City Orientation Walk I, Paris (Self Guided)

Paris, the largest city and the capital of France, is one of the leading business, politics, education, entertainment, science, media, arts and fashion centers of the world. Paris also is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with over 45 million tourists every year. Don't miss the chance to visit some of its most popular tourist attractions listed below:
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Guide Name: City Orientation Walk I
Guide Location: France » Paris (See other walking tours in Paris)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 km
Author: karen
Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower)

1) Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) (must see)

Naturally, the Eiffel Tower is the one thing everyone wants to see on their Paris trip.
As Roland Barthes once pointed out, it has become so much a symbol of Paris and of France, that it is hard to imagine a time when it did not exist. The tower's iconic status was maintained for a reason: it is simply stunning and alluring from all angles. So if you're in Paris, you should at least walk past it, whether in the day or in the night.

Completed by French architect Gustave Eiffel in 1889, the tower was, from the outset, an enormous success, although not to everyone's taste. Before building work even started, a group of eminent artists and academicians condemned it as useless and monstrous. In 2015, however, it was ranked as the most visited paid landmark in the world, with almost 7 million people ascending it that year.

There are several reasons that place this structure at the top position: for one, there is the full steel structure where you can see from one end to the other. Secondly, the tower is entirely dedicated to visitors and hence, unlike other skyscrapers, it revolves around the visitor's experience. Last but not least, Paris as a city lacks tall buildings, making the view from the top breathtaking. Once there, you could try locating other city attractions like the Louvre, Grand Palais, Montmartre, or Arc de Triomphe...

The other “Eiffel experience” is just as worth exploring and completely free of charge. Just take a picnic and go to Parc du Champs de Mars. Find a bench or a spot on the grass and just relax. There are small vendor stands around where you can get snacks, ice cream or coffee, and public restrooms are easy to find. You don’t need tickets, nor do you need to book a tour. It is simply a picturesque, prototypical Eiffel experience, and the Seine river flowing beside only adds to the charm.

Remember to bring along some warm clothes, because it can get much colder at the top, especially when it's windy.
During the day, if it is hot, bring an umbrella to offer you some shade, and lots of water.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-11:45pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Champ de Mars (Field of Mars)

2) Champ de Mars (Field of Mars) (must see)

When the weather is sunny, there is nothing better than relaxing in a beautiful garden in Paris. Champ-de-Mars (“Field of Mars”) is one of the most popular and bears the name of the ancient Campus Martius in Rome, where Roman armies would frequently prepare for war. The French have used the lawns here for much the same purpose, although back in the 16th century, the field was just a vegetable plantation.

These days, Champ de Mars is one of the city's largest parks. It has been a popular venue for celebrations, cultural events and military parades. The concerts taking place here, especially in summer, produce an unforgettable experience for listeners with the live music being played underneath the starry Paris sky.

On most days, however, the park offers a charming green oasis within a sprawling city, just as much as it provides spectacular views of the multitude of attractions nearby. The big highlight is, obviously, the Eiffel Tower, which is seen by visitors as they make their way around. Perhaps it is not surprising that so many visitors to Paris have claimed Champ de Mars as their favorite spot.

Why You Should Visit:
Best place to get photos of the Eiffel Tower and to see it sparkle every hour in the evenings. There are at least two playgrounds, so a great place for kids, too.
As with other large Paris parks, it can be quite busy on nice days, but there are always quiet spots if you wander around a bit towards the periphery.

Bring a mat/cover for lying about, but be sure to choose the right spot with the best view of the Eiffel Tower. Also, try the spaces diagonal to the Tower for a different view...
Sight description based on wikipedia
Les Invalides

3) Les Invalides (must see)

Les Invalides is an enormous complex of buildings in Paris containing museums and monuments relating to the military history of France. It was originally built as a hospital and retirement home for aged and unwell war veterans. The complex had fifteen courtyards, with the largest reserved for military parades. Completed in the 17th century, it once housed up to 4,000 war veterans. Some very important generals and war heroes of France, including Napoleon Bonaparte, are buried here.

