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Paris is a dream destination for travelers around the world, and that popularity comes with some major crowds. Plan ahead to secure your spot at the very best sites—see below for our top picks and experiences you can't miss in the City of Light.
Priority access makes seeing world-renowned attractions a breeze, with Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Tickets, the Skip the Line: Paris Louvre Museum Guided Tour and Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral. But that's not all. You can also enjoy hassle-free access to a host of other attractions, with Skip the Line tickets available for the Grevin Paris Wax Museum, the Paris Story, the Musée d'Orsay and the Paris Catacombs. This fast-track entry can also be applied to out-of-town attractions like the exquisite Skip the Line: Chateau du Chambord, Chenonceau and the Loire Valley or the ever popular Skip the Line: Versailles Palace.Top off your sightseeing trip with a legendary show by booking Skip-the-Line VIP tickets for the Moulin Rouge, or take advantage of fast-tracked entry as well as exclusive viewing of private rooms with a VIP experience at the Palace of Versailles.
The River Seine is the lifeblood of Paris. Immerse yourself in romance, cruising under iconic bridges to see the architectural wonders and discover the daily life of this beautiful city from the water.
The piece-de-resistance of any trip to the Seine appears before you: the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Magnificent in its dark gothic splendor of towers and gargoyles, it’s even more awe-inspiring from river-level – imagine waking up to that sight each day! Leaving Notre Dame and its perch on the Ile de la Cité behind, turn back to see the best view looking downstream at the tip of the island and beautiful flying buttresses at this curved end of the cathedral.
One of the most popular tourism options in Paris is to check out one of the historic cabarets: Moulin Rouge, Le Lido, Paradis Latin, Crazy Horse, Nouvelle Eve, Mugler Follies and Folies Bergère. All offer similar forms of adult entertainment in the form of dance and acrobatic numbers featuring men and women in various states of undress, and occasionally without any clothes at all. Cabaret shows are an adult experience, highly suggestive and not for children. That does not mean, however, that cabarets are like strip clubs in America. Instead, they're like a sexy Cirque du Soleil.
There is a range of viewing options, from simply sitting at the bar to sipping Champagne and eating a multi-course meal at one of the best tables in the joint. You'll pay between €100 and €300 for this evening out, depending on what time of year you go and what drinking and dining options you choose, but you will have an experience that cannot be found outside of the City Of Light.
Between Paris and the English Channel lies the region of Normandy, abounding in historic sites, moody countryside and culinary hotspots. You can visit some of the area’s highlights on a day trip from the French capital, or take your time and let the Normans conquer you with charm.
One of the region’s premier sights is the breathtaking tidal island of Mont Saint-Michel. The island is connected to the coastline via a causeway, ringed with a defensive wall and dominated by the soaring spire of its abbey which dates back to the 8th century. The town of Saint Malo, although in neighboring Brittany, offers a similarly well-preserved center within forbidding walls.
The charming town of Honfleur, with its unique wooden church and jumble of houses surrounding a peaceful harbor, was passed back and forth between the English and the French in the Middle Ages. More recent history is remembered in the sands of Normandy’s beaches.
The Louvre may be the world's greatest art museum. Don't be daunted by its size and overwhelming richness; if you have even the merest interest in the fruits of human civilization from antiquity to the 19th century, then visit you must.
Paris might be renowned as one of the most romantic cities in the world, but having to share your sightseeing experience – as it's also one of the most popular cities in the world – with thousands of other tourists can quickly turn a fun trip into a stressful day as you spend hours in line at famous attractions. Thankfully, it’s possible to book Skip the Line tickets for many of Paris' most popular sights like the Louvre, meaning you can head straight to the front of the queue and spend the rest of your time soaking up the atmosphere in the City of Lights.
End your busy day in Paris with a slow and sensuous cruise down the River Seine. Cruise down the Seine River on a dinner cruise which combines Paris sightseeing, French cuisine and evening entertainment in one unforgettable package. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the riverbanks that line Paris’ River Seine are home to countless attractions and iconic Paris sites. Pass Notre Dame Cathedral, the Latin Quarter and the Parisian Statue of Liberty, as well as world-famous museums such as Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre. Enjoy the views all around from the glass roof and large panoramic windows as the boat cruises from the Eiffel Tower to La Bibliothèque Nationale and back.
Day 1: Cruising, Art and Cabaret
Cruise the Seine or take a stroll along the river to explore the famous monuments and museums. Visit the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Pompidou Centre or take the hop-on hop-off bus to see all the sights. Then see the spectacular cabaret shows of the Moulin Rouge, Lido or paradise Latin show.
Day 2: Culture, Food & Shopping
Explore the ancient streets and lively cafés of the Latin Quarter, and the Left Bank homes of Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and Jim Morrison, or the high fashion shops in St Germain des Prés.
Day 3: Paris Day Trips
Explore France's royal and cultural history on a trip to Monet's garden and Louis XIV's grand palace of Versailles. Discover the magnificent vineyards and world class cellars of the Champagne region home to Dom Perignon, Moet & Chandon and Mumm.