It's summer in Paris and the summertime events and activities are more fun than ever! This City of Light is bursting with sunshine, music, art festivals, and street markets that enliven the rues and places. Special events like the Fête de la Musique on June 21 will make Paris feel like Paris again.
This summer you can be cruising down the Seine or viewing the city from the summit of the Eiffel Tower! Here are four dozen of the best things to do in Paris… in June 2022.
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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 Service Premier option for the best seating, the best meal, and champagne — the ultimate experience.
Can't make dinner? How about a relaxing lunch cruise?
Here's another dinner cruise along the Seine that's well-liked and perfect for creating long-lasting memories of Paris. On a magical evening cruise you view the city from a private table while enjoying a 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.
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.
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. That's why we strongly recommend you sign up for a tour that lets you bypass the lines. (It's what we do.) There's nothing as nice as a tour that gets you past the lines and up the tower, for some of the best views of Paris. Also see, Big List of Eiffel Tower Tours…
The Moulin Rouge is the most famous cabaret in the world and this is the best way to experience it — VIP service, a classic 4-course dinner, champagne, and a view of the show from best seats in the house. Marvel at the glorious spectacle, the costumes, and the dancers as you sip bubbly. This is an extraordinary, VIP evening that you will remember for years to come.
Visitors to Paris adore 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 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 "do" Paris in one day? This smart tour sure gives it a try by getting you to the best of the city with priority access. Skip past the lines at the Louvre and see the highlights of the world-famous art museum, take a river cruise, visit the Eiffel Tower with priority-access admission and go on a guided tour of Montmartre. Everything is included: tour guides, entrance fees, and river cruise.
Yes, you can! You'll cover a lot of art history in a few short hours — the only thing you have to do is relax and enjoy the masterpieces. No need to worry about buying tickets or standing in line. This combination museum tour takes you to the best at the Louvre and the d'Orsay museum with a knowledgeable guide. Group size is limited to 8.
This tour of the Catacombs may just be the eeriest Paris activity. Descend 130 steps underground to visit the final resting place of 6 million historic Parisians. It's a truly amazing, if creepy, place. It is also very, very popular, which is why we always choose a skip-the-line tour with an expert guide who also explains the history of this dark landmark.
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 convenient services that take you right to your hotel and pick you up when you're ready to leave. Book a shuttle van or have a private driver waiting in a luxury sedan to whisk you into the city.
There are many historic churches in Paris where classical music is performed. But, hands down, the acoustically-perfect Saint Chapelle is our favourite. Be swept away by the music of Vivaldi, Bach, or Purcell while surrounded by the spectacular vaulted arches filled with stained glass. Another essential Paris experience is found at Palais Garner, where you can take in prestigious opera & ballet performances. Tickets do sell out, so book today.
What do Jim Morrison of the Doors, Oscar Wilde, and Frederic Chopin have in common? They're all laid to rest in historic Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Take an enlightened walk through Paris' most famous cemetery with a guide at hand to make the past come alive. This is one of our top walking tour recommendations.
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 best hotels in the Latin Quarter, updated for June 2022.
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!
This popular food & wine tour gets 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!
We love 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 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.
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 select Riedel glassware and your tasting even includes champagne. This makes for a glorious break in the middle of your Paris day.
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.
Tarte au citron, souffles, Madeleines — imagine learning how to make these classic French pastries in a cooking class… in Paris! Spend the afternoon creating classic French pastries with a French chef. The group size is limited to make sure you get more attention from the chef and have more pastries to enjoy afterwards!
This cooking class kicks off with a tour of the best open-air market in the Latin Quarter. The class size is limited to ensure you'll get personal attention. After shopping at the market, you'll prepare a complete, 3-course lunch menu, from entrée to dessert. When the cooking is done, sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor… with wine, of course!
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.
The focus is on Claude Monet at his house & gardens in Giverny, not far from Paris when you choose this semi-private afternoon tour. The gardens, where Monet painted for 43 years, will be at their peak of summer perfection. As you stroll around the idyllic pond to view the waterlilies, you'll learn how Monet inspired a generation of painters.
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.
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.
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 unable to 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.
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 luscious gardens 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. It's a small-group tour (max. 8 people) that includes pick-up at your Paris hotel.
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.
This exhibition explores Impressionism as decoration and the place of beauty in daily life with 80 works by Cassatt, Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro and Renoir, some never shown in France
• Musée de l'Orangerie
• Ends July 11, 2022
Maillol was born in a small fishing village in the Pyrénées and moved to Paris in 1881 to study painting at the École des Beaux-Arts. But a chance encounter with Paul Gauguin changed the direction of his art. By age 40, he was a dedicated sculptor. The Musée d'Orsay is finally devoting a major retrospective to him.
• Musée d'Orsay
• Ends August 21, 2022
Since ancient times carnelian, lapis lazuli, ebony, and other precious materials have circulated along trade routes. This exhibition highlights these precious materials as well as exotic animals who have traveled between the continents since the Middle Ages.
This first-ever retrospective of Giovanni Boldini is an opportunity to discover this virtuoso painter and figure on the social, artistic, and literary scene of Belle Époque Paris.
The Petit Palais continues its exploration of Scandinavian artists with this exhibition devoted to Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905), one of the pioneers of Finnish painting.
Born in 1923 in New Jersey, Shirley Jaffe studied art at Cooper Union and left for Paris in 1949. She remained here and forged a career in abstract art right up until her death at age 92.
This exhibition is all about lullabies heard through the ages and across continents. This one may be a sleeper hit!
Check with Booking.com to find today's sale prices on hotel rooms in every village & city in France. Save 20% to 30%… or even more!
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. Still scheduled to start in mid-May, be sure to check the information link for updates.
• May 16 to June 5, 2022
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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