Interested in a late summer vacation to Paris, but think that peak travel season means it must be completely out of reach? In fact, the opposite is actually true: August happens to be one of the most affordable times to visit the city, with even luxury hotels offering rates and inclusions that aren’t usually available during the rest of the year. Airfare to the city, it turns out, is also cheaper compared with other months.
According to Expedia, August is the least expensive month to fly to Paris from the United States, just behind November. Research from the flight comparison app Fareness shows that average airfare to Paris from the United States in August is $1,045, compared with June and July, when it is $1,245.
Travelers who want to fly business class can consider the Family Trip Duo deal from the 74-seat all business class airline La Compagnie, available until Aug. 24. Round trip airfare for from Newark Liberty International Airport to Paris Orly Airport begins at $1,500, while the accompanying fare for children ages 11 and under is $1,300. Otherwise, round trip airfare begins at $1,800 in August.
Luxury Hotels Bargains
Paris is a wallet-friendly proposition in August, said Francois Delahaye, the president of Plaza Athénée, one of the city’s most upscale hotels and a native Parisian. Most locals leave town while the deep-pocketed set who come during peak season in June decamp to the beach. “You’ll have the city to yourself if you come in August because it’s quiet, yet all the sights and stores are open,” he said. “If you’re looking to stretch your money, this is the month to visit.”
Plaza Athénée also offers a special in August where your fourth night is free with a three-night stay. Guests who book through a travel agent also receive a guaranteed room upgrade, breakfast, and early check-in and late checkout. Rates start at 728 euros (about $886), after the discount.
Another high-end property, Hotel du Rond-Pont des Champs-Élysées, has an August special where nightly rates start at 222 euros and include breakfast, a space-available upgrade, tea from Mariages Frères, hot chocolate from Fauchon and unlimited calls to Europe and North America. Book by emailing the hotel at email@example.com.
In a bid to attract guests, the new Hotel Monte Cristo, a four-star property, is offering an August deal: a three-night stay costs 399 euros for two people and includes breakfast and a bottle of Champagne.
Hotel de Berri, a Luxury Collection Hotel, the former home of Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, has rooms starting at $490 in August that include breakfast (as a point of reference, room rates in July start at $790).
Also, Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel has nightly rates in August starting at $580 and include breakfast. Children 12 years old and under eat for free and a second room is 50 percent off.
Package Deals and Local Guides
Expedia also offers hundreds of travel packages to Paris from the United States in August, and many are well under $1,000, according to Sarah Gavin, a spokeswoman for the company.
In addition to hotel prices, rates for private tour guides also tend to drop in August. The tour company Paris Avec Moi, which offers tours of the Paris Opera and the Musée d’Orsay, for example, normally charges 180 euros for a two-hour private tour, but in August the price drops to 130 euros. Book by emailing the company at firstname.lastname@example.org.