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Our most recommended Ile-de-France Walking Tours

Louvre Museum: Tour

1. Louvre Museum: Tour

Get priority entry access to the Louvre Museum and be led by an expert guide on a carefully planned route designed to maximize your time and give you a greater insight into the museum’s top highlights. See the crown jewels of the French Monarchy, gaze back at Da Vinci's enigmatic Mona Lisa, and feel the passion coming from Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People. Listen as your guide brings the art to life on an informative walk through the vast galleries. Explore relics from ancient Egypt and marvel at the impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities including the legendary Venus de Milo and the celebrated Winged Victory of Samothrace. Discover timeless sculptures by Michelangelo and Canova, Neoclassical paintings by Jacques-Louis David, and iconic works from the French Romanticism period like The Raft of the Medusa. After the guided tour, spend as much time as you like exploring the museum’s 380,000 objects on display and come out from your visit with a greater appreciation of the Louvre’s treasures.

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Paris Catacombs: Tour

2. Paris Catacombs: Tour

Join your knowledgeable, informative guide on this tour through the underground passages and special rooms of the Catacombs. Get the most out of your visit as you listen to unique insights from your guide and together, navigate this dark but curious space. Learn the intriguing stories of those who worked, visited, and have been laid to rest here over the centuries, including the secret societies who still visit today. Discover the history of the labyrinthian passages, from how they were initially mined for limestone to how they are now home to the bones of more than 6 million former Parisians. The remains that you’ll walk past were carefully moved here in the 18th century, in a discreet operation to transfer them from the unclean and overflowing cemeteries of the city center.

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Paris: Seine River Morning Guided Sightseeing Cruise

3. Paris: Seine River Morning Guided Sightseeing Cruise

Discover the secrets and history behind Paris' most emblematic monuments and bridges on a guided morning cruise on the Seine River. Embark at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and set sail along the Seine River on a comfortable cruise boat. Enjoy breathtaking views of iconic Paris landmarks from the water. See sights such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Orsay Museum, the Petit and Grand Palace, the Concorde Square, Alexandre III bridge, and much more.

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Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

4. Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Discover the splendor, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on a guided tour with skip-the-line tickets. Step inside via a priority entrance and follow an expert guide through the lavish halls of this iconic French architectural masterpiece. Arrive at the meeting point to meet your guide who will give you a friendly introduction about the royal complex and lead you inside to begin exploring one of the largest palaces in the world. See the ornate King's and Queen's State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors, one of the most emblematic rooms in the Versailles Château and where many events of great historic significance took place, including the Treaty of Versailles. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XVI to his wife, Marie Antoinette. Listen as your guide brings these legendary characters to life with entertaining storytelling. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to ask questions during this interactive tour. Afterward, feel free to explore the palace or stroll through the gardens on your own.

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Paris: River Seine Cruise with Optional Drinks and Snacks

5. Paris: River Seine Cruise with Optional Drinks and Snacks

Hop on board for a refreshingly new perspective of central Paris. Take a relaxing 1-hour river cruise of Paris and enjoy unbeatable views of the city's most memorable landmarks. Starting at the Eiffel Tower, cruise on a comfortable boat down the river for a taste of elegant Parisian life. Glide past The Grand Palais, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Your guide will entertain you throughout the leisurely cruise with anecdotes and intriguing historical facts.  The Paris cruise goes as far as the Institute of the Arabic World at the Ile Saint-Louis before returning you to the Eiffel Tower, and it's the most relaxing way to sightsee in Paris and is the only way to explore the city free of traffic noise and congestion.

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Versailles Palace & Gardens: 2-Hour Guided Tour

6. Versailles Palace & Gardens: 2-Hour Guided Tour

Hidden away from the modern world, this majestic European palace on the outskirts of Paris is a perfectly preserved example of the extravagance of the French monarchy. Dive into Parisian life at its most luxurious with gold-brushed furniture, quilted four-poster beds and lush rolling lawns. Meet your English-speaking guide in Versailles where you'll begin your tour. With a maximum of 20 persons per group, your tour of Versailles will be intimate, unrushed and enjoyable. Skip-the-line with a pre-booked entrance to Versailles where your guide will lead you from one marvelous room to the next, pointing out where Louis XIV tormented his friends and family with long, boring ceremonies and where Marie Antoinette ate her cake. Marvel at the sheer size of the Palace of Versailles, one of the largest and most beautiful estates in the world with 700 rooms. Peruse its incredible array of fine art and the intricate design of its 1,250 fireplaces as you work your way through the highlights of the palace. Stand in awe of the King and Queen's apartments, the chapel, the coronation room, the Hall of Mirror and the Salon of Abundance. Following the interior tour, burst into the sunlight to encounter the ground's dazzling and manicured gardens with over 1,800 acres. On Thursdays, you'll have a tour of the gardens and some free time to wander or, when booking, choose a tour date when either the famous Versailles Fountain Shows or Musical Gardens are running. Watch the fountains explode to the sounds of a cello for the Fountain Shows or be enchanted by the simple beauty of classical music during the Musical Gardens event. The ticket to these shows will be included in your tour price. When you're ready to leave, hop on the next train back to the city. As the train chugs along, reflect on the day of pure indulgence, slowly bringing yourself back through the centuries to modern-day Paris.

