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Boutique hotels Paris

The term “Boutique hotel” was coined in the US and is used mostly there and in the United Kingdom to describe hotels with 10 up till 100 rooms. As the years go by, this term has taken hold worldwide. Through our personal selection we are sure to recommend you some of the best boutique hotels in Paris.

The boutique hotels are characterized by special themes based on specific topic aiming to increase the customers’ desire. The denomination is not given necessarily to a 5 stars hotel only. For this reason we offer  you 6 different hotels which base their strengths on their excellent hospitality and accommodation quality.

Hotel de Banville – from 107 €

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Hotel de Banville is located in the residential and quite 17th district of Paris. Even though it is not exactly in the center of Paris it is just 15-minute walk from Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysèes. The building has a contemporary style and the décor, not too glitzy, gives a sensation of modernity. The rooms are soundproofed and equipped with all the new amenities. Place du Marèchal-Juin is just a few minutes from the hotel, there many restaurants and shops are waiting for you. Even though Hotel de Banville is a boutique hotel in Paris, its prices are kept low starting from 107€.  For this high quality hotel this is well worth it.

 

Hotel Keppler – from 259 €

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Hotel Keppler is a 2 minutes’ walk from Champs Elysèes and is set in a classic style building keeping a traditional environment. The suites, in this boutique hotel in Paris, are simply amazing. They are similar to a private apartment thanks the size and the intimacy they give. They are decorated with black wood floor and molded ceilings. Luxury bathrooms and TV complete these suites. Hotel Keppler has also a garden which is available to enjoy in both winter and summer. A fitness center and a sauna are available for a relaxing afternoon.

 

Hotel Marignan Paris – from 350€

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Located between Avenue George V and Montaigne, Hotel Marignan was renovated in 2012. The rooms are luxury and in the same time look like contemporary accommodations decorated with marble and wood furniture. Some rooms have terraces which have a view of the Eiffel Tower. From these terraces you will have your breakfast meanwhile admiring the Parisian roof tops. At Hotel Marignan the restaurant provides fine French cuisine available for dinner and lunch with typical wholesome products.

 

L’Hôtel – from 305€

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The l’Hotel is located within walking distance from the Saint Germain des Pres and Mabillon metro stations. L’Hotel was built in 1828. The individually designed rooms, special fabrics, original works of art, and spacious bathrooms will have you feeling as if you’re staying in a sanctuary. L’Hotel has the Hammam Pool and the Afternoon Tea room. The pool and the steam room are open every day from 8am to 9.30pm. After a day-walk in Paris, why not relax a while in the warmth of hot water? In the Afternoon Tea Room, you will have the chance to try selections of French pastries, delicate finger sandwiches and tasty scones with strawberry jam. L’Hotel is fine boutique hotel in Paris. The price range goes from 350 € to 800 €.

 

Hotel De Sers – from 329 €

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Hotel de Sers is a 5 stars boutique hotel located in the 19th district, just 400m from Champs Elysees and a 5-minute walk from George V and Alma Marceau metro stations. The rooms feature very high quality materials, as the Italian marble in the bathrooms or the rosewoob for the furniture. Many suites have  simply an amaizing view all over Paris. The Hotel de Sers restaurant, which overlooks on a delighted courtyard, has a delicious French cuisine. Hotel de Sers offers also a sauna and hammam where the relaxing will be guaranteed. Special massages can be also organized.

Le Burgundy Paris – from 410 €

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Le Burgundy Paris hotel is located just 70 meters from the famous shopping street Rue Saint-Honorè and few minutes walking from Le Jardin de Tuileries and Opera Garnier. This hotel boutique in Paris has a mostly classic style which recalls the typical chic Parisian atmosphere. Some modern decorations blend in perfectly with the décor, in order to give an innovative touch.  The rooms, made with precious fabrics are very cozy and charming. Eight kind of very spacious suites and 1 apartment are avalible, which with their privacy and size will give you a sensation of isolation even though you are in the center of Paris. The Michelin Star restaurant, Le Baundelaire, is open for lunch and dinner. Furthermore the guests will have free entry to the Spa including an indoor swimming pool a fitness room and a Hammam.

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Hotel Victoria Paris

Our personal review of Hotel Victoria in Paris, in a city of thousands hotels,  derives from an accurate selection. Thanks to its simple dedication to its guests and a traditionally designed building this hotel is what you are looking for your own luxury vacation.

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What you will find at Victoria Palace Hotel – from 324€

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The building was built in 1913 and the hotel Victoria in Paris opened the same year. It is made up of 7 floors with 63 rooms available. Hotel Victoria in Paris is a 5 stars hotel, for law classification it is not under the denomination ”Palace hotel”,  but its design details, dedication and impeccable service position it in the first in the mind of highly selecitive customers. Thanks to the precise architectural project the rooms are all soundproofed in order to give perfect privacy to each guest. The windows have double glazed, the rooms are separate from the corridors by a second door and the furniture is made of wood which keeps the environment very cozy and relaxing. The bathrooms are all decorated in marble and each has a full-size bathtub equipped with a  shower-head, a washbasin, a very large mirror, a 1600-watt hair-dryer and a toilet (in the Jusior Suites separate from the bathroom). Furthermore Hotel Victoria in Paris has a meeting-rooms which can easily either hosts tables of 18 people or 40 people for a cocktail party. The restaurant has been planned for breakfast use only, but for any snacks the kitchen is available to the guests. The price range goes from 324 € to 810 €.