The most striking feature of Les Invalides is the Royal Chapel, where the remains of Napoleon are kept. It features a huge dome, inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and is a typically French interpretation of Baroque, the embodiment of what was described as a “specific combination of grandeur and elegances that French masters excelled in, cooler and less illusionistic than the Italian Baroque it drew inspiration from, more Classical, but nonetheless just as spectacular”. The interior of the dome was of course a major opportunity for a display of French mastery in the decorative arts, and an army of artists and craftsmen worked on the project.

The complex is also home to three museums, the largest being Le Musee de l’Armee which recounts military history from the early Middle Ages to the Second World War. The weapons, uniforms, and maps displayed are not only from the western world but also from Oriental countries like Turkey, China, Japan, and India.

If you go on the last hours before closing you will have more of the space to observe on your own. The café on site is run by the famous patisserie Angelina's, so you could have some tea and cake for a nice break.

Why You Should Visit:
From Napoleon's campaigns to the world wars, it is all there for you to see. The exhibits cover not just the military aspects of the wars, but also their economic, social and political aspects, their causes and the aftermath.
Then, to top it all off, there is the tomb of Napoleon. The sheer size of the dome and of the sarcophagus gives an idea of Napoleon's importance to the French and the world. Unmissable and really grand!

If you go on the last hours before closing you will have more of the space to observe on your own.
The café on site is run by the famous patisserie Angelina's, so you could have some tea and cake for a nice break.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rodin Museum

4) Rodin Museum (must see)

The Musée Rodin in Paris, France, was opened over a hundred years ago in the Hôtel Biron and the surrounding grounds. It displays works by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, known for his unique ability to mold clay. The sculptor used the Hôtel Biron as his residence, and the grounds must have made a strong impression on him, as he positioned many of his works amidst the garden greenery, where they still stand today.

Rodin's dexterous talent as sculptor, painter, engraver and collector is beautifully showcased in the elegant 18th-century mansion. The interior houses installations of his sketches, paintings and engravings – and also the creations of his student/muse, Camille Claudel, along with collections of paintings by Van Gough, Monet and Renoir. But it is the exterior which really brings to life his prodigious output. Absorbing over three hectares, a wander through the rose-tinged French garden gives view to sinuous bronze sculptures such as “The Walking Man”, “The Cathedral”, “The Kiss” – and most famous of all, “The Thinker”.

The entrance fee is reasonable, so go and appreciate art in a whole new perspective while enjoying the Parisian weather.

Why You Should Visit:
The museum's setting makes for a pleasant, laid-back viewing experience where you can forget about checking the time on your watch or rushing around to see the items on display.
Behind the museum building are a small lake and casual restaurant. There is also an open area with benches to rest, a café & gelato shop, and a small pond behind the museum building.

Do stop in the entry garden to pose for cheesy photos of yourself looking pensive next to the massive statue of The Thinker!

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-6:30pm (last entry: 5:30pm)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Alexandre III Bridge

5) Alexandre III Bridge (must see)

One of the most beautiful bridges in Paris, the Pont Alexandre III is a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine in Paris. It connects the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower quarter. Widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in the city, it is classified as a French Monument historique. It was built between 1896 and 1900 under the supervision of Tsar Alexander III whose name the bridge is wearing. It is decorated with lamps, angels, nymphs and winged horses. The construction of the bridge is a marvel of 19th-century engineering, consisting of a 6 meters high single span steel arch. The design, by the architects Joseph Cassien-Bernard and Gaston Cousin, was subject to strict controls that prevented the bridge from obscuring the view of the Champs-Élysées or Les Invalides. Numerous sculptors provided the sculptures that feature prominently on the bridge.

Why You Should Visit:
Just about every bridge in Paris is beautiful but this one probably tops them all – a museum by itself!

