Thursday, 25 December 2008

May you experience the joy of Christmas as we
enter the festive holidays.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

OR Tambo International Airport

Considering the fact that a lot of us will be traveling this season, I thought it will be helpful to have handy airport information at hand!

Monday, 22 December 2008


Let one of our Cardinal Tour Guides show you how to do the Soweto Township the right way. Herewith some of the highlights the Soweto Tour Includes:

Diepkloof: Enter Soweto via the up-market area called Diepkloof Ext where some of the houses can cost in the millions.

In complete contrast we visit a large hostel in the area, in days gone by the notorious hostel system was used as single gender accommodation for migrant labourers, it is now used as informal lodgings for family units.

Soweto Towers Power Swing: Orlando Towers offers you the first ever wing between2 cooling towers, a whooping 100m from the ground.And they're not just any towers! These two cooling towers are the largest landmark in historical Soweto, now one of South Africa's biggest tourist attractions

Baragwanath: We pass Baragwanath Hospital, the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere. Soak up the sites, sounds and "smells" of Africa at close quarters - informal open-air butcher shop, herbalists, barbers and market etc. Enjoy a ‘Smilies’ breakfast (the meat of a cow or sheep’s head) and sip on an Omqombothi (traditional beer) at on of our local shebeens.

Rotsos Shebeen: This is one of the most typical shebeens in Soweto. Here guests are able to mingle with the friendly locals.Rotsos Shebeen is opposite the Baragwanath Hospital, the biggest hospital in the Southern Hemisphere.

Lunch: A highlight of a visit to Soweto is a delicious lunch at one of the well run restaurantspatronized by both tourists and locals alike, offering typical "township" fare including dom bolo (steamed bread), moro ga (spinach), Umqhusho (Khosa samp and beans-Nelson Mandela's favourite dish), Mogodu (tripe-not for the faint hearted!) and a variety of meats, salads and vegetables. Desserts and drinks are not included.

Vilakazi Street: The tour bus will drive through Vilakazi Street, which is the only street in the world where two Nobel Prize winners lived: Nelson Mandela & Desmond Tutu. Unfortunate we won’t be able to enter as the Mandela Family Museum has been closed for renovations.

Hector Peterson museum: After lunch the trip continues to the neighbouring suburb of Orlando West & the Hector Peterson Memorial. Here clients can spend some time wandering through the museum, learning about the student uprising of 1976.Visit the fascinating museum which is a state of the art multi media centre depicting scenes leading up to the student uprising of 1976 and the eventual transition to democracy in South Africa.

Regina Mundi & Thokoza Park: This is one of the biggest Catholic churches in South Africa. The Reginal Mundi Church is the focal point of much of the struggle in the 70's and 80's and home to the famous Black Madonna and Child painting. This church is also known as “The Parliament of Soweto”

Should you require more information on this or other tours around South Africa, please have a look on our website or contact Charl at

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Bless the clueless Travel Agents

Before I leave you to enjoy the silliness of the post, let me give you some information. My colleague and I was invited to attend a show call Bjorn Again at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre. This post is all about how, being a travel agent doesn't mean you need to find your own directions around your own country.

All excited we get into the car to drive to Joburg, directions in hand on our way. About half way there I manage to miss place and find the directions. All in all a smooth ride.

I was starting feeling relieved when we had the off ramp coming up and the show starting in 15 minutes time. Sort of like:
Right Place - Check
On Time - Check

But then the off ramp wasn't coming up. We could see Gold Reef City in the distance, but then we are ladies, we follow instructions. After a while, I phone best friend's husband - ends up the off ramp from where we could see Gold Reef City was the off ramp to take. The problem at hand was that we were on our way to Soweto!

Now I know Soweto is a major tourist attraction in South Africa and I would love to do a day tour to Soweto some day. But two white girls driving around at 8pm on any day of the week in the middle of Soweto, is not a good idea. In fact it can only be describe as a very bad idea.

As we drive past the Pioneer Museum, J and I start having silly conversation to try and break the tension. As we stand bumper to bumper we go through the ups and downs of being very nervous.

