things to do in Paris –
February 2014

Sure, it's the City of Love,
But There's a Lot to Do Between Kisses!

Things to do in Paris February 2014. It's pretty hard to think of a better place to spend Valentine's Day.

Given the hundreds of chocolatiers that dot the Parisian landscape – with champagne vendors, flower and perfume shops trailing not far behind – celebrating Valentine's Day in Paris will be a melt-in-your-mouth experience.

Sure, the weather will still be chilly, but the occasional spring thaw will bring out sunny patches. And when that happens, you're sure to see tout le monde crowding outside at cafés eager to soak up a few rays.

February in Paris also means a cultural frenzy with many classical music, ballets, operas and performances held throughout landmark locations — churches, Opera Bastille and Palais Garnier.


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Things to Do in Paris – February 2014

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Things to do in Paris February 2014

Eiffel Tower Behind-the-Scenes Tour – No Waiting!

A Paris Insiders Guide Secret
Eiffel Tower

The Paris Insiders secret way to avoid the long lines at the Eiffel Tower is to book a skip-the-line-tour. You meet your guide at the base of the tower and are whisked past the lineups right to the second level. Not only do you get priority access, but your guide fills you in on the history and fun facts about the ET.

After the tour, take your time exploring the lower level and then take the elevator right to the very top. The tour includes tickets for everything.
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Romantic Horse & Carriage Ride

Romantic Horse & Carriage Ride

This is how you spell "romance". Spend a romantic ninety minutes bundled up in a warm blanket while your horsed-drawn carriage clops past the best of Paris landmarks. Book the VIP tour and you'll be sipping champagne! This is our kind of equestrian sport. Book early to get a place on this popular Valentine's Day activity.
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Eiffel Tower Dinner, Seine River Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show

A Paris Insiders Guide favourite

Experience the best of Paris by night. You start out by dining on the Eiffel Tower, gazing down at the Paris vista. Next is a romantic evening cruise along the Seine, seeing the lights of the City of Lights. You're not done yet! Finish this spectacular evening with a cabaret show at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. Champagne is included, of course!
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Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise

Bateaux Dinner Cruise

Everything looks better from a boat cruising down the Seine. On this relaxing ride you see Paris from a different perspective. All the famous landmarks will pass by as you enjoy a multi-course French meal. If you want to splurge, book the Service Premier option that gets you at the front of the boat with your own private table.
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Top Day Trips From Paris

Things to do in Paris February 2014

Chateaux of the Loire Valley Day Tour

Chateaux of the Loire Valley Day Tour

There's a lot to see in Paris just beyond the city gates, and one of the most visited destinations is the Loire Valley with its magnificent castles. It's an easy day trip from Paris, and the easiest way to do it is on a tour with an expert guide. Visit three of the most spectacular chateaux the Loire Valley has to offer — Chateau Amboise, Chateau Chenonceau and the amazing Chateau Chambord.
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D-Day Tour From Paris – Day Trip

D-Day Beaches

On this popular trip you drive through the beautiful Normandy countryside to of the most important sites of World War II. You visit the memorials to those who fought and died here. The landing beaches themselves, and the nearby cemeteries, can be very emotional experiences. We strongly recommend the small group tour of 8 people — your personal driver picks you up at your Paris hotel or apartment.
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Versailles: Small Group Day Trip

Small Group Day Trip

Instead of worrying about trains, brochures and guide books, why not go the royal route? Book a private van and a guide to add illuminating details and make the past come alive with stories of palace life. Includes transportation and a choice of a half-day tour or full-day tour with lunch.
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Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip

Day Trip

On this full-day tour you'll drive through picturesque Normandy to arrive at one of the most visited sites in France — the fairytale island of Mont Saint-Michel. This UN World Heritage site becomes an island at high tide. You'll have plenty of time to explore the ancient town and its Benedictine abbey.
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Top Food & Wine Activities

Things to do in Paris February 2014

In a Parisian Cheese Cellar With a Master Affineur

In a Parisian Cheese Cellar With a Master Affineur

This unique food activity provides a Paris Insiders look at a part of the city few tourists ever see. Up on the hill in Montmartre you visit with a third-generation master cheesemaker who carries on her family craft. The tour actually takes place in her cheese cellar, used for the aging of the cheeses she sells. You taste a variety of cheese, learn about their history and the regions they come from. A one-of-a-kind experience.
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Saint-Germain-des-Prés Gourmet Walking Tour