Who is it for?

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Hotel Victoria in Paris is suggested to family or couples. A special welcome is served to children from 4 to 12 years old staying at least 2 nights. There will be a box filled of toys and sweets, further each child can also choose a book of Paris where the child’s name and the date of their stay will be written into as a lasting keepsake of their visit.

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The Hotel Victoria neighborhood.

hotel victoria ParisVictoria palace hotel is located in 6, rue Blaise Desgoffe in Montparnasse area close to Notre-Dame-des-Champs ( line 12) and Saint-Placide (line 4) metro stations. Within minutes walking there is the Musée Bourdelle an art museum mostly for sculptures and statues and the Luxembourg Gardens are just 850m away. The good location of the hotel makes most of the important museums and attraction of Paris easily accessible. Furthermore the area is surrounded by many restaurants such as “Il forno di Napoli” a typical Italian restaurant or Chez Marcel a really charming French restaurant or for a tasty homemade crepe “La Crêperie Bretonne. The Montparnasse area is one of the most walkable place in Paris, with hidden boutiques waiting for you in the passages of this quarter.

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Hotels in Saint Germain

Why not look for an accommodation in the quarter that was the center of the existentialist movement? Saint Germain is one of the quarters of the 6th district of Paris and it bears the same name of the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a burial place of kings during the medieval period. We can help you find a hotel in Saint Germain in Paris. Here are some suggestions.

 

Hotel des Marronniers – from 99€

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The Hotel des Marronniers is located in 21 rue Jacob, 5 minutes walking from Mabillon and Saint Germain des Pres metro stations. The Hotel des Marroniers, with its fantastic rooms and its enjoyable garden, is what you are looking for for your relaxing holiday!

Why book at the Hotel des Marronniers?

The rooms are fully furnished with new amenities and they are decorated with a special design. The veranda is accessible until 11.30pm and you will have the possibility to drink a tea or read a book in totally calm environment, despite being in the city center of Paris. The price range from 99 € to 230 € per night.

 

Hotel Saint Germain – from 139€

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hotel saint germain parisHotel Saint Germain in Paris, with the same name of the quarter it is located in 88 rue du Bac close to the Latin Quarter. It is 5-minute walk from Rue du Bac (line 12) and Saint Germain (line 4) metro stations. For more information about the metro system, click here. Furthermore, in Rue du Bac you will find “Le Bon Marchè,” a department store about with a wide range of goods at reasonable prices and the Chapel of Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse.

Why book at the hotel Saint Germain?

The Hotel Saint Germain Paris is a 3-star hotel with the highest level of service and hospitality. The rooms are bright and spacious; they offer an ideal cozy environment, paying attention to detail with antique furniture and fine fabrics. From the Classic to the Suite, you will find rooms decorated in relaxing colours. The price range goes from 139 € to 289 € per night.

 

L’Hotel – from 350 €

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L’Hotel is located in the north side of the quarter near the river bank, within walking distance from the Saint Germain des Pres and Mabillon metro stations. L’Hotel was built in 1828 and it became the leading hotel on the Left Bank. Thanks to the design work of Jacques Garcia, l’Hotel won many design awards. Furthermore, Oscar Wilde lived at l’Hotel at the end of the 19th century, adding historical value to the hotel.

Why book at L’Hotel?

The individually designed rooms, special fabrics, original works of art, and spacious bathrooms will have you feeling as if you’re staying in a sanctuary. If you’re looking for something to do outside of your room, l’Hotel has a Hammam Pool and an Afternoon Tea room. The pool and the steam room are open every day from 8am to 9.30pm. After a day-walk in Paris, why not relax a while in the warmth of hot water? In the Afternoon Tea Room, you will have the chance to try selections of French pastries, delicate finger sandwiches and tasty scones with strawberry jam. L’Hotel would be a perfect place to stay in Paris. The price range goes from 350 € to 800 €.

 

Hotel Esprit Saint Germain – from 330€

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Credits: Hotel Esprit Saint Germain

The Hotel Esprit Saint Germain is located in 22 Rue Saint-Sulpice in the 6th district (center of the Saint Germaint quarter) and a 5-minute walk from Mabillon metro station. This 5-star hotel won the award of Best Luxury Boutique Hotel Worldwide in 2013. This hotel is ranked in a high-market hotel position and has 28 rooms designed with specific architecture rules, in perfect harmony with the Parisian rules of style.

 Why book at the hotel Esprit Saint Germain?

The rooms go from the classic to the prestigious, from suites to penthouses. All of them have different interiors with a cozy leather style, rich fabrics and warm colors, and modern technology. The Hotel Esprit Saint Germain keeps its high reputation thanks to its fabulous service, according to customer satisfaction ratings. Guests are welcome in two lounge-rooms, either having a coffee while reading a book in the Library lounge or drinking a tea in front of the fireplace in the other lounge. For the most sportive, the gym is available on the 6th floor. The range price is from 330 € to 880 € per day, which is slightly more expensive than the other hotels presented but if you are looking for a luxury hotel, it is worth the price.

