Paris doesn't slow down after the holidays, in fact, it starts gearing up for more events. Known as the City of Celebration (to us, at least!), Paris kicks off with a New Years Day classical music concert at Saint-Germain des Prés on the Left Bank. January is also an ideal month in Paris to head indoors for a French cooking class, a cozy wine tasting, or a skip-the-line Louvre museum tour.
The weather may be chilly but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a day trip to the Champagne region, Versailles, or even to the beaches of Normandy. Another way to have fun in cold weather is to sign up for a tour of the top attractions in a Eurovan or a vintage automobile.
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Our readers love this action-packed tour that lets you experience the best of Paris by night. The evening starts on the Eiffel Tower, where you have dinner at Restaurant 58. Next, view the lights of Paris on a Seine river cruise. Finish up at the #1-rated cabaret in Europe, the iconic Moulin Rouge, complete with champagne. Everything's been arranged for you, including return to your Paris hotel.
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.
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."
Our secret way to avoid the long lines at the Eiffel Tower is to sign up fo a skip-the-line-tour. Meet your guide at the base of the tower and follow her past the long lineups right to the second level. You get priority access, plus your guide fills you in on the history and fun facts. After the tour, you can take the elevator right to the very tippy-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.
We're adamant — there’s no better way to celebrate your stay Paris than a champagne-fuelled cruise down the Seine, the most romantic river in the world. You'll also discover it's the very best way to see the sights of the city as you glide past the monuments on a bateau sipping bubbly!
The fun starts with a leisurely multi-course meal featuring classic French food and wine. Then, settle back and enjoy the timeless cabaret show. The best part? All the details have been arranged for you — tickets to the show, dinner, and even 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 has over 2,000 years of history and therefore 2,000 years of mysteries and legends. Spend an evening with a guide exploring the winding streets and hidden alleys of the City of Romance and Intrigue. You'll learn about legendary ghosts, eerie events, and bewitching tales.
This is another multi-attraction Paris experience we like that includes hotel pick-up, visits to Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, the Champs-Elysées, the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and other historic sights. You also spend time up in Montmartre for a taste of bohemian life. Also available as a private tour.
One of our most appreciated pieces of advice is to arrange your transportation from the airport into Paris before you leave home. It's comforting to be prepared when you arrive. One easy and affordable way to into Paris 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.
But here's our very best tip. After a long flight we appreciate a bit of comfort and TLC. So we always have our Paris pal & professional driver, Manu, meet us at the arrivals gate and whisk us into the city in his luxurious Mercedes S-Class. Honestly, it's the only way to do it!
You'll feel like a royalty on this magical day in Versailles. You're driven directly from your Paris hotel to the royal estate where skip-the-line tickets get you ahead of the packs and directly into the grand chateau for a guided tour. Afterwards, stroll through the winter garden until lunch on the Grand Canal. There's plenty of time to visit the Grand Trianon and Marie Antoinette's fantasy village farm.
It's known as the Land of 1000 Castles and it's easy to get from Paris to the splendid chateaux of the Loire on a day trip. Take a leisurely tour of the magnificent castles on the banks of the river. Step back in time as you wander the gardens, mazes and traverse the moats of the Renaissance castles. Includes hotel pick-up and return. Also available as a private tour.
Your car winds way through the celebrated vineyards and villages where champagne has been made for centuries. On this small-group tour, your driver will take you along the picturesque Route de Champagne with plenty of tours and tasting at top producers. Pick up is at your hotel, so sample all you want while someone else does the driving.
Seven decades have passed since the Allied forces came ashore at Normandy. See for yourself the beautiful Normandy countryside and the most important sites of the invasion. You spend the day exploring the beaches, monuments, and museums that mark the start of liberation for France. This small group tour picks you up at your hotel and delivers you back at the end of the day.
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.
Attending a classical music concert at one of the iconic churches or cathedrals of Paris will created a powerful memory of your trip to the City of Music. Listen to favorites by Mozart, Pachelbel, Schubert, Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven in some of the city's oldest religious buildings as well as the newest, modern venues. Popular concerts are at Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Palais Garnier, the Philharmonie de Paris, and Opera Bastille. More events are being added, so be sure to check back.
Inspired by the 1792 assassination of king Gustav III of Sweden at a masked ball in the Royal Opera House of Stockholm, Verdi's dramatic three-act opera was first performed in Rome at the Teatro Apollo in 1859. In Italian with French and English surtitles.
• Opera Bastille
• January 16, 19, 22, 25, 28 & 31 and into February
A contemporary production of Rossini's masterpiece opera buffa that 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
• January 24, 27 and into February
Expect high drama and strong emotions with plenty of arias and choruses. It is one of Handel's most moving pieces. Jephtha tells a biblical story of a father who must sacrifice his daughter due to a promise he made to god.
• Palais Garnier
• January 15, 20, 22, 28 & 30
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
• January 23, 25, 27 and into February
There's nothing like a candlelit performance of classical music at the historic Eglise Saint Ephrem in the Latin Quarter. This month piano works by Satie, Schubert, and Beethoven will be performed as well as Bach's Suites for Violoncello Solo. Take in a concert, then wander through the most iconic of Paris neighborhoods, the Left Bank.
Inspired by the Parthenon in Athens, La Madeleine was begun by Napoleon and remains a great venue for a classical music. In January you have the chance to hear Vivaldi's most popular piece, The Four Seasons. After the concert you'll be right in the heart of Paris, so it's easy to pop in some place and have a glass of champagne.
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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 foie gras merchants. But don't worry — any calories you take in at delicious taste samplings are going to be burned off by the walk! This is great value for a full-day (6 hours) activity.
You start your culinary afternoon on the historic Left Bank, a gourmet haven. At a traditional fromagerie you learn about French cheeses while you sample them. Next up are freshly baked baguettes followed by French wine. Don't forget the foie gras!
The weather outside may be chilly but you'll be warm inside a charming wine cellar smack in the center of Paris. The professional sommeliers on these fun and informal wine tastings cover a lot of French wine territory and deliver 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.
Go behind-the-scenes on this small-group walking and tasting tour to some of the best patisseries and chocolatiers in Paris. Don't miss the chance to taste regional specialties and find out how all those delectable delights are made.
Imagine taking a leisurely cruise down the Seine in a bateau… while being served a 3-course gourmet meal prepared by a team of French chefs. Well, imagine no longer — all the details of this fabulous food activity have been arranged including round-trip transportation to and from your hotel.
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.
On your mark, get ready, shop! On January 10, 2018 one thousand Paris boutiques and grands magasins commence the annual January sales. France being France, even store sales must be authorized by the préfectures of each département (local government). It's hard to describe the shopping frenzy that the January sales inspire. Here are a few of our favorite department stores:
• Le Bon Marché…
• Galeries Lafayette…
Although you can't buy tickets to the fashion shows, if you hang out in the trendy bars around the Carrousel du Louvre you might have a celebrity sighting. Be on the lookout for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld, and a collection of tall, thin models. (Or is that a mirror you're looking in?!)
• January 21 to 28, 2018
This on-and-off New Year's Day celebration seems to be on this year! The parade starts and ends at Place de la Concorde, heading up Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe and back again.
• January 1, 2018
• 2:00 PM
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 Valéry, a French poet, writer, and philosopher. Valéry’s essays are linked to Degas' paintings and sculptures.
• Musée d'Orsay
• Ends February 25, 2018
2018 in Paris is the time to see Monet's personal art collection on exhibit at the museum dedicated to him. You'll also get a chance to see some of his most important works, including Impression: Sunrise.
• Musee Marmottan
• Ends January 14
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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