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The Best Paris River Cruises

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This posts reviews and compares the best Paris boat tours and Seine River cruises, including architecture cruises, sightseeing tours, speed boats, and water taxis.  

 

 


SEINE RIVER SIGHTSEEING CRUISES

Sightseeing Cruises along the Seine are all approximately 1 hour in duration and travel past several popular sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Parliament, Musée d’Orsay, and Notre Dame Cathedral, amongst many others. Read more »

Things to Do in Paris in June

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This post, updated for 2019, covers our top 10 things to do in June in Paris, as well as free, family-friendly, and nighttime activities.

 

 

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN JUNE

What are the best things to do in Paris this June? Here we have our top 10 suggestions including concerts, events, and sales. 

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Best Travel Deals for Black Friday 2018

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This post will help you navigate through the myriad of discounts, specials and Black Friday deals for 2018 so you can continue to explore!Name Your Own Price Walking Tours

Keep in mind that our name your own price walking tours are always budget friendly in any of our cities and we have special blog posts to cover visiting on a budget or how to enter certain attractions for free with a tourist discount pass!

In addition to great savings on Black Friday, we’ll offer some Small Business Saturday savings to support local vendors we love, and keep an eye out through until next week for what some people are calling Travel Deal Tuesdays!

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Where to Store Luggage in Paris

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In this post, we list the many options in Paris for storing your luggage from locker storage at airports and train stations to the growing trend in shared economy “Airbnb-style” storage. This kind of storage allows you to safely leave your bags at certified shops, restaurants, and hotels. The prices are very reasonable and locations are all around the city. Below we cover the different choices you have. 

TIP:  For budget travelers, it is worth considering purchasing a tourist pass. Tourist passes help you save up to 50% off of the retail prices of attractions by bundling several together. 

To learn more, check out our post comparing the different Paris Tourist Attraction Passes.


LUGGAGE STORAGE IN PARIS (THE AIRBNB METHOD) 

Now, instead of relying on lockers in inconvenient places, or overpriced luggage storage facilities, you can now drop off your bags at a wide range of shops and restaurants around the city! Nannybag, BagBnB, and Stasher listed below employ a system similar to Airbnb in which you pay a fee to leave your bags at certified locations throughout the city.

How it works:

All these companies operate in basically the same way. You search for a location via the company’s app or website. You then decide which location you want and make a reservation. The rates are generally by the day, not by the hour. So whether you leave your bags for 2 hours or 15 hours, it is the same rate. (The rates, fortunately, are inexpensive!) Payment is made via their app or website. Cash is not accepted. Insurance is included in the price, though amounts will vary. When you drop off your bags, they will be secured by some method, either a zip tie with a unique number, a security seal, or some other method.

Where these companies vary are their rates, how much insurance is included, and how many locations they have. For example, the first company below, Nannybag, charges €6 per bag for the first 24 hours. The insurance coverage is very generous and they have dozens of convenient locations. Stasher also charges €6, though insurance is lower than Nannybag and they have fewer locations. One nice feature is that their website makes finding a location easy. You can even use a “filter” option to find locations that meet certain criteria. BagBnB charges the lowest amount at €5 per bag, but insurance is the lowest as well. 


Nannybag

Nannybag can be found all over Europe and has dozens of convenient locations throughout Paris. They have arranged with local hotels and shops to store your luggage. Your luggage will be held in a secure location and each bag is covered by a generous insurance of €1500 per bag. Their prices are quite good — €6 per bag for the first 24 hours; €4 per bag for each additional day.  Use our promo code FREETOURSBYFOOT for a 10% discount.

Reservations and payments are made through their website and there is no fee for canceling as long as your reservation time has not started. If you have any issues, you can reach their customer service from 9 am to 7 pm (9:00-19:00).

Nannybag has some great features:

  • No size/shape or weight limitation of your baggage
  • Some locations offer free wifi and use of restrooms
  • Book at the last minute, even 5 minutes before you need storage
  • Locations are reviewed by users to help you decide which location you feel comfortable to use

Two things to note: While it is easy to find their locations on their map, you won’t receive the exact name, address and contact of the shop/hotel until you have booked. Also, not all locations are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Be sure to check the times you can drop off and pick up your bags.

Click here to learn more and make a reservation.


BagBnB 

BagBnb s a company that is unique in that storage locations are more varied than just shops. Their storage locations (they call them ‘Angels’) may be a restaurant/bar/cafe, a hotel, a bike rental shop, a laundromat, and more. Why not have a coffee when you drop off your bags? Or do the wash when you come to collect them? While this is a useful and fun feature of BagBnB, it does mean that the open hours of their locations will vary. If it is a hotel, then you will have 24 access to drop off/pick up your bags. If it is a shop, the hours may be more limited.

