The Hop On Hop Off bus tour was our saving grace while in Paris. We had just spent 3 days in London where we walked an average of 10 miles per day and slept about 3 hours each night. We were exhausted to say the least. This bus tour allowed us to take in many of the city’s sights all from the comfort of our bus seat.
There was a large amount of construction near the Eiffel Tower, which made finding the starting point a little more difficult. (This could have all been avoided with a little research before arrival.)
The tour goes by many of the expected sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc du Triomphe, Notre Dame the Louvre, as well as some of the less expected sights such as Moulin Rouge and the Luxor Obelisk.
Our tour guide, Olga, gave excellent background information into many of the sights around the city and found a way to make even the minor locations interesting. I really found myself enjoying the tour much more than I originally anticipated.
I highly recommend the Big Bus tours as an “intro” to Paris. I will credit our experience as one of the large reasons for why we will be returning to Paris for a much longer stay!