60 Great Things To Do In Paris To Kick-Start Summer – June 2020

It's summer in Paris! Everything seems even more alive — with flowers in full bloom, street markets bustling, and so many events and fun things to do. At the Musée d'Orsay the new Berthe Morisot exhibition starts on June 18; she's one of the few women Impressionist painters. Then, on June 21, the streets of Paris will be filled with music during the annual Fête de la Musique.

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Things to Do in Paris June 2020

Skip the Lines at the Louvre

Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Guided Tour

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


Evening Tour Of The Louvre + Wine Tasting

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?

Dinner on the Eiffel Tower + Seine River Cruise + Moulin Rouge

Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge and Seine River Cruise

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, but be sure to book as early as you can. Also see, The 6 Best Evenings In Paris

Why Stand in Line at at the Eiffel Tower?

Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Tour

With the Eiffel Tower being so popular it's not surprising that the line-ups are so long. We don't want you to waste your time in Paris standing in lines, so we strongly recommend you sign up for a tour that lets you bypass the ticket line. Skip-the-line tour availability at the Tower changes, so we suggest you check out the Skip the Eiffel Tower Lines link below. Also see, Big List of Eiffel Tower Tours…


Eiffel Tower Priority Access with Host

This is a guided entry to the Eiffel Tower that's available to book on most days in June.

Bateaux Parisiens VIP Dinner Cruise with Live Music

Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise

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

Champagne Cruise Along the Seine

Champagne Cruise Along the Seine

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.

La Marina de Paris Dinner Cruise + Moulin Rouge Cabaret

Dinner Cruise on the Seine

Cruising along the the most famous river in the world, watching the city all aglow, while dining at a private table. Really, what could be better? How about adding a show at the legendary Moulin Rouge at the end of the evening? Cruise on a classic bateau in Paris, dining at a private table. Afterwards, your driver/guide whisks you across town to the Moulin Rouge and its iconic cabaret. The night includes hotel pick-up and return.

Versailles Bike Tour + Chateau Visit

Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance

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.

Moulin Rouge Dinner + Cabaret Show + Hotel Transportation

Moulin Rouge Dinner + Roundtrip Hotel Transportation

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…

VIP Twilight Tour – Champagne Cruise + Eiffel Tower

VIP Twilight Tour

We've done this tour and it's as good as it sounds. You start out with a twilight river cruise, gazing upon the sights of Paris while sipping bubbly in a VIP area at the front of the boat. Back at the dock, your guide leads you to the Eiffel Tower, past the long line-ups, and up to Level Two for even better views of Paris. There are hundreds of 5-star reviews for this combination evening activity — and for good reason.

Catacombs of Paris with VIP Access

Catacombs of Paris with VIP Access

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. This VIP version gets you exclusive access to areas that are off-limits to most visitors.

Guided Tour of the Louvre & Eiffel Tower With Priority Access

Louvre & Eiffel Tower

Start your Paris day with a guided tour of the famous Louvre Museum, where you skip the long ticket lines. Next up, a river cruise along the Seine on a Batobus to the Eiffel Tower where priority access tickets gets you up to Level 2 for the amazing views of Paris. To make the day even better, choose the Eiffel Tower lunch option — dine with the City of Light spread out beneath you. Likely to sell out.

Tour Paris in a Vintage Citroën 2CV

Tour Paris in an Iconic Citroen 2CV

There's something immensely satisfying about cruising among the historic sights of Paris n the most iconic car ever built in France — the Citroën 2CV. Your private tour starts at your Paris hotel when your driver picks you up to for an urban journey you're not likely to forget, driving by the best of Paris. Take a break for refreshments at Ladurée, the classic tea room. The tour is even better with the top of the 2CV wide open, to better take in the glory of Paris.

Night Bike Ride + River Cruise

Paris Night Bike Tour

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.

Montmartre Impressionist Art Walking Tour + Musée d'Orsay

Montmartre Impressionist Art Walking Tour

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,

City Tour + River Cruise + Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line-Tour

City Tour + River Cruise + Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line-Tour

Here's a perfect activity for first-time visitors, showing you the best of Paris in one day. There's a 2-hour guided tour of the most famous sights & monuments, followed by a cruise along the river, and then a priority access visit to the Eiffel Tower. For an even more fulfilling experience, choose the tour that also includes lunch on the Eiffel Tower

Paris City Pass

Paris City Pass Discounts

Who doesn't like to save time & money in Paris? The Paris City 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 City Pass

Airport Transfers

Airport Transfer

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. An easy and affordable choice is a shuttle van service right to your hotel. Or you might want to go with our best tip — a VIP private transfer in a luxurious Mercedes S-Class. Honestly, it's the only way to do it! Also see, Airport Transfers Complete Guide

The 7 Best Latin Quarter Hotels

7 Best Latin Quarter Hotels

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 2020.