BagBnB can be found in cities all over Europe and the United States, such as New York, London, and Berlin. Its website is quite easy to use. Go to the site, see the locations of ‘Angels’ around the city and choose one. Be aware that you won’t receive the exact name, address, and contact at the Angel location until you have booked. However, you won’t be totally in the dark when choosing your Angel. Each Angel listed has a description of what kind of business it is (i.e. a laundromat, a bar, a shop) and also includes a picture of the interior. Also, customers can leave reviews which can help you decide which ‘Angel’ is right for you.

The cost is €5 per bag for 24 hours, even if you only need to store your bags for a few hours. Rates are calculated from 00.00 to 23.59. Pick-ups after midnight will be charged an extra day, so keep track of your time! Reservations are non-refundable or cancellable. The price includes insurance with coverage up to €200 for each bag, which is not as high as other companies. But, hey, it’s more insurance than a storage locker. 

Click here to make your reservations. 


Stasher  (formerly CityStasher) 

Stasher is a very reputable storage service that is easy to use and is priced quite reasonably. They charge a flat rate of €6 per bag for the first 24-hours. Note that you pay €6 whether you store your bags for a few hours or a full 24 hours. Additional days are €5 per bag. Insurance is up to €845 per bag and is included in the price. Also, Stasher guarantees that the cost per bag is always less than baggage left at a station.

To use their service, go to their website where you can search by a specific location, such as ‘Eiffel Tower’ or a more general area like ‘Central Paris’. Your search will show both a map of the locations along with the name and hours of the Stashpoints in that area. This is very useful because you can see which Stashpoint is in the most convenient location and open when you need it to be. You can also use the “filter” to find Stashpoints that are open 24/7 or that meet other criteria.

Once you have chosen a Stashpoint, make your reservation. When you go to drop off your luggage, just show the host at the Stashpoint your reservation email and photo ID. You will then get a unique-numbered security tag that seals the zippers of your bag. When you return to get your luggage, just show your security tag, collect your bags and go!

Click here for more information and to make a reservation.


TIP:  The above companies have storage locations very near to the starting point of some of our most popular tours. We’ve had many guests take one of our two-hour pay-what-you-like tours during a stopover in Paris, just a few hours before their flight. Rather than drag a suitcase around the city, we suggest that you opt for one of these conveniently located storage facilities listed above. You can easily find a short-term storage location within a couple minutes’ walk from all of our walking tours. 


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LUGGAGE STORAGE AT THE AIRPORT

Charles de Gaulle Airport 

Left Luggage facilities in CDG Airport are managed by a private company, Bagages du Monde. They are located in Terminal 2 – Gare TGV – Level 4 (opposite the Sheraton Hotel). Their rates are a bit higher than the companies listed above so you may want to look into those options before leaving your bags with them. 

  • Hours. 6:00-21:30 daily
  • Prices
    • 0 to 6h = €6
    • 0 to 12h = €10
    • 24h = €15

Prices are per hand luggage. All items are subject to security checks, including X-ray screening and random hand searches. Please note, for security reasons there are no lockers for storing luggage at the airport. For details, please visit their website.

TIP: Check out our post on How to get to Charles de Gaulle Airport.


LUGGAGE STORAGE AT TRAIN STATIONS 

There are lockers in facilities at a few of the large Paris train stations, but with the options above priced so inexpensively, you may want to try one of those companies.

Gare de l’Est  Level 1, Hall Central opposite toilets – from 6 am to 11:45 pm daily (including public holidays).

Gare de Lyon  Hall 3, exit for rue de Bercy – 6:15 am to 10 pm daily (including public holidays).

Gare Montparnasse Level +1,  7 am to 11 pm daily (including public holidays).

Gare du Nord Level -1, next to car rentals, on the taxi exit – from 6:15 am to 11:15 pm (including public holidays).

Gare Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy Level +1 – 7 am to 10 pm daily (including public holidays).

TIP:  You may find our post “How to navigate Paris with Public Transport” helpful.

Why not check out the Airbnb-style option above? 


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Eiffel Tower Tickets, Tours and Guide

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This post is a review of the many options to visit the Eiffel tower, from standard and combo tickets to dining at the top as well as a lengthy comparison of all the different types of tours and tickets available.

 

 


EIFFEL TOWER TICKETS

You will need a ticket to get into the Eiffel Tower, and there are 4 different types of tickets available for the Eiffel Tower, each with adult, children and reduced prices. 

 

EIFFEL TOWER TICKETS  Adults Children (12-24) Reduced Rate (4-11)
Stairs Entrance (2nd Floor) 10,20€ 5,10€ 2,50€
Elevator Entrance (2nd Floor) 16,30€ 8,10€ 4,10€
Stairs Entrance (2nd Floor) w/ Elevator Entrance (Top) 19,40€ 9,70€  4,90€
Elevator Entrance (Top) 25,50€ 12,70€  6,40€

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Which Paris Pass is Best

Paris City Passes Reviewed

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This post reviews and compares the various Paris city passes, tourist attraction discount cards and bus and boat combination tickets to help you chose the best for you.

