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 Pompidou they're celebrating the 150th anniversary of Matisse's birth with a special exhibition, and the International Rose Competition at Jardins de Bagatelle kicks off. Then, on June 21, the streets of Paris will be filled with music during the annual Fête de la Musique.
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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?
Travelers are loving this complete night on the town. Start the evening at the Eiffel Tower for dinner 200 feet above the City of Lights at the brand-new Brasserie Eiffel. 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. At the end of the evening your driver is waiting to return you to your hotel. All the details are taken care of for you, but be sure to book as early as you can.
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. 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…
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.
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 more than 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, Best Ways To See The Hottest Show in Town…
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.
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.
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.
There's something immensely satisfying about cruising among the historic sights of Paris in 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 through 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.
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,
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…
Here's a perfect activity for first-time visitors, showing you the best of Paris in one day. There's an interactive tour of the most famous sights & monuments of the city, 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…
There are many historic churches in Paris where classical music can be heard. But, hands down, the acoustically-perfect La Sainte Chapelle is our favorite. Imagine being swept away by the music of Vivaldi, Bach, Purcell, or Monteverdi surrounded by the spectacular vaulted arches filled with colorful stained glass. Another essential Paris experience is found at Palais Garnier, the Belle Époque architectural wonder and the true center of Paris cultural life. Tickets do sell out, so book before you leave home.
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 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.
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.
Travelers also recommend this half-day tour to Versailles, and we do, too. It includes priority access and pick-up at your hotel your hotel. 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 two unmissable sights in a single day — Monet's gardens at Giverny and the estate 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.
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. Tuesday, Saturdays, Sundays.
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. Also see, The 3 Top Day Trips to Champagne…
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.
The focus in on Claude Monet at his house & gardens in Giverny, not far from Paris. Choose this affordable small-group afternoon tour that includes pick-up at your Paris address. The gardens will be at their peak of summer perfection as well as the waterlilies at the idyllic pond where Monet painted for 43 years. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks again to the high-speed TGV train between Paris and Bordeaux it's possible to visit this world-famous wine region on a day trip from Paris. In Bordeaux your guide drives you to a wine tasting visit of an estate at Saint-Emilion. Back in Bordeaux, you enjoy an afternoon of exploration and a guided tour to this historic city. If you love Paris, we know you're going to love Bordeaux. Tours run on Mondays and Fridays.
This popular food & wine tour keeps 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!
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 max) 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.
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! Also see, Five Top Cheese Tastings In Paris…
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.
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.
You start this special evening with dinner at the brand-new Eiffel Tower brasserie. 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.
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 that is 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.
During spring 2020, the Louvre's Petite Galerie features Renaissance artists Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Michelangelo and Albrecht Durer.
• Petite Galerie, Louvre
• Ends June 29, 2020
A major artist of the German Renaissance, Altdorfer (1485-1538) is considered one of the founders of landscape painting.
Léopold Chauveau (1870-1940) was a forgotten sculptor until his grandson donated his art to the Musée d'Orsay.
Learn about the fascinating Olmec civilization and the little-known world of other pre-Columbian cultures of the Gulf of Mexico.
This exhibition is all about Renaissance sculpture, featuring the greatest sculptor of all time, Michelangelo.
• Hall Napoleon, under the Pyramid
• Ends August 17, 2020
Jacques Tissot (1836-1902) was a major artist of the late 19th century. This exhibition, the first since 1985, presents Tissot's iconic images, as well as his bold experiments.
The exhibition includes seventy paintings and drawings, completed by modern artist Alice Neel (1900-1984) before her death.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henri Matisse (1869-1954), the Pompidou pays tribute to his artistic genius.
• Centre Pompidou
• May 13 to August 31, 2020
The exhibition explores the connection between avant garde artist Giorgio de Chirico and the famous art dealer Paul Guillaume.
Did you know that cosmetic legend, Helena Rubinstein had a penchant for African art? See her marvelous collection at Quai Branly.
See sixty masterpieces from around the world by Tintoretto, El Greco, Ribera, Giordano, Poussin, Carra, Sironi, Soffici, Pirandello, Boccioni and Morandi showcasing the influences of Paul Cézanne's work.
• Musée Marmottan Monet
• Ends July 5, 2020
For the first time in thirty-five years, the Petit Palais is celebrating the golden age of Danish painting.
Witness the most intense period in Léon Spilliaert's (1881-1946) artistic career.
Although the British illustrator and engraver Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) died at the age of only twenty-five from tuberculosis, he left a legacy of work that has endured the test of time.
• Museée d'Orsay
• June 15 to September 13, 2020
The exhibition highlights the connection between Pablo Picasso and his love of comics.
This exhibit explores Picasso and the written word.
See Louis-Antoine and Véronique Prat's private collection, one of the world's most important treasuries of French drawing.
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.
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.
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!
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.
That's right, it's the International Dollhouse Show, attracting vintage dollhouse collectors from around the globe. Sort of creepy-cool.
Could be the the best fairgrounds fair ever? Plus, it's held in the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries in the middle of Paris. Kids love the trampolines, bumper cars, and cotton candy.
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