 

Why choose this quarter?

In the 1940s and 1950s the philosopher and founder of existentialism Jean-Paul Sartre and his companion the writer Simone de Beauvoir had their own house in Saint Germain. There, Sartre developed most of his philosophical thoughts and the environment inspired de Beauvoir. Many stories talk about their presence in most of the jazz clubs and cafés of the neighborhood, which today have become the most crowded places in Paris. Two of the most famous are “Les Deux Magots” and “Le Procope”.

 

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Best hotels in Paris

Generally for people the term “best” is a very personal characteristic, but after a specific selection process we are happy to present our selection of the best hotels in Paris possible. After an accurate work of visual selection and of meetings with many hotel directors we are pleased to present you with these 5 suggestions.

 

Hotel Astrid – from 150€

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Hotel Astrid bears the name of the queen of Sweden who had spent lot of time in Paris and where she died. Hotel Astrid is a 3 stars hotel with an ideal located close to Arc de Triomphe in rue 27 Avenue Carnot in the 17th district. A 19th century building is really well-located, surrounded by many shops, bakeries and good restaurants such as a delicious French brasserie, l’Ecluse CarnotThe quarter is like a little village and staying there will give the sensation having all under control.

Why book at Hotel Astrid?

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The hotel Astrid has been run by a family since 1937 building an always higher customer satisfaction. The hotel, at the ground floor, has just renovated the lounge room where the large windows let in plenty of light giving you a sensation of relaxing. Meanwhile having a drink or your daily breakfast. The Hotel Astrid based its strength on their hospitality and the whole staff will be helpful for all your needs. The design is mostly contemporary with paintings embellishing the decor. Hotel Astrid, even if located on the edge of a big avenue, is completely soundproof and the rooms are very quiet. The rooms are a good size and most of them have a small balcony with a spectacular view of Arc de Triomphe. Prices start from 150 € per night. An exceptionally good value for money, filling up very quickly, so be sure to book well in advance!

 

Hotel Relais Bosquet – from 180€

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Le Relais Bosquet hotel is a 4 star hotel perfectly located, very close to the Eiffel Tower, to the enjoyable street market in the rue Cler and to les Invalides. The area is delightful and gives you the exact Parisian enjoyable experience walking through the avenues next to the Eiffel Tower.

Why book at Hotel Relais Bosquet?

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At le Relais Bosquet hotel the reception is very cozy and the team is always helpful answering all your questions and giving tips about the numerous attractions and monuments to see in Paris. The rooms are fully equipped and of good size. The personalized design will create a different atmosphere in each room. The top floor rooms are more expensive because they have the Eiffel Tower view.  However the view will take your breath away. Prices range from 180 € to 350 €

 

Hotel Edouard 7 – from 220€

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Hotel Edouard 7 inspired by the name of the King of England, son of Queen Victoria who reigned in 19th century. He came to Paris due to a bad relationship with his mother who was a conservative person. Edouardo loved Paris where he could enjoy the free atmosphere that differed Paris from the rest of Europe. Hotel Edouard 7 is located in the heart of Paris in 39 avenue de l’Opéra, in one of the most luxury and prestigious quarter of the city.  Galleries Lafayette is at just few minutes walk and Louvre museum is reachable in 10 minutes.

Why book at Hotel Edouard 7?

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Hotel Edouard 7 is a 4 star hotel which was renovated in 2014 keeping most of the orignal  design details that Edouardo inspiration brought there. The furniture, the décor and the service is very satisfactory. The rooms are 69 bedrooms and 10 suites all of good size and very luminous. The restaurant “La cuisine de l’E7” has a fine cuisine changing its menu seasonally. Meat and fish are from local producers, while fruit and vegetables are derived from organic farming. While located in Edouard 7, everyone is welcome to dine at “La cuisine de l’E7” restaurant. For any conference the hotel has 2 meeting rooms (one 55 m2 and one 43 m2) available and for the most sportive there is a fitness center. Prices range  from  220 € to 650 € per night.

 

Hotel Raphael – from 300€

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Located a few meters away from the Arc de Triomphe it’s a beautiful typical old Parisian mansion. It has a kind of old-fashioned charm that makes it my favourite, with a real spirit, very romantic (some old mirrors in the corridors of the hotel have little stains from old time for instance, you feel as if you are in someone’s home). It offers an exceptional view on both the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

Why book at Hotel Raphael?

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The interior design is a bit old fashioned and traditional, the wood is included in most of the décor details and with the ancient mirrors all around the hotel give you a very warm sensation bringing you back to the beginning of the 20th century. There are not many rooms but all very cozy, well designed and different from each other. There are even a few suitable triple rooms for families available. There are 2 amazing suites with their own balcony and a 180 degrees view on Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. They have been renovated with a special design by Chanel for a showroom in 2014 which has remained. They are simply amazing. We are proud to place Hotel Raphael in the our category of best hotels in Paris. Prices range from 300 € to 2000 € per night.

