July in Paris is sizzling hot days and glorious warm evenings with plenty of parties and fireworks! The city is also filled with cultural events; museum exhibits, opera, ballet and classical music concerts found in historical settings across the city.
It's a good month to catch a performance at Opera Bastille, Palais Garnier, La Sainte Chapelle or Notre Dame Cathedral. And if that's not enough activity, July is the perfect month to take a dreamy day trip to see Monet's Gardens, the chateau and gardens of Versailles, or the beaches of Normandy.
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We don't like to waste Paris time standing in line. That's why we like skip-the-line tours. You breeze past the crowds and follow your guide up the tower while she relates tales about the the most famous monument in the world. Then use your tickets to go up to the tippy-top where you'll have time to explore on your own and take in the city spread out beneath you.
Combine the best of all Paris worlds, all in one night! Dine at the Eiffel Tower, take a Seine River illuminations cruise and finish the evening with a cabaret show at Moulin Rouge. Everything is included — hotel pick-up and delivery, dinner with wine, tickets to Moulin Rouge and champagne.
This new fave combines some of our best-loved activities — fine wine and fine art. If you think it can't get better than that, listen up — you also get to skip the lines at the Louvre, an important extra when you discover that over 9 million people visit the Louvre every year!
It's no surprise that people love this nighttime dinner cruise. It's easy, it's fun, and it's romantic. Your driver meets you at your hotel and whisks you to the banks of the Seine where you board your bateau for a relaxing cruise and 3-course French meal. Watch the lights of Paris pass by while sipping wine. When the cruise ends, your driver will be waiting.
Kickstart summer with this 2-in-1 tour. You'll cruise the country around Versailles as your guide takes you through forests and pastures, to the local market and then into the gardens of Versailles to ride past the historic buildings, including Marie-Antoinette's Hamlet. Then use your passes to explore the chateau as long as you like. A great tour, but be sure to book right now!
That's a lot to fit into one evening, but in a good way! Cruise the famous river while the lights of Paris drift by, then take a nighttime tour of the rest of the city. After you have these two good doses of sightseeing, it's over the the famous Champs Elysées where a table has been reserved for you..
You might think of Paris as the City of Light, but it can also be…well, spooky. 2000 years of history has resulted in a city that can be mysterious, even eerie, especially at night. Follow your guide along ancient, narrow streets and learn about the ghosts of Paris, the unexplained, the wars, and the spooky.
In the country that practically invented the art of scent, join an everything-perfume workshop led by an industry expert who also teaches at the Ecole Superieure du Parfum (School of Perfumery) in Versailles. First on the agenda is learning the basics of perfume including the characteristics of distinct families of scents. Then you dive in to make your own unique perfume to take home.
Know what's going to happen when you arrive at the Paris airport. Read our Paris airport guide, but more importantly, we recommend that you arrange an airport transfer in advance. An easy and affordable way to do that is to book a shuttle van service right to your hotel. Here's the service our readers like, it's convenient and cheaper than a taxi.
We also want to share our best tip — transfer in a private car from the airport. Traveling is tough, and after a long flight we appreciate some comfort. We aways have our Paris pal and professional driver, Manu, meet us at the arrivals gate and whisk us into the city in his Mercedes S-Class. Honestly, it's the only way to go!
If you're like us, you appreciate special treatment. Glide past the velvet ropes to see the Versailles most tourists will never see — Louis XVI's apartments, his personal library and the Royal Chapel built for the wedding of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Tour the Hall of Mirrors just as the doors of the palace open and before the crowds arrive.
It was the largest seaborne invasion of World War II, and in history. Codenamed Operation Neptune, the Normandy landings marked the beginning of the road to liberation. On this compelling day trip from Paris you will visit the memorials, landing beaches and cemeteries that dot the haunting landscape. Your personal driver will pick you up at your Paris hotel or apartment. Lunch is included.
Discover the Renaissance castles of the Loire Valley and the wines produced in this fertile valley. The day begins with a drive to the largest castle, Château de Chambord. Lunch is served at Château de Nitray vineyards with a selection of fresh, local ingredients and wines. The final stop is Château de Chenonceau, considered the loveliest of the Loire Châteaux.
