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Paris: 1-Hour River Seine Cruise with Audio Commentary

1. Paris: 1-Hour River Seine Cruise with Audio Commentary

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.

Disneyland Paris: 1-Day Ticket

3. 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 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 grown-ups, while little ones can sail high into the moonlit sky with 'Peter Pan's Flight'. 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 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. Witness the mesmerizing Disney Electrical Sky Parade at Sleeping Beauty Castle! From January 8th, as the sun sets, prepare to be amazed by a dazzling display before our enchanting nighttime spectacle, Disney Dreams! Watch as drones paint the night sky with magical colors. Walt Disney Studios® Park: Discover the magical world of cinema and television at Walt Disney Studios® Park. Explore 4 Cinemagic 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. Team up with the Avengers and take on the mightiest MARVEL missions Avengers Campus land. Fans of incredible live entertainment – listen up! For the first time ever at Disneyland® Paris, prepare to embark on a musical journey through the many wonderful worlds of Pixar in Together: a Pixar Musical Adventure – an original, immersive new production that hits all the right notes. Go behind the scenes and try the 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.

Paris: Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets

4. Paris: 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.

Paris: Louvre Reserved Access and Boat Cruise

5. 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 Alma Bridge, a few minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower. Book the Louvre reserved access, cruise and Eiffel Tower option and upgrade your stay in Paris with a visit to the Eiffel Tower. From the Eiffel Tower enjoy bird’s eye views of Paris from the second-floor observation deck of the Eiffel Tower. Meet your guide next to the Eiffel Tower for a brief introduction to the history of the tower. Then, enjoy access to the second floor by elevator, and hear interesting tales and anecdotes about the tower’s unique history from your guide. Learn more about the “City of Light,” and enjoy privileged views of the Notre Dame, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and Les Invalides. Your guide will then leave you to enjoy the Eiffel Tower at your own pace.

Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

6. 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. During spring and summer, choose the fountain and musical garden option to enjoy a spectacular fountain show or the iconic musical gardens to finish off your visit. Horace Vernet: Exhibition to be held at the Palace of Versailles from 14 November 2023 to 17 March 2024.

Paris: Opera Garnier Entry Ticket

7. Paris: Opera Garnier Entry Ticket

Boasting an eclectic and ostentatious Baroque design, the Opera Garnier is one of the most extravagant representations of Second Empire architecture in France. Benefit from quick and easy access to this magnificent building in the center of Paris. Inaugurated in 1875 and named after its exciting young architect, Charles Garnier, it is the largest opera house in Europe. You will set eyes on the writhing snakes of the bronze “Pythonisse” sculpture, before climbing the double stairway of the “Grand Escalier” (Main Staircase). Imagine the swish of crinolines as you admire the breathtaking décor and stroll through vast foyers, filled with sparkling mosaics, colorful marble columns and gold-leaf flourishes. Everywhere you look will be a feast for the eyes. You will receive your digital ticket directly after your booking, just show it at the Opera visit entrance to enjoy your visit.

Paris: Evening River Cruise with Music

8. Paris: Evening River Cruise with Music

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 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. To learn more about the monuments you see, download the tour app to use during the cruise (download instructions found on confirmation voucher).

Paris: Louvre Museum Entry Ticket and Seine River Cruise

9. Paris: Louvre Museum Entry Ticket and Seine River Cruise

Visit the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Then, go on an optional 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 to the Louvre Museum, take an optional 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.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Entry Ticket with Optional Summit Access

10. Paris: Eiffel Tower Entry Ticket with Optional Summit Access

Enjoy access to the Eiffel Tower and admire the breathtaking views from the selected floor of the iconic structure. Spend as much time as you like at the tower and explore the different levels at your own leisure.  See Paris from above and from a completely new perspective. Marvel at the ancient façade of the Louvre and the financial district of La Defense. Admire the colorful Pompidou Museum and the vast white expanse of Sacré-Coeur Basilica. If the summit option is selected, have the privilige to admire Paris city by it's highest point. On your way down, take in the many interesting activities on the first floor. Test your courage by walking on the glass floor!

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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.

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Kelly was very professional. He helped us with the poses and was showing us to check the pictures if we liked it or not and retook if we didn’t like any. Pictures came out really good and are as expected. Overall, a very decent and memorable experience. Highly recommended.

It is a beautiful Opera House! And so much of it is open to explore. However, disappointed that the Chagall ceiling could not be viewed. And there was no mention of the ceiling in any exhibits.

Our guide, Alban was very informative and personable. He involved all of us on the tour. I would definitely book a tour with him again.

we like everything we saw, all staff were very friendly with us and supportive. Great experience.

Loved it and very useful handy ticket easy to use and was a great full day of activities and fun