Though the days are shorter and there might be a chill in the air, Paris events in November will still warm your heart. The cultural season is back in full swing and museums are proudly displaying new exhibitions. High on our list of things to do are a VIP dinner cruise along the river Seine and a wine & cheese tasting in a cheese-aging cellar. Let's take a look at the best events and most exciting activities this month.
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Gliding along the Seine at night, with the lights of Paris drifting past, is a memorable activity. And to do this while dining on a traditional 4-course French meal makes it absolutely magical. What with wine & champagne included, it's no wonder so many travelers love this activity. Be sure to choose the Service Premier option for the best seating, best meal, and the ultimate experience.
Instead of worrying about trains, maps, ticket lines, and guide books, go the royal route. A small-group tour with an expert guide gets you from Paris to Versailles and past the long line. Your guide adds illuminating details to make the past come alive. This activity includes everything — transportation, tickets, a guided tour, the gardens, plus a visit to Marie's fantasy estate at Versailles.
On this dinner cruise you will discover why Maxim's of Paris is an iconic restaurant. On a bateau on the Seine, Maxim's delivers its ultimate Paris experience. You'll appreciate the VIP treatment with guaranteed window seating for an unforgettable romantic evening and a menu featuring lobster, truffle, and fresh seafood.
60,000 square feet, 35,000 pieces of artwork. Do you really want to wait in line and then wander around until you're lost? Instead, join a VIP private tour that gets you inside with skip-the-line priority access. Then experience a guided visit to the highlights of the world's most popular museum — Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace and other influential pieces.
By now you know that we hate to waste time standing in lines. There is no attraction more popular than the Eiffel Tower, which means there are always lines. That's why we love tours that allow you to bypass the lineup, go directly to the priority entrance, and then up the tower. This guided activity gets you up the tower for the best panoramic views of Paris. Also check the Big List of Eiffel Tower Tours…
Here's another way to indulge your inner romantic on a magical evening cruise along the Seine, viewing the City of Lights at its most magical. You dine on a decadent 4-course classic French dinner, accompanied by live music on-board, as you float past illuminated landmarks like the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower.
Music lovers love the intimate Paris settings for classical concerts. All November long stellar performances will be heard in Paris, performed at various stunning venues — like La Sainte Chapelle and La Madeleine. Did we mention the Paris Opera? Tickets Opera Bastille and Palais Garnier are sought after, so be sure to book your seats early.
Dining on the Eiffel Tower is not only a magnificent idea, it's easier than it may sound. Simply book a table at Madame Brasserie, where Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx is at the helm. With Paris 200 feet beneath you and a glass of champagne in your hand, you'll congratulate yourself on having reserved a table. Choose the Grande Dame – Paris View option for the best views and the best meal.
We don't know about you, but this is our favorite way to cruise the Seine — which should be no surprise if you know anything about us by now. We think you'll agree that the best way to see the sights of Paris is by gliding past the monuments on a bateaux while sipping three courses of bubbly poured by a champagne sommelier. Highly recommended by us.
Paris comes alive after the sun goes down. Spend an unforgettable evening at iconic Moulin Rouge, with champagne and a view of the show from some of the best seats in the club. Take in the amazing spectacle, sipping bubbly as you marvel at the costumes, sets and dancers. This is a night you'll remember for years to come.
If we had only one day in Paris, this would be it. We love the skip-the-line access – no waiting in line, at the best of what the city has to offer. A table has been reserved for you at the Eiffel Tower, for lunch overlooking the sights of Paris. Then, hop on a boat at the banks of the Seine River to see the best of Paris landmarks, riverside. There's more! Visit the Louvre for a guided tour of the world's most famous museum. Whew!
We like this one. First of all, it gets you out at night in the City of Light. It's refreshing and invigorating plus you visit all of the iconic landmarks. Following your expert guide, cycle around the ancient and modern streets of the city, visiting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Champs Elysées. Does Paris look even better at night? Find out for yourself.