Make sure you take the time to cross this bridge on foot and sail under it by boat. They are very different, but spectacular views.
If you go at night, make sure to walk down the stairs and look from underneath – you can get amazing pictures.
There is also a little "antiques" market at the foot of the bridge along the riverfront – a good way to satisfy your browsing desires.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Orangerie Museum

6) Orangerie Museum (must see)

The Musée de l'Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The gallery is on the bank of the Seine and is located in a former greenhouse to house orange trees so that they don't freeze in the cold, hence its name.

A cycle of Monet's water-lily paintings, known as the “Nympheas”, was arranged on the ground floor of the Orangerie since 1927. These paintings are essentially giant murals that span the entire oval rooms. The concept was to have a tranquil place to relax and color away the stress. Thus, the museum atmosphere is quiet and relaxing, with benches parallel to the long mural walls of the water lily gardens that draw you in with different lighting and moods as was originally intended by Monet. The ceiling of each room allows in diffused sunlight so they are very bright.

Although the panorama of Monet's water lilies is the highlight here, there is plenty of first-rate artwork in the Walter-Guillaume collection, too. There you will see masterpieces by Renoir, a few pieces by Picasso, works by Cezanne, Derain, Mattise, Picasso, Rousseau, Sisley, and other fine artists.

To benefit from the perfect light, going in the mid-morning on a sunny day would be best. Take it all in from the center of the room and walk up close to admire the brush strokes.
You should also consider going buying a combination ticket for the Musée d'Orsay. The price is right and you'll be saving time by not waiting in line at the Orsay.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Mon: 9am-6pm; closed on Tuesdays
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tuileries Garden

7) Tuileries Garden (must see)

The setting for some of the most turbulent events of French history, the Tuileries Garden is today one of the loveliest parks of Paris. It is also the most central of the city's gardens, located right next to the Seine in the “Grand Axe,” the triumphal axis that stretches from Place de la Concorde to the Grand Arche de la Défense. The park is wholly flat with the exception of some smaller gardens and elevated walkways on the sides and there is a circular fountain in the center that keeps the place a bit cooler in the summertime.

The garden was created for Queen Catherine de Médicis who, in the 16th century, began construction of a palace just outside the western walls of the capital, which took the name of the tile factories (or “tuileries”) it displaced. Completed in its initial state in the 1580s, the palace consisted of a symmetrical row of five classical pavilions. In the 19th century, Napoleon joined the Tuileries to the Louvre to create one, huge super-palace; this megalomaniacal project was barely completed when, during the bloody weeks of the 1871 Commune, the Palais des Tuileries was set on fire. It burned for approximately three days, yet it took eleven years before a decision was made to completely destroy the former royal palace, much to the horror of many who wanted it to be restored.

Despite this, the gardens that were created for the palace have survived and still retain the general outline of their original masterplan. In the 1990s, they were renewed by landscape architects as part of the Grand Louvre project and are free to access. You can lounge in green chairs, have an ice cream or a drink, rent small boats to float around the pond and enjoy some calm before entering the nearby Louvre or resuming your stroll down through Paris. From the pond near Place de la Concorde, you can see the Eiffel Tower and also a lot of beautiful bird life. Don't just stay in just one place – explore a variety of views and spots, as each provides a different perspective!

Why You Should Visit:
It's free, you can lounge in green chairs, have an ice cream or a drink, rent small boats to float around the pond and enjoy some calm before entering the nearby Louvre or resuming your stroll down through Paris.
From the pond near Place de la Concorde, you can see the Eiffel Tower and also a lot of beautiful bird life.

Don't just stay in just one place – explore a variety of views and spots, as each provides a different perspective!

