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Paris: Night Musical Cruise on the Seine

1. Paris: Night Musical Cruise on the Seine

Bask in the night glow of Paris on a Seine River sightseeing cruise. Tour the "City of Lights" and soak in the relaxing atmosphere on board as French music plays. Take in a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Orsay Museum, the Alexandre III Bridge, the Concorde Square, the Petit, and Grand Palace, the Marie Bridge, and many more as you sail.

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Paris: River Seine Cruise with Optional Drinks and Snacks

2. Paris: River Seine Cruise with Optional Drinks and Snacks

Hop on board for a refreshingly new perspective of central Paris. Take a relaxing 1-hour river cruise of Paris and enjoy unbeatable views of the city's most memorable landmarks. Starting at the Eiffel Tower, cruise on a comfortable boat down the river for a taste of elegant Parisian life. Glide past The Grand Palais, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Your guide will entertain you throughout the leisurely cruise with anecdotes and intriguing historical facts.  The Paris cruise goes as far as the Institute of the Arabic World at the Ile Saint-Louis before returning you to the Eiffel Tower, and it's the most relaxing way to sightsee in Paris and is the only way to explore the city free of traffic noise and congestion.

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Paris: Illuminations River Cruise and City Walking Tour

3. Paris: Illuminations River Cruise and City Walking Tour

Get the best of the French capital with a 1-hour sightseeing cruise along the Seine. Admire city lights views of Paris before embarking on an audio tour of the city. Set sail along the Seine for a relaxing city lights cruise with amazing views of city highlights. Enjoy the ambiance on board with your choice of drink and calming electro-lounge music. Capture stunning photos along the river from the famous bridges to the most iconic monuments in Paris. Hop off to explore the city at your own pace with an audio-guided walking tour. Choose between 10 available tours in Paris such as Montmartre, Street Art, or the Eiffel Tower tour.

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Discover Paris by Night in a Vintage Car with a Local

4. Discover Paris by Night in a Vintage Car with a Local

Experience the most beautiful buildings and astonishing sights of Paris at night, on a 1-hour tour by classic Citroen 2CV. An icon of the French motor industry, the idiosyncratic 2CV was built from 1948 until 1990, and sets hearts a-flutter with its instantly recognizable design. Discover why Paris is known as the City of Lights, and hear how it became the first city in Europe to begin lighting its streets with gas lamps in 1828. Your personal driver will collect you from your hotel, or any other central Paris location, and drive down the Champs Elysees, to the beautiful Arc de Triomphe. Gaze at the marvelous Eiffel Tower, even more impressive at night when it is completely lit-up in a rainbow of illuminations. Pass the Louvre, continue to Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera Garnier, Ile de la Cité, Petit et Grand Palais, and more.

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Skip The Line: The Original Free Tour of Paris

5. Skip The Line: The Original Free Tour of Paris

Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour of Paris, with passionate guides who work only for their tips. The expert guides love Paris and believe that you deserve the best possible tour, no matter what your travel budget is. As you walk, you will learn of the city’s incredible history, from its beginnings as a medieval village, to the capital of Napoleonic Rule, from the beheadings of the French Revolution, to the excitement of La Belle Epoque, and not forgetting the years of Nazi Occupation, to the secrets of today's Paname. The free walking tour covers all the main city sites, such as the beautiful grounds of the Louvre. You will walk along the banks of the River Seine, and through the bohemian Latin Quarter, with its lively bistros and cafés. Go to the origin of Paris at the Ile-de-la-Cité, the island where the medieval city began. Pass the Louvre, one of the most famous museums in the world. Gaze up at the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World Fair and now the ultimate emblem of Paris. Wander through the pretty Tuileries Gardens, and past the city's historic bridges, such as the ornate Pont Alexandre III connecting the Champs-Élysées and Les Invalides. Explore revolutionary history at Napoleon's Tomb and the Arc de Triomphe, erected to honor those who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. And admire the Beaux-Arts splendors of the Grand & Petit Palais, celebrations of the glories of the new French Republic.

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Paris: City Highlights Segway Tour

6. Paris: City Highlights Segway Tour

Embark on a unique tour experience by exploring Paris on a Segway. See more of the city in less time, visit some of the most famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Meet your guide, receive your helmet, and give an instructional session on how to use the Segway. Ride on the sidewalks, bike lanes, and through many of the popular avenues and parks as well as on the banks of the River Seine. The itinerary includes famous sites like Champ de Mars, the Pont Alexandre III, Champs-Elysées, the National Residence of the Invalids, and of course the iconic Eiffel Tower for perfect photo opportunities. Listen as your guide provides insider tips about life in Paris and interesting information about the sites you pass before heading on to the next destination.

