Springtime in Paris can bring April showers, but also days of glorious sunshine. So, come prepared with a parapluie (umbrella) as well as your lunettes (sunglasses). This month's top things to do include performances of Bizet's hit opera, Carmen, plus Mozart's hugely popular The Magic Flute, both at Opera Bastille, as well as Easter events and concerts at Notre Dame Cathedral. Easter falls on April 21, so be sure to check our guide to the Best of Paris for Easter 2020…
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Experience the best of Paris on this action-packed evening. Start on the Eiffel Tower, for dinner and spectacular views of the city. Then board a bateau to see the lights of Paris from the Seine. Next, it's over to the Moulin Rouge's cabaret show, complete with champagne. Everything's been arranged for you, just sit back and enjoy. Includes transportation back to your hotel at the end of the evening.
The Louvre is always very popular, with long line-ups of people waiting to get in. That's why we always recommend a skip-the-line tour that gets you past the crowds and into the museum. Visit masterpieces of the ancient Greeks, the Italian Renaissance and French emperors. You'll also spend time with the Big Three — Venus, Nike and Mona! Best part? No waiting in the long line. Choose to start your tour in the morning or in the afternoon.
Can you guess why this is one of our favorite activities? That's right — it pairs Paris with champagne, the perfect combination. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the scenery. And what a scenery it is! Glide past world-famous monuments while sipping bubbly and discovering that perhaps the best way to see the City of Lights is on a bateau.
A cruise along the Seine is pretty near mandatory when visiting Paris, and what better way to do it than an evening dinner cruise? It starts with your driver picking you up from your Paris address. Once aboard the bateau you're served a 3-course meal with wine, watching the city illuminations slowly pass by as you listen to live music. You might also want to read, The Six Top Dinner Cruises in Paris…
Paris is lovely in spring, making it the perfect time for a bike ride. But, this is a ride with differences. First, it takes place at night, and you ride down ancient streets, cruising past famous monuments when they are all lit up. But that's not all — after your ride you hop on a river boat for a nighttime cruise on the Seine. A glass of wine is included, of course!
Paris has over 2,000 years of history and 2,000 years of mysteries and legends. So, spend an evening with an informative guide exploring the winding streets and hidden alleys of the City of Romance and Intrigue. You'll learn about ghosts, wars, Nazis, and eerie events. Also see, The 10 Best Walking Tours of Paris…
Here's how to enjoy an evening out in Paris — see the show at the #1 cabaret in Europe. Take in the amazing spectacle, sipping champagne as you marvel at the costumes, sets and dancers. Truly a night to remember. Also see, 7 Ways To See The Hottest Show in Town…
The Orsay Museum displays the greatest collection of Impressionist art in the world. All the masters are here — Manet, Renoir, van Gogh, Monet, Degas… the list goes on. Your art expert guide gets you past the long line-ups and takes you to the best the museum has to offer, offering in-depth explanations of each work. Also see, Our complete guide to Musée d'Orsay…
Meet your "gentleman driver" who's there to take you on a retro tour of the city in a sleek, black Citroën Traction Avant. You'll feel like you're in a 1940s movie set in Paris as you tour the famous sights. It's fun seeing the city like this. As we say in our review, this is "retro luxury from another era." Also see, Vintage Tour of Paris Full Review…
Relive the history of this historic hilltop quartier through the lives of the famous artists who once lived here. Explore the shops and streets that still buzz with artistic flair. This fun tour focuses on the artists — Van Gogh's house, the windmill cabaret painted by Renoir, the site of Picasso's early studio, and more. Also included is a skip-the-line ticket for Musée d'Orsay. This activity has hundreds of 5-star reviews, so be sure to book early.
There are always long lines at the Eiffel Tower, after all it's the most popular monument in the world. But, there are ways to avoid standing in line for hours. Luckily, we've found quite a few. Since availability and times tend to change regularly, the best way to approach a no-wait ET visit is to check with the Skip the Eiffel Tower Lines link below. Also see, Big List of Eiffel Tower Tours…
We love the Left Bank of Paris. Since Hemingway and the Jazz Age, the Left Bank has defined the essence of Paris, and it's the best district in the city to call home. The Saint-Germain neighborhood is charming, and so are the best of the hotels in the quartier. In fact, here are our picks of the top 5 Left Bank hotels — with a couple of bonuses as well!
One of our most appreciated pieces of advice is to pre-arrange transportation from the airport into central Paris. We find it's comforting to be prepared and to know what's going to happen when you arrive. An easy and affordable transfer is by shuttle van service right to your hotel. Or you might want to go with an even best idea — a VIP private transfer in a luxurious Mercedes S-Class. Honestly, it's the only way to do it!
