It's February in Paris, where celebrating the month of love and romance will be a melt-in-your-mouth experience — especially given the chocolatiers that are found on every Parisian rue and avenue. And let's not forget about all the champagne vendors, flower shops, and parfumiers.
This year, of course, the love-fest is going to be a bit subdued. But, nothing is going to change our love for Paris or our joy in helping travelers plan their time in the City of Love. As 2021 unfolds and (we hope) events and activities and restaurants and museums start to open up, we'll keep you informed about best things to do in Paris… whenever you arrive.
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Everything looks better from a boat cruising down the Seine river. 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. Be sure to choose the VIP Premier cruise that gets you a private table at the front of the boat. When the night is over, your driver will be waiting to return you to your hotel. Also see, The Six Top Dinner Cruises in Paris…
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 nearly ten 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. Also see, How to Beat the Long Lines at the Louvre…
This activity lets you experience the best of Paris by night. Begin by dining on the river Seine, as you drift past the best of Paris during an evening cruise. After dinner, take in a bird's eye view of the city from the Eiffel Tower. You're not done yet! Finish this spectacular evening with a cabaret show at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. Champagne is included, of course! Also see, 7 Ways To See The Hottest Show in Town…
What better way to celebrate your stay Paris than a champagne-fueled 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 bateau… while sipping bubbly! Weekends only in February.
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.
The Eiffel Tower is immensely popular and there are always long-ups. Since we hate waiting in line, we always search for an Eiffel Tower activity that lets us skip the queues. 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…
Famous for the artists who once lived here, Montmartre is a fascinating quartier of shops and streets with an artistic flair. On this tour you focus on art & artists — Van Gogh's house, the windmill cabaret painted by Renoir, the site of Picasso's early studio. 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.
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 love to 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!
Experience the best of Paris by night. For five full hours you can take in the lights of the City of Light — three ways. It starts with an illuminations tour of Paris, then get on board a bateau to experience the nighttime splendor from the river. Finally, your skip-the-line ticket gets you up onto the Eiffel Tower for what may be the best view of them all. Everything is included.
Lido de Paris, located on legendary Champs-Elysées, is our new favorite night spot for a spectacular dinner & show. While the show is absolutely thrilling, this nighttime activity also packs in a dinner cruise on the Seine and an evening visit to the Eiffel Tower, making for a never-to-forget night out in Paris. Includes transportation between venues.
We loved this evening out in Paris — a classic 3-course dinner at the Lido followed by the entertaining show. All in all, it's a class act. Includes transportation from and to your hotel. Highly recommended by us.
One of our most appreciated pieces of advice is to arrange transportation from the airport into central Paris in advance, so that you know what's going to happen when you arrive. An easy and affordable way is to book a shuttle van service right to your hotel. It's convenient and cheaper than a Paris taxi.
Who doesn't love staying on the Left Bank of Paris? Since Hemingway and the Jazz Age, the Left Bank has defined the essence of Paris. 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!
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 Grand Canal. Best of all, you skip the long lines!
Here is another popular Versailles skip-the-line activity that's perfect if you don't want to spend a full day at the royal estate. This small-group tour of the palace and gardens has a maximum of eight people — small enough to ensure individual attention. A private tour is also available.
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. This very popular activity gets you guided tours into the most famous castles, but it also includes a guided wine tasting of the best varietals from the region. The wine tasting happens during a bountiful French lunch. It's like two trips in one!
Concentrating on the castles, this day tour option visits three of the most spectacular — Chenonceau, Cheverny & Chambord. Lunch is included on this full-day activity. Also available as a private tour. Every day except Wednesdays.
Only an hour from Paris, a visit to the Champagne region makes for a memorable day trip. Your driver meets you 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. Also see, The 3 Top Day Trips to Champagne…
It's amazing to us how the high-speed trains have made it possible to visit London on a day trip from Paris. You meet up with your tour guide at Gare du Nord in Paris, where you 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.
Spend a winter's day exploring the fairytale island of Mont Saint-Michel just off the Normandy coast. Visit the Benedictine abbey that becomes separated from the mainland during high tide. Wander along the narrow streets, the shops, and the abbey's ramparts. On your way you drive through the picturesque Normandy countryside. Everything is included, even pick-up at your hotel.