 

Hotel George V – from 1200€

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Hotel George V bears the name of King of United Kingdom in 19th century. It is located a few meters from the Champs Elysées and the Louis Vuitton flagship store. From here you will have a 360 degrees view of the city being situated in the exact centre of Paris. All the major attractions are easily reachable from here such as, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe etc. The George V hotel is a “5 stars Palace Hotel” the highest category of hotels in the world and it is part of Four Seasons Group.

Why book at George V?

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Hotel George V is for the most demanding! As 5 stars Palace hotel it includes the two  famous gastronomy restaurant, le Cinq and le George. It is one of the most luxurious and best hotels in Paris, all the rooms are very expensive starting from 1200 € night. The breakfast is not included, 46€ for the Continental, or 58€ for the American breakfast per person. Getting a room at Hotel George V is an exceptional way to experience a stay, the hospitality service is perfect.

 

 

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How to find the best Paris vacation rentals?

When visiting Paris, I am sure we all want something that is worth the price, whether it is the accommodation, food, tickets to several activities and monuments and so on…

When it comes to vacation rentals in Paris, there are a whole lot to choose from. But how to find the best ones?

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“Living room view from the beautiful apartment I stayed in, one of many wonderful properties by Paris Perfect”- Georgianna Lane

First of all, the website PARIStay offers a wide range of both long – and short term rentals in Paris. You can rent an apartment in the very city center, or a bit outside of Paris. Prices are affordable, and you can choose the style of the apartment you want to stay in during your Paris vacation!

Secondly, another great website for finding vacation rentals in Paris is ParisAttitude. There is a great range of vacation flats and apartments in Paris… Choose your favorite! There is a very clear overview of the process of renting an apartment, and you can just type in the dates of when you want to visit Paris, and the best available apartments comes up! Make sure not to miss checking this website out, when you are choosing your Paris vacation rental.

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Enjoy Paris, while living in an beautiful apartment…

Third website we recommend is ParisPerfect. As they explain: “Your Paris Perfect experience begins with a hand-picked rental from the most trusted agency in Paris. Our expert team will help you plan your vacation from start to finish to ensure a trip of a lifetime.”

The website contains an great overview of the apartments provided, and as extra info there is several guides for your Parisian stay!

Last but not least, we all know Airbnb, which is just becoming more and more famous… Live like a real Parisian, by renting out an apartment of a host living in Paris! It doesn’t get more authentic than that.

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3 Cities to Include in your European Tour package

I hereby want to complete a guide, whereas you can pick from our selection of 3 cities in your European tour packages…

Barcelona – the charming and diverse city!

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Barcelona is an amazingly beautiful city.

Barcelona is known for being an more and more international, beautiful and a city with a lot of possibilities for everyone, no matter age and gender. Barcelona is set on the northeastern Mediterranean coast, and has a warm, pleasant climate, sandy beaches, really good cuisine and excellent art and architecture!

You can either walk through Barcelona, to get that genuine, authentic experience that you only can do by walking through the streets, and perhaps getting in touch with other tourists or the locals… You can, however, also discover the lovely Barcelona by a hop-on-hop-off-bus, with an open-top.

There are three different routes included in one ticket and 44 stops at interesting places, such as Plaza de Cataluña, Via Layetana, the cathedral and its cloister, Gothic Quarter, Plaza Sant Jaume, Sagrada Familia, Parque Guell, Villa Olimpica and the Port Olimpic, up the Montjuïc Mountain for a panoramic view of the city and harbor and perhaps visit the Poble Espanyol, which is a Spanish village.

Barcelona is the perfect place if you want to shop, or walk around the amazing Ramblas! The Gothic Quarter is very famous, and for those interested in art; there are many museum, which includes the Picasso Museum!

London – one of the greatest cities in the world!

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London is full of activities and sightseeings!

London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities, and for good reason; there is a lot of things to do, and some days London is like a bag of candy, that never gets empty; always something to see, and always something to explore. You should definitely include it as part of your European tour package. You can either stroll down Oxford Street to shop, dine and explore, or you can take an open-top sightseeing bus tour, so you have a choice of routes around famous landmarks so you may get on and off wherever you wish.

From here, you will be able to view the city’s iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and Madame Tussands just to mention a few…

And the extra plus? You can go from silver to gold in an short amount of time; you can take the train from London to Paris! You can make your own way to London St. Pancras railway station and take a beautiful train ride to Paris, romantic French capital. You will have a chance to enjoy a bit of the countryside in the comfort of a high-speed train.

Paris, the City of Lights

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Paris with a view on the Eiffel Tower…

So you arrived to the most beautiful city, and the opportunities are many… You can find one of our many guides or blogposts on ParisByM, when you include Paris in your European tour package. You can enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of Paris, in a hop-on hop-off double-decker coach, and from here view all the famous landmarks such as the Opéra, Place Vendôme, Concorde Square, Champs-Elysées Avenue, Arch of Triumph, Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Orsay Museum, the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sorbonne, Pantheon Church and more. Do not forget to buy one of our packages at ParisByM, for your perfect Parisian experience!

