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Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

1. 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: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

2. Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

Visit the Palace and Gardens of Versailles with a pre-booked 1-day full access pass. Explore the ornate State Apartments and breathtaking Hall of Mirrors inside the official residence of the French monarchy from 1682 to 1789. Learn more about Louis XIV and other French royals. Get a sense of life in the French court as you take a walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Stroll through the legendary gardens at your own pace, and admire fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured lawns. Enjoy access to the Grand and Petit Trianon in their own grounds. See where the “Sun King” would entertain in private, and where he would go to escape the rigors of court life. Then, go to Marie Antoinette’s Estate, and discover where she would seek refuge in private. Choose the fountain option to enjoy a spectacular fountain show or the iconic musical gardens to finish off your visit.

Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

3. Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

Visit the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Then, go on a cruise along the magnificent Seine River and admire the famous monuments in the city. Being the world's largest museum, the Louvre packs 35,000 artworks into a 73,000 square meter exhibition space in three wings. Each wing possesses more than 70 rooms and displays extensive paintings and objects of art. See the iconic Mona Lisa, marvel at thousands of amazing paintings, and walk among perfect sculptures. Book the option with an audio guide included and enhance your experience and understanding of the works on display. After the visit of the Louvre Museum, take a 1-hour Seine River cruise tour. See more of Paris' iconic monuments such as the Institut de France, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, Musee de Orsay, Hotel de Ville and more. Onboard you have access to an audio guide of your chosen language for free on the spot which will help you learn more about the vast history attached to each monument.

From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

4. From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Join an expert interpreter-guide on a half-day tour of the exquisite Palace of Versailles, and get priority, skip-the-line entrance. You will be led through the history of the Palace, one of the most important monuments in the world. Meet your guide in front of the Pullman Hotel in Paris. Board your luxurious air-conditioned coach, sit back, and relax on the short ride to Versailles. Once home to Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, you will relive the glory days of Parisian royalty. Gaze in awe as you are guided through the most beautiful rooms of the palace, including the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's and King´s Private Apartment. After experiencing the grandeur of the interior, enjoy free time to explore the beauty of the Palace of Versailles’ gardens, filled with statues, busts, and marble vases that date back to 1661, when teams of sculptors were led by King Louis XIV's official painter, Charles Le Brun.

Paris: Catacombs Skip-the-Ticket-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

5. Paris: Catacombs Skip-the-Ticket-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

Avoid the hassle of ticket counters. Simply show your voucher, start your self-guided tour and explore the 'City of Lights' at your own pace with an informative audio guide. As you discover a world beneath the streets of Paris, see tunnels and rooms decorated with the human bones and skulls of around 6 million Parisians. The Paris Catacombs were originally a quarry with hundreds of kilometers of tunnels burrowed beneath the streets of Paris. When the cemeteries of Paris became overfilled, the city started moving the dead into the Catacombs. 

Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

6. Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

Discover the opulence, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on an interactive guided tour. Access the palace through a separate entrance to begin your tour and then you head off to the famous gardens with a guide or on your own. During the 90-minute tour of the main palace, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the fascinating historical events that took place in many of the palace’s rooms, before stepping out to explore the vast gardens complex with your guide or on your own. Marvel at the gardens' grandeur, its bronze statues, and ornamental basins accompanied by rows of large trees. If visiting with a guide, gain fascinating insights about the garden on a 45-minute tour.

Versailles: Palace Priority Access Ticket with Audio Guide

7. Versailles: Palace Priority Access Ticket with Audio Guide

With your ticket to the Palace of Versailles, skip the lines and get to the palace quickly. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to admire the King's Apartments as well as the famous Hall of Mirrors, a room whose walls are covered with mirrors. Built during the reign of Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles is one of the greatest symbols of the absolute monarchy and the important role of France in the 18th century. Thanks to your audio guide available directly on your smartphone, you can learn more about the different rooms of the castle, the works of art it contains as well as its rich history.

Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket and Audioguide

8. Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket and Audioguide

Explore the Louvre at your own pace with this skip-the-line entry ticket. Discover the museum's collections with the audio guide on the new Nintendo 3DS system. Understand the history behind the collections with routes, available in 9 languages. See unmissable and iconic sights such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Discover masterpieces of the Renaissance and ancient Egyptian relics, along with paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries, prints from the Royal Collection, and much more. Stroll through 8 curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings.

Paris: Louvre Reserved Access and Boat Cruise

9. Paris: Louvre Reserved Access and Boat Cruise

Get the keys to the city of Paris with a combined ticket for the Louvre Museum and a river cruise. Visit the iconic Louvre Museum with a reserved access ticket and join a cruise on the River Seine at any time of the day. Marvel at works of art, from Ancient Egypt to the Renaissance, walking at your own pace. Then, relax on a 1-hour river cruise, and see the city from a different angle. Watch the world go by from the comfort of a pleasure cruise boat, departing from the Eiffel Tower every day. The river cruise ticket is valid for any day during the next six months; it runs approximately every 30 minutes, 7 days a week, departing from the Eiffel Tower

Paris: The Centre Pompidou Admission Ticket

10. Paris: The Centre Pompidou Admission Ticket

Explore The Centre Pompidou with this ticket. Discover the library, music, acoustics research center, and museum housed in this unusual cultural institution. Choose from a tour with or without access to a temporary exhibit. Take in views of Paris from the rooftop terrace. Uncover modern and contemporary creations, including plastic arts, books, design, music, and cinema. Wander through over 100,000 works with collections that make up one of the world's leading references for the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Stroll thorugh great historical collections to the most recent acquisitions which cover visual arts, drawing, photography, new media, experimental film, architecture, design, and industrial prospects.  Find key works or rediscover iconic artists (like Henri Matisse, Georges Rouault, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Sonia et Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger, Vassily Kandinsky, František Kupka, André Breton, Alberto Giacometti, and Jean Dubuffet). Find out about the founding movements of modern art like Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, Lyric Abstraction, and Geometric Abstraction. Retrace the high points in the development of modernity and shine a light on exchanges, cross-overs, and the go-betweens who helped to form 20th century art. Contemplate contemporary collections devoted to works that have recently entered the museum through the generosity of patrons, artists, and donors. 

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What people are saying about Paris

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4.6 / 5

based on 26,807 reviews

Iconic visit to the Palace of Versailles, this place is unbelievable. It took all day to see every corner and every detail of the palace interior and the gardens.

The guide tour was very helpful. He speaks English very well and has a lot of knowledge about the museum and the stories behind each painting

The Eiffel Tower was an impressive sight! We really enjoyed the tour. It was a dream come true for all of us!

Versailles was impressive but be ready for a lot of info from the guide and lots of people.

Well organized and absolutely amazing trip!! Highly recommend to anyone visiting this area