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Paris

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Paris: 1-hour River Seine Cruise

1. Paris: 1-hour River Seine Cruise

Embark on a roundtrip cruise on the River Seine that begins at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Glide under the bridges of Paris and marvel at a succession of beautiful monuments along the waterway as you listen to commentary about Paris and the sights you pass by. During your cruise, you pass by the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, The Louvre, and more. Choose to take your cruise at night for another perspective of the "City of Light" altogether as the city becomes illuminated when evening approaches.  Individual audio guides are available in 14 languages and provide commentary about Paris and its history, monuments, and architecture. Please note the audio guide is available through your smartphone by connecting to the Wi-Fi onboard.

Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

2. Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

Explore the Louvre at your own pace with a timed-entrance ticket, ensuring you get in within 30 minutes. See unmissable and iconic artwork such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Discover Renaissance masterpieces and ancient Egyptian relics, along with paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries. The museum first opened on August 10, 1793, exhibiting just 537 paintings. Despite closing in 1796 due to structural problems, it reopened in 1801 as the Musée Napoléon with a larger collection.  The collection has since gained 20,000 works. Now, there are 8 departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings.

Paris: 1-Hour Illuminations River Cruise

3. Paris: 1-Hour Illuminations River Cruise

Take a night cruise on the River Seine and enjoy spectacular views of Paris illuminated against the night sky. Enjoy informative audio commentary on your smartphone as you cruise on this boat trip past the city's most famous buildings. Embark on this round trip boat excursion to see Paris by night. Listen to the on board audio-guide commentary on your smartphone (available in 14 languages) to learn more about the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and other attractions. Glide gently through the Paris of today and yesterday as you enjoy panoramic views from the classic trimaran boat, with terrace and exterior passageways. Marvel at the illuminated sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and Musée d’Orsay. See the spooky gargoyles of Notre Dame, and pass the imposing façade of the Louvre Museum, Grand Palais, and many more sites.

Paris: Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show Ticket with Champagne

4. Paris: Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show Ticket with Champagne

Take your seat at one of the world’s most famous cabarets at a performance of the Moulin Rouge show “Féerie,” created by Doris Haug and Ruggero Angeletti, and choreographed by Bill Goodson. Watch a troupe of 100 artists, including 60 Doris Girls, and a parade in 1,000 costumes of feathers, rhinestones, and sequins designed by Corrado Collabucci. See Gaetano Castelli's set designs and listen to music by Pierre Porte, produced by 80 musicians and 60 choral singers. During the show, enjoy half a bottle of Champagne as you relish an extravagant oral and aural delight. Feast your eyes on a lavish collection of colors and performances as you behold the splendor of this legendary cabaret.

Disneyland Paris 1-Day Ticket

5. Disneyland Paris 1-Day Ticket

Disneyland® Park: In a fantasy world not so far away, Disney heroes and heroines live in fairytales that are, happily, never-ending. Enjoy endless fun in different magical lands. Experience your favorite Disney stories just as you remember them from the classic Disney films. Here's where fairytales really do come true. Thrills at Disneyland® Park come in all shapes and sizes. Big Thunder Mountain and Star Wars® Hyperspace Mountain offer a rush for the grown-ups, while little ones can sail around the world at 'It's a Small World.' Of course, family fun can be found in every corner of the Park, from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' to the 'Mad Hatter's Tea Cups.' Meet Disney characters. Don't miss the main attraction: a meet 'n' greet with beloved Disney characters. Have your pen and camera at the ready and meet the characters you love. Every day is a party at Disneyland® Park. On top of all the wonderful attractions and characters, there are lots of spectacular family parades and shows to enjoy all year round. This year, enjoy the 30th Anniversary festive aura, including music and decoration, as it transforms the park into a vibrant wonderland. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy are delighted to show their dazzling new outfits and dance on a joyful daytime show specially created for the 30th Anniversary. As night falls, prepare to be amazed as a brand-new, magical moment uses ground-breaking technology to illuminate Sleeping Beauty Castle, followed by the spectacular Disney Illuminations. Walt Disney Studios® Park: Discover the magical world of cinema and television at Walt Disney Studios® Park. Explore 4 cinemagical studio lots featuring thrilling attractions and spectacular shows. Take center stage at the Studios, just footsteps away from Disneyland® Park. You never know which star you might meet. Go behind the scenes and try Worlds of Pixar area. Get whisked off to colorful worlds full of attractions, entertainment, food and fun with Characters in settings straight from Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, and beyond. Last but not least, Get ready for an epic new land opening at Disneyland Paris. And as a new recruit, you’ll team up with the Avengers and take on the mightiest MARVEL missions.

