Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+33
- Best time to visitAs 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.
Things to Do in Paris
Top Attractions in Paris
- 1Eiffel Tower
- 2Seine River
- 3Disneyland Paris
- 4Louvre Museum
- 5Palace of Versailles
- 6Paris Catacombs
- 7Moulin Rouge
- 8Palais du Louvre
- 9Place Pigalle
- 11Pont d'Iena
- 12Musée d'Orsay
- 13Ile de la Cite
- 14Montparnasse Tower
- 15Notre-Dame Cathedral
- 16Gare du Nord
- 17Palais Garnier
- 18Les Halles de Paris
- 19Arc de Triomphe
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What People Are Saying About Paris
Versailles is a must-see, and our guide got us there safely, negotiated the lines, and provided our headsets before leaving us to enjoy the palace at our leisure.
This ticket was not what we originally wanted but was the only one still available to purchase for the time we were in Paris. Buyers need to purchase well ahead of time. We loved the Eiffel Tower and witnessed first hand the advantage of holding a skip the line ticket. We loved the Seine cruise but did not get to the Louvre not that day or any other but were pleased to see the ticket was good for one year.
The tour was great. Guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Versailles overall is crowded as all get out and probably the worst place to go when it's tourist season - worse than Eiffel Tower. Worse than the Louvre. Just awful with all the tour buses and people crowding around so go at off season.
We really enjoyed this dinner cruise through Paris. The food and service were amazing and not to mention the great views of all the top sites in Paris from the boat. We thought this was value for money and we would recommend this.
This tour is the only way you should do Notre Dame. Our guide led us through at our own pace while stopping to explain to us at all the most interesting spots. His English was very good. There was not a question he couldn't answer for us. We are very happy we took this tour. Definitely worth it.