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Is There a Virtual Tour of the Louvre?

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Located along the Seine River in Paris, France, the Louvre is not only the largest art museum in the world, but it’s also the most visited, welcoming millions of people each year. But not everyone can make it to France to see the historic building that originally served as a castle for Philip II, especially with a pandemic going on. For this reason, the museum, which opened in 1793, offers virtual tours of both the facility and its exhibitions and galleries. All you have to do is visit the museum’s website . Once you finish up there, you can find even more virtual tours of the Louvre online.

Which Virtual Tours Are Available?

When you visit the Louvre’s website, you’ll find a handful of virtual tours available at any given time. They’re subject to change as exhibitions inside the museum change, but you’ll usually get a chance to see some of the museum’s most popular exhibits and galleries in the tours on offer. 

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You might catch a glimpse of “Egyptian Antiquities,” which features artifacts from the Pharaonic period, or “Body in Movement,” which is all about dance. You can also virtually tour the remains of the Louvre’s moat, which was built around 1200 by King Phillipe Auguste to protect Paris.

Other Online Activities at the Louvre

Once you’ve finished checking out virtual tours on the museum’s site, you can take a look at some of the other virtual resources the Louvre offers, all of which are family-friendly. One is the Mona Lisa virtual reality app that you can download for your iPhone or Android smartphone. The museum also offers a short children’s program via YouTube called “One Minute in a Museum.” It features three cartoon characters checking out various works of art that are on display at the Louvre. Speaking of YouTube, there’s an entire playlist set up on the Musee du Louvre account that features various famous YouTubers exploring the museum. Finally, you can visit the “A Closer Look” page of the museum’s website to learn more about some of the more famous art there via various forms of multimedia.

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Other Sources for Virtual Louvre Tours

Beyond the Louvre’s website, there are countless other sources online that allow you to tour the museum without leaving the comfort of your home. A quick search will provide you with dozens of options. Some of the more popular ones are Youvisit.com , which provides a 360-degree view of various locations around the museum, and Openculture.com , which offers a list of different video tours.

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Visiting the Louvre in Person

If you do ever plan to visit the Louvre in person, you can find it on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement in the heart of Paris. Both the Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre Métro and the Louvre-Rivoli stations service the museum if you plan to take public transportation. Visitors can enter at the pyramid, which is considered the museum’s main entrance, or you can enter from Carrousel du Louvre, a mall that sits underground. A third entrance is at the Porte des Lions.

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Origins of the Louvre

The Louvre was originally a castle built during the late 12th century for King Philip II of France, and remnants of this original structure are still visible in the current museum’s basement. By 1682, King Louis XIV decided to move the royal residence to the Palace of Versailles, and the Louvre was used to display the royal art collection, which included ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. During the French Revolution, the Louvre became a public museum, and it officially opened its doors in 1793 with about 700 paintings and other works of art. Initially, the public could visit for free on a few days each week.


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Once you’ve experience one of these truly remarkable tours, you’ll start to discover another side to Paris - a side you won’t read about in the guide books. You’ll relive the city’s harrowing history on our Ghosts, Legends and Mysteries tour or visit the spirits of Paris past on a tour of the city’s most famous graves . Accompanied by an expert English-speaking guide, listen as these fascinating sights are brought back to life for you on Something Different tour.

Of course, no trip to Paris is complete without some art. A lot less hectic than the Louvre, but equally as interesting, is the Musée d'Orsay . Here you’ll get the opportunity to bask in the beauty of masterpieces from Monet, Renoir, Manet and many more.

Paris can get pretty hot during the day, especially during the summer months. Escape the heat and embrace the city’s shadowy past as you venture to the dark tunnels that lie beneath it. Visit some of Paris’ oldest residents as you discover the city’s dark side on a tour of the City of the Dead at the Paris Catacombs . Whatever you choose, don’t leave Paris without exploring some of these truly different tour experiences.

