42 Glorious Things To Do In Paris – The October 2024 Edition

The days are shorter, the air is crisper, but Paris is alive with activities, museum exhibitions, concerts, food tours, and marvelous events. You'll be able to enjoy Paris park experiences at Jardin des Tuileries or the royal estate at Versailles or perhaps combine that with a visit to Claude Monet's gardens. Let's take a look at nearly four douzaines of the greatest ways to explore and enjoy the city we all love.

Esprit de Paris – The Top Experiences

Things to Do in Paris October 2024

Bateaux Parisiens VIP Dinner Cruise

Dinner Cruise

Everything looks better from a boat cruising down the Seine. On this relaxing watery ride you see Paris from a different perspective. The famous landmarks of the City of Light pass by as you enjoy a multi-course French meal. Be sure to choose the Service Premier option for the best seating, best meal, and the ultimate experience.

Versailles Walking Tour With Fountain Show

From central Paris you are whisked to the royal estate. Included in your dossier are priority, skip-the-line tickets. Go directly inside to experience the grandeur of the chateau on a tour that includes the best of Versailles. There's plenty of time to stroll through the gardens. The full-day tour includes visits to the Grand Trianon & Marie Antoinette's farm.

Maxim's of Paris

Maxim's of Paris first opened its Art Nouveau doors in 1900 for the Paris Universal Exposition. Now, you can experience the restaurant's classic dishes — think lobster, truffles and fresh seafood — made famous at the historic turn-of-the-century brasserie while on a Seine River dinner cruise. Drift past world-class monuments all aglow at night.

Louvre Masterpieces Tour

Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Guided Tour

It's no secret that the Louvre is the world's most popular museum. Do you want to wait in line to see the best art in the world, or would you rather zip ahead of the long line with priority-access tickets and join a fascinating walking tour where your expert guide will personally take you right to the highlights — Venus, Mona, Nike, and other influential pieces? That's what we thought.

Eiffel Tower Priority-Access Tours

Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Tour

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 get you past the lineup, to the priority entrance, and then up the tower. Meet up with your guide and breeze past the crowds to the very top, for the best views of Paris.

Dinner Cruise + Live Music

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 3-course French meal makes it absolutely magical. What with wine & champagne included, it's no wonder so many travelers love this activity. Departure time is 8:30 PM, seven days a week.

Dinner on the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is not only an iconic monument, it's also one of the best places in Paris to dine. You'll marvel at the views as well as the classic French dishes at the highly-rated Madame Brasserie, newly refurbished with a stellar menu by Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx. Choose the Grande Dame – Paris View option for the best experience. Lunch is also available.

Classical Music in Paris in October

Classical Music in Paris

Paris is as much about music as it is art, fashion, and food. In October classical concerts, operas, and ballets are performed in iconic venues throughout the city from Sainte Chapelle on Île de la Cité to Palais Garnier, the stunning 19th-century opera palace in the 9th. Taking time to attend a concert in Paris is a great way to give your feet a rest and take a break. Find out what's playing during your time in Paris.

Champagne Cruise Along the Seine

Champagne Cruise Along the Seine

This is our personal favorite way to cruise the Seine — made even better by a flight of three champagne tastings. We think you'll agree that this is the best way to see the sights of Paris — gliding past the monuments while sipping bubbly under the tutelage of an expert sommelier. Highly recommended.

Dinner + Cabaret at the Moulin Rouge

ET, dinner cruise, Moulin Rouge

There's a lot to do and see in Paris when the sun goes down. One of the most iconic experiences is dinner and the cabaret show at Moulin Rouge. Take your seat to dine on the classic Belle Époque Menu, complete with champagne. Afterwards you can marvel at the cabaret that features 100 performers and flamboyant costumes of feathers, rhinestones, and sequins. Truly a night to remember.

Paris in One Day: Eiffel Tower Lunch + Cruise + Louvre

Paris in One Day

This action-packed tour takes you to the best of Paris with skip-the-line access bypassing the crowds. You have priority-access at the Eiffel Tower for lunch at Madame Brasserie, 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. It's not over yet! Visit the Louvre for a guided tour of the world's most famous museum. Whew!