Montmartre

Is Montmartre in Paris worth the visit?

Montmarte is definitely worth the visit, if you have extra time. It is actually rising above Paris’ panorama, and Montmarte is different than anywhere else in Paris… It is a historic distric with history, character, and beautiful, and artsy streets with many hidden treasures. When you visit Montmartre in Paris, you will feel like being in a magical and imperfect village, far away from Paris. But when going to Montmartre in Paris on a visit, what to explore and discover?

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Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Montmartre

Montmarte is an artistic and bohemian village, which hosts some of the best known festivals in Paris during each year, and while being quite small regarding size, it has enough interesting sights for you to dedicate an entire day of your sightseeing in Paris to exploring the original, and timeless Montmartre.

You do have to explore Montmartre’s artistic heritage, where the great artists lived. The drank their coffee in the cafes, played music and danced the night away. You get the sense when you are there; that Montmartre was and still is the artists’ community. To mention some former artists living in Montmartre, it is: Salvador Dalí, Max Jacob, Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. Seen that movie by Woody Allen “Midnight in Paris”? Well, Montmartre is where Gil Pender meets some of these world-known artists.

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Evening in Montmartre…

When in Montmartre, you do not want to miss the vineyards in rue Saint Vincent. The vineyards in Montmartre presents a Parisian winemaking tradition, and and in the fall Montmartre hosts an autumn wine harvest festival that is truly a treat to attend if you’ll be in Paris in October!

You also have to check out the adorable bakeries in Montmartre – and the cafes and bistros… So factor some time in your Montmartre sightseeing schedule to relax and have a glass of wine or a café – and be sure to try some of the cakes, pies and patisserie goodies of Montmartre.

Of course, last but not least, you have to go to the very famous Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, which is Paris’ highest point, and you can either hike up or take the tram, in order to go to the top and get an breathtaking view… You can also see the Eiffel Tower from here. Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur took about 40 years to build, and was completed in 1914. It is Montmartre’s biggest monument, so make sure not to miss.

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An artist is drawing the portray of a young man on the Place du Tertre in Montmartre in Paris.

Remember that we on ParisByM have some packages, which includes a guided your in Montmartre with a possibility to try a wine tasting with high quality wines… Check it out!

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3 Paris day tours you should try

In the hustle and bustle in Paris, it can be hard to pick day tours, you want to try. We all know, that a powerful characteristic of the French people is the regard they have for their history, and the restoration of their national monuments. The result of this preservation of the past has greatly contributed to the beautiful state of Paris today. I will hereby complete a guide, whereas I pick out 3 Paris day tours you definitely should try!

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Paris with a view on the Eiffel Tower

First time in Paris

If you want to enjoy some of Paris’ greatest monuments in your day tour, you should try our “First time in Paris”-package, which you will find on ParisByM. In the day tour the highlights are included for first time visitors, so if you are coming to Paris for the first time, this is a package especially aimed for you…

You will explore the Louvre Museum, which for over two centuries has been one of the biggest museums in the world. Here, you have to see the famous Mona Lisa by Da Vinci. But even though Louvre is best known for this masterpiece, there is so much more to explore. You can easily spend a whole afternoon here!

Next up, you can go to Arc de Triomphe at Place de l’Étoile at the top of the Champs-Élysées. Arc de Triomphe is a symbol of the French nation, which links the old and new Paris, and is located on the highest point of the line running from the Louvre to the Grande Arche de la Défense. You have to go up and experience the amazing view of Paris. Overwhelming and beautiful!

By afternoon, you can go on a cruise on the Seine River. Many of the most famous Paris landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Notre Dame cathedral lie along the banks of the river – and a Seine Cruise gives you a whole new perspective on these wonderful monuments. A cruise down the beautiful Seine River shows you the wonderful architecture and café lined boulevards of Paris. Buy tickets at ParisByM, and enjoy a dinner cruise with your loved one.

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Seine Cruise – imagine enjoying a dinner here, while the greatest monuments pass you by? Whoa.

Off the beaten path

Option two, is possibly my personal favorite… The “Off the Beaten Path”-package, which allows you to get a guided tour through the famous and beautiful district Montmarte. You can see the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica here, and you can either take the tram or hike up to enjoy an amazing view from the Roman Catholic church. Afterwards, you can go on a wine tasting tour with high value French vines, and a guided tour to the home of the world-known “Phantom of the Opera”; Opera Garnier. The Palais Garnier is “probably the most famous opera house in the world, and you will be overwhelmed by the amazing architecture, and the romantic atmosphere… Make sure not to miss. Definitely one of the 3 Paris day tours you should try.

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The golden interior of Opera Garnier in Paris. Amazing.

Museum lovers

Last but not least, you should try our “Museum Lovers” package, and the title speaks for itself; If you want to experience the history of the City of Lights while discovering all of its other monuments, this package is dedicated to you! Visit the World-famous Louvre, the Sainte Chapelle, and a tour to the Notré Dame – besides you will get to experience a cruise on the Seine. Discover the world-known Louvre where not a corner are left out, go afterwards and enjoy Saine Chapelle, which is a masterpiece of Flamboyant Gothic architecture built by Saint Louis in the heart of the Palais de la Cité on the Ile de la Cité in Paris. Discover its unique stained glass windows rendering the air iridescent with light and colour, symbols of the Heavenly Jerusalem. This is a royal medieval Gothic chapel, and you will be able to enjoy a concert here! Look at http://www.songkick.com/venues/1168011-la-sainte-chapelle for the upcoming concerts in 2015.

