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. Musically, on June 21 Paris celebrates summer with the annual Fête de la Musique with free music throughout the city.
We like to enjoy the soft summer evenings by getting aboard a Seine River cruise (champagne-fueled, if possible!) Perhaps our best tip, though, is to book your activities well in advance, as tickets sell quickly. Speaking of tickets, a performance at Gothic jewel of a church, La Sainte Chapelle will add immensely to your Paris experience.
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The Eiffel Tower gets around eight million visitors a year, and that means long lines anytime, but especially in summer. The best advice for beating the lines is to book a skip-the-line tour that whisks you past the lineups and up the tower. Tour dates are posted only 3 months in advance and will be certain to sell out. Book as early, as you can. Also check the Big List of Eiffel Tower Tours.
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 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.
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.
Here's another way to have a memorable dinner and cruise the Seine at night. You begin the evening by dining on the Eiffel Tower restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel, where a table has been reserved for you (you have priority-access tickets). After a first stunning view of the city from on high, stroll down to the Seine to board your nighttime river cruise, to see the city from another aspect.
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-fuelled cruise along the Seine.
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.
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.
Can you really see Paris in one day? If you're short on time, or want a quick introduction, this tour gives it a great try as it takes in highlights of the Louvre museum, a Seine River cruise — check, Eiffel Tower lunch, and a skip-the-line visit to the 850 year-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral on the picturesque Île de la Cité in the heart of Paris. Everything is included, from entrance fees, lunch, to the Seine river cruise.
This is 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.
When you're in France, the country that practically invented the art of scent, why not join an everything-perfume workshop at the famous Fragonard Perfumery in Paris. Learn the basics of perfume making, including the characteristics of distinct families of scents. Then dive in to make your own secret Eau de Cologne to take home with you!
We wanted to mention one more evening in Paris, because this one takes in the amazing cabaret show at Lido de Paris on the Champs-Elysées. After the sun sets, your driver meets you at your Paris hotel for a nighttime tour of the City of Light. You see all the iconic monuments lit up for your viewing pleasure. Next, it's up the Champs-Elysées to the Lido to revel in the show. With a glass of champagne, of course !
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.
But, wait a minute, here's our very best advice, and a real Paris Insiders Secret — being picked up at the airport by our Paris pal and professional driver, Manu. Traveling is tough, and after the flight we appreciate some comfort. We aways arrange for Manu meet us at the arrivals gate whisk us into the city in the comfort of his Mercedes S-Class. Honestly, it's the only way to do it! Highly recommended by us. Questions about Manu's service? Ask us…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't miss the summer chance to visit the fabulous gardens and house of Impressionist Master Claude Monet. In June the gardens are in magnificent bloom and you're going to love the lily pond with its Japanese bridge. Your driver/guide picks you up at you Paris hotel and whisks through the lovely French countryside to Giverny. You'll have plenty of time to wander among the gardens, flowers, Monet's house and the pond to reflect on the artist's sublime creations. You won't be disappointed. Also available as a private tour.
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.
We've just scratched the surface of what you can see from Paris in one day. Read our complete guide to learn about visits to historic Mont-Saint-Michel, to the best of Normandy, to Disneyland Paris, and even to 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.
The Paris Insiders Pass gets you free entrance to museums and lets you skip the long ticket lines! Plus, you get to ride the Metro & buses for free. Includes Seine River Cruise & hop-on bus pass.
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.
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.
The good 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 on 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 famous French cheeses.
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.
Get aboard the special dinner cruise boat at the docks of La Marina de Paris for a memorable evening in Paris. We just love taking a cruise down the Seine on a luxury bateau… while dining on a 3-course gourmet meal prepared by a French chef while the lights of Paris pass slowly by. Combining romance, fine dining, and a river tour of Paris. All you have to do is relax and take in the view.
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.
Follow your expert guide to taste your way through the hottest food market in the 12th — the area around Rue d'Aligre. Here you will taste ten of the most famous foods of France at some of the best specialty shops — from baguettes to chocolate to cheese. The fun kicks off at one of the most popular oyster bars in the city.
Parisians continue to be mad about macarons, those delicate meringue-based confections. FInd out why & learn to make your own macarons by signing up for this small-group class, where you learn how to create the confections while getting loads of individual attention from Chef Marthe. You end up with a box of the delicacies to take away with you.
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.
Check with Booking.com to find today's sale prices on hotel rooms in every arrondissement of Paris. Save 20% to 30%… or even more!
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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