It's summer in Paris! With France reopening its borders on June 9, 2021 more and more events and activities will re-start. Talk about perfect timing — summer in Paris is bursting with sunshine, street markets enliven the rues and places, and museums are again open to visitors. Special events like the Fête de la Musique on June 21 should start to make Paris feel like Paris again.
As summer 2021 continues and as events, activities, and museum exhibits are announced, we'll keep you informed about the best things to do in Paris… whenever you arrive. Imagine — this summer you can once again be cruising down the Seine or viewing the city from the summit of the Eiffel Tower!
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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…
As things open up again at Paris museums tour availability may be a bit spotty, so we thought we'd share another Louvre tour that we like. This one starts up on June 9 and has up to three time choices daily.
We loved this nighttime dinner cruise, and we think you will, too. It's fun, it's romantic, and the meals are luscious. 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. Choose the 8:30 PM sailing and the Service Privilege option for the best seating, best meal, and the ultimate experience.
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-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.
With the Eiffel Tower being so popular it's not surprising that the line-ups are so long. It's why we strongly recommend you sign up for a tour that lets you bypass the lines. (It's what we do.) We like this tour that gets you past the lines and up to Level 2, for what we think are the best views of Paris. Also see, Big List of Eiffel Tower Tours…
If you want to go all the way in Paris, and get to Lebel 3 at the top of the Eiffel Tower, this is the tour for you. Follow your guides past the lines and up the Tower for a panoramic view to beat them all. Dates are spotty and may not be available until July, but check !
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.
Here's how to feel like you're starring in your own movie, set in Paris in the 1940s. Climb into the back seat of a sleek, vintage Citroën Traction Avant, 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."
This art-lover's tour of Montmartre combines the fascinating setting of this hilltop quartier with the history of the artists who have lived here. Visit the house where Van Gogh lived, the famous windmill cabaret of Renoir, the site of Picasso's early studio, and more. Also included is a skip-the-line ticket for the famous Impressionist museum, Musée d'Orsay. This activity has hundreds of 5-star reviews, so be sure to book early,
Paris has over 2,000 years of history and 2,000 years of mysteries and legends. So, spend an evening with an informative guide exploring the winding streets and hidden alleys of the City of Romance and Intrigue. You'll learn about ghosts, wars, Nazis, and eerie events. Also see, The 10 Best Walking Tours of Paris…
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. Readers love these affordable services that take you right to your hotel and pick you up when you're ready to leave. An easy and affordable way is to book a shuttle van right to your hotel. It's convenient and cheaper than a Paris taxi.
The historic and charming Latin Quarter is one of the best places to stay in Paris. Luckily, it's also home to some of our favorite hotels in the city. Here, you are in the center of things, with easy access to Saint-Germain, the Marais, the Seine, Notre Dame Cathedral. Let's take a stroll through the quartier to the seven best hotels in the Latin Quarter, updated for June 2021.
Instead of worrying about trains, brochures and guide books, why not go the royal route? From the centre of Paris, 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) near the Grand Canal. Later there's time to visit Marie Antoinette's fantasy village farm and the Grand Trianon.
For those who can't spend the full day travelers heartily recommend this half-day tour to Versailles — and we do, too. It includes priority access and transportation from central Paris. We like that it's a small-group activity with an expert guide. A private tour is also available. From June 11.
This full-day two-in-one activity takes you to two unmissable sights in a single day — Monet's gardens at Giverny and the estate of Versailles. It's a small-group tour (maximum 8 people) that includes pick-up at your Paris hotel. You see chateau and gardens of Versailles as well the luscious gardens of Claude Monet in nearby Giverny at their peak of perfection. Don't miss Monet's famous house and studio! Lunch is also included on this very popular day trip from Paris.
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. 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.
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.
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. This small-group tour runs Mondays, with private tours also available daily.
The focus in on Claude Monet at his house & gardens in Giverny, not far from Paris when you choose this affordable small-group afternoon tour. The gardens will be at their peak of summer perfection as well as the waterlilies at the idyllic pond where Monet painted for 43 years. Also available as a private tour.
This day trip from Paris takes you 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. Departures on Fridays, lunch is included.
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. Also included is a guided tasting of the region's famous cider. Sundays & Fridays.
This popular food & wine tour keeps getting rave reviews. It takes place in the 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!
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 quartier on this small group (8 people max) walking tour. Chocolate tours of the Marais are also available.
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. Saturdays, from June 12.
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!
In an authentic wine cellar, located 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 Riedel glassware and your tasting includes one champagne. This makes for a glorious break in the middle of your Paris day.
Up on the hill is Montmartre, the Paris neighborhood that once was a village, and retains some of the village feel. 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.
The great 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 in the gourmet haven that is 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.
Although its website hasn't quite caught up yet, Musée Picasso reopened on May 19, and we assume this postponed exhibit will be showing. The stunning and much-anticipated show is running concurrently at both the Musée Picasso and the Musée Rodin. It graphically demonstrate how the two artists, individually and jointly, heralded a turning point in modern art.
• Musée Picasso & Musée Rodin
• Ends January 2, 2022
This exhibition brings together paintings and drawings from the end of the 1930s, when Magritte predicted the imminent outbreak of war. Along with his works are some of Renoir's masterpieces and (for some reason) contemporary paintings by Jeff Koons.
• Musée de l'Orangerie
• Ends July 19, 2021
Held over from whenever, this exhibit will still be on once Musée Quai Branly reopens. 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.
• Musée Quai Branly
• Ends October 3, 2021
At the end of the 19th century the artistic scene in Switzerland was vibrant. A generation of painters — Giovanni and Augusto Giacometti, Felix Vallotton, Ernest Bieler and Max Buri — radically transformed the art of their time. This exhibition gives an insight into artworks that have never been shown in France, by bringing together seventy masterpieces of the period, from public and private collections.
• Museée d'Orsay
• Ends July 25, 2021
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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
Traveling with a car buff? You won't want to miss this iconic car event. The 2021 edition has moved to June when, organizers hope, there will be different regulations in place.
• Porte we Versailles
• Rescheduled for February 2 to 6, 2022
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. Still scheduled to start in mid-May, be sure to check the information link for updates.
• May 24 to June 13, 2021
This is the festival of cosmetics, attended by trendsetters, manufacturers, and lovers of makeup.
One of the truly magical international jazz events, held in the beautiful gardens of Parc Floral. This year the musical extravaganza has been moved to August.
That's right, it's the International Dollhouse Show, attracting vintage dollhouse collectors from around the globe. Sort of creepy-cool, and still scheduled to take place mid-June.
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