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The 30 best tours in Paris

Helicopter ride? Coco Chanel tour? Versailles pass? See the city in style with our guide to the very best Paris tours

Alex Floyd-Douglass

Paris may be beautiful, but trekking around the city when you’re directionally challenged is anything but dreamy. Thankfully, there are many ways around this – and grabbing a ticket for one of our picks of the very best Paris tours may come top. All your navigational stresses will disappear as an expert guide leads you around the city, offering an insider’s take on some of the city’s most fascinating sights. We’re talking iconic Paris attractions , to-die-for galleries and street art , and world-beating shopping opportunities (yep – there’s even a tour paying homage to Coco Chanel). Whichever way you want to explore this city – on land or by river cruise, and with nibbles or tipple in hand – sit back, relax, and let the City of Lights unfold before you. This is our ultimate guide to the best tours in Paris.

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Best of Paris Bike Tour

1.  Best of Paris Bike Tour

Luckily for independent explorers, Paris has its own brand of easy-to-use Boris Bikes. Here, the cycle network is known as the  Vélib and you’ll find these two-wheelers scattered all over the city. S witching your bike as you move from station to station gives you the chance to explore the city on foot. Perfect for those who don’t appreciate being  shepherded around too much. 

Gourmet French food walking tour

2.  Gourmet French food walking tour

Sure, Paris is full of calorific cheese, pastries and wine, but who’s counting when you’ve got to walk to get to them? In three hours your guide will have you trekking through the capital on the lookout for French fancies . Visit a bakery, a patisserie, a cheese and wine bar, and a fresh produce market.

VIP Guided Tour through the Palace of Versailles

3.  VIP Guided Tour through the Palace of Versailles

Versailles was built for the most VIP of VIPs in French royal history. So it’s only right that you visit with a similar sense of entitlement. By booking on to this special tour of the  super-luxe Château de Versailles, not only will you get priority entrance, but also a private viewing of the palace’s Royal Quarters. Which are very snazzy, by the way. Still not enough? Well, you’ll enter the palace through a reserved door and be granted access to magnificent private rooms (such as Louis XVI’s library) that are normally off-limits to the general public.

A Paris helicopter tour

4.  A Paris helicopter tour

See the City of Light in the best way possible – from above. On this tour to Versailles you’ll soar over the Seine, the Bois de Boulogne and the royal palace before landing near Versailles where you can enjoy a complimentary drink and take photos in front of your helicopter. On your return flight to Paris, enjoy bird’s-eye views of Trocadéro, Montparnasse, La Défense and the Eiffel Tower.

Skip-the-line Louvre ‘masterpieces express’ tour

5.  Skip-the-line Louvre ‘masterpieces express’ tour

The Louvre is massive – there’s no avoiding that fact, but this tour boils it down to the very best bits. And you get to jump the line! You should allow a couple of hours for this excursion around the museum’s most renowned artworks. Get up close to the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa and, of course, da Vinci’s Mona Lisa – all with an informative commentary courtesy of your guide.

A ‘classic Paris’ walking tour

6.  A ‘classic Paris’ walking tour

There’s no messing about on this one – it’s all sights, sights, sights. The two-hour tour takes in  all the landmarks, including Notre-Dame, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, and is led by a guide who’ll share lots of fascinating titbits along the way.

Wine Museum Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

7.  Wine Museum Guided Tour with Wine Tasting

This 60-minute tour takes you through the wine cellers of the King of France where you'll have the chance to learn all about French grapes and the various wine regions of France. After all, what’s a trip to France without sampling a few glasses of top-notch vino?

Behind the scenes of a boulangerie

8.  Behind the scenes of a boulangerie

France is famous for many things, but let’s be honest – the food must be top. If your mouth is watering at the thought of la cuisine parisienne , you’re not alone – and this boulangerie tour is waiting.  Prepare to have your senses astounded, because as soon as you enter this  behind-the-scenes tour (at an authentic Parisian patisserie), you’ll be revelling in an array of delicious sights, smells and tastes. Uncover the  secrets of French baking, mosey around the kitchens and witness first-hand exactly how those delectable French breads, pastries and cakes are crafted. Once you’ve feasted your eyes, you’ll be allowed take home a freshly made croissant and baguette. 

