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What to do first in this celebrated city? Explore the incomparable Louvre. Cruise the Seine. Savor a just-baked croissant. Stroll the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Venture to the Palace of Versailles. However you spend your time, you’re sure to fall in love again and again.

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Overview

Ah, Paris, the city of life, love, and light. From the Eiffel Tower to the Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs Elysées to the winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find magic, romance, and history as you sip a café au lait, stroll manicured parks, and watch the sun set over the Seine. The home to some 2 million people, Paris could take you multiple lifetimes to explore from top to bottom—and that's not counting the Louvre. Happily, the métro system is extremely efficient and will aid you in see-and-flee sight-seeing. But to truly savor Paris's heady parfum, opt for the bus, or even better, your feet. In no time at all, you'll be strolling like a true Parisian from the arty Rive Gauche (Left Bank) to the regal Rive Droite (Right Bank).

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The major tourist season in France stretches from Easter to mid-September, but Paris has much to offer in every season. If you're dreaming of Paris in the springtime, May is your best bet, not rainy March and April—regardless of what some songs say about the latter. Paris in the early spring can be disappointingly damp, though it's relatively tourist-free; May and June are delightful, with good weather and plenty of cultural and other attractions. July and August can be sultry, stuffy, and uncomfortable. Early autumn is ideal. Cultural life revives after the summer break, and sunny weather often continues through the first half of October. The ballet and theater are in full swing in November. The weather is part wet and cold, part bright and sunny.

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Top Experiences

  • Masterpieces Theater : There will always be something new to see at the Louvre—after all, the Mona Lisa is just one of its 800,000 treasures.

  • Feasting at Le Grand Véfour : Back when Napoléon dined here, this was the most beautiful restaurant in Paris. Guess what? It still is.

  • Quasimodo's Notre Dame : Get to know the stone gargoyles high atop this erstwhile playground of Victor Hugo's hunchback, then savor the splendor inside this great Gothic cathedral.

  • Café Society : Whether you prefer a posh perch at Les Deux Magots or just the corner café, be sure to Hemingway an afternoon away over two café filtrés.

  • A Walk along the Seine : Pretend you're Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in Charade with a jaunt along the Rive Gauche or a romance aboard the Bateaux Mouches.

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Transfers

Region: Paris
Transfer Company: Air City Service

Emergency Telephone: From USA and Canada 011-33-1-49-21-13-02. Within France toll-free 0800800408, 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time.
Instructions: While in Europe, or in case of a flight delay or change of plans while traveling, please contact the appropriate local representative.

Trains

From To Paris
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2 hours 15 minutes

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