The landing beaches of Normandy are the most popular — and the most famous — battle sites of World War II, even though it's now been nearly eighty years since the event. Sign up for tour recommended small-group tour that takes you to the the beaches, the monuments, the museums, and the dedicated cemeteries. You may find it to be a powerful emotional experience. Includes Paris hotel pickup and lunch.
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. Click below to see a larger selection of our recommended day trips.
Here is a fun, casual, and affordable afternoon activity that also includes a multi-course meal and a river cruise. Combine great dining with a tour of Paris… riverside. A cruise on a bateau is something you must do in Paris, so why not have lunch at the same time? Gaze out the window at the monuments of Paris passing by. This lunch cruise has become very popular, so book early. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays in February.
This very popular food tour also takes you to the Marais to visit the top food & wine shops in that historic quartier. Discover and taste the best of French foods — think baguettes, chocolate, cheese, charcuterie, and wine. The whole things starts off at the oldest food market in the city. This one is garnering high praise from hungry travelers.
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. Choose from afternoon tours in the Marais or Saint-Germain, or a morning tour in Saint-Germain.
Cheese, wine, Paris? You'll be asking yourself if this is culinary heaven as you experience this food activity where you learn all about the proper way to age the cheeses of France. In a fromagerie in the Marais you meet the affineur (expert in aging cheeses) and descend into the private cheese cellar where you taste seven classic French cheeses, along with wines. The group size is limited to 10 to ensure there's more cheese for you. Also see, Five Top Cheese Tastings In Paris…
One of the most fabulous 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.
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! Also see, The Top Ten Food & Wine Experiences …
The weather outside may be chilly but you'll be warm inside a charming wine cellar smack in the center of Paris. Professional sommeliers take you through an informal wine tasting, delivering an extensive tasting of wines. We prefer the two-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.
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.
Learn about the fascinating Olmec civilization and the little-known world of other pre-Columbian cultures of the Gulf of Mexico. The exhibition sheds light on this Mesoamerican civilization with rare items, shown for the first time outside Mexico.
• Quai Branly
• Ends July 25, 2021
In the new season of this on-going museum event, the Louvre's Petite Galerie continues its exploration of the transition from the typically anonymous craftsman of the classical period to the artist of the Renaissance, The Advent of the Artist. In 2021, Renaissance artists Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Albrecht Dürer will be featured.
• Petite Galerie, Louvre
• Ends July 5, 2021
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henri Matisse (1869-1954), the Centre Pompidou pays tribute to him through an exhibition with more than 230 works and 70 documents, bringing together his essential works. This is going to be good!
• Centre Pompidou
• Ends February 22, 2021
Girault de Prangey (1804-1892) was a gifted painter, illustrator, and archaeologist. This exhibition features his photographs and illustrated books.
This exhibition of the works of contemporary French-Dutch artist Laurence Aëgerter weaves its way through the Petit Palais and even spills into the garden.
Did you know that Valentin, the saint, was French? Makes sense then that a day in his honor would become a time of love. This amorous holiday is becoming more popular in Paris. Discover nineteen fabulous things to do tin Paris on Valentine's Day. It's all in our guide.
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Traveling with a car buff? You won't want to miss this iconic car event. The 2021 edition is moving to June when, organizers hope, there will be different regulations in place.
• Porte we Versailles
• June 2 to 6, 2021
France's largest agricultural show usually comes to Paris in February — the off season for farmers — for its annual extravaganza. For 2021, through, dates have yet to be announced.
Friday, February 12, 2021 is the kick-off for Chinese New Year. 2021, by the way, is the Year of the Ox. In the Chinese Zodiac, the Ox is hardworking and methodical and will be rewarded as the year progresses. In Paris, it's uncertain if the annual parade and merriment will take place. Stay tuned!
• February 12, 2021
15,000 spectators are normally on hand in February to witness one of the important judo tournaments in the world. This year, though, the dates have yet to be announced. It's hard to do judo wearing plastic gloves, face masks, and shields!
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