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Paulette Zubel Mar 02, 2015 at 02:01 PM

Has anyone gone to Paris in October? What is the weather, crowds like?
Charlotte MacNeice Mar 02, 2015 at 05:31 PM

I went Nov 1-8 last year. The weather was like Fall in the NE USA. Maybe a brief shower in the am, then clouds and sun. I wore layers and peeled them as the day went by. Very few tourists, esp in the museums.

Erin Hartnett Feb 28, 2015 at 01:05 PM

Who's going on the March 28the trip?

Barbara Cummings Feb 24, 2015 at 06:38 PM

Hi, I'm going on the April 4th trip and I'm very excited. RS has such terrific programs and I'm met some lovely people. Anyone else going then. Or does anyone who has already been have tips?
Karen Brist Mar 01, 2015 at 08:14 PM

My friend and I are also planning on the April 4th trip. Neither of us has been to Paris before. This is my first RS trip, but he traveled with them to Central America several years ago when they were Elderholstel. We arrive from San Francisco on the 4th at about 10:30 am
Barbara Cummings Mar 02, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Hi Karen! I get in on the 4th also, at 10:55 am, pretty close to when you get there. It's my first time in Paris too. I traveled 3 times with them last year and this is my first international trip with them. I enjoyed the trips last year so much I'm hoping these live up to them. Maybe we can have a coffee or whatever that first day especially since the tour doesn't start until the next late afternoon.

Diane Weiner Feb 23, 2015 at 01:12 PM

Hi, I just signed up for the April 4-12 tour, arriving CDG on 4/5 at 8:15am. Looking for someone to share a cab to the hotel.
Barbara Cummings Feb 24, 2015 at 06:29 PM

Hi Diane - I'm going on that same tour. I'm excited about it, it will be my first time in Paris. Actually, I'm leaving a day early, Friday April 3rd, arriving on the 4th. Going to be in the same hotel as we'll be using during the tour. I'll look forward to meeting you. Is it your first time in Paris?
Diane Weiner Feb 24, 2015 at 07:57 PM

Hi Barbara, I was in Paris for 2 whirlwind days 25 yrs ago & am really looking forward to exploring the city. This is my first RS trip & I am excited for the adventure. Look forward to meeting you too:)
Barbara Cummings Mar 02, 2015 at 12:26 PM

There will probably be a lot of changes! I'd be interested in hearing about some of the differences. It's interesting to have that perspective.

Catherine McCrohan Feb 23, 2015 at 12:53 PM

Will be joining the May 22-30 tour. Looking for someone to possibly share a taxi from CDG to hotel. Arriving CDG on/about 8 am 5-23.

Charlotte MacNeice Feb 13, 2015 at 09:49 AM

Sorry to hear your trouble with the shuttle going TO CDG airport. There were 3 of us leaving around 7 am, and we had no trouble. (Also tip this driver! I forgot & regret that still!) If I were leaving the hotel for CDG, I'd still take the shuttle or maybe the Metro by myself if RS could extent my Metro pass. Everyone does speak English, but you'll win lots of points for having a few French expressions ready. "Where is...?" or just the place you're seeking, posed as a question, followed by a "merci".

Robert Huff Feb 13, 2015 at 08:23 AM

We took Paris Shuttle in July and not happy with it. We had reservation but they missed us once and we called two or three times and after two hours connected. Another couple took taxi for less than we paid for shuttle . we took taxi back to airport

Kae Yates Feb 13, 2015 at 01:01 AM

I am going on this trip in September. What transportation did you use from the airport to the hotel? I think I will use a taxi. This is my first solo trip to Europe so I'm a little anxious and want to plan well.
Charlotte MacNeice Feb 13, 2015 at 07:51 AM

On the Nov 1-9 trip, I used the suggest Les Cars Air France. They are really busses, and there are many signs in the airport. The bus lets you off at Gare de Lyon, and you always ask the driver "Gare de Lyon?". then ask for taxis. It was a 10 minute taxi drive to hotel. Keep handy a the written dorwn name/address of hotel to show taxi driver. Also tip the taxi driver! Most other service people, esp servers, you don't tip. The Car AirFrance was +/- 17 Euros. If you cannot meet up with other RS travelers at the airport, perhaps a taxi directly to the hotel is a good idea, -to avoid the worry/stress. It's easier than one thinks to get to the hotel from CDG airport. Enjoy this great trip! ALso study Google Earth, CDG airport plans online, & maps ahead of time
Erikka Cullum Feb 13, 2015 at 09:37 AM

Hi Kae, I also used the Paris Shuttle, but did not have a problem with them. My flight into Paris was late by 1/2 hour. When I called Paris Shuttle, they told me where to stand and they picked me up about about 20 minutes later. When I was going back to CDG, they picked me up at 7:30am like they said, not a second later. I'm still tickled by how prompt the driver was. Our tour guide (Thomas) also echoed Robert Huff's comments, stating that Paris Shuttle is about 50% reliable. Other people on my trip took cabs, which was about $75 USD. The trip booklet you receive from RS will also list another option, I just can't remember what is at the moment. Another traveler went Charlotte's route and took the bus to Gare de Lyon (a really cool subway terminal) and took a taxi to the hotel as well. By the way, there is no need to be nervous! When you arrive at CDG, EVERYONE speaks English. Once you finish at Customs, you will see signs for a Foreign Traveler's office. they directed me to the Paris Shuttle phone and Paris Shuttle speaks English as did the driver. If your flight arrives before 2pm Paris time, I would recommend booking your hotel room a day early so that you will have a room when you arrive. I arrived at about 10am Paris time and my room was not ready until 2pm. I did not mind walking around Paris for 4 hours, but as you can imagine, I was tired and loopy and would have loved the opportunity to shower, nap and change clothes, but now I know for the next adventure!
Erikka Cullum Feb 13, 2015 at 09:39 AM

I went on the Nov 9-16, 2014 trip, by the way...
Kae Yates Feb 13, 2015 at 05:00 PM

Thank you Erikka and Charlotte for your feedback. So, the Paris Shuttle and the Les CarsAir France are different services from CDG? Also, I'm going to the Los Angeles Travel show on 2/21 & 2/22 where RS has a booth and I'm in hopes of talking to them at that time as well. I do plan to get to Paris a day before so I'll have time for some r&r before the trip actually begins.

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