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Paris is a beacon for any traveler, hosting some of the world’s most ornate architecture, foods, and styles. This “city of lights” transports you through centuries of history and culture as you wander its cobbled streets, take in the sunsets over the Seine and marvel the beautiful buildings that have housed so many creative and powerful people. Sightseeing in this jewel of a city is more than just awe-inspiring. It has the power to teach you about yourself as well as what it means to be a Parisian.
So what is the best way to dive head first into your trip in Paris? Here are some of the best tours that are sure to make you never want to leave this iconic destination.
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The Best wine tour in Paris!
Paris has long been known for its bold and delicious wines. It is embedded in Parisian culture, so naturally, no trip to Paris would be complete without a professional wine tasting. During this tour, a professional sommelier will guide you through 3-12 different wine samples, adhering to your personal tastes while giving you a bit of history and answering any questions you may have about the selection.
Let your taste buds take you for a ride through the hills of France’s wine country as each sample tells the tale of its region, climate, and manufacturing techniques.
The best food tour in Paris!
The best way to truly understand a culture is through the food. It tells you so much about a place’s history, tastes, and community. So instead of just dining out at the favorite bistro, this food tour allows you the opportunity to learn how to cook like a Parisian. You will be guided through the local markets by a Parisian chef who will teach you how to pick the freshest ingredients for your mouth-watering 3-course meal.
Back in the kitchen, you will be led step-by-step on how to make the perfect French meal. All skill levels are welcome on this immersive tour as the chef promises to help you create something perfect.
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The best cheese tour in Paris!
Another French dietary staple is cheese and breads. During this cheese tour, you will be treated to fun interactive games in the cellar of one of France’s best cheese shops as you learn how to sample cheese like an expert.
Mariette and Frédérique are the knowledgeable owners that have incorporated their travels into producing outstanding cheeses, wines, beers, and breads that you will have the opportunity to try. This cheese tour is perfect for those that want to learn more about this French staple while also getting to partake in its deliciousness.
The perfect tour for champagne lovers!
France is the birthplace of Champagne with its vineyards first planted by the Romans in the 5th century in the northeast region that is now known for its namesake. During this full-day tour of Meet and Chandon Champagne, you will not only learn about the growing process from the largest producer but also be humbled by the historical Cathedral of Reims, where the first king of France was crowned.
This tour perfectly couples a delicious tasting and ride through the countryside with the history behind the bubbly drink and its effects on France as a country.
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A great Paris sightseeing tour!
The River Seine lies at the heart of Paris and offers stunning views of some of the cities most notorious sites. This tour will guide you through the calm waters as you embark through the city soaking in the views of landmarks like the Notre Dame Cathedral and Eiffel Tower.
You will be able to rent an audioguide describing the surrounding views or simply take in the beauty and calm of the river and city. This is a great way to see the city through a different panoramic perspective while being lulled by the gentle waves.
A fantastic walking tour!
While everyone wants to see the most iconic landmarks of Paris like the Eiffel Tower and Versailles there are tons of hidden gems that are just as spectacular. During this fully customizable private walking tour, you will be able to get the best of both worlds.
Your local guide will provide you with inside information as you duck into hidden shopping districts, taste test some baguettes and look out over the city from a private terrace. All in between visiting the icons you just can’t miss. This tour will allow you to feed your inner tourist as well as your desire to feel like a local.
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Great for couples!
Paris has long been known as the city of lights and love, so what better place to spend a romantic evening with your significant other. This tour is perfect for doing just that. You will stroll through the Palace gardens as stunning light displays dance around the foliage, statues, and fountains.
Be serenaded by the sounds of the Sun King’s music as you take in the magic of thousands of candles and the glisten of the Mirror Pool. The night ends perfectly with the amazing sights of the royal fireworks from the Grand Perspective.
A fantastic tour for families!
When traveling with children it can be difficult to get them interested in museums. Luckily, this tour is designed to do just that. Here, you will be able to let your local guide take the reigns and direct the tour around the short attention spans of your children while you discover a plethora of 19th-century artwork.
Here the stories behind pieces such as Monet’s poppies or Degas’ Dancers and watch your children be engaged by history and art of this leading art museum. What better way to help your children get interested in art history without making it feel like a lesson!
We love this half-day tour!
The impressionist movement of the 19-century was spearheaded by Claude Monet. During this exquisite half-day tour, you will able to walk in his shoes after being driven to his famous house and gardens in Giverny 50 miles outside of Paris.
Take a stroll through his gardens that were constructed around his works, feel his inspiration as you walk among the flowers and fountains and get an understanding for his life as you wander through the main house. You will also get a better feel for the French countryside as you are bused from Paris through the blonde wheat fields and wooded plateaus into the little hamlet of Giverny.
