The “Night Tour” Scam

One of my clients mentioned in an email today that she had booked a “Paris by Night” bus tour for her late-June visit to Paris. It starts at 9pm. But as everyone who lives (and runs a company) in Paris knows, in summer the sun doesn’t set until around 10pm. And even then it’s still too bright to start the Bastille Day fireworks on July 14th until almost 11pm. So these Paris by Night tours aren’t at “night” at all. Foxity Tours (on www.FranceTourism.fr) writes “Paris, it is 276 monuments, churches, fountains, bridges and canals lit up at night… See for yourself how these sites are illuminated and discover the magic of the capital.” Viator.com also sells a “Paris Illuminations Night Tour” that starts at 8pm (and is over by 9:30pm). Totally laughable. And unprofessional. In winter it’s dark by 5pm, so night tours before 11pm are no problem. And a few companies like Fat Tire Bike Tours start during daylight and finish in the dark, so you capture the sunset before the lights come on. But the fraudulent companies offering “night” tours that finish before 10pm in summer should be sued by their disappointed clients. And shame on the Office of Tourism for not stepping in to prevent these swindlers from giving all Paris tour companies a bad name.

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  1. ana
    Comment by ana | 07/08/13 at 9:29 pm

    OMgosh, thank you. I never considered this and because I am traveling with much older relatives, I was advising perhaps we should do a “twilight’ tour to see the lights at about 7:00 p.m. Whew! Thank you!

  2. Comment by Carola | 07/09/13 at 4:41 pm

    Viator is a HUGE scam. I had such difficulty with them.

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