Gated Area Opening Hours:
7am-9pm (Apr-May, Sep); 7am-11pm (Jun-Aug); 7:30am-7:30pm (Oct-Mar)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Place de la Concorde

8) Place de la Concorde (must see)

Place de la Concorde is a major public square in Paris; in fact, the largest and most monumental of the city's squares. It is best known for its 230-ton Egyptian obelisk which at over 3000 years old can be said to be the most ancient monument in Paris. The obelisk is flanked on both sides by magnificent fountains constructed at the time of its erection. Intended to celebrate French naval know-how, these fountains are allegories of sea and river navigation. Recently restored, they have now regained their original exuberance. Around the place are also planted 20 rostral columns – thus continuing the naval theme and also symbolizing Paris, whose emblem is a ship's prow.

Concorde Square was commissioned to the glory of absolute power before serving as the theatre of its downfall. It used to showcase an equestrian statue of King Louis XVI, which was torn down during the French Revolution when the area was renamed "Place de la Révolution". The new revolutionary government erected the guillotine in the square, and the first notable to be executed there was King Louis XVI. Other important figures guillotined on the site, often in front of cheering crowds, were Queen Marie Antoinette, Princess Élisabeth of France, and Maximilien Robespierre. The guillotine was most active during the "Reign of Terror", in the summer of 1794, when in a single month more than 1,300 people were executed. A year later, when the revolution was taking a more moderate course, the guillotine was removed from the square.

Today, major avenues converge and pass through Place de la Concorde so vehicle traffic can always be expected; however, the roundabout with the three important monuments – obelisk and fountains – is well worth viewing. The square is sometimes used for large scale events and festivals like Christmas markets and other festival activities.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place for taking photos and a stroll; centrally located so you can fan out from here to just about any place in Paris.

In the square, there is a big Ferris wheel, which offers breathtaking views over the Seine river, Louvre Museum, Jardin des Tuileries, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower... This wheel turns three times more than the London Eye and costs much less!
Sight description based on wikipedia
La Madeleine

9) La Madeleine (must see)

La Madeleine was built in order to honor Napoleon's army but today it is affiliated with a Benedictine abbey, hosting some of the most fashionable concerts and wedding ceremonies in Paris.

Its construction started during the reign of Louis XV but suffered several setbacks, including the French Revolution. Eventually, in 1806, Napoleon announced his decision to erect a temple to the glory of his “Great Army” and commissioned Pierre Vignon to carry out the job. Evidently aware of the emperor's taste for architecture that recalled imperial Rome, Vignon proposed an enormous Corinthian temple. He was still working on the project at the time of Napoleon's fall. The next king kept him on but ordered that the temple should become a church, and the edifice was finally completed.

What immediately strikes one most forcibly about La Madeleine are its enormous dimensions, in part necessary to give presence when viewed from the Concorde, but no doubt also intended to flatter Napoleon's ego. Since there are no windows to disturb the temple's severity, light had to be introduced internally from above. Consequently, the interior comprises three domes, open at the top in the manner of the Roman Pantheon. Each dome is carried on four Corinthian arches with pendentives, all treated in a grand imperial-Roman manner.

Today La Madeleine is a great place for Sunday afternoon concerts that take place several times a month. The concerts include baroque and chamber music, as well as organ recitals and symphony orchestras.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-7pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Élysée Palace

10) Élysée Palace (must see)

Just a few steps from La Madeleine, and also not far from the Champs Elysées, the Palais de l'Élysée is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic palaces of the French capital. It is located on Rue Saint-Honoré, one of the most prominent streets in Paris, lined with 18th and 19th-century buildings.

The palace was constructed in the early 18th century and was initially owned by the Earl of Evreux. The handsome residence was produced very much in the manner of the times, though what distinguished it were its truly vast grounds which allowed the architect to give it something of the air of a small castle. Jacques-Francois Blondel, one of the most influential French architectural theorists, found the palace to have an “air of magnificence” and considered it “the most beautiful maison de plaisance in the Paris region”. After having changed hands more than half-a-dozen times, it has been home to France's President since 1871.

