Paris is a city that needs no introduction. Known for its romantic atmosphere, stunning architecture, world-class museums, and gourmet cuisine; it’s no wonder that millions of people flock to the City of Light every year.
But what if I told you that there’s a way to experience all of Paris’ charm without the crowds, stress, and expense of peak season? That’s exactly what I did on my recent trip to Paris during the off-season, and it was a revelation.
When is Off-Season?
First things first: off-season in Paris runs from November through March, with the exception of the holiday season from mid-December through early January. During this time, the city sees fewer tourists, which means shorter lines at museums and attractions, more availability at popular restaurants, and fewer crowds in general. And while the weather can be chilly, with occasional rain or snow, it’s nothing a warm coat and a cup of hot chocolate can’t fix.
Another major advantage of off-season travel to Paris is the cost. Flights and hotels are significantly cheaper than during peak season, which means you can save money on your trip overall. With the money I saved on flights, we upgraded to private excursions of Versaille and Montemare!
Yes, during the offseason the weather can be chilly or rainy, meaning you’ll need to pack warm clothes and an umbrella. But if you’re someone who enjoys wandering the streets of Paris, visiting museums and art galleries, and dining at cozy bistros, then the off-season might be the perfect time for you to visit!
Overall, we had a fantastic time; I fell in love with Paris and cannot wait to revisit. I was able to see all of the city’s iconic sights without feeling like I was fighting through crowds, and I loved the opportunity to be spontaneous with my plans.
If you’re considering a trip to Paris, I highly recommend considering the off-season as an option. Reach out to one of our travel professionals to start planning your next Paris vacation.
A big thank you to Candice Rouquette for writing this blog and sharing her expertise. Learn more about Candice here.