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Explore Vietnam’s Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with Thai Airways Direct from Bangkok

Vietnam’s two major cities of Hanoi in the north – the country’s capital – and Ho Chi Minh City in the south – the bustling commercial centre – offer fascinating blends of East and West, each with its own character and charm and plenty of attractions to see and things to do. Thai Airways International flies direct to both cities from Bangkok.

‘Fly Smart with THAI’ promotional air fares are currently available from Thai Airways International to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which are valid for ticketing until 15 March 2017 and on which travel departure must be made by 31 March 2017. For travel from Bangkok, the roundtrip fare to either city is priced from THB 6,045 Economy/THB 17,545 Business class per person.

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Located in the Red River Delta in the center of North Vietnam, Hanoi is an enchanting city of centuries-old architecture, fascinating museums, monuments, cafes, restaurants and discos and one that boasts a rich culture of Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. It is also a rather scenic city, resplendent in its broad boulevards, French-inspired buildings, lakes and parks.

The city’s busy Old Quarter packed with colonial architecture, Buddhist temples and pagodas is particularly fascinating, with its many small, old-style meandering streets each named for the goods that were traded on it such as medicines, jewelry fans and copper. Some of the 36 streets here still offer the one single commodity. Exploring this area on foot is highly recommended.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a must-see in Hanoi. Situated on Ba Dinh Square, this large Soviet-style memorial building houses the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh the nation’s revered leader. The body lies in a glass case and the mausoleum is normally open daily to the public, although it does occasionally close for preservation work to be carried out on the body.

The Temple of Literature is a short walk from Ba Dinh Square, a charming temple complex that was originally built in 1070 as a center of learning dedicated to Confucius. Today featuring ornate pavilions, shrines and a garden, this is a place of study rather than a religious landmark and is steeped in Vietnamese history.

In the heart of the French Quarter is Hanoi Opera House, arguably one of the city’s most elegant buildings. Built in 1911 and modelled after the Paris Opera House, this landmark hosts various events from Vietnamese opera and dance to ballet to international concerts.

Popular during the day as a hangout spot for locals and tourists is HoanKiem Lake, with Ngoc Son Temple sitting on a small island at its center. A picturesque scene this is for taking photos, while at sunrise and sunset the area attracts joggers, couples and the elderly to practice tai chi.

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long next to Ba Dinh Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflecting its historical and cultural significance. This site was the political center of Vietnam for many centuries, and many artefacts and items from the ages have been excavated here which can be seen on display.

Other attractions in Hanoi include the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology which is widely considered to be the finest modern museum in the country and houses artefacts found throughout Vietnam some of which date back thousands of years; St. Joseph’s Cathedral the oldest church in Hanoi and one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in the late 19th Century; and what remains today of Hoa Lo prison – also known as the Hanoi Hilton – offering a somewhat somber look into the days when the prison was used by the French and later by the North Vietnamese.

The beautiful Ha Long Bay, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is around 160 km from Hanoi and a three to four hour drive. Located in QuangNinh Province, the bay is famous for its stunning limestone karsts, caves and grottoes.

Ho Chi Minh City, 1,760 km to the south of Hanoi, is the larger of the two cities and is the country’s business and financial hub. Also commonly known as Saigon or by the abbreviation HCMC, it offers culture, architecture of Vietnamese, Chinese and European influences and skyscrapers alongside intricate temples and pagodas and shopping malls. It is also a city of rivers and canals and historical landmarks.

One of the most revered of Ho Chi Minh City’s temples is the Jade Emperor Pagoda. Originally built in 1909 by Chinese immigrants, this features intricate architecture and statues of gods and goddesses while incense smoke in the air adds to the scene.

In the center of what is Vietnam’s largest Chinatown district is BinhTayMarket, which was built by the French in the 1880s. Also known as Cholon Chinatown Market, this market is great for experiencing the local lifestyle and for trying some Vietnamese-Chinese delicacies.

A remaining center of Catholicism in largely Buddhist Vietnam is Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. Built in the late 1880s by French colonists, the cathedral’s distinctive neo-Romanesque features include its red brick façade, stained glass windows and two bell towers.

Another wonderful example of French colonial architecture is the Central Post Office. Opened in 1891 and impressively preserved today, the building remains the city’s main post office. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel, who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and features looping arches, marble floors and antiquated telephone boxes.

The iconic Reunification Palace was the center of the allied command and where the North Vietnamese claimed victory as a tank belonging to its army crashed through the gates in 1975, signifying the end of the Vietnam War. This major landmark offers the visitor secret rooms, grand reception halls, a command bunker and tanks from the capture of the palace parked on the grounds.

