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Paris: River Seine Cruise with Optional Drinks and Snacks

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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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 Champs-Élysées 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

7. Paris Champs-Élysées 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

On this 2-hour private guided Champs-Élysées tour you’ll visit one of the principal shopping areas of Paris, and may be somewhat surprised to learn that it used to be a simple park that was home to bars and third-rate theaters. During the walking tour your guide will introduce you to both sides of the mythical Champs Elysees. Learn about its connection to Roman mythology and to Napoleon, and how the avenue relates to the Paris of the 19th century as well as the Paris of today. Principal sites visited on the tour include Place de la Concorde, the Luxor Obelisk, Hôtel de Crillon, Petit Palais, Grand Palais, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Avenue Montaigne, Ladurée macaron shop, and the Arc de Triomphe.

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Paris Bike Tour: 3 Hours Along the River Seine

8. Paris Bike Tour: 3 Hours Along the River Seine

Discover the highlights of Paris on a bike tour along the River Seine. The banks of the Seine have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991 and will enchant you as well. You begin the tour on the right bank of the Seine overlooking the Conciergerie and the Ile Saint-Louis. After crossing the Pont Notre-Dame, you discover Paris and its bridges over the centuries. Experience the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral and the famous Eiffel Tower. See the beautiful Chaillot Palace and ride across the largest royal square in Paris to discover the Tuileries Garden and the magnificent Louvre with its unique collection of art. Thanks to your experienced tour guide, you will enjoy the best views along the Seine and discover a large variety of prestigious monuments.

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Paris Highlights 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

9. Paris Highlights 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

Explore the grand boulevards of Paris on a fun and eco-friendly mode of transport. Climb aboard a self-balancing Segway and set off in a small group of no more than 10 people to see the top attractions of the “City of Lights.” Following a short, 30-minute training session on the easy-to-drive vehicles, explore the cultural heritage of Paris from a different angle. Glide past historical monuments and down narrow lanes that are inaccessible to other modes of transport. Your guide will reveal hidden treasures as you take a loop from Avenue de Suffren. Pass the Military school at Les Invalides and glide past the National Assembly. Next, go down the tree-lined Champs Elysées from the Grand Palais to the Place de la Concorde, looking at the upscale shops and hotels along the way. Continue to the Grand et Petit Palais on the banks of the River Seine. Marvel at the historic Pont de l'Alma, before taking in the legendary Eiffel Tower.

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1.5-Hour Paris Segway Night Tour

10. 1.5-Hour Paris Segway Night Tour

This 1.5-hour tour is a chance to discover Paris from a different and, perhaps, edgier, diverse and more romantic angle. The tour start from central Paris where your guide will meet you and show you how to ride your Segway. Following a safety briefing, you'll begin to learn some interesting facts about Paris from your experienced guide. During your experience, expect to see the Hotel des Invalides, Pont Alexandre III, Musee D'Orsay, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Petit Palais, Grand Palais, Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars and Ecole Militaire. Enjoy the stunning sunset behind the pyramid of the Louvre, admiring the Eiffel Tower lit up at the end of your trip.

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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.

Dawie pronounced Davie was great! He was fun and entertaining. I enjoyed this tour a lot. I went to the Shakespeare bookstore and got the Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo as he recommended. I’m excited to read it. I didn’t know he’s also the author of Les Misérables. Thank you Dawie! :)

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.

Super great informative tour. Not too strenuous. Please see the dam and Louvre and learn a lot about Paris and its history.

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