The Top Day Trips From Paris

Things to Do in Paris June 2020

Wine-Tasting Visit to the Champagne Region

Wine-Tasting Trip to the Champagne Region

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

Best of Versailles with Skip-the-Line Access + Grand Canal Lunch

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

Versailles Guided Tour & Grand Canal Gourmet Lunch

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


Half-Day Guided Tour of Versailles

Travelers also recommend this half-day tour to Versailles that includes priority access. We like that it's a small-group activity with an expert guide and pick-up at your hotel your hotel. A private tour is also available.

Summer-Only Fountain Show at Versailles

Fountain Show at Versailles

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. Tuesday, Saturdays, Sundays.

Loire Valley – Visit the Castles, Taste the Wines

Loire Valley

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.


Three Magnificent Loire Valley Chateaux

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.

Versailles + Monet's Magical Gardens

Monet's Magical Gardens at Giverny

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.


Monet's House & Gardens in Giverny

To concentrate on Monet and his house and gardens in Giverny, choose this affordable small-group afternoon tour that includes pick-up at your Paris address. Daily except Tuesdays & Thursdays in June. Private tours are available everyday.

Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

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.

Mont St-Michel, Honfleur, D-Day Beaches

Mont St-Michel, Saint Malo, D-Day Beaches

Two days in France take you to the best of Normandy. Visit the colorful port of Honfleur, see the D-Day beaches, marvel at the wonder of Mont Saint-Michel, and a guided tour of Saint Malo. Hotel, guides, transportation, most meals, even pick-up at your hotel is included. Spend a couple of days discovering the beauty of Normandy.

Visit London for the Day… From Paris!

Visit London for the Day

It still amazes us that the channel tunnel and high-speed trains have made it possible to visit London on a day trip from Paris. Sure, it's a whirlwind journey, but you get to see and do so much! At Gare du Nord in Paris you meet your tour guide and hop on the Eurostar to London. The day includes an extensive, open-top bus tour around London and guided walking tours, including The Beatles London Walking Tour. It's an exhilarating trip that gets you back to Paris the very same day.

D-Day Beaches – 75th Anniversary in June

D-Day Tours

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.

6 Essential Summertime Day Trips

Day Trips from Paris

There's so much else in France 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!

The Best Food & Wine Activities

Things to Do in Paris June 2020

The Food & Wine of the Marais

Food & Wine of the Marais

This popular food & wine tour is 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!

Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour of Saint-Germain

Chocolate and Pastry Walking Tour

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.

La Marina de Paris Lunch Cruise on the Seine

Lunch Cruise on the Seine

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.

Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cheese Cellar

Cheese & Wine Tasting

Master the art of fromage in Paris in a hidden cheese cave with your own private 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! Also see, Five Top Cheese Tastings In Paris…

Wine Tasting Lunch

Wine Tasting Lunch

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.

Lunch on the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Gourmet Lunch

It's sort of mind-boggling that you can actually have lunch on the most popular monument in the world. No fast-food or diner chow here as you enjoy an unforgettable meal on the Eiffel Tower with incredible views over Paris. You also get priority access so there's no waiting in the long lines. After lunch, burn calories by walking up to Level Two of the tower for even better views.

Montmartre Parisian Food Tour

Montmartre Gourmet Walking Tour

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.

Dinner on the Eiffel Tower & Evening River Cruise

Dinner on the Eiffel Tower

You start this special evening with dinner at restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel on Level One of the Eiffel Tower. Of course you have priority access to the Tower to get up where the views are stunning. After a leisurely, classic French dinner step aboard a glass-walled boat for a magical cruise along the Seine, or you may decide to climb the stairs to Level Two of the Tower.

Gourmet Food Walking Tour

Gourmet Walking Tour

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.

Classical Music, Opera & Ballet

Things to Do in Paris June 2020

Classical Music in Paris

The Best of Classical Music in Paris

Paris is renowned for its collection of magnificent Gothic churches. Many of these historic buildings are also venues for classical music played by some of the top performers in the city. Paris is also home to Palais Garnier and Opera Bastille — along with modern, state-of-the-art concert halls — so you can be assured that you can hear a great performance on almost any night in Paris.

