The Top 10 Activities In Paris In 2022 – There's A Tie For Tenth Place

There's a lot to do in Paris, from a VIP dinner cruise to climbing the Eiffel Tower to visiting the Louvre to tasting cheese in a cheese-aging cellar. How do you choose what to do in your limited time here? This list should help — the most-booked activities in the City of Light by Paris Insiders Guide travelers.

#1. Bateaux Parisiens VIP Dinner Cruise

Dinner Cruise

No wonder this is travelers' favorite. A two-and-a-half-hour, slow cruise along the world's most beautiful river with all the famous monuments lit up and visible from your window table. The four-course dinner includes a variety of wines, coffee and champagne. The view and the leisurely pace are fantastic. There's nothing to do but to take in the many aspects of this beautiful city as the sun sets. Be sure to choose the Service Privilege option for the best seating, best meal, and the ultimate experience. Did we mention the champagne?

#2. Bateaux Mouches Dinner Cruise + Live Music

Dinner Cruise + Live Music

When you think about how magical it is to be out on a boat at night on the Seine, it's no surprise that the second most popular Paris activity is another dinner cruise. This much-loved voyage along the river is perfect for creating memories of Paris that will stay with you for years. At your private table enjoy a classic 4-course French dinner, with live music. Your bateau lazily floats past illuminated landmarks like the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower.

#3. Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cheese Cellar

Cheese & Wine Tasting

In Paris, the top cheese sellers (fromagères) also age their cheeses in special cheese caves beneath their stores. This unique & unusual tour is led by a Master Affineur, who ages and sells cheese. You not only get to taste some of the most famous cheese of France, but you learn about their history, production techniques, and which wines to drink with them.

#4. Paris Wine Tasting Lunch with an Expert Sommelier

Wine Tasting in the Heart of Paris

You really can't visit Paris without tasting French wine. The professional sommeliers on these fun and informal wine tastings cover a lot of wine territory and deliver an extensive tasting of wines in a charming wine bar smack in the center of Paris. We prefer the wine, cheese & charcuterie option that includes champagne.

#5. Skip the Long Lines at the Louvre

Skip the Long Lines at the Louvre

Nearly 10 million people visit the Louvre every year, and that means there are always long lines. As we've said many times, the only way to guarantee getting past the worst of those lines is by booking a small-group, skip-the-line guided tour. And this popular activity in Paris does exactly that.

Your guide leads you inside for a 2½ hour tour of the best of the Louvre, the artwork that you really don't want to miss. The great thing is that afterwards you can spend as much additional time in the museum as you wish. It's the only way to visit this über-popular museum. Mona doesn't stand in line!

#6. Skip the Lines at the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Tour

Speaking of popular — the Eiffel Tower is the world's busiest monument and another place where you really want to skip the lines. That's why a priority-access Eiffel Tower tour is a Paris essential. You'll be smiling to yourself as your guide walks you past the long lines to the priority-access area.

Eiffel Tower tickets are released only three months in advance, so you want to book your tour right at 90 days before you arrive. These tours are very popular (and rightly so), so be sure to book as soon as you can.

#7. Spend a Day in the Champagne Region

A Day In Champagne

This day trip is the stuff of dreams — visiting the magical Land of Bubbly. You are picked up at your hotel and whisked off on a small-group tour to the Champagne country, only an hour or so from Paris. There you view the vineyards, visit the famous cathedral of Reims, and visit one of the major champagne houses, including a chance to see the famous limestone caves.

Lunch is at a typical regional restaurant and, in the afternoon, you visit a small family producer of champagne. You're back at your hotel in time for dinner in Paris. It makes for a long and lovely day.

#8. The Food & Wine of the Marais

Food & Wine of the Marais

This delightful small-group food tour through the historic Marais quartier continues to garner high praise. It all starts at the oldest food market in the city. From there, follow your food-expert guide through the historic Marais neighborhood to visit the top food & wine shops, tasting the best of French food like cheese, charcuterie, baguettes, chocolate, and wine.

#9. Visit the Historic D-Day Beaches

D-Day Tours

It was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The Normandy landings were the beginning of the road to liberation for France and then the rest of Europe. On this compelling day trip from Paris you will visit the memorials, landing beaches, and cemeteries that dot the haunting landscape. Also included is a special tasting session of the region's famous ciders.

#10 TIE. Champagne Tasting on a Seine River Cruise

Champagne Cruise Along the Seine

Wine. Champagne. Paris. Do you see a pattern in the activities travelers like the most? This one pairs Paris with champagne — to us the perfect combination. Glide past world-famous monuments while sipping bubbly in a 3-champagne tasting conducted by an expert sommelier. You learn about the types of champagnes as your cruise by the sights of Paris, all aglow for your nighttime viewing enjoyment.

#10 TIE. The Loire Valley – Chateaux & Wines

Chateaux of the Loire Valley Day Tour

On this day tour from Paris you visit the splendid chateaux of the Loire. The excursion not only takes you on leisurely visits to the magnificent castles on the banks of the River Loire, it also includes a special tasting session featuring the spectacular wines of the region. It's like two trips in one! September is a superb month to see the gardens, mazes, and moats of the Renaissance castles.

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