The travel for 2007 was already done when visiting Greece in
July, but I looked for the chance of going for a quick trip to one of
those cities everyone should visit at least once in life: Paris. Also,
if it could be in my wife’s birthday, it was a great gift for her.
Then I started to look after prices for flights
and hotels for French capital. We have a few of free days for spending
as vacation were already done and if I wanted good rates only two
months in advance I should take working days. That’s the reason we
finally leave a Tuesday and return a Friday. A three night’s scape, but
with a lot of things to do.
Yes, I know we can miss some places and then
return to Paris some years later, but I wanted to get as much as
possible and the highlights list was rising. With a draft for our
route, joining the spots we don’t want to miss, another places appeared
on the way, as Sainte Chapelle or Luxembourg gardens.
The spots we want to visit are marked on map and
1- Les Invalides
2- Concorde Square
3- Arc de Triomphe
4- Eiffel Tower
5- Luxembourg gardens
7- Notre Dame
8- Sainte Chapelle
9- Musée d'Orsay
10- Musée du Louvre
11- Sacre Coeur
12- Muolin Rouge
14 (off the map)- Palace of Versailles
1 (red): Les Invalides, Rodin Museum, Concorde Square, Champs-Élysées
and Arc de Triomphe.
2 (dark red): Luxembourg gardens, Pantheon, Notre Damme, Sainte
Chapelle, Musée du Louvre
3 (purple): Trocadero, Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coure, Moulin Rouge, Opera,
Versailles, cruise by Sena.
I know it is a very ambitious plan visiting all
these places in two days and a half, but we’re really crazy
I use to look for flight long time in advance because is the
way of getting good rates, so I was expecting some penalty just two
months before leaving. At least, we could take advantage of a complete
flexibility for days and times. The best price was for Ryanair and
taking the cheaper days for going and return flights – leaving on
Tuesday and returning on Friday -, it let us fly to Paris by 32€ per
That is a tricky price for the flight as it is not
for Paris itself but for Beauvais that, as you can see on the map, is
quite far from the city. So we must add 13€ per person and way of the
Ryanair bus making the trip between this airport and French capital as
it seems to be the only option at that airport.
We want to check one bag too which adds 15€ more
per way. This airline allows a maximum of 15 Kg and we shouldn’t need
more for just three days. This is 30€ to add to the total, which is as
32€ x 2 = 64€
15 x 2 = 30€
13€ x 4 = 52€
The 52€ for the bus are not paid at booking time but once
Finally, the flights are like this:
04/09/2007 GRO 11:25
07/09/2007 BVA 12:15
Because of work matters,
I’ve got a good condition when booking through hotels.com, so I could
choose a hotel with a good location and reviews with a temporary offer.
Adding the offer and my personal discount the room at Best Western
Eiffel Cambronne was 47€ per night.
This hotel is quite close to Eiffel
Tower and at walking distance of The Invalides. Also, it has got a
metro station near and the reviews talking about how this hotel is over
the standard in room space, which is particularly low in this city.
3 nights at Best Western Eiffel Cambronne
The only expenses for this quick travel come from monuments
tickets and city transport. Both points seem to be solved by the Paris
Museum Pass for the first and the Mobilis card for the second one.
The day with more money to be spent on tickets is the one in the
middle, so we decide to acquire the two days Museum Pass card, which
costs 30€, and the few visits for the first day afternoon we will pay
them directly there, because we think it is the best deal.
For Mobilis card, we will pay 5,40€ every day for zones 1 and 2, where
we will be, except for the last day, when we will go to Versailes,
therefore we will need the 4 zones one, which costs 9€.
Detailed plan, then, is like this: