So this isn't quite April in Paris, but Air France Holidays' latest offer (tel. 800/2-FRANCE; www.airfrance-holidays.com) priced from $649 per person, is valid for travel all the other months, from this May through March 2010. This week's smart deal includes round-trip airfare on Air France, six nights of hotel accommodations in Paris, continental breakfast daily, hotel taxes and service charges, a Paris city map, airline fuel surcharges, and a Bateaux Mouches River Cruise. Airport taxes and fees, however, are not included; the package is calculated based on New York-JFK and Newark, NJ departures but others are possible, too. Add $30 if you leave from Boston or Philadelphia; $50 if Washington, D.C., is your closest airport; $120 for Chicago, Houston, Miami, or West Palm Beach; and $220 for Los Angeles, San Francisco or Denver, for example.
The lowest advertised price reflects travel November 1-9 and travel for January 5-March 25, 2010, so it benefits those who plan ahead. More immediate departures are available starting May 3-15, priced from $869 and peak at $1,179 for travel June 18-30, and then again for travel August 25-September 6. The least expensive base price reflect stays at budget accommodations at the perennial budget favorite Comfort Gare de L'Est hotel in the 10th arrondisemont and, for $20 more, Comfort Hotel Lamarck near Sacre Coure. Both hotels are close to Metro stops but slightly further afield from the city's main attractions. For about $200 more, you can upgrade to a tourist class hotel such as the Louvre Saint Romain Hotel, situated within walking distance of the Louvre, shopping, Left Bank, Musee d'Orsay and Notre Dame. The priciest accommodations are the Hôtel Scribe, priced from $1,529, is a deluxe property with newly furnished rooms and located at the Opera, close to the Louvre Museum, Champs-Elysees, Seine River, Printemps department store and more.