Finally we get to a fork in the road, either we go to Protea and Protea South or we go to Lenasia. Protea? National flower of South Africa Protea or area in Soweto? Lenasia is a suburb known for Indian people residing there. And all I know is, I have been in a traffic jam in Lenasia a couple of years ago - and yes this was with some Indian friends of mine. Then I also know the very obvious - it is somewhere in JNB, goodness know how far from Gold Reef City.

So we take our chances going to Lenasia. A couple of very busy streets without traffic lights working, we manage to cross the street in once piece, to find our TREASURE - a board that tells us where to go to go back to JNB! Best friend smsses us to say the show is half way, aka we have missed it all and we decide to go home.

Bless us, clueless travel agents.

We take the N14 highway to Witbank. Yip, this is the highway that J drives every day to come to work with. Maybe it was all shock from the whole experience, but as we drive, we see a board that says Benoni. (which is on the other side of JNB) Following Benoni was Brakpan and the Springs. And to be fare, we both know were Bora Bora and Port of Spain is. We can also point out the different countries like Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia. Let me rephrase that we can tell you the different countries in the Middle East - Israel, Iraq, Iran and Saudi. But do not ask us to drive from JNB to Pretoria.

All in all, we ended up in Delmas. Delmas is in Mpumalanga Province, 60km from Pretoria, Jnb is only 75km from Pretoria in the opposite direction. JNB and Pretoria is in Gauteng Province!
Just for the fun, have a look at the following links:

In retrospect (looking on the map - we were driving on the N12. J drives the N4 to work)
I will stop there before I seriously harm our reputations.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Excursions - Iguaçu Falls

Iguaçu Falls

The Rio Iguaçu arises in the coastal mountains of Paraná and Santa Catarina and snakes west for 370 miles (600km) before it widens majestically and sweeps around a magnificent jungle stage, plunging and crashing in tiered falls at the border with Argentina and Paraguay. The Foz do Iguaçu (Iguaçu Falls) are over two miles (3km) wide and 262ft (80m) high and their beauty is unsurpassed. Their name, fittingly, comes from the Guarani Indian word meaning 'great waters'. The deep flowing waters of the river tumble down 275 falls (almost twice the height of Niagara Falls) the most famous of which is Devils Throat on the Argentinian border, dropping 230ft (70m). As well as taking in the stunning views, visitors can enjoy kayaking and other watersports in the river. The best time of year to visit is August to November, when there is least risk of floodwaters hindering the approach to the catwalks. The falls are surrounded by the Iguaçu National Park, a huge sub-tropical rainforest covering 135,000 acres that is home to thousands of different species of flora and birds including parrots and hummingbirds.
Transport: The easiest way to get to the falls is by air from Rio. Alternatively you can take a bus via Curitiba

Friday, 12 December 2008

Transport in Rio

Although a large and sprawling city, the neighbourhoods most frequented by visitors are easy to get around in. The public transport system is cheap and efficient, and most places can be reached by metro or bus. By far the quickest and easiest way to get around is by the efficient metro, but there are limits to its coverage of the city with only two lines. The most inexpensive form of transport are the local buses, which travel all over the city as fast as the traffic will allow, although they are often badly driven, crowded and the scene of much petty theft, especially during rush hours when the crowded conditions are ideal for pickpockets. Special care should be taken on buses known to be used by tourists, such as those to the Sugar Loaf. Public transport stops between 11pm and midnight, with some buses operating 24 hours, but it is safer to hire a taxi late at night. Taxis are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. Radio cabs can be ordered and are said to be safer and more reliable, usually with air-conditioning, but they are 30 percent more than regular taxis. Driving in Rio is not recommended and hiring a car is expensive.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

attractions in RIO

The distinctive statue of Christ the Redeemer, arms spread to welcome the world, is the symbol of Rio de Janeiro and one of the seven New Wonders of the Modern World. It rests on top of Rio de Janeiro's Corcovado Mountain, 2,330ft (710m)... see full details

Sugar Loaf
The summit of Rio's unique 1,299ft high (396m) belvedere, named Sugar Loaf because of its resemblance to the loaves of sugar used by the Portuguese colonists, can be reached by a two-stage cable car ride. The first stage takes visitors up 722ft (220m)... see full details

