to me an added to the charm of the tour. The view of greater Paris from the steps of Sacre Coeur were definitely a wow moment"

Teresa

Tour: 05/23/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Activities took place according to schedule, nothing unexpected occurred, tour guide was clear on daily activities and expectations, fellow travelers were friendly and cooperative. My partner and I had the information and resources from Rick Steves Tours to experience fulfilling free time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Versailles"

Kathryn

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of it! Well planned group activities yet free time to explore on our own in the afternoon and evenings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't have just one! Thoroughly enjoyed every part: walking through the Paris neighborhoods with guides and learning French history as we visited various sites. The meals were fantastic, hotel was wonderful with friendly and helpful manager and staff, our Main guide was fabulous! Enjoyed all the people in the group, too! Favorite place to visit was the Palace of Versailles. Vicente did a terrific job guiding us through and enjoyed the expansive grounds on our own."

Kenneth

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The accommodations were excellent, the guide was absolutely professional and a great ambassador for Paris. And as usual Rick Steves Tour‘s offer excellent value for the money. Are used to be a committed solo traveler, but I find your tours give me a much richer experience at a very reasonable price

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well it wasn’t exactly a “wow” moment, I was again so utterly impressed by the quality of the Rick Steves guide. This is my third Rick Steves Tour and I have always been completely impressed and satisfied with the group leaders."

Thomas

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour to learn about Paris

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a WOW experience"

Wayne

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun! Rolinka is a fantastic guide. She is pleasant, informative and keeps to schedule. The hotel was lovely, the hotel staff was very friendly and very helpful. This was our first Rick Steves tour. Highly likely we will do more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel location. It could not have been more centrally located."

Violet

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip... tour leader Marie was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Orsay!"

Cheryl

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized and flexible! Accomodations etc. were great and our tour leader was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The impressionists paintings! Also, the visit to Versailles....everyone needs to see this!"

Steve

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice mix of structured tours and free time. Instruction regarding public transportation was clear and allowed us to comfortably tour the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles."

Nancy

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great mix of museums, neighborhood walks, dinners at local restaurants and seeing the famous sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles. Have been to France several times but always avoided Versailles because of horror stories of the crowds. We were there early enough that lines and crowds were manageable. Once we finished the palace tour, it was absolutely delightful to wander on our own through the gardens and visit the Trianon."

Deirdre

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful’

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset over the Seine"

Colleen

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall just OK, I felt we rushed through some things we should not have and spent too much time at others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Versailles."

Peter

Tour: 05/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed every aspect of our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Eiffel Tower. It is an iconic and must do for any trip to Paris."

Loriana

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Art museums"

Terrence

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. I noticed that the fellow participants were all rich white people like myself. Even on walks diversity was rare. I would like an extra day in the middle to explore on my own and have some rest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the art history give by our guide at d’Orsay, the holocaust and children’s memorials."

Thomas

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Days were well planned, plenty of free time, Rolinka provided plenty of support and suggestions. Hotel and staff were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening boat ride on the Seine. Beautiful."

Kevin

Tour: 04/24/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Comprehensive and well-organized; knowledgeable and engaged guide; additional tour group dinner and river cruise were nice extras.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting in Musee de l'Orangerie in the midst of paintings of Monet's lily ponds."

Norman

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Veronika ran the tour with expertise, passion, and thoughtfulness.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had never been to Paris but had always wanted to visit, so the whole experience was a "wow" moment"

Graig

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good speed. Veronique was very charming and easy to approach.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the Eiffel Tower lighting happened as we cruised on the river"

Richard

Tour: 04/17/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized very good expert docent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The inSights from our Dutch docent"

Margaret

Tour: 04/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience in Paris was amazing. Our guide Daniela was fantastic and fun. She managed to get us to Versailles on time for our tour even after the train broke down. The hotel was great and the staff was so nice and accomodating. Our tour guides were amazing and funny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Chapelle was beyond my expectations and the stories that go along with the history are attention grabbing"

Susan

Tour: 04/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed our Best of Paris Tour. Our guide, Daniela, was outstanding; the hotel was excellent - including the staff, accommodations and location; the addt'l guides at Montmartre, The Louvre and Versailles were interesting and engaging. I also very much enjoyed nearly all of our fellow travelers - it was a great group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to pick 1 - there were numerous surreal moments that I experienced, e.g. seeing the Eiffel Tower the 1st time, standing in front of the Mona Lisa, or walking into Versailles, to name just a few."