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Saine Chapelle in Paris… Overwhelming experience.

 

Afterwards, go and enjoy Notre Dame and get a guided visit by an experimented guide, which will give you wisdom about the importance of the Cathedral in Parisians’ life!

 

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Notre Dame in Paris!

At dinner time, go to a Seine Cruise. You do not want to miss this… A cruise down the beautiful Seine River shows you the wonderful architecture and café lined boulevards of Paris. Buy tickets at ParisByM, and enjoy a dinner cruise with your loved one. What’s not to love?

Hope you enjoyed my personal pick of 3 Paris day tours you should try!

 

 

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Trips from Paris by train

Most people who come to Paris again and again, rarely become tired of it… However, if you want to explore and discover beyond the city limits, there are plently of day trips from Paris by train! I want to introduce you to my personal guide to trips from Paris by train, and each of them are close enough to go back and forth in a day.

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From Paris with love… Credit: Pinterest

Provins

First of, there is a small town called Provins. It is an hour and 25 mins south-east of Paris, and you can depart from the train station Gare de l’Est. Provins is an ancient town, and get you back to the Middle Ages, with beautifully and amazing buildings, and winding streets. If you have the slightest interest in history, this would be the perfect day trip for you. Provins is also well-known for its rose-derived produce so use it as an excuse to stock up on rose petal jam.

You can take a local train from Gare de l’Est – they leave every half an hour. You won’t save any money by booking in advance so you can just stroll up on the day.

Provins, France

Provins, with it’s beautiful, narrow streets and historical aspects…

Giverny

Next up is Giverny, which is also included in a day trip in our beneficial packages on ParisByM. You will be amazed by the very famous series of water lily paintings by the Claude Monet. Giverny is just 45 minutes from the train station Gare Saint Lazare station, and you can go with a fast train. The house and the garden is inspired by Monet’s life work. When you take the train, you will arrive in Vernon, from where it is approximately an hour walk from the train station. You can also rent bikes, because some companies offer bike rental just outside the train station, or else you can take a very short bus ride towards Giverny. You will hereby find this beautiful garden, which is very peaceful. At summertime the garden is in full bloom, which leaves you amazed, and the impression will for sure stay with you forever. Make sure not to miss!

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Giverny.. Amazing!

Auvers-sur-Oise

Auvers-sur Oise is the place, where painter Vincent Van Gogh famously worked and died. In 70 short days, Van Gogh painted prolifically, creating on average one work every day until his death. If you’re not a Van Gogh fan, you will still be amazed by this beautiful town, and it’s fields which inspired his work. You can head to the Auberge Ravoux, to see the famous apartment where Van Gogh lived his very final months, or you can enjoy your lunch there at table number five, which is where Van Gogh took his meals… Down the memory lane! If you pass by the village church, you will see the cemerety where the famous artist is buried. Amazing choice for a trip outside of Paris by train!

On weekends and holidays from April – October a direct train to Auvers leaves from Gare du Nord around 10am, taking 35 minutes. All other times, visitors must take a train from either Gare du Nord or St. Lazare, then transfer to an Auvers-bound train at Valmondois, Pointoise or St. Ouen. You do not have to book in advance.

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Auverns, Van Gogh

Fontainebleau-Avon

Last recommendation for a day trip by train, is Fontainebleau-Avon. The amazing town is just forty minutes from Paris, and the forest of Fontainebleau is just moments from the station, which covers 100 square miles. You can enjoy a picnic in the former royal hunting grounds, or go towards the castle, which is the city’s main monument. The Château de Fontainebleau was once the country seat to French royals, which goes back to the 16th century.

There is a lot to see – for example galleries, art and Marie Antoinette’s bed! You have to take a day off your calender to have enough time to explore this amazing place, in an relaxed pace… It’s a straightforward 40 minute train ride from Gare de Lyon to the Fontainebleau-Avon station. This is a local train you needn’t book in advance. If you’re headed for the castle then take the ‘Ligne A’ bus destined for Les Lilas, alighting at the ‘Château’ stop. Or else you can walk approximately 35 minutes.

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Fontainebleau, and it’s amazing castle.. One of the most visited monuments in France!

This were my recommendations for trips from Paris by train… Hope you enjoyed the guide I completed for you, if your wanderlust outside of Paris increases.

Until next time…

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A selection of the best tours in Paris

When you come to Paris, there is always a bunch of activities that you can do, and it really is a jungle when finding out which ones you should pick. We hereby completed a guide, for our selection of the best tours in Paris, that are original, fun, different and out-of-the-ordinary!

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Louvre, by Flickr

On ParisByM, we have carefully picked out the most beneficial and interesting tours, which comes in packages. These includes romantic tours, photo tours, sightseeing tours including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Musem, Montmarte, Notre-Dame and also wine-tours, because being in the capital of France, Paris is one of the best places in the World, where you can taste and explore the wide range of quality wines.