The War Remnants Museum is a sobering museum that focuses on the conflict between Vietnam and America, serving to deliver a shocking reminder of this war. Outside there are well preserved tanks, planes and other war machines and inside, photographs, exhibits and other written documentation are on display. It should be noted that while children are allowed to enter the museum, it is not really suitable for them.

Seventy km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City are the Cu Chi Tunnels, where visitors can get a glimpse into the underground life of Vietnamese soldiers. There is a guided tour of mock recreations of the daily life of Viet Cong hiding in the jungle, burnt out tanks to take photos with and the chance to crawl through a small section of the tunnels which have been reinforced.

For fantastic views of Ho Chi Minh City, BitexcoFinancial Tower & Sky Deck is the place to head to. Rising 262 m above the business district, this 68-storey building is the highest in Vietnam and boasts panoramic 360 degree views of the city and surrounding area, while the sky bar is a great spot to enjoy a drink.

 

Explore and Take in Komodo Island’s Exoticness

If there is a place in Indonesia that you must come to visit, it would be komodo island. The land houses the rare reptile komodo, which lends the island its namesake. The island itself is part of the East Nusa Tenggara Province and it is in this island that you can find the Komodo National Park. The Park was made UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in 1986 for its function to preserve the unique living relic that is the komodo. The part is so large it comprises three islands in its area: Padar, Rinca, and the Komodo Island. Plus other innumerable islands of tinier sizes, the Park occupies 603 square km of land in total and is home to around 2,500 komodos.

Komodo can grow averagely up to 3 meters in length and 90 kg in weight. In normal days, they would roam the vastness of savannas and rain forests but at times they can be seen to live at beaches and corals next to blue seas. Especially on Rinca Island, it is common to see a herd of komodos resting just outside national park rangers’ houses. Even when you cannot see a komodo around, you will find it fascinating to encounter sceneries of blue seawater, savannas, mangroves, and beaches.

Diving and snorkeling can also serve as a fun pastime, which are available by taking part in cruise ship or a boat of a fisherman. Recommended diving points include Tatawa, Batu Bolong, and Merah Beach. Many divers state that Komodo Island is arguably one of the most recommended spots in the world to enjoy such activity. The Island’s oceanic zone is home to many species. As much as 385 types of corals live underwater, as do 70 sponge species, 10 dolphin species, 6 whale species, green turtles, varieties of sharks, as well as some stingrays. Komodo Island itself was at a point included as one of the contenders for Seven Natural Wonders of the World, mainly due to its ability to preserve the life of Komodo Dragons and its unique combination of different biotic communities. In order for you to be able to see this rare species of reptile, you need to go by feet. Their natural habitat makes it necessary to climb up a mountain or go trekking for hours. While that may sound like exhausting, that is the price you need to pay for before witnessing the dragons at large doing their things.

Appreciate the Attractions on a Paris Tour

With such a variety of spots to visit in Paris, it can be troublesome fitting every one of them in. Hence, it regularly bodes well to take a visit around the city, rather than going from sight to locate by walking. Through one of the visits, vacationers can regularly see more things in a shorter time, which is extremely useful for voyagers just in Paris for a short visit.

Some Paris bus tours are hop-on-hop-off tours and making several stops across the city, they cover a great number of attractions. Departing frequently during winter and summer from the Eiffel Tower, Champ De Mars, Orsay Museum, Notre Dame, Louvre Museum, 15 Rue Scribe, Champs-Elysees Etoile, Grand Palais and Trocadero, the tours allow people to enjoy the sights of the French Capital from the comfort of the vehicle. They usually provide multi-lingual system that allows passengers to hear commentaries translated in French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese.

Tourists who prefer a slightly different way of touring around Paris could instead try the a River Cruise. It’s also very regular, in the summer occurring between 10am and 10.30pm every 30 minutes and during the low season, every hour at least between 10am and 10pm. From the river’s water it’s easy to clearly view the bridges and monuments of the French Capital, with one of the main piers located nearby the Eiffel Tower, making it an great spot to take photographs from. An interesting historical and cultural commentary is usually also available in English, with on-board guides always telling tourists about current events, exhibits and festivals taking place within the area of the major sights.

Bus and boat tours are no doubt an effective way to look at Paris from different perspectives; however tourists looking for a memorable view of the rench Capital could try a Bike Tour. There are some specialists in bike tours for English-speaking travellers and they offer unique and most importantly fun ways to travel around Paris. Having a lot of experience in orienting thousands of visitors through Paris, they regularly allow users to see parts of the city no other visitors can, while also bestowing extraordinary historical and cultural knowledge about France’s most famous city. Orientation is usually provided to begin with and then tourists can hop on their bikes for an informative and entertaining tour. As well as bike tours of sights such as Versailles and Monet’s Garden, some companies offer tours on electronic, two-wheeled Segways, which provides an exciting and unusual way to cruise through the streets on these futuristic machines.

