La Vie Locale

Customized Group Trip- Paris Oct 2018


Customized Group Trip Oct 10-16

Your trip is around the corner. Hope you are excited for your upcoming family trip to Paris! We are looking forward to helping you have an unforgettable time in Paris! 

Paris Like a Local

Things to Know Before your Trip:

Getting into Paris from CDG Airport: 

Option 1: Uber/ Taxi to your Airbnb - Cost around 44-60euros  

Option 2: Take Public Transport (RER B Train) from the airport into the city center ( Paris Nord ), then you can switch to the metro ( line 5)  and get off at the Oberkampf stop ( For more detailed instruction to take the train into the city click here

Option 3: Take Public Transport (RER B Train) from the airport into the city  center (Paris Nord ), then take an Uber to your Airbnb

Costs: RER B Train ticket 10,30 euros             Taxi/Uber 45-55 euros to your AIRBNB

Getting around Paris:

Public transport is the easiest/affordable way to get around the city. I would recommend downloading the following apps before you arrive to help you figure out how to get around the city. There are currently ongoing transportation strikes as well as construction that delays or impacts certain lines. 
Transportation Applications: 
RATP- Paris metro app
Citymapper- Helps you navigate Paris with the best routes and you don’t need data to be able to use it

For your trip duration it is best to buy a pack of 10 metro tickets ( 14,90 euros) and buy more if need be ( 1.90 euros per ticket). And or take a day pass (12 euros) on the day(s) you will be taking the metro a lot.

Budget Accommodation options:

Les Pialues- Boutique hostel (they have private rooms as well)
Generator Hostel- Boutique Hostel
Jules et Jim Hotel
You can also look into Airbnbs near Gare du Nord ( which is near by the train you can take straight to the airport) 

Sample Itinerary

Bienvenue à Paris

Wednesday 10/10- Bienvenue à Paris

Welcome to Paris. Once you make it to your Airbnb you will most likely be tired from your travels. No need to travel far on your first day, explore your neighborhood, and rest up to hit the ground running the following day. 

Suggested Tour Options

  • Hop on Hop Off Bus

  • Walking tour of Montmartre


Thursday 8/16- Discover Black Paris

Morning/Afternoon: Start off the morning by grabbing breakfast near your Airbnb, then you can head to the Black Paris Tour for the afternoon or full day option (Price: 85 euros for ⅔ days tour and 125 euros for a full day)

Breakfast spots near your Airbnb:

Musée d'orsay is open late on Thursday evenings until 9:45pm, they also have a beautiful restaurant that you can have dinner inside. 



Friday 8/17- Paris

Morning: Start off the morning at your own pace

Afternoon: Explore Paris like a local. You can start off at Republique, then make your way to Canal St. Martin ( many great restaurants and places to eat in the area), from there you can hop on the metro and make your way into central Paris to visit your choice of museum or revisit some of the classic monuments. 

Evening:  Galeries Lafayette ( Paris' oldest department store) offers Wine and Cheese Tastings in English every Friday from 6-7:30pm * Could be another way to meet people*



Saturday 8/18- Day Trip

Consider taking a day trip outside of Paris to: 

  • Chateau de Versailles ( You can take the Paris Metro and Train to access the Versailles Castle)

  • Reims, Champagne Country ( 45 minute train ride from Paris, it is also possible to go with organized tours directly from Paris to Champagne country for a day trip

* We can discuss this option in more detail if you are interested*


Sunday 8/19

Morning: Begin the morning  early in true Parisian fashion by visiting  one of the largest outdoor markets, Bastille Market. You can grab a few things and have a picnic later in the day by the Seine River to cool off ( Temps are very high in Paris these days)

Then grab Brunch at one of the many Brunch spots

Afternoon/Evening: Spend the afternoon by the water at Sunday Groove ( a weekly  Hip-hop/ R&B  day time party). It starts at 4pm and goes until the evening. The location of this event is on a terrace right on the Seine River with great music, and very good vibes.  
Address:Wanderlust at 32 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris
Price: Free from 4-7pm you just have to sign up at this link or 10 euros after 7pm


Monday 8/20

AM: Explore the last things you wanted to see before heading off...

Afternoon:  Depart to Bordeaux for Work Away Trip.





Activities/ Things to Do:

Ricki Steven’s Black Paris Tour:
Available Dates: Daily Price: 85 euros for ⅔ days tour and 125 euros for a full day

Little Africa Tour:  Walking tour to discover the incredible neighborhood of La Goutte d'Or, the place for African fashion. Crossroads of the African fashion, and food. You will have the chance to meet craftsmen, tailors and designers from Africa - many of which have been featured in top African fashion blogs and magazines!
Available Date: August 20: 2:30-4:30pm   Price- 60 euros

Vedettes du Pont Neuf- 1hr-Seine River Cruise
Dates: Everyday Price: 12 euros online

Sacre Coeur Dome ( 360 panoramic view of Paris from the top of Sacre Coeur)
Price: 6 euros

Picnic along the Seine River or in one of the many parks ( Free)

Localer's is a site dedicated to connecting travelers with locals. They offer many different tour experiences from cooking classes, day trips, food tours, etc

FUKAMI, l'exposition at l'hôtel Salomon de Rothschild- Current Museum Exhbit
Price-5 euros


Where to Eat/Drink:

Food Lover's Guide to Paris

Where to Eat in Paris

TOP 10 Places to Brunch in Paris

Top 10: New Cafés in Paris