The Top 53 Fun Things To Do In Paris – June 2017

It's summer in Paris! Everything seems even more alive — with flowers in full bloom, street markets bustling, and so many absolutely fun things to do. A Parisian food walking tour will show off the best of the city — from boulangeries and chocolateries to secret epiceries where you find the best macarons. Musically, on June 21 Paris celebrates summer with the annual Fête de la Musique with free music throughout the city.

We like to enjoy the soft summer evenings by getting aboard a Seine River cruise (champagne-fueled, if possible!) Perhaps our best tip, though, is to book your activities well in advance, as tickets sell quickly. Speaking of tickets, a performance at Gothic jewel of a church, La Sainte Chapelle will add immensely to your Paris experience.

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Things to Do in Paris June 2017

The Eiffel Tower — Why Stand in Line?

Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Tour

The Eiffel Tower gets around eight million visitors a year, and that means long lines anytime, but especially in summer. The best advice for beating the lines is to book a skip-the-line tour that whisks you past the lineups and up the tower. But be sure to book early, these tours always sell out.

Champagne Cruise Along the Seine

Cruise Along the Seine

Is there a better way to celebrate in summer in Paris than a relaxing cruise down its romantic river? It's a wonderful way to see the city's sights from a fresh perspective. And, if you know us, you'll know that our very favorite is this champagne-fuelled cruise along the Seine.

Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise

Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise

What's even better than a day spent cruising along the Seine? A nighttime dinner cruise, that's what! You'll find that everything looks better from a bateau sailing along the river at night. Famous landmarks will pass by as you enjoy a multi-course French meal with wine.

Dinner on the Eiffel Tower + Seine River Cruise + Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Travelers love this complete night on the town. Start the evening at the Eiffel Tower for dinner 200 feet above the City of Lights. Then it's time to see lights of the city riverside, on an evening cruise on the Seine. Finally, enjoy the show at Moulin Rouge while sipping champagne. All the details are taken care of for you.

Versailles Bike Tour + Chateau Visit

Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance

We love to kickstart summer with this 2-in-1 tour. Cruise the country around Versailles — your guide takes you through the forests and pastures, to the local market and then on to the gardens of Versailles to visit the historic buildings, including Marie-Antoinette's farm. Use your passes to explore the Chateau de Versailles as long as you like.

More Fun on Two Wheels!

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Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends Night Walking Tour

Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends

This is readers' favourite creepy nighttime tour. Paris has over 2,000 years of mysteries and legends, so it's an action-packed evening. Your informative guide leads you down winding streets and hidden alleys in the City of Romance and Intrigue. You'll learn about ghosts, wars, eerie events.

Skip the Lines at the Louvre

Skip the Lines at the Louvre

Nearly ten millions visitors a year means there are always long lines at the Louvre. But why stand in line when you can book a skip-the-line tour that not only gets you in a lot faster, but takes you directly to the best and most famous works of art. Another tip — these tours sell out, so be sure to book early.

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Evening Tour Of The Louvre + Wine Tasting
  • Better yet, go for the tour of champions! This full evening activity combines three of our fave activities — being in Paris, viewing world-famous art, and wine tasting with an expert sommelier in the most popular wine cellar in Paris. You also get to skip the lines at the Louvre!
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Saint-Germain-des-Prés & Latin Quarter Walking Tour

Latin Quarter Walking Tour

Eat, drink & être joyeux! Get a taste of la vie bohème in vibrant Saint-Germain. Experience activities that the French adore — drinking wine, sampling charcuterie & playing a game of boules. Also visit Shakespeare & Co. (Paris' original English bookshop) and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Perfume Workshop

Perfume Workshop

When you're in France, the country that practically invented the art of scent, why not join an everything-perfume workshop led by an industry expert who also teaches at the Ecole Superieure Du Parfum (School of Perfumery) in Versailles. Learn the basics of perfume making, including the characteristics of distinct families of scents. Then dive in to make your own unique perfume to take home. How cool is that?

Airport Transfers

Airport Transfer

We want to share one of our best tips — before you leave home arrange your transportation from the airport into central Paris. It's comforting to be prepared and to know what's going to happen when you arrive. Easy and affordable is a shuttle van service right to your hotel. Choose from shared or a private vehicle, it's convenient and cheaper than a taxi.

