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An excellent option if you are pressed for time or just have an extra day in London you don't know what to do with. The schedule is perfect - early departurelate return so plenty of time in Paris. The metro pass saves time and money and the maps are very useful. You need to do a little planning on while on the train to decide what you want to achieve during your day trip.
The train was wonderful -a little early in the morning, but that allows for more time in Paris. The train station as well as the train itself was spotless and extremely comfortable!
Exactly what I wanted. The "tour" was as-advertised. I was given my Eurostar tickets, a map of Paris and an all-day Metro pass. I spent the day seeing everything at my own pace. If you're not interested in a guided tour and you're okay with being on your own, this is what you want.
We were novice travelers, but no more. The Paris trip by train was great. We did get the Metro passes, but instead hopped on the On and Off bus tour. That was well worth the money. You listen to the history of the city as you drive through the city, and get on and off at the many different stops. We plan on using this again when we go back.
This tour doesn't include a tour...only the Eurostar tickets and a Metro pass. If you know where you want to go in Paris, it's brilliant!
Our tour guide was extremely kind. I highly recommend the following strategy. We asked him if we could ride the tour bus. He actually let us ride the tour bus to the Eiffel Tower so we can get a head start on our day. At the end of the day, he agreed to meet us at a bus stop and take us back to the station, even though we had paid for the independent package! Other than that, Paris wasn't what I thought it would be, but worth seeing it just so you can say, "Ya, I went to Paris."
Great way to visit Paris for a day, just to get the flavour of this beautiful city. We combined this tour with the city tour, cruise on the Seine, and a visit to the Eiffel Tower. All worked out well for a very full but enjoyable day.
Well worth it. The package through Viator was way cheaper than booking tickets directly through Eurostar, and you get a very nice and easy to read map, and the all day Metro subway pass for zones 1-3, which contrary to what someone else said in their review does cover the Gare du Nord that you arrive at, and of course all the major attractions in Paris! I had been to Paris 2 times previously with friends so I was comfortable with doing the independent tour with my husband so we could see what we wanted to see on our own time. If you've never been to Paris and don't speak a word of French, you might be better off on the guided tour, but most people in Paris speak English so you'd most likely be fine on your own too, it all depends on your comfort level. While in Paris, we had time to go to Pere LaChaise cemetary to see Jim Morrison's grave, hang out by Notre Dame line was too long to go inside and the Ile St. Louis and get some delicious ice cream at Berthillon, walk along the Seine and by the Louvre and Tuileries gardens again long lines so we didn't go in the museum, go up in the Eiffel Tower, walk to Arc de Triomphe didn't go in there either, didn't feel like walking up all the stairs, and then have a nice dinner at a sidewalk cafe on the Champs Elysees. Got back to Gare du Nord with plenty of time to spare, so we probably could've spent an hour doing something else too but were pretty tired so we called it a day.
This was everything we thought and more. The brief conversation we had with the staff at the counter was very informative and they were very helpful. We enjoyed this trip a lot, and would recommend it to all. Very affordable, cheaper than doing it on your own. Thanks.
Being an independent kind of person given to exploring, this was the ideal one-day excursion. There were also places I wanted to visit, e.g. St Chapelle, which would not have been on the conducted tour. This arrangement allowed me to stay as long as I wanted at certain places of interest. When I grew tired of walking, I took an hourlong cruise on the Seine, leaving from the Pont Neuf, then later had a coffee in a park, and later still, had a lovely meal in a restaurant of my choosing before returning to the train. I'll be telling all my friends about it. First rate!!!
Wish we knew that we could have bought the hop on and hop off at the same time as we bought this. We were told when we got to the station that we can purchase the hop on hop off from the tour guide in France, but when we got to France the tour guide was rude and told us to purchase the bus ticket, but did not tell us where. WE finally found it and when we got to the bus he is coming with his group and actually told us to stop and wait for his group to go in first, even though we were there first. After about 20 minutes he came upstairs to us and started being helpful.
Another awesome trip to take. A long day but very enjoyable to see the sites in Paris.
Suggestion to make to tourist is to take the HopOn Hop Off tour bus for the limited time one has in Paris. A recommended trip.
Viator was easy and painless. We had very little to do besides show up. Finding out tickets was easy and the the trip was wonderful. Highly recommended.
Unfortunately, the visit to Paris was reduced by more than 2.5 hours due to a fatality on the rail line. Features of my package were what I expected.
Viator was very professional. A representative greeted us at the train station and gave us explicit directions on how to get through the station. The only problem was that Viator gave me a train ticket with someone else's name, fortunately customs did not catch it coming or going so I was able to enjoy the trip with no problem. Everyone else in my party had the correct name. Also on our trip someone committed suicide on the train tracks and we were stuck on the train for 3 hours, not Viators fault but we lost a lot of time for a day trip.
Our trip to Paris was wonderful. Everything was on schedule. Travel representative pleasant and helpful. I will certainly recommend this business for future travelers.
Might be nice to have some sample itineraries for seeing Paris in one day, as well as directions on the nearest Metro stops to the main attractions.
Was quite good. Wouldn't have minded a slightly earlier start but that's okay. Lots of info but could've had more such as info to a hop on-hop off tour.