It's summer in Paris! Everything seems even more alive — with flowers in full bloom, street markets bustling, and so many absolutely fun things to do. A Parisian food walking tour will show off the best of the city — from boulangeries and chocolateries to secret epiceries where you find the best macarons. We also like to enjoy the soft summer evenings by getting aboard a Seine River dinner cruise.
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The Eiffel Tower gets eight million visitors a year, and that means long lines anytime, but especially in summer. The best advice for beating the lines is to book a skip-the-line tour that whisks you past the lineups and up the tower. Tour dates are posted only 3 months in advance and will be certain to sell out. Book as early, as you can. Also check the Big List of Eiffel Tower Tours….
Nearly ten million visitors a year means there are always long lines at the Louvre. But why stand in line when you can book a skip-the-line tour that not only gets you in a lot faster, but takes you directly to the best and most famous works of art. Another tip — these tours sell out, so be sure to book early. Also see, How to Beat the Long Lines at the Louvre…
On the other hand, you might want to go for the tour of champions! This full evening activity combines three of our fave activities — being in Paris, viewing world-famous art, and wine tasting with an expert sommelier in the most popular wine cellar in Paris. You also get to skip the lines at the Louvre!
Travelers love this complete night on the town. Start the evening at the Eiffel Tower for dinner 200 feet above the City of Lights. Then it's time to see the lights of the city riverside, on an evening cruise on the Seine. Finally, enjoy the show at Moulin Rouge while sipping champagne. All the details are taken care of for you. Also see, The 6 Best Evenings In Paris…
One of our favorite places on the vast grounds of Versailles is Marie Antoinette's private, rustic retreat. On this tour you explore Marie's Petit Trianon where the ill-fated queen felt relaxed and at ease. See her rustic farmhouse and the meadowlands, gardens, lakes and streams. Afterwards, you have priority access to the chateau to see the majesty of the Versailles palace. Round trip transportation from Paris is included.
This is a fun, casual, and affordable cruise along the Seine while dining on a classic 3-course lunch. A cruise on a bateau is something you must do in Paris, so why not have lunch at the same time? Look out the window at the monuments of Paris passing by. Combine great dining with a tour of Paris… riverside. This lunch cruise is very popular, so book early.
Even though it's the eeriest attraction in Paris the Catacombs are immensely popular. It really is something different to descend 130 steps underground to visit the final resting place of 6 million historic Parisians. The only way to avoid the long lines is to book this skip-the-line tour with an expert guide who also explains the history of this dark landmark. Also see, Paris Catacombs – A Journey To The Dark Side…
Is there a better way to celebrate in summer in Paris than a relaxing cruise down its romantic river? It's a wonderful way to see the city's sights from a fresh perspective. And, if you know us, you'll know that our very favorite is this champagne-fuelled cruise along the Seine.
Paris Insiders Guide readers go gaga for this tour, probably because it's two great activities in one fun evening. Following your expert guide, cycle around the ancient and modern streets of the city, visiting the the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Champs Elysées. Cycling completed, hop on a river boat for a nighttime cruise on the Seine.
Can you really see Paris in one day? If you're short on time, or want a quick introduction, this tour gives it a great try as it takes in highlights of the Louvre museum, a Seine River cruise — check, Eiffel Tower lunch, and a skip-the-line visit to the 850 year-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral on the picturesque Île de la Cité in the heart of Paris. Everything is included, from entrance fees, lunch, to the Seine river cruise.
After 130 years the Moulin Rouge is still the hottest show in town. You'll discover why on a magical evening in Paris, starting when your driver meets you at your Paris hotel. Dine at the number-one rated nightclub in Europe, then take in the amazing cabaret show. No need to figure out how to get there or what to do when you're ready to leave, transportation is included.
This is the super easy way to visit two of the most visited attractions in Paris. This exclusive package gets you skip-the-line to both the Louvre and the bell towers of Notre Dame, with guided tours at both places. It also includes a guided tour of the cathedral and of Île de la Cité, the island where Notre Dame is located. The 3-hour guided tour of the Louvre, with priority access is worth it by itself. This is a very good deal.
