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1st Arrondissement Tours

1st Arrondissement
Situated in the heart of Paris’s Right Bank, the 1st arrondissement is one of the oldest parts of the city; in fact, it occupies the western half of the Île de la Cité, formerly Lutetia, which was conquered by the Romans in 52 BC. Today, this central district is best known for the Louvre and the Tuileries Garden.
 
The Basics
Though it’s one of Paris’ least-populated areas, there’s plenty to do in the 1st arrondissement. The Louvre and the Tuileries Garden are naturally the biggest attractions, but the area is also home to a number of beautiful old churches, including Gothic 13th-century Sainte-Chapelle, known for its stained-glass windows. Most visitors to Paris end up in this area at some point during their visit, and most general city tours stop here.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • The 1st arrondissement is a must-visit for art lovers; after all, the Louvre is here.
  • Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as this area is made for walking.
  • Note that while the neighborhood is generally wheelchair-accessible, overall accessibility in Paris is poor, and only line 14 of the metro is fully accessible.
 
How to Get There

Right in the heart of the city, the 1st arrondissement is situated on the Right Bank of the River Seine and also includes half of the Île de la Cité. It's directly across from the Orsay Museum, and a number of pedestrian-friendly bridges connect the two banks. The most useful metro stop here is Châtelet, which serves lines 1, 4, 7, 11, and 14 of the Paris Metro and RER lines A, B, and D.
 
When to Get There
Like all of Paris, the 1st arrondissement is truly a year-round attraction, with different times of year offering different charms. Sunset is a good time to visit, particularly if you want to join the masses of picnickers who descend upon the Pont des Arts. Note that the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.

The Louvre Pyramids

One of the best-known architectural features in the 1st arrondissement, the Louvre pyramid is a giant metal-and-glass pyramid surrounded by three smaller pyramids; it made headlines in 2019 when Airbnb and the Louvre partnered to run a contest in which one winner could sleep inside the structure for a night. There's also another pyramid, this one upside down, inside the nearby Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall.
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Go back in time to experience the opulence of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles on this small-group tour from Paris. Walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors, see the Royal Apartments, and admire the enormous gardens and beautiful fountain displays. Weekend visitors from April to October can see the famous fountain shows. Choose either a half-day independent tour in either the morning or afternoon, or a full-day guided tour. Pick-up and drop-off at central Paris hotels is included to make everything hassle-free.
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Step back in time to the days of Nazi occupation in Paris during this small-group tour. Discover the history and stories behind this dark period and learn about how the Allied forces fought to liberate Europe. Stroll through the city's Jewish Quarter, see the Holocaust Museum, the Deportation Memorial, Notre Dame Cathedral and more. Learn about what life was like in Paris and France during the 1940s from your guide.
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Spend an enchanted evening in Paris complete with dinner at the Eiffel Tower, a romantic Seine River cruise, and a show at the world-famous Le Moulin Rouge cabaret club. This experience includes pick-up and drop-off at your central Paris hotel plus a half-bottle of champagne per person.
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Travel through scenic Normandy en route to the medieval Mont-St-Michel on a full-day trip from Paris. Discover the UNESCO World-Heritage-listed island and its iconic Gothic abbey, with a guide, and listen to fascinating history and legendary stories about the site. Enjoy ample time to explore the island, and admire views of the surrounding bay before traveling back to the French capital. Upgrade to include a gourmet lunch and/or round-trip hotel transfers.
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Art and culture lovers won't want to miss this day trip to some of Normandy's highlights. Visit Rouen, with its impressive cathedral and large collection of Impressionist art at the Musée des Beaux Arts. Enjoy lunch with a view at the Port d’Honfleur, and learn about local cider production on a guided orchard tour. This is an easy way to get a feel for rural France without traveling too far from Paris.
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Escape the hustle and bustle of Paris for a day, and travel to the quaint town of Giverny. You’ll have the ultimate hassle-free day with hotel pickup, drop-off, and transfers in a private minibus included. Enjoy exploring the former home and gardens of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet, with all entrance fees included, so you avoid long visitor lines. You’ll also visit Musée des Impressionnismes to see an extensive range of Impressionism paintings.
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Take a day trip from Paris to Fontainebleau to visit two castles once home to members of France’s extravagant aristocracy. First, explore Château Vaux le Vicomte, said to have inspired the Palace of Versailles. Then head to Château de Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose history dates back to the 12th century. You have free time at each castle to look around on your own via provided audio guides, checking out the ornate architecture and opulent gardens, or upgrade for a guided tour.
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This tour allows you to explore Versailles independently and includes round-trip transportation from Paris to help make things easier for you when traveling. Skip the hassle of figuring out your own transport and settle in for the ride to Versailles, listening to recorded audio commentary about the French landmark as you relax on the way over, with priority access admission to the palace and gardens included.
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Admire the waterfront sights of Paris while enjoying a 3-course meal on this Seine River dinner cruise. Aboard a La Marina de Paris glass-enclosed boat, you’ll float along the river, admiring illuminated landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. Pass under the Pont Neuf and other bridges while you sip French wine and Champagne. Unlike similar tours, this one includes hotel transport for your convenience.
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See the best parts of Paris during a full-day tour that includes a river cruise, lunch at the Eiffel Tower, and a minivan tour of the city’s highlights. Cruise the Seine River to see Paris from a unique angle. Enjoy an unforgettable lunch on the terrace of the world’s most famous monuments. Then see the sights of central Paris from the comfort of a minivan. This tour includes pickup and drop-off at your central Paris hotel and group size is limited to eight people to maximize personalized attention from your guide.
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Save time and see Giverny and Versailles in one day on this action-packed day tour from Paris. You’ll save hours planning transport and waiting in long visitor lines by having round-trip transport and entrance fees included. Explore Monet’s House and Gardens in Giverny, and the Musée des Impressionnismes-Giverny, before heading to Versailles to visit the Palace of Versailles. When you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch in Moulin de Fourges.
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Just outside of Paris, the riverside village of Giverny was the home of iconic French artist Claude Monet and a major center of the Impressionist art movement. This full-day trip offers longer to explore than most tours, including a morning tour of Monet’s House and Gardens, a delicious lunch at the Monet-inspired Les Nymphéas restaurant, and an afternoon visit to the Musée des Impressionnismes.
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Discover Chambord and Chenonceau, two châteaux in the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley, on this full-day tour from Paris. Cruise through the undulating landscapes of central France aboard a luxury motorcoach. With transport taken care of, independently explore the châteaux on your own with the option to include audio guides. Take delight in the “Ladies’ Castle” of Chenonceau. Then visit Chambord, a Renaissance retreat for French kings, including wine tastings (lunch is provided November–March).
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Benefit from a small-group tour from Paris to the Palace of Versailles that includes access to the gardens and Trianon palaces. See the Royal Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, and other highlights of Versailles Palace during a 1-hour guided tour. Then have time to explore the gardens, Trianon palaces, and enjoy a 3-course lunch. On weekends from April to October, you can also watch the musical fountains show.
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Want to discover the events that led to the French Revolution on a private tour with a local host who is passionate about all things history? Let a local history expert walk you through this event which transformed the lives of the French people. Follow your knowledgeable local and learn about two essential phases of the French Revolution: the fight for enlightenment ideals and the reign of terror. Your experience will take you into the heart of Paris. Here you will learn unexpected stories about the city’s famous landmarks, including the Louvre or the Saint Sulpice Church. This historical tour is all about discovering the real France and Paris. All our local hosts have deep knowledge of French history so the experience will be packed full of in-depth information and interesting facts.
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Paris Illuminations Night Tour & "Merveilles" at Lido Show

