The Top Events & Activities In Paris – November 2016

Things to do in Paris November 2016. The days are shorter and, even though there's a tinge of winter in the air, Paris events in November are gathering steam. For starters, November is the official Month of Photography in Paris with forty exhibits to choose from throughout the city. The hub of the activity is in the Marais at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.

There are some don't-miss classical music concerts at La Sainte Chapelle and powerful opera & ballet performances at Palais Garnier and at the spectacular Opera Bastille. Tickets sell fast for these classic venues so book now before they're all gone. And finally, for our readers Paris Pass is offering an exclusive 10% discount when you use Paris Insiders Exclusive Code: INGUIDE10. It's a great way to save money and avoid standing in ticket lines.

Most Popular Activities

Things to Do in Paris November 2016

Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Tour – Don't Be Left Out in the Cold

Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Tour

There is always a long lineup at the Eiffel Tower. We hate to wait, so we always recommend signing up for a small-group, skip-the-line tour. While your guide relates fascinating details about the tower, he walks you past the massive lineup to the priority entrance. Enjoy the view from the 2nd level, then take the elevator to the tippy-top, where you can spend as much time as you want.

Eiffel Tower Dinner + River Cruise + Moulin Rouge Show

Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Seine River Cruise

We love this combination tour that gives you three elements of the best of Paris nightlife. Have dinner on the Eiffel Tower and admire the views of the city. Then head to the river for an nighttime Seine River cruise. End the evening at Moulin Rouge for champagne and the hit cabaret. The best part — all the details are taken care of. Remember, you're on holiday!

Moulin Rouge with VIP Seating & Dinner

Moulin Rouge with VIP Seating and Dinner

Want to feel like a VIP? Book this evening extravaganza and experience dinner and cabaret in one of the few balcony tables at Moulin Rouge. From there you'll have clear views of the show, the dazzling costumes, and elaborate sets. Of course, the VIP treatment starts at the door where you're greeted and led to your premium table.

Paris Romance Tour

Movie Tour of Montmartre

Champagne. Chocolates. A private limousine. These are the magic ingredients necessary to treat your love to a private tour of the world's most romantic city. Relax, sip champagne, nibble on fine chocolates and enjoy the views as your private chauffeur takes you on a magical nighttime ride through the best of Paris. Then, as the grande finale, the limo will stop at the Eiffel Tower where you'll drink in the views.

Skip the Line at the Louvre Museum

A Paris Insiders Guide Recommendation

Skip the Line at the Louvre Museum

60,000 square feet, 35,000 pieces of artwork. Do you really want to wait in line and then wander around until you're lost? Instead, join a fascinating walking tour that gets you inside with skip-the-line priority tickets, then experience a guided tour of the highlights of the world's most popular museum — Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace and other influential pieces.

Paris Perfume Workshop – Aah!

Paris Perfume Workshop

While in France, the country that practically invented the art of the scent, why not join a perfume workshop to learn about its history — and even how to make your own! After learning the ABCs of perfume including the characteristics of distinct families of scents you dive in to make your own unique perfume to take home. The workshop is led by an expert who teaches at the school of Perfumery in Versailles. How cool is that?

Paris City Segway Tour

Paris City Segway Tour

Feel like a rockstar as you glide past the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. In fact, see pretty much everything on your what-to-do-in-Paris list, powered not by your feet, but by the popular Segway! These extremely popular tours sell out frequently and are limited to 8 participants.

Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Tour + River Cruise

Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Tour + River Cruise

The Eiffel Tower is another place where you want to try to avoid the long lineups. That's where this two-in-one activity comes in handy. At the Tower, your guide whisks you past the ticket lines and up to the second level viewing platform. Your ticket also includes access to the very tippy-top. Afterwards, it's a short stroll to the banks of the Seine where you board your bateau for a one-hour cruise along the river. You have better things to do in Paris than to stand in line!

Airport Transfers

Airport Transfer

Of all the advice we give about Paris travel, this is often the most appreciated tip. Arrange for your transportation from the airport into central Paris before you leave home. Then, when you get to Paris tired from jet travel, you'll avoid that certain "arrival stress". Many readers like to book this shuttle van service right to their hotel.

Manu Prestige VIP Private Service

Airport Transfer

That's a good tip, but here's our very best advice. The Insiders Secret way to get from the airport is to arrange for transfer in a private, luxurious Mercedes S-Class. If you're like us, you'll appreciate the extra comfort of a private ride after the long flight. We highly recommend our Paris pal and professional driver, Manu, to meet us at the arrivals gate and whisk you into the city!

