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In your opinion, which is better? ParisVision or Cityrama?

In your opinion, which is better? ParisVision or Cityrama?

Oct 17th, 2000, 02:22 PM
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MED
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In your opinion, which is better? ParisVision or Cityrama?

I'm going on a day trip out of Paris and since I will be alone I'm thinking of doing the tour thing. Is one of these companies better than another or is there another tour group I should check out? Thanks for your help.
 
Oct 17th, 2000, 07:23 PM
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Which trip - - usually some variety in the schedule etc.I'd compare the details & then decide. I doubt much fundamental difference. Lots of things are beyond the control of any co: ie, we hit traffice & oour trip back was unpleasantly long, very crowded at the attraction we visited.
I took Parisvision to Giverny. The bus was clean & very modern, operation fine;guide was fair.
Basic problem was too little time at the site & didnt like the feel of being on an escorted elementary school trip. On the other hand, I didnt get lost or have to worry I had taken the wrong train or road. Mixed bag.
 
Oct 17th, 2000, 07:56 PM
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Tours are very guide specific. Good guide = good trip. Bad guide = bad trip.
We freelanced Giverny from Paris, so we got to stay as long as we wanted in the gardens. After we tired of that, we had a nice cool drink at a cafe nearby.
Then we took the thrill a minute taxi back to the train station. (I also learned how French drivers exchange greetings and wave to one another. I thought it a little unsanitary however.
Our driver would call out a greeting, splutter salaciously and then hoist his hand with upraised fingers.)
We did the ParisVision tour to Vaux le Vicomte AND Fontainebleau in one day.
Our guide was great; but there was not enough time at either place.
Vaux le Vicomte was overwhelming to me.
I would love to go back and spend about 3 hours more there than what we had.
It is the one man-made place I have gone to in recent years that virtually screams at me "Come back, I have more to show you." Versailles by contrast sends no such message to me.
 
Oct 18th, 2000, 06:07 AM
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Hi MED:
I've used both companies several times. I just compared the brochures and check prices, amenities and how long the tour was and made my decision. The Versailles trips come to mind. I don't remember which one but one included the price of the audio guides and one did not. That helped make my decision. I have never been disappointed with the tours nor the guides. More than once we were the only ones on the tour. Versailles tour had four other people (All Americans) so it was manageable. Hope this helps. Have a good time!
 
Oct 18th, 2000, 06:31 AM
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MED
Which daytrip are you thinking of?
Some destinations, like Versailles or Chartres,
are very very easy, cheap, and satisfying to do on your own. Other destinations are slightly more complicated by public transport.
 
Oct 18th, 2000, 06:37 AM
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em
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Med, if you are looking for company, try pariswalking tours: much more likely to
actually "mix" w/ others, very stimulating tour guides, small groups.
They do 90 minute tours (about a dozen
types) & all day trips out of Paris that sound great. Not too pricey either.
web is pariswalkingtours.com
 

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