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Paris: Night Aperitif Cruise on the Seine

1. Paris: Night Aperitif Cruise on the Seine

Bask in the night glow of Paris on a Seine River sightseeing cruise. Tour the "City of Lights" and soak in the relaxing atmosphere on board as French music plays. Take in a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Orsay Museum, the Alexandre III Bridge, the Concorde Square, the Petit, and Grand Palace, the Marie Bridge, and many more as you sail.

Paris: River Seine Cruise with Optional Drinks and Snacks

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

Hop on board for a refreshingly new perspective of central Paris. Take a relaxing 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. The tour ends where it began.

Discover Paris by Night in a Vintage Car with a Local

3. Discover Paris by Night in a Vintage Car with a Local

Experience the most beautiful buildings and astonishing sights of Paris at night, on a 1-hour tour by classic Citroen 2CV. An icon of the French motor industry, the idiosyncratic 2CV was built from 1948 until 1990, and sets hearts a-flutter with its instantly recognizable design. Discover why Paris is known as the City of Lights, and hear how it became the first city in Europe to begin lighting its streets with gas lamps in 1828. Your personal driver will collect you from your hotel, or any other central Paris location, and drive down the Champs Elysees, to the beautiful Arc de Triomphe. Gaze at the marvelous Eiffel Tower, even more impressive at night when it is completely lit-up in a rainbow of illuminations. Pass the Louvre, continue to Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera Garnier, Ile de la Cité, Petit et Grand Palais, and more.

Paris: 1-Hour Vintage Citroen 2CV Tour

4. Paris: 1-Hour Vintage Citroen 2CV Tour

Tour the City of Light in a vintage Citroen 2CV. Your personal driver will pick you up at your Paris hotel, or other central location, and drive you through the city’s lively streets on a 1-hour tour. An icon of the French motor industry, the idiosyncratic 2CV was built from 1948 until 1990, and its instantly recognizable design still sets hearts aflutter.  See Paris through the eyes of a true Parisian and discover many of its top attractions, from the Avenue des Champs Elysée, Place Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, and Trocadéro, to the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Pont Alexandre 3, Petit Palais, Grand Palais, the Louvre, and the Opera Garnier.

Paris: Sunset Cruise with Drink and City Walking Tour

5. Paris: Sunset Cruise with Drink 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.

Paris: Guided City Tour by Electric Bike

6. Paris: Guided City Tour by Electric Bike

Discover the highlights of Paris like a local on an electric bike tour. Peddle through the charming streets easily with the help of a motor. Have the use of a raincoat, so you can enjoy the city in any weather. Take a family-friendly route that is mostly on bike paths and sidewalks. Meet your guide and get fitted with your helmet and bike. Test drive your bike to ensure that you are comfortable handling an electric bike. Set off on an adventure as you ride to the iconic Louvre Palace. Wave to the Mona Lisa as you pass the Louvre Muséum and the Carrousel shopping center. Enjoy the greenery in the Tuileries Gardens and watch the ships pass by the docks. Admire the oldest bridge in the city at Pont Neuf. Travel to Cité Island to view the stunning Cité Palace. View the Gothic architecture of Saint Chapelle and the rose window of the Notre dame Cathédral. Venture to the Institute of France and see the love locks on the Arts Bridge. Go by the Orsay Muséum which was once a train station before passing the Orsay Docks. Get up close to the Eiffel Tower and marvel at the view of it from across the Trocadero Gardens. Feel the immensity of the Chaillot Palace as you see both wings. Get a taste of modern art as you pass by Tokyo Palace. Be tickled by the contrast between the Great and small palace. Experience the connection between the US and France at the Liberty Flame in Lady Diana square. Ride by the arched Alexandre III bridge and appreciate the use of space in the Vendôme and Concorde square. Finish your tour where you began.

Paris: Nighttime Segway Tour

7. Paris: Nighttime Segway Tour

Explore Paris by Segway and see the top attractions on a guided sightseeing tour. See the city sparkle at night on this unique tour. Start your journey near the National Residence of the Invalids, a historical complex dedicated to France's military history. From there, admire the beautiful Alexandre III Bridge, built for the Paris Exposition in 1900. See some of the city's most classical buildings, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, which currently serve as museums. 