Monet's Garden Bike Tour from Paris

9.  Monet's Garden Bike Tour from Paris

This bike tour takes you out of the chaos of Paris proper, and into the quaint and picturesque villages of Vernon and Giverny on its outskirts. And yes, it should be every bit as idyllic as it sounds. 

Cheese and wine tasting in a cellar

10.  Cheese and wine tasting in a cellar

Paris is synonymous with cheese and wine – a duo that’ll taste beautiful together if selected artfully. If you join the pro cheesemonger on this tasting session in a Parisian cellar – where else? – you too can learn all the secrets behind a perfect pairing. Enjoy seven French and Swiss fromage fancies as the guide teaches you how to find the right wines to accompany them. Nibbling while you work is absolutely encouraged.

‘Paris by night’ walking tour

11.  ‘Paris by night’ walking tour

A chance to see the City of Light live up to its nickname – t his tour whisks you along the Seine, then loops around the courtyard of the Louvre, before taking in some hidden-away gems you may not even have heard of.

Guided Direct Access to Eiffel Tower

12.  Guided Direct Access to Eiffel Tower

This guided tour takes in various city sights including the Louvre, the winding streets of Montmartre and a queue-jumping trip up the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower, Seine river cruise and Paris illuminations night tour

13.  Eiffel Tower, Seine river cruise and Paris illuminations night tour

We all know there are few cities as enchanting and beautiful as Paris – and that it really comes into its own come nightfall. This bus/coach tour takes in the Eiffel Tower and various other floodlit monuments, and for that extra little bit of magic, also includes an hour-long cruise along the Seine. Parfait!

Paris shopping tour

14.  Paris shopping tour

This one’s essential for those who love a spot of retail therapy. On this tour you’ll be led by a genuine Parisian stylist and fashion expert – she’ll take you on a stroll through major Parisian shopping locations and delve into the city’s rich sartorial history. It’s not often we suggest wearing your smartest heels for a tour – but maybe you should in this case!

Coco Chanel tour

15.  Coco Chanel tour

This tour takes a look at one of the 20th century’s most famous Parisians, fashion designer and clothes magnate Coco Chanel. Tour guide Alex will take you on a walk around the Place Vendôme, known for its fashion houses and boutiques, and a regular haunt of Madame Chanel. 

Ballon de Paris

16.  Ballon de Paris

Fancy seeing Paris from a bird’s-eye view? Then take to the skies on the Ballon de Paris, a gargantuan hot-air balloon that sets off from Parc André Citroën Park in the 15th arrondissement and floats over the city’s rooftops. Take note: tours can be cancelled in bad weather. 

Opéra Garnier tour

17.  Opéra Garnier tour

Not only does this tour take you around one of the world’s most famous opera houses – your guide is a former professional ballet dancer. Cécile Saglia tells first-hand stories about Charles Garnier’s ludicrously grand venue.

Paris Museum Pass

18.  Paris Museum Pass

Got Paris’s museums and galleries on your to-see list? The Paris Museum Pass is essential: it gets you entry to more than 60 of the city’s institutions as many times as you like over a consecutive two-day period. It’ll let you culture-binge to your heart’s content at the likes of the Musée d’Orsay, the Pompidou Centre and the Arc de Triomphe. 

The Roaring Twenties in Montparnasse tour

19.  The Roaring Twenties in Montparnasse tour

Go back in time to the ’20s and explore the golden era of Montparnasse, then Paris’s bohemian epicentre and home to artists ranging from Duchamp to Dalì. The tour is small-scale – limited to a maximum of six – and includes a glass of wine at a local bar, plus a photo souvenir.

Guided tour of Montmartre

20.  Guided tour of Montmartre

Another guided tour of one of Paris’s artistic quarters – this time, Montmartre, once home to the likes of Picasso, Modigliani and Toulouse-Lautrec. This one’s led by three actors who assume the roles of artsy bohemian types who once lived there.

Private ride through Montmartre in a 2CV

21.  Private ride through Montmartre in a 2CV

And if you don’t fancy being led by actors through Montmartre, then how about in the passenger seat of that Frenchest of French vehicles, a Citroën 2CV? You’ll be chauffeured past sights including the Sacré-Coeur and the red light district in north Pigalle.

