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Paris Illuminations

By Viator, July 2014

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The City of Light might have first earned its title for its prominence during the Age of Enlightenment, but with its dazzling nighttime illuminations, there are few nicknames more appropriate. Paris was the first city in Europe to introduce streetlamps on its central boulevard, Champs-Elysées, back in 1828, and today, as the sun sets over the French capital, the city transforms, with hundreds of its landmark buildings, bridges and walkways dramatically lit up.

The evening hours make an atmospheric time for sightseeing and a Paris Illuminations night tour is one of the best ways to discover the magic of Paris after dark, driving past the glittering Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre and the Hôtel de Ville. You could also take a Paris-by-night walking tour, enjoying a romantic stroll beneath the golden glow of the Arc de Triomphe and posing for photos by the Louvre’s shimmering glass pyramid, or pedal around the city on a Paris night bike tour, taking in sights like the Pont des Arts, the Cite and St Louis islands and the Latin Quarter.

Of course, sightseeing isn’t the only way to experience Paris at night, so to really soak up the atmosphere, combine an Illuminations tour with a showstopping performance at the famous Moulin Rouge, a cruise along the Seine River or a romantic dinner date on the Champs-Elysee. You can also book skip-the-line tickets for the Eiffel Tower and marvel over the dazzling illuminations from Paris’ most iconic view point, which is all the more breathtaking at night. 

Finally, if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris over the festive season, opt for a Christmas Lights tour and admire the city’s most elaborate lightshow, as the Champs-Élysées blazes with more than 150,000 lights and a further 125 streets around Paris are adorned with elaborate decorations and spectacular illuminations. 

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Eiffel Tower, Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Night Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 695 Reviews

Paris is enchanting by night, so take this comprehensive four-hour tour to experience the magic first-hand and discover why Paris is known as the "City of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.89

Skip the Line: Small-Group Eiffel Tower Illuminations Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Admire a breathtaking nighttime panorama of Paris from atop one of world’s most iconic landmarks, the Eiffel Tower! With your skip-the-line ticket, bypass the ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $73.42

Seine River Cruise, Paris Illuminations and Dinner on the Champs-Elysees

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 683 Reviews

Spend a magical night out on the town in Paris. Start your evening with a lamp-lit cruise along the Seine River, then see more of Paris' city lights by taking ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.49

Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 548 Reviews

It’s no wonder they call it the City of Lights — Paris is especially enchanting in the evening. On this illuminations tour, admire top Paris attractions from ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.29

Paris by Night Illuminations Tour and Paris Moulin Rouge Show

4 star rating: Recommended 669 Reviews

Paris is fabulous by day but unforgettable by night. Don't miss the chance to take an after-dinner Paris by Night Illuminations Tour and visit the home of the ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $205.33

Paris Illuminations Night Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 205 Reviews

There's nothing quite like Paris at night! On this illuminations tour, you'll watch Paris transform into the City of Lights as you ride past the Eiffel Tower, ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $33.60

Paris Christmas Lights Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 22 Reviews

Make the most of your Christmas vacation in Paris and explore the city sites by open-top, double-decker bus on this 1.5-hour tour. Snuggle beneath your warm ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $32.36

Private Tour: Romantic Seine River Cruise, Dinner and Illuminations Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

What could be more romantic than a private evening out in Paris for two? On this private tour, you and your loved one will enjoy a Champagne cruise along the ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $570.58

Paris Night Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 348 Reviews

Paris Night Bike Tour is perfect for both those new to the city and Parisian veterans. For the beginners, this tour will offer you a fantastic orientation and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.82

Paris by Night Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

See the eternally romantic City of Lights by night, on an evening walking tour of the city. Led by a resident Parisian guide, the leisurely paced tour includes ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.87

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