A must-do tour for history lovers!
The Palace of Versailles sits as an architectural fossil of the decadent lifestyle of the French monarchy. With over 700 rooms and vast gardens, it would be easy to get lost in its opulence. With this tour, you will receive the royal treatment by skipping the line and being guided through the most important spaces within the palace.
You will hear tales of the famed French monarchs that called Versailles home as your small group wanders the through the hall of mirrors and the king’s bedroom. After your 90 minutes are up you will be free to explore further armed with the knowledge provided to you during the tour.
A tour with the best views of Paris!
The Eiffel Tower has had a see-saw history since its construction in 1889 by the now famous architect Gustav Eiffel. Originally built as a temporary landmark Parisians initially saw it as an eyesore on Paris’ aesthetic landscape. Now the Eiffel Tower is the most iconic landmark in all of Paris and during this tour, you will get to understand why.
Take in a bird’s eye view of the city as you are treated with the history of the tower’s construction and how it became loved by both the French and tourists alike.
The best catacombs tour in Paris!
Just 20 meters below Paris’ city streets lies over 200 miles of catacombs covered in bones. Initially, the catacombs were designed as a discreet way to relieve the burden of the overcrowded cemeteries within the city. Now they stand as almost a creepy art piece with bones and skulls craftily placed in the walls and down corridors.
During this tour, you will learn the history of the catacombs, unlock hidden rooms that few get to see and discover some of its famous inhabitants from those executed during the French Revolution to potentially the man in the iron mask.
The perfect tour for art lovers!
The Louvre Museum is noted as the largest art museum in the world. You may recognize its towering glass pyramid or its notable inhabitants such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. During this tour, you will be able to skip the hassle of lines and get in-depth stories behind the pieces and their artists.
With the mass amount of history and art pieces held within the Louvre, it is extremely helpful to have a knowledgeable guide to help you get the most out of your experience. You will be treated with hidden gems as well as the architectural history of the site of the museum.
A fantastic tour for architecture admirers!
During the Second French Empire of the during the latter portion of the 19th century, France’s architecture began to change acquiring a mix of European styles. The most popular of those styles being Baroque. The Opera Garnier stands as France’s most extravagant construction under this design as well as being the largest opera house in all of Europe.
During this tour, you are able to marvel at this eclectic construction, follow the footsteps of former high society and relive the construction through the tellings of an expert guide. If you are fascinated by the art and architecture of yore this is the perfect tour for you.
The best bus tour for sightseeing in Paris!
Paris is filled with iconic landmarks, shopping districts, delicious eateries, fashion hotspots, and historical wonders. So much so that getting around to all of them can be difficult and expensive. With this phenomenal bus tour, all of those concerns disappear.
You will be able to discover Paris at your leisure choosing how many days you would like to explore as well as the routes that are best suited or your tastes. An audio guide will fill you with information as you cruise through the city streets hopping on and off as the mood strikes you.
One of the coolest bus tours in Paris!
It can be argued that the best way to sightsee in Paris is at night. During this unique bus tour, you will visit all of the iconic monuments from the comfort of your luxury coach as their facades are brilliantly illuminated against the night sky.
The open top bus allows you to feel the night air flowing through your hair while you take in the remarkable views of Paris at night. Recorded commentary will make sure you get the inside scoop on the landmarks you are seeing while you simply relax and take it all in.
A great bike tour for sightseeing in Paris!
If you are looking for a relaxing way to see all Paris has to offer from the street level this is a great tour for you. During this 3-hour tour, your local guide will lead you through the popular avenues and boulevards as well as beautiful back alleys to all of the iconic hotspots.
You will be given ample opportunities for the perfect photo ops and will pedal to the finish line of the Tour de France. After departing from the Arc de Triomphe you will pedal the paths to places like the Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mars, and Les Invalides just to name a few.
The perfect tour if you want to get off the beaten path!
As a traveler, you don’t want to just stick to the main landmarks. To truly understand a city is to travel through it like a local and finding the meat behind the aesthetic. This bike tour allows you to do just that as your local guides lead you through what really makes Paris tick.
Learn a bit about Paris’ 2,000-year history while pedaling through secret squares, and concealed alleyways you may not otherwise find on your own. The true charm of Paris will be fully uncovered during this great tour.
For an exceptional night out!
You may be aware of the Moulin Rouge from the musical starring Nicole Kidman, but the real Moulin Rouge is so much more than that. The birthplace of the can-can dance and the evolver of cabaret, the Moulin Rouge is a monument to entertainment.
During this tour, you will be transported to another world as you are mesmerized by a troupe of over 100 artists while you dine on delicious French fare. You can’t get a better night out than seeing the world’s most famous cabaret act up close and in real life.