Manu Prestige VIP Private Service

Airport Transfer

But, wait a minute, here's our very best advice, and a real Paris Insiders Secret — being picked up at the airport by our Paris pal and professional driver, Manu. Traveling is tough, and after the flight we appreciate some comfort. We aways arrange for Manu meet us at the arrivals gate whisk us into the city in the comfort of his Mercedes S-Class. Honestly, it's the only way to do it! Highly recommended by us. Questions about Manu's service? Ask us

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Things to Do in Paris June 2017

Best of Versailles with Skip-the-Line Access

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

VIP Versailles Small Group Tour

Instead of worrying about trains, brochures and guide books, why not go the royal route? From your hotel, your driver/guide takes you to the royal estate. Use your priority tickets to skip the lines and head directly into this grand chateau. Then, stroll through the stunning gardens until lunch (included) on the Grand Canal. Later there's time to visit Marie Antoinette's fantasy village farm and the Grand Trianon.

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VIP Versailles with Priority Entrance & Access to Restricted Areas
  • Get access to the behind-the-scenes areas at Versailles that most tourists never visit.
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Summer-Only Fountain Show at Versailles
  • During June, experience the summer-only fountain show at Versailles on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Choreographed to music from the court of Louis XIV. Not to be missed. This is a full-day affair with a tour of the chateau and gardens and lunch included at the Petite Venise restaurant.
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D-Day Tour – Remembering WWII

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

D-Day Tours

Perhaps the most famous battle site of World War II, the landing beaches of Normandy still evoke powerful memories and emotions. Visit the most important sites on a day trip from Paris and remember those who fought there. Of course, there are the beaches themselves. Take a day to step back in time on a trip that returns you to Paris the same day.

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Private Tour of Normandy & the D-Day Beaches

Loire Valley – Castles + Wines

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Sure, it's the former playground of royalty and home to some of the most magnificent castles in the world, but the Loire Valley also produces some of the best wines in France. See the most spectacular chateaux — Chateau Chenonceau and the amazing Chateau Chambord — and taste refreshing Sauvignon blanc, crisp Pouilly-Fumé and delicate Cabernet Franc wines over a leisurely multi-course French lunch.

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Three Magnificent Loire Valley Chateaux
  • On this day trip you forgo the wine tasting and visit Chenonceau, Cheverny & Chambord, the three most popular castles in the valley. Daily, except Fridays & Sundays.
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Monet's Magical Gardens at Giverny

Monet's Magical Gardens at Giverny

Don't miss the summer chance to visit the fabulous gardens and house of Impressionist Master Claude Monet. In June the gardens are in magnificent bloom and you're going to love the lily pond with its Japanese bridge. Your driver/guide picks you up at you Paris hotel and whisks through the lovely French countryside to Giverny. You'll have plenty of time to wander among the gardens, flowers, Monet's house and the pond to reflect on the artist's sublime creations. You won't be disappointed.

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Wine-Tasting Trip to the Champagne Region

Wine-Tasting Trip to the Champagne Region

Only an hour from Paris is world-famous Champagne country. On this wonderful day trip you focus on the bubbly with guided tours and tastings at some of the most famous champagne houses. In between, enjoy lunch at a boutique winery. Sample as much as you want, your expert guide is doing the driving — door-to-door from your Paris hotel. Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

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VIP Private Visit to Champagne

Essential Day Trips from Paris

Day Trips from Paris

We've just scratched the surface of what you can see from Paris in one day. Read our complete guide to learn about visits to historic Mont-Saint-Michel, to the best of Normandy, to Disneyland Paris, and even to London!
Essential Day Trips – Our Reviews

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Classical Music, Opera & Ballet

Things to Do in Paris June 2017

Classical Concerts at La Sainte Chapelle

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

La Sainte Chapelle

There are some stunning Gothic churches in Paris where classical music can be heard performed. But, hands down, the acoustically-perfect Saint Chapelle is our favourite venue in Paris for classical music. Imagine being swept away by the music of Vivaldi, Bach, Purcell and Monteverdi while surrounded by the spectacular vaulted arches filled with colourful and recently restored stained glass.