The Paris City Pass saves money & time — you get into the museums for free and ride the Metro for free — and that's why we like it. But the big advantage is bypassing the long Paris lines. If you've ever stood in line for hours at the Louvre, you'll appreciate how important that is. Even better, we've arranged special savings for our readers. Use the discount code INSIDERS5 for extra savings. Also see, Complete Guide to the Paris City Pass…
Available again now that the warm weather of April is here, this is the day trip to the Loire Valley that visitors love most. Could it be because it includes not only tours of the most impressive castles in the world, but also a guided tasting of the equally-famous Loire Valley wines? This tour, with an expert guide, is an easy day trip from Paris. Available every day in April.
If you're not thirsty, or if you want to concentrate your day on the stunning castles of the region, then opt for this fun day trip from Paris that gets you to the three most important chateaux — Cheverny, Chenonceau and Chambord.
In April the fabulous gardens of Impressionist painter Claude Monet are back in bloom. Get picked up at your Paris hotel and driven through the lovely French countryside to Giverny, where you visit both Monet's home and his gardens, including the famous Japanese bridge. Best of all, the day also includes a guided visit to the castle and gardens of Versailles. Every day except Mondays.
Versailles is a magnificent reminder of the glory of France's royal history, and April is an ideal month to take a trip to see the palace, with the gardens coming into bloom. But do it the easy & leisurely way — with a guided tour from Paris. Your guide takes you right past the long ticket lines and into the palace and gardens, making the past come alive with stories of those bygone days. Let's not forget the 3-course lunch by the Grand Canal!
This popular morning tour includes priority access with an expert guide. It's a small-group with transportation right from your hotel. A private tour is also available.
If you're more of a sportif sort of traveler, this is the day tour for you. Cycle through the idyllic countryside near Versailles with your guide leading the way. Shop the local markets for picnic supplies and stop for an impromptu lunch in — you guessed it — the gardens of Versailles! Also explore the palace on this VIP skip-the-line day of exploration. Book early, it's likely to sell out.
Your driver gathers you from your Paris hotel and whisks you away on an action-packed day in the Land of Bubbly. Visit champagne estates plus the famous underground caves where thousands of bottles are stored. Drive through the vineyards to the village of Hautvilliers, home of Dom Perignon. You can also opt for a private tour. Mondays & Thursdays in April.
Nowadays, high-speed trains and the channel tunnel have made it possible to visit London on a day trip from Paris. What used to seem a dream is now easy! At Gare du Nord in Paris you meet your tour guide and hop on the Eurostar to London. The day includes an extensive, open-top bus tour around London and guided walking tours, including The Beatles London Walking Tour. It's an exhilarating trip that gets you back to Paris the very same day.
Travel to the Normandy coast to visit this fairytale island. Home of a Benedictine abbey and a tiny village, Mont Saint-Michel becomes separated from the mainland during high tide. Wander the narrow streets, visit the shops and the abbey's ramparts. The drive from Paris takes you through the picturesque Normandy countryside. Everything is included, even pick-up at your hotel, so no need to worry about anything.
The landing beaches of Normandy are rightly among the most famous battle sites of World War II, and an important step to the ending of that war. Today the event is remembered with monuments, museums and dedicated cemeteries, as well as a visit to the beaches themselves. Take a day to step back in time on a trip that returns you to Paris the same day. Private tours are also offered. Available every day in April.
There's a world of France just outside the gates of Paris and what we've talked about so far are just a few of the most popular day trips. We always tell our friends to set aside a day or two to explore the wonderful things of France within easy reach. We've collected our favorite day trips (and our readers') in a couple of articles.
This popular food tour through the Marais is garnering high praise from visitors. Walk through the historic Marais neighborhood with your guide to visit the top food & wine shops, tasting the best of French food like cheese, charcuterie, baguettes, chocolate, and wine. You start your tour at the oldest food market in the city.
You know the ditty about love and marriage? Well, for us it's Paris and chocolate. And when you throw in French pastries, we're in heaven. And that's just where this Paris guided walking tour takes you. Did we mention all the sampling?
It's like getting a VIP pass into a cheese cellar in the Marais… with a Master Affineur at your side. In the aging cave you will sample seven classic French cheeses, along with wines, as you discover how cheese became one of the most revered foods of France. The small group is limited to 10 to ensure there's more cheese for you. Also see, Five Top Cheese Tastings In Paris…
Here's an activity where you don't do anything except eat and drink — unless, that is, you want to look out the window at the fabulous monuments of Paris passing by. A cruise down the Seine on a bateau while being served a 3-course gourmet lunch is fun, casual, as well as delicious. Combine fine dining with a tour of Paris… riverside. This lunch cruise is very popular, so book early.
You simply cannot come to Paris without tasting French wine. Not allowed. The professional sommeliers on these fun and informal wine tastings cover a lot of wine territory and deliver an extensive tasting of wines in a charming wine bar smack in the center of Paris. We prefer the 2-hour grand cru wine tasting, but we also like the wine tasting + lunch option. Also see, Six Places to Taste Wine in Paris…
Uncover one of the most interesting and happening areas in the city, Canal Saint Martin, home to culinary artisans who are setting an exciting new standard for Parisian food. Your savvy local guide will accompany you on a walk through the food highlights of this trendy quartier. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
Visit the Eiffel Tower with priority access and enjoy a 3-course déjeuner at the Tower's famous gourmet restaurant. You are met by your hostess at the base of the tower who conducts you past the long lines to the elevators, where you have free access to the 1st and 2nd levels of the Eiffel Tower It's a wonderful way to lunch while you overlook the sights of Paris.
