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Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in Paris (and how to avoid them)

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ABOVE: Why view Paris from a tour bus when the city is so easy to explore on foot?

Mistake #7: Booking unnecessary tours

imageEscorted sightseeing tours have their place. If you've got mobility problems or you're in Paris for only a short time, a guided tour from a company like Viator (a Paris for Visitors business partner) can help you enjoy the city without running short on energy or time.

Tours can also be handy if you want to go outside the city with minimum fuss--to Versailles and Giverny, for example--or if you have a specific interest, such as:

imageHowever, if all you want to do is see the sights, we recommend buying a good Paris tourist map (we especially like the Blay Foldex Paris par Arrodissement street atlas) and exploring the Paris on foot.

You'll save money, you'll enjoy your own itinerary at your own pace, and you'll have more serendipitous encounters than you would in a tour group.

Our Paris sightseeing articles will give you ideas for planning an itinerary, and our Paris transportation articles will help you find your away around by Mťtro, bus, boat, and other forms of transit when you don't feel like walking.

Tour tip:

imageFor an occasional break from do-it-yourself sightseeing, try one of the "Meet the Parisians at Work" tours that are co-sponsored by Meetingthefrench.com and the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Many of the tours are reasonable in price, and they're a great way to see how Parisian artisans, designers, bakers, chocolatiers, instrument makers, and other craftsmen go about their daily tasks.

Next page: Mistake #8: Driving in Paris


Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in Paris:
Introduction
1. Here, today, gone tomorrow
2. Arriving in high season
3. Staying in the wrong arrondissement
4. Commuting from the suburbs
5. Lugging overloaded bags
6. Sightseeing by the numbers
7. Booking unnecessary tours
8. Driving in Paris
9. Overspending on local transport
10. Being easy prey for pickpockets and purse-snatchers
11. Saying "Adieu" instead of "Au revoir"

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