Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+33
- Best time to visitAs 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.
Things to Do in Paris
Top Attractions in Paris
- 1Eiffel Tower
- 2Seine River
- 3Louvre Museum
- 4Disneyland Paris
- 5Palace of Versailles
- 6Moulin Rouge
- 7Place Pigalle
- 8Paris Catacombs
- 9Catacombs (Les Catacombes)
- 10Pont d'Iena
- 11Arc de Triomphe
- 12Montparnasse Tower
- 13Notre-Dame Cathedral
- 14Palais Garnier
- 15Grevin Wax Museum
- 16Musée d'Orsay
- 17Ile de la Cite
- 18Les Halles de Paris
Other Sightseeing Options in Paris
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What People Are Saying About Paris
The cruise boat was late to arrive at the pick up loint, which left a large group of us waiting around in sub zero temperatures in the banks of the Seine. Fortunately the views are stunning so i whiled away the time taking photographs. Once the boat arrived, there was no attempt to organise the guests into anything resembling a queue for boarding, which resulted in a huge jostling crowd trying to fight their way down a narrow stone flight of dtairs to the bost. Once on board the service eas excellent, the food was delicious and the cruise itself was stunning. It lasted somewhat lrss than the 2 hours described but was ample time for us to thoroughly enjoy our lunch. Only down side was the ubiquitous 'souvenir photographer' who spent the entire cruise taking snaps of the guests and then attempting to sell the photographs at the end for a ridiculously high price (around €25 per photo, if i remember correctly?)
Lillianna was our guide. Extremely knowledgable and friendly. We learned so much from our walk around with her. The Notre Dame itself is unbelievable, the views are incredible, but if your afraid of heights it's quite tight up there.
We would rate this 10 out of 10, we would recommend this show to anyone visiting paris, not to be missed. Love, love, love it...
Really easy to find meeting spot, tour guide led us to the Eiffel Tower, no problems at all. We were up to the 2nd floor in no time at all with our fast track tickets which we were glad to have! Stunning views even just from the 2nd floor of the tower, great experience. We did the river cruise the next day, the tickets allow you to use them up to a couple of days after which is handy if you're staying a few days. Basically see all the sights from down the river and back, can't complain. The only issue I'd say here is you can only listen to the tour guide underneath via headphones and not when on the upper deck (a shame because this is where you'd want to be to see all the sights and get some good photos). Would definitely recommend this tower and seine cruise to anyone visiting Paris in the future.
Why is the meeting point at a random building? I saw all the tourist looking around and doubting where it was. Trying to ring a doorbell etc. Especially when you have to wait in the cold or rain it is not a good place to start. Maybe inside a cafe? Opposite the street? and arrange a reduction on the coffee ;-) Our guide was nice!