One of our very favorite things to do in Paris is to attend an opera and this April the lineup of stellar operas at Palais Garnier and Opera Bastille include Carmen, Otello, Don Pasquale and The Magic Flute. What a choice! There are also Easter concerts at Notre Dame Cathedral and other spectacular venues. Be sure to check out what will be playing when you're in Paris in spring.
Here's your chance to witness Bizet's most performed opera. Set under the blazing Spanish sun, it was first performed in Paris in 1875, where its sultry story line scandalized the first audiences. Georges Bizet died unexpectedly and would never know his opera would achieve international acclaim.
• Opera Bastille
• April 11 to May 23
If you're going to see one opera in your life, make it Otello, in Paris. Music by Verdi, story by Shakespeare, under the baton of Bertrand de Billy. Experience Verdi's masterwork performed in Italian with English surtitles.
• Opera Bastille
• Ends April 7
Donizetti's light-hearted yet dramatic three-act opera was first performed in Paris in 1843 to great success. Set in Rome, it tells the story of a wealthy bachelor who desires marriage but is deceived by both his nephew and his bride-to-be.
• Opera Bastille
• Ends April 16
This spring be sure to see Mozart's final and hugely popular opera. It's a magical tale, a comedy, a philosophical fable, and a religious mystery. Die Zauberflöte premiered on September 30, 1791 in Vienna, just two months before Mozart's early death at just 35 years old. Performed in German with English surtitles.
• Opera Bastille
• April 27 to June 15, 2020
Seeing a performance at this Belle Epoque masterpiece is something you don't want to miss. The architecture and decoration are stunning. This month catch ballet by famed choreographer Pina Bausch and Bartok's opera, Bluebeard's Castle.
Located in the historic Latin Quarter, Église Saint-Ephrem is close to the Sorbonne and other historic sites. It's one of the most popular venues for classical music concerts in Paris. In April hear works by Bach, Chopin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Rachmaninoff.
April sees the annual Paris Marathon that takes runners from Champs-Elysées near the Arc de Triomphe, to Bois de Vincennes and ending at the Bois du Boulogne. Take a peek at the map to see the complete route. When the Paris marathon began in 1976 it attracted only a small group of dedicated marathoners. Last year 57,000 runners from 145 countries ran the Paris Marathon.
• April 14, 2020
In April, visit the largest home show in Paris — it's been that way for 112 years! Discover the latest French decorating trends. (Who doesn't want in on that one?) More than 3,500 brands in Europe give you a chance to discover all the latest French house and home trends.
Art Paris brings together 120 international art galleries representing dozens of artists under the majestic roof of the spectacular Grand Palais. Expect to see a wide range of modern and contemporary art. Since its humble beginnings in 1999, Art Paris now attracts thousands of art lovers from around the world.
20,000 art lovers, amateurs, enthusiasts, professionals, and collectors will gather to admire the works of 200 artists.
Amateur cyclists compete in the legendary "Hell of the North" race on three difficult routes.
The biggest expo dedicated to the sport of running in France.
Two hundred antique book dealers and experts will showcase thousands of artifacts representing European cultural history.
Planning a wedding? Attend the Paris bridal show to find out the latest trends from cakes to cocktails.
Ready, set, go! Car fans will flock to the Grand Palais to see vintage cars and their drivers before they leave Paris for a five-day race across France.
This annual photo event has now moved from November to April. Attention amateur photographers — apply now to see your photographs in Paris on exhibit during the popular photography event.
Check with Booking.com to find today's sale prices on hotel rooms in every arrondissement of Paris. Save 20% to 30%… or even more!
This exciting exhibition examines the similarities and the differences between these two great 20th-century artists. Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso changed the way we look at art, and perhaps the world.
• Musée Picasso
• Ends August 25, 2020
He was a member of a circle of young artists who considered Paul Gauguin their leader. With Gauguin's encouragement, Sérusier painted The Talisman in 1888. It was groundbreaking as it suspended any link to natural representation. On his death the painting went into Maurice Denis's collection and is now considered a pivotal artwork
This powerful exhibition explores the representation of black models in art from the time of abolition of slavery in France in 1794 to the present day with works by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanne.
They were true pioneers of modern decor. Bonnard, Vuillard, Maurice Denis, Sérusier, and Ranson, defined an art directly related to everyday life. From the beginning, this group, at the end of the 1880s championed decoration as a fundamental issue of creation. They advocated original expression, joyous and rhythmic, in reaction against the aesthetics of pastiche that was fashionable at the time.
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