Montmartre photography class

22.  Montmartre photography class

Most people are pretty snap-happy these days, but if you’re seriously trying to improve your photography skills, then book a place on this three-hour course and tour around Montmartre. This charming former village on the city’s outskirts will provide you with the perfect subject-matter as a photography expert guides you through really perfecting your pics.

Paris movie locations tour

23.  Paris movie locations tour

Paris has been committed to celluloid on countless occasions – and in this walking tour, you’ll visit spots that have made appearances in classics including ‘The Three Musketeers’, ‘Marie Antoinette’, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and, er, ‘Safe House’, starring Ryan Reynolds. 

Discovery bus pass and cruise tour

24.  Discovery bus pass and cruise tour

On this tour, you can take to both tarmac and water to explore Paris – and even better still, completely at your own pace. The Discovery pass lets you board the scheme’s open-top buses and Seine-based ‘Batobuses’ with total freedom across a two-day period.

Cyclo private guided tour

25.  Cyclo private guided tour

From the comfort of a three-wheeled electric bike, you’ll be driven through the streets of the Left Bank’s Latin Quarter, before being directed towards illustrious sights including the Place de la Concorde, the square where Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and many others were guillotined.

Chocolate tour in Saint Germain des Prés

26.  Chocolate tour in Saint Germain des Prés

This tour for the sweet-toothed takes you around bougie Saint-Germain-des-Prés, which brims with artisanal pastry and chocolate shops. Needless to say, there’ll be the opportunity to get your chops sticky along the way – at an insulin-raising eight different establishments. 

Paris By Night tour

27.  Paris By Night tour

As night falls, Paris begins to sparkle. This tour takes in both on a cruise along the Seine and a bus tour past various landmarks, so you can truly appreciate why the City of Light earned its nickname.

Disneyland Paris Fastpass

28.  Disneyland Paris Fastpass

Want to visit the land of Mickey, Minnie, Donald et al – but baulking at the thought of all those queues? The Fastpass option lets you skip the line at various rides and attractions at Disneyland Paris, including ‘Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain’ and ‘Peter Pan’s Flight’. 

Romantic evening dinner cruise

29.  Romantic evening dinner cruise

Ah, Paris – there’s no better place for lovebirds. And if you fancy treating your partner to an intimate evening meal, then why not book a spot about this cruise boat? The Seine and the city’s riverside sights will provide the perfect backdrop to a cosy tête-à-tête .

Saint-Germain-des-Prés tour with tastings

30.  Saint-Germain-des-Prés tour with tastings

Another foodie tour in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this focuses on macaroons, kouignettes and other classic Gallic treats. The tour begins in a pastry shop that frequented by Brigitte Bardot, before moving on to other top locations where you can sample the best the Left Bank has to offer.

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You really can’t go wrong with a trip to Paris, but you can definitely enhance your time there by doing things that help you explore so much more of the city’s fascinating history, architecture, and culture. On our list below, we’ve added experiences and food tours that bring your tastebuds back to life, as well as boat rides, day trips, and ground tours that’ll show you towns, castles, and views that not many people get to see. Being in Paris means being in awe of your surroundings, and we hope this list of unique and exciting adventures makes your trip just that much better. Since we have already shared our favorite luxury hotels in Paris to make you feel like a local , here is our list of the top 12 most unique, VIP, and splurge-worthy experiences in Paris.

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1. Private Champagne Boat Ride on the Seine

Riding along the Seine is at the top of our list because it’s probably one of the best ways to see the city while winding down with good food and drinks. It’s a classic experience to enjoy during a beautiful sunset, especially with your own private champagne tour. Book a river cruise that includes private seating, champagne tastings with a sommelier, live commentary, and hotel pickup and drop off. To make your experience even more luxurious, have a luxury travel agent help you with all your booking needs.