The Top Day Trips From Paris

Things to Do in Paris November 2016

Skip the Lines at Versailles

Small-Group Day Trip to Versailles

Instead of worrying about trains, maps, ticket lines, and guide books, why not go the royal route with a private van and a guide to add illuminating details and make the past come alive with stories of palace life. This activity includes everything — transportation, tickets, a guided tour, and a lunch. Sundays,, Wednesdays & Fridays in December.

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Other Great Ways to Visit Versailles
  • Versailles in One Day by Private EuroVan
    We also like this small-group tour, with a maximum of 8 people. It's a full day at Versailles with plenty of personal attention plus lunch! You can also opt for a private tour, for just you and your group. Wednesdays & Fridays in December.
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  • Versailles in One Day, Including Grand Canal Lunch
    That's right, cruise around the famous gardens on one of those crazy, kooky Segways! Even in winter the gardens are a sight to behold.
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Wine-Tasting Trip to the Champagne Region

Wine-Tasting Trip to the Champagne Regio

Pop! — that's one of our favorite sounds and it can only be made by opening a bottle of real champagne. Only an hour from Paris, you can visit the Grand Maisons de Champagne to hear plenty of popping! Your private driver picks you up at your Paris address and whisks you off to Epernay and Reims, through rolling hills and world-class vineyards. You can taste the Grands Crus as well as bubbly from small family producers. Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays.

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Another Good Day Trip to Champagne

Visit the Chateaux of the Loire Valley

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

Chateaux of the Loire Valley Day Tour

Perhaps the most famous area of France outside of Paris is the Loire Valley with its magnificent castles. The best way to visit this Valley of 1000 Castles is on a tour with an expert guide — an easy day trip from Paris. You are guided through three of the most spectacular chateaux in the region — Chateau Amboise, Chateau Chenonceau and the amazing Chateau Chambord.

D-Day Tour – Remembering WWII

D-Day Tour

Although it took the Allied Forces 70 days to get from the shore to liberate Paris, it will only take you a few hours to get from Paris to the historic D-Day beaches of Normandy. Perhaps the most important battle site of World War II, the landing beaches still evoke powerful memories and emotions. Visit the most important sites on a day trip from Paris that returns you to Paris the same day.

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World War I Somme Battlefields – Day Trip from Paris
  • If you're interested in World War I, there's no better place than France to visit the important battlefields from that bloody conflict.
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Essential Day Trips from Paris

Trips from Paris

We've only had room for a few of the most popular day trips from Paris. There are so many things to see from Paris just outside the city gates that we've written about them in many articles. So, to read our reviews and recommendations on even more day trips, click on the link below.
Discover Essential Day Trips from Paris

Paris Pass Discounts – Exclusive to You!

Paris Pass Discounts

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.

Classical Music, Opera & Ballet

Things to Do in Paris November 2016

Concerts at La Sainte Chapelle + Champagne

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

La Sainte Chapelle

See the restored and sparkling rose stained-glass wall (it took 7 years and cost €9.5 million). The entire glass wall was dismantled piece by piece and cleaned with lasers. Experience favorite classical works performed by talented soloists and ensembles in this spectacular example of French Gothic architecture.

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Classical Music Concert + Classic French Brasserie Dinner
  • This is a favorite new event. Combine a classic three-course French bistro meal before or after the concert for a completely classical French experience. Most days in November.
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Special Performance at Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

In November you have the rare opportunity to listen to classical music in the most famous Gothic cathedral in the world — Notre Dame. It's one thing to visit the church, but an entirely different experience to hear sacred music performed there.

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Notre Dame Featured Concerts in November

Paris Ballet – George Balanchine

George Balanchine

Balanchine's most celebrated choreography, set to music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Brahms, Schönberg. Set design by Karl Lagerfeld, choreography by Balanchine, of course.
• Palais Garnier
• October 22 to November 15, 2016

Performances at Palais Garnier

Performances at Palais Garnier

This decorative marvel from the 19th century was the main Paris opera house for over a century. Today it's the main venue for Paris ballet. When you're in town you simply must experience a performance in this building — so magnificent it will take your breath away. In November you can see ballet, hear chamber music, or watch a stunning staging of the opera, Iphigénie en Tauride.

Grand Opera at Bastille

Grande Opera at Bastille

The current home to opera in Paris is the modernistic Opera de la Bastille, one of the great modern opera houses in the world. Each season is filled with productions of the finest works by the today's best singers. November is no exception with performances of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila, and Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann. They really are magnificent spectacles.

All Classical Music in Paris – November 2016

Classical Music in Paris

These are just a few of the stellar classical music performances staged in November — there are many more concerts this month ,performed at many other venues — like the Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and at other churches. Be sure to check out what will be playing when you're in Paris in November.

