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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).

Top 10 attractions in Paris

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower isn't just a symbol of Paris but a symbol for all of France. Erected by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution in 1889, the 1,050-foot (320-meter) tower once held the title of the world's tallest structure. Despite having been dwarfed by Dubai's Burj Khalifa and The Shard in London, the Eiffel Tower remains one of the most recognizable landmarks on the planet. View the architectural icon from afar, or stop in at the three observation levels for stellar city views.More
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Louvre

Louvre

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Primarily associated with the steady gaze of Leonardo Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa, Paris' Louvre museum is home to a 35,000-strong collection of paintings and sculptures considered one of the greatest in the world. The contemporary glass Louvre Pyramid heralds the museum's entrance, which millions of tourists flock to every year to feast their eyes on masterpieces that span from antiquity to the 20th century.More
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Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

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Expect bright lights, extravagant costumes, and raucous music at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. Opened in the Belle Epoque of 1889 to celebrate Paris' thriving creative scene and the end of the civil war, the windmill-cum-cabaret hall has never stopped basking in fun and frivolity. As a staple of Parisian nightlife, an unforgettable evening at the Moulin Rouge is a must on any traveler's France itinerary.More
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River Seine

River Seine

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The lifeblood of Paris, the River Seine acts as a dividing line between Paris’ historically sophisticated and bohemian halves; it provides transportation via riverboat and plenty of opportunity for romantic strolls; and its riverbanks are a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with the city’s top landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Musée d’Orsay, Jardin des Tuileries, and the Louvre.More
#5
Disneyland® Paris

Disneyland® Paris

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From riding Space Mountain to flying with Peter Pan and snapping a selfie with Mickey Mouse, few theme parks serve up as much fairy-tale magic as Disneyland®. With some 14 million annual visitors, Disneyland® Paris is Europe’s biggest and busiest theme park, boasting adrenaline-fueled rides, state-of-the-art movie sets, and spectacular shows and parades that make it a fantasyland for kids and adults alike.More
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Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

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Formerly a humble hunting lodge, the Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) is the extravagant creation of Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King. Embellished to epitomize royal decadence, Versailles features 700 rooms replete with frescoed ceilings and carvings, plus the Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles), which brim with geometrically designed walkways and fountains. No visit to France is complete without experiencing the grandeur.More
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Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris)

Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris)

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The Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris) date back to the 1700s, when the ossuary was formed from an old underground quarry. Over the years, more and more remains were brought here from overcrowded cemeteries to make room for the city's development, up until 1860. For those with an interest, it’s a fascinating look at a former burial practice.More
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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

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Second only to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris) is one of Paris' most iconic attractions, a marvel of medieval architecture that was immortalized in Victor Hugo's classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Today, the Gothic grandeur and stained-glass windows of the UNESCO World Heritage site continue to reign supreme from Ile de la Cite, an island in the middle of the Seine River.(UPDATE: Notre Dame Cathedral is currently off-limits due to fire damage.)More
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Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

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Rivaling the Louvre as Paris' favorite art museum, the Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay) is known for its impressionist, post-impressionist, and art nouveau works from 1848 to 1914. Equally impressive as what’s inside the museum is its exterior: a former Beaux-Arts railway station with an enviable location on the banks of the Seine River. Both architecture and art buffs will want this museum on their Parisian itineraries.More
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Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier

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Home to the Opera de Paris, ballet performances, and the fictional Phantom of the Opera, the grand 19th-century Palais Garnier—also known as Opera Garnier—recalls the splendor of France’s Second Empire, an era synonymous with elegance and extravagance. Beyond its opulent exterior and foyer, the 2,000-seat auditorium is a riot of red velvet, gold, and bronze, with a massive chandelier and a colorful ceiling painting by modernist master Marc Chagall.More

