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As a contender for the crown of the world's most romantic city, Paris offers many opportunities to appreciate this gorgeous city's beauty.

 

For what is Paris most famous?

The list is endless, when someone mentions Paris, the Eiffel tower immediately comes to mind, but the city is also known for its beautiful parks, museums, Moulin Rouge and eating delicious macaroons

The best way to see the city is on a guided Paris tour. Be lead down the Champs-Élysées from the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde then through Jardin des Tuileries to the Musée du Louvre, a former palace now Paris's most famous museum. The Lourve is home to the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Nike of Samothrace. Climb the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views across the city, before paying your respects to Napoleon at Les Invalides.

 

What are the top attractions to visit in Paris?

First-time visitors could buy a hop-on-hop-off bus ticket to get familiar with the city and where the top attractions are situated. Some of the must see sights include: Eiffel Tower, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (currently under reconstruction), Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Sacré-Cœur, Palace of Versailles, Montmartre, Paris Catacombs, The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais and The Centre Pompidou.

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Paris boasts dozens of museums including the Musee d'Orsay with an incredible impressionist art collection, the Rodin Museum celebrating the sculptor's work and the Picasso Museum containing pieces by the Spanish master. Close by to these attractions you'll find a great range of Paris accommodation options including hotels, boutique apartments and hostels.

The two most famous churches include the gothic Notre Dame with the cute gargoyles and Sacré Coeur in the north sitting at the city's highest point. Below Sacré Coeur is a trendy artisan locale where aspiring Toulouse-Lautrec's ply their trade.

Overall, the top sights and attractions in Paris are the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Cruises on the Seine, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, shopping, Eurodisney and hundreds of fascinating museums and galleries.Paris: Notre DameNotre Dame

 

How long is the flight from South Africa to Paris, France?

The flight is 10 hours and 50 minutes long via a direct flight. Although direct flights are the most convenient, it's not necessarily the most affordable option. Charles de Gaulle Airport is the main international airport serving Paris. The airport is only a 35min train ride from the city centre.

 

Which day of the week is cheapest to fly to Paris?

Generally Tuesdays/Wednesdays are the cheapest days to fly to Paris.

 

Which month is the cheapest to fly to Paris?

January is the cheapest month to book a flight to Paris.

 

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Paris?

The general trend is first flight out with longest stopovers, longer the transit the cheaper the ticket.

 

Which airlines fly direct to Paris?

Air France is the only direct carrier.

 

When are the flights to Paris from Johannesburg?

Indirect flights are available daily. Direct flights are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to Sunday.

 

When are the flights to Paris from Cape Town?

There are daily indirect flights to Paris from Cape Town.

 

When are the flights to Paris from Durban?

Indirect flights to Paris from Durban are available every day of the week. 

 

What should I know regarding COVID-19 pandemic and flights to Paris?

Currently, as of early 2021, flights to Paris are closed to South African citizens, while pre-approved travellers will need: A COVID19 test taken within 72 hours, 7 Days Quarantine, a virological screening test capable of detecting COVID-19 upon arrival and a completed sworn declaration form ( Can be found on link on SITATA website).

 

What language do they speak in Paris?

French mainly, but English is widely spoken as well.

 

What is the weather like in Paris?

Paris has beautiful, warm summers and bitterly cold winters. Spring is the best time to visit as the gardens at Versailles are in full bloom.

 

How much money do I need for 1 week in Paris?

It depends on your personal preferences.

 

Do I need a visa for Paris?

Yes, for South African passport holders.

 

What currency do they use in Paris?

Euro.

 

How much would a trip to Paris cost from South Africa?

On average, you can budget for approximately R25 000 - R30 000 per person for return flights, accommodation and spending money. Account for daily expenses like light meals, sightseeing and some shopping. When travelling, try to pre-book entrance tickets and excursions for the main activities you know you will do, then the expenses can be calculated upfront. By pre-booking these activities, you would not have to account for them to come out of your daily spending allowance. You could budget approximately R1500, spending money for a couple per pay. You can buy meals, drinks, do some shopping, and plan additional activities from this daily budget.

 

How much does it cost to stay in Paris for a week?

There are so many options ranging from guesthouses to boutique hotels and all the way to franchise hotel groups. It all depends on the type of experience you would like. When deciding on accommodation, there are many factors to consider, mostly it is location versus cost. It may be ideal for first-time visitors to stay in central areas like Toure Eiffel, Saint Germain, Notre Dame or even Opera area. A 7-night stay in Paris could range from approximately R6 000 for a 3-star hotel to approximately R50 000 for a 5-star hotel.

Paris hotels, guesthouses and hostels all charge city tourist tax, which is an additional fee payable to the hotel directly. The tourist tax is intended to contribute to the development and promotion of tourism. So when securing accommodation, make sure you know what amount the hotel will be charging for the tourist city tax so that you can account for it in your spending budget. The Paris city tax is calculated on the type of accommodation and can vary from 2 to 6 Euro per person per day.

 

What is the best time to go to Paris?

Paris is a beautiful city to experience all seasons. It's gorgeous in the summer and magical during the festive winter season. The best time to visit Paris is during changing seasons from April to June and October to early November when the weather is mild and there are fewer tourist crowds than in summer. The cheapest time to visit Paris is in winter, early December, January, and February.

 

Is Paris safe?

Paris is a safe city. You can wander in almost every district with a very low risk of mugging. Like any other city in the world, popular tourist areas attract some opportunistic pickpockets, so when in busy areas, keep belongings like cash close to you.

 

How much money do I need per day in Paris?

Your daily budget does depend on which activities you prefer and the type of meals you enjoy. It is generally advised people to budget for approximately R1500 per couple per day, which should cover inexpensive meals, public transport and some shopping or sightseeing tickets. It’s great to splurge on a special meal and take some time to buy some baguettes and cheese to enjoy in a beautiful park.

 

What do I need to bring to Paris?

Most importantly, comfortable walking shoes, you will walk a lot more than usual whilst sightseeing. Always pack layers and have a waterproof coat or a small umbrella handy for unexpected rain.

 

How much does it cost to visit the Eiffel Tower?

There are 3 levels on the Eiffel Tower. Be sure to buy tickets for the correct level you would like to visit. You can take the staircase if you are up to the challenge, but there are elevators available too, the tickets prices vary accordingly. When pre-purchasing tickets, make sure it is for the correct level and whether the tickets include the elevators or not. Most visitors ascend the tower via the elevator, which directly travels to the second floor. If you make use of the elevators, you will altogether bypass the first floor, which is a missed opportunity to experience the newly redesigned first floor's immersion gallery, gift shop, 58 Tour Eiffel, and vertigo-inducing see-through floor. The Eiffel Tower tickets vary widely depending on ages. Children and the elderly qualify for discounts. The average adult ticket cost is as follows; opting to take the 704 stairs to the second-floor pay approximately 7 euros, elevator access to the second floor costs costs approximately 11 euros. Third-floor admission tickets via the elevators costs approximately 17 euros for adults.

Don't rush your Eiffel Tower experience. There are restaurants and restrooms in the tower. Suppose you are unable to secure a reservation at one of the restaurants. In that case, the Buffet Tour Eiffel located on the first and second floors serves snacks, sandwiches, pastries, ice cream, and beverages.

 

How do you dress in Paris?

Paris is a fashionable city. The majority of restaurants and bars in Paris stick with business casual attire in the evenings.

 

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