Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip airfare from Vancouver to Paris with Air Transat
- 7 nights hotel at your choice below
- Breakfast daily or full kitchenette
Jun 6: $949 + $578 tax (Porte De Charenton; 2.5-star)
Jun 20: $1119 + $578 tax (Grand Hôtel de Turin; 3-star)
Jun 20: $1269 + $578 tax (Quality Hotel Abaca; 3-star)
Jul 12-Aug 16: $1259 + $578 tax(Porte De Charenton; 2.5-star)
Jul 12-Aug 16: $1439 + $578 tax (Ibis Style Paris Bercy; 3.5-star)
All packages above do not include airport transfers
Add: Round trip transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport and BONUS: One-hour cruise on the Seine (meal not included)
from $60 more per person
Paris is today one of the world’s leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. It is also the number one travel destinations on everybody’s list, a city all should see once in a lifetime.
Paris, also known as The City of Lights, has everything a traveller could possibly wish for. Three of the most famous landmarks in the world are here: the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe. There are hundreds of museums in the city, including of course the Louvre, one of the most impressive and well known museums in the world. Every district has it own charm, particularities and lovely parks. Day trips outside the city are numerous, such as Fontainebleau, Versailles, or Chartres.
And then there is the culture. You could experience the best meals of your life, taste some of the best wines, find exquisite shopping opportunities, attend top operas, or party all night in great clubs.
Paris is rather temperate due to its oceanic climate and influence from the North Atlantic current. The city rarely sees extremely high or low temperatures. The average yearly high temperature is about 15° C and yearly low tend to remain around an average of 7° C. The region has recently seen temperatures reaching both extremes, with the heat wave of 2003 and the cold wave of 2006.
Rainfall can occur at any time of the year. Snowfall is a rare occurrence, usually appearing in the coldest months of January or February, and almost never accumulates for long.
Attractions and Landmarks:
- Place de la Bastille is a square in Paris, where the Bastille prison stood and later destroyed during the French Revolution.
– Champs-Élysées is a 17th century garden-promenade turned avenue connecting the Concorde and Arc de Triomphe. It is also a major shopping street.
– Place de la Concorde was the site of the infamous guillotine during the French Revolution. It was replaced with an Egyptian obelisk.
– Place Vendôme is famous for its fashionable and deluxe hotels and its jewellers.
– Les Halles was formerly Paris’ central meat and produce market for over a 1000 year and was turned into a shopping centre in 1971.
– Le Marais is a trendy district with large gay and Jewish population.
– Avenue Montaigne is home to luxury brand labels such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Givenchy.
– Montmartre is a historic area on the Butte, home to the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur, and has always had a history with artists.
– Montparnasse is a historic area famous for artist’s studios, music halls, and café life. The lone Tour Montparnasse skyscraper is located there.
– L’Opéra is the area around the Opéra Garnier and department stores such as Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.
– Quartier Latin is a 12th century scholastic centre with the Sorbonne University.
– Faubourg Saint-Honoré is one of Paris’ high-fashion districts, home to Hermès and Christian Lacroix.
– Eiffel Tower, built on the Champ de Mars, is probably the most famous landmarks in the world.
– Père-Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris. See the graves of Molière, Sarah Bernhardt , Georges Bizet, Édith Piaf, Yves Montand, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, amongst many others.
– Catacombs of Paris is a famous underground ossuary.
– Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon I. Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the First World War.
– La Defense is a modern office-building variant of the Arc de Triomphe.
- Notre Dame Cathedral is an impressive Gothic cathedral that was the inspiration for Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
– Sacré Coeur is perched on top of the highest point in Paris. Behind the church is the artists’ area.
– Sainte Chapelle is stunning on a sunny day, as the highlight of this small chapel are the large stained-glass windows which soar up to near the vaulted ceiling.
– Pantheon is the final resting place for the great heroes of the French Republic.
Museums and galleries
- The Louvre is one of the finest museums in the world of art, art-history, and culture, home of the Mona Lisa.
– Musée d’Orsay displays works of the great artists of the 19th century.
– Centre Georges Pompidou houses the museum of modern art.
– Jacquemart-Andre Museum displays a private collection of French, Italian, Dutch masterpieces in a typical 14th century mansion.
– Picasso Museum contains the master’s own collections.
– Rodin Museum shows his personal collection and archives, in a charming hotel and sprawling garden.
– Invalides is the museum of arms and armour from the Middle Ages to today.
– Carnavalet is the Museum of Paris history and is noted for its collection of French Revolution artefacts.
– Cluny is Paris’s medieval museum, in a part roman, part medieval building.
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