The perfect tour for soccer fans!
The Stade de France is the largest soccer stadium in all of France and was the host of the FIFA World Cup in 1998. This tour gives you behind the scenes exclusive access. Walk through the locker rooms of some of your favorite players, walk through the tunnels they frequent and take in the panoramic views from the private boxes.
You will learn about the stadium’s history and the stars that have walked on the perfectly manicured pitch before ending at the museum that houses vast amounts of memorabilia such as autographs, jerseys, archives, and models.
Our favorite private tour in Paris!
While traveling you always want to get the most out of your trip. Unfortunately, through no fault of our own, we don’t. The problem is we don’t always know where to look. This tour solves that problem for Paris. A local guide will meet you at your hotel so you can explore the surrounding area getting the inside scoop on your neighborhood.
They will help you find places to eat, where to get groceries and even tips and tricks to help you explore the city to its fullest. You enthusiastic guide with also help you uncover hidden gems and help you get to know other locals.
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One of the best cultural tours in Paris!
Montmartre is one of the oldest districts in Paris that houses cobblestone streets and a deep culture of artists. During this tour, you will be taken off the beaten path and given the fascinating history of this district while stopping by homes that once housed names like Picasso and Van Gogh.
Learn the past of one of France’s most iconic singers Dalida and how she became a champion for the LGBT community. You will step back in time as you pass under the domes of the Basilica Sacré-Coeur and drool over fresh croissants from the local bakeries.
A great full-day tour!
Mont St. Michel is a small that served as a defense fortress for Normandy through the years. During this full-day tour, you will be driven through the French countryside on your way out of Paris while being regaled with the history of Normandy’s many invasions and wars before taking a break for lunch at the Relais St.
Michel. Afterwards, you will then be led through the famous abbey where you can marvel at the beautiful gothic architecture while re-living its fascinating history. In the end, you will be set free to roam the medieval streets of this traditional Norman Village.
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The perfect tour for fashion enthusiasts!
Paris has long been synonymous with fashion. From couture to Coco Chanel the city has always been on the cutting edge of fashion and design. So what better way to feel like a Parisian than by attending your very own fashion show.
The show will take place at the iconic Galeries Lafayette and 35 designs from some of the biggest names in fashion today. Enjoy 30 minutes of access that will help you to stay ahead of the trends and feel like a real fashion insider when you attend this exclusive fashion show tour.
Learn how to shop like a Parisian!
If a fashion show doesn’t fully quench your thirst for fashion, you will love this shopping tour. This private tour pairs you up with your own Parisian stylist who will walk you through some of the best stores in the city. You will feel confident as your expert handpicks items that go with your style and lets you know what to keep and what to ditch.
On top of this personalized shopping experience, you will also learn about key shops sartorial history and how they came to stand out. By the end, you will be feeling and looking the part of a proper Parisian.
Rivers cruise tours are great in Paris!
If you are looking to pack in all of the best of Paris into one night this river cruise is perfect. Take in the sights of the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower in the twinkling lights of the evening illuminated against the gentle waves of the River Seine.
Your decadent and customizable 3-course meal will have you singing the praises of French cuisine with options such as chicken supreme, provencal tart and Paris Brest style hazelnut praline éclair. This amazing tour will be sure to excite all of your senses!
The most unique boat tour in Paris!
This romantic cruise allows you to cruise through more than just central Paris. After taking in the views from the sign you will pass through a 1.24-mile tunnel lit by perforations letting the sun’s glow in to create a unique atmosphere. After you have passed through you will emerge on the Canal Saint Martin.
From here you will gently troll under romantic footbridges, take in sights such as the Recollects Lock and Hotel du Nord and hear ghost rustlings of Francois Villon at the Dead Lock. This tour is a great way to see the other side of Paris’ waterways.
The oldest river cruise in Paris!
Jean Bruel was the first Parisian to realize the best way to see the city was through its best passageway, the Seine River. After purchasing one of the last steamboats from the universal exhibition in 1900 he introduced the first non-stop guided boat tours to Paris.
Since this time the Bateaux Mouches has become a part of the Parisian landscape and a massive tourist attraction. During this tour, you will be able to step on board one of these historical icons and float through the city as you hear the stories of times past.
A phenomenal self=guided tour!
The Sainte Chapelle is a jewel of gothic architecture originally built to house Christian relics such as Christ’s Crown of Thorns. With such sacred relics acquired by Saint Louis put the French Monarchy at the center of western Christianity.
Today it’s most breathtaking feature is arguably the more than 1,000 stained glass windows that depict scenes from the Old and New Testament. This priority access self-guided tour will give you all the time you need to marvel at its construction and beauty without feeling pressed for time or pushed along.