Paris: Paris Saint-Germain Parc des Princes Stadium Tour

6. Paris: Paris Saint-Germain Parc des Princes Stadium Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the heroes of Paris Saint-Germain on this self-guided tour. Pay a fun, immersive, and unique visit to the stadium with a smartphone-powered audio guide that will thrill fans, enchant tourists, and amaze young and old alike.  Go behind the scenes of the stadium and discover emblematic secret places. From the top of the stands to the substitution bench, from the VIP boxes to the player's tunnel, including the conference room, the changing room, and the fabulous trophy wall.

Paris: Skip-the-Line Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets

7. Paris: Skip-the-Line Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets

The Arc de Triomphe is a Neoclassical take on the ancient Roman triumphal arch style. Fifty meters tall, the view from the platform atop the arch is well worth the hike. See the dozen Parisian avenues radiating out from the arch into the City of Light. Paris is one of the most fascinating places in the world and you will find yourself right at its center. Inspired by the great arches of ancient Rome, Napoleon commissioned the Arc de Triomphe shortly after his victory at Austerlitz. Unfortunately, he never lived to see its completion. At the base of the arch, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier pays tribute to the 1.3 million French soldiers who died in World War I. Behold the eternal flame that is rekindled at 6.30 PM each evening. In addition, there is a must-see exhibition that explains the symbolic importance of this monument. The view from the top of the arch is worth climbing the 284 stairs. From your privileged position, survey all of Paris. Unlike the obligatory Eiffel Tower trip, getting into the Arc de Triomphe is an effort not all tourists undertake. Plus, with skip-the-line tickets, you'll hardly have to break stride on your way in.

Paris: Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

8. Paris: Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

Discover the remarkable Gothic style and stunning stained glass work of the Sainte Chapelle Cathedral in Paris with this skip-the-line ticket. Admire this jewel the French Gothic aesthetic at your own pace with a self-guided tour booklet. Spend an hour admiring the spectacular stained-glass windows that contribute to making Sainte Chapelle so famous. Arranged across 15 windows, each 15-meters high, the stained glass panes depict 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Learn more about these glass depictions using your tour booklet. Discover facts about sacred relics and items such as the Crown of Thorns or the Image of Edessa that were once held here. Gaze up at the star-painted ceiling.

Paris: Evening Cruise with Dinner on River Seine

9. Paris: Evening Cruise with Dinner on River Seine

Climb aboard a panoramic sightseeing boat for a dinner cruise along the River Seine in central Paris. Enjoy an à-la-carte 3-course meal as you take in views of the "City of Lights" at night. Dine in a glassed-in boat and admire the historic quays and iconic monuments that pass by. See the golden dome of Les Invalides, the French Parliament, the former Beaux-Arts railway station of the Musée d’Orsay, and the gothic façade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Compliment your cruise with a 3-course meal complete with optional extras, including Champagne, more aperitifs, and priority seating. Dock back at your starting point with your eyes full of wonder and your belly full of delicious food and drinks. Premier service Privileged seating at the front of the boat Glass of champagne as an aperitif and dessert Patience + starter + main course + cheese + dessert of your choice + a bottle of red wine and a bottle of white wine for 4 people Privileged service Privileged seating by the windows Glass of champagne as an aperitif + starter + main course + cheese + dessert of your choice + a bottle of red wine and a bottle of white wine for 4 people Decouvert service Panoramic view Glass of champagne as an aperitif + starter + main course + cheese + dessert of your choice + a bottle of red wine or white wine for 4 people Etoile service Seating in the center of the boat Kir white wine as an aperitif + starter + main course + dessert of your choice + 1 bottle of red wine or white wine for 4 people Vegetarian option available

Paris: Night Aperitif Cruise on the Seine

10. Paris: Night Aperitif Cruise on the Seine

Bask in the night glow of Paris on a Seine River sightseeing cruise. Tour the "City of Lights" and soak in the relaxing atmosphere on board as French music plays. Take in a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Orsay Museum, the Alexandre III Bridge, the Concorde Square, the Petit, and Grand Palace, the Marie Bridge, and many more as you sail.

Frequently asked questions about Paris

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Paul & Mark are full time travel bloggers who discover hidden gems and local specialities on their blog Anywhere We Roam. They've travelled to Paris many times and discover a new side to the city every time.

