Coach trips to Paris
Language: French is the official language. There are many regional dialects, including Basque, which is spoken as a first language by some people in the southwest, and Breton, which is spoken by some in Brittany.
Time Zone: Central European Standard Time = GMT+1, Central European Summer Time = GMT+2
Tipping: Tips are not compulsory and in France there are no generally established rules, although it is common practice to leave a sum amounting to around 10% of the bill if you are satisfied with the service you have received.
Paris is a beautiful city at any time of year and you will soon see why on coach trips to Paris. There are simply so many lovely things to see and do in this famous 'City of Light' that it's easy to see why it frequently tops travellers' must-visit lists. The city is also within easy reach of the UK especially with the fantastic Eurostar service which takes you from London to Paris in a journey time of 2 hours and 15 minutes – you'll scarcely have time to snooze before you arrive at the Gare du Nord in Paris.
For many, Paris is also known as the 'City of Romance' which is why so many people decide to whisk their beloved away on short breaks to Paris. Take your loved one on coach trips to Paris to wander hand in hand along the Champs-Élysées, join a cruise along the River Seine or perhaps drop to bended knee and ask the most romantic question of all at the top of the Eiffel Tower!
Paris isn't simply a city for lovers, city breaks here are also great for the whole family with its variety of sights to visit and places to go. On your Paris city break you can expand the mind and learn more about its past by visiting iconic landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Sacré Couer, Château de Versailles or the famous water lilies of Monet's Garden.
You can also entertain everyone in your party by following the trail of the Da Vinci Code to the Louvre and see if one of you can make the Mona Lisa smile! Whilst on a Paris city break, take a slight detour to Disneyland Paris and we're sure the kids will love you forever. The Moulin Rouge is perfect entertainment for adults where you can see the 60 Doriss Girls perform the world famous 'Can Can' routine. If that doesn't pack in enough 'Oh La La', you could always see if the famous 'Phantom' still haunts the Paris Opera House and after all that ghost hunting, why not take tea at the Café de la Paix which can be found next door.
Talking of food, you should also indulge yourself in the other culinary delights of Paris from light and fluffy croissants with your coffee in the morning to testing your stomach with the freshest steak tartare in one of the many bistros or Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. Wherever you end up, dining out in Paris is an absolute joy that should definitely be experienced on your city break.
The weather in Paris is changeable and similar to the UK so it would be wise to pack a brolly, a waterproof and wear comfortable shoes as its guaranteed that you will be doing a lot of walking whilst here especially if you wish to take in the sights of Montmartre or challenge yourself at the modern Centre Pompidou. Haggle for bargains in the local flea markets, shop for fashion in the homeland of Coco Chanel or admire the designer creations along the classy Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
With just one visit, you too will fall in love with the 'City of Romance' and will be planning your return visit more or less as soon as you get home so you can experience the Parisian way of life again!
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To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Paris, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
When visiting France you should always ensure you have a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before travelling. The EHIC isn't a substitute for travel and medical insurance, however it does entitle you to state provided medical treatment should it become necessary during your trip. Any treatment is on the same terms as the French nationals. The EHIC does not cover medical repatriation, on-going treatment or non-urgent medical treatment, so you should always make sure you have adequate travel insurance in addition to the EHIC and also access to funds which can cover the cost of any medical treatments and also repatriation.
Always take sensible precautions against car and street crime. Do not keep your passport, money, credit cards and valuables in the same place. Instead make use of any inside pockets or separate compartments of bags to keep important items apart from one another. Try to always carry your bag across your body rather than on one shoulder. Do not be distracted by others that are close to the tourist attractions and be observant of who is around you when using cash points. Pickpockets can work in groups; one person might try to distract you whilst another goes into your bag. Always keep your belongings close by when in bars and restaurants.
Pickpockets and thieves operate on the Paris Underground System and also on the R E R Lines. There have been a number of victims of serious assault on line B of the R E R, which serves the major tourist hubs; Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports and also Paris Gare du Nord Eurostar terminal. There have also been assaults on line D of the R E R, which serves the Stade de France.
Please also note that drinks served in bars and restaurants overseas often have a higher alcohol content than those in the UK.
Local Laws and Customs
Concealing your face in public places is illegal - this includes full veils, balaclavas or any other mask or garment that conceals the face. Failure to comply with this ban can incur a maximum fine of €150. Under this law, if you force someone to hide their face, you may be entitled to a year's imprisonment, in addition to a fine of up to €30,000. The sentence will be doubled if it is a minor who has been forced to hide their face. The law doesn't provide any exemption for tourists or visitors.
If your passport is that of a British Citizen, you do not need a visa to enter France. However, if you are another type of British nationality, it is advised to check the current entry requirements from the French Foreign Ministry website prior to travel. When staying up to 3 months, your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay, you do not need to have any additional period of validity beyond this.
Any other nationality looking to visit France must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
For further information on Paris you can visit the official tourism website at en.parisinfo.com
There are so many wondrous sights to see when visiting Paris that it may be a little difficult in deciding which to see first. The list below should give some idea as to what you should see and remember you can always come back should you be unable to see it all in one trip:
Paris is full of icons from the Eiffel Tower, to the Sacré-Coeur and the Arc de Triomphe. The sightseeing list can go on and on so if you only have limited time make sure you decide beforehand which ones you really want to see. Instead of going up the Eiffel Tower, which can have long queues, why not visit the Montparnasse Tower? Go to the 56th floor where you'll be rewarded with some spectacular views that include the infamous Paris skyline and the Eiffel Tower in all its glory.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to visiting museums here in Paris. You have the world famous Louvre art gallery as well as the Musée d'Orsay where the building alone is fascinating. Depending upon how many museums you are looking to visit, it may be worth purchasing a Paris Museum Pass which gives you access to over 60 museums and monuments.
A river cruise along The Seine is a great way to see Parisian life from a different perspective and is a perfect mode of transportation should you have tired feet or the weather is not that good for walking around. The cruise allows you to admire beautiful buildings on both sides of the river and also watch the locals go about their daily life.