Trip to Paris

You are planning a trip to Paris, France. This page answers frequently asked questions: Why should I do a trip to Paris? What's new in Paris?, Is Paris ok for a honeymoon or anniversary? What should I do in four hours, one day, two days? When should I plan my trip to Paris? Do I need a passport? Can I take French goods back home?

Paris city guide: Sightseeing
Paris city guide: Coach tours
Paris tours
Paris city guide: shopping
Paris city guide: nightlife
Paris city guide: restaurants
Paris city guide: hotels

Why should I do a trip to Paris?

Paris is known for her monuments (Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe) and museums (Louvre, Orsay, Centre Pompidou). Paris is also fantastic for shopping, specially fashion, and gastronomy. Last, but not least, Paris is the romantic city of the world, the prime choice for honeymoons and wedding anniversaries.

Is Paris ok for a honeymoon or anniversary?

Definitely yes. Have a look at our suggestions for wedding anniversaries and honeymoons at all ages.

Moulin Rouge in Paris
Moulin Rouge Cabaret show: this is iconic Paris
Wedding anniversary in Paris: Seine dinner cruise
Seine dinner cruise for a wedding anniversary in Paris:

What's new in Paris?

There is regularly something new and exciting happening in Paris, worth alone another trip.

In 2014, we had the inauguration of the renovated Paris Zoo, of Ratatouille, the new attraction of Disney Studios Paris. The left bank Seine river pedestrian quays were opened to the public. The Eiffel Tower got a new perspective with glass floor view (watch video).

The extended Paris Picasso Museum and the amazing Fondation Louis Vuitton opened in October 2014. Philharmonie de Paris, a spectacular concert hall in Parc de la Villette, was inaugurated in January 2015.

Check our Paris news section with regular posts.

Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris
The new and spectacular Fondation Louis Vuitton
Sightseeing in Paris by Paris Open Tour
Sightseeing in Paris by Paris Open Tour

What should I do in Paris?

You have 7 hours between flights at Charles de Gaulle Airport: try our 4 hour Paris walking tour. You have one day: take a one day guided tour to see the most of the city. You have two days: take a guided tour the first day. Spend the second day focusing on what you prefer: shopping, museums, sightseeing. You have up to a week: focus each day on a particular district: Ile de la Cite, Le Marais, left bank, Champs Elysees, department stores district. Spend a day outside of Paris: Versailles or another famous place in France.

When should I plan my trip to Paris?

Come in fall or winter to enjoy city life. End December adds to it the bright illuminations and Christmas atmosphere. Christmas and New Year's Eve are good times to come to Paris. For sightseeing, the weather is normally best in May, June and September.

In the summer, the weather is warm and traffic less intense. But the top attractions are then crowded and city life is at a minimum.

Sports events happen all year round: Roland Garros, the Tour de France, Paris Open, Paris Marathon.

Trip to Paris: Paris illuminations
Paris illuminations in December
Best food stores in Paris
The best food stores in Paris

Do I need a passport for my trip to Paris?

For nationals of the European Union, a national identity card is enough. Travelers from other countries must carry a valid national passport and one other identification document.

Visas are not required for visitors staying less than 90 days who are U.S. citizens, European Union nationals, citizens of Canada or New Zealand.

Can I take French goods back home?

European Union nationals have no limit on purchases of goods for personal use, except for new vehicles and purchases by mail. There is a recommended limit of 800 cigarettes, 10 liters of spirits and 90 liters of wine.

Citizens of other countries may be subject to duties when bringing goods back to their country. Check with local customs regulations before leaving.

Louis Vuitton fashion store in Paris
See our Paris shopping tips
Our top restaurants in Paris
Our top restaurants in Paris

Selected services for a trip to Paris

Paris vacation apartment rental
Book a Paris hotel
Book a Paris hostel
Choose a Paris restaurant
Book a Paris sightseeing tour
Buy a Paris Metro Pass
Buy Disneyland Paris package

Paris facts and information

Paris facts
Paris history
Paris university
Paris weather
Paris maps
Paris metro map
Transport in Paris
The euro, the currency in Paris
Paris newspapers

Littre (4 stars), one of the best Paris hotels left bank
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