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    Viking River Cruises
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  1. Yes, it is. The Sofitel is located very close to Chain Bridge, I haven’t stayed there but walked by all the time. All three are on Pest side.
  2. In off season, you won’t save much time for ticket line & all have to do security. High season, could be an hr+. Just like most other museums in Paris, I have a quickie plan to tour the Louvre. Plot a course from Winged Victory to Venus deMilo to Mona Lisa- the “big 3”. Check out & soak up the atmosphere of amazing art along your route but try not to deviate. And do not even consider the Egyptian rooms since British Museum has all the good stuff!
  3. Will you be docked in Le Pecq? If you take the panoramic bus tour, you will have a few hours free time for lunch. Many leave the tour at this point & tour independently in the afternoon; several museums are within walking distance. If you want to stay late & return on your own rather than the shuttle, Louvre is open until 9:45pm on Wednesdays and not crowded. Napoleon’s Apartments are only open then and are amazing.
  4. I try hard to avoid last flight of the day as well. Flying earlier usually can find space on a later flight if need be; if a problem w one flight, generally, a lot are affected w missed connections, etc.
  5. If you travel well, you can do both your first afternoon. For first time visitors, I suggest just viewing highlights rather than intensive museum tours. You can never absorb it all in one visit anyhow. Metro & RER tickets are interchangeable within zones 1 & 2. And I’d say maybe 30 min to get to Saints Chapelle w very frequent trains. Go directly to Saints Chapelle,from there go to Musee d’Orsay. Walk through the sculptures and then held to the back and take the elevator to the 5th floor; enjoy the impressionists. Depending on time, then either go to the Van Gogh exhibit downstairs or walk across the Seine to l’Orangerie & go directly to Monet’s waterlily murals. If you are content with a brief visit to each sight, you can easily do in an afternoon as D’Orsay is open til 6. Check the prices for the Paris Museum Pass vs entry fees & see if you can break even. I always use the PMP to skip the lines. After d’Orsay, you can walk to Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysees for a stroll before entering a Metro station. There are several Metro stops along the Champs. Plenty of time to rest the next morning.
  6. The best location, I think, for first time visitors is by the Chain Bridge. Many hotels are in this area. I’ve stayed at both the Corinthian & Marriott. So much is within walking distance and/or tram.
  7. For group tours, there are several companies. Viator is a 3rd party booker as is Get Your Guide.
  8. I have had excellent guides found through both TripAdvisor & Tours By Locals. Check the tours offered for Nice on Tours By Locals & you can get an idea what’s offered; friends have used Catherine.
  9. We rented a farmhouse a few years outside Avignon & loved the city. Favorite day trips were Uzes, Ax, Isle-de-la-Sorgue, San Remy & Bonnieux. We often went on their market days.
  10. I have stayed in Lyon twice. Once at the large Sofitel overlooking the river and once at La Royal Lyon which I preferred. It’s smaller and well located on Place Bellecour & the metro.
  11. Yep! Same happens at CDG, AF often gets priority for takeoff & landing to keep their ontime statistics from crashing
  12. I was told VRC does not go to Honfluer because they can not get permission to dock there. Whether it’s because of ship design or oversaturation of cruise ships, etc, who really knows. Would be nice if the newly designed ships, not only dock again in Paris but eventually can sail past Rouen. I myself would do a second Seine cruise if it was single direction & not Paris to Paris.
  13. 1:30 is fine. The walking tour ends in time to return for lunch & afternoon excursions.
  14. Lines can be long, prebuy your tickets. You can get tickets & tours online @ http://en.chateauversailles.fr/ I used the Paris Museum Pass which offers untimed skip/the-ticket line “passport” admission to multiple areas & we also pre-arranged a tour, then bought tickets at the garden gate for access there & rented a golf cart to visit the back Trianon area. If in Paris at least 2 days & touring at least two sights/day, the PMP pays for itself and where necessary offers a separate less crowded entrance solely for the security line.
  15. I agree it’s very walkable. We did the morning walking tour which gave a good orientation to the city. Afterwards, we stayed in the city for free time. its very easy to walk to the bridge and take an elevator to/from the river. As to La Couronne, I have dined there twice, once long ago and again when on the Viking cruise-wonderful! I reserved in advance and it was full at dinner.
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