July 29, 2009
Paris, the capital city of France located on the lovely river Seine, is one of the world's most popular holiday destinations. From icons like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées; to the romance of a river cruise along the Seine; to the thrills of the cabaret at the Moulin Rouge - Paris is a destination well-adored by millions of visitors and well-explored by true travelers who plan and book their activities in advance.
First Time Visitors - There are a number ways a first-time visitor to Paris can experience a great deal in a relatively small amount of time. A Viator top-seller, the Eiffel Tower Dinner, Paris Moulin Rouge Show and Seine River Cruise combines three Parisian iconic experiences into one evening. The Paris Pass, with the choice of two, four or six days provides free public transport plus skip the line and fast track entry to many of the featured sites and attractions which include the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Pantheon and Musee d'Orsay. Travelers should also consider the Paris Walking Tour: Classic Paris, the Heart of Paris Bike Tour and the Paris City Hop-on Hop-off Tour as a good start.
Pleasures of the French Palate - Visitors to Paris can treat themselves to some of the finest food and wine available with expert guides leading the way. The Paris Chocolate and Pastry Food Tour with local "foodie" guide visits at least three pastry shops, a bakery and three chocolate shops. The Paris Food Walking Tour: Gourmet French Food includes visits to a bakery, pastry shop, local caterer, wine shop and cheese shop while the Pastry and Dessert Course in Montmartre features recipes taught by a professional French chef. The French Wine Tasting in Paris led by a professional sommelier, sips a variety of wines from Alsace to Bordeaux, from Burgundy to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The Champagne Tasting Cruise in Paris combines the beauty of the Seine river with the pleasure of tasting three Champagnes.
Only in Paris - Paris has its icons, but it also has more intimate and unique aspects to explore. The Perfume Workshop in Paris studies its history and current trends with a top Paris "nose," then travelers can create their own exclusive scent to take home. Paris is synonymous with style, and the Teen Shopping and Fashion Accessories Tour in Paris turns the trends to the teens focusing on the hippest and funkiest French brands. And, a quintessential symbol of the Parisian lifestyle is experienced first-hand during the Viator Exclusive: Private Paris Tour by Citroen 2CV. Thanks to the convertible soft top roof of this emblematic car and an expert chauffeur and guide, this largely customizable private tour offers a magnificent panoramic and insider's view of the city. Other 2CV excursions include Essential Paris and Secret Paris.
Culture and History - A trip to Paris must include the Louvre and the Skip the Line: Paris Louvre Museum Guided Tour offers a prioritized tour featuring the Venus de Milo, the Victory of Samothrace and Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The Monet's Garden at Giverny and American Art Museum Afternoon Tour by Minivan visits the beautiful home and garden that inspired the master of Impressionism, Claude Monet. A trip to Versailles in the summer (until Oct. 26), like the Versailles Guided Tour with Optional Fountain Show, features the option of enjoying a magnificent fountain display revealing the skill and artistry of three centuries of French garden design and engineering. The Loire Valley Castles Day Trip: Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau visits the three most famous chateaux of the Loire Valley: Chenonceau Castle, Chateau de Cheverny and Chateau de Chambord. Spend a special day traveling to Normandy during the D-Day Tour: Normandy Battlefields and Landing Beaches by Minivan and visit the American Cemetery in Coleville, Arromanches and the beaches of Omaha and Juno.
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