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For Seeing the Many Monuments in Paris You can Use Open Tour Bus

OpenTour is a firm which works visit transports in Paris with various courses around the capital city additionally run transport visits in different areas, for example, Marseille and Nice, inside the Provence-Alpes Cote d’Azur locale.

If you only have a small amount of time if you go for a holiday in Paris then one of the easiest and most convenient tours you can take is the OpenTour, allowing you to visit many places, which you may not see or discover otherwise.

The tour buses are large double decker buses with open tops to allow you to take advantage of the great views. The buses are also very easy to spot due to their bright yellow and green colour scheme which operate daily throughout the whole year around Paris.

The idea behind these bus tours in Paris is that you can buy a pass, jump into a bus and jump off as you wish, to see monuments, tourist attractions, museums and more that it stops at, and then when you wish jump back on another bus allowing you to visit many different places at your own pace and in fact the bus has over 50 different stops.

When using the L’OpenTour buses it does not only provide a great way to find and experience some of the incredible tourist attractions in Paris, it can also help you learn more with the commentary provided on the free set of headphones which are supplied with each ticket for the bus. The commentary obviously being available in French but also English, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese.

One more additional benefit to the l’OpenTour buses is that the four different routes throughout Paris are all interconnected meaning you can jump off and join another route without any hassle or having to finish an individual tour at a time allowing you to see more around the city of Paris and go where you wish.

Although if you wish to also travel along the River Seine you’re in luck, as the L’OpenTour is linked with the Batobus water bus which has eight stops allowing you to see monuments of Paris from a completely different angle as well as being able to buy a ticket which combines both of them to experience both ways.

There are many different passes, or tickets if you prefer to call them, which you can obtain while you are on holiday in Paris, although it is to be noted if you buy a ticket which lasts for more than one day that is has to be used over two or more consecutive days.

A one day pass can be brought which covers all four routes and is at a set price for an adult, and cheaper for children from the age of 4 to 11, and for under fours it is free.

As said above you can also get a pass which covers both the L’OpenTour and the Batobus water bus as well but for that you would need the Paris A la Carte Pass, which is a two day pass, or if you prefer a three day pass for a little extra.

Also as mentioned above there are different tour routes you can take, and even if the tour buses are easily spottable, each bus then has a different colour code on the windshield to identify which route it belongs to.

To begin with you have The Paris Grand Tour which starts at 13 Rue Auber, and has the colour code of green, which takes you around some of the most famous tourist attractions in Paris.

Firstly you can find the Musee du Parfum, the renowned Printemps to go shopping which is followed by the Palas Garnier Opera House, Place Vendome and eventually the Palais Royal and its gardens.

Afterwards the next stop starts at the Musee du Louvre which is famous for holding the Mona Lisa art work, where you can then also visit the Jardin des Tuileries Gardens, the I M Pei Pyramid of the Louvre, the Jeu de Paume and the triumphal arch also known as the Arc de Triomphe de Carrousel.

From there you can head to Pont Neuf which is the oldest bridge in Paris over the River Seine where you can get to see the Conciergerie and the Saint Chapelle which are found on the Ile de la Cite island, then to the amazing architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral and if you wish to go further you can head to the Ile Saint-Louis.

Following from there the tour heads to the Musee d’Orsay where you can also find the Place de la Concorde and also the oldest monuments of Paris; the Luxor Obelisk and the Musee Orangerie.

The bus then takes you down the Champs Elysees Avenue where there are three different stops which begins with the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais, followed by the Avenue Montaigne and the Metro station called George V which is close to The Lido – a famous cabaret in Paris that features the Bluebell Girls, the next stop being on to the Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

From there you can venture to the Jardins du Trocadero where you can experience the Palais de Chaillot and its museums in Paris, and the incredible view towards the Eiffel Tower.

On the note of the Eiffel Tower, easily one of the most well known and famous landmarks of Paris, the next stop is just that, where not only can you see the great monument you can also see the River Seine, the Champ de Mars, Musee du Quai Branly and tour boats.

Following on you can go towards Les Invalides which is where the Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte I is and several museums including but not limiting to Musee Rodin within the Hotel Biron, the Musee de l’Armee and more.

Afterwards the tour takes you to the Rue Saint-Honore and then finally to Place de la Madeleine with the Eglise de la Madeleine church, finishing the tour circuit after a very extensive and unmissable trip, but yet this is only one of the routes the tour buses can take you on.