Visiting Historical Paris on a Double Decker

There is no lack of transportation means in Paris, and people in general transportation framework is amazingly productive. Be that as it may, visiting Paris by metro may not be the most compensating touring event. That is the place the Open Tour gives you a superior hand.

Two circuits to discover from the top deck

There are at least two advantages to a double-decker: you sit higher so you see farther, and it smells better on the open deck than at traffic level. Overall, the top platform is very pleasant excepted of course during rainy days.

The company which operates the Open Tour platform bus offers 4 touring circuits, each exploring several well-known areas. The ‘Grand Tour’ is the longest, the ‘Montparnasse – Saint-Germain’ a must-do. In my opinion, the other two are less interesting.

One of the two major benefits of the Open Tour formula is the multi-lingual commentary pointing at what you should look at. The other is to allow passengers to get off at each stop, visit the area, and board the next Open Tour double-decker with their 1-day or 2-day passes.

Off to the ‘Grand Tour’

The 2-hour long “Grand Tour” circuit starts at “Le Printemps”, one of the largest department stores in Paris. Its first stop is the old Opera Garnier. Recently renovated, the Opera house is a fine example of Second Empire architecture. It shelters the National Ballet Academy where 11-year old girls start the hard-labor path which may lead them eventually to the coveted honor of being recognized as a ‘Star’, a soloist ballerina.

The decker moves on to the Gardens of Palais Royal which have become famous for the black-and-white striped concrete stumps called the “Buren’s Columns”. The Louvre museum is a couple of minutes away. The bus enters the center courtyard through the Arches of Rohan. It stops between Li Pei’s steel and glass pyramid, and the small Carrousel, a small version of the Arch of Triumph which sits at the end of the Champs Elysees avenue.

The bus then moves to the central courtyard of the Louvre museum where you will admire (or loathe) architect Li Pei’s glass pyramid. There again, the contrast between such a modern structure and the classical proportions of the Louvre buildings is open to debate.

Then it’s off to Notre Dame Cathedral, and crossing the river Seine over the Pont Neuf, the medieval bridge built from 1578 to 1604. Notre Dame Cathedral can be toured, and the faithful can attend a Catholic mass. For the not-faint-of-hearts, the high towers offer a photo-opp view at the top of a steep flight of stairs. The large plaza which lies at the feet of the cathedral often becomes an improvised stage for street performers.

The Open Tour then takes you on a long ride along the left banks of the Seine, to the Orsay Museum. The 19th-century decommissioned train station was fully renovated in the 80’s and converted into a large museum dedicated to impressionist art. The facade of the building is an architectural delight.

A little detour will have you cross the Seine again, and land on Concorde Square, a plaza of awesome dimensions. There stands the Louqsor obelisk offered to King Charles X by Egyptian sovereign Mohammad Ali in 1831. Then it’s up the Champs Elysees Avenue.

The lower section of the famous thoroughfare has kept some of its 19th-century charm with its sidewalks shaded by many trees. It ends at ‘Petit Palais’ and ‘Grand Palais’, two major exhibition venues built toward the end of the 19th century, and recently renovated. From there starts the upper section of the Avenue, which has only become uglier and uglier ever since the 60’s.

Atop the Champs Elysees stands the Arch of Triumph, a monument commissioned by Napoleon I to celebrate his victory over the Austrian armies at Austerlitz. The four pillars of the large Roman-style structure bear the names of the killing fields where the French tyrant exacted his death toll on European populations.

Moving on. Going around the Arch of Triumph and down a side avenue, the Open Tour bus proceeds to the Trocadero, a majestic structure built in the Roman Empire style at the end of the 19th century. I believe the Trocadero plaza is one of the two places in Paris from where you get the best full view of the Eiffel Tower.

The Tower is your next destination. The bus circles around it, going through the midsection of the Gardens of Mars, a vast expanse of grass which lies at the feet of Mr. Eiffel’s brainchild. Quite a fine site to spend a summer afternoon, soaking the sun.

The Open Tour home stretch leads you back across the Concorde Plaza, up the Rue Royale and along the upscale chic Rue St Honore. The rich 2-hour tour stops at the gates of the Madeleine Church.

Details of some importance

The Open Tour company offers 1-day and 2-day passes. Those allow you to board and de-board the company’s double-deckers at any stop along the tour circuits. Both passes also give you access to take all 4 tours. At EUR25 and EUR28 respectively, they are excellent value for money. Children’s rates are discounted 50% over regular rates. The Open Tour should be a thrill for your teenage kids. That you can board and get off at any stop ensures they won’t get bored, or grow impatient.