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Paris: Bus Toqué Tour with 3-Course Dinner and Champagne

7. Paris: Bus Toqué Tour with 3-Course Dinner and Champagne

Head to the Eiffel Tower and hop onboard the Bus Toqué for an unforgettable evening. Take your seat at your table on the double-decker bus and admire spectacular views of Paris from an elevated position. Each table is fitted with a tablet so you can listen to the audio commentary and watch the video guide as you savor a three-course meal based on local and seasonal products. End your experience on a high note with a signature dessert by pastry chef Mathieu Mandard as your bus makes its way back to the Eiffel Tower.

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Paris: Private City Highlights Vintage Citroen 2CV Tour with Transfer

8. Paris: Private City Highlights Vintage Citroen 2CV Tour with Transfer

Embark on a fun and unique private tour experience as you explore Paris aboard a vintage Citroen 2CV. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Get picked up by your guide/driver at your accommodation, hop on board the classic car, and set off to discover the ‘city of love’. You’ll zoom through popular avenues and historic bridges over the Seine River. Ride past famous sites like the Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, and of course the iconic Eiffel Tower for perfect photo opportunities. Listen as your driver provides insider tips about life in Paris and gives you informative tidbits about the locations that are on the tour’s itinerary.

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Paris: Private City Highlights Segway Tour

9. Paris: Private City Highlights Segway Tour

Embark on a fun and unique private tour experience as you explore Paris on a segway. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Meet your guide, receive your helmet, and get an instructional session on how to use the Segway. You’ll ride on the sidewalks, bike lanes, and through many of the popular avenues and parks as well as on the banks of the Seine River. The itinerary will be customized to your own interests and can include famous sites like the Grand Palais, Tuileries Gardens, the Champs Elysées, and of course the iconic Eiffel Tower for perfect photo opportunities. Listen as your guide provides insider tips about life in Paris and gives you informative tidbits about the locations that are on the tour’s itinerary.

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Paris: Guided City Tour by Electric Bike

10. Paris: Guided City Tour by Electric Bike

Discover the highlights of Paris like a local on an electric bike tour. Peddle through the charming streets easily with the help of a motor. Have the use of a raincoat, so you can enjoy the city in any weather. Take a family-friendly route that is mostly on bike paths and sidewalks. Meet your guide and get fitted with your helmet and bike. Test drive your bike to ensure that you are comfortable handling an electric bike. Set off on an adventure as you ride to the iconic Louvre Palace. Wave to the Mona Lisa as you pass the Louvre Muséum and the Carrousel shopping center. Enjoy the greenery in the Tuileries Gardens and watch the ships pass by the docks. Admire the oldest bridge in the city at Pont Neuf. Travel to Cité Island to view the stunning Cité Palace. View the Gothic architecture of Saint Chapelle and the rose window of the Notre dame Cathédral. Venture to the Institute of France and see the love locks on the Arts Bridge. Go by the Orsay Muséum which was once a train station before passing the Orsay Docks. Get up close to the Eiffel Tower and marvel at the view of it from across the Trocadero Gardens. Feel the immensity of the Chaillot Palace as you see both wings. Get a taste of modern art as you pass by Tokyo Palace. Be tickled by the contrast between the Great and small palace. Experience the connection between the US and France at the Liberty Flame in Lady Diana square. Ride by the arched Alexandre III bridge and appreciate the use of space in the Vendôme and Concorde square. Finish your tour where you began.

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What people are saying about Petit Palais

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,471 reviews

Booked 2 tickets for the 5PM/17:00 slot on a Sunday (early November). I had purchased the tickets the day before with no issues. We arrived about ~20min before the ride and saw only a few people lined up already. They checked our tickets and pass sanitaire, and it was pretty seamless. The cruise took off right on time. There was enough space on the boat. Definitely recommend bundling up since it was an evening ride in early November especially if you sit at the top. Brilliant experience, very much worth it. We didn't have any issues with tide as I saw with other reviews. We saw everything that the description said we would.

The guide, Alberto from Mexico is really good in storytelling. His stories about Paris and France made me curious about the history side of this beautiful city.

A moment out of time. This night cruise met all my expectations. Thank you to the team I recommend 100%

I think it's worth using. we sailed at 21.00. It was cold but it is worth savoring these views.

The host was mastered with her explanations about the city and its history. Well known.