Another route, Saint-Germain Tour around the Montparnasse area, with the colour code orange starts at 4 Rue du Petit-Pont in the Latin Quarter. The first stop being at the Luxembourg Gardens and the Musee du Luxembourg, with the Pantheon not far away.

Further on you can find the Observatoire and the Musee Zadkine, yet not too far away you can also experience the amazing Catacombes. But then you can continue to the Tour Montparnasse that is the only skyscraper with incredible views and features the highest restaurant in Paris, plus the tour stop is additionally close to Musee Bourdelle.

At this point you can always swap routes to one of the other three as you arrive at Les Invalides which also houses Musee de Plans Reliefs, or you can go on and continue the Saint-Germain area with the Musee Maillol then onto towards a different area of the Latin Quarter with the Thermes de Cluny, the Musee National du Moyen-Age and Arenes de Lutece, the Roman Arena.

Another route is the Montmartre – Grands Boulevards Tour which heads around the Montmartre area of Paris and is another great tour which is identified by yellow on the windshield of the l’OpenTour buses and starts at 13 Rue Auber an then towards the first stop where you can find the Moulin Rouge with the famous red windmill.

The next stop takes you to the Funicular that takes you up to the Place du Tertre famous for its artists, the Sacre Coeur Basilica and the Espace Dali museum is nearby, but to continue on with the journey you next see the Gare du Nord train station which is where the Eurostar arrives, with the Musee du Cristal also near.

Following on it takes you to the Republique and then the Grands Boulevards where Musee Grevin waxwork museum is found, then tour continues on to the Opera Garnier, followed by Place Vendome and finally to Madeleine and its church.

The Bastille – Bercy tour route goes by the colour of Blue and starts at the Notre Dame Cathedral, followed by stopping at the Petit-Pont in the Latin Quarter near Eglise Saint-Severin, which is where you can also change to the Montparnasse Saint-Germain tour route, or orange route.

If you follow on the original route you will stop next at Musee de la Prefecture de Police, next; the Institute du Monde Arab and the Pavillon de l’Arsenal. Afterwards it goes onto the Place de la Bastille and the new opera house the Opera Bastille.

Continue on and you will see the Gare de Lyon train station and the Viaduc des Arts, later on you will see the Gare d’Austerlitz and Jardin des Plantes, which is where Musee National d’Histoire Naturelle can be found as well, not forgetting that Arenes de Lutece and the Therms de Cluny are also near.

After a bit you will also see the museum Maison Victor Hugo dedicated to the writer who wrote the Hunchback of Notre Dame, as well as the Colonne de Juillet or July Column as it is also known, followed by the Marais area, Place des Vosges, the Rue de Rivoli and the Musee Carnavalet.

This tour route also has a close stop to Musee Picasso and the Hotel de Sully, and finally it finishes at Hotel de Ville close by to the Pompidou Centre.

But not only can you swap between those magnificent routes there are also the opportunity to be able to catch a special offer which OpenTour sometimes provides, such as getting a pass to visit Disneyland Paris as well as the bus routes, allowing you to make the best of both for an affordable cost.

Additionally, Paris is also known as the ‘City of lights’, and for a good reason! As during the festive season the whole city is covered in amazing lights; which for the very occasion from nearly the start of December to January this bus tour in Paris gives you a Christmas Lights Tour when night falls to allow you to see the many different and unique side of Paris while it is lit up. But due to its popularity, and the limited seats reservations are normally made in advance.

So as it can be seen there are very many different routes to help you spend the best of your time while on holiday in Paris to see the many museums, places and tourist attractions in Paris and more, with commentary in many languages to help enjoy your time, especially if you only have a short time to spend in the city.

Noteworthy Sights in Paris

Going to Paris on an excursion? There’s no compelling reason to stress, as Paris can guarantee you of a sentimental getaway as well as of an engrossing sit tight. Paris has an extensive rundown of vacation spots and exercises that you won’t wind up being exhausted on your excursion.

To start with, identify which areas you want to go to. Then consult with a travel agency and leaf through the available brochures for further information. They can offer you the best deals for travel and give you their recommendations on the best Paris package deals.

If you’re bringing kids along on your Paris vacation, don’t fret as there’s a Disneyland resort where you can take them if all other activities fail to grab their attention. Disneyland offers a train that tours you around the area.

