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Paris in a Day

Visit all of Paris' main attractions in one day for an unforgettable tour. From the windmills of Montmartre, to the sanctuary of Notre Dame, the halls of the Louvre and up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, there is no better way to experience the culture, history and beauty of the City of Lights in a short period of time.

Paris is a city with a lot of history and even more attractions, so this is the best tour to book to see all of the key attractions in one day. Your expert guide will tell you the tales of the city as you go, including characters, myths and facts making this an unforgettable day.

Your day starts at Montmartre where your guide will take you on the funicular to Sacré-Cœur Basilica, where you can enjoy the stunning views of the city. Go through the winding streets of Montmartre, stopping off at the neighbourhood vineyard, artist hangout Place du Tertre, and a reconstructed windmill, much like those made famous by the cabaret club (and movie) Moulin Rouge.

After your visit of Montmartre, you will take the Metro for a short trip to the Île de la Cité, Paris’s oldest district. The City of Light started on this very island, growing from a Roman outpost into the most populous and prosperous city in Europe. Above it rises Notre Dame. Severely damaged by a recent fire, she still stands proudly in the heart of the city; testament to the genius of its design and the endurance of France. Your guide will bring you as close as the ongoing restoration will permit to give you the best views possible. You’ll cross the river into the historic Latin Quarter with its gothic churches and winding, cobbled, streets ending at Place Saint-Michel, gathering place for locals and visitors alike. You'll also see La Conciergerie, the prison where Marie Antoinette was kept before she was beheaded; Place Dauphine, possibly the prettiest square in Paris; and gorgeous Pont Neuf bridge.

A short walk down the Seine brings you to the Louvre, where you’ll enjoy a 1-hour lunch break (with recommendations from your guide) before diving into the largest art museum in the world, to see some of its most spellbinding works of art. The highlight is, of course, da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Your guide will help you understand why the painting is so significant and how, after all these years, it has managed to maintain its reputation as one of the world’s greatest works of art.

After another short subway ride you’ll find yourself staring up at the Eiffel Tower from the best vantage point at Trocadéro Plaza, learning the incredible story of how it was built. At the Tower your guide will depart but as a parting a gift they’ll leave you with a skip-the-line ticket for the second floor and a ticket for a one-hour Seine river cruise that you can use immediately (we’d recommend it since it’s almost sunset) or save for the next day. Cruising from west to east and back again, this boat tour (audio included if you wish), passes such monuments as the Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre, and Notre Dame, allowing you to get a new vantage point on sites you saw earlier plus many beautiful bridges including the Pont Neuf.

And that’s it; in just one day you’ll have seen Paris by foot and water, skipping its longest lines to see its most popular attractions, plus a few local favorites along the way.

Experience Includes

  • Skip the Line Louvre tickets.
  • See the Louvre’s most famous masterpieces, including Mona Lisa
  • Skip the Line Eiffel Tower tickets (non-guided) and climb to the second floor
  • Visit of Sacré Coeur Basilica
  • Take a one-hour Seine river cruise
  • Learn about the history of Paris on the Île de la Cité.
  • Enjoy this tour in a group of 15 people or fewer

Experience Excludes

  • Lunch
  • Access to Eiffel Tower summit
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel transfers
  • Additional refreshments
  • Souvenirs

Departure location

In front of the subway stop Anvers (line 2), next to the Tourism Office booth.

Start times

9.00am

Duration

9 hours (including 1 hour lunch break)

Terms & Conditions

  • This tour provides skip-the-line priority at some attractions, but is subject to all procedures and security requirements.
  • Skip-the-line tours enables you to skip the line if indeed there is one. Unfortunately, there is no way to foresee which days and times will produce lines and which will not and occasionally there may be no line at all. In general, long lines are common in the summer, on most weekends and during peak travel periods throughout the year (Christmas, Easter, local holidays).
  • Please note, prices apply to everyone 4 years and older. Infants 0-3 years are free of charge and do not require a ticket but proof of child's age may be required.
  • Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments,wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • As with all museums and monuments, particular galleries of the Louvre museum may be closed without prior notice, or pieces may be removed for restoration or loan. In the this case, your guide will make an appropriate substitution. As well, the Eiffel Tower is subject to unexpected closure due to strikes or unforeseen circumstances. In that case, your guide will modify the tour itinerary and lead you to Montparnasse Tower. From the roof of this central skyscraper, you will enjoy a panoramic view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. The tour will end here. From there, your guide will provide you with a subway ticket to the Eiffel Tower should you wish to admire it from the ground and/or reach the cruise departure point.
  • To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower. Only bags smaller than 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm will be accepted. Your guide is not responsible for entry prohibited due to large luggage. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience or delay caused by extra security checks.
  • This tour provides tickets with skip the line access. However, the Eiffel Tower enforces a maximum capacity limit. On rare occasions, you may be asked to wait as the crowd dissipates so that the group may enter safely.
  • Your guided tour will end on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. If you desire to ascend to the third floor after the tour is over, it’s possible to buy a third floor ticket on the second floor and ascend on your own. At the tour’s conclusion, your guide will provide tickets to enjoy a cruise on the Seine river. The cruise is not guided, but audio is included. You may use the open ticket for the cruise immediately after the Eiffel Tower visit, later that evening, or on another day.
  • The cruise on the Seine river may be delayed or cancelled in the case of high water.
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.