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Welcome to Paris

Even first-time visitors experience a sense of familiarity when they arrive in Paris, with its instantly recognizable monuments, tightly packed bistro terraces, and chic boutiques. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Louvre Museum are three attractions rarely left off any itinerary—and for good reason. For more, add on a Seine River cruise, Montmartre walking tour, Moulin Rouge dinner show, and day trip to the Palace of Versailles. But for all its iconic scenery and artistic treasures, there’s something to be said for discovering the City of Light like a Parisian, with leisurely visits to cafés, boulangeries, and the narrow alleyways of ‘arrondissements’ (neighborhoods).

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6 Must-See Paris Museums

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Skip the Line Ticket: Eiffel Tower Summit Priority Access with Host
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Normandy D-Day Beaches & American Cemetery Trip from Paris
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Louvre Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Venus de Milo & Mona Lisa
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Mont Saint-Michel Guided Day Trip with Lunch from Paris
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Lido de Paris Cabaret Show with Dinner or Champagne
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Montmartre Hill Sweet & Savory French Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting Tour
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Champagne Area Small Group Day Trip with 8 Tastings & Lunch from Paris
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Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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A great way to view Paris...from below!
Anthony_M, Jul 2021
Paris Catacombs Semi-Private Tour with VIP Access
Even though she was from Spain, her English was great and very easy to understand.
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Only tour you need to see all of Paris
marion_b, Jul 2021
See 30 Plus Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide
This tour is everything you need to see all of Paris in 5 hours.
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Nice visit of the Eiffel Tower 3rd level!
Eric_G, Jul 2021
Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower 2nd Floor Priority Access Ticket with Host
We enjoyed the visit very much: Very good organization, don’t wait on the lines, slow pace visit so you have owl type time to see the différents levels/views, accompanied with a personal guide, teaching about the history of the Eiffel Tower but also on Paris in general.
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Informative & intimate
JoseMaria_D, Jul 2021
Eiffel Tower Skip the Line and Small Group Tour with Summit Access by elevator
All you want to know about the tower and Paris City highlights, history and great ideas on what to visit next.
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A must see in Paris!
Maxwell, Jul 2021
Paris Private Tour in Classic French Citroën
It was a wonderful, personalized way to see Paris.
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Outstanding experience!
Rita_McCaskill, Jul 2021
French Baking Class: Baguettes and Croissants in a Parisian Bakery
I really hope he offers other classes (macaron, etc) in the fall/winter which is when I plan to return to Paris for a long weekend.
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Great orientation to the city
Jessica_W, Jul 2021
See 30 Plus Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide
This is a great way to see the highlights of Paris, get oriented to the city and it’s history, figure out the metro, and get some exercise!
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Wonderful ride through Paris
Jbt, Jul 2021
Paris Private Tour in Classic French Citroën
Great way to see Paris.
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Wow!!!!!
Gail_S, Jun 2021
Private Guided Tour on a Vintage Sidecar from 1 Hour to 7 Hour
This tour is, without question, the very best way to see Paris.
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Great!
Gregory_L, Jun 2021
Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Very convenient way to see the city, especially during a short trip.
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Evening Cruise
Michael_M, Jun 2021
Paris Seine River Gourmet Dinner Cruise with Champagne Exclusive Viator
Good to see Paris back and people alive with energy!
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Vic is awesome!
Barbara_K, Jul 2021
Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends: Night Walking Tour of Paris
The stories and history was interesting and we got to see some areas of Paris we had not yet explored.
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Amazing way to see the city!!
Laurie_P, Jul 2021
Tuktuk in Paris © Private City Tour
This was an amazing way to see Paris!
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Disney Paris A Great Day
May_D, Jul 2021
Disneyland® Paris Express Shuttle with Admission Ticket from Central Paris
Bonus was we were able to see part of Paris light up at night.
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Evening in Paris, but be sure you know how to ride a bike!
Margot_D, Jul 2021
Evening Bike Tour & Boat Cruise
Really quite nice and the Seine at night in the summer is a happening place.
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Excellent primer on the main Paris sights
Loren_L, Jul 2021
180° Paris by Night Tour: Exclusively for You & Your Group
Important note - we visited in the summer and our tour started at 8:00 p.
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Great 4 hour tour!
Joanne, Jul 2021
Tuktuk in Paris © Private City Tour
This is a fantastic way to see the fine details of buildings and hear interesting facts about its history.
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Fantastic day tour of Paris!
Liz_H, Jul 2021
Layover in Paris round 24/7
I'd highly recommend his tour to anyone who wants to see Paris.
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Incredible introduction to the museum
JourneyofDoing, Jul 2021
Musée d'Orsay Skip-the-Line Impressionists Guided Tour
Personally, I don't think a trip to Paris is complete without stopping by to visit Degas's perfect ballerinas, and Jessica was able to provide a lot more the world behind the painting (and sculpting) of those ballerinas.
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Great way to spend an evening in Paris
Or_R, Jul 2021
Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends: Night Walking Tour of Paris
I also found it interesting to see how some of the strangest stories (such as Sweeny Todd) originated from events taking place in the city of love.

A local’s pocket guide to Paris

Jade Broggio

Jade worked in Paris’ La Défense neighborhood many moons ago and had an amazing time living in Ménilmontant, between the 11th and the 20th arrondissements (districts).

The first thing you should do in Paris is...

immerse yourself in the typical Parisian atmosphere. Order a coffee on the terrace of a bistro in Les Halles and contemplate the bustle of the city.

A perfect Saturday in Paris...

starts with brunch at Shouk, a Mediterranean restaurant in the 10th arrondissement. Then, follow Amélie’s footsteps down the Canal Saint-Martin, before meeting friends at Prune for a glass of wine (or two).

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Montmartre. Escape the crowds in the Place du Tertre and get lost a little further down the cobbled streets for a more local experience.

To discover the "real" Paris...

visit the 19th arrondissement. I like to stroll along the Buttes Chaumont and the Canal de l'Ourcq, before stopping by La Paname, an incredible brewery that overlooks the canal.

For the best view of the city...

go to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Montmartre or leave Paris for nearby Saint-Germain-en-Laye for a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower and La Défense from the Saint-Germain Castle.

One thing people get wrong...

Parisians are not always on strike, but make sure to check the local news before planning your day.

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