You can also enjoy a romantic evening by attending a show in any of the magnificent theaters in Paris. Whether there’s a featured musical performer or a play, these shows usually include a three-course meal when you purchase a ticket so you can savor fine dining with the wondrous entertainment.

You may also be interested in joining a tour when in Paris. The Palace of Versailles Tour will definitely pique your interest as this well-known tourist spot shows a magnificent array of golden hues. A bastion of power in the late 1700s, its majestic towering façade with the Hall of Mirrors is chock full of stone marble.

With its vast cultural heritage, travelers will walk through the history of the palace and its previous tenants. Included in the tour is a peek through the Grand Royal Apartments and the Queen’s reserved quarters.

Outdoors, the Palace also offers a serene view with its lush greenery and regal statues. Special mention should go to the marble vases originally from renowned painter Charles LeDrun, who was the preferred artist of the royals of his time. These very same vases decorate the beautiful garden. The tour lasts about 4 hours so don’t forget to sleep soundly the night before and wear only walking sandals.

A visit to the Eiffel Tower includes a cruise for you and your partner, and this is usually part of a travel package that is appreciated by most romantics out there. First off, a tour guide explains Western Paris’ rich history. Then you can stop by the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the majestic view.

Another tourist attraction would be the Three Loire Valley Castles. Among the castles, there is one called Cheverny which features 17th century furniture. Amazingly, it is still the original owners of the castle who manage the place. Chambord is where French kings go to for a reprieve.

To relax, travelers can sit down at the popular Garden of France and enjoy a wonderfully prepared three-course meal along with it. Aside from castles, the Chemonceau gardens will provide you a fantastic view of the River Cher.

Before going to Paris for that wonderful getaway, remember to learn a little French so you can adjust to the locals a bit better while you’re touring the place. Best of all, enjoy the trip.

Energetic Holidays in Paris

On the off chance that you are hoping to spend the occasions not relaxing around but rather included in some outside exercises, France is the spot to be. You have a scope of choices to browse of what sort of dynamic occasion you wish to go for. You can select the bicycle visits in Paris, Versailles and Giverny or go strolling crosswise over different locales in France or let somebody escort you while you cycle around the nation. Whatever you pick, it is certain to be an ordeal to be associated with a lifetime.

Bike Tours in Paris, Versailles, Giverny

These tours offer you the best orientation, an informative and entertaining guide and loads of fun. The Day and Night Tours of Paris are completely different and wonderful in their own unique ways. They also offer you an opportunity to leave Paris and visit the magical palace and gardens of Versailles or discover the Claude Monet’s Gardens at Giverny.

o Escorted Cycling Tours in France

If you love France and you love cycling, this is the opportunity to combine these two passions into a two-wheeled holiday that you will never forget. You will be ravelling through France’s most beautiful areas, staying at carefully selected hotels and sampling the finest regional cuisine.

o Independent Walking Tours in France

Discovering a country on foot is truly one of the best ways of getting to know it intimately, taking in the sights, scents, and atmosphere of the region. Your luggage is moved from hotel to hotel so you need only carry the minimum and can enjoy the flexibility of independent walking at your own pace.

Paris the Principal place Romantic Getaway

Paris, maintained “Paree” in neighborhood speech – is known as the city of lights and for a justifiable reason, as well! The city is packed with a huge number of inns, eating joints, and numerous a larger number of attractions than every one of the lodgings and eateries set up together. On the off chance that you are arranging your first or second trek to Paris you ought to do your examination well and know where you can stay, where and what you can eat, what you can see and for the most part how to have a heap of fun.

Paris is definitely on top of the list of ‘popular’ tourist destinations in the world. Perhaps this is the reason getting there and finding a place to stay is never a problem. Many international airlines have made it a hub or stopover for their flights because that seems to be where the traffic really is.

Paris is really a great place to start a tour or just break your travel for a rest and some great sight-seeing, not to mention unforgettable culinary delicacies for everyone knows the French are the best chefs in the world!

You can hope to get a great bargain on hotel bookings and travel fare from the airlines and don’t get put off if the guy begins speaking in French when you ask for a discount. Its prudent to stick to speaking in English and not trying out your schoolroom French, which could further sink your deal. If he does not give you a good deal, someone else will and he knows it!