Gourmet Walking Tour

This is a wonderful introduction to the food of Paris. In the chic neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, on the Left Bank, you join a Paris food expert to visit the best foods shops in the quartier. You learn all about French cheeses, the bread of Paris, and foie gras. There's plenty of sampling and the group includes no more than eight people.
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Visit a Parisian Market with a Food Expert

A Paris Insiders Guide favourite
Visit a Parisian Market

The best way to learn about the street markets and food of Paris is with Paris Insider's pal and French food expert, Rebekah. Each week Rebekah leads informative tours of one of the best farmers markets in Paris. Choose from a hands-on market tour or the Decadent Gourmet Tour. This is a real Paris Insiders secret, and one we highly recommend.
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The Best of Paris Events

Things to do in Paris February 2014

Retromobile Fair

Retromobile Fair

If you're a vintage car lover this is the Paris event to bookmark. With over 400 exhibitors and 500 vintage cars on display in 41,000 square feet, Retromobile pays tribute to vintage automobiles and collectibles from around the globe.
• Hall 1, Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, 15th
• February 5 to 9
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The Best of Classical Music

Things to do in Paris February 2014

Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Four Seasons

There are plenty of stunning locations to hear Vivaldi's most famous masterwork performed. Choose from La Madeleine, Eglise Saint-Germain, Eglise Saint-Severin. Performed by the Orchestre les Violons.
• La Madeleine, Eglise Saint-Germain, Eglise Saint-Severin
• Many dates in February
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Concerts at Eglise Saint-Ephrem

Concerts at Eglise Saint Ephrem

February is a great month to catch one of the many classical concerts held at this landmark church on the Left Bank. Choose from an evening of Russian piano music by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, Duets for Piano & Cello, Bach's Suites for Violoncello Solo or a candlelight performance of works for piano by Chopin and Beethoven.
• Eglise Saint-Ephrem
• February 1 to 28
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Ballet Performances at Palais Garnier

Ballet Performances at Palais Garnier

When in Paris, you must see a performance of ballet at the golden Palais Garnier found in the Opera district. Choose from Alcina by Handel, or the sumptuous production of Oneguine with music by Tchaikovsky, or works by Birgit Cullberg & Agnes de Mille, pioneers of 20th century dance.
• Palais Garnier
Make sure to book your tickets in advance »

Performances at Opera de la Bastille

Performances at Opera de la Bastille

Be dazzled by Benoît Jacquot's legendary production of Werther, conducted by Michel Plasson. In this French masterpiece, the drama unfolds under moonlight. The other choice is La Fancuilla del West, by Puccini. Performed in Italian, it was first staged at the Metropolitan Opera of New York in 1910.
• Opera de la Bastille
• February 2 to 28
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Things to do in Paris February 2014

Gustave Doré – The Power of the Imagination

The Power of the Imagination

Born in Strasbourg (1832-1883), Doré was one of the most illustrious artists of the 19th century. His first illustrated story was published when he was just a teenager and he later went on to illustrate works of Lord Byron, Rabelais and Poe. This exhibit showcases his flamboyant watercolors and his influence on the modern day comic books.

• Musée d'Orsay
• February 11 to May 11
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Entrance to the museum is free with The Paris Museum Pass »

The Legacy of Delacroix

Masterpieces from the Collection of Étienne Moreau-Nélaton
The Legacy of Delacroix

Discover rare drawings and paintings from the collection of art historian Étienne Moreau-Nélaton (1859-1927). Throughout his life he collected pivotal works by Manet, Pissarro, Sisley and Delacroix.
• Musée Delacroix,
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• Ends March 17, 2014
• Entrance to the museum is free with The Paris Museum Pass »

The Etruscans and the Mediterranean

The City of Cerveteri

This fascinating exhibit lets you explore Etruscan civilization at its greatest city, Cerveteri. It traces the development of the powerful, maritime city whose influence was to reach to centres throughout the Mediterranean including Rome, Greece and southern France.
• The Louvre
• Ends March 10, 2014
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• Entrance to the museum is free with The Paris Museum Pass »

Serge Poliakoff

Serge Poliakoff

This Russian artist (1906-1969) was considered to be one of the most powerful painters of his generation. He left Moscow during the Russian Revolution of 1917 and made his way to Paris. This exhibit chronicles 70 of his oil paintings giving a glimpse into his modern approach to space, geometric form and color.
• Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
• Ends February 23, 2014
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