What should I do on my first trip to Paris?

One of the best experiences in Paris is strolling down the Champs-Élysées inspecting the designer outlets, unique grand architecture and eye-wateringly expensive cafes. Climb the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the Champs-Élysées to catch one of the best views of Paris. The other unmissable experience is sitting on the steps of the Sacré-Cœur overlooking Paris as the sun goes down. Afterwards, enjoy the nightlife in the Montmartre neighbourhood which is full of hidden bars and cool restaurants.

What are some hidden gems to see in Paris?

Set on a hillside tucked into neighbourhood streets, the Vignes du Clos Montmartre is a tiny vineyard that produces 27 varieties of wine. It’s a wonderful hidden gem in Paris which you can visit during the annual grape harvest party on a guided tour. While Paris is known for world-renowned art, 59 Rivoli is a gallery with a difference. Originally occupied by squatters, it was only legalised in 2006 from where it grew to become one of the coolest art spaces in the city.

How much time should I spend in Paris?

To get a good feel for Paris and see most of the major attractions, you'll need to allow at least 3 days. This will be enough time to visit the major museums and galleries, wander some of the most interesting neighbourhoods and experience the local food and bar scene. Adding an extra day will allow you to include a day trip, such as an excursion to the lavish Palace of Versailles.

What food is Paris known for?

Duck confit was originally devised as a method to preserve this expensive meat for longer. Today, however, it's a well-known Paris staple and a great local dish to try. The dish consists of duck thigh cooked in its own fat until it's crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. It's usually accompanied with potatoes which are also cooked in duck fat. It's also hard to visit Paris without trying a croissant, the buttery, crescent-shaped, baked delight. With so many top-quality artisanal bakeries in the city, the best approach is to try several until you find the best one.

What is the best way to get around Paris?

Paris is a very walkable city with many attractions close together and the connecting streets interesting in themselves. The Paris metro is easy to use and convenient for getting to neighbourhoods slightly further away. Purchase a “Carnet” of 10 tickets when you first arrive from the vending machines in the train stations which will save you time and money.

What are the best months to visit Paris?

Paris is great to visit any time of year, but it gets very busy during the high season: July to August. The shoulder periods from April to June and September to November are the best time to visit when the crowds are fewer, and the weather is still good. The Paris Beer Festival is a 5-day event usually in September, designed to showcase the craft brewing talent across the city. The Pitchfork Music Festival held over 3 days in November, focuses on bands from punk, rock and jazz.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Paris?

One of the best neighbourhoods to visit in Paris is Le Marais. It has an excellent local art scene, trendy shopping and a concentration of hip restaurants lining the cobbled streets. The ornate Hôtel de Ville building and the modern Pompidou Centre mark the cultural spectrum of Le Marais. It’s also the centre of the gay scene in Paris where you’ll find LGBT-Friendly bars, cafes and bookstores.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

One of the best areas for upscale restaurants in Paris is Saint-Germain-des-Pres. This left bank neighbourhood has eateries oozing with old school charm, often with live jazz. As the student area, the Latin Quarter is a great place to go for cheap eats, while Montmartre's centre is packed with traditional historic bistros complete with brass fittings and its backstreets conceals all sorts of hidden gems.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The chic boutiques, ornate arcades and covered passageways around the Louvre and Tulleries district are the perfect place to shop for high-end fashion and designer homewares. One of the best is Galerie Vivienne with rare bookstores, fashion, and luxury brands. Another great area is Le Marais with independent fashion, vintage finds and the occasional bargains.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Paris?

Le Marais is a great choice to base yourself while spending time in Paris. It's close to most of the major attractions with good transport links to other parts of the city. From trendy brunch spots to innovative cocktail haunts, the bar and restaurant scene in Le Marais is one of the most diverse. Another great option is the Latin Quarter which has a laidback local atmosphere occupying a good central location.

What is the best family-friendly thing to do in Paris?

Paris is a very family friendly city with many of the best sites spread around a relatively small, very walkable area. Kids will love Parc des Buttes Chaumont with mysterious grottos, waterfalls and bridges spread over the beautiful 25-hectare park. Centre Pompidou is a modern-art museum with a space for kids aged 2 to 10, and the spooky Catacombs could be a great option for older kids.

What is the best thing to do in Paris for solo travelers?

With some of the best art in the world, you could easily spend plenty of time on your own admiring collections in the exquisite galleries of Paris. An organised bike tour of the city is a great way to see more while meeting other travellers at the same time. Another great activity for solo travellers is the Great Mosque of Paris where you can grab a mint tea in the beautiful courtyard before booking yourself on an hammam experience.