Botanical Gardens
Rio's Botanical Gardens were created in 1808 by the Prince Regent of Portugal as a temporary site for acclimatising imported plants. Today it is home to some 2,600 species of plant life, particularly bromeliads and orchids. Colour is added to the botanical treasures by... see full details

Immortalised in a popular song, 'The girl from Ipanema', this part of Rio offers not only its legendary beach, but numerous excellent hotels, bustling nightlife, sophisticated shopping opportunities and quality restaurants, all within walking distance of each other. Ipanema (the name, incongruously, means 'bad... see full details

This famous Rio beach neighbourhood was just a small fishing village until a new highway changed the face of it sometime in the 1900s. The Copacabana Palace Hotel first opened its doors in 1923, and since then the area mushroomed with Neoclassical and... see full details

Buzios Peninsula
Once the preserve of pirates and slave traders, the peninsula of Buzios, 105 miles (169km) north east of Rio, is today the haunt of the rich and famous who flock to the city (once a fishing village) to enjoy the 20 or so... see full details

Estádio do Maracanã
Built over 50 years ago for use in the Soccer World Cup, this stadium is the largest on the continent, seating a crowd of over 95,000. The stadium is currently used to host the local soccer league games, and is the home of... see full details

Tijuca Forest
The world's largest urban forest, Tijuca spans 7,900 acres (3,200ha) and sits on Rio's doorstep. Inside the forest, walkabouts will lead you past caves, waterfalls and an abundance of exotic and rare flora and fauna. Stop and enjoy a pre-packed lunch at the 'Mesa... see full details

Rio Scenarium
The most festive spot in what is arguably the most festive city in the world. Rio Scenarium is a three floor dance club dedicated to sultry, sweaty summer salsa nights. The decor is interesting, set in an abandoned antiques warehouse, the club is... see full details

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

New Year in Rio de Janeiro: 5 Nights

Copacabana Beach is very famous for the Reveillon

This year there was 2.300.000 people at the beach looking at the sky for the midnight fireworks.In Brazil is very popular that everybody dress in WHITE clothes and go to the beaches all long the Brazilian coast.We do have one of the biggest ocean coasts in the world.

And the party at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro is the biggest meeting point for that special moment every year.The fireworks show took 19 minutes total time, and it was made with 25 tons of Chinese fireworks mounted on eight big ships (those that are used to carry cars) placed at 400 meters from the beach sand.

Behind the ships, at 400 meters more distant, there were lots of yachts of all sizes and 4 big ocean-cruisers that come to Brazil from other countries just to watch the big party.

Besides dressing in white, people do throw white flowers on the Ocean as an offer to the sea, and asking for a better life in the following year, with more health, more money, more happiness, etc... They cry, they pray, they jump, they dance, they yell, welcoming the New Year

Leme Palace Othon (4*) in Rio de Janeiro

Located at the head of Copacabana Beach, the Leme Othon Palace stands near Sugar Loaf and downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Package Includes:
Return flights on South Africa Airlines (CPT-JNB-GRU-JNB-CPT or JNB-GRU-JNB)
Return flights on Tam Airlines (SAO-RIO-SAO)
Airport taxes.
Return Private Service transfers airport/hotel/airport with guide.
5 nights hotel accommodation at Leme Othon Palace (4*) in a STD room with breakfast in Rio de Janeiro.

EX JNB Dec 27th to Jan 1st, 09 - R 16.469,00

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

This is just the girlie side of me - elegance!

Weather in St Petersburg

St Petersburg's climate is milder than most areas in Russia due to its proximity to the Baltic Sea, though weather can be highly changeable. Winters are very cold, with freezing winds and snowfall, and temperatures average about 9°F to 10°F (-13°C to -12°C) in January and February (the coldest months), sometimes dropping lower. June to August is usually the warmest time of year, though temperatures are still relatively low and average in the mid-60s Fahrenheit (about 20°C). Summer tends to be the most popular time to travel to St Petersburg, and a spectacular phenomenon is the White Nights in mid-summer, where, due to the city's northern latitudes, the sun doesn't set entirely.

