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Paris is the City of Lights, and one of the most sought-after vacation spots around the globe. Because it’s such a chic, desirable location, it can also be very expensive to plan a last minute vacation there. However, if you’re savvy enough to take advantage of last minute vacation deals, then you can get to see all that Paris has to offer, for a mere pittance.

Budget Hotels in Paris FranceThere are an abundance of last minute flights Paris airlines advertise, and knowing how to take advantage of these is key to booking an inexpensive last minute Paris vacation. International air fare can be extremely expensive, especially from the U.S. or Canada to Europe. If you’ve spent time on Expedia Paris vacation hunting, then you know that waiting until two or three weeks prior to your departure date to book your vacation can end up saving you a ton of money. Cheap flights to Paris that airlines have available are usually only so inexpensive because it costs the airline the same amount of money to fly an empty plane as it does a full one. By making sure that all of their seats are booked, then they can recoup their expenses and turn a profit more easily than flying a plane with a few empty seats. This is especially true for flights that have a lot of stop-overs, or flights that leave at undesirable times of day. This is because those flights are more likely to have empty spots available, versus more popular flights.

The same thing is true for lastminute hotel deals Paris hotels don’t tell you about. A hotel has to spend the same amount of money whether they have all of their rooms booked or not, so it behooves them to fill as many spots as possible. By waiting until the last minute, you can get great last minute vacation deals on your accommodations. This is true whether you’re looking at last minute apartments Paris landlords have available, or just a hotel room for a few nights. In either case, the hotel or apartment owner stands to lose more by letting their property stay vacant, so they are often willing to cut you a deal so that they can have someone, anyone, renting their space. This is what makes cheap holidays Paris so easy to find.

Another facet of getting last minute Paris holidays is waiting until the main vacation season is over. Most people in the Northern hemisphere wait until summer to take their holidays, or go during Christmas, New Year’s, and the like. By waiting until the off season to go to Paris, you can take advantage of flights and hotels that are discounted to help encourage travelers to keep visiting during the slow season.

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If you’re interested in last minute travel Paris vacations, then there are plenty of resources available to help you find the vacation of your dreams. Last minute Paris trips can be glamorous, exciting, and loads of fun. If you’re willing to wait to book your flight and hotel arrangements, then you can get to see Paris for less.

If you are planning a last minute trip to Paris, looking for last minute vacation deals, including air fares and hotel accommodation, at some point you will have to think about what you are actually hoping to see in Paris. There are so many landmarks to visit, museums and theatres to go to, restaurants and cafes to dine at, that one can easily feel overwhelmed and won’t even bother to plan those things in advance.

We recommend you think about it at least 2 days before your flight, and plan your first two days in Paris at this point. There are tons of things to see and do in Paris, and a little bit of planning won’t hurt. So that you don’t get lost as to what you should see while in Paris, we have compiled a list of 10 must-see attractions. So, if you are taking a last minute trip to Paris and don’t really have time to plan, here’s your list of places you simply can’t miss:

Last Minute Paris1.      Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise – Price: for Adults: €11.00, for Children: €5.00
Taking a sightseeing boat tour on the Seine on your first day in Paris is probably the best thing that you can do to kick off your Paris adventure. The Parisians are treating the Seine River almost like an avenue, and rightly so. The main city attractions are sprinkled on both sides of it, and you will be able to see most of them from the  River. Remember, the way you see the monuments and bridges from the water, you would never be able to see them from land. The city looks absolutely spectacular and magnificent from water, particularly at night. Begin your first day in Paris with the boat tour on the Seine, or better yet, finish it with it.

Located at: Port de la Bourdonnais, 75007, Paris 7e
Nearest metro: Trocadero; Bir-Hakeim

Last Minute Paris2. Arc De Triomphe – Price: Adult: €9.00
How can you miss visiting one of the most iconic French Monuments? It’s easily recognizable and represents the military glory and folly of France. The construction was ordered by Napoleon in 1809, but was not finished until 1836. The Arc de Triomphe features carved names of Napoleon’s victories and is decorated with battle scenes.

