Hop on hop off tours in Paris are a great way to see the city on your own terms. With affordable customized tours, you choose the attractions you want to see and let the fun begin. There are a number of options for bus tours in Paris, with prices ranging from $30 to $150. No matter your preferences, you’re sure to find one that’s the right fit for you.
The Introductory Hop-On Hop-Off tour of Paris is an excellent way to see the city if you’ll only be in Paris for a few days. You can choose one or two day consecutive tours on open-top double decker buses that depart frequently, so you’re not stuck waiting hours for the next available bus. While on your bus tour of the city, you’ll be well informed by the audio commentary running in the background, but try not to get too confused by the ten languages offered. You’ll be treated to ten exceptional Paris tourist attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Conciergerie and the Tuileries Gardens. This particular tour costs upwards of $32 per person, and allows you the flexibility of either staying on the bus for a full circuit of the city, or disembarking to walk through the famous streets of Paris and go shopping at your leisure.
Another great option for the traveler looking to experience Paris in its entirety is the Paris Comprehensive bus tour. When you purchase a pass at the reasonable price of around $35 per person, you’re afforded access to the hop on hop off tour bus at any time over a one, two or three day period. With four routes and more than 50 stops incorporated into this tour, there’s unlimited options and combinations available to you. You can easily switch from one route to the next and fully customise your experience, since you can see the sights of Paris when and how you want to. Audio commentary is provided in 9 languages, so you’re always on top of things and know exactly where you are at all times. This tour also gives you the option to go directly to a boat tour since the bus shares many of the same stops as popular boat tours.
If you want to combine a tour with a museum visit, you can choose the Bus Tour and Louvre Paris tour. Planning your tour before you touch down in Paris can help your vacation go as smoothly as possible, so opt for purchasing your pass online for approximately 42 euros per day for adults, and 16 euros for children. You can also choose the two day tour for 46 euros or the three day for 50 euros. The best feature of this pass is that its valid for a whole year, so if you can’t find the time this Paris vacation, you can use it next time.
When you board the bus, you exchange your pass for your Louvre ticket and identification that allows you to hop on and off the bus as desired. With four routes and over 50 stops, you won’t miss a thing. If you’re traveling with the kids, you can rest assured that they’ll benefit from the educational content of this tour. They’ll be educated and thoroughly entertained with stories about local legends such as the Phantom of the Opera and Quasimodo. When you’re ready to visit the Louvre, you’ll enter through a special door that allows you to bypass the long lines of tourists.
Seeing Paris from the comfort of a tour bus can only be complemented by adding a boat tour to the mix. With this tour, the best of both is combined. The cost of an adult pass is very reasonable, around 40 euros for one day, 45 euros for two and 49 euros for three days. The children of the family, ages four through eleven, will enjoy a low rate of 20 euro each. With almost 60 stops and 4 L’Open tour lines, you’ll never run out of things to do and places to visit. At any point during your tour, you can choose to board one of the boats for a scenic tour of the Seine river, and a different vantage point of Paris’ main attractions. You’ll be constantly kept in the loop by the commentaries that are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese.
The kids haven’t been forgotten, but their commentaries are comparatively limited, with only French, English and Spanish offered. They’ll be treated to entertaining tales about all of Paris’ beloved legends. An added bonus for you to take advantage of while on this tour of Paris is the reduced cost of experiencing many of the city’s activities and places of attraction.
If you’re spending a week or more in Paris and you’re all about the museums, and don’t mind visiting some of Paris’ most famous places, the 6 day Paris Pass, with a price tag of around $140 per person is the best choice. When you purchase your package, you’ll get VIP entrance to over 55 museums, including the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, Espace Dali and Musee National des Arts Asiatiques. The cost of this package also includes a Paris Visite pass, which is valid for the entire duration of your 6 day tour. In addition to free access to museums, you’ll visit Le Musee Gourmand du Chocolat, Chateaux de Versailles, the Pantheon, Villa Savoye and many other historic buildings free of charge. The special features of this particular tour don’t end here, you’ll still have to use your vouchers and special offers at the list of participating merchants including the Hard Rock Cafe Paris, Galeries Lafayette, Monument Cafe Versailles, Cafe Grevin and Fragonard Perfume Museum.
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