The presidential office, located in the Gold Saloon, has changed very little since 1861; the terrestrial globe, a significant part of the interior, was brought in by Charles de Gaulle. Today, the French Government holds regular meetings at the palace. In the underground section, there is a room with a red button, by pushing which the President of France can activate the country's nuclear arsenal. Also in this room are the large screens and equipment for direct communication between the President, the Minister of Defence and the leadership of the strategic air force. After the palace was enlarged and its interior repainted in the lavish style of the Second Empire, it was opened as a private property. Unfortunately, nowadays, with the exception of the European Heritage Days, it is almost impossible for ordinary folk to get into the palace, but it is still worth the while to view it from the outside. So, whenever in Paris, make sure to walk by.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Grand Palais

11) Grand Palais (must see)

The Grand Palais and its smaller sister, the Petit Palais, were conceived at the same time as the centerpiece of the 1900 Exposition Universelle. The Grand Palais was specifically conceived as a palace of fine arts to provide gallery space for the various “salons” which marked the artistic life of the Parisian year. Having involved four different architects, this palace takes the form of an enormous iron-and-glass hall, originally designed as a hippodrome but also used to exhibit sculpture and paintings.

The building's façade is a prototypical example of Beaux-Arts architecture, but what still stands out most is the enormous 8-tonne Art Nouveau glass roof, the largest in Europe. It is claimed that more steel was used in its construction than that of the whole Eiffel Tower. When night falls outside and the lights play on the pillars, columns, scrolls and roof glazing, it is a magical sight that leaves no one indifferent.

Inside, there are three key sites: the Main Hall, the National Galleries and the Palais de la Découverte, which hosts a museum and cultural center dedicated to science. The main hall is undeniably festive and, although criticized by many contemporaries, is generally admired today. The hall is very large and only open for special events, but the museum and exhibit space is well laid out and interesting on its own. There are multiple entrances to numerous outstanding exhibitions and art fairs, as well as to a cinema, a restaurant, and even a skate ring sometimes.

Should you decide to visit, don’t miss the Petit Palais just across the street while you're there, too!

Opening Hours:
Mon, Thu-Sun: 10am-8pm; Wed: 10am-10pm; closed on Tuesdays
Last admission 7:15pm (9:15pm on Wednesdays)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Champs-Élysées Avenue

12) Champs-Élysées Avenue (must see)

With a length of about 2 km, this important avenue is one of the axes of Paris, and runs from Place de la Concorde to Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. The name of the avenue is French for "the Elysian Fields", which is the place of the blessed in Greek mythology. Champs-Élysées is widely regarded to be one of the most recognizable avenues in the world. It is certainly a highlight for photographers, especially when viewed from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

The initial part of the avenue has a garden area, along which you can see some important buildings like the Grand Palais along with the Petit Palais that are now home to French museums and galleries. Following these gardens is a busy shopping area that brings together the biggest Parisian luxury brands, car dealerships, but also great theatres and cafés/restaurants. In addition, Les Champs Elysées is famous for the annual Bastille Day military parade, and for being the finish of the Tour de France cycle race.

When it comes to eating, you will be spoilt for choice as you will find places like the Italian Pizza Vesuvio, the French Bistro called Atelier Renault and Flora Danica famous for its caviar. And then you have Fouquet’s, which is a famous French restaurant in Paris that is over 100 years old, the famous Laduree tea room, or the L’Alsace Bistro serving cuisine from the Alsace region in France that is open 24 hours.

Then it comes to entertainment, and there is always going to be something for everyone to enjoy. You have the Cinema Gaumont that has movie premiers, the famous cabaret show called Le Lido, the bar and club Montecristo, and a nightclub with some of the best DJs called Le Queen to name a few venues, plus within the garden area, you can discover a theatre called the Theatre Marigny.