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2. Private Shopping Day with Your Own Personal Stylist

Paris is known for many extravagant things, one of them being the fashion culture you experience upon arriving. What a lot of tourists might not know is that there are private shopping services you can purchase which include a walking/shopping tour of the city with a private stylist. What better way to get an up close and personal look into fashion trends, rising designers, and Parisian boutiques than to have an expert by your side educating you on all things Parisian Fashion.

Loire Valley Castles and Wine Day Trip

3. Loire Valley Castles and Wine Day Trip

Sitting just 2.5 hours southwest of Paris is the designated UNESCO world heritage site, Loire Valley which holds some of the most famous and beautiful châteaux of France. Several companies are offering full-day excursion tours of all the fairytale castles where you’ll get the chance to soak in the French countryside while learning about the history of these castles, tasting delicious local wines, and exploring the garden grounds on your own. If you are planning a destination wedding anytime soon, consider these beautiful places as venue.

Gourmet Cooking Class with a Professional Chef

4. Gourmet Cooking Class with a Professional Chef

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro in the kitchen, taking the time to learn abou t French cuisine from a local chef won’t be an activity you regret. French gastronomy comes with its own history and influence on culture and that’s what you’ll learn at one of these cooking classes hosted by passionate chefs that have dedicated their lives to this kind of work. Whether you want a more hands-on approach, or you’re looking for a little education while you make your dinner, take a look at these highly rated cooking classes.

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5. Palace of Versailles with Musical Fountains, Private Gourmet Picnic and Bike Ride Through the Gardens

We bet you didn’t know you could see Versailles like this! The Versailles Bike Tour is the best way to visit the town of Versailles. Not only will you be able to enjoy an interactive bike ride through the gardens, but you’ll also be taken to an open-air market where you can buy exactly what you need for a lovely picnic lunch in the gardens themselves. You’ll then head to Marie Antoinette’s village before getting the chance to peruse and explore the palace with plenty of time to spare. This is one of our personal favorites when it comes to the top experiences in Paris.

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6. Paris by Citroen 2CV

Are you a vintage car enthusiast looking for a slower ride? If so, booking a Paris tour by Citroën 2CV, a vintage car dating back to the 1940s is the best way to experience Paris from a totally new perspective. Whether you’re going on a romantic ride with your partner or you’re looking to take some vintage pictures of your 2CV in front of famous landmarks, this slow and personalized way of getting to know the city is the best way to turn heads and go at your own pace. If you are traveling to Paris with children, be sure to check out our one week family Paris itinerary for more kid friendly tour options.

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7. Michelin Star Paris Food Tour

Paris is known as the Michelin Star capital of the world which means you’re getting some of the best food in the world delivered to you on a platter. You must get the full Michelin dining experience in Paris! Why not make a night out of it and visit a few of the Michelin star winners on your own tour? This list of the best Michelin star tours is chock-full of once-in-a-lifetime gastronomic experiences that include luxury wine tastings, dishes from triple Michelin-Starred chefs, and vineyard tours.

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8. Day of Champagne, History and Hot Air Balloon Ride

Did you know that when you finish riding in a hot air balloon, it’s customary to celebrate with a glass of champagne? This tradition started in the 1780s and continues to this day with hot air balloon companies offering flights over the pristine Champagne Region before landing and offering every person a glass of champagne created from the grapes they just flew over. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience so be sure to book as soon as possible. Children seem to love the hot air balloon rides, if you are traveling as a family, be sure to check out our perfect family getaway to Paris. 

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9. Learn About the French Revolution Tour with a Historian

Not many people know that the French Revolution was monumental in changing the history and politics of France as it gave power back to the people. Lasting 10 years and creating so much social and political change, fellow historians and visitors interested in this fascinating point in history can take either a self-guided tour or a walking tour with a historian to learn all about the fall of the monarch and the changes that ensued. Although Paris is filled with French history, consider going to other romantic cities in France to learn every more about the past.

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10. Painting Class Along the Seine

Today, you can walk in the footsteps of Monet and Van Gogh and try your hand at oil or acrylic painting with a renowned artist. Set up your canvas and brushes and let the magic of Paris inspire what you create. There are tons of painting classes in Paris but if you’re feeling a little independent, why not gather your own materials, pick your favorite spot in Paris, like the Seine, and get creative painting a landscape or something you’re passionate about. Discover artists, painting classes, and artistic tours at the link in the title.

