Top attractions in Paris
Everyone falls in love with a different part of Paris. Whether you visit for the romantic gardens, the bohemian streets of Montmartre, 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.
Although still an icon of Paris, Notre Dame de Paris was heavily damaged by fire on April 15, 2019. Visits to "Our Lady of Paris" have been canceled for the foreseeable future.
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 Napoleonic 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.
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- 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.
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What people are saying about Paris
This was a great way to see a little of the Louvre. I had a 10 year old so this was the perfect length for a tour in the heat of Paris’ Summer. We got a really good balanced tour with only 6 people so the group size was perfect. The Viewing of the Mona Lisa was I imagined it would be at a stampede. It was really quite scary and incredibly crowded. Think the museum has to rectify the process but our guide waited patiently until we were able to get a sneak peak. We could have stayed in after the tour but 2 hours was sufficient with a child. Highly recommend not having to wait in line for hours in the heat.
This was a great experience for our family. Our kids were interested the whole time and learned a lot about French history, art, and the Louvre itself. My wife and I did too! The crowds were huge and we definitely would not have enjoyed the museum as much without a guided tour and the ability to skip several lines. Our guide focused on key pieces and told stories rather than trying to show us everything in 2.5 hours. Recommended.
The archetype of all museums, the Platonic higher form on which all museums are based and which all museums can only aspire to emulate. Not to be missed by anyone with a love of history, art or culture. The crowds can be a bit stupendous too, but except for certain bottle necks (notably the Mona Lisa), the museum is big enough to accomodate them all
i would definitely recommend this tour and if you can ask for Valerie. she was so knowledgeable and really funny. we had children with us and she made us quite comfortable with the kids too. you really only needed 90 minutes and it was very well organized. Skip the line was the way to go for sure.
We had a wonderful time during our tour of the louvre. Our guide helped us a navigate through a very crowded museum so that we could see the pairings we were supposed to see with mount wasting time in the crowds. She shared so much informative related to the art we saw! We loved her!