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Considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Paris is celebrated for its grandiose urban planning, fine art museums, cathedrals, parks, markets, pavement cafés, cuisine, shopping, wide tree-lined boulevards and the River Seine. Featuring some of the world’s finest attractions, Paris is also a beautifully compact collection of villages; this everyday Paris is as exciting as the city’s iconic monuments.
Paris and the spring seem to go hand in hand, but it’s also a perennial city; be it spring, summer, autumn or winter, Paris retains its ability to charm and captivate in equal measure. From Christmas lights and New Year’s Eve celebrations, gourmet shopping and handfuls of warm chestnuts in the mid-winter to the mid-summer celebrations of fireworks and military parades for Bastille Day and the climax of the Tour de France, Paris is the City of Light all year round. Its priceless museum collections, rich architectural style and soaring monuments never fail to delight, but it’s in the details of the streetscape that Paris exceeds all expectations. In this patchwork collection of quartiers and arrondissements, there are local cafés, bars, restaurants and shops which allow you to discover hidden corners of this city at every turn.
Old Montmartre, Paris
We’re delighted to highlight a few holiday experiences to enhance your visit to Paris. Simply confirm at the time of booking or prior to travelling.
For further details and prices of private excursions and small group escorted tours, to visit some or all of these places of interest, please ask our Personalised Travel Team about pre-bookable experiences and excursions on 0800 008 7288.
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The restaurant at the Musee d’Orsay is perhaps as fine as the art collection.
Purchase skip-the-queue tickets in advance and enjoy a relaxed lunch
before an afternoon appreciating the masterpieces.
Enjoy priority access, skipping the queues of the most impressive landmark in Paris. Marvel at all the monuments in the city from the iconic Iron Lady before sitting back and relaxing on a romantic cruise along the River Seine.
Tour of the Palace, Trianon and lunch at the Grand Canal. Travel back through France’s history to a period of decadence and royal excess. Versailles combines a mixture of classical and Baroque styles that will delight any visitor.
A delight for the senses and palate, discovering the latest trends in sweets created by exceptional chef confectioners and chocolate makers. Sample specialities in each boutique visited: pastries, macaroons, chocolates, and breads.
Imagine a land where the wonderful world of Disney comes alive, where make believe is real and where fun and entertainment stay open day and night. Welcome to Disneyland® Paris.
Enjoy an evening of sightseeing, dinner and live music. Delight in a delicious French meal with everchanging views of Paris at night as you cruise along the River Seine.
Access the Louvre Museum with a skip-the-queue ticket and audio guide to enjoy an experience at your own pacein perhaps the largest and most beautiful museum in the world.
Enjoy a backstage tour of the legendary stadium beginning with the stands which offer you a breathtaking panorama. Walk through the locker rooms and tunnel, continue to the museum to view items which testify to the stadium’s legendary history.
When in Paris a night out at the Moulin Rouge, the world’s most famous nightclub, is definitely de rigueur. Enjoy a gourmet dinner in the emblematic Moulin Rouge whilst viewing top Parisian entertainment.
Enjoy the Musee d’Orsay with your skip-the-queue ticket and audio guide allowing you to discover the history behind the many paintings including several masterpieces by Manet, Degas and Cézanne.
A hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour which allows you to see all the top sights and attractions of Paris in one day. Revel in the romance, enjoy the elegance and behold the beauty of Paris with live guides on 50% of buses.
Discover the dark heart of Paris as you walk down winding alleyways and cut through the hushed silence of the night. Following your English-speaking guide, visit Paris’ darkest and most gruesome history.
Enjoy a private cookery class in the centre of Paris and learn to make an authentic French baguette and shape delicious croissants with the advice of a master baker.
Paris is undoubtedly a city which is best discovered on foot. Its majesty and splendour inspire, but the casual intimacy of its streets makes it truly memorable. Le Marais charms with the Place des Vosges, Centre George Pompidou, Notre Dame and Ile de la Cite. The Latin Quarter boasts seats of learning, gardens and refined Saint Germain des Pres. The glamourous Champs Elysees is to the west of the Louvre and north of the Eiffel Tower. Further out, Montmartre, to the north, is home to artists and the imposing Sacre Coeur cathedral, close to Pigalle. Hilly Belleville, north and east, offers the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the final resting place of Moliere, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison.
Few countries in the world boast a reputation for food and wine as rich as France’s, and as the capital, Paris has much to offer diners of all budgets. Sometimes a cosy neighbourhood bistro, or a family-run ethnic restaurant can deliver pleasures equal to those of Paris’ many Michelin starred temples of gastronomy. Meanwhile, you’ll find the streetscape draped with mouth-watering patisseries, enticing boulangeries, hard-to-resist fromageries and superb wine shops: perfect for packing a picnic to enjoy in one of the city’s many parks and formal gardens. For an unforgettable day of food and art, take lunch in the superb restaurant of the Musee d’Orsay.
Paris boasts a fine public transport system. Local city buses are frequent and busy. The Metro trains have short distances to cover between plentiful stops, so progress is quick and cheap; a carnet de dix, a bulk purchase of ten metro tickets, offers great value. To cover longer distances RER underground trains give access to the region surrounding the capital. Or hire a bicycle. Velib is the world’s largest city bike-sharing scheme, with bikes dotted everywhere around this compact city. With the Paris Pass you also get to skip the queues at major attractions. To book visit www.parispass.com or speak to our knowledgeable travel consultants.
The Louvre and Orsay museums are the most popular, but don’t overlook the elegant L’Orangerie, the Grand & Petit Palais, and the delightful Rodin museum. Quirky cultural choices include the sewers of Musee des Egouts, Musee du Vin and Musee Edith Piaf.
Sip champagne on the third floor of the Eiffel Tower, marvel at the Champs Elysees from the top of the Arc de Triomphe and tour the Pere Lachaise Cemetery. This 110 acre site is the most visited necropolis in the world.
A chance to be whisked away to a world of favourite Disney stories. With your family and friends, capture magical moments with beloved characters as you wander between attractions, and discover even more Disney magic in themed hotels, restaurants and shops. Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park are 32km to the east of Paris.
Shop or window shop in the glass-covered, mosaic-flooredBelle Epoque shopping arcades, the department stores that line Boulevard Haussmann, the streets of the Marais, the art galleries of Place des Vosges and the weekend flea markets.
There are the formal gardens of the Tuileries and Jardin du Luxembourg, but don’t overlook the gem-like Parc des Buttes Chaumont and Parc Montsouris. Further afield, see the Versailles Palace gardens on bicycle and explore the Bois de Boulogne.
Eiffel Tower aside, the best views of Paris are to be had from the steps of the Sacre Coeur basilica, the tower of Notre Dame, and the observation deck on the 59th floor of the Tour Montparnasse. Alternatively, cruise along the River Seine.
Ask our travel consultants about combining a stay in Paris with a visit to the port city of Bordeaux, a hub of the famed wine-growing region.
See our dedicated City Breaks brochure for further details.