Musée d'Orsay Impressionism Tour

Orsay Museum Skip-the-Line Tour

Skip the lines at Musée d'Orsay to marvel at stunning Impressionist works by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, and Renoir on this tour led by an Impressionism expert guide. Orsay holds the world's most important collection of works by these artists. Since the lines are always long, the best way to get to see the art is on a skip-the-line tour. Once the tour finishes, you're free to spend as much time as you want perusing the masterpieces.

Private Airport Transfers

Airport Transfer

Of all our Paris advice, this is perhaps the most appreciated — arrange for transportation from the airport into Paris before you leave home. It's comforting to know what's going to happen when you arrive. Readers love these services where 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.

The Best Left Bank Hotels

7 Best Latin Quarter Hotels

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 2024, with new ratings and current prices.

The Wonders of Versailles

Things to Do in Paris October 2024

Visit Versailles with Priority Access

VIP Versailles

Versailles Lesson #1: the line-ups are incredibly long. On this half-day tour you breeze by the large crowds to see the top sights: the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, and the chapel. There's also free time to linger in the spectacular French garden. This small-group includes transportation from Paris to Versailles and back.

Versailles + Monet's Gardens in One Day

Monet's Magical Gardens at Giverny

It's really something to visit these two historic sites in one day. Start out from Paris day to visit to the chateau and gardens of Versailles. That's half the day. Next up, travel to the luscious gardens of Claude Monet in nearby Giverny to see his Impressionist world alive in front of your eyes. October is the last month of the year Monet's gardens are open.

Versailles Bike Tour + Chateau Visit

Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance

You're in luck! In October you can still join up with this 2-in-1 tour. Cycle the countryside near Versailles, through forests and pastures. Shop at local markets, then lounge in the gardens of Versailles eating grapes, nibbling on cheeses, while drinking in the history of the place. After le pique-nique, use your VIP skip-the-line pass to explore the Chateau de Versailles.

Go Deeper Into France On Day Trips

Things to Do in Paris October 2024

A Day In Champagne

One of our favorite things to do while we're in Paris is to spend a day sampling champagne in the region it comes from. The Champagne Region is easy to get to with a guided tour that starts out in the center of the Paris. Spend the day focusing on the bubbly as you visit both small producers and grands maisons. Includes A classic 3-course French lunch and round-trip transportation.

Visit The Historic D-Day Beaches

D-Day Tours

The landing beaches of Normandy are undoubtedly the most famous battle sites of World War II. Sign up for this popular small-group tour that takes you to the most important locations — the beaches, the monuments, the museums, and the dedicated cemeteries. This all-inclusive day trip also includes lunch and a tasting of the region's famous ciders.

Monet's House & Gardens

October is the last month of the year to see Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny, a small town only about an hour from Paris. It's incredibly uplifting to spend time in the house and gardens of this Impressionist master – the very places where he painted those iconic canvases. A half day is the perfect amount of time for this art lover's experience.

The Loire Valley – Chateaux & Wines

Chateaux of the Loire Valley Day Tour

This is travelers' favorite way to visit the Loire Valley — probably because it combines visits to the most magnificent chateaux with tastings of the best wines of the Loire Valley. See castles like Château de Chambord and Château de Chenonceau, then descend into centuries old cellars for special wine tastings. Everything is arranged for you on this full-day trip from Paris.

Delectable Food & Wine Experiences

Things to Do in Paris October 2024

Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cheese Cellar

Cheese & Wine Tasting

In a fromagerie in the Marais you meet an affineur (expert in aging cheeses) and descend into the private cheese cellar where you learn all about the proper way to age cheese. Seven classic French cheeses will be presented along with wines and baguettes. The small group is limited to 10 to ensure there's more cheese for you!

