It's summer in Paris and the City of Light is bursting with sunshine, music, art festivals, and street markets. Catch live music at the annual Paris Jazz Festival or at the 13th-century Gothic church, La Sainte Chapelle. Of course, June is also the perfect month to see the splendor of Versailles or of Monet's gardens in Giverny. Here is our complete list of the top quarante-sept summertime events and activities for June 2024.
|Fascinating Day Trips from Paris
|The Best Things to Do in Paris
|How To Visit Versailles
|Paris Food & Wine Experiences
|The Hottest Events In Paris
|New Exhibits At The Museums
We love this evening dinner cruise, and we think you will, too. You'll find that everything looks better from a bateau sailing along the river at night. Famous landmarks pass by as you enjoy a multi-course French meal that starts with champagne and includes wine. For VIP treatment choose the Service Premier option with the best seating, the best meal, and the ultimate experience.
Summertime in Paris is the perfect season to board a bateau on the banks of the Seine River for a dinner cruise hosted by Maxim's of Paris, the historic brasserie that debuted in 1900. Now, more than a century later, you have the chance to enjoy their signature dishes — with truffles, lobster and fresh seafood featured on the menu.
Million of visitors means there are always long lines at the Louvre. But why stand in line when you can book a semi-private, VIP tour that not only gets you in a lot faster, but takes you directly to the best and most famous works of the museum's vast collection. When the tour is over, you can stay in the museum as long as you like.
Without a doubt dining on the Eiffel Tower is one of the ultimate Paris experiences. And now it's easy to book at table at Madame Brasserie, the newest culinary star on the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy the menu created by Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx. Choose the Grande Dame – Paris View option for the best views and the best meal. Lunch is also available.
This full-day, two-in-one activity takes you to a pair of unmissable sights in a single day – Monet's gardens at Giverny and the royal estate at Versailles. You'll see the chateau and gardens of Versailles as well as the verdant gardens and pond of Claude Monet in nearby Giverny at their peak of perfection. A classic French lunch is also included on this very popular day trip from Paris.
You know that the Eiffel Tower is very, very popular. So it won't be surprising to hear that the line-ups are very, very long. That's why we strongly recommend you sign up for a tour that lets you bypass the lines. (It's the way we do it.) There's nothing as satisfying as a tour that gets you past the queues and up the tower, for some of the best views of Paris.
Now that the warm weather has returned, so have classical music concerts at the acoustically-perfect La Sainte Chapelle, the 13th-century gem of a church on Île de la Cité. See the amazing stained glass while listening to the music of Vivaldi, Pachelbel, and Albinoni. Another essential experience is to catch a performance at Palais Garnier. The building is so magnificent it will take your breath away. See what's playing when you're there.
This wildly popular dinner cruise on the Seine shows you Paris from a different perspective. On a magical evening, view the city from a private table while enjoying a classic 4-course classic French dinner, accompanied by live music. Your bateau slowly floats past the most famous illuminated landmarks — Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower.
1889 was a big year for Paris. The Eiffel Tower was built, the International Exhibition was staged, and Moulin Rouge opened its doors. More than a century later you can still take in a show where the French can-can premiered. The furious rhythms and scintillating costumes, along with a champagne-fueled dinner, make the Moulin Rouge a must-visit destination.
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.
Is there a better way to celebrate in summer in Paris than a relaxing cruise down its romantic river? It's incredible 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-fueled cruise along the Seine. A private sommelier will be on hand to pop the corks, pour the bubbles, and fill you in on tasting notes as you glide by the best of Paris landmarks.
Travelers adore this nighttime bike ride, 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 Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Champs Elysées. Cycling completed, hop on a river boat for a nighttime cruise on the Seine – with a glass of wine, of course!
Here we 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. Travelers love these VIP transfers that take you right to your hotel and pick you up when you're ready to leave.
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 10 Left Bank hotels — with a couple of bonuses as well!
Don't complicate your time in Paris with train schedules to Versailles and guidebooks. Go the royal route. From the centre of Paris, your driver/guide takes you directly to the royal estate. Use your priority tickets to skip the lines and head directly into this grand chateau. This-full-day activity includes lunch and time to stroll through the stunning French gardens.
If you don't have a full day to spend at Versailles or Giverny, we heartily recommend this half-day, small-group tour. It includes priority access and transportation from central Paris. With your guide at your side, you'll learn about the royals' lavish lifestyle and their lasting legacy.
We love to kickstart summer with this 2-in-1 tour. Cruise the country around Versailles on two wheels — 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. Afterwards, explore the Chateau de Versailles as long as you like.
Master the art of fromage in a hidden cheese cave in the Marais with a Parisian cheesemonger at your side. Seven classic French cheeses will be presented along with wines (this is France, after all) to learn about the amazing history of how cheese became one of the most important food groups, along with baguettes and chocolate. The small group is limited to 10 to ensure there's more cheese for you!
