Though the days are shorter and there might be a chill in the air, Paris events in November can 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 cheese-tasting course in an 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. Choose the 8:30 PM sailing and the Service Privilege option for the best seating, best meal, and the ultimate experience.
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.
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 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.
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 bubbly. Highly recommended by us.
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…
Experience the best of Paris at night with this VIP visit to the legendary Moulin Rouge. You will be treated to a 4-course dinner, champagne, and a view of the show from best seats in the club. Take in the amazing spectacle, sipping champagne as you marvel at the costumes, sets and dancers. This is a special evening you will remember for years to come.
If we had only one day in Paris, this would be it. This tour includes a dazzling lineup from the Eiffel Tower to the Seine River to Notre Dame to the Louvre. We love the skip-the-line access – no waiting in line, anywhere. Highlights include a trip to the tippy-top of the Eiffel Tower, a boat cruise along the Seine, a guided tour of the Louvre, plus a guided walk around Montmartre. Everything is included, from transportation to guides to full access.
Music lovers rave about the intimate Paris settings for classical concerts. All November long stellar performances will be heard in Paris, performed at various stunning venues — like Sainte Chapelle and La Madeleine. Did we mention the Paris Opera? Tickets will sell out at Opera Bastille and also be sure to check out what's playing at Palais Garnier, the decorative marvel from the 19th century when you're in Paris in November.
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.
The Paris Catacombs hold the bones of six million Parisians now resting in limestone caverns 130 steps underground. It's is an amazing, if somewhat creepy, place. It is also very popular, which is why we choose this skip-the-line tour with an expert guide who also explains the history of this eerie landmark. Dates will be listed as we get closer to Autumn.
Of all the advice we give 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". An affordable option is a shuttle van service right to your hotel. Or, you can do what we do and an arrange for a private airport pickup in a luxury sedan. It's the only way to do it!
We call this tour "VIP" because it's an exclusive, glorious evening activity in Paris. The fun starts as you're led VIP-style onto a bateau where a glass of chilled bubbles await. As you sip, you'll glide by the best of Paris landmarks riverside. Back on land, the climax is skip-the-line access to the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower. Does it get any better than this!?
Start your visit to Paris with this well-reviewed walking tour of the historic Latin Quarter. With your expert guide you explore one of the oldest and most atmospheric neighborhoods of the city. Trace Parisian history from ancient Roman ruins to the romance of Hemingway & the Lost Generation. The small group size ensures personal attention, but also means it tends to sell out. So, book early!
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 2022, with new ratings and current prices.
We like this one, first of all, because it's two great activities in one fun evening. Also, it gets you on the city streets as well as along the river. 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. A glass of wine is included, of course!
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!
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!
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.
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.
It's no wonder Parisians continue to be mad about macarons. These delicate meringue-based confections are like eating a dream while floating on a cloud. Learn to make your own macarons in this small-group class where you get loads of attention from Chef while creating your own confections. At the end you have a box of the delicacies to take with you.
Visiting an open-air food market in Paris is an quintessential French food experience. With an expert chef at your side, meet local merchants and learn all about French specialties. Then, with loaded baskets, it's back to the cooking studio where chef will show you how to create a fabulous 3-course lunch. Then, relax and enjoy your meal. With wine, of course!
There's really no place other than Paris where so much good food is crammed into such a small space. On this gourmet walking tour an experienced guide takes you to a lot of different food markets in the space of just a few hours. In the morning you explore the Latin Quarter markets and food shops, or, if you opt for the afternoon tour, you'll learn all about the foods of Montmartre.
One of our favorite things to do while we're in France is to spend a day sampling champagne in the region it comes from. The Champagne Region is just over an hour from Paris and it's easy to get to with day tours that start out in the center of the city. You spend the day focusing on the bubbly as you visit both small producers and grands maisons. Includes lunch and transportation.
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.
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.
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.
Instead of worrying about trains, maps, ticket lines, and guide books, why not go the royal route on a small-group tour with an expert guide to add illuminating details and make the past come alive with stories of palace life? This activity includes everything — transportation, tickets, a guided tour, a multi-course lunch with wine, and return at the end of the day.
If you don't want to spend a full day at Versailles, here's another great way to see a lot while skipping the lines. We like that it's a small-group activity with an expert guide and transportation right from central Paris. 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
Don't worry about those long lines snaking out in front of the Louvre. This small-group guided tour lets you jump the queue to begin learning about some of the museum's 35,000 artworks. You visit all the big works and, after the tours ends, you're free to spend as much additional time inside the museum as you want.
In collaboration with the Munch Museum in Oslo, Musée d'Orsay is devotes an exhibition to the famous Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944) who, though he created numerous paints over sixty years, still remains largely unknown.
• Musée d'Orsay
• Ends January 22, 2023
The exhibition celebrates the nine masterpieces by Picasso donated to the French National Collections by his daughter, Maya Ruiz-Picasso.
• Musée Picasso
• Ends December 31, 2022
Here's a chance to see art films, archives, and documentaries shot during Picasso's lifetime, presenting facets of his personal and artistic life.
• Musée Picasso
• Ends February 12, 2023
This new exhibition features some of Cezanne's best work, displaying his composition, his approach to light and color, and his greatest source of inspiration.
• Atelier des Lumières
• Ends January 2, 2023
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, 2022
• 11:00 AM: Wreath-Laying Ceremony
• 9:00 PM: Vigil Ceremony
Also in November (usually!) is the giant photography trade show at the Paris Expo, out at Porte de Versailles, where you'll have a chance to see all the latest in international photography, equipment and other displays. There may be some changes this pandemic year, so check the website before you go.
• Grand Palais Éphémère
• Dates TBA
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.
• November 17, 2022 (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
• November 25 & 26, 2022
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