The 5 Best Tour Companies For Paris Sightseeing

by Meg Massie 
Posted Apr 1st 2011 01:00 PMUpdated Apr 1st 2011 01:37 PM


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There are plenty of reasons why Paris remains one of Europe's most-visited cities: world-class restaurants, historic landmarks, museums and hotels, and, of course, romance. Due to its sprawling nature, however, touring Paris can be arduous. Here's a quick look at the myriad options available no matter the mode of transportation.

Get on the bus
Paris by bus is an efficient way to navigate the city streets, but some of the tours can be a bit rushed. A more leisurely alternative is the Cars Rouges (Les) which offers two days of exploration. Customers can get off and tour any of nine sites, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre-Dame Cathedral, and get back on board one of the open-top double-decker buses at their convenience. Tickets start at 12 Euros for children, 24 Euros for adults.

Get lit
Many Paris tour companies offer cruises along the Seine River, but Viator's nighttime river cruise is adventure that doesn't end when the boat docks. The evening starts with a guided sail along the lamp-lit river; next, a coach tour visits some of the city's most famous landmarks, followed by a three-course meal and a glass of wine at the Chez Clement restaurant.

A gargoyle's view
Some might not group Aeroparis with other Paris tours as it doesn't go anywhere but nearly 500 feet straight up. The spectacular views from this tethered hot-air balloon, though gives a sweeping vista of the city and many of its famous landmarks. Just be sure to check the weather.

Soles to the street
Hoofing it on one of the tours conducted by Paris Walks offers a more in depth and personalized view of the city; and boasts an experienced, multilingual tour guides. More interested in Parisian chocolate or fashions? Not to worry--the company offers Paris that focus on the subject. It's wise to book a spot on these tours in advance as they book up early.

Go Your Own Way
Not into the whole group tour experience? Tourists can create their own versions with the purchase of a Paris Pass. With options of 2, 4 or 6 days, it includes admission to more than 55 city attractions. It comes with a guidebook, and passholders can skip the long lines at some of the city's most popular attractions, such as the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and the Arc de Triomphe. And no need to worry about getting around; passholders can ride the Metro system at no extra charge for the duration of the pass.

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Go self tours is a new attraction that I discovered while in Paris. They rent out electric cars smaller than smart cars that are easy and fun to drive ! They also give you a GPS and an Ipad that give you a guided tour around Paris. We we're able to stop to take photos when we wanted which was very convenient. They have a camera installed that films inside and out so we were able to take a film home of our trip as a souvenir. Such an independant way of visiting a city! Great experience !

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Gallipoli Tours

I spent a wonderful 2 days tour in Gallipoli Troy by TTG Travel. Everything was well organized. It was really worth the visit since we visited almost all historical places. Turkey Travel Group is really professional my Turkey trip was great. I love Turkey - especially Istanbul and Troy - It is a wonderful place with wonderful people. I had a great stay in Istanbul and Gallipoli. I was given a nice room by the hotel and people were very polite at the front desk and they were smiling all the time so i felt fine.

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