Post # 1
Hopefully you experts can help….
FH and I have been dreaming of a Paris honeymoon for quite some time. Both new to our jobs and low on cash, are concerned about the length and expense of the trip.
How many days is necessary to spend in Paris to do it right without spending too many days on travel? I’ve always heard when you go to Europe, go long enough so you don’t feel as though you wasted money on the ticket.
Also, any suggestions on how much to budget for? Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
Oh my god, you could never spend long enough in Paris! 🙂 It truly depends on what you and your FI like- museums? walking/people watching? eating? If you are a museum junky (like me), you need to budget at least 3 full days for museums (Louvre, d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, L’Orangerie and Marmatton are all basically essentials, and then there’s the Rodin museum….I could go on). Plus you’ll want to see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, etc etc. Do you want to take a day trip to Giverny? How about to Chartres to see the cathedral? If you can budget at least a week, I think you’ll find more than enough to keep you busy! Also, a good tip is to stay further out of the "center" to save some cash- the metro is fantastic and efficient so there’s really no need to stay on the doorsteps of the Eiffel Tower.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland
A week would be the shortest amount of time I would go. But my personal travel style is to spend more time in a single place and really get a feel for it, instead of trying to see as many places as possible.
Post # 5
At least a week, but it really depends on how cultural you are. I recommend getting a guide if you don’t speak the language and want to make the most of it.
Post # 6
One way to get a good value is to stay at an Accor hotel. They are all over Europe and are clean, modern, and reasonably priced.Stay as long as you can afford to!
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
i stayed for 5 days last time and it was a nice amount of time to see what was important to you, and not feel too rushed. You can do it in 3 frenetic days, but I’d recommend at least 5… preferably 6.
Post # 8
Part of the problem is that the travel is pretty hard – you will be jet lagged when you get there, even if you fly first class. So I think you want to stay long enough to get over that. If you are still recovering from the trip over when you fly back, you’ll be really exhausted!! I would stay at least a week, without the travel (so something like 10 days total for the trip).
You can do Europe in general pretty cheap – stay away from the big, Americanized tourist hotels. Look for something smaller, a few blocks away from the big attractions, that caters to mostly European guests. It will be way less expensive and a lot more fun – although there also will probably be no bathtubs (just showers) and the rooms will be pretty small. In general, Europeans have a very different idea of how much space you really need.
Post # 9
I’d say a minimum of a week, not including travel time; there is so much to see. You may want to look into renting an apartment for the week, as it is generally less expensive than hotels, not to mention far more spacious. Plus, you can utilize some of the wonderful Parisian markets and food shops, instead of eating in restaurants all the time. Here are a couple of links – there are plenty others. Just Google!
Good luck and enjoy!
Post # 10
OH! I loved Paris when I went. I went for almost 2 full weeks! It was lovely. We pretended to live out there! But of course, we couldn’t afford it for too long! Many people say- "you stayed in Paris the WHOLE time?!?!" Yes we did and I loved every second.
We paid about $1200 for round trip airfare, and what we really saved on was renting a vacation rental (apartment) instead of hotel. For 12 nights, we each paid about $400 (US Dollars)
We just went shopping and cooked breakfast and lunch at the apartment. Check out http://www.vrbo.com for listings.
Post # 11
FI and I LOVED paris during our month-long back packing trip in Europe (it was second to Barcelona). I would say you should stay AT LEAST 5 days and if you have time, take two or three days to visit the beaches in the south of France. 🙂
Post # 12
<span style=”font-size: 6pt; font-family: Verdana”>Defnitely at least 5 days! I spent 7 days there and barely had enough time to see everything. Here are some money saving tips:
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<font size=”3″><font face=”Times New Roman”>1. Get a Paris Museum Pass if you plan on going to more than 3 museums. (http://www.parismuseumpass.com/en/home.php) My friend and I got a 3 day pass (I think they only have 2, 4, or 6 days now) and hit up as many places as we could. I think we got double our money’s worth if you added up the admission fees to all 8 of the museums/attractions we went to. Also, w/the Museum pass you can bypass all the crazy lines at the museums of people trying to buy tickets. We got ours in cigar store in the Carousel du Louvre. Pretty much it is a mall under the Louvre. To get there, take the metro to the "Palais Royal Musee du Louvre" metro stop and get off. On exit should say "Carousel du Louvre". Go out there and look for the cigar shop or just ask someone where you can buy the Paris Museum Pass. </font></font>
<font size=”3″><font face=”Times New Roman”>2. Get the weekly Orange card (”Carte Orange”) for the Metro. It is a card that allows you to use both the Metro and RER trains on an unlimited basis throughout the week (Sun-Sat). Very handy when you get lost and have to keep getting back onto the Metro to go one more station down! It is supposed to be for locals but there is nothing prohibiting a tourist from buying it. Just bring a small pic of yourself. My friend and I just took pic of ourselves against a white wall and printed on color printer and cut it down to size. I think we cut it to about 1 inch square but the lady didn’t even look and just slapped it onto the card. Oh, and just buy it for zone 1 and 2. Versailles is outside of that zone but when you get off the Metro at Versailles they just make you pay about 2 euro more for going outside your zone which is so much cheaper than buying an extra zone on the card. </font></font>
<font size=”3″><font face=”Times New Roman”>3. If you have a Bank of America account you can get cash out of your account using the BNP Paribas ATMS in France without a transaction fee because they have some kind of contract with each other. Much cheaper than paying w/a credit card and having to pay the exchange rates and the foreign transaction fees. I have a file of the ATMS that we went to in Paris that I can send you if you want in case you need to locate one. </font></font>
<font face=”Times New Roman” size=”3″>I have a print out at home w/markings of which Metro station to get off of for each museum/attraction that I went to. Let me know if you want me to scan it and send it to you. </font>
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Post # 13
I agree with "you can’t spend enough time in Paris" we actually got engaged there and wanted to go back for our honeymoon but chose tropical instead. If you need some info on anything Paris, go check this out…this will take you directly to the Paris Destination Guide on http://www.professionaltravelguide.com and you can select what kind of information you want. If you are trying to go eat at the Jules Verne, make reservations now!!! It’s also the Featured Destination for the Week!!
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Post # 14
I love Paris! As for how long to go, my rule is you definitely have to spend more than 3 days there (at least for your first time). Sounds like a silly rule. But I’ve found that every single person who has visited Paris and NOT liked it was there for three days or less. Trying to pack Paris into 3 days doesn’t leave any time for just experiencing the city…