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 Fëte de la Musique on June 21 and the Annual Paris Jazz Festival held in the beautiful gardens of Parc Floral. Or head to Roland Garros to see the spectacular French Open tennis tournament. Check out our complete list of the best quarante-sept 2023 summertime events and activities.
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We love this nighttime 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 will 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.
Without a doubt dining on the Eiffel Tower is the ultimate Paris experience. And now it's easy to book at table at Madame Brasserie, the newest culinary star on the Eiffel Tower. Instead of waiting in lines, you zip up the elevator to the restaurant and then 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.
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.
This wonderful evening package combines champagne, the river Seine, and the Eiffel Tower. This sunset champagne cruise fits the bill. You're first on board to a special VIP area where you'll sip champagne and see the landmarks of the city lit up at night in all their glory. Then, ride the elevator at the Eiffel Tower for iconic views of the city we all love.
Million of visitors means there are always long lines at the Louvre. But why stand in line when you can book a 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.
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 what we do.) 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 stain 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's how to feel like you're starring in your own movie set in Paris. Climb into the back seat of a sleek, black Citroën Traction Avant from the 1940s, 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."
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. Readers 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 5 Left Bank hotels — with a couple of bonuses as well!
The Paris Pass is a travel tool that gets you access to all of the important monuments and museums. Go up the Eiffel Tower; into the Louvre, the Orsay and dozens of the best museums; take a river cruise; and gain access to the rooftop of Tour Montparnasse. You will save money and skip the long ticket lines. Did we mention the champagne in Montmartre?
This dinner cruise gets a lot of praise, and for good reason. A cruise along the Seine will creatE long-lasting memories of Paris. On a magical evening you'll view the city from a private table as you enjoy a 4-course classic French dinner, accompanied by live music. As your bateau slowly floats past famous illuminated landmarks — the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower — you'll thank yourself for having made this reservation.
The reviews are glowing. Travellers to Paris are raving about the service, the zero-wait time, and (best of all) the stellar 3-course meal served high on the Eiffel Tower at Madame Brasserie. Summer is a superb time to dine 200 feet above the city, taking in the leafy views of Paris. The menu is by Michelin chef Thierry Marx.
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.
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, 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!
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 select Riedel glassware and your tasting even includes champagne. This makes for a glorious break in the middle of your Paris day.
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.
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 allow 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. Of course, there are the beaches themselves. Also included is a guided tasting of the region's famous cider.
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.
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.
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. A classic French lunch is included.
Don't complicate your time in Paris with train schedules and guidebooks. 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. Afterwards, there's time to stroll through the stunning French gardens.
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.
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.
Experience the grandeur of Versailles without the crowds on this VIP tour of the royal estate. Your private driver takes you from your Paris hotel to the priority entrance at the palace. Bypass the long lineups for the chance to see areas of the chateau usually reserved for dignitaries. Also on the itinerary are the Hall of Mirrors, the king and queen's private residences, and the magnificent gardens.
Yes, you can cover a lot of art history in a few 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 eight.
Edouard Manet (1832-1883) and Edgar Degas (1834-1917) were both key players in the art world of the late 1800s. This exhibition showcases the two painters and highlights their similarities and differences.
• Musée d'Orsay
• Ends July 23, 2023
This exhibition brings together hundreds of artworks by Aboriginal artists on the trail of the Seven Sisters, one of the country's most popular legends.
• Musée du Quai Branly
• Ends July 2, 2023
A portrait of the writer, poet and statesman Léopold Sédar Senghor (1909-2001) following the independence of Senegal. (If his name rings a bell it may be because the pedestrian bridge in front of Musée d'Orsay is named for him.)
Immerse yourself in 19th-century photography. See treasures from the museum's photographic collections, many revealed for the first time.
The "Divine" Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), actress and artist, is of course the focus of this exhibition. As a matter of fact, the Petit Palais houses one the best portraits of her, by Georges a, as well as several of her own sculptures. The must-see exhibition includes more than 600 works tracing Sarah Bernhardt's life and career.
A major figure in American feminist art, Faith Ringgold's work has covered everything from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. This exhibition is the first in France to bring together a group of major works by this important Black artist.
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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. Still scheduled to start in mid-May, be sure to check the information link for updates.
• May 22 to June 11, 2023
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 scheduled to take place mid-June.
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