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3 days in Paris with Mother and Wife

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3 days in Paris with Mother and Wife

First time in Paris and travelling with Wife and Mother. Getting into Paris on 25th October for 3 nights. Need your suggestions please on the following:

1. Best way to travel around the city - do we buy a 3 days travel pass or just use the tube and bus and pay for point to point connections

2. Paris Attractions - Do we buy Paris Pass/Museum Pass as not getting good reviews about it or just get to the places and buy tickets. Its end of October so hoping shorter lines

3. Day trips to Loire Valley and/or Versailles - since we are staying in Paris for 3 days only, we can do only 1.

4. B&B - which part of Paris should we stay that can offer budget B&Bs but close to most of the attractions. Any suggestions on a good B&B that is friendly to old age visitors?

Additionally, my mother is flying to Germany after the Paris trip and we are planning to go to Lyon for 2 nights. Any suggestions on Lyon and day trips to Monaco and Cannes?

Would appreciate any other ideas and suggestions. :)

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1. Re: 3 days in Paris with Mother and Wife

with 3 nights you have two full days; that is not enough time to even think of a day trip somewhere else; if you have so little interest in Paris that 1 days is enough then skip it and go to the Loire for two days instead. It is a shame not to have a bit more time for Paris.

the Paris Pass is a poor choice; overpriced collection of other passes with a hefty fee attached; the Paris Museum pass is a good choice for your two days IF you plan to visit many of the museums and monuments it covers. you can use a special line at the d'Orsay with the pass that will mean no super long waits there and it is a convenience other places. The Orangerie also has a special line for ticket holders.

For transport, buy carnet of 10 ordinary metro/bus tickets for 13.30 for the 10 tickets. You can share them among you and buy a second carnet when you run out. for the length of time you have, this will be most economical. With only two days and part of another, you won't be spending all that much time on the buses or metro. The Paris Visite pass is poor value.

If you want to do the Eiffel Tower (and most people do on their first trip) you can get tickets ahead on line; these sell out so do it early. This saves standing in a long line for tickets at the Tower.

On a short trip like this, it is good to stay in the 4th, 5th or 6th near the river where you can then enjoy an evening stroll by the Seine. Walking around Notre Dame at night is magical.

I don't know about B&Bs so will leave that to someone who does. Hotels usually don't include breakfast in the rates and if they do it is needlessly expensive. You can get croissants and coffee or tea at cafes in the morning.

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What is your budget per night in euros? Are you looking for a triple room? There are some wonderful budget hotels in the 5th (one of the areas janettravels suggests), but it is helpful to know your actual budget. Could you afford around 200 euros per night? That would give you a choice of several nice hotels with triple rooms. Or is it much less than that?

If your budget is somewhat generous, and you are fine with staying in a budget hotel, you may consider a separate room for your mother-in-law. That would also give you 2 bathrooms.

Edited: 04 October 2013, 16:00
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I agree with what the other writers have said. I use airbnb to find accommodation but check the amenities list and map. Does it have a lift if it is upstairs. Many of the metro stations require walking up and down stairs and have no lifts or escalators. Maybe a hop on hop off bus or city tour as you have so little time. Buy one carnet as the tickets can be used by the 3 of you. You can change trains on the same ticket but once you exit you have to use another one. Paris is not a disable friendly city or aged person friendly. Nevertheless we are 66 and cope fine on foot and metro.

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4. Re: 3 days in Paris with Mother and Wife

You really cannot realistically do daytrips to Monaco and Cannes from Lyon. A map will show you why. And why even go to Lyon if you're not planning to visit it? Two nights there = 1 actual day for visiting the city.

Paris is not known for B&Bs, though there are some. A hotel is a better bet.

Don't buy a Paris Pass. Get a Museum Pass if you plan to visit a lot of museums in your short two days. You can pick it up at any of the museums listed on the pass and also at tourist offices.

Three nights is two days. You don't have time for Versailles or the Loire Valley. You barely have time for Paris.

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5. Re: 3 days in Paris with Mother and Wife

Hi everyone. Plan changed a little bit and now Mother is not travelling. So wife and myself only. I would be okay paying $100 per night and would prefer being close to city center attractions. Please suggest a place.

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6. Re: 3 days in Paris with Mother and Wife

The fact that your mother isn't now traveling with you doesn't change anything to the very good advice given previously and that you should take into consideration.

For such a short stay, don't plan to do any trips outside Paris. As for hotels within your budget, you'll find here on TA many threads with a lot of addresses; if you want to stay very central, try to find a hotel in the 5th arrondissement; but you'll have more budget-wise choice in the 12, 11, 9 and 13th. I wouldn't dare to recommend any since there are so many good options and you could do your homework and read what's been very often recommended here.

If you still want to go to Lyon for 2 nights, just stay in Lyon and don't try to go somewhere else; Lyon is a nice city and 1 or 2 days isn't too much to discover and enjoy it.

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7. Re: 3 days in Paris with Mother and Wife

100 dollars is about 75 euros. That is not going to go too far if you are trying to get a central location, but try these places:

http://www.hotelportroyal.fr/

http://www.albion-paris-hotel.com/

These next suggestions are probably around 100 euros, but in a great area of the Latin Quarter, very nice and very central:

Hotel Diana

Hotel St Pierre

Hotel Marignan (on rue Sommerard)

Hotel du College de France

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8. Re: 3 days in Paris with Mother and Wife

<<3. Day trips to Loire Valley and/or Versailles - since we are staying in Paris for 3 days only, we can do only 1.>>

Just a quick aside, if you really do want to see Versailles, it is very possible to go there in about half a day. Leaving you some time to see Paris that same day. Someone recently posted that going there in the afternoon was a good way of avoiding the crowds - so, for example, you could see Notre Dame in the morning, have lunch in the Latin Quarter, then take the RER to Versailles....Only you can decide if it's worth it!

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9. Re: 3 days in Paris with Mother and Wife

Thank you so much everyone for the great tips. I am convinced now that we need to spend more time in Paris so have extended the trip to 5 days with a day trip perhaps to Versailles. No Lyon/Monaco/Cannes. Mind helping me with a day by day plan please? Any budget friendly restaurant that you think can give us the best of the French cuisine?

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10. Re: 3 days in Paris with Mother and Wife

Some ideas here

http://www.nickbooth.id.au/Tips/Paris.htm

We devised this for our son's first visit but it does help with an understanding of where you are going.