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Paris by night, by Pinterest

 

Our weekend-trip packages allows you to relax, have fun and discover some secret places when in Paris. That is one of our selections for the best tours in Paris, and you will find it on our website here. You will be accommodated in Paris’ historical center, and discover secret and funny activities during your weekend in Paris.

If you are in Paris with your loved one, whether the purpose is a weekend escape, honeymoon, wedding proposal or something else, we strongly advice you to order our Romantic Trip package. Again, one of our proposal for a selection of the best tours! Find it here. The package includes transportation, visit to the World’s most famous museum, Louvre, and a sightseeing in the wonderful Montmarte. Also, you will go and see the Arc de Triomphe. A last walk on the Champs Elysees and the avenue Montaigne will allow you to see the most luxurious neighborhood of the city! What is optional in this package, is to discover Versailles which you seriously do not want to miss, the Champagne region or Loire valley with all of the breath-taking castles!

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Castle, Loire Valley!

 

Next up, when selecting the best tours in Paris, we have to mention our “Paris All Inclusive” package, which is ideal if you come to Paris for the first time, and want to see all the attractions without rushing. This package allows you to combine city walks to discover and explore the most beautiful hidden gems in Paris, to get some guided tours, see the main museum and go back in history and much more… Furthermore the top quality accommodation is in the centre! Check it out here!

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Wine tasting in Paris!

 

If you still have some time on your hand when in Paris, and want to do something additional to the packages, we strongly advice you to check out this article from Tripadvisor, which gives you an overview of the most fun and interesting activities when in Paris!

Hope you enjoyed going through our selection of the best tours in Paris with us.

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Loire Valley, France

How to travel from Paris to Loire Valley?

When you visit Paris, and have a bit more time, you definitely have to see the Loire Valley, which is studded with fairytale villages, and the famous châteaux de la Loire. The areas are like postcards; so beautiful and peaceful that it could win the Nobel peace prize. Magic corners everywhere, and not to talk about the breath-taking castles…

Book ParisByM day tour from Paris to the Loire Valley. You will see the main castles: Chambord, Chenonceau, Azay Le Rideau and Villandry gardens.

Book ParisByM day tour from Paris to the Loire Valley. You will see the main castles: Chambord, Chenonceau, Azay Le Rideau and Villandry gardens.

In other words, the Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of overwhelming beauty, historical villages and towns, and if you are interested in architecture? Then Loire Valley is perfect for you. The landscape contains great architectural monuments (the châteaux), and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, primarily the river Loire itself.

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If you decide to visit the Loire Valley, there are several transportation options available; buses and trains can carry you to the main towns of the three Loire provinces—Anjou (to the west), Orléans (to the east), and the center ring of the show, Touraine.

If you want to get a full package, whereas you also can explore the amazing Mont Saint Michel, you can go to ParisByM and order one of our packages, which includes everything you need for your tour: transportation in an luxury, air-conditioned bus, accommodation in an great 3 star hotel with double room, and guided tours to the areas and the wonderful monuments! Note, that a guided visit of the Château de Chambord, which is the largest and most imposing castle in the Loire Valley, is also included in the packages! Something you don’t want to miss for sure…

We just released the packages, because of a great demand. More and more people discover the Loire Valley, and want to see the magical landscape with their own eyes – and we do understand why.

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Normandy day trip from Paris – what to experience?

Between Paris, and the English Channel you will find the region of Normandy. You can choose to visit some of the area’s highlights on a day trip from Paris – but what to experience? We want to complete a little guide for you, for inspiration to your Normandy day trip tour from Paris!

One of Normandy’s premier sights (as in, you cannot miss, it is truly breaktaking!) is the tidal island of Mont Saint-Michel. Mont Saint-Michel is connected to the coastline, via a causeway.

You also have to experience the charming town of Honfleur, with its unique wooden church and jumble of houses surrounding a peaceful harbor, was passed back and forth between the English and the French in the Middle Ages. This you have to explore, when taking your Normandy trip from Paris!

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The gorgeous seaside town of Honfleur in Normandy, France

 

Normandy’s beaches also are remembered in history, also called the D-Day beaches, where the tides of the Channel brought Allied troops to the European mainland on D-Day, and the tide of history turned against tyranny. Note that, with ParisByM, you are able to enjoy a full day excursion from Paris to the D-Day Beaches in Normandy in the company of an official guide, who will bring these historic sites to life.

On June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, the Allies opened a new European front against the troops of the Third Reich during the Second World War. It was the largest military operation in history, which marked the beginning of the Battle of Normandy and would lead to the end of the Second World War. More than 150,000 soldiers from America, Britain, Canada and many other nations landed by sea and air on a number of beaches along the Normandy coastline (Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Juno Beach, etc.) and at the steep cliffs at Pointe du Hoc. Do not miss on your Normandy trip from Paris.

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Normandy Caen Castle is amazingly beautiful.

