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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

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

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


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
River Seine

River Seine

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
Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

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
Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

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
Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

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
Grand Palais

Grand Palais

The Grand Palais is one of Paris’ most beautiful and recognizable structures. Debuted in 1900 in time for the World’s Fair, the architectural marvel is famed for its colossal nave, Beaux-Arts architecture, and immense glass roof. Today, the Grand Palais houses several gallery areas and also hosts tournaments, Chanel fashion shows, and other major events.More
Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)

Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)

Paris’ Latin Quarter is a popular, historical area of the Left Bank. Home to the main Sorbonne campus, this dynamic, student-filled neighborhood was once frequented by Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and other revolutionaries. Today it’s distinguished for its buzzing cafés, lively restaurants, and must-see landmarks.More
Pont Alexandre III

Pont Alexandre III

One of many bridges that cross the Seine, Pont Alexandre III was officially unveiled in 1900. Widely considered the city’s most beautiful and opulent bridge, it connects the Champs-Élysées and Grand Palais on the Right Bank with Invalides on the Left, making it a popular thoroughfare for tour groups and amblers.More
Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf

Though it translates to “New Bridge” in French, the Pont Neuf is in fact the oldest bridge in Paris, built in 1607 to connect the banks of the river Seine to Ile de la Cite. Known in the 18th and 19th centuries for its unsavory street vendors and pickpockets, Pont Neuf is now a tranquil pedestrian bridge and meeting place for visitors and locals alike.More

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The Do's and Don'ts of the Paris Catacombs

The Do's and Don'ts of the Paris Catacombs

6 Must-See Paris Museums

6 Must-See Paris Museums

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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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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Normandy D-Day Small-Group Day Trip with Omaha Beach, Cemetery & Cider Tasting
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Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

A great way to view Paris...from below!
AJ_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.
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.
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.
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.
A must see in Paris!
Maxwell, Jul 2021
Paris Private Tour in Classic French Citroën
It was a wonderful, personalized way to see Paris.
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.
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!
Wonderful ride through Paris
Jbt, Jul 2021
Paris Private Tour in Classic French Citroën
Great way to see Paris.
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.
Gregory, Jun 2021
Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Very convenient way to see the city, especially during a short trip.
Evening Cruise
Eileen_M, Jun 2021
Paris Seine River Gourmet Dinner Cruise with Champagne Exclusive Viator
Good to see Paris back and people alive with energy!
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.
Amazing way to see the city!!
Laurie_P, Jul 2021
Private City Tour in an Electric Tuktuk in Paris
This was an amazing way to see Paris!
Disney Paris A Great Day
2020_Vision, 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.
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.
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.
Great 4 hour tour!
Joanne, Jul 2021
Private City Tour in an Electric Tuktuk in Paris
This is a fantastic way to see the fine details of buildings and hear interesting facts about its history.
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.
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.
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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