There's no shortage of romantic things to do in Paris, and that's especially true when it's Valentine's Day in Paris! In a city that's filled with flowers, chocolates, and champagne, we had to work overtime to gather the les plus romantiques places to go, museums to visit, and romantic activities.
Mind you, some things are obvious, like a nighttime dinner cruise down the River Seine sipping champagne, or visiting Versailles the VIP way (waiting in line is so not an aphrodisiac). Some of our romantic things to do fly just under the radar — like wandering through the gardens of Rodin's studio, spending the day in the Marais, or taking in a fabulous concert at the Palais Garnier, Opera Bastille, or even Notre Dame Cathedral.
It's nighttime in Paris and you and that Special Someone are cruising down the most romantic river in the world sipping champagne, watching the lights of the City of Light, and being served a classic French 3-course dinner. And there's another reason we like this activity — you are picked up at your hotel and returned at the end of the evening. This popular cruise is likely to sell out, so be sure to book early.
Turn Valentine's Day into a celebration with dinner and a show at the top-rated cabaret in all of Europe. All the planning has been done for yo. Round-trip transportation? Check. Multi-course dinner with wine? Check. Historic cabaret show? All taken care of. You must reserve soon to secure a table on this special night.
On this most romantic of nights, why not mix a cruise along our famous river with a champagne tasting while viewing all the famous monuments lit up at night? This is a very good champagne experience, with a guided tasting of three champagnes — Brut, Demi-sec and Rosé — presented by an expert sommelier.
You enjoy priority access to the boat and a private tasting room in the front for the best views of Paris. And, of course, lots of champagne.
Make the most of your Valentine's Day visit to Paris with this action-packed full-day activity. This tour allows you to experience a lot of what Paris has to offer and even includes a visit the fabulous palace and gardens of Versailles. The day starts when your driver/guide meets you at your hotel and takes you for a fun and fact-filled tour of the city. Climb the Eiffel Tower (using your priority-access pass) where a lunch table has been reserved for you at restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel.
After lunch the rest of the day is spent visiting the chateau and gardens of the royal estate at Versailles, viewing such magnificent rooms as the Hall of Mirrors. At the end of the tour, your driver/guide will take you back to your residence in Paris. It's a glorious day that you won't soon forget!
Since chocolate is the official food of Valentine's Day, (at least we think so) it seems fitting to wander the cobblestone streets of Paris visiting the top chocolatiers. Nibble chocolates at Left Bank shops as your expert chocolate guide regals you with the history of chocolate in Paris.
Why not spend Valentine's Day on a gourmet walking adventure through everyone's favorite Paris neighborhood, the Marais? This well-liked food tour takes to visit the top food & wine shops in the historic quartier , 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 gourmet activity is garnering high praise from satisfied travelers.
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Romance is always in the air at the Palace of Versailles. Spend this day exploring what was most certainly the Court of Love, Sex & Romance. This full-day tour includes transportation in a luxury Eurovan, skip-the-line access to the palace, a guided tour, a multi-course lunch with wine, and free time to explore the vast grounds. Skip the Line Entry + Tour + Lunch. A private tour is also available, for just you and your party.
It's one thing to drink champagne on Valentines Day, it's another to visit the area where the bubbly is produced. You can visit this historic wine region on a day trip from Paris. All the details are arranged for you, including hotel pickup and return.
Chambord, Cheverny, Chenenceau. These are the chateaux of legend, all located in the lovely Loire Valley. Visit the stunning Chateau Chambord and cozy up at the 365 fireplaces, climb Leonardo DaVinci's famous staircase, and overlook the countryside from the rooftop. It's an easy day trip from Paris. Includes hotel pickup. Available on Valentine's Day 2020!
Yep, there's even a museum in Paris dedicated to the romantic life, la vie romantique. After visit to this quaint and lovely museum, it's a short walk uphill to explore Montmartre.
Spend the day wandering the Marais, visiting art galleries, boutiques, wine bars, and a few small museums. And we can't think of a more romantic museum than the lovely Musée Picasso housed in the historic 17th-century mansion, Hotel Sale.
From the man who immortalized The Kiss comes one of the most romantic settings in Paris. Wander through the grounds and studios at Hotel Biron to see the garden that inspired Auguste Rodin. It's where he lived and worked until his death, one hundred years ago, in 1917.
Most first-time visitors to Paris don't realize how many small museums are hidden throughout the city. Musee Maillol is dedicated to the sculptor's fascination with his teenage model, Dina Vierny.
This is the place to see Monet's large-scale masterpiece paintings of water lilies up close and personal, and it's one of the most charming and romantic small museums in the world. The rest of the museum's collection ain't too shabby, either!
More of a sportif kind of lover? Put on your running shoes and join the festivities in a Valentine fun run.
Once the private residence of Marie de Medicis, the mother of Louis XIII, today the 55-acre park in the 6th Arrondissement is a haven of peace and tranquility. On any sunny day you'll find hundreds of Parisians in the park soaking up the rays.
Oh, those Medicis did get around. The Tuileries Garden, tucked between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde was once the Medicis own private garden. Now, the park is open the public, which of course includes you and your honey. Hold hands and follow the trail of French sculptures.
Love, legend, myth. It's really quite difficult to source the real story on how St Valentines day came to be filled with flowers, chocolates, and romance. In France, Valentine cards are cartes d'amities.
It's said that the tradition of writing love letters and cards was started in France by Charles, Duke of Orleans, who wrote the first Valentines card, signing his poem with Your Valentine. This was when he held prisoner in the Tower of London in 1415. During his imprisonment the duke sent poems and love letters to his wife in France.
It later become popular to travel to St Valentin, a quaint village in the Loire Valley. Today you can be married in this city of love, renew your vows, or simply attend the lively Fete de la Saint Valentin.
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