Paris: Famous Monuments Cycling Tour

8. Paris: Famous Monuments Cycling Tour

Meet your team at Le Peloton Café, the office and base located in the quintessential old Parisian streets of the Marais. After meeting your group and being introduced to your local guide, find the perfect bike for you and your family before setting off to the islands just across the river. The very first sight you'll see is Nôtre Dame to learn about it's history, construction, and reconstruction. Following that, swing around the island, through a local flower market, and right up to the Palais de Justices. After crossing by the infamous Fontaine Saint-Michel in the Latin quarter, make your way over to the Pont des Arts, Paris' first lock bridge. Learn about the importance of the bridges of Paris and the Institute of France, before popping into the back entrance of the Louvre. Meander around the cobblestones of the older courtyard before gliding through the archways to the bigger courtyard, where the famous pyramid of the Louvre sits. After some family photos, continue onward to receive views of the Tuileries Garden and the Orsay Museum. Next up, visit Les Invalides. You'll pass through the Place de la Concorde - once the sight of the monarch-executing guillotine, today the site of an Egyptian Obelisk. You'll then cross the Alexander Bridge, approaching Les Invalides head on (which is best known for being Napoleon Bonaparte's resting place). From there, you'll take a pit stop on Rue Cler, a bustling pedestrian street filled with delicious snacks. Indulge yourself with a crèpe or an éclair before heading through small streets to the Eiffel Tower, and pedal alongside Paris' most famous landmark until you meet back up with your trusted bike path to cross the river. On the way back, there's even more to see. You'll pull into the Grand and Petit Palais to learn a little more about the World's Fairs that once took place in Paris, before taking a photo op at the Arch de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées. Your tour concludes with not one, but two fun tunnels and a beautiful ride along the Paris riverside.

Paris Highlights 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

9. Paris Highlights 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

Explore the grand boulevards of Paris on a fun and eco-friendly mode of transport. Climb aboard a self-balancing Segway and set off in a small group of no more than 10 people to see the top attractions of the “City of Lights.” Following a short, 30-minute training session on the easy-to-drive vehicles, explore the cultural heritage of Paris from a different angle. Glide past historical monuments and down narrow lanes that are inaccessible to other modes of transport. Your guide will reveal hidden treasures as you take a loop from Avenue de Suffren. Pass the Military school at Les Invalides and glide past the National Assembly. Next, go down the tree-lined Champs Elysées from the Grand Palais to the Place de la Concorde, looking at the upscale shops and hotels along the way. Continue to the Grand et Petit Palais on the banks of the River Seine. Marvel at the historic Pont de l'Alma, before taking in the legendary Eiffel Tower.

Paris: Bus Toqué Tour with 3-Course Dinner and Champagne

10. Paris: Bus Toqué Tour with 3-Course Dinner and Champagne

Head to the Eiffel Tower and hop onboard the Bus Toqué for an unforgettable evening. Take your seat at your table on the double-decker bus and admire spectacular views of Paris from an elevated position. Each table is fitted with a tablet so you can listen to the audio commentary and watch the video guide as you savor a three-course meal based on local and seasonal products. End your experience on a high note with a signature dessert by pastry chef Mathieu Mandard as your bus makes its way back to the Eiffel Tower.

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What people are saying about Petit Palais

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Phillip is a fun and excellent local tour driver you should go with, to explore Paris in a difference way, especially in a very special car. Thanks a lot Phillip to provided the interesting view of Paris, you are an excellent driver.

The highlight of our river cruise was the historical guide, Matthew. He spoke for the full hour conveying information about the city unique to riverfront and beyond. Well done.

It was amazing seeing the beautiful sights from the river. The open air boat was fantastic. Perfect weather, perfect way to experience Paris.

We had a great time and were extremely lucky for it to be just the two of us and outrtour guide.

What a result… fun and easy. Nice to get on and off wherever you want.. ideal…