A Taste of Montmartre Food & Wine Tour

Montmartre Cheese, Wine & Pastry Tour

Take a guided walking tour of Montmartre to visit 8 food shops where you taste delicious French cuisine, sampling fresh cheeses, charcuterie, wine, pastries, and chocolate paired with French wine. Explore the cobblestoned streets, the café terraces, and private mansions, and visit Place du Tertre, world-famous for painters, cafes, and its iconic Parisian ambiance.

Wine Tasting in the Heart of Paris

Wine Tasting in the Heart of Paris

In the most knowledgable wine bar in the city, only steps from the Louvre in central Paris, a professional sommelier will guide you through an extensive tasting of wines from the most iconic vineyards of France — from Champagne to Sancerre, Bordeaux to Burgundy, Alsace to the Rhône. We recommend the 2-hour Grand Cru wine tasting.

Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour of Saint-Germain

Chocolate and Pastry Walking Tour

How could we not like this one? Chocolate, pastries and Paris — together at last! And it's not just us, this is also one of our readers' fave food activities. They love getting behind-the-scenes in a world of sweetness and goodness — with plenty of sampling, including regional specialities. You're able to choose between strolling through Saint-Germain or the Marais.

The Food & Wine of the Marais

Food & Wine of the Marais

This is the original food tour that takes you through the Marais, visiting the top food & wine shops in the historic quartier, while tasting the best of French foods like cheese, charcuterie, baguettes, chocolate, and wine. You start your tour at the oldest food market in the city. This food activity continues to garner high praise from satisfied travelers.

Bateaux Parisiens Gourmet Lunch Cruise

Seine River Gourmet Lunch

Sailing along the Seine on a relaxing lunch cruise just about beats anything else to do in the world. It all starts with a crisp glass of champagne, followed by an exquisite French classic three-course meal. As you sip your wine, you'll admire the majesty of Paris landmarks, so close you could almost touch them. Best tip? Book the Service Privilege option to guarantee a private window seat.

Learn to Make French Croissants

Learn to Bake French Croissants

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's On At The Museums

Things to Do in Paris October 2024

Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-Line Tour

Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-Line Tour

What we love about this combo tour is the efficiency. In a few hours you are able to see more art at the two most popular Paris museums than you would in days on your own. First up is the Louvre, where you'll view 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.

Modigliani – A Painter and His Dealer


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


Senghor et les Arts

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.)


Naples in Paris: Masterpieces from the Museo di Capodimonte

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.

  • Louvre Grande Galerie
  • Ends January 8, 2024


Gertrude Stein & Pablo Picasso – The Invention of Language

The friendship between Picasso and Gertrude Stein was built around their respective work. This exhibition examines the far-reaching consequences of their intellectual collaboration.

  • Musée du Luxembourg
  • September 13 to January 28, 2024
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Louis Janmot – The Poem of the Soul

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.


Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise – The Final Months

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!


Chagall – Drawings, Ceramics And Sculptures, 1945-1970

The colorful exhibition brings together dazzling drawings, ceramics and sculptures by Marc Chagall including costume drawings for Igor Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird.


Treasures in Black & White

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.


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The Top Events In Paris

Things to Do in Paris October 2024

Salon du Chocolat

Salon du Chocolat

Chocolate lovers unite! If you're in Paris and a chocolate lover, this event will plug you into the latest choco-trends with plenty of tastings, demonstrations and symposiums. Meet the growers of cocoa, taste delicacies from the best Paris chocolatiers, and attend the famous Chocolate Dresses Fashion Show.
• Porte de Versailles
• October 28 to November 1, 2024

Fetes des Vendange à Montmartre – Wine Harvest Festival


Join the festivities at Montmartre's town hall (mairie) as locals harvest the annual crop of grapes to produce 500 bottles of Clos Montmartre. It's the last working vineyard in Paris, and Montmartians celebrate in the annual event with parades, tastings and wine-related festivities.
• Montmartre Mairie
• October 11 to 15, 2024

Salon de la Photo

Salon de la Photo

Also in October is the giant photography trade show now at Parc de la Villette, where you'll have a chance to see all the latest in international photography, equipment and other displays.
• Grande Halle de la Villette
• October 5 to 8, 2024


Le Festival d'Automne à Paris

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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