Monday, 8 December 2008

St Petersburg Attractions

The Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum
The magnificent green, white and gold Winter Palace is superbly situated on the banks of the Neva River, a 656 ft-long (200m) Russian Baroque building that is the biggest and most lavishly decorated palace in the city. The palace was the official residence of... see full details

Palace Square
The main square of St Petersburg and one of the world's most magnificent plazas, Palace Square contains the picturesque Baroque buildings of the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum on one side and the Classical yellow and white former General Staff buildings of the Russian... see full details

Nevsky Prospekt
Almost three miles (five km) long, Nevsky Prospekt is one of the best-known streets in Russia and is the main thoroughfare of St Petersburg, starting at the Admiralty whose gilded spire is a famous city landmark, to the Moscow Railway Station and then... see full details

St Isaac's Cathedral
The golden dome of St Isaac's Cathedral dominates the skyline of St Petersburg, the colonnade around the cupola offering superb panoramic views over the city. It was commissioned by Tsar Alexander I to be a magnificent imperial cathedral, and the ensuing masterpiece was of... see full details

Peter and Paul Fortress
Situated on a small island on the Neva Delta across the river from The Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress is the oldest building in St Petersburg. Planned by Peter the Great as a defence against possible attacks from the Swedes, the fortress... see full details

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Moscow Climate

Moscow has a continental climate, typified by exceedingly cold, long winters and hot summers. In mid-summer, during July and August, temperatures are pleasantly warm, with occasionally hot spells, and humidity tends to be high. Winters differ drastically, with only about six hours of daylight in the middle of the season and temperatures recorded at way below freezing point. Winter snows start in October and the snow blanket persists well into spring. Moscow has little rainfall, most of its precipitation falling as snow.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Attractions in Moscow

The Kremlin
The oldest part of Moscow dating back to the city's foundation in 1147, and situated at the very heart of the city on top of a hill, the Kremlin is a fortress surrounded by a thick red wall interspersed with 20 towers. The... see full details

Red Square
Red Square is a dramatic open cobbled space in the centre of Moscow, originally the city's market place that served as a public gathering place to celebrate festivals, listen to government announcements or to witness executions, especially common during the reign of Ivan the... see full details

St Basil's Cathedral
St Basil's Cathedral with its multicoloured domes is the most famous image of Russia, standing on the edge of Moscow's Red Square, a striking design that was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to commemorate his victorious military campaign against the Tartar Mongols at Kazan... see full details

Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre
Moscow's oldest theatre, the Bolshoi dates from 1824 and is Russia's most famous theatre, with its world-renowned opera and ballet companies in residence. Completely rebuilt after a fire in 1856, the grand building is a masterpiece of Russian neoclassicism, including an eight-columned entrance porch... see full details

Tretyakov Gallery
The Tretyakov Gallery houses some of the great masterpieces of traditional Russian art from before the Revolution and has the world's finest collection of Russian icons from the 11th to the 17th centuries. The gallery's collection of paintings, graphics and sculptures covers Russian art... see full details

Poklonnaya Hill
Poklonnaya, literally meaning 'bow down', lies in the west part of Moscow and was historically a spot for Western visitors of the city to pay homage before entering the city. Today it is a beacon to Russia's military strength, having withstood invasions by... see full details

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
After Napoleon retreated from Russia, Tsar Alexander I declared that a cathedral be built in remembrance to the soldiers who had died defending mother Russia. Decades later the cathedral was demolished by Stalin (who found the monument abhorrent), only to be built again on... see full details

Borodino Panorama Museum
The battle of Borodino, is regarded as the bloodiest of the Napoleonic wars, seeing over 70 000 casualties in a single day, an event which saw Napoleon brand the Russians as being 'invincible'. The Borodino Panorama Museum was inaugurated in 1960 and serves... see full details

Moscow Metro
Visitors to Moscow are strongly encouraged to take a ride on the city's glorious underground rail system. The 'tarmac' consists of marble floors, ornate pillars and the walls are adorned with realist artworks. Moscow's metro boasts over two and half billion passenger rides per... see full details

Russian Basics

Russia is divided into 11 time zones ranging from GMT +2 in the east to GMT +12 in the west. In summer the time is +1 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in September. The local time in Moscow and St Petersburg is GMT +3 (GMT +4 in summer).

