If it’s your first time in Paris, then savour every moment to the full! This will be the start of a life-long love affair with this city of infinite beauty and charm. As Ernest Hemingway famously said:
“Il n’y a que deux endroits au monde où l’on puisse vivre heureux: chez soi et à Paris.” (There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.)
So what treats await you in the captivating French capital? There’s the Mona Lisa’s smile and the artistic treasure trove of the Louvre, the glorious Impressionist works at Orsay Museum, the jaw-dropping opulence of Versailles and the Gothic majesty of Notre Dame. There’s the elegance of the Champs-Élysées and the Place de la Concorde, the magnificent monuments along the Seine, the bohemian legacy of Montmartre and the lively atmosphere of the Latin Quarter; plus glorious food, excellent wines, incomparable shopping and some of the world’s best people-watching opportunities!
How should you set about discovering these Parisian wonders? As a first-timer in the city we strongly recommend you invest in the excellent Paris Pass. This Pass is available for 2, 4 or 6 days, so you can choose the duration that fits your schedule best. And it is incredibly good value for money; visit just 4 of the included attractions and you are already making savings. The Pass allows entry to more than 55 top attractions and lets you skip-the-line at some of the busiest venues. This is a real bonus – you do not want to spend precious vacation time standing in queues!
The package includes a handy guidebook to help plan your itinerary, plus a Metro ticket that lets you use all Metros, buses and RER services for the duration of your Paris Pass.
First-timers can also enjoy discovering the French capital through one of the many fantastic Paris tours on offer. There are day tours, night tours, bus tours, boat tours, walking tours, cycling tours, gourmet tours, theatre tours, photographic tours, wine tasting tours and much much more. Whatever your interest, you can find something to suit you.
Indeed, there is such a variety of Paris tours that you could feel spoilt for choice. The ones we particularly recommend for newcomers include: a “Hop-on Hop-off” bus tour (which often includes an optional river cruise), a “Classic Paris” walking tour, a “Best of Paris” tour by electric personal transporter (Segway) and a “Paris Bike Tour”.