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Visitors to Paris often only have a few days, many just one day, so time you do have in Paris has to be used efficiently.
Most first-time visitors want to see the classic icons of Paris, above all the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine.
There are half day and one day options to suit all, the latter including lunch at the Eiffel Tower.There is also a dining option whilst cruising down the River Seine.
If you are new to Paris that precious time can all too easily just slip by as you get your bearings and find out logistical lessons the hard way.
The most affordable and flexible way of getting orientated with the layout of Paris, seeing the main sights and getting some useful commentary on what you are witnessing are the hop on, hop off sightseeing buses.
There are two main competing hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus operators, the red Big Bus and red, white and blue Tootbus, formerly known as Open Tour Paris buses.
There is little difference between the two, although the Big Bus service is cheaper but has only one main route which covers the centre of the city and a smaller route that covers the north of the city centre around Montmartre.
Tootbus Paris buses also have the city centre route but that is supplemented by three other routes to the inner suburbs.
Both services give the opportunity to see Paris from the river for a supplement to the core bus service offering.
River cruises in Paris are very popular, partly because a lot of the main sights like the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral (although this is covered in scaffolding currently due to the recent fire) and Eiffel Tower are located next to the river.
There is even a hop-on, hop off river boat service called Batobus.
Enjoy a wonderful meal while the changing beauty of Paris drifts by as your backdrop.
On your cruise down the Seine you will see beautiful attractions along the banks of this world famous river and enjoy a three course French cuisine menu.
The cruise lasts approximately 75 minutes and offers two choices of menu. A Menu Romantic which includes starter, main course, desert, glass of champagne and coffee/tea - they will even sprinkle flower petals on your table.
Menu Decouverte has a starter, main course, desert and coffee/tea.
There will be musical entertainment throughout the cruise and you can select to sit in the bay windows to get the best views.
See the Paris main attractions in a five-hour Paris city tour with a difference.
Your sightseeing tour of Paris includes a tour across the city by coach, views of Paris from the water as you cruise along the River Seine, and lofty panoramas from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.
You have a choice of tour departure times throughout the day so you can plan your day to suit yourself.
This comprehensive tour is a great way to get to know Paris if this is your first visit, and if you arrive in Paris in the morning the tour still enables you to take in the best of Paris before you sit down for an evening dinner.
Your coach tour across Paris takes in Place de la Concorde Square, the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, the western districts of Paris, the Palais de Chatillon and the Palais Bourbon (National Assembly).
You'll then see Paris from a different viewpoint by taking a one-hour cruise on the Seine River, highlighting the rich 2,000-year history of the city.
And what better way to conclude your overview of Paris than by taking a trip up the Eiffel Tower where you will have enough time to explore on your own.
You'll ride the elevator up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower for spectacular views of Paris laid out before you.
The 4-hour tour concludes at the Eiffel Tower so you will have the opportunity to continue an independent visit at your leisure.
This full day tour is an extended version of the half day tour covered above with a more leisurely pace and longer visits to the main sights, including a memorable lunch on the Eiffel Tower.
The tour begins with a guided 1.5-hour visit to the magnificent Louvre Museum. You'll then take a boat ride along the Seine River to the Eiffel Tower, where lunch is served in the exceptional setting of the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant on the tower's first floor. The early afternoon is left free for you to explore the Eiffel Tower.
After lunch it's time to board another boat to take you along the Seine River to Notre Dame Cathedral for a 45-minute guided visit to the outside of this famous building.
The Paris Walking Tour by river shuttle concludes at Notre Dame, leaving you free to continue your visit to the cathedral on your own.
This full-day tour leaves from Paris and takes you to historic Normandy, where you'll discover the history of the Allied landings and battle of Normandy. You will visit Omaha and Juno beaches and explore the 70-hectare Colleville-sur-mer cemetary honouring 9387 fallen American soldiers. A stop at Arromanches-sur-mer which has an artificial harbour used to help supply the allied troops completes this memorable and poignant trip.
An air-conditioned luxury coach will take you from Paris at 7am to Normandy and you'll enjoy 7-hours on-site touring, with free time in Arromanches. You will also have an expert guide on the history of D-Day in Normandy and guided tours of Omaha beach, Juno beach and the American Cemetary of Colleville-sur-mer. Your return to Paris will arrive at approximately 8pm.
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