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Tour code: 5045OPENTOPTOUR
Enjoy a 2-hour sightseeing tour of Paris aboard a luxury, glass-roofed minibus. All of Paris’ top attractions are laid out for you — travel from the École Militaire, along the Champs-Élysées, through Saint-Germain des Prés and more. Gaze eyes upon world-famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral, while hearing about the city’s history and architecture. Want to see more? Upgrade and book a 1-hour Seine River sightseeing cruise for prime views of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed riverbanks.


  • 2-hour city sightseeing tour of Paris with optional Seine River cruise
  • Spot all the top Paris attractions on your list in a short space of time
  • See the Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and more
  • Travel through the chic neighborhood of Saint-Germain des Prés
  • Upgrade to include a Seine River cruise with apéritif and crêpe

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What You Can Expect

Paris Sightseeing Tour with Optional Seine River Cruise

Paris Panoramic Sightseeing Tour with Optional Seine River Cruise

At your selected morning or afternoon departure time, make your way to the École Militaire and board a luxury, glass-roofed minibus that seats a maximum of 18 people. On this 2-hour journey, you’ll see the greatest hits of Paris and at the same time, gain insight into the beautiful city’s storied history and culture from your informative guide.

Travel along the sophisticated grand avenue of Champs-Élysées, passing by its high-end boutiques and iconic landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, a commemoration of fallen French soldiers. Reach Place de la Concorde, Paris’ largest central square, where you’ll see an distinctive obelisk, bestowed in the 19th century by the Egyptians as a gift.

Admire the UNESCO-listed Notre Dame Cathedral and its elaborate façade, and get a glimpse into an upscale Parisian street scene as you pass through swanky Saint-Germain des Prés. Drive by world-class museums like the Musée d’Orsay, and finish the tour at Paris’ crowning jewel of architecture, the Eiffel Tower.

Want to see more of Paris from the Seine River? Upgrade for the 1-hour sightseeing cruise described below.


Tour Including Seine River Cruise with Aperitif:
After leaving your minibus from the 2-hour sightseeing tour, your guide will give you your cruise ticket and directions to the boat meeting point. Hop on board your sightseeing boat and see more top Paris attractions from the water, while enjoying a hot crêpe and an apéritif of Champagne, wine, or a Kir Royale (blackcurrant liquor with sparkling wine). During the 1-hour cruise, listen to entertaining audio commentary and see all the sites along the UNESCO-listed banks of the Seine River, including the Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Customer Reviews

ELLE Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was great. We did this the day after we arrived in Paris. We wanted to get a feel of the place before we did our own thing. The only problem was finding where to catch the tour. We got horribly lost and arrived late. Our guide was forgiving, informative and lots of fun. We have found this with all the tours we have had. It was a beautiful sunny day and the Seine cruise was relaxing. The complimentary champagne on the cruise went down well. September is definitely a great time to be in Paris.

Lora R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour and explanation of Paris the the different areas.
We always enjoy a city tour to start our stay in a new city. The tour was perfect.
The Seine River Cruise was great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The sightseeing tour was very informative and we saw many places of interest. All had an opportunity to visit Notre Dame or shop. Very enjoyable!

Roland F P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Excellent commentary and great cruise was able to see the major sights

Chris B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very enjoyable tour it is nice to walk straight past the long lines and into the elevator. Anne was an excellent guide, very informative and entertaining while making sure we stayed together. Having the lift to the top included in the price was excellent and it is not a long wait for the lift. I would recommend this tour for an enjoyable way to see the eifell tower.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

It wad great to be in a small group into a good small bus with comfort and no rush. The guide was really fun, and we could stop at some places like Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.

Mary P G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent tour with a very knowledgable guide!! I liked the seating capacity much
better than large tour busses. It made the tour more personable. The slide-open
roof was an exceptional feature.

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Wonderful introduction to Paris. Our guide, Steffi, was witty, well-informed, and a delight to be with for the three hours of the bus tour. Her knowledge of Paris is extremely thorough, as is her knowledge of French history. We learned a long time ago that buildings and monuments are more interesting in the context of the history that created them, and Steffi filled in all sorts of historical details. In addition to the core information, she told little known stories and gave us off-beat facts about what we were seeing.

As an added example of how good a guide Steffi was, on the day of our visit, Queen Elizabeth II was in town for a parade and to have a flower market on the Isle de Cite renamed after her. As a consequence, there were traffic congestion and detours everywhere. Steffi didn't bat an eye. Every detour was filled with details of what was important about that street and what had occurred historically in those locations even though the street we were on was not part of any official tour. We highly recommend this bus tour.

The Seine river cruise was an add-on run by Bateaux Vedettes and was extremely forgettable. The sound system was aimed upwards for some reason, so the people on the bridges got to hear the sight descriptions better than we did.

Mrs J A L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Although we had already seen quite a bit of Paris by foot, we would not have seen what the tour took in. There were only 2 other people on the open top bus and the guide was very knowledgeable. The Seine river cruise took in most of the buildings and monuments that we had already seen by the bus but it was lovely to sail down the Seine with a glass of champagne in our. Highly recommended.

Jennifer P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This was a great way to see Paris in a short time frame. We were able to learn some history and also had photo stops at the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. The boat tour was also nice and the crepe was delicious. Nicola the bus tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly (even though she was from Liverpool and not France).

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