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are standard.

Russian is the official language. Some people speak English, French or German.

Travellers to Russia are advised to have up-to-date vaccinations for hepatitis A, tuberculosis and typhoid fever (long-term travellers), as well as medications for travellers' diarrhoea. There is also a risk of tick-borne encephalitis in rural and wooded areas, particularly in the Ural and Siberian regions. HIV/AIDS is on the increase. Measles outbreaks occur. Drinking water should be treated; bottled water is readily available. There is a reciprocal health care agreement with the UK entitling citizens to free health treatment in hospital. Local state medical facilities are of a low standard, however, and visitors are strongly advised to have full insurance for medical treatment and accidents should they require private care. Blood transfusions should not be performed in Russia, due to uncertainties concerning the blood supply. Essential medications and supplies may be limited. There have been outbreaks of bird flu in a number of regions of Russia, including around Moscow, but there have been no reports of human infection. Travellers are advised to avoid contact with domestic, caged and wild birds and ensure that all poultry and egg dishes are well cooked.

Hotel bills in the large cities include a 10 to 15% service charge; otherwise 10% is usual. If a service charge hasn't been added at a restaurant, a 10% tip is expected. City Guides and their drivers also expect a small tip and tipping in bars and nightclubs is common.

Travellers are advised against all travel to Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan because of the security situation in the North Caucasus, including the regions of Budyonnovsky, Levokumsky, Neftekumsky, Stepnovsky and Kurskoy. Travellers are advised against all but essential travel to North Ossetia, Karachai-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria (including the Elbrus area) as terrorism and kidnapping in these regions persist. Between April and August 2008, there was a series of explosions in and around Sochi. There is a high risk of domestic terrorism throughout Russia, particularly in Moscow and North Caucasus, with suicide bombings and explosions in public areas and on public transport, and hostage-taking is a serious threat. Visitors are advised to be vigilant and to watch out for pickpockets and street crime. There has been an increase in crime, specifically targeting tourists, in St Petersburg and visitors are advised to be cautious on the metro and buses, and should insist on seeing official ID from police officers. Political protests often end in violence and detention; visitors are advised to avoid all demonstrations.

Photography of anything to do with the military, strategic sites, or the airport, is prohibited. It is impolite to refuse alcohol, food and gifts. In Russian Orthodox churches, women are advised to wear skirts and cover their heads with a scarf. It is a legal requirement for visitors to carry passports for identification; copies are not sufficient.

Russian business is conducted in a fashion similar to Western countries with subtle differences. Russians are business-minded so it is not necessary to form personal relations but developing a good network of resident associates is a good idea. Dress is formal and conservative and on greeting a good firm handshake and direct eye contact indicates strength. Business cards are exchanged and it's advisable to get a Russian translation of your details on the alternate side. Business hours are generally from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Friday.

Friday, 5 December 2008


They call it the ‘White Days’ – with a bit of luck mother Russia will spread her white blanket to contrast with her golden and coloured onion domes. Winter in Russia can be simply magical!

Our offer INCLUDES:

Economy-class airfares on SAA&LH ex Johannesburg
Arrival and departure airport/hotel and hotel/train station coach transfers
6 nights B&B in a twin/double room with private en-suite facilities
1 night overnight sleeper train in 2nd class 4-berth compartment
Guided half-day sightseeing group tour in each city
Dinner on Christmas evening in St Petersburg
Visa support documentation


Items of a personal nature


20 th December: Arrive in MOSCOW. Transfer to the hotel Cosmos for 3 nights.
21 st December: Take the city tour of Moscow including Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin and Novodevichy Monastery.
22 nd December: Day at leisure or choose an optional tour.
23 rd December: Day at leisure or choose an optional tour. Transfer to the railway station for an overnight train to St Petersburg. You will travel aboard the Red Arrow.
24 th December: Early morning arrival in ST PETERSBURG. Transfer to the hotel Dostoevsky for 3 nights. Take the city tour of Petersburg including Nevsky Prospekt, St Isaac’s Cathedral and Peter & Paul’s Fortress.
25 th December: Day at leisure to benefit from fully operating facilities on Christmas day throughout the city. Tonight you will be treated to a dinner in one of St Petersburg’s finest restaurants.
26 th December: Day at leisure or choose an optional tour.
27 th December: Transfer to the airport for your departure.

