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Paris: Tootbus Hop-on Hop-off Discovery Bus Tour

1. Paris: Tootbus Hop-on Hop-off Discovery Bus Tour

Explore the best of Paris on a discovery bus tour with an audio guide. From the comfort of an eco-friendly bus, see sights like the Opera, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, Orsay Museum, Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Grand Palais, and more. Jump on board a hop-on hop-off bus to get an overview of Paris. Learn about the city through the audio guide commentary specially designed for the route. Pick the sights you want to explore in more detail, and hop off at the closest location to visit the attractions (at your own expense). See the top art masterpieces and paintings at the Louvre Museum, stop at Notre Dame and take a moment to admire its architecture from the left bank of the Seine, shop in the Champs-Elysées, or climb the top of the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower for the best views of the city. Don't miss the opportunity to walk around the most charming neighborhoods in Paris such as the bohemian Montmartre, the buzzing Latin Quarter, the trendy Marais, or the peaceful Ile de Saint Louis. If you are traveling with children, the child-friendly channel available in French and English will keep them entertained. The kids' audio guide is designed to capture their attention all throughout the journey.  Upon first validation, your ticket is valid 24 or 48 hours, according to the option booked. You can hop on or hop off an unlimited number of times within the validity period. The route stops are as follows: 1. HAUSSMANN – GRANDS MAGASINS – 11, Rue Auber 75009 Paris 2. OPERA GARNIER – 49, Avenue de l’Opéra 75002 Paris 3. MUSEE DU LOUVRE – Place du Carrousel 75002 Paris 4. NOTRE-DAME – 4, Rue du Petit Pont 75005 Paris 5. MUSEE D’ORSAY – 8, Quai Anatole-France 75007 Paris 6. CONCORDE – 12, Place de la Concorde 75008 Paris 7. CHAMPS-ELYSEES – GEORVE V -116, Avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris 8. TROCADERO – 50, Avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris 9. TOUR EIFFEL – 69, Quai Branly 75007 Paris 10. PONT ALEXANDRE III – INVALIDES – 41, Quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris

Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

2. Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

Visit the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Then, go on a cruise along the magnificent Seine River and admire the famous monuments in the city. Being the world's largest museum, the Louvre packs 35,000 artworks into a 73,000 square meter exhibition space in three wings. Each wing possesses more than 70 rooms and displays extensive paintings and objects of art. See the iconic Mona Lisa, marvel at thousands of amazing paintings, and walk among perfect sculptures. Book the option with an audio guide included and enhance your experience and understanding of the works on display. After the visit of the Louvre Museum, take a 1-hour Seine River cruise tour. See more of Paris' iconic monuments such as the Institut de France, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, Musee de Orsay, Hotel de Ville and more. Onboard you have access to an audio guide of your chosen language for free on the spot which will help you learn more about the vast history attached to each monument.

Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

3. Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy fantastic views and experience the charming atmosphere of Paris aboard an open-top double-decker sightseeing bus. Choose from a 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off ticket or upgrade to the 48-hour deluxe option, which includes a ticket for a Seine River cruise. Drive-by iconic attractions like Notre Dame, and the Sacre Coeur. Take in the sights at the lavish Champs-Elysées, the historical Grand Palais, Opera Garnier, and Louvre Museum. Discover over 15 locations on a narrated tour with daily departures. You may join the tour from any of the stops on the route.

Paris: Orsay and Orangerie Museums Skip-the-Line Ticket

4. Paris: Orsay and Orangerie Museums Skip-the-Line Ticket

Benefit from skip-the-line entry to 2 famous cultural institutions in the heart of Paris. Get access to both the Orsay Museum and to the Orangerie Museum in the Tuileries Gardens. Marvel at works of art by a selection of world-famous artists. Orsay Museum: Enter the former Beaux-Arts train station of the Gare d'Orsay, constructed by Victor Laloux for the 1900 World Fair. Now home to the Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay), the beautiful building is one of the most popular cultural venues in Paris. Skip the long lines with your entry ticket, and then journey through various artistic movements, including Academism, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. See works by artists such as Bonnard, Carpeaux, Cézanne, Courbet, Daumier, Degas, Gauguin, Guimard, Lalique, Manet, Millet, Monet, Pissarro, Redon, Renoir, Rodin, Seurat, Sisley, Van Gogh and Vuillar! Orangerie Museum: Located in the beautiful Tuileries Gardens, the Orangerie Museum (Musée de l’Orangerie) offers visitors a poetic presentation of 2 prestigious collections from work produced in the early decades of the 20th century. See masterpieces such as the "Water Lilies" ("Les Nymphéas") cycle by Claude Monet and various works from the Jean Walter-Paul Guillaume Collection of the art dealer Paul Guillaume and his wife Domenica. 

Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Seine Cruise

5. Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Seine Cruise

Explore the city and discover the magical atmosphere of the River Seine with a bus pass and a 1-hour cruise combo. The combo is available for 1 or 2 consecutive days. This open-top bus tour offers the largest network of interconnected hop-on hop-off routes in Paris, covering every attraction in the city. Hop on and off at your convenience at any of the stops to explore the city at your own pace. Enjoy an unforgettable bird’s eye view of the city of Paris and its monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and much more. Then, hop onboard the boat and relax with the sound of the water while sailing across the Seine. Bus stops: 1. HAUSSMANN – GRANDS MAGASINS – 13, rue Auber 75009 Paris 2. OPERA GARNIER – 49, avenue de l’Opéra 75002 Paris 3. MUSEE DU LOUVRE – Place du Carrousel 75002 Paris 4. NOTRE-DAME – 4, rue du Petit Pont 75005 Paris 5. MUSEE D’ORSAY – 8, quai Anatole-France 75007 Paris 6. CONCORDE – 12, place de la Concorde 75008 Paris 7. CHAMPS-ELYSEES – GEORVE V -116, avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris 8. TROCADERO – 15, avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris 9. TOUR EIFFEL – 69, quai Branly 75007 Paris 10. PONT ALEXANDRE III – INVALIDES – 41, quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris

Paris: Musée d'Orsay 1-Day Ticket with Reserved Access

6. Paris: Musée d'Orsay 1-Day Ticket with Reserved Access

Explore one of the world’s best art museums at your own pace with a reserved access day admission ticket to the Musée d'Orsay. Avoid lengthy lines and the hassle of ticket counters. You’ll simply show your voucher directly at the dedicated entrance for visitors with pre-bought tickets. After a security check, you’ll be able to walk straight inside. The Musée d'Orsay is located in the former Gare d'Orsay train station and is home to one of France's largest national collections of art. The major section of the museum is dedicated to Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, but you also find some sculptures, photographs, and furniture. This is considered one of the best galleries in Paris and contains masterpieces such as Dance at le Moulin de la Galette by Renoir, Apples and Oranges by Cézanne, Van Gogh's self-portraits and many other unique pieces you’ll have the opportunity to admire.

Paris: Seine Cruise & Crepe Tasting near the Eiffel Tower

7. Paris: Seine Cruise & Crepe Tasting near the Eiffel Tower

See the sights of Paris from the water on a cruise along the Seine, and learn about them with an audioguide. Savor a traditional French crepe before or after your cruise. For the cruise, meet at “Bateaux Parisiens” / Port de la Bourdonnais just next to the Eiffel Tower to board the boat. As you cruise along the Seine River, unwind while contemplating the history of Paris and admire its many monuments such as the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the many bridges with their unique architecture.  Enjoy audioguide commentary onboard available in 14 languages, which you can also listen to from an application on your smartphone.  Then, after getting off the cruise at the same place it started, show your voucher to the staff at the buffet "Le Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel" at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Taste a French crepe with Nutella, sugar, lemon, jam, or whipped cream. If you prefer, enjoy your crepe before the cruise. Admire the picturesque views of the Eiffel Tower and the riverside of Paris while you savor this delicious French delicacy. Take advantage of reduced prices to buy a drink at the pancake house.

Paris: Sunset Aperitif Cruise on the Seine River

8. Paris: Sunset Aperitif Cruise on the Seine River

Embark on an adventure and go on a sunset cruise in Paris. Enjoy a ride on the Seine River while listening to French music on a cruise which departs and returns near the Eiffel Tower. Marvel at the monuments and docks that serve as scenery for this fantastic evening. Admire the most emblematic monuments of Paris as you cruise by them, such as the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower, and many more.

Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise 1-Day/2-Day Pass

9. Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise 1-Day/2-Day Pass

Explore the sights of Paris at your own pace with a 24-hour or 48-hour pass to the Batobus shuttle service along the River Seine, and jump on and off at 9 strategic stops to see sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre, and more. Cruise through the heart of Paris, admiring landmark monuments along the river bank from the comfort of a glassed-in boat. Then, stop to explore further at leisure. • Tour Eiffel - Port de la Bourdonnais. Jump off at the foot of the great Parisian landmark, and ascend for panoramic city views from the viewing platforms. The stop is also convenient for the Cité de l’Architecture museum, where exhibits include casts of French architecture from the 12th to 18th centuries. • Musée d'Orsay - Quai de Solférino. Located a 2-minute walk from the Musée d'Orsay, this stop is perfect for those who want to explore the world of Impressionists artists, such as Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, and Van Gogh. • St-Germain-des-Prés - Quai Malaquais. Hop off near the Institut de France, home of Paris artists and intellectuals, and discover historic sights, such as the famous Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. • Notre-Dame - Quai de Montebello. Admire the architectural harmony and Gothic gargoyles of the most iconic cathedral in Paris, and explore the carefree student atmosphere of the Latin Quarter. • Jardin des Plantes - Cité de la Mode et du Design. Wander among nature in the main botanical garden of Paris, and explore the museums in the garden grounds, including the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution and Paleontology Museum. The Cité de la mode et du design (also known as "les Docks") was built in 1907 as industrial warehousing for the Ports de Paris. It is a city within the city dedicated to creativity: design, fashion, innovation, and events. The Cité has permanent residents which include restaurants, nightclubs, a museum, and shops. • Hotel de Ville - Pont d'Arcole. Stop here to visit the historic City Hall of Paris, go to the Pompidou Centre, and wander the bohemian streets of the Marais district. • Louvre - Pont Royal and Pont du Carrousel. Discover a Paris quarter where history and the history of art come together, and see centuries of art, from Egyptian antiquities to Renaissance masterpieces. • Place de la Concorde. Stroll down one of the most elegant streets in Paris, home to five-star hotels and chic boutiques, and see the Grand Palais, Petit Palais, and tree-lined Avenue Montaigne. • Invalides - Pont Alexandre III.

Paris: 2-Hour River Seine Lunch Cruise

10. Paris: 2-Hour River Seine Lunch Cruise

Embark on a day at sea on the River Seine in central Paris aboard this cruise. Enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch à-la-carte meal paired with delicious wines. See iconic sites such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, and many more. Meet your host at the Port de la Bourdonnais in Paris to board the cruise. Take a seat, sit back, relax, enjoy the ride and listen to the commentary from the crew members as you drift along the river in style. Smell the sweet aroma from the kitchen as the chefs prepare your lunch. Depending on your book option, you will receive the premier, privilege, or etoile service package. Taste a delicious 3-course lunch that will have your taste buds wanting more. Paired with champagne, wines, and cheese, depending on what package you book.  Feeling full up? No worries, enjoy some tea or coffee, chill and admire the views. See Paris from a different perspective and marvel at the former Beaux-Arts railway station of the Musée d’Orsay. Enjoy the panoramic views from the glass boat. Make sure you take photos of the French National Library, the golden dome of Les Invalides, and the bombastic buildings of the French Parliament. 

Planning Your Visit

  • How much time?

    As large as the Musee d'Orsay is, there's not much filler. If you only have 3 or 4 hours to spare, stick to the Impressionist wing, otherwise don't expect to see it all in a day!

  • When to visit?

    The Musee d'Orsay's opening hours are from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, except on Thursdays when it's open until 9:45PM, and Mondays when, as with May 1st and December 25th, the gallery is closed. Get there as early as possible and consider booking your tickets online to skip the long lines. If you plan to visit in a large group, pre-booking is mandatory.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    9:00AM to 6:00PM, Thursdays until 9:45PM, closed Mondays, May 1st and Christmas.
  • Is it expensive?
    Tickets start at €11, but packages and concessions are available.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Take the Metro line 12 to Solférino, RER line C to Musée d'Orsay or buses 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94.
  • Additional information

    • Cloakrooms are available free of charge but not recommended for large items or valuables.

    • All guests will need to pass through security to enter.

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What people are saying about Musée d'Orsay

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8,929 reviews

Superb cruise with competent, welcoming staff, a quality service, to do again absolutely. Thank you very much Catherine Garcia

Don’t miss this museum! But it is very large. Identify what you want to see before you go.

The experience is very pleasant, there is usually a long queue and more for sunset time.

One of the most beautiful museums in Paris and the clock in the café is iconic

Queue we’ll managed and entered the museum on time