Here's another way to have a memorable dinner and cruise the Seine at night. You begin the evening by dining on the Eiffel Tower restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel, where a table has been reserved for you (you have priority-access tickets). After a first stunning view of the city from on high, stroll down to the Seine to board your nighttime river cruise, to see the city from another aspect.
Another place you most definitely want to skip the lines is at Musée d'Orsay where there are always line-ups. Luckily, this guided tour avoids the line-ups and takes you in through the priority entrance. This Impressionist museum is utterly fantastic… and very busy. After the two-hour tour ends, you're free to spend as much additional time as you like in the museum. Also see, The Top 10 Ways To Skip The Lines In Paris…
This is our readers' favourite creepy nighttime tour. Paris has over 2,000 years of mysteries and legends, so it's an action-packed evening. Your informative guide leads you down winding streets and hidden alleys in the City of Romance and Intrigue. You'll learn about ghosts, wars, eerie events. Also see, The 10 Best Walking Tours of Paris…
Another way to see a lot of Paris in one day is with this new VIP city tour. It starts with pick-up right at your hotel, followed by a skip-the-line tour of the Louvre. The day also includes a skip-the-line guided tour of the Eiffel Tower, plus Notre Dame and even Montmartre. The small-group tour ensures personal attention, and an expert guide leads you through each of the attractions & neighborhoods. Also see, The 6 Best Paris City Tours…
We wanted to mention one more evening in Paris, because this one takes in the amazing cabaret show at Lido de Paris on the Champs-Elysées. After the sun sets, your driver meets you at your Paris hotel for a nighttime tour of the City of Light. You see all the iconic monuments lit up for your viewing pleasure. Next, it's up the Champs-Elysées to the Lido to revel in the show. With a glass of champagne, of course !
We want to share one of our best tips — before you leave home arrange your transportation from the airport into central Paris. It's comforting to be prepared and to know what's going to happen when you arrive. Easy and affordable is a shuttle van service right to your hotel. Choose from shared or a private vehicle, it's convenient and cheaper than a taxi. Also see, Airport Transfers Complete Guide…
But, wait a minute, here's our very best advice, and a real Paris Insiders Secret — being picked up at the airport by our Paris pal and professional driver, Manu. Traveling is tough, and after the flight we appreciate some comfort. We aways arrange for Manu meet us at the arrivals gate whisk us into the city in the comfort of his Mercedes S-Class. Honestly, it's the only way to do it! Highly recommended by us. Questions about Manu's service? Ask us…
Instead of worrying about trains, brochures and guide books, why not go the royal route? From your hotel, your driver/guide takes you to the royal estate. Use your priority tickets to skip the lines and head directly into this grand chateau. Then, stroll through the stunning gardens until lunch (included) on the Grand Canal. Later there's time to visit Marie Antoinette's fantasy village farm and the Grand Trianon. Also, check for other dates in June…
This is another one of our readers' favorite Paris activities and the #1 Versailles tour in the summer. Get access to the behind-the-scenes areas at Versailles that are normally reserved for dignitaries — Louis XVI's apartments, his personal library, the Royal Chapel (built for the wedding of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette). Visit the Hall of Mirrors with a twist — you see it before the palace opens, before the angry mob arrives.
During June, experience the summer-only fountain show at Versailles on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Choreographed to music from the court of Louis XIV. Not to be missed. This is a half-day tour that includes priority access to the palace.
We love to kickstart summer with this 2-in-1 tour. Cruise the country around Versailles — your guide takes you through the forests and pastures, to the local market and then on to the gardens of Versailles to visit the historic buildings, including Marie-Antoinette's farm. Use your passes to explore the Chateau de Versailles as long as you like.
Only an hour from Paris is world-famous Champagne country. On this wonderful day trip you focus on the bubbly with guided tours and tastings at some of the most famous champagne houses. In between, enjoy lunch at a boutique winery. Sample as much as you want, your expert guide is doing the driving — door-to-door from your Paris hotel. Also available as a private tour. Also see, The 3 Top Day Trips to Champagne…
Sure, it's the former playground of royalty and home to some of the most magnificent castles in the world, but the Loire Valley also produces some of the best wines in France. See the most spectacular chateaux — Chateau Chenonceau and the amazing Chateau Chambord — and taste refreshing Sauvignon blanc, crisp Pouilly-Fumé and delicate Cabernet Franc wines over a leisurely multi-course French lunch.