For the last minute Paris visitors, the Arc de Triomphe gives some of the best views of Paris: the Champs Elysée, the Place Charles de Gaulle, La Grande Arche de la Défense, the Place de la Concorde, and the Louvre. Your camera will never stop shooting! Plus, you can take a bus tour from there.

Located at: Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris 8e
Nearest metro: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile

Last Minute Paris3. Paris Bus Tour – Price: for Adults: €24.00 for Children: €12.00

Hopefully your last minute vacation deals have been taken care of, and  you are now in Paris ready to roll. One of the best ways to discover the city is to take a bus tour, and Les Cars Rouges are giving you exactly such an opportunity.

Each tour lasts a little over two hours, and takes you around the main attractions in central Paris. You can hop on and off at any of the nine stops across Paris to explore the city more extensively.  Some of the stops include: Champs-Elysees – Etoile, Orsay Museum, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame, and Eiffel Tower.

The buses depart every 10-15 minutes from Trocadero, Grand Palais, Champs-Elysees – Etoile, 15 Rue Scribe, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame, Orsay Museum, Champ De Mars, Eiffel Tower, and include multilingual guides in 8 languages: English, French, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, German, and Spanish.

 

Last Minute Paris4. Louvre Museum – Price: Adult: €9.50
Your last minute Paris trip would be unfulfilled without a visit to the Louvre Museum. I would actually plan the whole day for the Louvre as it’s one of the biggest and finest art galleries on the planet. Even one full day at the museum will not be enough to see its vast collection of modern and classic art. The quality and the importance of the museum’s art collection is unsurpassed. It includes more than 35,000 pieces of artwork from antique period to modern days, and boasts such names as Leonardo Da Vinci and Delacroix among many others. The iconic pyramid building is a must-see as well as the beautiful formal Carrousel gardens, surrounding it.

Located at: Palais du Louvre, Paris 1er
Nearest metro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre

Last Minute Paris5. Ô Château Wine Tasting – Price: Adult: €30.00
When I am planning my last minute vacations, or looking for those sweet last minute vacation deals, I am always trying to find something that would be of a particular interest to me. This was the case with the last minute Paris trip. Even though I like arts and appreciate beauty, I knew it was my chance to discover the secrets of the famous French wine-making. I made a point of having a glass or two of French wine every day (after all, I was on vacation), and I also had a tour of the Ô Château Wine Tasting, a quite educational experience for both wine novices or connoisseurs. Apart from being a very educational tour that teaches you some basic tasting techniques, you also get to have some fun and experience some rare French wine. Ideal for wine-lovers!
This tour needs to be booked in advance – see our money-saving tips at the end of this article.

Located at:   68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Paris 75001

Last Minute Paris6. Towers of Notre Dame – Price: Adult: €7.50

Last minute vacations in Paris would not be complete without visiting this famous landmark. Built in just 40 years, which was simply amazing for the 13th century medieval Europe, the Towers of Notre Dame are definitely among the greatest amusements of the cathedral.

Just make sure you go there before lunch as you will need your morning energy to clime all the 422 steps of the towers to enjoy the most spectacular view of the downtown Paris.

Located at: Parvis de Notre-Dame, Paris 4e

 

Last Minute Paris7. The Montparnasse Tower – Price:  for Adults: €10.00, for Children: €4.50

This is another great way for last minute Paris travelers to enjoy a simply breathtaking view of the whole city, stretching in front of you in all directions. The fastest elevator in Europe will take you in just 38 seconds to the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower  (640 ft, or 196 meters).

Here’s just a few landmarks that you will enjoy from this incredible height: the Louvre, Panthéon, Arc de Triomphe, Orsay Museum, Sacré Coeur, Les Invalides, and finally, the Eiffel Tower. There is an indoor observatory, which is on the 56th floor, and an outdoor observatory, located on the 59th floor. Both provide a totally different experience, and are equipped with binoculars and viewpoint tables. If you happen to be there on a very clear day, you would be able to see as far as 40 kilometers, or if you come in the evening hours, you will enjoy an absolutely spectacular sunset.