 

 


BEFORE YOU BUY

There are a lot of different tourist attraction discount passes you can get in Paris. Let’s cover the various types of attraction passes that are available. Read more »

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Which Paris Bus Tours Are the Best?

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This post reviews and compares the various Paris bus tour options, including hop-on-hop-off, guided, and night bus tours to help you decide which one may be best for you. We also list the various combination tickets with bus, boat, and attractions. (auf Deutsch)

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How is the weather in Paris in November?

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Paris November weatherThis post is about the weather in Paris in November. Let Free Tours by Foot help you pack for your trip!

What is the Weather in Paris in November?

The month of November in Paris will see mostly fall-like weather becoming more winter-like as the month draws to an end. November also tends to be a bit on the wet side as well with about 15 days seeing some rainfall. 

Early November, however, still offers colorful fall foliage in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, the city’s wildest, hilliest park or perhaps you may wish to visit the Bastille Antiques Fair later this month.

Early this month, the afternoon high temperatures are in the mid-50s f (12-13C) with early morning lows mostly in the low to mid 40s f (6-7C).  On a few of the warmer afternoons, the temperatures may reach up into the low to mid 60s f (17-18C).   As the month progresses, the afternoon highs will fall into the mid to upper 40s f (8-9C) with morning lows mostly in the mid to upper 30s f (2-3C) with a few colder mornings dipping down into the upper 20S f (-2 to -3C).

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About 17-18 days in November will be cloudy or mostly cloudy while sunny or partly sunny conditions prevail on about 12-13 days.  Some rainfall is likely on about 15 days while the risk for snow this month remains very low, reaching only 5% near the end of the month.  During November the daylight is dwindling from just under 10 hours early in the month to about 8.5 hours near the end of the month.

What to wear in Paris during November

It is always a good idea to pack at least 2 pairs of comfortable walking shoes and given the tendency for wet weather, an umbrella and/or some waterproof gear like a trench coast or windbreaker. In addition you will need a couple of sweaters and at least a medium-weight jacket or coat.

While you are here, please let us take you on a walk through the history-rich Paris. Our guides will take you on a journey – it’s fun, it’s direct, and it’s filled with history, art, and architecture.  Click here for more information.

Best Food Tours in Paris

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France has some of the best cuisine in the world, so it’s no surprise that food tours are very popular. This post compares food tours in a variety of neighborhoods such as the Latin Quarter, Montmartre, and the area along the Seine. We also examine some of the most popular dessert tours in the city, as well as wine tour and food & bike tours. Don’t leave the city without familiarizing yourself with Parisian cuisine, and there’s no better way to do that than with a food tour!


Tours on the Seine

Tours of the Latin Quarter

Tours of Montmartre


Dessert Tours

Dessert tours are very popular in Paris thanks to the wide variety of pastry and chocolate shops around the city. There are many different companies that offer dessert tours, but our two favorites are Meeting the French and Voyages. Prices range from €60-€90 and each run for approximately 3 hours in the afternoon. Reviews for all are excellent, so there’s really no going wrong! 


Meeting the French

Meeting the French offer a handful of dessert tours including Paris Pure Chocolate Walking Tour, Le Marais: Pastry and Chocolate Food Tour, and another which is included on our Tours On the Seine post. The Paris Pure Chocolate Tour visits the area along the Right Bank and teaches you all about chocolate making and cocoa beans. The Le Marais: Pastry and Chocolate Food Tour explores the Le Marais neighborhood and stops by several delicious bakeries, in addition to an ice cream parlor and spice shop. Both tours are 3 hours and very highly rated. Tastings included in the price. 

  • Paris Pure Chocolate Walking Tour
  • Le Marais: Pastry and Chocolate Food Tour

Reviews of Meeting the French

Meeting the French have an excellent reputation with all of their tours (read the reviews) and maintain a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor. Guests are especially complimentary of the guides, who are all described as kind and knowledgeable. Many reviewers are also impressed with the breadth of information provided in the chocolate tour, which goes into a lot of detail about how chocolate is made. 

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Banks of the Seine: Intro to Paris Tours

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This post is a review and comparison of the various tours that visit the area along the River Seine and act as a solid introduction to the city of Paris. Popular attractions include the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre, amongst many other significant sights.  Whether you prefer a traditional walking tour, a food tour, or even a bike tour, all are available on the banks of the Seine. However, with so many tour companies operating in the area, it can be difficult to decide which company is best. So that’s where we come in! We’ve broken down all of the different types of tours by category and then compared them by quality and price, so that you can find what’s right for you! 


Guided Walking Tours

Boat Tours

Bike Tours

Food Tours


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