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Paris: The City Experience

with Paris extension
  • Duration: 7 or 9 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 266
This is the time to discover your Paris.

Whether for romance, history, indulgence, or artistic inspiration, Paris is the destination for experiences you’ll never forget. Unpack only once, then marvel at soaring landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and stroll through the charming Montmartre neighborhood. Browse some of the world’s richest collections of art and recall the Belle Époque, then seat yourself at a sidewalk cafe and watch the Parisians do their thing.

Your tour package includes
  • 5 nights in a well-located hotel
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • Signature farewell experience in Montparnasse
  • Sightseeing tour with a local guide
Included highlights
  • Eiffel Tower photo stop
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Champs-Élysées
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Montparnasse Tower
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris5 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Paris
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to France! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery, and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

• Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe

• Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house, and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square

• Marvel at the iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides

Tonight, enjoy free time in Paris or add an excursion.

Paris Home-Hosted Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know Paris at your leisure or add an excursion.

Eiffel Tower Lunch
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 5: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Paris or add excursions.

(Please note: Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny excursion may be offered on day 6, depending on the day of the week.)

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny
Excursion (additional cost)
Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 6: Free day in Paris & signature farewell dinner
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Paris at your leisure or add an excursion.

(Please note: Versailles Palace & Gardens excursion may be offered on day 5, depending on the day of the week. Please call for more information.)

This evening, toast to your trip from the top of Montparnasse Tower while enjoying incredible panoramic views of the Parisian skyline. Then, join your group at a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Versailles Palace & Gardens
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 7: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring Paris.

Extension to Paris

Paris—the city of love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower and Mona Lisa to the bustling Champs-Élysées and winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find romance, history, and beauty. Browse boutiques, stroll through manicured parks, take a seat at a sidewalk cafe, and watch the sun set over the Seine.

Paris2 nights
Day 7: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Paris or add an excursion.

Paris Theatre Show
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 8: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to discover Paris at your own pace or add an excursion.

This evening, sip a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte & Afternoon Tea
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews
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266
4.8 average
Return to Paris
by 6th time traveler 

This was our third visit to Paris and our second City Stay, which we strongly recommend particularly since our first visit was on the tail end of a walking tour through Provence. Except for the welcoming dinner, all meals were excellent, especially the ones at restaurants we discovered on our own. T...

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by 2nd time traveler 

I loved the city tour of Paris. Patrick Long our tour guide was exceptional. I met wonderful people, enjoyed the food and wine and of course the beauty of Paris. I would highly recommend this tour.

Loved this city stay
by 5th time traveler 

Loved it. Patrick, our guide was amazing, the city was fabulous, food was good. Will do this again.

Everyone Should Go to Paris At Least Once
by 2nd time traveler 

Our week in Paris was the best trip in our lifetime so far! Our tour director Patrick Long made the trip extra special with his engaging personalty, wit & humor, knowledge in the history of Paris, and his attention to details. Our hotel accommodations were centrally located near three Metro station...

Wonderful Trip to Paris
by 2nd time traveler 

I was a 1st time traveler with Go Ahead Tours to Paris. The trip was absolutely Fantastic. More than what I dreamed it would be. Our Tour Director Patrick Long was absolutely AWESOME!! All of the arrangements and details made by GAT went off very smoothly. My only suggestion for future tours would b...

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Mercure Montparnasse

This modern hotel is located in the Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris’ 14th arrondissement. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, y...

Mercure Montmartre

This contemporary hotel is located in Montmartre. Guests enjoy on-site dining options, an outdoor terrace, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Sacré-C...

Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Paris. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. For more details, please reference the Paris transfer information included in your Go Kit.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
  • For your convenience, a 4-day Paris Metro Pass is also included in the price of your tour.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread, and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
  • Although lunch is generally served from noon until 2pm, dinner is served from 7:30pm onward. Those wishing to eat earlier can stop at a cafe, where light entrées and sandwiches are available throughout the afternoon and evening.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • France operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Paris.
Currency
  • You will use the euro in France.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Aug 3–Aug 9, 2019
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Sep 7–Sep 13, 2019
$2,999CAD$2,799CAD
Sep 28–Oct 4, 2019
$2,999CAD$2,799CAD
Oct 5–Oct 11, 2019
$2,999CAD$2,599CAD
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Dec 11–Dec 17, 2019
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$2,499CAD$2,299CAD
Mar 14–Mar 20, 2020
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$2,849CAD
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$2,899CAD$2,699CAD
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