What's On at the Museums

Things to Do in Paris June 2020

Forgotten Kingdoms – From the Hittite Empire to the Arameans

Hittite Empire

The Hittite empire, ancient Egypt's rival power, was a world power until 1200 BC.This exhibition focuses on this forgotten civilization only rediscovered in 1911. After their discovery sculptures and artifacts were taken to Berlin, where they were damaged during World War II bombings. However, an extensive conservation project has restored them and you can now see them at the Louvre. • Hall Napoléon, Louvre
• Ends August 12, 2020


Archaeology Goes Graphic

The popular Archaeology Goes Graphic exhibition series (now in its fourth season) follows in the footsteps of archaeologists to see how they discover treasures, unearth objects, classify them and interpret the past. All done in comic book form!

  • Petite Galerie, Louvre
  • Ends July 1, 2020


Liturgical Textiles of the Byzantine Tradition from Romania

See highlights of the Romanian collection's embroidery of Byzantine tradition from the mid-15th to the mid-17th centuries.

  • Department of Decorative Arts
  • Ends July 29, 2020


Franz Marc and August Macke – 1909-1914

Discover two major artists of German Expressionism. Franz Marc (1880-1916) and August Macke (1887-1914) forged a friendship based on their shared interest in Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Fauvism. Both had a spiritual fascination for landscapes and nature. Both were drafted and died in battle in World War I.


Black Models – From Géricault to Matisse

This powerful exhibition explores the representation of black models in art from the time of abolition of slavery in France in 1794 to the present day with works by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanne.


Berthe Morisot – Female Impressionist

Berthe Morisot

One of the only woman Impressionist painters, Berthe Morisot was recognized by her peers as one of the most innovative artists of the time. The exhibition traces her career as a key figure in the avant-garde movement of 1860s. We're eagerly awaiting this one.
• Musée d'Orsay
• June 18, 2020 to September 22, 2020


Ellsworth Kelly – Windows


Shunk-Kender: Art in the Eye of the Camera (1957-1983)


The Secret Soul of the Filipino


Océanie – All Things Pacific


Paris Romantique, 1815-1848

Paris Romantique

The Petite Palais follows its successful Paris 1900 exhibition with a panoramic show of the capital during the romantic years, from the fall of Napoleon to the Revolution of 1848. Nearly 600 works — paintings, sculptures, costumes, works of art and furniture — immerse the visitor into the artistic, cultural, and political events of this period.

Take a virtual stroll through 19th-century Paris to discover the iconic neighborhoods of the period — the Tuileries, Palais-Royal, Nouvelle-Atènes, Notre-Dame, and the Grands Boulevards.


The Decor of the Nabis Movement

They were true pioneers of modern decor. Bonnard, Vuillard, Maurice Denis, Sérusier, and Ranson, defined an art directly related to everyday life. From the beginning, this group, at the end of the 1880s championed decoration as a fundamental issue of creation. They advocated original expression, joyous and rhythmic, in reaction against the aesthetics of pastiche that was fashionable at the time.


Red – Art and Utopia in the Land of Soviets



Examines Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and their artistic relationship.


Luigi Ghirri – The Map and the Territory

The Best Events in Paris

Things to Do in Paris June 2020

Fête de la Musique

Fête de la Musique

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.


International Rose Competition at Bagatelle
  • The best roses will be chosen on June 21 and can be viewed in the Bois de Boulogne's Jardins de Bagatelle throughout the summer.
The French Open
  • It's the only Grand Slam tennis tournament played on red clay! The French Open starts during the last week of May. Expect to see plenty of red clay flying! Held at Roland Garros. Ends June 9.
MakeUp in Paris 2020
  • It's a festival of cosmetics attended by trend setters, manufacturers and lovers of makeup. At the Carrousel du Louvre, June 20 & 21, 2020.
Annual Paris Jazz Festival
  • A magical international jazz event in the beautiful gardens of Parc Floral. Parc Floral de Vincennes. June 30 to July 22.
Salon International de la Maison de Poupée
  • That's right, it's the International Dollhouse Show, attracting vintage dollhouse collectors from around the globe. Cité Universitaire. June 9, 2020.
Fête des Tuileries – Paris Funfair
  • It's the best fair and it's held in the beautiful Tuileries garden in the middle of Paris. The kids will love the trampolines, bumper cars & cotton candy. Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde. June to August.

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