The City of Light is an iconic destination with plenty of “must-do” famous attractions and activities. But it’s also a constantly-changing city where there’s always something new to discover. Whether it’s your first trip to Paris or your fiftieth, there are plenty of options for experiencing Paris in a whole new way.
See Paris Like a Kid
Most vacationers consider a trip to Disneyland a vacation in and of itself, and for the most part, that's true. But the Paris Disneyland Resort is an easy day trip from Paris, which means you can have the big fancy grown-up vacation and indulge your inner child as well!
Like Disney, the Parc Asterix Amusement Park is a completely doable day trip from Paris, but with a uniquely French twist. Asterix is the beloved French series of comics, movies, shows and more, and the French go mad for him. The park brings the world of Asterix to life, with dozens of rides, live entertainment, and themed restaurants.
See Paris From Above
Before you head to Paris, everyone you meet will tell you to go up in the Eiffel Tower, and you come back, everyone will ask you if you went up in the Eiffel Tower. Do yourself a favor – go up in the Eiffel Tower! On a Paris City Tour and Eiffel Tower Half-day Trip, you can combine your bird's eye view with an on-the-ground tour that still has you head and shoulders above the rest, thanks to a double-decker bus.
This isn't a secret, per se, but it's surprising how many people don't know about. But you know that other tower looming above the skyline? That's the Tour Montparnasse, and it is the single best place to see Paris from above – with a view that includes the Eiffel Tower!
See Paris From Below
The Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysées, Notre Dame – you'll surely see the top sights while you're in Paris. But did you know you can experience many of them from another whole point of view? With a combination city tour and Seine cruise, now you can. Without the cars and modern trappings, a cruise down the river lets you see Paris not only from below, but as Parisians did so long ago.
Into the idea of a river cruise? Love multi-tasking? Feeling romantic? Well then you want to treat yourself to a scenic dinner cruise on the Seine. It's four courses served on a glass-surround river boat, so you can enjoy the City of Light in any weather. And getting picked up and dropped off at your hotel will make you feel like a movie star!
See Paris at Night
In the summer, the sun doesn't set in Paris until late – which means you can enjoy a leisurely dinner before hopping on an open-top coach ride through Paris at night. The city takes its monuments and history seriously, so you're in for a real treat as you glide through the streets and see the dramatic lighting of some of the world's most iconic sights.
If seeing Paris at night means more than just its illuminated monuments, then get ready for a night of fun when you tack on a show to the end of your coach ride. You'll have to dress up, for which you'll be richly rewarded with Champagne and an evening of provocative entertainment at the legendary Moulin Rouge.
See Paris Like an Artist
Any artist worth his or her brushes is going to want to visit Paris for the art – and Impressionism will most definitely top the list of genres to discover first-hand. The Impressionist Art Tour: Musée de l'Orangerie, Monet's Gardens and Giverny takes you not only through the Impressionism of Paris, but to the veritable Mecca of Impressionism as well – Giverny, where Monet's world-famous gardens and water lilies are still available for to explore.
You may feel your creative juices flowing while visiting Paris, but you're soon brought back to a tourist's reality when you're stuck in line at the Louvre for the better part of a day. Except, did you know you could skip that line and go right in? And not only that, but have a guide take you straight to the Mona Lisa before showing you the museums other famous works? Well, you can – and be back outside in time to pick up a sketchbook before the shops close!
If having a guided tour isn't your style, don't worry; you can still skip the line, and take your own tour accompanied by excellent audio commentary.
See Paris in a Hurry
Maybe you have a long layover. Or you're in town for just a day before heading home. Or you might just have better things to do! No matter the reason, it doesn't mean you have to miss out on seeing as much of Paris as you can. Luckily, there are tours to help you do just that, in as short amount of time as possible.
This is the most comprehensive of the one-day tours, and is in fact a full day – almost eight hours. But you get to see the highlights of the Louvre, Notre Dame, Paris from below with a Seine River cruise, and from above while dining on the first level of the Eiffel Tower.
With a hop-on hop-off bus, there are four routes that criss-cross the city and you have all-day access - so you can literally hop on and hop off, or just ride one loop at a time to get an excellent city overview (minus the schlepping).
In two hours you get to see pretty much everything, get your photo snapped in the perfect location at the Eiffel Tower, and have it all explained by a guide. If you've got a long layover, this is the tour for you – but it's also an excellent first-day primer, so you can get yourself oriented and put a pin in whatever you want to explore more deeply.