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 only way to beat the lines is to book a skip-the-line tour that whisks you past the lineups and up the tower. This skip-the-line activity will be certain to sell out, and only a few June dates are left. Book as early as you can. Also see, Eiffel Tower 1st & 2nd Levels.
This is a good choice to see a lot of Paris, skip the lines at the Eiffel Tower, and dine on a 3-course classic lunch. Your driver meets you at your Paris address for a small-group tour of the city's most iconic sights like the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, and Montmartre. When it's time for lunch you skip the long lines at the Eiffel Tower and go directly to restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel, where a table has been reserved for you. The afternoon ends cruising on the Seine on a bateau.
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! Wine plus art plus skipping the lines. Is it any wonder this is our favorite?
We don't know anyone who wouldn't love this highly-rated Paris city tour that gets you to the best of the city in one glorious day. Your driver picks you up at your Paris address and takes you to the Louvre, where a professional guide walks you past the line-ups to the great works of art. In the afternoon you skip the lines at the Eiffel Tower, visit Notre Dame with an expert guide, and spend the last part of the day in the artistic neighborhood of Montmartre! This action-packed day will be one you remember for a long time to come.
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…
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…
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. 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.
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. Also see, Seven Ways To See The Hottest Show in Town…
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…
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.
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,
History comes alive on this walking tour that takes you to the main sites of the French Revolution of 1789. The storming of the Bastille, the guillotines, the prisons, the Reign of Terror, the beheading of Marie Antoinette — you learn about all the famous (and infamous) events as you visit the places they actually happened.
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…
We also want to share our best tip — transfer in a private car from the airport. We aways have our Paris pal and professional driver, Manu, meet us at the arrivals gate and whisk us into the city in his Mercedes S-Class. Honestly, it's the only way to go!
Who doesn't like to save time & money in Paris? Our very own Paris Insiders Pass gets you into the museums for free and gives you unlimited rides on the Metro. The big advantage, though, is bypassing the long Paris lines. If you've ever stood in line for hours, you'll appreciate how important that is. Even better, we've arranged special savings for our readers. Use the discount code INSIDERS5 for extra savings. Also see, Complete Guide to the Paris Insiders Pass…
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…
This small-group tour takes you directly to the Land of Bubbly for a full-day exploration. Running Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in June.
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.
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.
This full-day two-in-one activity takes you to two unmissable sights in one day — Monet's gardens at Giverny and the Palace 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.
"The true home of kings, the house of all centuries," is how Napoleon described the royal château of Fontainebleau. This is one of the largest of French royal castles and it makes for a lovely day excursion from Paris. Also on your day's agenda is Vaux le Vicomte, the stunning castle and gardens that were the direct inspiration for Versailles. Also see, Vaux-le-Vicomte Tour with Champagne and Luxury Car Transport…
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 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. Everything is included, even pick-up at your hotel, so no need to worry about anything.
There's so much you can see from Paris in one day, and these suggestions are just the beginning. To learn more, read our guide to the best long-day, summertime day trips that take you to historic Rouen, to the World War One battlefields, Bruges, and even 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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…
This new food & wine tour is 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!
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, 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.
This unique idea combines fine dining & wine tasting with a tour of the most iconic sights of Paris — not one after the other, but at the same time! It happens in a specially-built dining van. See the best of Paris, stopping for a glass of wine here and there, and culminating in a 5-course meal, al fresco. It may seem crazy, but travelers are loving this dining-and-touring activity.
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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