Marvel at the world's greatest collection of Impressionist works by Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, and Renoir on this skip-the-line tour of Musée d'Orsay led by an art expert guide. The small-group size ensures personal attention. Since the lines are always long, the best way to see the art is on this priority-access tour. Once the tour finishes, you're free to spend as much time as you want perusing the masterpieces.
Of all the advice we offer about Paris travel, this is often the most appreciated. Pre-arrange for private transportation from the airport into central Paris. That way, when you land, tired from jet travel, you'll avoid "arrival stress". Your driver meets you on arrival, helps with your luggage, and takes you directly to your Paris hotel in a private, air-conditioned sedan. Start your vacation with a touch of luxury… and relaxation.
Hotel Le Burgundy is located in the center of things — in the 1st Arrondissement — and if it isn't on everyone's list of the best places to stay in Paris, it should be! On a very quiet one-way street, with service that's extraordinary, we love all the silky fabrics and thick carpets. What's amazing is that, even though in the center of the city, the rooms are huge by Parisian standards. Did we mention the swimming pool?
Who doesn't love the Left Bank of Paris? It makes you think of Hemingway and the Jazz Age and seems to emanate the very essence of Paris. We think it's the best district in the city to call home. The Saint-Germain neighborhood is charming, and so are the best of the hotels in the quartier. Let's take a look at our top Left Bank hotel picks, updated for 2023, with new ratings and current prices.
If you don't have a full day, these popular morning tours of Versailles include priority access with an expert guide. The small-group ensures personal attention and includes transportation right from your hotel. By the way, a private tour is also available.
Aren't chilly autumn days the perfect time to pedal a bike around the most famous royal estate in the world? Explore the countryside near Versailles — through forests and pastures — and then picnic in the gardens of Versailles. After touring the grounds use your priority-access ticket to explore the magnificent Chateau de Versailles. I
Visit the top producers in the Land of Bubbly — Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Mumm, Pommery. On this this day tour your driver/guide picks you up at your Paris hotel to take you to the Champagne Region, just an hour away. Your visit starts in Reims at the historic cathedral. But the day is mostly about visiting champagne makers and sampling, sampling, sampling. A classic French 3-course lunch at a regional restaurant is also included.
The D-Day beaches of Normandy are the most famous battle sites of World War II. This is where the Allied troops came ashore to liberate France and to carry on across Europe to end the war. This guided tour lets you visit the beaches on a long day trip from Paris. Take a day to step back in time on a trip that returns you to hotel the same day.
On this day tour from Paris you'll discover the Renaissance castles of the Loire plus the wines produced in this fertile valley. The day begins at the largest castle, Chateau de Chambord. Later, lunch is served at Chateau de Nitray with a selection of fresh, local ingredients and a guided tasting of the best of the region's wines. The final stop is Chateau de Chenonceau, considered the loveliest of the Loire royal castles. Limited dates in November, check the link for availability.
Just off the Normandy coast is the fairytale island of Mont St-Michel. On this tour you explore the Benedictine abbey that becomes separated from the mainland during high tide. Wander along the narrow streets, visit the shops and the abbey's ramparts. This small-group tour (no more than 8 people). Fridays in November.
An affineur is a French cheese ager, usually working in a fromagerie that sells a selection of the best cheese of the country. This food activity gets you into the cellar with a Master Affineur at a cheese shop in the Marais. You also sample classic French cheeses, along with wines, and discover how cheese became one of the most revered foods of France. The small group is limited to 10 to ensure there's more cheese for you!
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.
Under the guidance of a professional French sommelier spend a fun afternoon in an informal wine tasting. This tasting covers a lot of wine territory in an hour or two, including the most important wines and regions of France. There's an extensive flight of wines — from Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone. We recommend the 2-hour French wine and champagne Masterclass with a charcuterie platter.
Parisian chocolates are amazing, but if you want to expand your chocolate universe to include fabulous French pastries, then spend an afternoon sampling your way through Paris chocolate shops, patisseries, and boulangeries. As always, a food expert leads the way on this small-group tour.
