Along with France and the rest of the world, we are devastated by the April 15 fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Due to structural damages, there are currently some restrictions in the area. Please contact us at any time if your travel plans are affected.

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The 10 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

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

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

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

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

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!

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

If you're looking for a little family fun, the European Magical Kingdom is located just outside the city. You can book transportation with your Disneyland Paris ticket, which is incredibly helpful.

Paris Catacombs

Paris Catacombs

The underground ossuaries of Paris house the remains of six million people. Nicknamed "The World's Largest Grave," the Paris Catacombs are certainly a curiosity worth exploring.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Although still an icon of Paris, Notre Dame de Paris was heavily damaged by fire on April 15, 2019. Visits to "Our Lady of Paris" have been canceled for the foreseeable future.

Champs-Élysées

Champs-Élysées

The Champs-Élysées, the world's most beautiful avenue, leads from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde and into the Tuileries garden. During Christmas, you'll see all those trees spectacularly alight.

Arc de Triomphe

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 (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • 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.

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What people are saying about Paris

Palais Garnier has an impressive exterior and a magnificent interior.

When my wife and I visited Paris, we both thought that the best place we visited was Palais Garnier, which has an extremely impressive exterior and a magnificent interior, including some beautiful paintings. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, telling us in great detail about the building and it's history, and encouraging the group to ask questions.

Opera Garnier Tour with Expert Guides in Paris Reviewed by David, 04/16/2019

Great way to get around some of the attractions around Paris.

This hop on, hop off ‘taxi’ boat is the perfect way to see some of the sites of Paris from the river. Buy an all day ticket or as we did for two days and off you go. Just turn up and jump on and off.

Paris: Batobus River Seine Shuttle Boat Reviewed by David, 04/15/2019

It was awesome! Much more than I expected.

Our guide was on time, extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He engaged us and encouraged questions to which he always had an answer. And he had a fabulous British accent - bonus!

Paris Catacombs Special Access Entry Ticket Reviewed by Sherry, 04/14/2019

very good and busy, glad i booked to skip the lines

Very nice place but very busy. I'm glad we booked the skip the lines or we could have been in the lines for over 2hours. Gardens are massive and lovely could of spent all day in them , if I go back that is all we would do is just chill in the gardens

One of our favorite activities in Paris!

This tour surpassed our expectations! It is a must-do for families who enjoy baking/eating delicious French bread and pasties. The staff couldn’t have been nicer or more accommodating to our children. We all loved making our own goodies and learning about the artistry and operations of this authentic bakery.

Paris: 2.5-Hour Behind the Scenes Bakery Tour Reviewed by Jeff, 04/13/2019