Not thirsty? On this day trip you forgo the wine tasting and spend more time visiting Chenonceau, Cheverny & Chambord, the three most popular castles in the valley. Also available as a private tour.
Don't miss the summer chance to visit the fabulous gardens and house of Impressionist Master Claude Monet. In June the gardens are in magnificent bloom and you're going to love the lily pond with its Japanese bridge. Your driver/guide picks you up at you Paris hotel and whisks through the lovely French countryside to Giverny. You'll have plenty of time to wander among the gardens, flowers, Monet's house and the pond to reflect on the artist's sublime creations. You won't be disappointed. Also available as a private tour.
VERSAILLES + GIVERNY = ART + ARCHITECTURE IN ONE DAY
Small-group tour with hotel pick-up. Also available as a private tour.
Perhaps the most famous battle site of World War II, the landing beaches of Normandy still evoke powerful memories and emotions. Visit the most important sites on a day trip from Paris and remember those who fought there. Of course, there are the beaches themselves. Take a day to step back in time on a trip that returns you to Paris the same day. Also available as a private tour.
This is a two-day trip that explores Normandy, the "floating" island of Mont Saint-Michel, and the chateaux of the Loire Valley. We're not sure which of those is more breathtaking, but luckily you don't have to choose! Everything is included on this popular tour from Paris — tickets, guides, meals, accommodations, and a guided tasting of Loire wines on day two.
We've just scratched the surface of what you can see from Paris in one day. Read our complete guide to learn about visits to historic Mont-Saint-Michel, to the best of Normandy, to Disneyland Paris, and even to London!
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A flamboyant story of love and death, Il Trovatore premiered in Rome in 1853. Only a few years later the Paris Opera showcased their own French version that included ballet. Verdi's four-act opera is considered to be one of his timeless masterpieces.
• Opera Bastille
• June 20 to July 14, 2018
Experience two classic operas in one evening. Onstage first is Ravel's L'Heure Espagnole, set in Spain, about an eccentric clockmaker and his unfaithful wife. Then it's Puccini's libretto Gianni Schicchi, which premiered in New York in 1918. Performed in French with English surtitles.
• Opera Bastille
• June 12, 14 & 17
This, Donizetti's 64th opera, premiered in Paris in 1843 and was an instant hit. It has been performed at the best opera houses around the globe almost continually ever since. Here's your chance to see the lighter side of Donizetti in his playful opera buffa.
• Palais Garnier
• June 9 to July 9, 2018
When in Paris, you must see a performance at the gilded Palais Garnier in the Opera district. The building is so magnificent it will take your breath away. Paris has been mad about opera since the 1600s, when Louis XIV, the Sun King, founded the first opera house. During the Belle-Epoque, Palais Garnier became the center of Paris cultural life and continues to be France's most prestigious theatre for opera & ballet.
There are some stunning Gothic churches in Paris where classical music can be heard performed. But, hands down, the acoustically-perfect Saint Chapelle is our favourite venue in Paris for classical music. Imagine being swept away by the music of Vivaldi, Bach, Purcell and Monteverdi while surrounded by the spectacular vaulted arches filled with colourful and recently restored stained glass.
Don't just visit the world's most famous cathedral, be a part of it. There are four special performances in June when you can enjoy the soaring stained glass and unbelievable acoustics as you listen to concerts performed by some of the best contemporary musicians in France.
More Greek temple than typical church, the classically-inspired Eglise de la Madeleine owes its existence to France's last kings and to its first emperor. It sits proudly in the center of Paris as a monument to the history of the city. Today, it's also a popular venue for classical music concerts.
Another nice venue for classical music is the historic Eglise Saint Ephrem set in the Latin Quarter. You're likely to hear piano works by Chopin, Mozart, or Beethoven, maybe even Bach's Goldberg Variations. Take in a concert, then wander through the most iconic of Paris neighborhoods, the Left Bank.
