Paris Travel Guide & Information

Paris has been lovingly coined "The city of life", "he city of love" and "The city of light". Paris is the capital of France and the country's most visited city. Situated on the River Seine, Paris has been an important settlement for more than two millennia. Paris has emerged as one of the world's leading business and cultural centers, influencing politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts, all of which contribute to Paris’s status as one of the world's major global cities.

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Travel to Paris, a city that draws more than 45 million tourists every year. Book flights to Paris and visit this landmark destination steeped in iconic landmarks ranging from the Eiffel Tower, to the Mona Lisa, and the bustling Champs Elysees, to the winding streets of Montmartre. With all of its modern amenities’ and urban appeal, Paris has retained much of its original old world charm, visible in its neo-classical architecture and historical landmarks.

Every year millions of people come to Paris to marvel at Paris’ exquisite beauty, and savor exceptional Parisian cuisine and, of course, to indulge in one of Paris’ most notable activities, world-class shopping.

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Things to do in Paris

Museums:

Paris has a host of museums, centers of art and culture in Parisian and European history.

The Louvre: The Louvre is the largest national museum of France and the most visited museum in the world, as well. Popularly known as "Home of Mona Lisa", the museum is located on the Right Bank of the Seine. Nearly 35,000 objects from the 19th century are exhibited. Each season, the Louvre features a series of invitation only exhibits.

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Musee de l'Armee: The Musee de l'Armee is a museum at Les Invalides in Paris. Originally built as a hospital and home for disabled soldiers by Louis XIV, now the Musee de l’Armee houses the Tomb of Napoleon and the museum of the Army of France. Today, 500,000 artifacts, including weapons, armor, artillery, uniforms, emblems and paintings are on display.

Must See:

Besides world class museums, Paris has many other notable attractions to suit every type of traveler.

Eiffel Tower: The 19th century iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris and is the single most visited paid monument in the world. Scores of visitors from all over the world visit annually. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World's Fair.

Arc de Triomphe: Arc de Triomphe stands proudly in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the "Place de l'Etoile. The triumphal arch honors those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. Inside and surrounding the arc, are all of the names of generals and wars fought. Underneath, is the tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

Avenue des Champs-Elysees: Avenue des Champs-Elysees is a prestigious avenue in Paris. Lining the street, perfectly clipped chestnut trees. Tourists will find cinemas, al fresco cafes and luxury specialty shops. The Avenue des Champs-Elysees is one of the most famous streets in the world. The avenue extends from the Arc de Triomphe, to the Place de la Concorde at the other.

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Where to Stay in Paris:

With millions of visitors each year visiting Paris, the city offers multiple cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, spa hotels, bed and breakfast hotels and hostels.

1st, 7th & 8th Arrondissements: The area, also known as The Golden Triangle, boasts some of the best and luxurious hotels. On the Right Bank, from the Arc de Triomphe, to the Louvre Museum, is home to some of the most upscale neighborhoods, fine restaurants, top attractions and hotels in Paris.

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3rd & 4th & 11th Arrondissements or The Marais: The Marais was declared an historically protected quarter in 1969. Today, it's a lively, urban area filled with apartments, art galleries, small shops and a number of museums, the Pompidou Center, the Musee Carnavalet, the Picasso Museum and Victor Hugo's House in the Place des Vosge. One of the oldest districts, the Marais, is also home to numerous private hotels and bed and breakfast, all characterized by their distinctive charm. The neighborhood is conveniently close to the Place de la Bastille, where you can find the city's modern opera house, movie theatres and cafes.

5th & 6th Arrondissement or The Latin Quarter & St. Germain: The Left Bank and more specifically, the Quarter Latin and St-Germain-des-Pres, is alluring to visitors. The 5th and 6th Arrondissements offer many appealing hotels and interesting churches and museums. You’ll so be close to Notre Dame Cathedral, La Conciergerie, St-Chapelle, the Louvre and the Marais, just across the river on the Right Bank.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

Paris is a part of the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter Madrid for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

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* If you are traveling for any other purpose, you may need to obtain a visa.

* Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

* The 90-day period begins when you enter any of the Schengen group of countries.

For Canadian Citizens:

A tourist visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days within a 6-month period.

* A Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the Paris.

* The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from the country.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We strongly recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Paris.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Paris

Paris experiences four seasons. Summer is typically the most popular time to visit because there are numerous festivals and the weather is pleasant.

Budget travelers might want to visit Paris during the winter, or at the tail end of fall or the tail end of winter. Not only is it less busy, but travelers will likely find better travel deals.

Spring and fall have great weather and it can still be a great option for budget travelers depending on when you go, prices can be lower with fewer crowds.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (June to October)

Low season: (January to March)

Paris Weather/Climate

Paris has an oceanic climate, which is affected by the North Atlantic Current, so the city experiences extremely high or low temperatures, depending on the season.

* However the city is known for its unexpected rain showers, which can occur at any time of year.

* Summer temperatures are mild to warm, with occasional heat waves, while winters are very chilly with temperatures hovering around freezing.

Currency and Language

Currency:

ATMs are available in many parts of Paris - ensure you inform your bank before travelling abroad and be aware you may be charged for cash withdrawals.

Languages:

* The official language of Paris is French.

* In areas that cater to travelers from abroad, you’ll find a lot of English speaking Parisians. However, we would suggest learning a few basic French phrases.