Finding your way around Paris

Do not feel lost if you cannot find your way to a location in Paris. The whole of Paris is divided into neighbourhoods called ‘arrondissements’ – wait a minute, that sounded English, didn’t it? Well, it is, but the name stands. These arrondissements begin at the centre of the city and spiral outward, round and round …get the general idea? So, if you are lost, you can just cut across a side lane and you know you are bound to get to the outskirts of Paris. Until, of course, you come to the river Seine.

This is another dividing factor for the city. The Seine divides Paris into two parts: the Left Bank and the Right Bank. Pretty silly, I thought, because if I turned and faced the other way the Left bank became the Right bank to me and vice versa. But they named it that, so that is what I call it – the right and left banks!

Never fear when it comes to the transportation in Paris. They have one of the best transportation systems in the world. They have their metro system and buses. The taxi drivers are pretty friendly too, however, every now and then, they seem to break out in French when they can’t answer a question – friendly French all the same. In Paris, you also have a choice of renting a car if you have a valid international driving license. Their transport system is so good that they even offer you a 2 and a half hour train ride to London! Yes the underwater tunnel across the channel (perhaps that is why they called it the “Chunnel”) may have cost a whopping 60 billion dollars but it does allow us to have a stopover in London on our trip to Paris.

Where to Stay When in Paris

Lodging in Paris is never a problem. What with the surge of tourists every single day, almost everyone’s thought of going into the hotel business, or so it seems by the number of hotels in the city.

You need to go through your sightseeing map of places you’d like to cover while in Paris and likewise decide which visits can be clubbed together depending on their proximity to each other before figuring out which arrondissement affords you easy access from the hotel suiting your budget and services requirement. Finding a reasonably priced hotel in the arrondissement is quickly and conveniently possible over the net, or even in a cyber café in Paris if you haven’t had a chance earlier and this was an impulse trip!

And remember, if the hotel concierge constantly chooses to break out in French you have a good chance of clinching a bargain because you’ll find a great many hotel booking clerks blushing when they tell a tourist the price of a room! Get the point?

Sightseeing – Paris

Once you are in Paris you will definitely want to see the top 6 attractions of the city (and perhaps even of the world) and also the local beauties. But beware of their French boyfriends who seem to follow them all over the place. One would wonder what they do for a living!

The first on your must-visit list of tourist interest places in Paris is anyone’s guess: yes, it’s the place where Tom Cruise is believed to have popped the question to Katie Holmes, the most romantic emblem of France – the Eiffel Tower! It attracts over 23 and a half million visitors annually – that’s 23,500,000 not half a million and 23 visitors, making it the world’s biggest crowd-puller of all times even as it has this bemusing rule of the higher you go, the more you pay (for accessing the 3 levels the Eiffel Tower is divided into!)

Yet another Parisian sight to cover is Louvre Museum – and perhaps get even ponder over the mystique of the most bewitching smile (is it, isn’t it?) in the world because you get to glimpse the Mona Lisa? Remember, it’s stashed away here?

So, make it a point to have a look at the lady with the mystic smile before you hop across to the Center Pompidou, another Gay Paree attraction that draws over 5 million visitors every year to watch the plays, concerts, and huge collection of modern art on display there.

Beyond the scope of these highlights in Paris, for the curious mind, there is the call of The Cite des Sciences at de l’Industrie (one more museum), Musee d’Orsay (another museum), and the Arc de Triomphe from where you can get a bird’s eye view of Paris.

The Church dedicated to Our Lady or ‘Notre Dame,’ boasts most of the other high points of sightseeing in Paris, like the Latin Quarter, and Montmartre – the city’s highest point.

No doubt that Paris is one of the most visited cities of the world but it is also an ideal place for a romantic getaway, especially a honeymoon, or an anniversary celebration. You think of a reason to visit Paris the first time, they say – thereafter, you only look for excuses not to leave!

That’s in part because of the lure of the antiquated street shopping opportunities vying with luxe designer boutiques aplenty on the more fashionable avenues in Paris, the charm of corner cafes where you can’t resist the crème Brule, wine, French bread or cheese invites nor the artsy and inventive cajoling by street painters offering caricatures besides the many dance clubs, wine bars and lots more to steal your heart!

Dexter Figg is a fulltime professional freelance writer and is based in India. He and his wife (Post-graduates in English Literature) work from their home-office setup from 9 to 5 India time, Monday to Friday. Being in the business of writing for the past 6 years and with over 15 years of work experience behind them they have written on various topics for the web and print media. They have together created over 24,000 SEO articles, and created winning content for many sites across the world.