Unforgettable Evening with the Bluebells Girls at the mythical Lido Cabaret on the Champs Elysees.The Merveilles Revue, fantastic tribute to the City of Lights, will entertain you during 2 hours with a spectacular show full of colorful costumes, songs...You will first experience the stunning views and monuments of vibrant Paris' nightlife. All bathed in delicately curated light to complete the magical effect; from the Louvre,le Grand Palais, la Place de la Concorde, la Conciergerie...to the Glittery Eiffel Tower.The whole tour will start from either our central located agency or from your hotel inside Paris.At the end of the evening, you wll be dropped back nearby your hotel.
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See where some of the 20th century's most dramatic events played out on this private World War II walking tour of Paris. Visit the former Jewish neighborhood of the Marais and other areas heavily impacted by the Nazi occupation, learn about rationing and other realities of wartime life, and spot artillery scars and other physical remnants of the conflict. Hear tales of horror and heroism, such as the Monuments Men who saved priceless works of art from destruction and brave members of the French Resistance. Ask all the questions you like, and take advantage of your guide's expert knowledge on this illuminating private tour that will change the way you see Paris.
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During this intimate walking tour, accompanied by an expert local guide, immerse yourself in the Paris of Marie Antoinette and discover where she liked to go to escape from life at the court of Versailles. You will learn everything about the last Queen of France, her extravagant past and all her dramas and secrets. By retracing her life, explore all the locations that once inspired her and are part of Paris must-see sights: Ile de la Cité, the Louvre court, Place Vendome and Opéra. End with a delightful slice of Marie Antoinette's favourite cake in an inspiring place dedicated to her royal highness.
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You will discover the most important sites of the Somme battlefields. Follow your driver-guide to explore the area which witnessed one of the great tragedy of the first World War.Plunge into the history of the 1916 Battle of the Somme. You will see some key village and sites such as Villers-Bretonneux, Beaumont Hamel where Canadian troops suffered many losses. All of these places bear witness to our unwillingness to forget the past.Also discover the new Australian interpretation and commemoration center : John Monash center. It will offer you an advanced multimedia experience and will make you live a sensory, emotional and educational experience !!!
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Delight in natural beauty, historic attractions, and the most famous sparkling wine in the world on an 11-hour small-group tour to the Champagne region. After transfer from Paris, begin with a tasting at the famous La Maison Mumm, followed by a short visit to the charming village of Hautvillers. Break for a 3-course lunch at La Cave a Champagne in Epernay, before a second tasting at a local winery.
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