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11. Louvre After Hours with an Art Historian

Seeing the Louvre in person and taking your own walking tour can be daunting with many other travelers wanting to see the same artwork just as much as you do. That’s why the museum offers after-hours tours right after most of the guests have gone home to give you a chance to see the museum like never before. Grabbing a historian to take you through the many rooms of revered works of art is the best way to really understand the painter, the piece, and the inspiration behind some of the world’s most incredible artwork. If you are an early riser, be sure to check out the morning breakfast experience overlooking the Louvre pyramid.

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12. Catacombs Secret Passages and Hidden Rooms Tour

Those who like to dive deep into the historical footprints of their favorite cities will enjoy this adventure below Paris. The Tour Guy offers a tour of the Paris catacombs with hidden rooms and passageways for those wanting to take a step off the beaten path. The restricted access Catacomb tours are known for being some of the most thrilling experiences in Paris. Included in your visit is passionate storytelling, incredible history and facts, and access to underground streets, a mass grave, cataphile secrets and so much more.

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9 Great Paris Tours To Take in 2024 and Why

Sean Finelli Last Updated: October 29, 2023

Paris is one of the world’s most visited destinations due to the combination of great food, interesting culture, and many attractions to visit. That said, which attractions in Paris require a tour? This article details the top tours in Paris that you should definitely consider on your next trip to the city of light .

Pro Tip: It’s easier to organize your trip when you have all your resources in one place. Create a browser folder and bookmark this post along with our dedicated guide to Paris to help you plan your trip. Also, see our best Paris tours and how to visit Paris in a weekend .

Should You Take a Tour in Paris?

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Without a doubt, Paris is one of the best cities to take a tour. Yes, Paris is already a more expensive trip than some cities, but is it really worth skipping out on the chance to really understand the rich history of this famed city?

That’s what a local guide is here for. They’ll make sure you get to know the little tidbits about Parisians’ original feelings about the Eiffel Tower and so much more. You’ll leave Paris with a new appreciation that is sure to make you want to come back again and again.

Not ready to book a tour? Find out if Paris tours are worth it .

A top day trip from Paris is certainly the Palace of Versailles , which is so astonishing that it will be easy to forget what century you’re in. As you stroll between rooms and chambers that redefine the meaning of “home,” you will even find that the toilets are opulent. Kings and queens lived here, and your guide will tell you about all their amazing stories right where they took place. There’s a reason Versailles has captured the attention of millions of visitors. Don’t miss your chance to see the almost indescribable Hall of Mirrors that’s adorned with gold, paintings, and chandeliers.

1. Ultimate Palace of Versailles Tour from Paris

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Looking for an easy way to see the best of Versailles? Versailles is a popular day trip from Paris, but planning ahead to get tickets and transportation organized makes things so much easier! That’s why you’ll love our half-day small group tour with a local guide who’ll make sure you hop on the right train to Versailles, exit at the ideal stop, and skip the long lines at the palace. You’ll see the palace, gardens, and Trianon Estate more quickly and maximize your trip to Versailles from Paris. See the tour itinerary, price, and description.

2 . Versailles Gardens Tour from Paris with Skip the Line Palace Access

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Should opulent palaces not be your thing, why not explore the gardens of Versaille with your expert guide instead? With a small group, you’ll take a guided tour to learn the fascinating history of the gardens before skipping the long lines at the Palace of Versailles to enjoy its splendor at your leisure. An essential Paris experience! See the tour itinerary, price, and description.

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Not ready to book a tour? Find out if a tour of Versailles is worth it .

The Louvre houses the greatest museum collection on Earth. It spans over 60,000 meters and boasts 380,000 works of art. You may find yourself overwhelmed with the sheer mass of visitors—15,000 people a day clamor to see the Mona Lisa alone. But there’s so much to see before you even reach her!