Whatever time of year you visit Paris, you will be able to enjoy glittering lights along the avenue when it is lit up of an evening; however, if you are lucky enough to be visiting at Christmas, then you have got to see the spectacular illuminations and decorations that are installed all along the avenue.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Arc de Triomphe

13) Arc de Triomphe (must see)

The spot at the termination of the Champs Elysées Avenue was always the subject of numerous plans for some kind of landmark monument. It was not until 1806, however, that Emperor Napoleon finally decreed that a triumphal arch, dedicated to the glory of his Great Army, should be built on the site. Napoleon’s architectural projects all made clear his desire to identify his regime with the glory of imperial Rome, and the design was inspired by the Roman Arch-of-Janus. The measure of Napoleon’s audacious ambitions can be got from the size of the Arc de Triomphe: a colossal 45 meters wide by 50 meters high, making it almost certainly the biggest triumphal arch in the world. Because of the presence today of the towers of La Défense on Paris's western horizon, it is hard to appreciate the Arc's original impact on the cityscape, when it was the most prominent and massive object for miles around, a hegemony it retained until the building of the Eiffel Tower in the 1880s.

Inevitably, the Arc quickly became an object of national pride and is now world famous as a symbol of the French “patrie” or fatherland. Built in an age when belligerence was a virtue, the Arc was of course intended for triumphal entries into Paris, the first being Napoleon and Marie-Louise's under the mock-up arch. Napoleon Ill was able to ride under the completed monument on becoming emperor in 1852, and the victory march of 1919 passed under the Arc's vault. The aftermath of the Great War produced a change in sensibility, however. Since 1921, the arch has been home to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, complemented by the Flame of Remembrance, and no procession can now go through the arch.

Why You Should Visit:
If you want to avoid the complications of the Eiffel Tower and still enjoy breathtaking Parisian panoramas, then this is where you should head.
The architecture of the streets from up top gives you a real understanding of Paris.

You can take the 'spiral staircase' to the top, but for those who can't do the climb, there is also an elevator.
There are places to rest and a gift shop inside, too.
Tickets are €12 and under-18s are free.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-10:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Paris hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Novotel Paris Les Halles, Les Rives de Notre-Dame, 9Confidentiel.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Paris, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Paris typically costs from around US$20 up to US$200 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Paris from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Alternatively, you can cruise along the river Seine on a similar hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat viewing Paris's top attractions from a different angle, able to get on and off as often as you want at any of the eight stops along the Seine riverbanks. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to two days (48 hrs).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts about 3 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Paris on a bike tour. In the course of 4 hours you will visit the city's most spectacular sights stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Take a walk around Paris with a knowledgeable guide for an alternative view of the French capital. Over the course of this 2-hour walking tour you will get insights and hear stories about every major classic sight of this fascinating city. A complete overview of Paris from the ground up!

- Come see the best of the French capital in just one day in a combo of a Seine river cruise and historical walk of Paris. You may start either with the Eiffel Tower or the Notre-Dame Cathedral making your way around the iconic sights of the city: the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Alexandre III bridge, Invalides, Concorde Square, Orsay Museum, etc.

- Missing out on the French food, whilst in Paris, would be worse than a crime – it would be a mistake! If you don't want to make such a mistake, consider a private 3-hour food tour of Paris complete with a set of 10 unforgettable tastings the memories of which will last you a lifetime. Just make sure to bring along your appetite to make the most of the savory treats awaiting!

- Live a chocoholic’s dream right at the heart of Paris! Follow your sweet tooth sense on this 2-hour guided “chocolate walk” in central Paris visiting some of the best chocolate boutiques of the French capital, learning about peculiar chapters in the history of the city and the place delectable chocolate played in it. Adding to the excitement is a round of free tastings.

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Paris, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Versailles, Fontainebleau, Champagne region, Loire valley, Normandy, or a combo of Honfleur and Giverny. For as little as US$90+ to US$200+ per person you will get a chance to discover highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, see the favorite residence of the French royalty, world-famous vineyards, charming castles, and historic battlefields of World War II. For any of these tours you may be picked up either straight from your hotel or any other place in Paris, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned minivan or train (whenever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.