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Top activities in Paris

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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Mont Saint-Michel Guided Day Trip with Lunch from Paris
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Louvre Museum Skip-the-line Access Private Guided Tour
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Normandy D-Day Small-Group Day Trip with Omaha Beach, Cemetery & Cider Tasting
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Montmartre Hill Sweet & Savory French Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting Tour
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Loire Valley Chambord & Chenonceau Castles Day Trip with Wine Tasting from Paris
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Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Very happy to end our vacation with this experience
Lisa_L, Jan 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Why I chose this experience is because not only could we cruise the seine, but we were able to see most of the monuments in Paris form the boat.
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Great experience!
Jean_E, Jan 2022
Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
We got to see everything in Paris!
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Superb way to experience Paris!
Lee_S, Dec 2021
Vintage Private Tour: Sidecar Motorcycle Ural Paris (1hr30)
The BEST way to see Paris and Montmartre, kids absolutely loved it and our guides were super friendly, informative and made it so much fun.
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Was lovely to see Paris...
Natalia_B, Dec 2021
Bateaux Mouches Seine River Paris by Night Dinner Cruise with Live Music
Was lovely to see Paris by night and from an angle which is not possible if you just walk around.
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Awesome
TmasHelgi_S, Dec 2021
Private Guided Tour on a Vintage Sidecar from 1 Hour to 7 Hour
Awesome trip, fun guide and amazing way to see paris, I would recomend warm cloth at December........
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A special night in Paris
Mark_D, Dec 2021
Bateaux Mouches Seine River Paris by Night Dinner Cruise with Live Music
Excellent service with stunning food whilst cruising up and down the Seine with the best sights and sounds in Paris.
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Romantic cruise for two
Sheryl_F, Dec 2021
Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Lunch & Sightseeing Cruise
It was lovely to see all the sites one more time that we had explored all week long.
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Nice to do
Jacco_K, Dec 2021
Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise
Sure thing to do and to see Paris from the water.
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City of lights culinary treat
Kaye_S, Dec 2021
Bus Toque Restaurant PARIS BY NIGHT VIN
What a wonderful way to see the city of lights at night and enjoy wonderful food.
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Very romantic was to see...
Tatianie_J, Dec 2021
Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise
Very romantic was to see Paris!
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Excellent overview of Paris
Rodney_G, Dec 2021
See 30 Plus Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide
This quick tour of various Paris spots is excellent for a quick overview or spy out spots you'd like to visit.
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Really enjoyable private tour of Paris
David_G, Nov 2021
Paris City Sightseeing Half Day Guided Segway Tour with a Local Guide
It was a fun way to see the best that Paris has to offer.
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Our favorite tour in Paris
Brandon_B, Nov 2021
Paris by Night City of Lights Sightseeing Guided Bike Tour
Dress warmly if you’re going in the winter, and bring gloves!
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Fantastic
Maria_C, Nov 2021
Vintage Private Tour: Sidecar Motorcycle Ural Paris (1hr30)
We loved this adventure, great way to see the city once we arrived in Paris.
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Nice to see Paris from...
Kristina_M, Nov 2021
Paris Seine River Lunch Cruise with 3-Course Gourmet Meal
Nice to see Paris from Seine to be together with family and at the same time having good food.
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If you can, do this early in your visit!
Lisa_M, Nov 2021
Half Day Vintage Tour On A Sidecar Motorcycle (2 Hours)
Amazing way to see Paris - the big bits and the little bank street lovely parts.
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Excellent tour of Paris!
Amanda_N, Nov 2021
Paris Your Perfect Day in the City Custom Private Tour
He knew so much about the history of Paris and took us to all of the spots we wanted to see and more.
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Excellent!
Kasi_K, Nov 2021
Montmartre Hill Sweet & Savory French Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting Tour
Got to see a part of Paris we may of normally not seen.
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Great tour for learning about D-Day
Raul_M, Nov 2021
Normandy D-Day Small-Group Day Trip with Omaha Beach, Cemetery & Cider Tasting
Speaks beautiful English thanks to her mother (American) and beautiful French thanks in part to her French father.
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Boat on the Seine
Rebecca_M, Oct 2021
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Perfect to see the beauty of Paris.

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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