Located at:  33 avenue du Main F, Paris 75015

Nearest metro: Montparnasse-Bienvenue

Last Minute Paris8. The Orsay Museum – Price: Adults: €8.00
Desinged originally as a train station back in 1900, it became clear in the 1950′s that the old platforms were way too short for the modern-day trains. Therefore, the building was transformed first into a theatre, and then, in the 1970′s into an arts museum. The art collection displayed at the Orsay Museum is dedicated to the period from 1848 to 1915. If you are a big fan of the Impressionism, then that’s where you will find the masterpieces of such artists as van Gogh, Sisley, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Guaguin, Manet, and Delacroix. At Last Minute Vacation Deals we totally recommend visiting this museum, and not only because of its art collection, but also because the building itself is a work of art. Located near the Tuileries gardens, the last minute Paris travelers should not miss this architectural wonder.

Located at:    62, rue de Lille, Paris 7e Estación más cercana: Solférino

Paris Last Minute9.  The Musée Grévin – Price: for Adults: €20.00, Children: €12.00

Last minute Paris adventures won’t be complete without a visit to the Musée Grévin, where you can observe dramatic and very believable scenes from modern and historical Paris. There are more than 300 wax figures exhibited there, along with striking recreations of the most important events in world and French history.
You will discover the secrets of wax figure-making, after you have enjoyed a private meeting with Jean de La Fontaine or Louis XIV. Among other scenes that you might be attracted to are the figures of Brigitte Bardot, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, or Elvis Presley.

Located at: 10 boulevard Montmartre, Paris 9e

Last Minute Paris10. The Palace of Versailles – Price: Adults: €20.00
When planning last minute vacations in Paris, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the information you need to absorb before and during your visit. We have listed the Palace of Versailles last on our list, knowing that you probably won’t have time to visit all ten attractions recommended here, particularly if it’s a short stay. However, many people would say that it’s a must-see, and it’s difficult to disagree with that. The Palace of Versailles is by far one of the biggest and most magnificent palaces in the world. Do you like the stats? There you go: 67 staircases, 1,252 fireplaces, and 2,143 windows.

The residence of King Louis XV1, it became a synonym of decadence, and is also known as the place where the citizens of Paris stood against their king, forcing the royal family to move back to Paris.
There’s no shortage of gardens and groves around the Palace filled with gorgeous fountains and sculptures.

I didn’t get to visit it until my second time in Paris, simply because, no matter how much I tried to plan my last minute vacations in Paris, I couldn’t fit it into my first 5-day last minute trip to Paris. It’s totally worth it, particularly if you are a big fan of the 18th century architecture.

Located at: Versailles, 78 000

When you are looking for last minute vacation deals, particularly when you are planning a last minute Paris trip, you are probably trying to save some money. Assuming you have alreadyLast Minute Travel To Paris - view of Eiffel Tower arranged for the last minute plane ticket and hotel accommodation, the sightseeing expenses would be the next biggest cost on your last minute vacations list. Is there any way a last minute Paris traveler can save on all the museums, bus tours and public transportation?  The answer is Yes, it’s quite possible with the Paris Pass.  Designed to provide you with everything you need to explore the city, you will get access to over 55 Paris monuments and museums, other attractions such as a Seine River Cruise or  Les Cars Rouge bus tour, not to mention Paris Visite Pass that will give you access to the Parisian metro, buses, and RER.

Now, I only recommend the Paris Pass if you were to visit all ten sightseeing attractions listed above. For instance, it will cost you €149.00 to visit all ten. A 4-day Paris Pass for 1 adult costs €149.00. Doesn’t sound like you are saving a lot, I know. But remember, you can visit as many attraction as you want. So, if you were to see at least 10 or more in 4 days, then it totally would make sense to buy it.

I did not buy it on my first visit to Paris, but I only stayed there for 5 days back then, and I only did one attraction a day. On my second visit to Paris, though (8-days in total), I bought a 4-day Paris Pass and used it for 12 sightseeing tours. One of the biggest savings with Paris Pass was on the transportation – for instance, a metro Pass for two days is around €14.00, but free with Paris Pass.

So, it all depends on how active you are planning to be. If you are planning to see at least 10 places, then definitely go for it; less than that – don’t bother.
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We hope this article was helpful in planning your last minute Paris vacation. Last minute vacations should not be hard to arrange for, once you know how to. Browse our site for more last minute vacations deals. Please leave a comment if you’d like to share your last minute Paris experience.