The website of the operator shows you where to buy your day pass, where to board the bus, and at what time. Type “open tour Paris” on Google, they come up first.

I leave you on this final note: when you want to see as many sites as possible but feel dead tired after 3 days of walking the streets, the Open Tour double-deckers offer an easy-going way to soak in some more history and architecture. Good deal!

Inexpensive Hotels In Paris When You Are On Low Budget

Inexpensive Hotels In Paris When You Are On Low BudgetParis, otherwise called the city of sentiment is one the most supported visitor destination over the globe. Along these lines, on the off chance that you are wanting to visit this hypnotizing city of affection, then finding shabby lodgings in Paris will help you spare cash on convenience with the goal that you can spend on different prerequisites. Be that as it may, don’t get misdirect by the word ‘modest’. Modest here does not mean low quality administration and offices. In Paris it is conceivable to discover shabby appraised convenience even at five begin inns.

The best way to find cheap hotels is to turn to the Internet. Comparing the various deals will help you understand the various services and amenities. This will help you to choose the right accommodation at the right location at affordable rate. It is also suggested that you do some thorough research based on your budget. Besides, you can also try to make your reservation in advance, especially if you plan to travel during the spring, fall, or Christmas time when the city receives maximum number of tourists.

Among the number of cheap hotels in Paris, the Royal Hotel is a truly enchanting situated just a few minutes away from the popular Avenue des Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe. It is known for offering comfortable accommodations and all the modern as well as traditional facilities. Hotel Armstrong is another very elegant hotel that features a luxurious lounge area. Here you can enjoy cordial and friendly staff, at your service 24 hours a day. The hotel is also fully equipped with cosy bar.

Other cheap hotels in Paris are Tourism Hotel Paris Tour Eiffel, New Hotel Paris Gare Nord & Est, Welcome Hotel, Hotel Montholon Paris, Hotel Pacific Paris, Hotel Home Moderne Paris, Budget Hotel Marais Paris and many more. All these budget hotels will give you the opportunity to conserve your cash for other better things, such as a fabulous dinner or incredible shopping.

Sightseeing Through Town Of Paris

It is true that Paris could be a romantic place, a town that exudes quiet beauty, scenic, and breathtakingly stunning. Its wealthy history and its ability to induce you back in time makes this town a high notch destination for people that like to travel and find immersed with the native culture. If you’re a seasoned mortal you recognize for a indisputable fact that nothing beats walking because the best suggests that to induce a footing of a sprawling town. You get the possibility of slowly feeling through town and at last inform yourself that Paris is so a beautiful place to go to. this is often the rationale why you would like to remain in a very place of your own, a vacation rental Paris that you simply will decision your home whereas during this stunning place. And this is often additionally the rationale why you ought to realize some way to possess a radio-controlled walk tour around Paris. This tour can alter you to examine, hear, and smell each nook and cranny of Paris.

There are walking tours in Paris. These tours run around 3 hours and give you an intimate account of the city’s hidden cultural and historical gems, secret places that maps often fail to record. With a local guide, a simple walk in the city through an intentional route can make the experience worth every step. Are you interested of vantage points you cannot get in a bus? Go for an urban walk tour in the streets of Paris. These walking tours often consist of 12 people and start at Place de la Concorde. This will then proceed right into the heart of Paris – in the 8th arrondissement. The tour would then reach the Louvre Museum. As you enjoy the celebrated pieces of art in the museum, you also get a dose of Paris culture and history in the surrounding gardens of the Louvre, a perfect setting for these information-filled small talks by the walking tour guide.

Vacation apartments in Paris are located all over the city. All you have to do is choose the best one among the many apartments out there. A walking tour compliments this accommodation option. Imagine living in your own home in Paris and then getting intimate with your neighborhood and the city as a whole by joining a walking tour. You can find many things, many routes, interesting cafés, amazing places to eat, beautiful spots to just sit and be still, and many more. With your home right at the center of this city, the walking tour can start you off right in your future urban excursions.

The walking tour proceeds to the Parisian market. In here you can find just about anything, the best of what Paris has to offer especially cheese. There are many stalls here that are dedicated to selling cheese. Do you want to buy some? No problem! Just go around the market and sample the artisan cheeses all too common here. Perhaps you want to prepare some salad or cheese-based recipe when you get home to your luxury Paris vacation rentals. Buy some fresh produce in the market as well and you are all set to have a delicious meal after the walking tour. As a finale to this amazing tour, walk through the Le Marais and enjoy the vintage boutiques lining up the streets here. End the tour at the Pompidou and enjoy the contemporary art of Paris.

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.