Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Touring Paris for 4 Days
Old 08-18-2015, 09:15 AM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
sengsational's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 3,847
Touring Paris for 4 Days

Just a small 'trip report' on our post-river cruise tour of Paris. The Viking sponsored tour (3 days, one tour, no food for $1,700!) was full (luckily, because it was so pricey, and didn't offer much beyond someone to blame if things didn't work out...transportation, hotel and one tour), so I did my own (4 days). Worked out great. After adjusting for 4 vs 3 days, hotel, transfers, tours, ran us about $700, not including food.

Booked a SNCF train before I left from the Chalon sur Saone to Paris Bercy ($116 for both). $ Viking calls the taxi for you, which was nice. They even offered us lunch on the deboarding day (we left at 11:30).

Quote:
Originally Posted by rodi View Post
More importantly- did you enjoy Paris?
Yeah! I did climb up and visit the gargoyles up close and personal.

This post was the one that got me going on that:
Quote:
Originally Posted by rodi View Post
The things I enjoyed the most in no particular order:

- Notre Dame. I took the tour that takes you up to the bell tower - it was cool because you could see the gargoyles up close.
That took me to CityWonders tours.

Booked 3 morning tours with CityWonders (Eiffel summit+1hr Cruise, Notre Dame w/belltower, Louvre - $375 for the 2 of us, 3 tours which included admission tickets). I figured I'd need someone to tell me what I was looking at, lol! Took the Metro to each. No problemo. Enthusiastic, likable guides.

Got the hotel as a PriceLine Express Deal. I looked-up the hotel that the Viking group was staying in and picked the the same geography in PriceLine. Ended up in a quirky boutique hotel that was quite fancy, but with a tiny room. It was quite reasonable at $126/night, less than half of what the hotel Viking was using would have been.

The food seemed pretty expensive, but we shopped the 'Monop' for breakfast items, and did a couple of picnics. Diners ran from $60 to $80 (that's food only). We could easily have spent a lot more. They're real proud of their beer...could hardly find a sizable one for less than 8 euro.

We did not get a GSM phone and data plan, so just planned while on the hotel wifi. The Parisians were very nice, even the ones that we asked for directions, lol!
__________________

__________________
sengsational is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-18-2015, 12:29 PM   #2
Moderator
rodi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: San Diego
Posts: 8,817
Those tours sound pricey - but might be worth it if they cut the line... especially at Notre Dame. We did it on our own - but still invested some $ in admissions... and had to wait in line. (The museum pass eliminated the line at the Louvre, fortunately.)

Like you we shopped local - in our case there was a Carrefour around the corner from our rental apartment - we'd stop in on our way out of the metro and stock up for the next day.

I loved the gargoyles at Notre Dame... hence my new avatar.
__________________

__________________
Retired June 2014. No longer an enginerd - now I'm just a nerd.
micro pensions 7%, rental income 18%
rodi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2015, 07:23 PM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Florence, AL/Helen, GA
Posts: 2,093
I've seen the river cruises going up and down the Rhine River and the Danube. They always looked so slow, serene and restful. And those cruises are quite popular. Although I may be retired, I prefer to travel a whole lot faster.

And for the price of a 1 week river cruise, we could take 3-4 seven day ocean cruises. Or, we could take two vacations to anywhere in the world for the price of one week's European river cruise.

I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip to Paris. The more you smile while in Paris, the nicer the locals will be to you. The beauty of the Eiffel Tower is simply overwhelming with it's strobe lights flashing at sunset from across the river.
__________________
Bamaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2015, 11:51 AM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
sengsational's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 3,847
Quote:
Originally Posted by rodi View Post
Those tours sound pricey - but might be worth it if they cut the line... especially at Notre Dame. We did it on our own - but still invested some $ in admissions... and had to wait in line.
They were all skip line tickets with a guide and UHF radios so you always can hear the guide. All of the tours included a guided walking segment, plus admission. And the group size was as small as 10 (went up to 24 at the Louvre, but that still worked). We didn't get the museum pass because, generally, that's not my bag. DW wanted the Louvre, so at least we did that. I couldn't get summit tickets directly (sold-out), so this was my only option for Eiffel. From there I just cascaded into buying the other tours. You got to keep the earphones, that made up for paying $60/person.
Quote:
Originally Posted by rodi View Post
I loved the gargoyles at Notre Dame... hence my new avatar.
I did noticed that!
__________________
sengsational is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
3 days in Paris Sarah S Travel Information 38 02-19-2013 01:25 AM
Touring europe by car. jambo101 Travel Information 9 05-14-2009 10:01 PM
Touring Mexico on Motorcycles 1 Life Travel Information 3 08-14-2008 11:22 PM
Bicycle Touring in Isaan ForeignExchange Life after FIRE 1 03-19-2007 11:45 AM
Touring Cape Canavral/Kennedy Space Center laurence Other topics 1 05-03-2005 01:18 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:16 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.