Paris is always a good idea.
Visiting the City of Lights can feel like a whirlwind, regardless of whether you’re practically an honorary Parisian or a newcomer. We’ve compiled the best of the best to make sure your Parisian adventure is nothing short of magical, whether you’re stopping in the French capital for the weekend or putting down roots for a few weeks.
It’s easy to be wowed by Paris during the day, but Paris by night is ethereal. Experience the “City of Lights” via the River Seine and a knowledgeable guide on this monument-studded cruise. The night sky never looked so beautiful!
Off The Beaten Path
Paris 4-Hour Bike Tour
Explore the narrow, charming streets of Paris on two wheels as you bike through the Latin Quarter and the neighborhoods of St. Germain, Le Marais, and Mouffetard. You’ll feel like a local as you traverse the streets — there’s even time for a coffee and crepe at one of Paris’s coziest cafes.
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Notre Dame and Ile de la Cite
The gargoyles of Notre Dame have the best view of the city — and you can too if you’re willing to climb the 387 steps to the top of this legendary cathedral. Embark on a two-hour guided tour of the 12th-century Gothic structure and explore Ile de la Cite — one of two islands on the Seine.
Hands-On Pastry and Baking Class
The pastries of Paris are truly one of the city’s best offerings. Bring a little bit of French cuisine home when you sign up for this pastry-making class, where you’ll learn how to make macarons that melt in your mouth, or light and flaky croissants that remind you of your time in the French capital.
Versailles Palace and Gardens
Bid ‘adieu’ to Paris proper for the day and hop on a train to fly past French countryside the short distance to the Palace of Versailles. Once you arrive, you’ll embark on a walking tour of Europe’s largest palace gardens, tour the Hall of Mirrors, and get a peek of the King and Queen’s Apartments. Afterward, there may be time for some cake.
Eiffel Tower Ticket and Small Group Tour
If you haven’t visited the Eiffel Tower, have you really experienced Paris? See the sights, but skip the lines on this tour, which includes special access to the 2nd floor observation deck. Be sure to bring your camera — this is the best photo-op in the city.
Paris: Louvre Museum
The Louvre is so big that to visit every attraction in the museum would take you nearly 3 months! Fortunately, this tour has a carefully curated itinerary that includes favorites like da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and the “Venus de Milo,” along with other exhibits that include the Egyptian mummie, the Crown Jewels, and Napoleon’s apartments. Skip the line, but not the sights!
Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets
Marvel at the Arc de Triomphe — a classic take on the traditional Roman arch. While you’re there, see the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and climb to the top to take in a panorama of Paris, where you’ll spot all of the city’s most famous avenues.
Moulin Rouge Show with Champagne
Champagne and cabaret: what could be better? Visit Moulin Rouge and revel in the music, dance, and costumes of the show “Féerie.” You’ll leave the venue dancing on air, thanks to the riveting performance and your complimentary champagne.