Sure, it's Valentine's Day in the City of Love, but there's a lot to do between kisses! Given the hundreds of chocolatiers that dot the Paris landscape — with champagne vendors, flower shops and parfumiers trailing not far behind — celebrating Valentine's Day will be a melt-in-your-mouth experience. The weather will be chilly, but the occasional spring thaw will bring out a few sunny patches, when tout le monde gathers outside at cafés, eager to soak up a few rays.
Surprisingly, February is a good time to book a day trip to take you on a guided tour to some of the fascinating places near Paris, like the Loire Valley or Versailles. Music is alive and well in Paris during fevrier with operas, classical music concerts, and ballets found at landmark locations — like Opera Bastille and Palais Garnier.
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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 with wine. If you want to splurge, book the Service Premier option, which gets you a private table at the front of the boat.
This activity lets you 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!
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, you can take the elevator right to the very top.
Save Time. Stay Warm. Be Happy.
Baby, it's cold out there! This tour gets you ahead of the loooong lines and into the world's largest & most popular museum in no time flat. With close to 10 MILLION visitors each year, it's essential to find a way to skip the line. Group size is limited, so personal attention is a high priority.
What better way to celebrate your stay Paris than a champagne-fuelled cruise down the Seine — the most romantic river in the world. You'll discover this is one of the very best ways to see the sights of the city as you glide past the monuments on a bateaux… while sipping bubbly! Weekends only in February
Have you ever wanted to feel like you're starring in your own movie, set in Paris? That's just how we felt when we toured the city in a sleek, black Citroën Traction Avant from the 1940s, driven by a "gentleman driver". It's so much fun seeing the sights like this, and made even better with the sun roof opened all the way. As we say in our review, this is "retro luxury from another era."
We recommend this activity because it includes everything. It starts at 7:00 PM with a leisurely multi-course meal featuring classic French food and champagne. After dinner, settle back and enjoy the timeless cabaret show. Includes transportation to and from your hotel. This sells out weeks in advance, so be sure to book early!
That's right, do Paris in one day. This lovely tour packs a wallop with a combination of a Louvre museum tour, Seine River Cruise, plus lunch on the Eiffel Tower. Aprés lunch, visit the world's most popular cathedral — Notre Dame on Île de la Cité. Everything is included: multi-course lunch, entrance fees, and river cruise.
Paris at night can be romantic, but also a tad mysterious. With 2,000 years of history, there are bound to be mysteries and eerie events. Wind through the ancient, narrow streets with your expert guide by your side to learn about ghosts, plagues, and things that go bump in the night.
One of our most appreciated pieces of advice is to arrange your transportation from the Paris airport before you leave home. You'll be prepared and relaxed when you arrive. An easy and affordable way 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 —.
Here's our very best tip, and a real Insiders Secret — ride directly to your hotel in a private luxury car. After a long flight we appreciate the comfort of having 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 do it.
Instead of worrying about trains, brochures and guide books, we prefer to go the royal route. A guided tour adds illuminating details and makes the past come alive with stories of palace life. Includes luxury transportation to and from your hotel, entrance to Versailles and an elegant lunch near the Grande Canal. Best of all, you skip the long lines!
There's a lot to see in France just beyond the Paris 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 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.
Only an hour from Paris, a visit to the Champagne region makes for a memorable day trip. Your driver picks you up at your hotel and whisks you to world-class vineyards. After touring historic Reims, including a visit to its famous cathedral, the champagne houses beckon and your sampling of bubbly begins! You'll taste the Grands Crus as well as champagne from small family producers.
We've described just a few of the magnificent things found outside the gates of Paris. We know from experience that your trip to Paris will be even better and more memorable if you put aside day or two to experience the wonders of France that are within easy reach of Paris. We've put together a couple of articles about our recommended day trips.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and other classics performed on the Eiffel Tower! Guests will have priority access at the west side entrance (on Quai Branly) — look for the green sign that says Reservations, Invitations. The only thing that could improve the experience is to upgrade to the champagne service.
• February 17 & 25 only
Inspired by an actual events — the 1792 assassination the King of Sweden who was shot at a masked ball in the Royal Opera House of Stockholm and survived 13 days. Verdi's compelling three-act opera was first performed in 1859 in Rome.
• Opera Bastille
• February 3 & 10
This contemporary production of Rossini's masterpiece opera buffa was first performed in Rome at the Teatro Argentina in 1816. It has become one of the most performed operas of the past 200 years.
• Opera Bastille
• February 1, 4, 7, 9, 13 & 16
Experience two new operas based on works by Japanese playwright Kaija Saariaho. This haunting performance includes songs, accompanied by lute and modern dance.