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Eiffel Tower: Tour to Summit by Elevator

7. Eiffel Tower: Tour to Summit by Elevator

Begin your Eiffel Tower visit by meeting your guide and listening to an introduction about the monument's history. Then, head up to the 2nd floor in the elevator for a guided visit. Marvel at the sprawling city views that unfurl in front of you as you make your way up this iconic landmark, At the end of the 2nd floor tour, head to the elevators for the summit. At the top, enjoy free time to take in the views of all the famous monuments that can be seen from the Eiffel Tower summit, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Trocadéro Gardens, and the golden dome of the Hôtel des Invalides. On your way back down to ground level, make sure to stop off on the 1st floor observation deck, where you can walk on the new glass floor and visit the small exhibit about the Eiffel Tower. Leave the tour feeling enchanted by stunning Parisian views and a new perspective on this beautiful city.

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Paris: Illuminations River Cruise and City Walking Tour

8. Paris: Illuminations River Cruise and City Walking Tour

Get the best of the French capital with a 1-hour sightseeing cruise along the Seine. Admire city lights views of Paris before embarking on an audio tour of the city. Set sail along the Seine for a relaxing city lights cruise with amazing views of city highlights. Enjoy the ambiance on board with your choice of drink and calming electro-lounge music. Capture stunning photos along the river from the famous bridges to the most iconic monuments in Paris. Hop off to explore the city at your own pace with an audio-guided walking tour. Choose between 10 available tours in Paris such as Montmartre, Street Art, or the Eiffel Tower tour.

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Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre Tour with Expert Guide

9. Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre Tour with Expert Guide

Explore the outside of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, built between 1874 and 1914 and enjoy the artistic and picturesque village of Paris. Your guided tour begins with a visit outside the Sacred Heart. Learn about both the exterior and interior of the Basilica from your expert guide. See the largest mosaic in the world, Christ in Majesty, depicting the Sacred Heart of Jesus, worshiped by the Virgin Mary, Jeanne d'Arc, and St. Michael the Archangel. After the Basilica your guide will take you to the village of Montmartre. This neighborhood of Montmartre has always stood apart from the rest of Paris, not just as the large hill in the city’s northern 18th Arrondissement, but as the home to artists, revolutionaries and outsiders who have played an important part in the unique history of Paris. These streets hold wild stories and a unique perspective around every corner and the Place du Tertre is one of the most famous squares of Paris. There is no neighborhood more magical than Montmartre.

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Eiffel Tower: Direct Access Guided Tour

10. Eiffel Tower: Direct Access Guided Tour

Make the best use of your precious time in Paris with this direct access ticket to the Eiffel Tower. Choose from a 2nd level + summit or 2nd level-only ticket and follow a certified guide to learn the fascinating history of this world-famous landmark. After meeting your expert guide, take a short walk to the Champs de Mars where the Eiffel Tower stands impressively before you. Take advantage of direct access to head inside as part of a small group tour with a maximum of 20 people. Ever wondered why the Eiffel Tower was built in the first place or when it was constructed? Hear from your handpicked guide about its origins and the secrets behind the construction of this architectural masterpiece. Catch the elevator and ascend to the viewing platform on the second floor, and, if you choose the summit ticket, head all the way to the summit. From there, take in the amazing panoramic views of the French capital, including the Pompidou Museum and the River Seine.

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What people are saying about Ile-de-France

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based on 16,651 reviews

Isabel was wonderful. She knew her history well and was very personable. We were a bit late but she wasn’t at all bothered by that. We walked along Champs Elysee as she gave us all kinds of history and fun facts. She was great with our girls too! There was a little hiccup with the Laudree but she made it work. Would gladly book again if we ever return to Paris.

Great tour. Even in the cold, walking around Montmarte in a small group, being led so passionately by Emmanuel was good fun! Learnt a lot about the place, and was exceptionally thankful for the cafe / bar recommendations :)

Alain was so friendly, professional, and creative! One of our favorite experiences so far! Thank you so much!

The tour was great and Nora our tour guide was amazing. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Our tour was well organized and our group guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable.