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Our most recommended Paris Day Trips

  • Paris: Parc Astérix Full-Day Entrance Ticket

    1. Paris: Parc Astérix Full-Day Entrance Ticket

    Enjoy all the adventures and activities of Parc Astérix, located about 22 miles (35 kilometers) from Paris and enjoy a memorable day out with all your favorite characters from the Gaul village. Discover 6 themed zones, more than 40 different attractions and shows, with new sensations and excitement at every turn. Go on your very own odyssey to the lands of the Romans, Gauls, Greeks, Vikings and Egyptians. Board the Menhir Express for plenty of laughs and take up Caesar's challenge to spy on the Roman Legion at the mad-house Défi de César. Sign up to serve the Roman Empire at La Légion Recrute and dive into the wacky world of the comic strip to experience the final battle between the Roman Legionnaires and the battling Gauls! Admire the only performing dolphins and sea lions this close to Paris at the Poseidon Theater. Discover the Forest of Idefix, a new area for the family right at th...

    I enjoy the park but they could keep it open the hole week to avoid the overcrowded weekend.

  • Paris: Private City Tour by Electric Tuktuk

    2. Paris: Private City Tour by Electric Tuktuk

    Climb aboard an eco-friendly tuk-tuk for a different sightseeing tour of Paris and explore the famous streets by electric vehicle. Choose from short tour options to get a good overview of the city, or upgrade to half and full-day tours for a more comprehensive experience. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel and the option to customize your itinerary to suit your interests. Take up to 5 of your friends on a tour by tuk-tuk for 1 to 6 people. See all the landmarks and tell the driver where you want to stop and for how long as you drive through the city. 

    היה לנו מדריך מצויין שמו ברייס בעל ידע רב ונרחב והרבה סבלנות הרעיון להשתמש בתחילת הטיול בטוקטוק עזר לנו להתמצא היטב ברחבי פריז ולהבין היכן כדאי ורצוי לבלות . מומלץ מאוד

  • From Paris: Fairytale Loire Castles with Wine Tasting

    3. From Paris: Fairytale Loire Castles with Wine Tasting

    From Paris, head to Château de Chambord. Disney fans will find this castle’s turrets familiar; it was the inspiration for the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." Though originally conceived as a royal hunting lodge, it was built to a scale that must be seen to be believed.

    Learn all about the castle’s captivating history from your guide, before getting your own chance to explore. Climb a staircase supposedly designed by Da Vinci, enjoy spectacular turret-framed rooftop views, and glimpse wild deer around the grounds.

    Having worked up an appetite, get back on the bus and continue on to the next stop: the quaint town of Blois. Take some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in one of the restaurants located around the beautiful and vibrant Square Louis XII.

    Alternatively, grab a bite and visit ...

    This was a wonderful day with a lot to see and do - from the magical castles to the wine-tasting and walking. The guide Addie was so informative and interesting, and the driver Eric was excellent. Everything was made easy. The guide gave tips on the best way to view a site so that you can maximise the visit - such as which rooms to see first and then what to do if there is still time. Because of this information, I made sure to fit in some of the things to do "at the end" - such as visiting the flower garden or the horse stables. I loved the little restaurant too in Blois, and had a relaxing lunch.

  • From Paris: Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

    4. From Paris: Day Trip to Champagne with 8 Tastings & Lunch

    Tour starts at your hotel (if located in Paris) or at the central Paris meeting point. Your driver guide will pick you up in a cozy air-conditioned minivan at around 7.30 AM. Enjoy tasty croissants on the way to Champagne, while your guide tells you all you need to know about the sparkling universe of champagne! Once you arrive in Champagne, you'll start your day with a visit to a very prestigious Estate (Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Mercier etc. depending on supplier availability). Discover never-ending galleries filled with bottles and of course, finish the guided-tour with a tasting. Back in your air-conditioned minivan, admire the landscapes and stop in the heart of the vineyard to enjoy a masterclass led by your wine expert guide. He will teach you the basis of the wine professional tasting. Then you will practice by enjoying a special cuvee. Next stop is for lunch in a family...

    What a fantastic day, in spite of it being rainy, cloudy and overcast! Bastein provided us with a great narrative of the region during our time together and I was sorry to see our day come to an end. Our lunch with a French producer was just delightful…..food was delicious and our host shared her love of champagne and food with such a beautiful smile! So glad we added this trip to our Paris itinerary.

  • From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint Michel Tour

    5. From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint Michel Tour

    From Paris, board a private bus to the island of Mont Saint Michel. On the journey, listen as your guide provides interesting stories from the history of the abbey. Follow your guide on an orientation tour to ensure you see the most important attractions, including the hilltop Abbey of Mont Saint Michel. Enjoy a few hours at your leisure to explore the abbey and soak up the splendor of its interior with an audio guide tour, or stroll in the picturesque streets. Choose from a variety of lunch options ranging from dining rooms with rustic meat to sophisticated restaurants with bay view terraces specializing in seafood. Or, stop by one of the Mont Saint Michel's creperies to feast on galettes (buckwheat pancakes) with Normandy cider. In the late afternoon, board the bus for a return journey to Paris.

    Our tour guide Addy did a very good job conducting our tour. Very outgoing and interested in the people on the tour. The bus was very up to date and the drivers did a great job.

  • Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Full-Day Tour from Paris

    6. Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Full-Day Tour from Paris

    Enjoy an unforgettable day trip from Paris, and visit the Normandy Landing Beaches, where the outcome of changed World War II and the future of Europe forever. Learn about the dramatic events of 6 June 1944, with round-trip minibus transfers from Paris. Drive through the Normandy countryside to discover some of the most significant sites of the campaign. During the day, you will go to Omaha Beach, see the German Bunkers, visit Operation Overlord Museum, and travel to Pointe du Hoc. Best-known as the site of the heroic assault by U.S. Rangers on D-Day, Pointe du Hoc lies 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) west of Omaha Beach. Gaze in wonder at more than 10,000 white crosses that mark the fallen soldiers in the American Cemetery. Whether you’re a history buff, curious about this very important battle, or have some personal connection to the D-Day landings, your guide will help bring the battle fie...

    I really loved this trip! It was super informative and moving. And our guide Adrian was wonderful. He kept everyone engaged and he was super knowledgeable.

  • Half-Day Trip to Giverny from Paris

    7. Half-Day Trip to Giverny from Paris

    Enjoy a half-day trip to the former home of Claude Monet, one of the most famous painters of French Impressionism. Located in the tiny hamlet of Giverny on the banks of the River Seine, 50 miles west of Paris, the house and gardens were bequeathed to the Académie des Beaux-Arts by his son in 1966. They were opened as a public museum in 1980 following large-scale restoration work. Depending on the option you choose, your tour will either be guided, audio guided or at your own leisure.  Depart Paris and travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach. As there is no direct public transport to Giverny, this is the ideal way to get there. You will drive via the western districts of Paris and take the Normandy motorway as far as Bonnières. After crossing the River Seine at Vernon, continue to Giverny through the wooded plateaus of Eure. Giverny attracted several Impressionist painters in the 19...

    Would have given a five star if not so busy. Well worth the cost. However, due to the crowds and long lines, not as enjoyable as hoped.

  • Giverny: Monet's Garden Half-Day Tour from Paris

    8. Giverny: Monet's Garden Half-Day Tour from Paris

    Explore the beautiful village and home in Upper Normandy where the Impressionist artists, Claude Monet spent the last 40 years of his life. Visit the charming village of Giverny, and discover why it proved such a source of inspiration for Impressionist artists. Following your transfer from Paris, look inside the house where Monet lived and worked. Set within an exquisite valley of the River Seine, the gardens and surroundings formed a great part of the subject matter for his paintings after he moved there in 1883. Once your have seen the rooms where the artist lived with his family, stroll through 2 unique gardens that Monet designed and modified throughout his life. See more than 100 different types of flowers, and intertwined foliage in Monet’s Flower Garden. Then, feel as if you have stepped into one of his paintings in the Japanese Garden. Go to the lake full of water lilies, and ...

    Lovely trip to Givernay Nice visit to Monet's grave and stroll through his lovely village.

  • Skip-the-Line Half Day Versailles Guided Tour from Paris

    9. Skip-the-Line Half Day Versailles Guided Tour from Paris

    Join an expert interpreter-guide on a half-day tour of the exquisite Palace of Versailles, and get priority, skip-the-line entrance. You will be led through the history of the Palace, one of the most important monuments in the world. Once home to Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, you will relive the glory days of Parisian royalty. Gaze in awe as you are guided through the most beautiful rooms of the palace, including the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's and King´s Private Apartment. After experiencing the grandeur of the interior, enjoy free time to explore the beauty of the Palace of Versailles’ gardens, filled with statues, busts, and marble vases that date back to 1661, when teams of sculptors were led by King Louis XIV's official painter, Charles Le Brun.

    Great information, walked us around to the major artworks. Loved skipping the line. I’d highly recommend.

  • From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

    10. From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

    Take a fascinating excursion to 2 of the most impressive symbols of French culture, and discover the complex and rich history behind their walls. Start your excursion from Paris to Giverny with an audio guide or a guide (depending on option selected), a quaint village in Normandy that attracted several impressionist painters throughout the 19th century. See the home of Claude Monet, and be inspired by the touch of color and charm that influenced his work. Explore the colorful garden whose lilies, weeping willows, and flowerbeds are a vivid reminder of his masterful works. You will then enjoy a traditional lunch before visiting the stunning site of the Palace of Versailles. You will discover the masterful combination of classic and baroque architectural styles. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens, walk by the hall of mirrors, and visit the Grands Appartements to get a s...

