We booked our train ticket with RailEurope, from Basel to Paris Gare Lyon which cost us 65 euro per pax.
- Switzerland to Paris
- Galeries Lafayette
- La Vallee Village
- Musée du Louvre
- Ponts des Arts
- Notre Dame de Paris
- Seine River Cruise
- Angelina Paris
- Eiffel Tower
- Parc du Champs de Mars
- Arc de Triomphe
- Avenue Montaigne
- Champs elysse
- Galeries Lafayette
Upon arrival, we bought train tickets in a bulk of tens from the machine and it only accepts either coins or credit card – visa only as our MasterCard did not work. Each trip required 1 ticket for zone 1-3. We took the green line from Paris Gare Lyon to Gare Du Nord via RER D about 7 mins train ride. You required to push on the button on the right side of the door to open it.
Accommodation: Libertel Gare du Nord Suede, $195 sgd per pax for 3 nights
Address: Libertel Gare du Nord Suede, 106 Boulevard de Magenta, 75010 Paris, France
Nearest Station: Gare Du Nord
Currency rate: 1 Euro : 1.537 SGD
Power plug: 2 round pin
Galeries Lafayette is a shopping department in paris with plenty of china tourist. You can obtained 10% off discount card for galeries lafayette via the following options:
- I took it from the brochure sections, where a galeries lafayette card is available in the leaflet.
By showing the Paris pass at the customer reception center, located at ground floor to redeem the 10% card or like me obtained the card from hotel lobby and simply spend 40 euros, you can go back to the customer reception center to redeem a free welcoming gift.
Samsonite luggage are on 40% for the blacks while others having 20% off on 1st piece and 30% off for 2nd piece.
The Firelite, size 30 is selling 449 euro – 40% = 269.4 euros and size 28 at 429 euro – 40% = 257.4 euros.
In paris, spending of 175 euros on the same day in the same store to qualify for the 12% tax refund, and you are required to do the tax refund in the store and custom upon departing EU. Tax refund is 12% if you opt for Credit Card refund. See the image below:
* You are warned for the china crowd at ground level tax refund, recommend to go higher level to Q for the tax refund. It took us about 30 mins in Q.
On the 2nd day in paris, we head down to the outlet for shopping: La Vallee Village.
Head to the customer reception at the other end, to redeem for the shopping voucher where it consists of 10% discount coupon that can be used to offset your shopping. Simply flash your visa credit card and ask for the VIP discount booklet. Be early at 9am as the tour group comes in at 11am.
Longchamp bag cost 5o euros for long handle and short handle at 46 euros. Longchamp pouch case cost 21 euros. Additional 10% off when you use the discount coupon and 12% tax refund if applicable
Mont Blanc wallet for men’s range around 181 to 201 euros while the belts were around 143 euros. Cuff links are generally more expensive than what we found in singapore, it cost from 179 to 297 euros and even thousand plus euros. Cheapest mont blanc pen cost 416 euros.
Dunhill wallet for mens are cheaper, it cost 150euros where Singapore selling at 570 sgd.
Moving on to Salvatore Ferragamo store, ladies wallet range 195 to 285 euros (top) & 225 to 285 euros (btm). High heels are at 255 euros and sunwear at 99 euros.
Samsonite luaggage are even cheaper at the outlet store for size 32 firelite at 224.7 euros. Bigger and cheaper than what i bought in galeries lafayette and is in a new color blue.
Try the Amorino ice cream very good and they are done in flower petals.
Estimates it will take you about 3 hours to shop. We left to have lunch and head to Musée du Louvre by train.
There are seller selling eiffel tower keychain and selfie sticks, enter to the louvre is extremely long Q. It is a walkable distance to the ponts des arts aka the love bridge where couples used to buy lock to lock at the side of the bridges. However, things have changed. The government have changed the bridge to glass panel, however, you can still see some couples trying to lock at the edges of the bridge.
As we further walk down along the street there are stall selling books, painting works and magnets, for another 10 minutes walk along the senine river we reached notre dame de paris.
As the sun start to set, we decided to walk back to the port to board the senine river cruise that cost 14 euros per pax for an hour ride. There are a guide to introduce the landmarks and he is helpful to help us to take photo with Eiffel tower.
On our last day in paris, we head to Angelina Paris for breakfast. Is really very sweet for everything we eat. We bought one bottle of the chestnut paste which tastes well.
From there, we took a bus towards Eiffel tower, so i can take some day light eiffel tower since it is the signature landmark in paris. Feel that paris bus wasnt comfortable as bus driver tends to stamp on brake.
Alighted from the bus and we walked toward the effiel tower. You can booked your tickets online, as the online was sold out 2 weeks before my trip, hence i was trying my luck as many review say there will be extremely long Q. It was sunday, 11 am, there wasnt long Q.
There is long Q for the security clearance, avoid bringing glass bottle sharp items as you will not be able to enter. I simply just bought the tickets at the ticket office to the top at 17 euros per pax as we q for the 2nd security clearance. The first escalator will bring us up to 2nd floor and the other side to go up to the top. At the top is very windy, from the top you will able to see the clear view.
After coming down from the tower, across the street there is this churros you can try for 5 euros, and walk further down to the Parc du Champs de Mars.
We than further head down to Arc de Triomphe, taking the train from trocadero.Follow the exit sign that is available in the station, we arrive at the arc de triomphe.
It is walkable distance down towards champs Elysse, where it is a shopping area. Some boutique does not open on sunday. LV is generally cheaper in paris, we bought a LV wallet for dad at 335 euros with tax refund of 12%.
Prada ladies long wallet selling at 550 Euros.
We had our dinner at Lai Yi Guo mini fondue chinose, similar to mini hotpot with soup base or dry version of your choice. I order the mala guo very nice if you are looking for Chinese steamboat.