Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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 Napoleonic 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.
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- 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 a great experience. We met our guide in the concourse area and waited in line to get tickets. Our guide told us many great facts about the tower and its design and building before we even got through the ticket gates. The lift ride wasn't a long wait and as there are two floors on them, the queues were faster moving than I expected. Once on the second floor we were given time to take a few pics and look around before the tour continued. The guide then instructed us to the queue for the lift to the summit and we proceeded up. The tower has wonderful views of Paris and we could make out quite a lot of the famous attractions. My daughters are both uneasy with heights, but this was one trip they were adamant they were going to make. It did not disappoint...
Our tour guide was well organized especially with as large as a group she had (no larger than any other Versailles tour group). She had tickets ready, even marked the return train tickets so we wouldn't get it confused with earlier tickets. Wish the tour group's headset equipment worked better. I kept having problems with mine so I had to keep playing with it, moving the wire around or where the headset was inserted. This took away from the experience and was the worse headset of all the headsets we used on various tours and with different tour groups. I wasn't the only one with problems so the guide had to constantly swap out sets for people. Very distracting and time consuming.
Did a photoshoot for a surprise engagement. There were some last minute changes but everything still went very smoothly. Beks is an amazing photographer and would definitely have her do another shoot for us. We ran late to the shoot and she still stayed for almost the entire hour and did multiple different locations and poses. We LOVE how the photos came out and everyone we share them with say they are gorgeous. Highly recommend for anyone that is doing a surprise proposal or anyone that just wants to have some nice photos of your vacation!
It did seem a bit odd at first having to go to the shop to retrieve tickets but, once there, all was explained. A really well organised tour with an engaging host who was happy to go at a slow pace so as not to lose anybody. Once at the 2nd floor, he said anyone can leave if they want to and those who wish to could stay with him. Would thoroughly recommend it!
I do a lot of tours and I would have to say that Ann-Sophie was possibly the best tour guide I've ever had. Her knowledge and understanding of the topic were faultless. She was able to communicate well with the group. I've visited Versailles several times now but I got so much more out of the experience with Anne-Sophie's commentary.