Heather

Tour: 04/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I can’t say enough about our tour guide Daniela or the staff at H. Londres Eiffel. When only one day into the trip my husband’s IBS flared, Daniela and Armor were there to help us in any way they could from arranging a doctor to come directly to room and even heating up soup we bought from the grocery when he could eat nothing else. Thanks to their help, my husband was himself again before the end of the trip which was important to us since we were doing back to back RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing all the masterpieces in the Louvre."

Walter

Tour: 04/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful tour of one of the world's greatest cities. Paris is huge and history is everywhere...a week is barely enough for an introduction to its history and its present. But the tour does a great job of providing plenty of scheduled events and free time so you can pick and choose what is most important to your own desires to focus on.

Laura

Tour: 04/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was really happy to participate in this tour. We were two ladies travelling abroad and I felt more secure being in a group. I am also very social and I really enjoyed meeting and traveling with "like minded people." We were all fans of the show and the philosophy. Being able to participate along with others was a great plus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved our hotel (and staff) and felt very secure and at home there. On my bucket list were Versailles and the Seine cruise. I would say Versailles was my most favorite, especially as we all remarked at how "tacky" the Trianon was compared to Versailles. The proximity of wives and lovers dismayed me. The grounds were lovely even though we were there before the season."

Steven

Tour: 04/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved all of the guides for the tours!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Louvre"

Dianne

Tour: 04/03/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyable time. Our guide was very familiar with the itinerary we would be using and knew the special site guides well. We were given a good amount of time at each sights. Items of interest that were not included were pointed out to us and help with getting to those locations was available from our guide for during the free time in our schedule. Very pleasant experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the gates of Versailles Palace. It had been a cloudy morning and the gates just sparkled with the limited sun."

Anne

Tour: 03/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I booked this tour at a late minute and I am so glad I did. Roelinka (sp) was amazing. Her walking tours were remarkable and so intricate. She made adjustments for the weather fluidly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Joelle’s lecture through the Musee d’Orsay. SHE was a masterpiece herself!"

Paul

Tour: 03/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent as an introductory trip to Paris. The hotel was very good - some issues with AC. Rick Steves guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Loved having Metro pass and museum pass. Guide provided good coaching on using public transportation. Our three local guides for Marais, Louvre, Versailles and Orsay were all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into Sainte Chapelle on a sunny morning! Second wow was our local guide at Musée d’Orsay."

Janet

Tour: 03/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All tour guides were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Delicious hot chocolate on a chilly day"

Alan

Tour: 03/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exception introduction to Paris. We have rented an apartment and scheduled our RS Tour to preceed our stay. It was perfect. Taught us how to use the metro, how to get around, where the best museums are, etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The D'Orsay"

Cristina

Tour: 03/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As anticipated, this RS tour encouraged new learnings, new insights, new discoveries and new/corrected knowledge of the Parisian culture and ways of life. These made me a more intelligent traveler with a positively clearer impression of Paris and its people. This was my 4th Paris trip and RST made this the most meaningful and enjoyable of all, Shout out to Rolinka and Julie for giving us the best attention and care.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From a cultural and historical standpoint, Sainte-Chapelle. From a neighborhood standpoint, the way the Montmartre walk was planned with a bonus unscheduled refreshment stop at Roberta. And of course, Rick’s surprise drop-in at our welcome dinner. I have to say though that everything in the itinerary is a “wow” moment."

Angelica

Houston, TX

Tour: 02/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed our tour, which offered the perfect balance of planned activity and free time. Patrick was incredibly approachable, helpful, and a fun guide to have on this tour. This was our first Rick Steves tour and we are already looking forward to the next!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment during this tour was our incredible tour of Montmartre. The history, Patrick and Chris, and the beautiful landscape had me in complete awe."

Mark

Elkhart, IN

Tour: 02/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized. Fantastic hotel with a super friendly staff. Our tour Leader Patrick was awesome. Provided great info and had a wonderful sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been to Paris a few times before but I have to say the interior of St Chapelle hits me every time!"

Kenneth

Owings Mills, MD

Tour: 02/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Patrick Vidal was great! He was very informative and funny on our walks. The hotel was lovely, as well. Securing the national health certificate for France was confusing pre-departure. Not sure what can be done about that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moment was the evening Seine River Cruise."

