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Mistake #7: Booking unnecessary tours
Escorted 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 affiliate 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:
However, 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.
For 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.
Most of the tours are quite reasonably priced, 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
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