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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

Knowledgeable, Friendly and Lots of Advice!

Marion was lovely. She was very friendly, a sixth generation Parisienne, very knowledgeable about the works she was able to guide us to in the museum and made several terrific suggestions about places to see, what I do and what to know about the areas in Paris. Her knowledge and passion for art was obvious and infectious. We enjoyed every minute of our time with her.

Ultimate Louvre: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Louise, 06/18/2019

Jin was terrific. She was knowledgeable, professional and courteous.

Jim was a great guide through the Louvre. She was knowledgeable and courteous. She imparted her vast knowledge of the Louvre history to us in an entertaining manner. Finally, she was most interesting and informative.

Ultimate Louvre: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Barry, 06/18/2019

Nice way to gain entry on an otherwise sold-out day

We tried to get tickets to the Louvre for a certain day, but the website said they were sold out. Found tickets on here that allowed us entry to the museum at the time we needed. It was slightly more expensive than regular ticket prices, but worth it for our family to be able to go.

Louvre Museum: Timed Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Jennifer, 06/17/2019

Romantic dinner with a view of Eiffel Tower

I think it’s my most favorite of get a guide we booked. It was smooth we went walking to the river Seine from our hotel 2 miles away. The food was really good, steaks was cooked in a French way and dessert. My favorite was the Eiffel Tower lit up that we had a perfect view. It was fabulous experience for the family.

Skipped over 20 minutes of lines on a Saturday afternoon

I got my ticket after seeing a long line outside the museum to get through security. With this ticket purchase, I skipped both the line for security and the line to buy tickets in-person, saving me about 20 minutes.

Orangerie Reserved Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Ashley, 06/17/2019