I booked this as a surprise for my daughter's birthday, and booking directly was very easy. Laurent responded quickly and answered all my questions prior to our reservation. First of all, our driver Laurent absolutely made this tour magical!!! He was so friendly and fun, with a vast knowledge of all parts of the city.
This tour is the perfect introduction to Paris. We chose this tour for our first full day in Paris, which turned out to be ideal in making us feel comfortable navigating the city for the remainder of our trip. We even saw Laurent and the beautiful Citroen he named "Simone" a few days after our tour, and we waved to Laurent and he saw us and waved and Simone gave a friendly beep! I feel like we now have a friend in Paris - Laurent, you are the BEST!!
Our vehicle, Simone, was gorgeous. Such an antique beauty garnered lots of attention and photos from passers-by. It was so fun to pop up through the open roof while briefly stopped at a sight and wave to the people like I was the Queen - made us feel like celebrities! We are a family of three, and the vehicle accommodated us perfectly. My husband sat in the front with Laurent as they talked cars and engines and the like, while our daughter and I felt like royalty being chauffeured in the spacious back seat. I would strongly recommend the 3-hour night tour, as the time flies by as you crisscross the city leisurely enjoying every nook and cranny of Paris while Laurent provides you with some great historical information and points out intricate architectural or historical details that you otherwise would miss. Touring Paris at night is truly magical. The floodlit buildings and twinkling Eiffel Tower lights makes you feel like you're the star of a movie. All three of us raved about this tour the rest of our vacation. We loved everything about it, and have already recommended it to many friends. We will definitely book it again during our next Paris trip. Champagne is optional, and payment for the tour and optional champagne (plus gratuity for excellent service!) is done with cash at the end of the tour. Pick up and drop off can be arranged with your driver, and do not have to be the same place. We were picked up after an early dinner near the Eiffel Tower, and dropped off at the end of the tour at our hotel in the Bastille area. It was very convenient.
I highly recommend this experience!!