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La Sainte Chapelle Featured Concerts

Opera Bastille

Opera Bastille

This is the place to be in Paris if you want to truly experience the magnificence of grand opera. If you only attend one opera in your life, it should be here, at Opera Bastille. This month Opera Bastille is performing two of the most popular (and best) classic operas. You don't want to miss Carmen!

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Playing in June at Opera Bastille
  • BIZET'S CARMEN – PARIS OPERA
    The four-act opera by French composer Georges Bizet was first performed in 1875 in Paris. Since then Carmen has been praised for its brilliant melodies, harmony, and orchestration.
    Performed in French, with French and English surtitles. This will sell out, so order tickets early.
    June 13, 16, 19, 25, 28, July 2
  • VERDI'S RIGOLETTO – PARIS OPERA
    Considered by many to be the most important of Verdi's operatic masterpieces, Rigoletto is three-act libretto and was first performed in Venice in 1850.
    Performed in Italian, with surtitles in English and French.
    June 2, 5, 9, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27

Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier

When in Paris, you must see a performance at the gilded Palais Garnier in the Opera district. The building is so magnificent it will take your breath away. Paris has been mad about opera since the 1600s, when Louis XIV, the Sun King, founded the first opera house. During the Belle-Epoque, Palais Garnier became the center of Paris cultural life and continues to be France's most prestigious theatre for opera & ballet.

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Performances at Palais Garnier in June
  • ROSSINI'S LA CENERENTOLA – PARIS OPERA
    That's "Cinderella" to us! Based on the fairy tale, La Cenerentola was first performed in 1817 in Rome. Rossini composed the two-act libretto when he was just 25 years old, following the success of The Barber of Seville.
    Jun 14, 17, 23, 25, 30, July 2
  • BRASS ENSEMBLE OF THE PARIS OPERA ORCHESTRA
    What a night! Experience the splendor of Palais Garnier while the Brass Ensemble performs the classics — from Bernstein and Gershwin to Piazzolla.
    June 11, 2017

Special Performances at Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Don't just visit the world's most famous cathedral, be a part of it. There are four special performances in June when you can enjoy the soaring stained glass and unbelievable acoustics as you listen to concerts performed by some of the best contemporary musicians in France.

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Notre Dame Cathedral Featured Concerts in June 2017

Performances at Eglise de la Madeleine

La Madeleine

More like a Greek temple than a typical church, La Madeleine The classically-inspired Eglise de la Madeleine owes its existence to France's last kings and to its first emperor. It sits proudly in the center of Paris as a monument to the history of the city. Today, it's also a popular venue for classical music concerts.

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La Madeleine Featured Concerts in June

Concerts at Saint Ephrem

Saint Ephrem

Another nice venue for classical music is the historic Eglise Saint Ephrem set in the Latin Quarter. You're likely to hear piano works by Chopin, Mozart, or Beethoven, maybe even Bach's Goldberg Variations. Take in a concert, then wander through the most iconic of Paris neighborhoods, the Left Bank.

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Featured Concerts at Saint Ephrem

Classical Music at the Historic Churches of Paris

The Best of Classical Music in Paris

Paris is renowned for its collection of magnificent Gothic churches. But what you may not know is that many of these historic buildings are also venues for classical music played be some of the top performers in the city. If you consider that Paris is also home to Palais Garnier and Opera Bastille, you can be assured that you can hear a great performance on almost any night in Paris.

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Top Food & Wine Activities

Things to Do in Paris June 2017

Paris Market Tour + Cooking Class + 4-Course Lunch

Paris Market Tour + Cooking Class + 4-Course Lunch

Let's set the scene — you're in the Latin Quarter where you've visited an historic outdoor market and selected the freshest ingredients. Now you're heading to the kitchen to prepare classic French dishes with a professional chef at your side. Afterwards you'll enjoy the bounty of your labor during a relaxing long lunch, with wine, bien sur.

3-Course Luxury Dinner Cruise

Gourmet Dinner Cruise

Night in the City of Lights, and what better time to combine romance, fine dining, and a river tour of Paris? Watch the the city lit up at night as you cruise past on a luxury yacht while being served a 3-course gourmet meal prepared by a French chef. It's all arranged for you, so all you have to do is relax, eat, drink, and take in the sights.

