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City Breaks Paris

Nicknamed the ‘City of Light’, Paris is an elegant and time-honoured city with a rich cultural history and classic spirit. Everything about the capital oozes elegance, from its world-famous landmarks and rich art history, to its fine dining and luxury fashion. Discover iconic artefacts at the Musée du Louvre, enjoy a picnic lunch at Luxembourg Gardens, or fall in love while looking out over the city’s moonlit landscape on top of the Eiffel Tower. 

25 °C

Best time to visit: During the spring, when temperatures are mild and flowers in the city gardens start to bloom. 

1 hour 20 minutes

Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is 23km northeast of Paris. Paris-Orly Airport (ORY) is 9km south of Paris. Beauvais-Tillé Airport (BVA) is located in Tillé, 85km north of Paris. 

Whether you’re enjoying a romantic getaway with your significant other or a cultural retreat with best friends, a city break in Paris caters to one and all. Some of the world’s most iconic attractions are housed here, including the Eiffel Tower and Musée du Louvre. Wander the grand boulevards, stopping off for a hearty lunch at a cosy bistro. 

There are certain attractions in Paris that you simply must see, and the Eiffel Tower is at the top of the list. Standing at 324 metres high, this iconic building offers stunning daytime and evening views of the city.There are three levels for visitors and a champagne bar at the top. Pre-book your tickets to avoid lengthy queues. 

Having birthed the likes of Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh, the city is home to some of the most famous masterpieces in the world. One of the most popular museums in Paris is the Musée du Louvre. Spend a day exploring treasures that include the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. 

Enjoy elegantly manicured lawns, glorious flower beds and stunning chestnut groves at Luxembourg Gardens. One of the best places in Paris to relax, this former royal garden is best visited during the summer, when you can enjoy a lazy picnic lunch while soaking up the sun.

 

From luxury boutiques and antique markets to gourmet food stalls, there are a variety of places to shop in Paris. For the best in luxury fashion, head to the Avenue Montaigne or Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where the window displays are just as magnificent as the merchandise. Bargain hunters will love the flea markets at Porte de Montreuil. 

There isn’t a better time to try a plate of buttery snails than on your city break in Paris. This classic French appetizer is best enjoyed with a glass of dry white wine. If you haven’t got the stomach for snails, head to one of the city’s many cosy bistros for traditional veal liver. 

PARIS IS BEST FOR...

Couples: Wander hand-in-hand down the tree-lined Champs-Élysées, stopping off for a candlelit dinner.

Foodies: Enjoy beautifully-prepared food and a glass of wine at a cosy neighbourhood bistro.

Shopaholics: Explore the city’s luxury fashion offerings on Avenue Montaigne.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Paris is French

Currency: The currency used in Paris is the Euro (€)

Local time: Paris is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is 23km northeast of Paris. Paris-Orly Airport (ORY) is 9km south of Paris. Beauvais-Tillé Airport (BVA) is located in Tillé, 85km north of Paris. 

Flight time from UK: Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes

Tourist information: Further Paris tourist information can be found at http://en.parisinfo.com/

Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Paris, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france for recommendations and advice on visas and health.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average highs of 25 (°C) in summer and lows of 1 (°C) in winter.

Best time to visit: During the spring, when temperatures are mild and flowers in the city gardens start to bloom. 

Paris experiences a typical Western European oceanic climate, with warm summers and cold winters. The rainfall is steady and moderate year-round. 


GETTING AROUND

By metro: The city’s metro system is cost-effective and easy to use. If you’re planning on a lot of sightseeing, buy a Paris Visit pass for unlimited travel on most transport networks. 

By bicycle: Cycling around the city is cheap and easy thanks to the Vélib self-service hire scheme. Simply pick up a bike from one of the Vélib stations on the roadside and park it outside another when you’re finished. 

By taxi: City taxis are identified by an illuminated Taxi Parisien sign on the roof of the car. You can hail them on the street or by calling one of the main taxi firms. 


EVENTS

Shopping Extravaganza: Bargain hunters won’t want to miss the January sales, when over a thousand shops and boutiques offer discounts as high as 70%. Be at the front doors when they open (usually 10am) to catch the best deals. 

Paris Carnival: In March, join locals and musicians as they parade through the streets of Paris for the annual carnival. The parade leaves Place Gambetta at 3pm and arrives at the town hall at 7pm. 

Paris Marathon: Register online to take part in the Schneider Electric Marathon in April. This 26-mile race is an excellent way to take in the city’s most famous landmarks. Kids (5-10 years old) can also join in the fun on the 1 mile breakfast run.


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