I was worried a bit after some of the reviews saying it was a exhausting day. But I must say it was perfection!! Richard was a delightful ambassador for Paris and our day was a perfect combination of history and exploration. My husband and I were traveling with my 75 year old parents and each of us loved it equally. And the tops was meeting our fellow trip mates who quickly became friends!
A wonderful side trip to visit Paris. You have enough time to see the major sites with some free time to explore. The boat cruise on the Seine was very much enjoyable. Highly recommend it. The only negative was not the tours fault. The lines going through customs were very unpleasant. Lastly, Nigel our tour guide was amazing.
Very easy to book and delivered as promised. The representative met us in the exact location provided an on time. The train is great. The only difficulty came when attempting to locate our hop on / hop off bus once we arrived in Paris. But, we were ultimately successful! Great day in Paris exploring on our own.
This trip was very informative and I'm glad I went, but I wish I had known there was so much walking. Paris that day was hot and sunny, and we walked all over the city. It was too much walking for me and at one point I had to drop out at an outdoor cafe and enjoy a cool drink. Fortunately, I had my 28 year old daughter with me and she called me to tell me where to meet them. We did manage to see a lot of sights, both on the bus, and off the bus. The guide, Nigel was a wealth of knowledge about Paris, and the driver get my kudos for his driving in that Paris traffic. At one point we were going around a circle, and the traffic was so disorganized it looked like someone had just picked up cars and dropped them in the road indiscriminately. All in all I would recommend the trip for those who are willing to walk some distances.
I was both excited and nervouss about taking this trip. I'm so glad we did, and have no regrets. Being that the meeting time at St. Pancras International was very early, we decided to do a dry run the day before to see how long it would take to get to the station and to find the meeting point ahead of time. This was so we can decide what transport mechanism to arrive at St. Pancras. We were able to get on the first tube of the morning from our area and arrived at exactly 6am at the meeting point. But of course one of would have to determine their own logistics plan. Our guide arrived before the 6:15am meeting time as we were all starting to group by then. This was an Evan Evans tour, and Nigel was our guide. Nigel gave us our tickets to the Eurostar, and thoroughly explained the process for the train and a quick overview of how the day will go. Do do your own homework in terms of what passport/visa requirements that is necessary for your own travels to go to another country and remember to bring your necessary travel documents. Also, read thoroughly the information about the tour itself before deciding to book, to see if this is a good trip for you, as well as the information after booking. It seems like some of the complaints are unfair because of not reviewing the detailed instructions or not realizing that you're going to see a lot of Paris in one day which means that you won't be spending time touring say like the Louvre for example. We opted for the guided tour since I was not up to touring the city on my own, after running around London for 5 days. We are a family of 5 me, hubby, and 3 teenagers. Nigel told us exactly where he would be once we got off the train in Paris, and he was exactly there. From there we were guided to a small coach bus, and off on our day we were. I can't comment for anyone going off on their own since we did the guided tour. Nigel was knowledgeable and informative about Paris. We went by all the major sites, with the driver slowing down for a pause to see the various sites. In a nutshell, yes, this is a whirlwind day, but I knew that going in. There is a lot to see in Paris, so you're going to see the highlights. But then you have a guide giving you lots of information about the various sites and the history as well. We then stopped near the Eiffel Tower which Nigel explained where we would meet up for the boat tour, and then he walked us to the Eiffel Tower area, and then we had about 90 minutes on our own to wander and grab a bite for lunch, then over to the boat cruise. The boat cruise itself was about 40 minutes long. Paris is a beautiful city. After the boat cruise, we then got back on the bus for some more views of Paris and sites. We then stopped at the Louvre for about 15 minutes to take pictures, and got back on the bus. We then headed to Notre Dame area, which we had about 45 minutes to walk around, and a quick snack / drink in a cafe. We brought a backpack with basic essentials light jacket, umbrella, light snacks which we could leave our bus if needed, but of course you keep your valuables purse/wallet, train tickets, passports, etc with us at all times. I was fortunate to have been to Paris about 20 years ago so I have seen the city, but wanted my family to get to see it. They enjoyed this trip as well, and look forward to going back to Paris with more time to explore. Yes, it is a whirlwind day, but you see a lot, you learn a lot. I call this like a movie trailer of Paris. We had no issues with any part of the day, everything went exactly as the itinerary explained, and when I called the day before to confirm the trip as noted on our booking details, the representative did a quick overview of everything as well. I realize this is a long review, but I think you need to decide if this is the right trip for you. If you're wanting a more leisurely trip with time to explore the popular sites like the Louvre or Eiffel Tower, etc, maybe then this isn't the trip for you, and better off with a longer trip to Paris. But we took advantage of being on a London vacation, coming from the US, to do a day trip to Paris since it's close proximity. Nigel was attentive to our group, and looked out for us. The driver I don't recall his name but he was a very polite young man, and navigated around the city very well, as Paris traffic is quite chaotic. If you're uncertain about this trip in any way, do contact Evan Evans with any questions ahead of time. The one suggestion I would have, and not to Evan Evans, but to the traveler, is to have a small amount of Euros on hand. Yes many places take credit cards but a little bit of Euros on hand for the bathroom at the train station or say like a small purchase, would have come in handy. There was not time to get that ahead of time once we arrived ed at Gare du Nord and I wished to have had the foresight to do that. If you decide to go, sit back and enjoy the beautiful city of Paris