Paris Travel Planner – Step-By-Step Guide To The Trip Of A Lifetime

When you're planning your trip to Paris wouldn't it be nice to have friends who are Paris travel experts? Well, we have years of Paris travel experience, and we're happy to share it with you. So, we'll be your best friends in Paris. Start with our advice to help you plan a smooth visit to the City of Light. Let's make it the trip of a lifetime!

To get you started we've devised a fail-safe vacation planner, with easy-to-follow steps, making sure you do the right thing at the right time. Airfare and accommodations will be the biggest planning decisions, followed by activities planning. You've got your passport, right? If you're coming from North America, the UK or Australia, that's all you need, no visa is required to visit France. Right, let's get started.

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1. Lock in Your Airfare

Airfare to Paris

Forget about hotels and restaurants for a minute, airline booking is the first step in your planning. With thousands of accommodation options, you'll certainly be able to find a place to stay in Paris, no matter what your travel dates.

The peak travel period to Paris is June through mid-September. Christmas in Paris is another high season that lasts from around Decemeber 18 through the first week of January. Shoulder seasons are late September to mid-December.

2. Choose Your Paris Arrondissement

Paris Arrondissements

Flight dates booked? Now it's time to decide on accommodations. If you're like most travelers, you'll want to stay in a central area of the city. As a visitor it's rare that you'd want to stay outside the city limits.

Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements or districts numbered 1 through 20. Of these, the most central (for attractions and activities) are:
Right Bank: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th.
Left Bank: 5th, 6th, 7th

In our guide to Paris arrondissements you'll learn all about these neighborhoods, where to stay in them, and what to do in each district.

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Find Hotel Deals for Your Dates in Paris

Check with Booking.com to find today's sale prices on hotel rooms in every arrondissement of Paris. Save 20% to 30%… or even more!

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3. Find the Perfect Hotel

Find the Perfect Hotel

We've reviewed a lot of Paris hotels in all areas of the city, and there are scores of really good hotels to choose from. Left Bank hotels and Latin Quarter hotels. Charming hotels and luxury design hotels, and so many more that it's hard to know where to begin! Don't worry, though, a good place to start is by reading our Paris Hotel Guide.

4. Arrange Your Airport Transfer

Arrange Your Airport Transfer

Happy with your hotel and arrondissement? Good. Before we forget, let's arrange to get you from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to central Paris, and back again.

The most common way to get from the airport to the city is by taxi. But, our favorite ways are shuttles or a private car service. With these you can expect to be picked up near your arrival gate and delivered right to your hotel or apartment. Read our complete guide for more information.

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5. You've Made It – You're in Paris!

Paris Travel Planner

Yippee! We got you to Paris and you're snuggled into your cozy hotel. Now we need to make sure that we've helped you plan you Paris activities before you leave home. Paris is a busy place, and you can't wait until you arrive to try to sign up for the best things to to. You'll either find yourself waiting in ling line-ups or be disappointed that activities have sold out.

Don't worry, though, it's easy to do all that planning in advance, before you hope on the plane. In Part Two of the Paris Travel Planner we'll tell you how to o it, the easy way!

Reminder – Plan Your Special Event

Christmas in Paris

Paris is a great place to celebrate special events, that goes without saying. Perhaps a marriage proposal, a honeymoon, a special birthday or anniversary, or Christmas in Paris.

To get started you might want to consult one of our guides, full of tips and advice to create an event in Paris that you'll never forget.

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