Erika

Salem, OR

Tour: 02/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was planning my very first trip to Europe and I had always wanted to go to Paris, France! I had watched Rick Steves for years on PBS and he was always so helpful about European travel tips. I decided to book a tour with his company and I was not disappointed! We hit everything that I had wanted to hit! We even got free to go and explore on our own. I stayed on an extra week after the tour to do some more sightseeing and my guide was so helpful in answering any questions I had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite 'wow' moment was probably at the very end of the tour! I had had such a great week meeting new friends, seeing incredible places, and gaining new knowledge about this fantastic and beautiful city. At the very end of the tour we got to have one more dinner together. Afterwards, we walked to the Eiffel Tower and toasted with champagne. As we were toasting together, the lights of the Eiffel Tower started to glitter and we all hugged one another. I actually started to cry!"

Andrew

Houston, TX

Tour: 02/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my wife and I'd 1st a Rick Steeves tour and we were very happy with the whole experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a wow moment but for us I think it may have been the louvre but a close second was the rue cler market we spent a huge amount of time there and had a blast."

Rebecca

Hanford, CA

Tour: 02/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great feeling being on one of the first Rick Steves' tours in nearly two years! We had a great group of travelers paired with a fantastic guide. This was my third Rick Steves' tour, and it has made me look forward to planning my fourth one hopefully in the near future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Notre Dame for the first time and being surprised at how massively tall Sacre Coeur is!"

Joseph

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jeff

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Seattle, WA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patti

Port Townsend, WA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Auburn, NY

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Farmerville, LA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Mountainside, NJ

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Farmerville, LA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

Torrington, CT

Tour: 02/09/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up the Eiffel Tower."

Nicole

Fresno, CA

Tour: 02/09/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sylvia

Goleta, CA

Tour: 02/09/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Donald

Rogersville, TN

Tour: 02/09/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were really too many to choose."

Robert

Bend, OR

Tour: 02/09/20

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Evie

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 12/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jane

Selbyville, DE

Tour: 12/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jill

Villa Park, IL

Tour: 12/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Behrooz

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 12/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Connie Marie

Burlingame, CA

Tour: 12/22/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Raelene

Wheat Ridge, CO

Tour: 12/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Melinda

Castle Rock, CO

Tour: 12/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wayne

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alan

South Jordan, UT

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margaret

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jane

South Jordan, UT

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Virginie was knowledgeable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristin

Fairfax, VA

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leslie

Sparks, NV

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Caitlin

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 11/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Linda

Punta Gorda, FL

Tour: 11/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Benjamin

Monroe, WI

Tour: 11/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montemarte tour was great."

Julianna

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 11/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kris

Rochester, MN

Tour: 11/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lynda

Arlington, TX

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Clark

Walhalla, SC

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Douglas

Palmyra, VA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leon

Goodyear, AZ

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Museum D'Orsay."

Teresa

Lakeland, FL

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Adrienne

Walhalla, SC

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carolyn

Palmyra, VA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Emily

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cynthia

Geneva, IL

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathryn

Chapel Hill, NC

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Topsham, ME

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peggy

Richmond, VA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jodi

Naples, FL

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Sandwich, MA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nici

Boston, MA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Marie was the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to account for."

Cheryl

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brian

Sandwich, MA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bruce

Tampa, FL

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Centennial, CO

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maureen

Omaha, NE

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judy

Fitchburg, MA

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

Portsmouth, NH

Tour: 10/07/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sacre Coeur and Montmartre walking tour."

Amanda

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Martin

Broadview Heights, OH

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carole

Broadview Hts, OH

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jane

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sam

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christopher

Brookfield, WI

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debra

Brookfield, WI

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Marlborough, MA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brenda

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anne

Caldwell, ID

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vickie

Houston, TX

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Larry

Grapevine, TX

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Wanda

Eagle, ID

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Melissa

Okemos, MI

Tour: 09/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patricia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thelma

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mer

Lake Isabella, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pamela

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gordon

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ruth

Laramie, WY

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience in every way!

Gail

Mcminnville, OR

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diane

Brooklyn Park, MN

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Granger, IN

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip up to the Montmartre area."

Kent

Parma, OH

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Port Moody, BC

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Catheryn

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alaina

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cathy

Garberville, CA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very informative and extremely fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing Art"

Katherine

Reston, VA

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Claire

West Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

John

West Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edward

Lakewood, OH

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jerry

Port Moody, BC

Tour: 09/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barry

Albany, NY

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montmartre...amazing!"

Kim

Fairfield, CT

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Geraldine

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Rancho Mirage, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eva

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"so many people hawking wares at the EIffel Tower"

Linda

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barbara

Dublin, OH

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Montmartre tour"

Bill

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ward

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anna

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ronald

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 09/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

When To Go & Weather

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

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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