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Visiting Paris in May 2017 !! Need Suggestions Please...

By Traveller February 7, 2017
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Visiting Paris in May 2017 !! Need Suggestions Please...

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By Vishnu Traveller February 7, 2017

Hii ..

Greetings & Good Wishes !!

Me, My wife & My Little Daughter are planning to Visit Paris in May 2017.

We are from Bangalore, India.

Planning to stay for 4 Nights/5 Days in Paris ...

Have contacted a couple of Travel Agents... They all seem to confuse me.

Now can you please give me your sincere suggestion on the following -
1. Hotel Stay in Paris as everything should be easily accessable - like Mainly Indian Food, Metro Connectivity, Local Transport facilities ...
2. Please Suggest Hotels Names also.
3. Plan for things we must & should do in Paris for 4 days.
4. Can we explore Paris on our own or do we need a local guide with us all day to help us.
5. How to travel to and from Airport ??
6. How to visit all local must see places ??
7. From where to do bookings for the same to buy entry tickets & passes ???

Please guide & suggest me on the above.

Thankyou & Regards.

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6. How to visit all local must see places ??
6. Answer: You can get to each monument using public transport (metro and busses) or Uber and taxi. Buy the tickets in advance online or at Paris main tourism office would be good to save you some valuable time. If you get a guide he/she can help you with all that.
7. From where to do bookings for the same to buy entry tickets & passes ???
7. Answer: For museums, activities and some shows: http://en.parisinfo.com/
For public transportation you can get your tickets at any metro station.
If you're planning to use metro I would suggest you to get a day pass called "Mobilis" (way better than the "Paris Visite" tickets that are more expensive) for the adults, and if your daughter is under 12 y.o. she can get a book of teen discounted tickets.

Children under 18 y.o. don't pay to enter to most museums and some monuments in Paris. If you're very interested in entering many of this paid monuments you might want to consider getting a "museum pass" http://en.parismuseumpass.com/

As a tip, the best moment to discover the Louvre is on Wed. & Fri. evening (after 6pm) and the Orsay museum on Thu. evening. This days they stay open until 9:30 to 10pm and all the crowd is gone.

Vishnu, I wish you a wonderful time in Paris and don't hesitate to contact me if you decide to hire a private guide.

Regards,
Pam
Local February 7, 2017
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Hii Pamela ..

I whole Heartdly Thank you for giving me such a beautiful response to my query !!

All your Answers make me get more knowledge about Paris visit.

We are 2 Adults + My Daughter (5 y.o)

I will definitely need your Help !! for the below -

1. Hotel Booking - Budget Approx 100 - 125€ per Night.
Hotel should be near to Metro / Bus / Restaurants Serving Indian Food

2. Advance Purchase of all the Entry Tickets / Passes ??

3. Can you please guide me if We take the Hop On Hop Off bus for sight seeing is it worth it ??? As in we get to see Paris & save time & money ??

4. How will i get my tickets & passes delivered in India if I book through http://en.parisinfo.com/ ??
Is that the best place to buy tickets / passes where we can get good deals and offers ???

5. PARIS PASSLIB’
In this Paris Passlib' 2 Days - Adult at 109 € p/p - Is it worth it ??
Please check on the same and guide me.

6. Pamela if we want to hire you as our local friend & guide what would be the charges if you accompanied us for 3-4 days ???
Approx Budget.

You could reply back to me on - vizznu82@gmail.com

Thankyou & Regards.
Vishnu Traveller February 10, 2017
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4. Can we explore Paris on our own or do we need a local guide with us all day to help us.
4. Answer: This depends on your interests and budget. Many travelers decide to discover Paris on their own and they have a wonderful time. But of course having a guide will allow you to have a deeper understanding of all the wonderful things you will discover in Paris.
Paris is a friendly city and prepared for tourists but sometimes cultural differences might make it a bit complicated for some. Also tourist attractions can be sometimes extremely busy and you might end up loosing valuable time waiting in lines, so it is good to put some energy in the organization in order to take the best advantage of your time.

