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Our Classic Tour of the City of Light

5 Days | History & Culture

Get away and explore Paris for 5 days

from $2,399

This is our classic tour of the City of Light. Go for a Seine River cruise before a visit to the Eiffel Tower. See a cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge. There’s free time to allow you to explore the city’s fine museums, dynamic neighborhoods, or indulge in some luxury shopping. Don’t mistake classic to mean ordinary though. You will live experiences that the average visitor can only dream of. Tour the city by night in a legendary Citroën 2CV and go into Le Marais trendiest boutiques. A walking food tour of Montorgueil is a real highlight for foodies.

Day by Day

Day 1: Paris

Private Transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between the airport and your lodging.

Reflection of eiffel tour over seine rivier in paris

Day 2: Paris

Private Guided Tour of Paris with River Cruise and the Eiffel Tower

  • The Essential Paris Tour: Discover Paris’s most famous sites by car. You’ll travel in style and comfort aboard a chauffeured luxury minibus to ensure an intimate experience. Stop for a photo in front of the majestic Hôtel des Invalides before heading down the Champs Elysees from the Arc de Triumph to the Place de la Concorde. Marvel at the Garnier opera house. Try to spot Quasimodo at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Admire the impressive architecture of the Place Vendôme. Admire the lovely Louvre Museum and the Place de la Bastille where the Bastille Fortress once stood.
  • See the Eiffel Tower: See Paris’s most famous building and enjoy spectacular views over the Seine River, Champs de Mars, and Trocadero. You’ll get priority skip-the-line elevator access to the 1st floor.
  • Cruise of the Seine River: Your tour ends with an hour-long river cruise. Sit back, relax, and enjoy iconic views of Paris while learning about the impressive monuments that flank the Seine (Orsay Museum, Grand Palais, Concierge, Tuileries Gardens, and more) and passing under its iconic bridges.

cruise in seine river Paris

Suggestion: Visit the Invalides

The Hôtel National des Invalides is a must-see for French history buffs.

Located on the left bank of the Seine near Pont Alexandre III, the Invalides is made up of several sites. It includes the Musée de l’Armée, the Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération, the Musée Plans-Reliefs, the Cathedral of Saint-Louis, and the Église du Dôme.

The Invalides is Louis XIV’s most majestic achievements. The Dome des Invalides is crowned with 550,000 sheets of gold leaf. It houses the tomb of Emperor Napoleon I. Home to the largest museum of military history in the world, its collection extends from the Middle Ages through the end of WWII.

Dinner and Show at the Moulin Rouge Cabaret

Experience an unforgettable evening at the world-renowned Moulin Rouge!

Enjoy a fine meal created by chef David Le Quellec. Following dinner, the cabaret’s legendary Féerie show begins at 9:00 pm.

Féerie brings together an extensive troop of performers including more than 100 artists and dancers and original music from more than 80 musicians. Parisian studios have created more than 1,000 feathers, glitter, and rhinestone costumes. The show features astonishing colorful stages and the famous giant aquarium.

moulin rouge in paris

Day 3: Le Marais

Private transfer

A Guided Walking Tour of Le Marais

Get to know Paris’s most fashionable corner with a private guide. See its monuments, learn about its important heritage, and drop in on its hottest shops. This pulsing area is on Paris’s Right Bank and extends into parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. It retains its name, Le Marais, or the swamp, from when it was settled by Templar Knights in the 12th century in what was then outside of the city.

Although it has become a trendy area with many fashion boutiques, art galleries, bookshops, and restaurants, the Marais also has a very important historic core. Your guide explains the sites that played a role in the French Revolution through to its role today. From the elegant Place des Vosges to the Musee Carnavalet and its mansions, or hôtels particuliers, it is an architectural feast for the eyes.

The area was traditionally hosted one of France’s largest Jewish populations. The population has returned here once again. Today it still has beautiful synagogues and the Museum of Jewish Art and History. 

Le Marais is also famously the epicenter of Paris’s LGBT culture.

Suggestion: Self-Guided Visit of the Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter is one of Paris’ best-known areas. It was once the center of the Roman city Lutetia, which became the metropolis we know today.

It contains the famous Sorbonne University and the concentration of students means lots of bookshops and a lively intellectual scene. Students have been here seemingly forever. Since the Middle Ages, France’s finest universities were here. It was at the heart of the infamous May 1968 student protests.

Opposite the Sorbonne, the Hôtel de Cluny houses the Museum of the Middle Ages with the famous The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. Nearby you can see the Gallo-Roman baths, dating from the first to the third centuries. At the summit of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, the Panthéon offers a fascinating blend of the past and present. France’s luminaries are immortalized here, but it’s a meeting place for young people.

On sunny days students study and gather in the neighboring Luxembourg Garden.

By day or night, the Latin Quarter is one of Paris’s liveliest districts. Visit the booksellers along the river banks, wander the historic little streets, and admire the mansions. This is where to go to be a part of authentic Parisian life. There are numerous bars and restaurants in the area. The Les Deux Magots Café dates to 1812. It’s worth having a drink here to follow in the footsteps of Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Simone de Beauvoir for whom it was a favorite. Cinephiles will enjoy exploring here, as the Latin Quarter features prominently in many films.

Day 4: Montorgueil

Private transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and your tour.

Gourmet Walking Tour of Montorgueil

Foodies will love exploring the Montorgueil neighborhood with a guide. It’s a favorite among Parisians for its upmarket food shops, cafés, and the permanent street market. Visit the city’s oldest bakery and try lots of French delicacies.

Private Driving Tour of Paris by Night

Paris isn’t called the “City of Light” for nothing. The city is completely transformed by night, making it a must-see after-hours. The illuminated avenues and spot-lit monuments are magical.

What makes this tour even better is doing it in style. See Paris in a classic, open-topped Citroën 2CV with an English-speaking Parisian guide! See all the highlights of central Paris including the Avenue des Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides, Pont Alexandre 3, the Petit and Grand Palais, the Place de la Concorde, the Garnier Opera, the Place Vendôme, the Louvre Pyramide, the Île de la Cité, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and the Hôtel de Ville.

couple drinking champagne on 2cv tour of paris by night

Suggestion: Self-Guided Visit of the Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou, in the heart of Paris, is an unexpected site. The contemporary art museum offers a sharp contrast to the traditional Parisian architecture and homes surrounding it. It is imposing with external elevators, escalators, and colorful pipes. The architects Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano were inspired by industrial architecture for this inside-out building.

When inaugurated in 1977 the building shocked the public, but it has since been recognized as an architectural treasure. Besides making a contribution to architecture, the Centre Pompidou has left its mark on the modern and contemporary art world.

The permanent collection includes paintings from the masters Picasso, Miro, and Warhol. With over thirty major art exhibitions a year, a new contemporary creation festival, film cycles, concerts, performances, and dance, the Centre Pompidou has something for everyone.

Families will want to check out the Galerie des Enfants (the Children’s Gallery) offers exhibits and workshops catering to children. Grab a snack and a great view of Paris in the rooftop restaurant Georges.

Day 5: Paris

Private transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the airport.

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