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Whether you know it as the City of Lights or the City of Love, there’s plenty to explore in Paris. Streets with grand architecture hold cafés and restaurants, creating the Parisian culture you’ll get to experience. From the monuments like the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel tower, to the historic area of Montmartre, or the museums filling French capital, you’ll have option to get to know the capital of this great country.
Private travel to from Cardiff SU to Bristol airport
Public transport tickets from Paris Orly to the hostel
Three days in France
3 nights’ accommodation at a 4 star rated hostel (tripadvisor)
You will stay in a dormitory room in the Paris Gare Du Nord hostel, part of St Christopher’s Inns. We will try to accommodate requests for being in same sex rooms or rooms with friends as best we can but this cannot be guaranteed.
Ticket Types Explained
Standard – A standard bed in a dormitory for one person
Double Room for 1 – A private room with a double bed for a single person
Double Room for 2 – Currently unavailable. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to register your interest for this room. A private room with a double bed for two people. This ticket covers the cost of both people, but please email giveitago@Cardiff.ac.uk with the name and student number of the second person attending.
If you want an option to pay by instalment, please contact giveitago@Cardiff.ac.uk to find out more.
There’s plenty to do in Paris. Here’s a few highlights:
Eiffel Tower – The crème de la crème of Paris, the Eiffel Tower doesn’t need an introduction. You can go to the top, or appreciate it from below as it sparkles with dazzling lights up on the hour each evening.
Montmartre – An area with old village charm; souvenir shops, cafes, artists’ square, as well as the moulin rouge and Sacré Coeur
Arc de Triomphe – One of the most iconic symbols of Paris, this took 30 years to build. Climb the arc for views of Paris that include the Eiffel Tower.
Champs Elysees – One of the most famous streets in the world, seeming with cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and boutiques
Notre-Dame Cathedral – After the fire of 2019, the Notre-Dame is still being restored but is grand to view from the outside.
Musee de Louvre – The world’s biggest art museum, featuring the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo statue.
Boat cruise on the Seine: Relax as you cruise down the Seine as a guide tells you about the history and culture of the river banks.
Passports and visas
If you require a visa to enter France, this will be your responsibility to arrange. Give it a Go will try to assist by finding information where possible but are not visa experts and cannot be held accountable in the event of a visa error. We strongly suggest contacting the embassy in the case of any doubt.
The following information applies to people travelling on a full British citizen passport from the UK. It may also apply to other passport holders and we would strongly encourage you to check this.
Your passport must be:
- Issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
- Valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)
You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.
Full entry requirements can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements
Is there anything else that I need to know?
We strongly suggest carrying a valid EHIC (European Health insurance card) or GHIC (Global health insurance card) if you have one. The EHIC cards are no longer produced but they are valid until they expire. If you do not have either of these, we recommend applying for a GHIC as soon as possible. When applying, please ensure that you do so for free on the official NHS website. If you are asked to make payment; the website is a scam.
There are no COVID restrictions to enter France. We are monitoring the COVID regulations and entry requirements and will update you if this changes. In the unlikely event that you need a negative test or another condition of entry, you would be responsible for paying for this. In the event that the trip is no longer able to go ahead due to changing COVID rules (or another force-majeure) you would receive a full refund.
Should you wish to buy travel insurance, which we would recommend, you will need to arrange this yourself.
Once you have bought a ticket, you’ll be emailed a link to a Typeform. Please fill this out as soon as possible so that we can ensure everything is in place for you.
Terms and Conditions
Q. I can no longer attend. Can I get my money back?
A. Normally all Give it a Go events are strictly non-refundable. However, if you can either find a replacement or if we have someone willing to go from a waiting list, then we can swap the names and issue a refund. Terms to this are below:
- There will be £10 admin fee for the person unable to attend.
- The person replacing you may have to be the same sex, depending on rooming requirements at the time. Please check with email@example.com if this will apply at the time you are looking at transferring a ticket.
- Transfers need to go through Give it a Go. Only people with named tickets will be allowed on the trip. This is so we can ensure that paperwork is correct for the flights.
- The deadline for name changes will be 9am on 13th March. Should you wish to change names after this point, please still contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try out best to assist but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible.
- There will be a name change fee from the airline that will need paying by the person buying the ticket.
Q. Can I buy a ticket in person?
A. Yes. You can buy a ticket from the finance office which is located on the 3rd floor of the SU and is open weekdays 10am – 4pm. From the stairwell turn left, past the Sabb bowl (large glass office) and left again. The finance office is at the end of the corridor, clearly marked by an orange sign.
Q. I can’t buy online or in person, are there other ways to buy?
A. Please contact email@example.com and we’ll do our best to assist.
Q. What will happen if we cannot travel due to another lockdown or travel restrictions?
A. You would be provided with a full refund. We would also try and reschedule, so it may be possible for you to simply transfer your ticket to the new date.
Q. I have dietary or medical requirements; will the trip be suitable for me?
A. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and we will discuss your needs and do everything we can to support you.
Q. I have a question about my visa. Who should I contact?
A. We would recommend contacting your embassy. Give it a Go will be happy to try to assist but we are not visa experts. Any information provided by give it a go is unofficial and based off our understanding of the visa process. It would be your responsibility to check that you have everything in place.
Q. I have another question – who should I ask?
A. Please email email@example.com and we will always be happy to help.