    Our guide was exceptional! She was so knowledgeable and informative. The lunch that was provided was not that great but overall our experience was excellent. Would recommend to others.

Planning Your Visit

  • How much does is cost?

    A Seine river cruise can cost anything from €10 per person for a basic boat tour to upwards of €200 for a candle-lit, gourmet dinner cruise by night.

  • Did somebody say dinner?

    There are several Paris dinner cruise options available. Our advice? It's usually worth splashing out but be sure to size up the menu first! Some boat tours also include dinner at a restaurant elsewhere once the trip is over.

Paris boat tours: Everything you need to know

You have probably heard about the Seine river that runs through Paris, but it is so much more than that. A good tidbit of information for you to know: since 1991, its riverbanks are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the Seine, you can appreciate the architectural mastery of Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower, in addition to many other landmarks. 

Paris sightseeing cruises: See the city from the water

Combine one cruise with two ultimate Paris sightseeing experiences on a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower and a visit to Arc de Triomphe. See the city from the top of two of the most popular landmarks and choose your favorite. Can’t make up your mind? Go on a one-hour relaxing cruise on the Seine. You can always look at your phone’s camera roll and decide later.

Pretty confident the view from the top of the Iron Lady is the winner? Then opt for the cruise that includes an Eiffel Tower Visit with Summit and a skip-the-line entrance to the Louvre Museum. And just in case you’re not quite done figuring out what’s on Mona Lisa’s mind, you can jump back on the cruise another day. 

Paris dinner cruises: French cuisine with a view of the “City of Lights”

Indulge in a 3-course dinner while watching the sunset over Paris from your panoramic window. 

As you can imagine, few experiences are more romantic than the Evening Cruise with Dinner on River Seine. Sit back and relax with the City of Lights as your backdrop for two and a half hours.

The a la carte menu includes authentic culinary creations like duck foie gras and escargots. Vegetarians can opt for pressed quinoa and tofu terrine or buckwheat with silky tofu. For dessert, it’s a tough call between matured cheeses and creamy chocolate crisp. Vegan travelers can opt for the 3-course Dinner Cruise with Panorama on Seine River. This cruise offers a vegan menu upon request. 

Paris Illuminations cruise: Take in the city on a one-hour tour

Hop on board, sit back, and relax as Paris unfolds before your eyes. See the city on a shorter cruise, whether you’ve just reached or are bidding adieu to the City of Love.

The Paris: 1-hour illuminations river cruise takes you through the lit-up facades of the Louvre, the Grand Palais, and Notre Dame. The Iron Lady also puts up quite the light show every night, and you’ll get to see that too from the river. In case you prefer to see the city in the daytime, you can go for the Paris: 1-hour river Seine cruise departing every 30 minutes from 10:00 AM. 

Private river cruises: For those who want Paris all to themselves

Ditch the crowds and surprise your loved one with a private pontoon boat river cruise in Paris. On this 2-hour journey, it's just you, your better-half, and the city. Well, and the captain too because someone has to steer the ship while you enjoy the scenery.

Enjoy the complimentary bottle of wine and French appetizers as you float by the Pont des Arts, Musée d’Orsay, and Ile Saint Louis. Switch to the complimentary soft drinks if you don’t drink alcohol.

In Paris for a once-in-a-lifetime multigenerational family trip? You can choose this cruise too, as it has room for groups of up to 10 people.

Good-to-know tips for boat tours in Paris

  • Prepare for a safe sailing experience by wearing comfortable clothes and shoes. Keep in mind that dinner river cruises might require passengers to follow a semi-formal dress code.
  • Check all the information about the cruise you picked. If you're hoping to go on a cruise straight from the airport, confirm if the boat allows luggage.
  • In addition to the Seine, don’t miss out on exploring Paris’s other body of water: Canal Saint-Martin. The routes on some cruises include both of them or you can rent a boat and explore it on your own. See if you can spot the setting for a famous scene from the well-known French movie "Amélie."
  • Don’t just see Paris from the river, enjoy the Seine from the city too. The promenade by the river, Parc Rives de Seine, is a green family- and kid-friendly space with bike lanes that stretch on for 4 miles.


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What people are saying about Paris

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 10,074 reviews

Per i soldi spesi ne vale la pena. Rilassante e romantico. Il personale è disponibile e le informazioni ricevute via messaggio molto chiare

Ay 9: line for thé crêpes and line for the cruise, quite some people but the boat was big enough.

Very nice and luxurious tour along the Seine. The food was also very tasty and friendly staff.

Delícioso passeio de barco passando pelos principais pontos turísticos.

Very nice guided sightseeing tour, informative and entertaining