The Impressionist gardens will be at the peak of perfection in July. Ride through the rolling Normandy countryside to the charming village of Giverny and Monet's gardens. Wander through the rows of flowers and see the water-lily pond that inspired Monet. Go inside the big pink house to admire the yellow dining room and dazzling blue kitchen.
Visit the Land of Bubbly. On this tour your driver/guide picks you up at your Paris hotel and whisks you away to the Champagne Region, only an hour away. You start in Reims to visit the historic Cathedral. But the day is mostly about visiting producers and sampling, sampling, sampling. Lunch at a regional restaurant is included.
We like this day trip from Paris that takes you to the fairytale island just off the Normandy coast. Explore the Benedictine abbey that becomes separated from the mainland during high tide and wander along the narrow streets, the shops, and the abbey's ramparts. On your way you drive through the picturesque Normandy countryside. Everything in included, so no need to worry about anything.
There's a lot to see in France just beyond the gates of Paris, and we've included only a few of the glorious day trips you can choose. Visit the charming city of Bruges. You can even see London in a day! We've collected our ideas in a couple of articles. Have fun!
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What we like about the Paris Pass is that it saves money & time. You get into the museums for free and ride the Metro for free. But the big advantage is that you get to bypass the ticket lines. If you've ever stood in line for hours at the Louvre or d'Orsay, you'll appreciate how nice it would be to just walk up to the door and show your Paris Pass
Now, we're able to offer a special discount, exclusively for our readers, that gives you an additional 10% on all 4-day and 6-day passes. What used to be just a good deal is now a great deal. And, since the clock doesn't start ticking on the Paris Pass until you first use it, you can buy it up to a year in advance. Be sure to use the discount code: INGUIDE10.
Located in the heart of Paris on the Île de la Cité, La Sainte Chapelle's roots stretch back to 1289 when Louis IX declared it his Holy Chapel. Today its magnificence shines with walls of stained glass and soaring ceilings. It's a perfect venue to hear classical music in Paris. The acoustically-perfect Saint Chapelle is travelers' favourite classical music venue in the city as well. Don't miss it!
In July you have the rare opportunity to listed to medieval music from the era of Saint Louis in the majestic spaces of Notre Dame Cathedral. Don't just visit the world's most famous cathedral, be a part of it. July 5, 2016 only.
It's the oldest opera house in Paris and was the center of cultural life during the Belle Epoque. Today it's still an essential icon and the place to experience a ballet performed by the Paris Ballet Company. In July, catch performances by American dancer and choreographer William Forsythe, who, in the 1980s, electrified the ballet world with his revolutionary work. July 4 to 16.
If you only attend one opera in your life, it should be here, at Opera Bastille in Paris. This huge opera house was built to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution and is now to main venue for magnificent opera productions. In July, you have two choices; attend the classic opera by Verdi sung in Italian or if ballet's more your style, do not miss the tribute to George Balanchine.
Step out at night for this three-hour cruise in a luxury yacht — watching the lights of the city pass by while dining on a three-course gourmet meal. It's a special, romantic way to combine fine dining and a tour of Paris by night. This epicurean activity is arranged by our Paris Concierge, so you know it's going to be great.
This fun and informal wine tasting covers a lot of wine territory in an hour or two. The professional French sommeliers (who speak English) deliver an extensive tasting of wines — from Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone — in a charming wine cellar steps from the Louvre.
We defy you to think of any other place where there is so much good food crammed into a small space. That's Paris — and because it's small, this gourmet walking tour gets you to a lot of different shops in just a morning or an afternoon. The morning tours explore the Latin Quarter markets and food shops, the afternoon tours concentrate on Montmartre.
Paris + Chocolate + Pastries. Could any three things be more perfect together? Is it a wonder that we (and our readers) like this guided walking tour? It gives you a chance to get behind-the-scenes of Paris dessert specialities, along with plenty of sampling of course, including regional specialities.
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Vive la liberte! In Paris, the military parade starts at 10 am on the Champs-Elysees. The Eiffel Tower fireworks starts at 11 pm.
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