Sail down the Seine while enjoying a French classic 3-course lunch aboard a Bateaux Parisiens. Soak in the views of the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and Musée d'Orsay as you dine from an à la carte menu with wine. The extras? Live entertainment and a glass of cool champagne to start your adventure. Choose the Privilege service option to guarantee a window seat.
Visit the most popular quartier in Paris on this food & wine tour that's getting rave reviews. Things start out at the oldest food market in Paris where your food-expert guide leads the way. Then go on foot 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!
Flaky, crusty, tender croissants are an emblem of Paris boulangeries. In this small-group pastry class you'll learn from a trained French chef how to mix, roll, and prepare croissants and pains au chocolat from scratch. Imagine how impressed your friends back home will be when you whip up your batch of French pastries!
What we love about this combo tour is the efficiency! In a few hours you'll be able to get a better understanding of the two most popular museums in Paris… and in the world! First up is the Louvre, where you'll see the highlights of this historic palace turned museum. Then, it's over to the d'Orsay to enjoy the masterpieces by Monet, Renoir and van Gogh.
Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (1884-1920) lived hard, died young, and has since become one of the most forged artists of all time. In 1914, Modigliani met Paul Guillaume; the famous art dealer who became his representative. This exhibition explores the relationship between the two men in the context of the Parisian artistic circle of the 1910s.
• Musée de l'Orangerie
• Ends January 15, 2024
Though Claude Gillot was a painter, engraver metal worker, and theatre designer it was his whimsical rococo drawings that brought him the greatest attention and popularity amongst the Paris bourgeoisie.
• November 9, 2023 to February 12, 2024
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.)
See masterpieces by Michelangelo and Raphael, never before seen outside of Naples. Sixty masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum will be exhibited in the glamorous Grande Galerie, the Salle de la Chapelle, and the Salle de l'Horloge.
The friendship between Picasso and Gertrude Stein was built around their respective work. This exhibition examines the far-reaching consequences of their intellectual collaboration.
46 years in the making, The Poem of the Soul is the crowning achievement of French artist Louis Janmot (1814-1892). The ambitious work includes eighteen large-scale paintings and drawings along with a long poem to illustrate the soul's painful and joyful journey on earth and in heaven.
This is the first exhibition devoted to van Gogh's final and important stage of his artistic career. During the last two months of his life, van Gogh produced a vast number of paintings while living in the small village of Auvers-sur-Oise. Many would become masterpieces. Don't miss this exhibition!
The colorful exhibition brings together dazzling drawings, ceramics and sculptures by Marc Chagall including costume drawings for Igor Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird.
See the most beautiful pieces from the collection of the Petit Palais featuring a panorama of prints from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Dürer to Rembrandt, Callot to Goya, hundreds of prints by the great masters will be on display.
The Modern Age (1905 to 1925) was a period when Paris exploded with an artistic and cultural energy that continues to dazzle us today. This exhibition explores fashion, cinema, photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, design, and architecture from this pivotal era in the history of Paris.
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Armistice Day in Paris is remembered with a military parade followed by the President of France laying wreaths during a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe. There may be pandemic changes to this year's activities, so check back again.
• Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle
• November 11, 2023
• 11:00 AM: Wreath-Laying Ceremony
• 9:00 PM: Vigil Ceremony
Fireworks, festivals, and music start on the 3rd Thursday in November to mark the arrival of the new vintage of Beaujolais. Head to any wine bar in Paris and you'll find tastings — a few euros will get you a fresh glass of Beaujolais Nouveau or Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau.
• 3rd Thursday in November (but check for updates on the link)
Attention wine lovers! Hundreds of French and global winemakers will gather at the Le Festival des Grands Vins in Paris to offer tastings, workshops, and culinary events.
• Carrousel du Louvre
• December 1 & 2, 2023
November is photo month in Paris. It's a chance to photographic works of international stature, all under one roof.
Founded in 1972, the Paris Autumn Festival celebrates contemporary arts and embraces all forms — visual arts, dance, theatre, music, and cinema. From September to December the festival features more than fifty events at venues throughout Paris.
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