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Old Apr 7th, 2013, 12:16 PM
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Paris in 3 Days with 20 yr old DD

My daughter and I will be in Paris for 3 days during the 3rd week of May.
We have ideas of what we want to see but don't know where to stay.
We are looking for any advice on 3 day itinerary plus hotels.
Our maximum budget for the hotel is $200 CAD per night.

We are considering purchasing the 2 days Gray Line tour plus the 1/2 day trip to Versailles.

We want to see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Arc de Triumph, Notre Dame, etc.
If it exists, are there affordable shopping areas?
We don't mind wandering through gardens either but not sure what they will be like in May.

As for meal planning, we are both gluten intolerant so that will play a role in where we can eat.

Thank you for any input,
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Old Apr 7th, 2013, 01:29 PM
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Please don't go to Versailles on a 3 day trip. Oh, I see you are doing Gray Line.
You might have done better to just purchase a package tour that included airfare and hotel.
Have you read a guide book?
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Old Apr 7th, 2013, 02:24 PM
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Do not waste a whole lot of money on a 2-day bus tour of Paris. Just pick out what you want to see/do and go do it. Sitting on a bus forever is really boring and you will miss seeing the insides of most places.

It is hard to see Versailles in half a day and you really don't have enough time in Paris.

May is full spring in paris - warmer than Canada - but many "parks" are not gardens in the English sense - often lost of lawns, a few shrubs and lot of gravel paths with benches. Some flowers - but not a riot of blooms.
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Old Apr 7th, 2013, 05:09 PM
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May is a wonderful time to visit Paris. I agree that 3 days is not enough time to see Paris let alone Versailles. Wait until next time to go to Versailles so you can enjoy the wonders and beauty of Paris.

Visit the gardens - Luxembourg Gardens, the Tuilleries, the gardens around the Eiffel Tower and the Musee Rodin. It has a lovely scupture garden with lots of roses and other beautiful flowers.

Don't bother with the Grey Line tours, see Paris on your own. You will see things at your leisure and much better than sitting on a bus. When you get tired of walking, stop in a sidewalk cafe for a coffee or glass of wine and watch the Parisiens walk by. Take a Seine cruise in the evening and see the lights come on all over Paris - we like the Vedettes du Pont Neuf.

Don't miss Sainte Chapelle. It is a beautiful chapel with incredible stained glass. It is quite near Notre Dame so you can visit at the same time. Try to visit on a sunny morning so you can see the stained glass at its best.

Shopping is all over Paris - some affordable and some not. It is fun to window shop on the Ile de St. Louis where there are fun shops, some quite affordable.

As for a hotel, look at the 6th Arrondisement which is very centrally located and will allow you to see many things by walking. Use the buses and the metro when you get tired of walking. You can find hotel suggestions by using the search box above.

Have a wonderful time.
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All the way to wonderful Paris and then sit on a Gray Lines tour bus for two days? Come on! Do you want to do Greyhound in Europe?

Forget Versailles unless its history is something you absolutely have to see in person (and you'd have to know a LOT about it ahead of time for that to be a reason...and maybe you do, I dunno. If you're just going there because folks have said you gotta go see this castle, forget it).

There is all kinds of shopping in Paris - cheap, medium-priced, expensive, and over the top.

There are beautiful parks all over Paris. Any guidebook and map will show where they are ( you DO have a good map and guidebooks, yes?).

Your budget is ample for a nice room in most of the arrondissements of Paris. I would look for a place in the 4th, 5th, or 6th.

Gluten-intolerant could be a minor issue. If there are things you absolutely can't eat, get them translated and print them out to show to waiters, assuming you don't speak French and can't explain in person.
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