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Place Vendome

One of the most striking of Paris’ public squares, Place Vendome's historic architecture meets luxury shopping in a large octagonal space located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. The majestic ensemble of early 18th-century buildings designed by architect Jules-Hardouin Mansart encircles the plaza. At its heart, the 43-meter Vendome Column towers overhead, topped with a regal statue of Napoleon perched on a white marble pedestal. The landmark statue was erected by Napolean himself, replacing the previous monument to King Louis XIV that had once dominated the square.

The plaza’s houses boast their own historic importance: Polish music composer Frédéric François Chopin died at No. 12 where a museum in his honor now resides; Italian Countess de Castiglione-Virginia Oldoini once inhabited one of the exquisite mansions nearby; and the world famous Ritz hotel, the brainchild of Cesar Ritz, opened its luxurious abodes at No.15 during the early years of the 20th century.

Today a cluster of luxurious hotels, including the Bristol and Park Hyatt, have joined the Ritz, lending the square an air of grandeur and the surrounding buildings dazzle with exclusive jewelry showrooms. Famed for its designer boutiques, car-free avenues and opulent window displays, the plaza’s atmospheric surrounds make it the perfect venue for a Parisian shopping spree.

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Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour, Paris, null
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Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2013 Reviews

See Paris at your own pace on a one-day or two-day hop-on hop-off tour. With four interconnected routes, this tour is the easiest way to get around Paris and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $36.93
Paris by Night Illuminations Tour and Paris Moulin Rouge Show, Paris, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Paris by Night Illuminations Tour and Paris Moulin Rouge Show

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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 $189.15
Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Tour, Paris, Night Tours
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Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 606 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 ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2.5 hours

From USD $42.53
Paris City Tour by Minivan, Seine River Cruise and Lunch at the Eiffel Tower, Paris, Dinner Cruises
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Paris City Tour by Minivan, Seine River Cruise and Lunch at the Eiffel Tower

4.5 star rating: Recommended 151 Reviews

Experience the delights of Paris on a full-day, personalized tour. Take a cruise along the Seine River and enjoy lunch at the Eiffel Tower, then tour the ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $240.63
Seine River Cruise, Paris Illuminations and Dinner on the Champs-Elysees, Paris, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Seine River Cruise, Paris Illuminations and Dinner on the Champs-Elysees

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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 $110.80
Paris City Tour by Minivan and Montmartre, Paris, Night Tours
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Paris City Tour by Minivan and Montmartre

4 star rating: Recommended 146 Reviews

Take this small group morning or afternoon tour to combine an overview of Paris' famous monuments, squares and buildings with some leisure time in Paris' most ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3.5 hrs

From USD $83.94
Paris Evening Tour on an Open-Top Bus, Paris, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Paris Evening Tour on an Open-Top Bus

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Tour the world's most romantic city on an open-top coach ride through Paris at night. On a balmy summer's evening, this nonstop after-dinner tour of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $30.22
Private Tour: 2CV Secret Paris Tour, Paris, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Private Tour: 2CV Secret Paris Tour

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Discover Paris’ off-the-grid enclaves and attractions on a private tour by Deux Chevaux, a vintage convertible 2CV car! Escaping the crowds of the city’s ...  Read more

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

From USD $67.15

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