1. Secrets of the Louvre Museum Tour with Mona Lisa

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In this 3-hour tour, you’ll skip the line to find out more about the mystery behind Mona Lisa’s smile, discover other great works of art, and get up close and personal with the French crown jewels. With expert insights and stories that’ll bring the art to life, there’s no better way to see this unmissable museum!

See the tour itinerary, price, and description.

2. Louvre at Closing Time Tour with Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo

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Want to skip the line and see the Louvre with fewer crowds? In this 2-hour Louvre tour at closing time, see the Louvre’s most iconic artwork, including the Mona Lisa , Winged Victory of Samothrace , Coronation of Napoleon , Venus di Milo , and more, with an engaging guide. It’s a great way to experience the museum in a short amount of time with the added benefit of fewer people getting in the way.

3. Private Louvre Tour with Expert Guide

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In our Private Louvre Tour , get skip-the-line tickets and 3 hours with a local art-loving tour guide who can tailor your visit to your preferences. Want more time with Greek statues? No problem. Our professional guides are true experts who bring the Louvre collections to life. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the Mona Lisa , Venus de Milo , and more. These Louvre tours allow you to see the world’s largest museum with an expert guide at your disposal.

4. Semi-Private Louvre Tour with the Mona Lisa

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So, you want to tour the Louvre, but you don’t want a big group? No problem! This is the ideal tour for getting an almost-private experience at a great price since your group size maxes out at just six people! You’ll have a more exclusive experience following your art historian guide through the treasures of the Louvre as you ask questions, hear stories, and watch as the evolution of millennia of art unfolds before your eyes.

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Not ready to book a tour? Find out if a tour of the Louvre is worth it .

“We protest against the erection of this useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower” was actually written in reaction to France’s most iconic monument in 1894. People were actually outraged by how ugly it was. Today, this 1,063-foot iron lattice tower still stands and attracts 7,000,000 visitors each year.

The long lines can be intimidating, and a visit is considered an all-day event. However, with our wide range of privileged access tours, Seine cruises, and family tours, we are sure to have something that fits your needs. There are two types of tourists! Those who stand in line and those who don’t. Which do you want to be?

1. Privileged Access Eiffel Tour at Night Tour with River Seine Cruise

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Our Privileged Access Eiffel Tower Night Tour is a romantic evening without the lines. The tour starts at dusk with a boat ride on the Seine.

As the sun descends, the Eiffel Tower lights up and sparkles. Enjoy this magnificent sight with a glass of champagne and then climb the tower and witness amazing views of the city lit up at night.

2. Eiffel Tower Climbing Tour with Summit Access

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Looking for a budget-friendly tour of the Eiffel Tower summit that’s ideal for active people? This guided climb of France’s most famous landmark gives you the chance to live that dream. You’ll climb the 674 steps to the tower’s second floor as your local guide tells you the story of its remarkable construction and troubled early history before taking the elevator to the summit for a well-earned rest and a truly remarkable view of Paris. Enjoy!

Not ready to book a tour? Find out if a tour of the Eiffel Tower is worth it .

The Catacombs are a labyrinth that can only be seen a few months of the year, which is why lines to get in can be up to 5 hours long. Although the Catacombs are hundreds of miles long, only one mile is open to the public. Tickets sell out months in advance, but our tours come with skip-the-line access and privileged access to a number of chambers usually closed to the public.

1. Paris Catacombs Tour with Secret Rooms & Privileged Access

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Why are skeletons stacked up in intricate designs below Paris? Where did these skeletons come from? Why are there 6,000,000 of them? Discover one of the great mysteries of Paris without spending long hours waiting outside on a Paris Catacombs tour . 

With one of our passionate guides, explore underground Paris and learn the macabre details of these 200-year-old ossuaries. They will explain the incredible history, artwork, and unique architecture for a memorable experience of Paris’ Catacombs. See the tour itinerary, price, and description.

Not ready to book a tour? Find out if a tour of the Paris Catacombs is worth it .

If you’re looking for amazing food, Paris is one of the best places to visit. There are more Michelin restaurants in this city than in any other city on Earth, and a local food tour is a fantastic way to experience Paris’ local food scene.

