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Paris

A city so synonymous with beauty, even the least romantic are defenseless against its charms.

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Our most recommended Paris Seasonal Activities

  • Paris: Open-Top Christmas Lights Bus Tour

    1. Paris: Open-Top Christmas Lights Bus Tour

    Let yourself be carried away by the magic and romance of Paris from the open top of an electric green bus. Pass by Opera, Place Vendôme, Concorde, Champs Elysées, Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, the big department stores and many more.  This unique 1.5-hour tour around the 'City of Light' will be sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. Admire the city illuminated with Christmas lights and listen to an audio commentary that includes traditional Christmas songs. Share this special moment with your loved ones.

  • Discover Paris by Night in a Vintage Car with a Local

    2. Discover Paris by Night in a Vintage Car with a Local

    Experience the most beautiful buildings and astonishing sights of Paris at night, on a 1-hour tour by classic Citroen 2CV. An icon of the French motor industry, the idiosyncratic 2CV was built from 1948 until 1990, and sets hearts a-flutter with its instantly recognizable design. Discover why Paris is known as the City of Lights, and hear how it became the first city in Europe to begin lighting its streets with gas lamps in 1828. Your personal driver will collect you from your hotel, or any other central Paris location, and drive down the Champs Elysees, to the beautiful Arc de Triomphe. Gaze at the marvelous Eiffel Tower, even more impressive at night when it is completely lit-up in a rainbow of illuminations. Pass the Louvre, continue to Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera Garnier, Ile de la Cité, Petit et Grand Palais, and more.

    We were unfortunately a little late to the excursion due to traffic. However our host/driver still came and found us and picked us up. We were very grateful and enjoyed a ride through the city and drop off at the Eiffel Tower. This is a fantastic trip. The car is beautiful and the host is outstanding, friendly and just an Overall Great experience. I would 100% recommend doing this.

  • Paris: Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise

    3. Paris: Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise

    Make this Valentine's Day one to remember with a dinner cruise on the famous River Seine. Enjoy a delicious French meal within a warm atmosphere as you pass by Paris' most beautiful monuments, including the Eiffel Tower. Soak up the sights and the company of your loved one as the sun sets on the City of Light. Enjoy a spectacular gastronomic experience from the onboard chef and crew. • Sample menu for 6:45 PM Valentine's Day cruise: Glass of sparkling wine with appetizers Starter: foie gras and sour apple compote, small figs with cereals Main course: veal slab, truffle juice, crispy polenta with parmesan cheese and hazelnut flakes Dessert: coup de foudre au chocolat and vanilla ice cream Drinks: Half-bottle of wine per person, either Saumur AOC white or Bergerac Château Lamouthe AOC red, and mineral water • Sample menu for 9:30 PM Valentine's Day cruise: Glass of Champagne with appetiz...

  • Discover Paris with a Local at Christmas

    4. Discover Paris with a Local at Christmas

    See the festive lights and decorations of Paris at Christmas with a local host and experience the seasonal cheer of the "City of Lights" from an insider's perspective. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Benefit from an itinerary that can be adjusted according to your interests following contact with your host after booking. Stroll the cobbled streets of Le Marais and browse the Christmas markets. Find special gifts and indulge in gourmet treats such as warming chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) and mulled wine. Learn about holiday traditions like the "13 Desserts of Christmas" and visit sweet shops and pâtisseries to taste seasonal fare, such as gingerbread and Yule time logs.

  • Paris at Christmas: Festive Shopping Past and Present

    5. Paris at Christmas: Festive Shopping Past and Present

    Your guide will first take you on a journey away from the crowded shopping streets and into a more hidden side of the city. This is where Parisians shop in what were the precursors of today’s shopping malls. Discover richly decorated elegant passages, which were once lit by some of the first electric or gas lights in the city. Today they are still home to charming boutiques and brasseries, as they were then, with café tables spilling out into the passageways. Covered with glass roofs to avoid the winter weather, they are the perfect place to explore during the holiday season. See the beautiful and extremely fashionable Palais Royal. Explore its arcades full of history, chic stores, and bijou pastry shops. You will also pass by the magnificent Opera Garnier and hear the story of its infamous Phantom. Then it’s back onto the bustling Parisian boulevards, to visit the Galeries Lafayette, w...

    We had a wonderful walking tour and learned a lot about Paris and her retail history. The sites (old and new) were very interesting.

  • Paris: Christmas Gourmet Tour of St-Germain-des-Prés

    6. Paris: Christmas Gourmet Tour of St-Germain-des-Prés

    Discover the magic of Christmas with this special winter gourmet tour in the heart of the bohemian Paris neighborhood of St-Germain-des-Prés. Your guide will escort you to some wonderful specialist gourmet shops, from pâtisseries to boulangeries, introduce you to chocolate makers and invite you to sample a superb selection of delicacies along the way. Learn about the traditional French "13 desserts” and sample delectable nougat, spiced gingerbread and candied fruits. Feel the spirit of the festive season with a stroll around Montparnasse Christmas market, tasting a variety of regional specialties at the enchanting market stalls. You will experience the warm and cozy Christmas atmosphere of a Parisian tearoom, while enjoying a hot toddy. Throughout the tour, your guide will tell you about the history of traditional French Christmas celebrations and introduce you to the sapin de Noël,...

  • Paris: Top Loire Castles with Lunch and Wine

    7. Paris: Top Loire Castles with Lunch and Wine

    After being picked up from your hotel in Paris, set off for the Loire Valley.The first castle the tour visits is Chateau de Chennonceau, it is one of the oldest and most beautiful castles in the France that is today only surpassed by the might of the famous Versailles in Paris. Next, visit the wine domain located next to the chateau. Stop for lunch which includes several French dishes.  After lunch, head over to the second equally famous Chambord Castle, which will impress you in all its majesty and glory. Finally, visit the romantic and refined 'Castle of Ladies' and learn about how it acquired its name due to the fact that it was mostly women who lived here. After seeing this charming castle head to the last place of the excursion - the small town of Amboise - to stroll through the charming streets. At the end of your tour, take the return transfer back to Paris where you memorable da...

  • Paris: 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour

    8. Paris: 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour

    Get an insider’s view of Paris' most vibrant Christmas spots on a small-group 2-hour walking tour around the charming, wintry city. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Take in views of the Champs de Mars, the Seine, and of course, the Eiffel Tower itself. Marvel at the twinkling festive lights that add a certain magic to Paris in winter, and visit the most beautifully decorated places in the city. Along your way, learn fun anecdotes about Paris in wintertime from your expert, local guide. Stop for a visit at a traditional Christmas Market and warm yourself up with a hot drink and snacks, and browse the sparkling stalls for seasonal goodies to bring home.

Frequently asked questions about Paris

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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.

Sightseeing in Paris

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What people are saying about Paris

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 145,162 reviews

Great experience - the tour guide was really lovely (I can't remember her name, she was petite and just the sweetest ever!!) We recommend going at night - when it lights up its so gorgeous. The only negative, there was absolutely no social distancing. In fact, it was encouraged to get closer. This was a bit stressful for us because we were trying our best to stay distanced (we were doing Covid tests whilst away to be able to come home) So we just would've liked the opportunity for distancing.

Olivia was a fun and energetic guide. She clearly loves what she does. She was a great driver, too! This is a long day but it’s interesting to experience the differences between the wild gardens of Monet and the structured gardens at Versailles. Enjoy!

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Ay 9: line for thé crêpes and line for the cruise, quite some people but the boat was big enough.

Delícioso passeio de barco passando pelos principais pontos turísticos.