Paris short breaks
Paris is one of the world's great cities. It's a city of grand ambition and a wealth of cultural landmarks, architectural wonders and fascinating stories surrounding its rich history. The City of Light has attracted visitors for centuries and is considered one of Europe's - if not the world's - most beautiful and idiosyncratic cities.
Whether you're quietly browsing the city's fine galleries or drinking with the trendy set at a bar on the Left Bank, dipping into the vintage shops of Le Marais or enjoying a glass of Champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower, Paris is always just so distinctively Paris.
Paris's top tourist spots alone are enough to fill a weeklong tailor-made trip of the French capital, and Paris's landmarks are seemingly endless. Wind down the pleasant banks of the Seine and you'll pass Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay (where you could spend half a lifetime admiring the works), the Grand Palais and of course, the Eiffel Tower.
Away from the river there's the Champs-Élysees, the Centre Pompidou and Père Lachaise cemetery, where Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde are buried. There are a thousand cafes to enjoy a café au lait, a thousand terraced bars from which to people watch, a thousand shops selling clothes and cheese and wines and artworks in which you can spend a Euro or two. In short, Paris is everything you'd ever want from a city - and Parisians' sharp wit makes it all the more memorable.
Top itineraries in Paris
The Loire is the longest river in France, rising from the Massif Central and flowing 620 miles to the Atlantic Ocean, passing beautiful rolling countryside, some of France's finest vineyards, picturesque villages and an incredible concentration of grand country chateaux.
Travelling by Eurostar is a fast and convenient way to hop across to the Continent. Via a quick change of trains in Paris, Lille or Brussels, the network opens up the whole of Europe, and connects to more than 100 destinations in France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Travel through the heart of rural France on this two-week tailor-made self-drive that takes you from Provence to Paris.
Top places to stay in Paris
With a prestigious location on the Avenue Hoche, just moments from a wealth of iconic attractions, Raffles Le Royal Monceau is without doubt one of the finest places to stay in Paris.
Charm and elegance characterises Hotel Pont Royal. This luxury boutique hotel is located in the heart of the left bank of Paris with the Musée d’Orsay, Saint-Germain and the Louvre nearby.
With rooms inspired by everything from 1940s jazz culture to the 19th-century Belle Époque, this superbly located jewel has something for every sensuous taste.
When to go to Paris
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