1. Le Marais Local Food Tour (Incredible Deal!)

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Le Marais is the nerve center of gastronomical delights, which is why our Le Marais food tour is one of our most popular experiences. It’s also one of the only food tours in Paris to include oysters and a sit-down dinner! Enjoy a walking tour of the melting pot that is Le Marais, Normandy oysters and champagne, and falafel street food in the Jewish Quarter.

2. Chef Led Food Tour of Paris’ Montmartre District

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Craving a genuine French culinary experience but don’t have the connections to call in a favor? That’s why we’ve joined forces with Chef PJ and his team of gastronomic experts, so you can join them in tasting Montmartre’s finest delicacies, indulge in a three-course feast with a wine pairing, and learn about iconic sites like the Moulin Rouge and the “I Love You” wall along the way

Not ready to book a tour? Check out our  Paris Guide for more resources.

The Best Private Tours of Musée d’Orsay

When people think of Paris, they tend to think of the Louvre and Eiffel Tower, and for good reason. Both attractions are epic! That said, the Musée d’Orsay would be the number one museum in almost any other city on Earth if it wasn’t in Paris.

1. Private Musée d’Orsay Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

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While taking a private tour of any museum is a luxury, a private tour of Musée d’Orsay is even more amazing. Why? The museum doesn’t get the same crowds as the Louvre, and the paintings demand an explanation. They are all very beautiful and recognizable, but Impressionism is best explained through a lens into the artist’s life—something that a local tour guide does best in an intimate experience like a private tour. See the tour itinerary, price, and description.

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Not ready to book a tour? Find out how to visit the Musée d’Orsay .

1. Castles and Wine Tastings in the Loire Valley Day Trip

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One of my favorite things to do in Europe is explore the countryside. This is because the architecture is amazing, and the agriculture is heavily focused on wine, which together makes for a beautiful experience. I also love having countryside lunches. They tend to be hearty, warm, and full of wine!

The Loire Valley is famous for castles and amazing dry white wines.

Our day trip to the Loire Valley not only explores an amazing castle but also includes a stop at a vineyard for a wine tasting. It will make for an incredible memory you will hold dear for the rest of your days!

2. Pay Tribute To D-Day at Normandy Beach

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From “Saving Private Ryan” to stories from our ancestors, Normandy is famous for the great sacrifices of brave men in the face of tyranny. Today, you can visit different beaches from Omaha to Pointe du Hoc to pay respects. The beaches of Normandy, where World War II was viciously fought, have been kept as it was, down to bullet holes, craters, and cannon shells.

Our Normandy day trip of D-Day landing beaches visits Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and even a Cider brewery—the region’s specialty. This day trip is most definitely long—14 hours in total—but if you have an extra day and are passionate about WWII, it’s well worth the time.

3. Explore the Champagne Region on a Day Trip

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Should you be looking for a day trip to remember—and you’re a fan of champagne—then a trip to the Champagne region is a must. The French countryside is waiting to take you on a culinary journey from wine cellars to champagne houses and a tasty spot for lunch.

This tour includes stops in the cities of Reims and Épernay, where you can see the famous Reims cathedral and explore Dom Perignon’s final resting place in the Benedictine monastery in Épernay. Your day in the countryside will be unforgettable.

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October 5, 2019

Paris is Paris is Paris, no other city can compare .

Paris is Paris is Paris, no other city can compare .I love Paris,love France but dislike the French…..And Iwas born and raise there………….

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October 20, 2022

Is it worth it to get a tour guide, though?

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November 8, 2022

We might be biased, but it really is. You can either wander these amazing locations or monuments and not really know what’s so significant (or that you just passed the first painting by a world-famous painter), or you can learn so many incredible details and stories about these places and art. Tour guides truly do elevate your experience and make it more memorable.

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November 30, 2022

Hello Brie, yeah, that makes sense. I also hate getting lost 😀 I have been looking around on your tours, and it seems that they are not customizable? Something like this https://gowithguide.com/france/paris

December 28, 2022

Our private tours can be customized within the museum or locations it already includes. So for instance, if you want more time in the Greek sculptures than in a room of impressionism, just let your guide know.

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