However, Normandy has much more to offer than just the coastline itself. The regional capital Rouen is a lively center with rich historical and artistic associations. Joan of Arc met her fiery fate here, while the intricate, asymmetrical façade of the gothic Notre Dame cathedral was a favorite subject of Claude Monet. The Impressionist painter also made much of a scene closer to home, his exquisite garden at Giverny.

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Monet’s Garden – Giverny, France

Here you can still see the graceful willows and serene water-lilies which filled his enormous late canvasses, among the world’s best-loved works of art.

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Cliffs of Etretat, Normandy, France; photo by Jarrod Castaing

If this awakened your wanderlust, and wish to take a day trip to Normandy from Paris, do not hesitate to contact ParisByM! We will strive to share our best tips for your budget, needs and wants, and hereby also share our extended knowledge about the highlights of Normandy, that you always dreamed of exploring… You can directly book a last-minute on ParisByM (hence, very beneficial) package, to a one day tour, with the best air-conditioned guide, with direct departure from Paris.

 

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Our Selection of European Luxury Holidays

Europe is home to many beautiful cities where you can treat yourself to a luxurious vacation. Here is our selection of European luxury holiday destinations, including accommodations, spas, activities, and cuisine.

PARIS
The home of haute couture and gastronomic delights, Paris is no stranger to luxury. Treat yourself to a luxury european holidays high-end vacation at one of the city’s exclusive palace hotels. Choose from the classics, such as Le Bristol, Le Meurice, the Four Seasons Hotel George V or the Plaza Athénée, or opt for a more up-and-coming take on luxury at the Shangri-La Paris or the Mandarin Oriental.

Many palaces are home to spas, where you can benefit from a variety of hair, skin, and face treatments and holistic practices. Try the George V Spa (Four Seasons George V), the Institut Dior (Plaza Athénée), Spa Sémonin (Le Bristol), or Spa Valmont (Le Meurice).

After pampering yourself at the spa, it’s time to explore the city in style. Opt for a private tour of Paris’s most popular attractions to avoid the lines and get the VIP treatment. In addition, you can request a unique tour option, such as an old Parisian car tour with a private driver or a shopping spree along the Champs-Elysées and Avenue Montaigne with a personal shopper.

luxury european holidays No luxury Parisian vacation would be complete without sampling some of the city’s world-famous cuisine. Home to several Michelin-star restaurants, you’ll have a number of world-class dining options to choose from, including the Tour d’Argent, Guy Savoy, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower’s own Jules Verne.

LONDON
For a taste of British luxury, head over to London, where you’ll experience the prim-and-proper, no-nonsense style oluxury european holidays f refinement. Stay in one of London’s top-end hotels, such as The Savoy, The Landmark, The Goring, The Dorchester, or The Langham.

Like Paris, London is home to a number of spas, many of which are located in high-end hotels. Favorites include Chuan Spa (the Langham), So SPA (Sofitel London St James), Landmark Spa and Health Club (the Landmark), and ESPA Life (Corinthia Hotel London).

London offers several luxury activity options to choose from. Tour the city in style with your own private chauffeur, enjoy a dinner cruise along the Thames, or do some shopping atluxury european holidays a luxury department store, such as Harrod’s or Harvey Nichols.

While not known for its culinary prowess, London does several fine-dining options, including the Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester.

VENICE
luxury european holidays One of the most romantic destinations, Venice is a popular choice for luxury vacationers. Stay in one of the high-end hotels located along the canals such as Aqua Palace Venice, JW Marriott Resort and Spa, Londra Palace, and Hotel Excelsior Venice.

For a relaxing spa session, choose one of the many top-notch hotel spas, such as the Casanova Wellness Centre (Hotel Cipriani), E’space Fitness and Wellness Center (Molino Stucky Hilton), or La Perla Della Laguna (San Clemente Palace).

Venice offers a number of luxurious activities for you to enjoy. Take an exclusive gondola ride along the canluxury european holidays als, attend a unique opera at Musica a Palazzo, or try your hand at blackjack at the Ca’ Vendramin Calergi Venice Casino.

Experience the tastes of Italy at Venice’s only three Michelin-star restaurant, Antica Osteria Cera or one of its two Michelin-star establishments, such as Quadri or Il Ridotto.

MADRID
An often-overlooked luxury vacation spot, Madrid is a great holiday pick. With its perfect weather and laid-back nature, you’re sure to have a wonderful time in this viluxury european holidays brant city. Stay in one of Madrid’s 5-star hotels, such as AC Palacio del Retiro, the Wellington Hotel, the Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra Hotel and Spa, or the Hotel Ritz Madrid.

Don’t forget to pamper yourself at one of the city’s luxury spas, such as the Caroli Health Club (Wellington Hotel), Chi Spa, The Lab Room (Hotel Miguel Angel), or Fusiom.

Make your luxury vacation as memorableluxury european holidays as possible with by booking a private after-hours museum tour at the Prado or Thyssen Museums, a VIP ticket to a Real Madrid game, or a personal shopper who can maximize your shopping experience in a surprisingly stylish city.

At the end of your stay, be sure to dine in one of Madrid’s Michelin-star restaurants, such as the three-star DiverXO or the two-star La Terraza del Casino, El Club Allard, or Sergi Arola.