5. How to travel to and from Airport ??
5. Answer: You can take the train (RER B about 10€ p/p one way) a bus (Also about 10€ p/p one way), you can take Uber, Taxis (about 50€ for one way) or you can reserve a transfer service in advance.
Local February 7, 2017
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2. Please Suggest Hotels Names also.
2. Answer: Without knowing your budget it hard to suggest an hotel

3. Plan for things we must & should do in Paris for 4 days.
3. Answer: If you really want to take advantage of your time the best is to invest in hiring private tour guide(s) that will customize activities for you, help you get priority access to monuments and/or museums. (I recommend you my team services at www.strollsparis.com)
If not, the best is to get a Rick Steve's guide book. It is the most fun and easy way to have a better idea of what to do in Paris and what to expect from each place.
Places that are the first time visitors Must See are: Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe, Opera Garnier, Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. Versailles Palace and Garden are also wonderful, just 40 min. away from the capital. And I am sure your daughter would enjoy going to Disneyland Paris, about 1 hour away from Paris by train.
Local February 7, 2017
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Hi Vishnu,

Here are some answers to your questions:
1. Hotel Stay in Paris as everything should be easily accessable - like Mainly Indian Food, Metro Connectivity, Local Transport facilities ...
1. Answer: Paris has tons of hotels, all qualities, locations and prices. I would recommend you to establish your budget first and then start searching. I would recommend you to stay in the following areas: 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th districts. They are located in the heart of the city and by the river Seine.
For you to have an idea here is a very brief explanation from each:
1st is very chic, big nice hotels and famous fashion brands (near Louvre, Concorde, Tuileries)
4th is more bohemian, famous to be the Jewish and Gay district it is very trendy and offers you a really fun ambience, lovely designer boutiques, charming cafes and restaurant, little locals gardens, etc... Notre Dame cathedral is close, Hotel de Ville and Bastille.
5ht (also the Latin Quarter) is more touristy, but very nice too, charming narrow streets, many many restaurants (not necessarily good). There is the Pantheon, Luxembourg Garden, Roamn ruins, etc...
6th (mostly known as Saint Germain de Pres) that's my personal favorite, since it makes me travel in time, some cobblestoned streets, narrow ones, medieval and XIX century look. Many lovely restaurants and bars, small squares and boutiques and shops that will make you love Paris even more.

Local February 7, 2017
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Hi Vishnu,

That's great to hear that you are coming in Paris. Maybe these can help you :

1. Hotel : This will depend on your budget. The closer you are to tourist places, the higher the accommodation.
Food : Indian food can usually be found around gare du nord and gare de l'est.
3. Plans : I guess this is the first time you are visiting Paris.. then you can do all the famous places : Tour Eiffel, Trocadero, Jardins des Tuileries, Arc de Tromphe, Louvres Museum, Montmartre, La défense for shopping, Versailles(Outside Paris), Champs Elysées, Disneyland and Parc Asterix and Obelix (outside Paris)
4. It is always good to have someone with you when you explore Paris. You don't get lost and you get to your places quickly. Then, once you understand the railway system here, it's ok. Think of getting a local sim card. Google maps will help you a lot if you're looking to visit Paris by yourself.
5. Do you have big luggages ? You can easily take the metro from the Airport. It is usually RER A but you have to look closely especially if you are leaving Paris to go to the Airport. You can buy metro tickets at the airport to get to Paris.
6. Metro will be ok to visit the places. No need to book cars.
7. Some bookings can be done online I believe. For disney, if you can book the tickets in advance, you can get good deals.

Hope it helped a bit

Regards,
Elsa
Local February 7, 2017
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Hii Elsa !!

Thankyou for the beautiful response !!!

I am very Glad & Happy for your reply to my query ...

Please share your mail id in case I need more information will definitely contact you.

Thankyou & Regards.