7 Nights from R25 210 pps

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Paris Transport

Paris has an excellent public transport system. It is divided into five zones radiating out from the centre and ticket prices vary according to the number of zones required. Public transport consists of buses, an underground metro and express trains (RER). Taxis are also available. The easiest way to get around is on the metro and the subways are generally safe at all times. It is possible to transfer between the metro and the RER trains at no extra cost. The bus system is also extensive, but is slower, less frequent and best used for getting to destinations the metro does not cover. Various passes are available for public transport and can be good value if staying for a longer period. The Paris Visites pass is valid for one, two, three or five days and also allows discounts at certain museums, shops and restaurants, but will not necessarily save money, depending on how much one travels. There is also the cheaper weekly or monthly Carte Orange (passport photo required), but this is technically only available for Ile de France residents. Both allow unlimited travel in the chosen zones on the metro, RER, buses and the funicular to Montmartre. The cheapest option if only in town for a day or two is the Carte Mobilis, which allows unlimited travel for a day in Zones 1 and 2. From May to September a passenger boat, the Batobus, offers sightseeing trips on the Seine stopping at the main attractions, and from April to September a Balabus bus service loops around most of the major sights in Paris every Sunday and on public holidays. A nightbus service, Noctambus, covers the city between 1am and 5.30am. Only think about renting a car if planning excursions from the city as aggressive driving, confusing one-way streets and impossible parking can be testing for visitors. Taxis are readily available and can be hailed or caught at taxi ranks.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Shopping Experience in Paris

Paris is a shopper's paradise. The Glitterati will feel at home in the Haute Couture shops found on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, while trend-setting fashions will be found in Rue Etienne Marcel shops. Sadly, the Champs-Elysées is not what it used to be with banks, fast-food chains and malls strategically placed to trap tourists. However one or two good stores still remain, such as the Guerlain Parfumerie and the Virgin Megastore.

Les Halles is a subterranean shopping mall with over 180 stores where bargain hunters will be able to find cheap knockoffs and other trendy clothes. Mainstream department stores offer some great finds such as La Samaritaine, which prides itself as being the one where 'on trouve tout' (one finds everything).

Bargains are in abundance at the three main flea markets situated around the old gates of the city. They are, however, teeming with pickpockets and shoppers should be on their guard. Les Bouquinistes, which consists of rows of bookstalls perched against the walls of the Seine River, is a great place for bookworms to browse and barter.

Traditional Parisians buy most of their food from specialty stores such as bakeries and butcheries with pastries, cheeses or pâtés to die for. The open-air markets are a fantastic place to find flowers, produce and clothing and are frequented by most of the locals. Paris also offers a wealth of window-shopping opportunities making it the ultimate destination for the discerning consumer.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Attraction in Paris

Being a most popular tourist destination, Paris sees over 30 million foreigners a year. There are numerous iconic landmarks to explore as well as many world famous institutions and popular parks. Some sights are visible from many parts of the city, such as the Tour Montparnasse, the Eiffel Tower and the Basilique du Sacre-Cœur.Take a trip to the Louvre and marvel at Da Vinci's Mona Lisa or the Venus de Milo, do a spot of shopping on the Champs-Elysées and have a look at the Arc de Triomphe in the Place de l'Étoile circus. Paris is simply brimming with museums and the Invalides Museum is a great place for culture seekers and is the burial place of many great French soldiers, including Napoleon Bonaparte. There are a few other clerical masterpieces to behold besides Notre-Dame, such as the Gothic 13th-century Sainte-Chapelle palace chapel.Stroll through the Jardin des Plantes, Paris' first public garden, created by Louis XIII's doctor for the cultivation of medicinal plants, or for an action-packed day of fun, head over to Disneyland. The Pompidou Centre is a must-see, housing the Musée National d'Art Modern, while the square to the west of the building attracts a varied assortment of street performers. With its history, culture and countless attractions, Paris has something for just about everyone.
Eiffel Tower
Gustave Eiffel, the architect of the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) could never have guessed that it would become Paris's signature sight and attract more than six million visitors a year. It was built as a temporary structure to commemorate the centenary of the French... see full details