The perfect tour for seeing the city from a new perspective!
The landscapes both in and around Paris are a breathtaking sight and there is no better way to get a feel for their magnitude than through flight. This tour gives you the sights of Paris that few get to see while your private pilot glides you around in a lightweight aircraft.
You will feel a part of the action with your own headset as your pilot gives you pointers on flying and information on the sights below. This is a one of a kind experience that is sure to give you some of the best memories of your trip.
The perfect tour for museum lovers!
Paris’ museums and iconic monuments are extensive and astounding. So much history, culture, and art behind decades-old structures that serve as their homes. You will be hard pressed to not want to visit them all. Luckily, with this tour package, you will be able to experience all of the wonderment of over 60 museums and monuments throughout the city on your 1-6 day pass.
However, the pass is not only delegated to those museums within the city but just as many a short drive outside of it making it perfect for those that just can’t get enough history and art.
The best tour for military enthusiasts!
In November of 1670, Louis XIV unveiled Les Invalides to the country as a home and hospital for wounded or aged soldiers. To this day, this structure still serves this purpose while also bring to light France’s military history through a vast collection of memorabilia and artworks. It’s more than 500,000 pieces cover the middle age period through the modern day.
This educational tour will guide you through halls of swords, uniforms, paintings, cannons and many more relics of war before ending at Dome Church which houses the tomb of Napolean Bonaparte.
The best cemetery tour in Paris!
Pere Lachaise is much more than a cemetery. Instead, it serves more like a history book telling the stories of famous artists, composers, and writers. Opened in the early 1800s after Napoleon declared that everyone had the right to be buried no matter their race or religion.
This guided tour will walk you through the beautiful labyrinth of headstones and mausoleums as you visit the graves of people like Chopin, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. No visit to Paris would be complete without visiting this eerily magnificent garden of stone and funerary art.
A great tour for lovers of mystery and lore!
With over 2,000 years of history, it is only natural that Paris has some darker aspects that should not be overlooked. From a plague torn lower class, bitter social wars, occupations, murder and execution, Paris is no stranger to the macabre. During this 2-hour walking tour, you will get to uncover the stories of this sordid past as you visit some of the most notoriously gruesome sights.
See where the last of the Knights Templar were burned at the stake, walk the paths of famed serial killers and find out what really happened during the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre!
The perfect tour for film buffs!
Rex Studios stands as a monument to French cinematic heritage, and with this tour, you will get to see behind the curtain. Here you will learn extensively about the creation of film throughout a series of sets designed to give you the exact feel of being a part of a movie.
From the projection room and sound stages, you can pretend that you run the show as the director of your own movie or star as your own lead character. This is a great tour for those who have always wondered what life was like behind the silver screen.
How do I book a Paris tour?
Many tours you will be able to drop in on and by your tickets right before you enter. You may also call the agency housing the tours to book. However, our favorite way to book is online through getyourguide.com so you can skip the lines and gain electronic tickets.
How much do tours in Paris cost?
There are so many different tours available throughout Paris and because of this, the majority are surprisingly affordable. You can find a multitude of tours under $50 with most museum tours being under $20. However, longer more extensive day tours outside of the city will run you around $150 – $200. Museum tours don;t
How long do tours in Paris last?
Museum and monument tours generally include full-day access even after your tour has ended so they can be as long or short as you desire. Walking tour, boat tours, cycling or food tours generally fall in the range of 1-3 hours. Full day tours outside of the city will likely last from 8-11 hours.
What should I pack?
It is always best to pack in layers for any trip. Bring a sweater for those chillier nights spent on or near the Seine. Bring comfortable shoes as you will be inevitably walking many miles in a day. Also, consider a passport next holster for added security.
Traveling to Paris has a certain air about it versus traveling to other cities. Its richness in beauty, artistic history, iconic structures, and decadent cuisines are what a traveler’s dreams are made of. You will be absorbed into Paris’ nightscape, be regaled with its extensive 2,000-year history and delighted by the subtle beauties of the streets and the people as you tour through the magical history and culture.
Paris holds a magic that makes it the top of many travelers bucket lists and why many who come never want to leave. Paris will leave a mark on you for years to come as you reminisce on the memories of your time spent in this mesmerizing European city.
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Born in Los Angeles, Aaron Hovanesian is one of the original staff writers for Hotel Jules. Having backpacked the world as a young man, Aaron now prefers to travel the world in luxury, proudly staying in the world's most amazing hotels and properties. When Aaron is not traveling he lives in Western Colorado he can be found brewing his own beer (probably an IPA) or spending time with his two amazing golden retrievers.