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Paris

Annabelle's verdict:

Who doesn’t love Paris? Whether you’re a first-timer or an old-hand, there’s always something new to discover - and if you travel with Kirker, their concierge can recommend the hottest new restaurants and tips on hip places to shop, drink and sightsee. It’s also a great destination for lovers of train travel; combine Paris with a jaunt by high-speed rail to the south of France, Spain or Italy.

Recommended company: Kirker Holidays

Kirker Holidays says

No city can compete with the allure of Paris whether you’re a first-timer or revisiting.

World class art and museums, breathtaking architecture, stylish boutiques and the chance to savour fine French cuisine and wines, are just some of the reasons it’s a perennial favourite. In addition to the classic sights and sites, the expert Kirker team will share our insider tips on secret gems which you might otherwise miss.

In addition to the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris is also a city of stunning smaller museums. We particularly recommend the Musée Jacquemart-Andre, a former private home converted into a charming art gallery, or the Musée Nissim-Camondo, which houses the extraordinary collection of one of pre-war France’s wealthiest families. For an insight into some of the hidden gems, join Undiscovered Paris, a small group tour, led by an art historian and Paris resident.

Paris’ food scene offers so much more than its renowned Michelin-starred restaurants. The city’s backstreets and squares reveal a multitude of atmospheric bistros and brasseries, where you can enjoy cuisine and wines from all corners of the country. Kirker’s Guide Notes are the perfect introduction to both fine dining and more simple cuisine. The Kirker Concierge can recommend the perfect restaurant and book a table on your behalf.

There are hundreds of hotels in Paris so it pays to take the advice of an expert on the right property to suit your needs. We have hand-picked just 22 hotels, from the charming Hotel Notre Dame (3* Superior), with arguably the best view in Paris, to the grand palace hotels including the George V and Le Bristol (5* Deluxe).

For location and traditional style, go for the Hotel Westminster (4*). Le Pont Royal is highly recommended for a taste of the vibrant Left Bank scene and, one of our favourites, there’s the Pavillon de la Reine (4* Deluxe), a delightful boutique hotel, tucked away in the Marais.

Finally, don’t forget that the Eurostar to Paris opens up the rest of the continent to those who prefer to travel by rail. We can help create a tailor-made holiday which includes a stay in Paris followed by high-speed onward trains to the South of France, Spain, Portugal or Italy. See one of our suggested itineraries here.

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