In our opinion, Cruising the River Seine is one of the best (and most relaxing) ways to see some of the major sites of Paris. On this one-hour tour, you will glide by the Notre Dame Cathedral, Orsay Museum, and the iconic Eiffel Tower. But that’s not all! Keep a weather eye out for some famous bridges, too. You’ll glide underneath the Pont Neuf, the oldest standing bridge across the Seine, and the Pont Alexandre III, the most beautiful bridge of Paris. If you’re in the mood for romance, you have to consider going on an evening illuminations cruise. Seeing the city’s landmarks light up as the sun goes down and the ‘golden hour’ starts? Now that’s something to remember!
What better way to get your bearings in a new city than to see it all at once? When arriving in Paris, your first stop should definitely be the Montparnasse Tower — 210 meters above the streets and rooftops of Paris. Offering truly spectacular 360 degree views of the city, we love it because it offers an unbeatable vantage-point for all of Paris’ iconic monuments … the Eiffel Tower of course, but also the Notre-Dame, Louvre, Pantheon, Invalides, Numerous cemeteries, etc. Fly past the lines with a timed ticket and spend awhile on this amazing panoramic viewing deck: On clear days, there’s up to 40 kilometers of visibility, so there’s really plenty to take in!
One of the most iconic and romantic places to visit in Paris is Montmartre. Well known for its artists and nightlife, the neighborhood is best explored on a Walking Tour or a Food & Wine Tasting Tour. Head to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica for the perfect view of the city (second only to the panorama offered by the Eiffel Tower). After that, take a break at one of the many cafes. As you unwind with a French pastry, it won’t be hard to picture Picasso or Van Gogh as they might have relaxed in the area. After all, both masters lived and worked there.
Walk down 131 steps to the underbelly of Paris to explore the ancient Catacombs. The lines are usually quite long, as it’s one of the top places to visit in Paris, but a skip-the-line ticket will give you fast access to this magnificent place. In the 18th century, bones were relocated to this ossuary from cemeteries around the city to solve problems in public health. The Catacombs house the remains of around 7 million people. Exploring these underground tunnels is a chilling (and thrilling) experience.
Visit the Louvre Museum, the world’s largest art museum and the iconic monument in Paris, France. Best known for being the home of the Mona Lisa, but also the amazing Venus of Milo and many other famous art pieces. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built in the late 12th to 13th century under Philip II. Remnants of the Medieval Louvre fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. The museum contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments and is the world’s most visited museum, averaging 15,000 visitors per day (65 percent of whom are tourists). Buy your priority entrance ticket (with audio guide) or timed entrance ticket ahead of time to avoid the crowds.