• Palais Garnier
• February 4, 7
Tchaikovsky's interpretation of Pushkin's tragic play, Eugene Onegin, returns to Paris, telling the story of vanity, pride, and unfulfilled love. Set in imperial Russia of the 1820s, John Cranko's choreography brings the emotions of the characters to the forefront.
• Palais Garnier
• Dates throughout February and March, 2018
Two ballets feature the music of Maurice Ravel with bold, modern choreography by Benjamin Millepied and a classic by Maurice Béjart, (1927-2007). Béjart's masterpiece Bolero was created in 1960 — a single soloist dances to Ravel's music on a scarlet table and draws the group into the dance.
• Palais Garnier
• February 24, 27 and throughout March
Notre-Dame de Paris is the most popular and most famous church in the world. You haven't experienced the magic of Paris until you've attended a performance here. In the evening, only ticket holders are allowed entry into the 850-year-old sacred space.
La Madeleine's famous pipe organ, built in 1846, is still used today. The neo-classical structure's stormy history reaches back to Napoleon, the French Revolution and Louis XVIII. Today it's a popular venue for a classical music concerts.
• February 10, 2018
Here's a good reason to visit the historic the Latin Quarter. Wend your way to the renowned Église Saint-Ephrem. This gem of a church was built in the Corinthian style in 1733 and the interior features an impressive art collection. Today it's also a popular venue for candlelit classical music concerts. Here's the February lineup.
One of the easiest ways to create a life-long memory of Paris it to attend a classical music concert at one of the historic venues. There you can hear favorites by Mozart, Pachelbel, Vivaldi, Bach, and other master composers in both the city's ancient churches as well as the newest, modern venues. Popular concerts in February are at Opéra Comique, Palais Garnier, the Philharmonie de Paris, and Opera Bastille.
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This food activity is for people like you, who love Paris + food + shopping. Start off at one of the city's busiest open-air markets where you learn all about French foods and buy the freshest ingredients for lunch. Back in the kitchen your chef/guide shows you how to turn your bounty into a fabulous lunch. Shop, cook, eat — a perfect day in Paris.
Visiting the small, specialty food shops of Paris with an expert is one of the best ways to get into the culinary culture of the city renowned for its food. On these tours you visit and sample at boulangeries, cheese shops, charcuteries. And, don't worry — any calories you take in at delicious taste samplings are going to be burned off by the walk!
The weather outside may be chilly but you'll be warm inside a charming wine cellar smack in the center of Paris. Professional sommelierstake you though an informal wine tasting, delivering an extensive tasting of wines. We prefer the 2-hour grand cru wine tasting because it's not every day you'll get a chance to taste a flight of some of the best wines of France.
Chocolates + pastry + Paris. Does it get more delicious? You get behind-the-scenes on this small-group tasting tour that visits some of the city's best patisseries and chocolatiers. You'll taste regional specialties and discover how all those delectable delights are made.
One of the greatest activities in Paris is to spend an evening gliding down the most famous river in the world, watching the city all aglow, while dining at a private table. The 3-course classic French meal is served with wine and starts with an aperitif. Remember it's February — romance and all that. Round trip hotel transportation is included.
These heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth confections were created in the 1930s but are the current rage in Paris. It's a dream come true to attend a cooking class in Paris where you learn to make your own delicate meringue-based morsels. Class size is limited to eight people, so you get lots of individual attention. Your reward? Your own box of macarons to take home.
Party like it's 1411! That's how long the Carnaval has been celebrated (except for a brief break between 1952 and 1997). But it's business as usual with parades and festivities that start at the Place Gambetta and end at the Hôtel de Ville.
• February 11, 2018
Run for love & laughter in Paris.
• Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
• February 10, 2018
Head to Chinatown in the 13th Arrondissement for the Paris celebration of Chinese New Years. Prepare for a day of parades, paper lanterns, and other festivities. 2018 is Year of the Dog.
• February 16, 2018
On the 100 year anniversary of Edgar Degas' death (1834-1917), the Musée d'Orsay pays tribute with a show of some of his lesser-known works. The exhibition focuses on Degas' friendship with Paul Valery, a French poet, writer, and philosopher. Valéry's essays are linked to Degas' paintings and sculptures.
• Musée d'Orsay
• Ends February 25, 2018
1932 was a banner year for Pablo Picasso, and the Paris museums dedicated to the Spanish artist is exhibiting the explosion of masterpieces created by Picasso in that year.
• Musée Picasso
• Ends February 11
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