The Traveling Professor and Rick Steves Tours to Paris

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Author: The Traveling Professor/Thursday, September 4, 2014/Categories: Paris

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Although I have never gone on a Rick Steves Paris tour, I am sure they are terrific.   However, since I sometimes get questions on the difference between my general Paris tour and his Paris tours, here is a comparison of the major points:

Category

Rick Steves

The Traveling Professor

Group Size

24-28

12-14

Professional Guides

Yes

Yes

Unlimited Local Transportation

Yes

Yes

All Breakfasts

Yes

Yes

Dinners

Half

None

Tips Included

For drivers and guides

For drivers and guides

Guaranteed Tour Price

Yes

Yes

Limo Pickup at Airport

No

Yes

Number of Nights at Hotel

6

7

Tour Discount for Previous Travelers

$50

$100

6-Day VIP Museum Pass

Yes

Yes

Traveler Input on Itinerary

No

Yes

International Air

No

No

Children Permitted on Tour

Yes

No

Seine River Cruise

Yes

Yes

Price

$1,695-$2,395

$2,895

Single Supplement

$625

$395

Pre-Trip Consulting Fee

$75 per ½ hour

Free and Unlimited

Guidebook & Map

Free

Free

Phrase book, money belt, earplugs

Free

Not provided

Hotel

I don't know

Highly Rated Grand Balcons

Versailles Tour

Yes

Yes

Wine Tasting

Yes

Yes

Montmartre Tour

Yes

Yes

Opera Tour

No

Yes

Marais District Tour

Yes

Yes

Louvre, Orsay, Orangerie Tour

Yes

Yes

Pantheon, Arc de Triomphe,

No

Yes

# Paris Tours Offered Per Year

30+

2-4


I think the major differences on Rick Steves' Paris tours and The Traveling Professor's are as follows:

  • Number of Hotel Nights:  Rick Steves has 6.  The Traveling Professor has 7.
  • Itinerary:  The Traveling Professor's tours are one day longer and include extra attractions.
  • Limo Pickup:  The Traveling Professor tours have private limo pickup at the airport
  • Travelers:  Rick Steves has twice the number of travelers and will take children whereas The Professor's tours to Paris are for adults only and only about 12-14 travelers are on each tour.
  • Price:  Rick Steves tours are less expensive in terms of the base price, however the single supplement is significantly higher.
  • Free Stuff:  On a Rick Steves tour you get phrase book, money belt, and earplugs.  The Traveling Professor does not give you these items.
  • Meals:  Rick Steves' includes half the dinners.  The Professor does not.

Rick Steves probably runs a great tour, but they are different from The Traveling Professor.  

For more information on The Traveling Professor's tours to Paris, see www.travelingprofessor.com




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