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The Ten 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 Monmartre, 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!

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

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 de Paris, French for "Our Lady of Paris," was one of the first buildings to use the flying buttress, making it a must-see for architecture-loving tourists.

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

Standing tall in the Place Charles de Gaulle, this monument honors those who fought in the French Revolution and Naploeonic 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

Very nice boat, very comfortable way of transport

Loved that way of transportation arround the Paris. Easy to find the boat. Perfect for wisitting famouse places. Recommend that

Batobus Riverboat Shuttle Service in Paris Reviewed by Viktorija, 10/10/2017

Loved Giverney and everything about Monets house and garden

A much better experience than our Versailles trip. We boarded the coach pretty much on time. Being honest the only thing I found irritating was the bossiness of the guide who treated us like schoolchildren and clearly showed her displeasure when one or two of the clients needed help with the receiver. Nor did I think her command of English was very good, there was a lot of hesitation. The gardens were magical and we had plenty of time to wander.

Half-Day Trip to Giverny from Paris Reviewed by Margaret, 10/10/2017

The ONLY way to go is skip-the-line tickets.

Pay the extra! After coming half-way round the globe, who in hell wants to spend ANY time waiting in a line-up. And then go inside and be stunned! Dozens and dozens of master-works all in one building. These must be seen to be believed!!

Interesting to get so near the monuments

The story in the first bus was not synched but came too late. Also, it was overloaded with uninteresting dates and other details. The part about the Invalides was interesting. The French story followed a sad tradition of reading too fast (like on television). The top floor got very cold and I am now down with flu, but that is hardly your fault.

24/48-Hour Paris L'Opentour Hop On Hop Off Ticket Reviewed by Kerstin, 10/09/2017

Entertaining, educational and mouthwatering

Quite an exquisite experience and beautifully tasty menu (and wine) ... (and cheese). Fred our chef (and also owner of Le Foodist) took us to the market first, letting us run wild while he bought some extra fresh produce for our class. This also doubled up as a mini tour of the area, which was value added – and tres interesting. Fred is such a character, he is so energetic and enjoyable to be around, an exceptional chef and it was a pleasure to be in the kitchen with him and learning from him. The class was an insightful tour on food in France, and when we got to sit down to enjoy our hard work – all plates were sparkling clean – it was utterly delicious. A splendid host, Fred entertained us all and I would certainly come back again.

French Cooking Class, 4 Course Lunch & Stories! Reviewed by Rachyeta, 10/08/2017