Up on the hill of Montmartre you join a food-expert guide for a walking tour of the historic quartier. At eight food shops you taste some of the best examples of French cuisine — crusty baguettes, tender crepes, cured speciality sausages and a glass or two of wine. The setting is pure Paris nostalgia: cobblestoned streets, café terraces, private mansions, and Place du Tertre, world-famous for painters, cafes, and Parisian ambiance.
What's not to love about this 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 as the iconic monuments of Paris pass by. Combine great dining with a tour of Paris… riverside. Be sure to choose the Service Premier option for the ultimate experience.
This popular food & wine tour gets rave reviews, and no wonder. It all takes place in the historic Marais, where you begin 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!
Parisian chocolates are amazing, but if you want to expand your chocolate universe to include fabulous French pastries, then spend an afternoon sampling your way through Paris chocolate shops, patisseries, and boulangeries. As always, a food expert leads the way on this small-group tour.
In a wine-tasting room in the heart of Paris, a professional sommelier leads you through a guided tasting of wine from five regions of France. As you learn about the wines you match them with some of the best French cheeses and charcuterie. You drink from premium Riedel glassware and your tasting even includes champagne. This makes for a glorious break in the middle of your Paris day.
Flaky, buttery croissants will be a lasting taste memory from your time in Paris. While you're in the City of Food, take the opportunity to learn how to make croissants from a professional chef. You are carefully and clearly taught all the steps to master the iconic French pastry, even back home, in your own kitchen.
This cooking class kicks off with a tour of the best open-air market in the Latin Quarter. After exploring and shopping at a typical food market, you'll prepare a complete, 3-course lunch menu, with Chef at your side. When the cooking is done, sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor… with wine, of course! The class size is limited to ensure personal attention.
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. Also included is a guided tasting of the region's famous cider.
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.
Get a glimpse into the magic of Monet. Claude Monet, the father of Impressionism, designed these beautiful gardens where he painted for four decades. On this semi-private afternoon tour you visit his famous pink house and his gardens at Giverny, not far from Paris. The iris gardens and the idyllic lily pad pond will be at their peak of summer perfection.
Pay a visit to the fairytale island just off the Normandy coast. Explore the Benedictine abbey that becomes separated from the mainland during high tide and wander along the narrow streets, the shops, and the abbey's ramparts. On your way you drive through the picturesque Normandy countryside. A classic French lunch is included on some of the tours.
The Musée d'Orsay holds the world's most important collection of Impressionist art, with scores of stunning works by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, and Renoir. Since the lines are always long, the best way to get to see the art is on a skip-the-line tour with an Impressionism expert guide. Once the tour finishes, you're free to spend as much time as you want perusing the masterpieces.
2024 is the the 150th anniversary of Impressionism! On April 15, 1874, the first exhibition by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro, Sisley, Cézanne and 28 other painters was held outside of the official Paris Salon exhibition. See 130 works by these legendary artists and discover details about Paris in 1874.
• Musée d'Orsay
• Ends July 14, 2024
Experience the first Impressionist exhibition through virtual reality. It's Paris, April 15, 1874; 30 painters are presenting 165 of their works, all rejected by the official Paris Salon. Claude Monet, Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Cézanne, and Edgar Degas changed the history of art. This immersive experience brings together architectural plans, aerial photographs, studio archives as well as reviews by journalists and critics of the time
This is American artist Robert Ryman's (1930-2019) first large-scale exhibition in France since 1981. Regarded as the founder of the American Minimalist movement, Ryman's unique approach focussed on surface, space and light.
See ten ancient artworks from central Asia, Syria, Iran and Mesopotamia on loan from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dating from the 4th millennium BCE to the 5th century CE, this remarkable exhibition pairs ancient sculptures reunited for the first time in modern times.
The first exhibition since 2014 to focus on Jan van Eyck's masterpiece, the Madonna of Chancellor Rolin. During the past decade, conservators have removed layers of varnish restoring the oeuvre to its former glory.
Discover the roots of the first modern Olympic Games, and how the sporting competition of ancient Greece was reinvented in modern times. The exhibition will show how history and archaeology came together to create the world's greatest and most-watched sporting event.
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Paris — and, in fact, all of France — is filled with music on the longest day of the year as live bands and individual musicians play in parks and streets, on stages and on stairways. Check the schedule to see where to catch live music here in the City of Music. .
• June 21
This Grand Slam tennis tournament is the only one played on red clay. The French Open starts during the last week of May at Roland Garros stadium. If you're a tennis fan, this is one of the most dramatic tournament of the year. Expect to see plenty of red clay flying.
• May 22 to June 11, 2024
Moved from the chilly days of October, this one-night festival now takes place in warmer weather. A Paris all-nighter with monuments, museums, and theaters kept open from dusk to dawn. Expect to be one of thousands who stay awake all night exploring the artistic side of Paris.
June 1, 2024
One of the truly magical international jazz events, held in the beautiful gardens of Parc Floral.
That's right, it's the International Dollhouse Show, attracting vintage dollhouse collectors from around the globe. Sort of creepy-cool, and scheduled to take place mid-June.
Could be the the best fairgrounds ever? Even better, it's held in the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries in the middle of Paris. Kids love the trampolines, bumper cars, and cotton candy.
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