Wine Tasting in the Heart of Paris

Wine Tasting

In a charming wine cellar smack in the center of Paris you spend an hour or two you covering a lot of French wine territory. This fun and informal wine tasting is led by professional sommeliers (in English) who deliver an extensive tasting of wines from the most important regions in France in a charming, centrally-located wine cellar.

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More Wine Tastings in Paris
  • WINE TASTING WITH CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE LUNCH
    Have even more fun! Not only do you participate in a guided tasting of wines from some of the most famous regions of France, you match the individual wines the plates of French specialty cheeses and charcuterie.
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  • EVENING TOUR OF THE LOUVRE + WINE TASTING
    This full evening activity combines three of our fave activities — being in Paris, viewing world-famous art with a guide who can explain it all, and wine tasting with an expert sommelier in the most popular wine cellar in Paris. You also get to skip the lines at the Louvre!
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Gourmet French Food Walking Tour

Gourmet Walking Tour

The good thing about this tour is that any calories you consume from the delicious taste samplings are likely to be burned off by the walk! It all takes place on the gourmet haven of the Left Bank. Begin at a traditional fromagerie. Sample and move on to freshly baked baguettes, fine French wine, foie gras and famous French cheeses.

Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour

Chocolate and Pastry Walking Tour

Combine your passion for Paris, chocolate and fabulous French pastries. Spend the afternoon tasting your way through the best chocolate shops, patisseries and boulangeries in Paris. A gourmet food expert will lead you through the neighborhood on this small group (8 people) walking tour.

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The Best Events in Paris

Things to Do in Paris June 2017

Fête de la Musique

Fête de la Musique

Paris and all of France will be filled with music on the longest day of the year as live bands play in parks and streets. Check the schedule to see where to catch live music. June 21.
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International Rose Competition at Bagatelle
  • The best roses will be chosen on June 21 and can be viewed in the Bois de Boulogne's Jardins de Bagatelle throughout the summer.
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The French Open
  • It's the only Grand Slam tennis tournament played on red clay! The French Open starts during the last week of May. Expect to see plenty of red clay flying! Held at Roland Garros. Ends June 11.
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Futur en Seine
  • Something old, something new. All the latest digital discoveries will be shown at the historic covered market, the Carreau du Temple in the Marais. June 8 to 10, 2017.
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MakeUp in Paris 2017
  • It's a festival of cosmetics attended by trend setters, manufacturers and lovers of makeup. At the Carrousel du Louvre, June 22 & 23, 2017.
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Annual Paris Jazz Festival
  • A magical international jazz event in the beautiful gardens of Parc Floral. Parc Floral de Vincennes.
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Salon International de la Maison de Poupee
  • That's right, it's the International Dollhouse Show, attracting vintage dollhouse collectors from around the globe. Espace Champerret. June 25, 2017.
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Fête des Tuileries – Paris Funfair
  • It's the best fair and it's held in the beautiful Tuileries garden in the middle of Paris. The kids will love the trampolines, bumper cars & cotton candy. Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde. June to August.
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What's On at the Museums

Things to Do in Paris June 2017

So Many Paris Museums, So Little Time!

Picasso & His Sculptures

But, don't worry. We've put together the best of popular exhibits during the month of June. You'll want to go to Musee d'Orsay to catch the exhibition based on mythical landscapes that features, among others, Claude Monet and Canadian Emily Carr. We're also going to be viewing the Petit Palais' showing of the Horovitz collection.

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The Body in Movement

An exhibition organized by choreographer Benjamin Millepied, formerly of the Paris Ballet.

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Mythical Landscapes – From Monet to Emily Carr

A selection of landscapes by Gauguin, Monet, Klimt, Carr and van Gogh.

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Africa At The Crossroads

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The Horovitz Collection – Watteau to David

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Baroque During the Enlightenment

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Primitive Picasso

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Ed van der Elsken
  • A retrospective of 20th-century Dutch documentary filmmaker and street photographer.
    Jeu de Paume
    June 13 to September 24, 2017
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Orlan, Michel Journiac, Martial Cherrier, Gloria Frydmann
  • Maison Européene de la Photographie
    Ends June 18, 2017
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