Notre-Dame looms large over the Place de Parvis, on the Isle de la Cité, and is the most enduring symbol of Paris. Built between 1163 and 1345 the Cathedral is considered one of the of the world's Gothic masterpieces. The massive interior can... see full details

One of the world's great art museums, this vast edifice houses an extraordinary collection of paintings, sculptures and antiquities from all over the world. The Louvre was opened to the public in 1793, soon after the Revolution, to display the spectacular treasures looted from... see full details

Pompidou Centre
Built in the 1970s and named after former French president Georges Pompidou, the futuristic Pompidou Centre is now considered part of the Parisian landscape. The outrageous design, complete with its glass elevators, was the inspiration for the Lloyds Building in London and attracts visitors... see full details

Musée d'Orsay
This great museum is fairly new by Paris standards. It is situated in a railway station by the Seine and houses a vast collection of works from the significant 1848 to 1914 period. There are important works from the Art-Nouveau movement but the... see full details

Musée Rodin
The Rodin Museum is situated near the Musée d'Orsay and is housed in what was once the Hôtel Biron, the beautiful hotel where Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) once lived and worked. Inside are many of Rodin's great marble sculptures including The Kiss and The Hand... see full details

Musée National Picasso
The Picasso Museum is situated in a 17th-century mansion in the heart of Paris. The collection was started in 1973, after the French government accepted Picasso's own collection in lieu of death duties, and was added to after his widow's death in 1990.... see full details

Arc de Triomphe
The world's largest triumphal arch, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile is set at the centre of a star-shaped configuration of 12 radiating avenues. It stands 165ft (51 metres) tall and the names of major victories won during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods are... see full details

Les Invalides
Les Invalides were built by Louis the 14th in 1670 as a military hospital to take care of wounded soldiers. It comprises the largest single collection of monuments and museums in Paris all relating to the military history of France. It is a... see full details

Jardin des Plantes
The Jardin des Plantes is France's main botanical garden. Covering 28 hectares (280,000 m²) the garden was originally planted by Louis XIII's doctor in 1626 as a medicinal herb garden. In 1640, it became Paris's first public garden. In 1739, after a long period... see full details

Monday, 1 December 2008

Sightseeing in Paris

€32 per adt €16 per chd
Runs daily at 09:00. 12:00 and 15:00 hrs (duration 3 hours). This tour includes a coach trip to the main monuments in Paris and a cruise on the Seine during which you will discover 2000 years of Paris history.

€50 per adt €25 per chd
Runs daily at 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00 hrs (duration 5 hours). This is a city tour of Paris and you will see two thousand years of Parisian history from your boat on the River Seine. Lastly, you will enjoy a splendid panoramic view of Paris from the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower.

€27 per adt €14 per chd
Departs daily at 21:00 and 15 May-15 Aug at 22:00. Duration 1h30min. At dusk, Paris becomes the “City of Lights”. This tour gives you the opportunity to discover Paris, its history, its tree-lined boulevards with their animated cafes, and all the brilliantly illuminated monuments and squares: Concorde and Vendome Squares, Opera, Madeleine Church, rue Royale, Champs- Elysees, Arch of Triumph, Trocadero, Invalides, Notre-Dame, Chatelet Square.

€110 per adt No chd rate
Runs daily at 21:00 hrs (duration 4 hours). An evening tour passing all the brilliantly illuminated monuments, avenues and public buildings of Paris followed by the Moulin Rouge Show (a glass of Champagne is included per person).

€107 per adt €95 per chd
Runs daily. Includes a combined ticket for visit to Walt Disney Studios Park® and Disneyland Park®, according to the visitor’s handling capacity at that moment.

€44 per adt €22 per chd
Runs Monday, Friday and Saturday at 09:15 hours. Admission to the Museum is free of queuing. Your guided visit of the Louvre will be centred around three world famous works: The Venus de Milo , The Victory of Samothrace and the Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci at the beginning of the 16th century. After the guided tour you are free to stay to visit the other rooms of the world's largest museum. Entrance tickets included.