Visiting Paris? Here Are The Top 10 Things Travelers Need To Know.

Want to feel more like a traveler than a tourist on your next trip to Paris? Then remember these top Paris tips. We've been collecting them since our first trip to France over two decades ago. Sure, some things have changed, but the essence of the French spirit remains.

Parisians are welcoming. But, their culture is different from ours. Appreciate that key point and you'll have a better understanding of Paris customs and daily life. It's easy to fit in. Adopt these essential Paris tips and you'll transform from tourist to traveler.

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Nighttime in Paris – The Most Romantic Things To Do

VIP Dinner Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens
This romantic dinner cruise includes champagne, wine & a classic meal. Choose the Service Privilege option for the best seating, best meal, and the ultimate experience.
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Moulin Rouge Dinner & Show with VIP Seating
The magic and wonder of Paris: a classic French dinner at a private table in the VIP section at Moulin Rouge. Afterwards marvel at the iconic cabaret show.
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Eiffel Tower

Our Top 10 Paris Tips For Travelers

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1. Learn to say "Bonjour"

To everyone. All the time. It shows that you're trying to be part of French culture. Say bonjour whenever you walk into a store, restaurant, shop, the taxi driver, the vendor in the market stall. Say it every time you return to your hotel and pass the front desk. Say it… well, you get the picture.

2. Learn to say "Au Revoir"

…When you leave any store, restaurant, shop, the taxi driver, etc. It's the polite companion piece to bonjour. You might even say it to the table of diners closest to the door as you leave a restaurant. We've been seated there and spent the entire evening au revoir-ing every other diner as they departed and greeted us.

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Visit the Champagne Region from Paris

A Day in the Champagne Region, with Hotel Pick-up & Lunch
A small-group tour led by an expert guide to the Land of Champagne for a day-long tasting of the bubbly. Inclues lunch & pick-up at your Paris hotel.
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VIP Champagne Private Day Tour
On this exciting day trip you travel by high-speed train to the Champagne region where your guide, a vineyard owner and wine exporter, introduces you to the best of the bubbly.
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3. Les 4 Mots Magiques

The only four things you need to know how to say in French are — 1) bonjour, 2) au revoir, 3) merci and 4)pardon. Those are the four magic words. You'll be miles ahead of most other visitors and you'll be treated better. You've become a traveler.

4. Be Food Bold

Language lesson out of the way, let's talk food. Be bold and adventurous when it comes to dining in Paris restaurants. Try duck confit, escargots, roasted quail or pigeon. And, of course the fantastic desserts.

5. Mangez Trois Plats

Eat three courses. Entré (starter), plat (main course), and dessert. That's what Parisians do. That's what travelers do. Food portions are much smaller than back home, so you'll be able to enjoy all the courses. Please — don't order salad as a meal, don't ask to split a plates, etc. If there is a set menu (called le menu), try it.

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The Most Popular Louvre Skip-the-Line Tours

The Louvre's Greatest Masterpieces
Skip the lines and see a lot of art on this professionally guided tour. Choose from a private tour or semi-private (max 6 people.) The top choice.
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Louvre Private Tour with Reserved Entry
Head straight to the front of the queue, then journey through art history on a private tour with an your expert guide. Private or semi-private.
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Au Bon Accueil

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6. Petit-déjeuner

Breakfast (petit-déjeuner) is not a big deal in France. Drop into a nearby boulangerie or café for a croissant and coffee. Keep your appetite strong for a 3-course lunch or dinner.

7. Travelers Are Stylish

Wear your stylish clothes to lunch or dinner. Dress nicely for museums, shopping, and other activities. Remember: you're a traveler, not a tourist.

8. Banc on It

It's easy to get tired in Paris. Take mini-breaks during the day to rehydrate, relax, and soak in the 2,000-year-old beauty of the place. That's what all those benches (bancs) are for.

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The Best Seine River Dinner Cruises

VIP Dinner Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens
This romantic dinner cruise includes champagne, wine & a classic meal. Choose the Service Privilege option for the best seating, best meal, and the ultimate experience.
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Bateaux Mouches Dinner Cruise with Live Music
At your private table enjoy a classic 4-course French dinner, with live music. Your bateau lazily floats past illuminated landmarks like the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower.
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9. Travelers Speak Softly

Once you become a traveler it's easy to spot the tourists in restaurants. They're the loud talkers. Parisians speak softly in restaurants and keep their conversations private. So do travelers.

10. No Tipping in France

You do not need to tip in France. Servers (and other service providers) are already taken care of. At the bottom of a restaurant bill you see the words, "service compris". It means that a service charge is already included in the total. Your server, by law, will receive that amount as a tip. If the service has been extraordinary you might leave a bit of Euro change on the table, but you're not expected to add an extra amount to the bill.

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