What is the best thing to do in Paris for couples?

There's no shortage of activities for couples in Paris which is regarded as one of the most romantic cities in the world. The Canal Saint-Martin stretches for 2 picturesque kilometres and it's the ideal place for a late afternoon stroll under the shade of the tree-lined paths. For a classic date night, the Grand Action cinema shows old films in their original format in a delightfully vintage setting.

What are the best annual events in Paris?

On the 3rd Sunday of May every year, museums throughout Paris are open free of charge from 7pm to 1am for the Nuit des Musées. It's a great opportunity to see some interesting art and save a lot of money at the same time. Paris Quartier d’Eté is a colourful annual event held between mid-July and mid-August ever year where the squares of Paris come alive with theatre dance and concerts. Most events are free of charge.

What are the best things to do around Paris?

For outdoor activities in a big city, you're spoilt for choice in Paris. Jardin des Tuileries is the oldest and largest public space in Paris with manicured lawns, water features and beautiful gardens. The views towards the Arc de Triomphe are some of the best in Paris. With a prestigious botanical school at its heart, Jardin des Plantes has a staggering array of plants that can be admired while getting lost in their hedge maze.

What are the best beaches around Paris?

Surprisingly, Paris has an excellent beach culture. Every year from mid-July to mid-August the Seine riverbanks are transformed into inner-city beaches complete with deckchairs, palm trees and grassy banks. The Right bank beaches are well suited to a relaxing afternoon with pop up bars where you can pick up a glass of wine. The Left Bank beaches are better for games, activities, live music and dancing.

What's a local recommendation for neighborhood Montmartre?

The quick stroll down from Montmartre to Pigalle uncovers a cool under-visited area of Paris which is great if you like getting slightly off-the-beaten track in a major city. Although the Moulin Rouge attracts tourists in the area, there are plenty of hidden bars and speakeasys which make it a great neighbourhood for a very local night out. Dirty Dick has a weird and wonderful cocktail list served by super friendly staff.

What are some tips for visiting the top attractions in neighborhood Montmartre?

Because most of the tourist attractions in Paris are incredibly popular, it's a great idea to book them in advance and avoid the queues. It's also important to keep in mind that most museums in Paris close Monday and/or Tuesday. They also have very different opening times, so plan your Paris itinerary carefully in advance and book skip-the-line ticket so you see all the big highlights while avoiding the long queues.

Which neighborhood has the best nightlife?

Paris has a diverse nightlife scene with something for all different tastes and budgets. The Latin Quarter & St-Germain is all about old, established cafes and restaurants. Montmartre & Pigalle is good for trendy nightclubs and burlesque shows. Bastille is good for live music and Le Marais is the LGBT area.

Planning Your Visit

  • What should you know before you arrive in Paris?

    In a city this crowded with people and this steeped in tradition, you should decide which attractions you want to see in advance. Know which museums are a must-visit for your group. Make dinner reservations. Decide which neighborhoods you want to explore. Figure out how to beat the crowds at the Musee d'Orsay.

  • How big is Paris?

    If you haven't been to Paris before, you may be surprised by how sprawling the city is compared to other, more walkable tourist destinations like Rome or Barcelona. (You can certainly walk -- but the Métro will help you zip around quicker!) Try to organize your sightseeing by neighborhood, so that you're not racing across the city several times a day.

  • How many days should you spend in Paris?

    It depends! It really will help to prioritize what you want to see before you go, and map out how long it will take you to see everything on your list. You could easily fill five days with tours and major attractions -- but remember to dedicate time to strolling down the Seine, shopping your way through the Marais, and drinking a Kir Royal at a sidewalk cafe.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    As is European tradition, the French go on holiday for most of August -- meaning that it actually might be the best time to go! The city will be a little less crowded, and you'll be able to experience Paris at a slower pace.

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What people are saying about Paris

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Fun way to experience Paris through a different perspective. I would recommend booking this cruise earlier in your tour as a way to orient to all the major landmarks. There is an audio guide which we didn't download but something to look into if you're interested. Overall very fun and relaxing experience. Definitely go early for good seats on the upper deck

It was really beautiful. I'm so glad I ordered. It was effortless and we'll worth the ticket price.

Wonderful, personal, organized tour which we thoroughly enjoyed

Amazing building art and artifacts but very very busy!!!

Fantastic night out - such fun at this iconic venue.