Paris is renowned for its collection of magnificent Gothic churches. But what you may not know is that many of these historic buildings are also venues for classical music played by some of the top performers in the city. If you consider that Paris is also home to Palais Garnier and Opera Bastille, you can be assured that you can hear a great performance on almost any night in Paris.
Combine your passion for Paris, chocolate and fabulous French pastries. Spend the afternoon tasting your way through the best chocolate shops, patisseries and boulangeries in Paris. A gourmet food expert will lead you through the neighborhood on this small group (8 people) walking tour.
The good thing about this tour is that any calories you consume from the delicious taste samplings are likely to be burned off by the walk! It all takes place on the gourmet haven of the Left Bank. Begin at a traditional fromagerie. Sample and move on to freshly baked baguettes, fine French wine, foie gras and even seasonal produce.
It's sort of mind-boggling that you can actually get a fine dinner on top of the most popular monument in the world. No fast food or diner chow here! Use our link to book your table that gives you a guaranteed a window seat for the best view across Paris. For you and that Special Someone. In Paris. On the Eiffel Tower. At night. Also see, Eiffel Restaurants – The Tower With A Michelin Star On Top…
Let's set the scene — you're in the Latin Quarter where you've visited an historic outdoor market and selected the freshest ingredients. Now you're heading to the kitchen to prepare classic French dishes with a professional chef at your side. Afterwards you'll enjoy the bounty of your labor during a relaxing long lunch, with wine, bien sur.
In a charming wine bar smack in the center of Paris you spend an hour or two covering a lot of French wine territory. This fun and informal wine tasting is led by professional sommeliers (in English) who deliver an extensive tasting of wines from the most important regions in France. We particularly like the 2-hour grand cru tasting — it provides the rare opportunity to taste some of the finest wines of France.
Up on the hill is Montmartre, the Paris neighborhood that once was a village. It still retains some of the village feel, with some small food shops catering to the locals. On this fun walking tour a food-expert guide takes you to the best of those shops where you sample crusty baguettes, tender crepes, cured speciality sausages and a glass or two of wine at the many charming wine bars along the route. As you taste your way around the neighborhood you'll also learn about hidden & artistic landmarks of Montmartre.
We also wanted to tell you about the new food & wine tour that's getting rave reviews. It takes place in historic Marais, where you start out at the oldest food market in Paris. Then follow your food-expert guide through the ancient neighborhood to visit the top food & wine shops, tasting the best of French food like cheese, charcuterie, baguettes, chocolate, and wine. Oh, and there's lots of sampling !
What's even better than a day spent cruising along the Seine? A nighttime dinner cruise, that's what! You'll find that everything looks better from a bateau sailing along the river at night. Famous landmarks will pass by as you enjoy a multi-course French meal with wine. Also see, The Six Top Dinner Cruises in Paris…
Paris and all of France will be filled with music on the longest day of the year as live bands play in parks and streets. Check the schedule to see where to catch live music. June 21.
After training as an engraver, Israël Silvestre (1621-1691) turned to cityscapes. He started with small drawings of his hometown Nancy, his later works were panoramas of Paris, with royal festivities and of the cities conquered by Louis XIV. This series also includes his beautiful drawings of local landmarks like Vaux-le-Vicomte, Meudon, Montmorency and Versailles.One hundred drawings, 400 prints, and eighty-eight copper plates.
• Rotonde Sully, Lovre
• Ends June 25, 2018
Fifty works from the Louvre, Musée National, Versailles, and Beaux-Arts illustrate the evolution of political power. Spanning from antiquity to present day the works in this collection highlight the evolution of political power as expressed through art.
The exhibition presents Baltic Symbolism from the 1890s to the 1920s. And who doesn't love a bracing dose of Baltic Symbolism? Hands, please.
200 never-before-seen works demonstrate the evolution of the Western perception of distant and not-so-distant populations, societies and territories.
One the 80th anniversary of the creation of this work, the Picasso Museum Paris presents an exhibition about Guernica, the top masterpiece of Pablo Picasso.
Famous for his landscapes, Camille Corot was also n prolific painter of figures. See 60 of his nudes and portraits.
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