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.
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.
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!?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
A private nighttime tour in a vintage Citroën 2CV is something you're going to remember for a long time. Climb into this iconic car when your driver/guide arrives at your hotel and the evening viewing the city's most iconic sites, from the Eiffel Tower to the Pantheon to the Latin Quarter to Montmartre, the highest point in Paris with the best views. Did we mention the included champagne?
Paris comes alive after the sun goes down. This nighttime tour combines the best of the city, starting at the Eiffel Tower for pristine views of the city below. From there stroll to the banks of the Seine, to board a glass-walled bateau and cruise along the river, dining on a classic French dinner. Then, you're whisked across town to the historic Moulin Rouge cabaret where you'll drink champagne and enjoy the show.
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 the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Champs Elysées. Does Paris look even better at night? Find out for yourself.
Of all the advice we dispense 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!
Each month we feature one of our favorite Paris hotels. Hotel Le Burgundy is located in the center of things in Paris — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit Versailles the royal way on an exclusive private tour. Your driver meets you at your Paris hotel and whisks you to the priority entrance at the Palace of Versailles. Bypass the long lineups to get inside quickly and visit areas of the chateau usually seen only by dignitaries. You also won't want to miss the Hall of Mirrors, the king and queen's private residences, and the magnificent gardens.
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
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.
In collaboration with the Munch Museum in Oslo, Musée d'Orsay is devoting 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, 2023
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
To celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899), the Musée des Beaux-Arts in her hometown of Bordeaux and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris are presenting a retrospective of her paintings.
• Musée d'Orsay
• October 18 to January 15, 2023
Born in Paris, the son of Polish Jewish immigrants, Szafran (1934-2019) was an abstract artist with a passion for pastel.
It's the 150th anniversary of Claude Monet's Impression: Soleil Levant (Impression: Sunrise), the centerpiece of Musée Marmottan-Monet's collection and the painting that launched the Impressionist movement.
Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone (born 1947) is known for his large scale sculptures of trees, but he has always kept a pencil and paper nearby for his drawings. This exhibition presents over 200 of his drawings donated by Penone to the Pompidou, along with six sculptures.
"Do not visit the colonial exhibition!" This was the reaction of the Surrealist group of artists when denouncing the 1931 International Colonial Exhibition. (The title means something like "unframing the colonial exhibition"… we think!) The current show will return to that rather unpleasant chapter of French history, which degraded cultures by referring to them as "elsewhere">
Newsweek named Marclay one of the ten most important artists working today. His early work explored the connections between sound, noise, photography, video, and film. He pioneered the use of gramophone records and turntables to create unique sound collages. Marclay's later work extends to all the visual arts — photographs, prints, paintings, and films.
If there's one event that captures New Orleans it's the Mardi Gras Carnival with floats, brass bands, and lots of street dancing. Part of the scene, and tracing their roots to the French colonial era, are the Mardi Gras Indians (also known as Black Masking Indians) who parade in magnificent Native American costumes adorned with pearls, sequins, and feathers. The exhibition is organized with the Louisiana State Museum.
It took Roger Boulay, a museum curator, more than two decades to document 3,000 sketches and watercolors of the Kanak people. In case you've forgotten your cultural geography, the Kanak are the indigenous people of New Caledonia, a southwest Pacific island territory still governed by France. The Kanak speak more than twenty distinct languages with eleven dialects including Creole, and use French as their common language. This is a must-see exhibition!
Kimono literally means "what is worn". The gown embodies Japanese culture and sensibility. It was during the Edo era (1603-1868) that the kimono became the traditional dress, worn by all Japanese, regardless of their social status or gender. This exhibition, conceived at Victoria and Albert Museum, examines the kimono across centuries and continents.
A retrospective of the work of Belle Époque artist André Devambez. An artistic jack of all trades, Devambez was a painter, an engraver and and illustrator at the same time, producing work oscillating between serious and light subjects.
A major retrospective dedicated to the English painter Walter Sickert. Sickert painted subjects considered too audacious for this time, such as music hall scenes and de-eroticized nudes.
Influenced by the masters, André Derain (1880-1954) turned to more classical painting after World War I. His landscapes capture the intense light of Provence. Hence, "Southern Landscapes".
"Women of Paris!" This historical exhibition takes you on a journey in search of traces of women's struggles for emancipation from the French Revolution to the achievement of parity in politics,
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.
• November 17, 2023 (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, 2023
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