Paris

Paris

Few cities can match the kind of iconic status that Paris boasts in the imagination of travelers the world over. In fashion, gastronomy, the arts, she is queen. As you visit the different 'quartiers' of the City of Lights her moods shift from gritty to sophisticated, Haute Couture to punk. Paris is a true metropolis and there is always something new to discover beyond the legendary sights and museums we all know so well. This fabled city has a way of getting under your skin and feeling instantly familiar to all who wander her hypnotic streets and linger at her inviting cafes.
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    There is never enough time to take in everything that Paris has to offer. Visiting the sights and museums is immersive and awe-inspiring and could easily keep you occupied for months. But visitors are best rewarded by simply venturing out into the night. Like most truly great cities, Paris is best experienced after dark and without a fixed route in mind, when the explorer is free to stumble upon an unexpected sight or an undiscovered hole-in-the-wall, drawn in by an alluring scent or some sort of innate feeling. One thing is for sure, you will never run out of things to see, do and experience in Paris.

    Top sights in Paris

    Seine River

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    Eiffel Tower

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    Moulin Rouge

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    Disneyland Paris

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    Palace of Versailles

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    Musée d'Orsay

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    Paris Catacombs

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    Champs-Élysées

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    Top things you simply must see 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.

    Eiffel Tower
    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.

    Seine River
    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.

    Moulin Rouge
    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.

    Musee du Louvre
    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.

    Palace of Versailles
    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!

    Arc de Triomphe
    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.

    Planning Your Paris Visit

    What should you know before you arrive in Paris?

    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.

    How big is Paris?

    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.

    How many days should you spend in Paris?

    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.

    Good to know

    Language

    French

    Currency

    Euro (€)

    Country Code

    +33

    Time Zone

    UTC (+01:00)

    Best time to visit

    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.

    What people are saying about Paris

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A lovely and relaxing river cruise experience!
    My wife and I visited Paris for the first time and wanted to go on a night cruise. It was lovely to see the sights along the Seine river at night while everything was all lit up. Seeing the Eiffel Tower all lit up and sparkling was a real highlight. To hear the audio though we needed to use the free wifi, which we didn’t use. So we couldn’t hear any commentary, unfortunately. Overall it was a pleasant cruise and a lovely, relaxing evening!

    Paris: 1-Hour Illuminations River Cruise reviewed by Michael

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Andrea was wonderful, knowledgeable and funny
    We really loved having Andrea as our tour guide. She provided just enough information and was knowledgeable to answer questions that I had. She also had a great personality and was very funny!

    Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Tour by Night reviewed by Robin

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The best guide with full of professionalism and knowledge plus humor
    Michele carefully planned the entire course of winery trip. The wineries we visited welcomed us and saved no effort in giving a lecture regarding wines, chateaus and history of vintners family. Also, Michelle added more pleasure by sharing her experience in France and Bordeaux wineries. Her telling was with full of an interesting story which was benefitted from history major.

    Bordeaux: Small Group Winery Full-Day Tour from Paris reviewed by SC

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Breathtaking and majestic moment into the underworld of Paris
    First of all, we went ahead of them at least 2-hour long ques (!) and got in without even one minute of waiting. The audio guide (a little device that you hold up to your ear) was pretty good. You have basically different number along the way through the catacombs, that tell you a story. It was more a museum of the beauty of the dead than a place to get frightened. But that was okay and a really different kind of experience. We learned a lot about the story behind it and it was worth it imho. Recommended!

    Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket with Audio Guide reviewed by Jan-Marc

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