The Top Food & Wine Activities

Things to Do in Paris November 2016

Chocolate Walking Tour in St-Germain

Chocolate and Pastry Walking Tour

Paris and chocolate. Hmmm, could those be two of our favorite things? We also love this guided walking tour that travels from one great chocolaterie to the next in the historic and glamorous neighborhood of St Germain. This is a small group tour, to make sure you get enough chocolate samples! Daily.

Don Juan II Gourmet Dinner Cruise

A Paris Insiders Guide Readers' Favourite

Gourmet Dinner Cruise

Drop this casually into a conversation with friends — "Oh, while we're in Paris we're going to have a three-course gourmet meal on a private yacht while cruising past the lights of the city."

Step out at night for a three-hour nighttime cruise for a special, romantic way to combine fine dining and a tour of Paris. This epicurean activity is arranged by our Paris Concierge, so you know it's going to be great.

Secret Food Tour of Montmartre

Secret Food Tour of Montmartre

Head up the hill for a fabulous taste of Montmartre. The former village and home to artists is a gourmet wonderland with boulangeries, cheese shops, hidden chocolate shops, and plenty of special tastings of cured sausages, baguettes, crepes, macarons, and wine. Daily except Mondays.

Wine Tasting in the Heart of Paris

Wine Tasting

Under the guidance of a professional French sommelier (who speaks English) spend a fun afternoon in an informal wine tasting. This tasting covers a lot of wine territory an hour or two, covering the important wines and regions of France. There's an extensive flight of wines — from Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone.

Wine Tasting + Cheese & Charcuterie Lunch

Gourmet Walking Tour

Gourmet Walking Tour

There's really no place other than Paris where so much good food is crammed into such a small space. On this gourmet walking tour an experienced guide takes you to a lot of different food markets in the space of just a few hours. In the morning you explore the Latin Quarter markets and food shops, or, if you opt for the afternoon tour, you'll learn all about the foods of Montmartre.

The Best Events in Paris

Things to Do in Paris November 2016

Bastille Modern Art Fair

Bastille Modern Art Fair

Over 500 artists will gather for the annual Grand Marché d'Art Contemporain (modern art show). Browse the extensive art collection but don't expect art bargains, this is a serious art show. Don't worry: even if you're not an art collector, you'll enjoy the artistic atmosphere.
• Place de la Bastille 75012
• October 27 to November 1, 2016
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Armistice Day, November 11

Armistice Day

Armistice Day in Paris is remembered with a military parade followed by the President of France laying wreaths during a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe.
• Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle
• Friday, November 11, 2016
• 11:00 am: wreath-laying ceremony
• 9:00 pm: Vigil Ceremony

November is Photography Month

Photography Month

La Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) and other venues throughout Paris dedicate the month to exhibiting works from around the world. The Paris International Photo Fair, the central event, is held in mid-November at the Carrousel de Louvre. It's a great time to be in Paris.
La Maison Européenne de la Photographie
MEP Website

Salon de la Photo

Salon de la Photo

Also in November is the giant trade show at the Paris Expo, out at Porte de Versailles, where you'll have a chance to see all the latest in international photography, equipment and other displays. It's a world photo gala!
• Paris Expo, Pavilion 4, 1 place de la Porte de Versailles 75015
• November 10 to 14, 2016
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Beaujolais Nouveau Day

The 3rd Thursday in November marks the arrival of the new vintage.
• November 17, 2016

Paris Independent Film Festival

See the works of 60 independent filmmakers from around the world.
• Cinema Le Reflet Medicis
• November 30 to December 4, 2016
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Salon du Cheval de Paris – Horse Show

High level jumping competitions & the World Arabian Horse Championships
• November 26 to December 4, 2016
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New Exhibits at the Museums

Things to Do in Paris November 2016

What's On at the Museums

Robert Doisneau

As we mentioned, November in Photography Month in Paris, and it's a big deal, with exhibits and showings in many galleries and museums. But there's a lot of other things happening at the museums. The Rene Magritte special exhibit continues at the Pompidou, and The Spectacular Second Empire is still on at the d'Orsay.

The Spectacular Second Empire – 1852 to 1870
René Magritte (1898-1967)
  • Belgian surrealist artist, Magritte was famous for his thought-provoking images.
  • Pompidou Centre
  • September 21 to January 23, 2017
  • Information
Edme Bouchardon – French Sculptor (1698-1762)
  • The Louvre Museum, Hall Napoleon
  • September 15 to December 5, 2016
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A Swede in Paris in the 18th Century
  • Louvre Museum
  • October 17 to January 16, 2017
The Salzburg Collections
  • Louvre Museum
  • October 17 to January 16, 2017

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