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The Ten Things You Simply Must See in Paris

Everyone falls in love with a different part of Paris. Whether you visit for the romantic gardens, the bohemian streets of Monmartre, the couture fashion, or the art history: there is always another gem waiting for you around the corner.

Eiffel Tower

The crown jewel of the Paris skyline is even more spectacular up close. Booking Eiffel Tower tickets in advance will let you bypass the tourist crowds and go straight to the top.

Seine River

Does it get any more romantic than a boat cruise down the Seine, taking in the sights and drinking champagne? Pro tip: You can get incredible Eiffel Tower photos from the river.

Moulin Rouge

Dedicate a Parisian night to the Moulin Rouge. Go put on your best outfit, and make your way to the Pigalle District to pay homage to the birthplace of the can-can.

Musee du Louvre

It would take nine months to glance at every work of inside the Louvre museum. Prioritizing is key! A tour guide can help point out interesting pieces and keep you stress-free.

Palace of Versailles

There is no greater luxury than seeing this ornate splendor up close. Bike through the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, tour the king's apartments, and takes as many photos as they'll let you!

Disneyland Paris

If you're looking for a little family fun, the European Magical Kingdom is located just outside the city. You can book transportation with your Disneyland Paris ticket, which is incredibly helpful.

Paris Catacombs

The underground ossuaries of Paris house the remains of six million people. Nicknamed "The World's Largest Grave," the Paris Catacombs are certainly a curiosity worth exploring.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame de Paris, French for "Our Lady of Paris," was one of the first buildings to use the flying buttress, making it a must-see for architecture-loving tourists.

Champs-Élysées

The Champs-Élysées, the world's most beautiful avenue, leads from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde and into the Tuileries garden. During Christmas, you'll see all those trees spectacularly alight.

Arc de Triomphe

Standing tall in the Place Charles de Gaulle, this monument honors those who fought in the French Revolution and Naploeonic War. Go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for incredible views.

Planning Your Paris 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.
  • Events in Paris
    Rock en Seine
    26. Aug 2016 - 28. Aug 2016
    Parc de Saint-Cloud (Paris)
    Mondial de l'automobile de Paris
    1. Sep 2016 - 16. Oct 2016
    Paris expo Porte de Versailles (Paris)
    Fête des vendanges de Montmartre
    5. Oct 2016 - 9. Oct 2016
    Funiculaire de Montmartre (Paris)

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What People Are Saying About Paris

Would recommend to any non French speaking English people

The tour guide was very nice. Chatty, could speak perfect English and made me feel at home even though I'm very far away from home!! Definitely worth the little extra money paid and the boat ride was a lovely way to end the day.. The woman who did the tour on that part could translate to English and Spanish and there were phones you could use for running commentary which was hilarious! BUT FELLOW TOURISTS BEWARE. There are locals going around asking you to sign a petition... this petition isn't real and they scammed us out of 20 euros. First they asked if we're English then they shoved a clipboard in our face and asked us to sign what looked like a petition... last step asks you to make a small donation... they said they had change and we stupidly believed them as they seemed nice... then they ran off with our money and said the minimum donation was 10 euros each... stupid I know. There's loads of scams. Look them up before you go and just tell them you know the scam if they hassle u

Wonderful knowlegeable local guide. Learned a lot.

Interesting place and easy to hear because of audio guides which amplify the speakers voice.
Opera Garnier Tour with Expert Guides in Paris Reviewed by anita, 08/23/2016

Convenient and enjoyable. Have pen, willing to walk and listen!

I was very relieved to find this tour in the Internet. Two years ago, my family and I woke up so early to catch the train and beat the lines of tourists. We got to the gate at 8am only to get disappointed that the chateau was closed due to an labor union strike. This second trip to Paris could not have come at a good time and our trip to Versailles was going to become a reality. With the your vouchers on hand, one need not hurry from Paris because the meeting point is 10:30 am and the office is right across the Versailles Rive Gauche exit. The guides are very prompt and friendly. The pen is convenient and clear, making the tour seem like a guide was walking with you. I recommend this 100%.
Skip the Line: Versailles and Trianon Audio Pen Tour Reviewed by Susan Marie, 08/22/2016

Marvellous to miss the queues and be guided straight to the lift

It was marvellous to miss the queues and be guided straight to the lift. Would have appreciated prior warning about high level of security checks, e.g. re. fluids and sharp objects. Only downside was the length of queue to go up and particularly come down in the lifts. River cruise also very enjoyable.

This free tour which was guide by Holly was totally worth it!

Holly did a great job by telling the history in a funny and interesting way and also showing us amazing places where tourists didn't even know those exist. I would do that everytime again :))
Skip the Line: New Paris Free Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/21/2016

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