I gave one star for the Paris city tour. The Eiffel Tower view was breathtaking at night, and we were able to skip the line, however our guide stayed on the bus the entire time, giving us our ticket and directing us where to go. We were like sardines in a can in the elevator, then we felt very rushed because we had only one hour total, to make it back to the bus. By then, everyone had to use the restroom and, for all those sardines up there, there was only one small restroom for each gender! Also, finding the bus was not easy because of the way the area is set up, and there were many buses! The "cruise" was the worst of all. Again, we were given our tickets to fight the crowds on our own. The boat was so packed, that there weren't enough seats available inside, and outside, in the evening, it was extremely cold. We were given earphones to listen to a recorded guide, but it was so cold and so crowded that all we could hope for was not to submerge the boat with people moving from side to side to view various things.
The tour was excellent and well worth doing. One could easily spend the entire day there because of the volume of stalls and types of items. Our guide explained the different areas of the market and how to approach each one. He gave us a map of the layout towards the end of the tour, but I think it would have been more beneficial to begin the tour with that, as he explained the size initially, so that we could get our bearings, especially if we got lost as we walked and gawked. I would definitely feel comfortable going back to the flea market on my own, on further return trips to Paris, after this tour.
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