Renowned for its pretty-as-a-picture Hausmannian boulevards, world-class art museums and opera houses, and boulangeries, cafes, and Michelin-starred restaurants, Paris is a city that knows its way around the finer things. The sightseeing doesn’t disappoint either. The glittering Eiffel Tower, the grand expanse of the Champs-Élysées, the majestic Notre-Dame, and the picturesque Seine River all do their part to draw millions of tourists each year, making the French capital one of the world’s most-visited cities. The clock doesn’t stop for visitors stuck waiting to get inside the city’s top attractions, but those in the know can skip the lines (and save time) with priority-access tickets and seamless group tours. Travelers can also take advantage of Paris’ proximity to other nearby attractions, from the Palace of Versailles to Disneyland Paris.
Unquestionably Paris’ most iconic landmark, the Eiffel Tower has dominated the city’s skyline since 1889. Standing 1,063 feet (324 meters) high, the UNESCO World Heritage Site has three observation levels for panoramic cityscape views. Roughly 7 million people visit each year, so guided tours are a near-essential way to guarantee entry and provide time-saving, skip-the-line privileges. Travelers can also stay for a meal at one of the Eiffel Tower’s lofty, high-end restaurants.
Given that the Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s busiest monuments, the skip-the-line access provided by this guided tour—and 1-hour viewing window from the first and second levels—helps to save time.
Travelers enjoy the rare chance to prebook tickets to the Eiffel Tower’s top-most level, located at the landmark’s summit, with this tour. Skip-the-line entry makes this a particularly valuable and cost-effective experience.
Many Eiffel Tower itineraries combine the landmark with other key Paris sights. This efficient, skip-the-line tour also includes a Seine river cruise and sightseeing tour by coach.
The Eiffel Tower’s two restaurants—58 Tour Eiffel and Le Jules Verne—provide city views and the chance to linger over a meal. This evening tour invites visitors to enjoy a three-course dinner at the former, followed by a river cruise.
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The world’s largest and most-visited museum—with 35,000 pieces on display at any one time—the Louvre is an art world colossus. Home to world-famous masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, the museum is at the top of most visitor wish lists, yet its hours-long lines can be a serious deterrent. Guided tours not only make it easier to navigate the sprawling museum and seek out its collection highlights, but also include skip-the-line access. Small-group, private, and evening tours offer other more intimate ways to explore.
This priority-access tour ensures visitors can spend several hours exploring the Louvre’s mammoth collection without wasting time in line. Those after a personalized experience can also upgrade to a private morning tour.
Museum-goers enjoy a less crowd Louvre experience when they take this skip-the-line evening tour, followed by a classic Parisian outing: a tutored tasting at a local wine bar.
For visitors who have little time to spare, this skip-the-line express tour makes it possible to see the Louvre’s most famous highlights in as little as 90 minutes.
This small-group, full-day tour takes all the hassle out of navigating among Paris’ most popular attractions. Visitors can see the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame, all with VIP access.
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One of the world’s most famous cabaret venues, Moulin Rouge has hosted risqué dance revue shows since the 19th century, and it’s been frequented by bohemians from Toulouse-Lautrec to Josephine Baker. Today, the Pigalle area in which the Moulin Rouge is based is a hub for nightlife, and the theater—instantly recognizable for its red windmill—is a highlight. Tickets are always in demand, but group tours let visitors reserve seats before they travel, enjoy Champagne with the show, pair the performance with dinner, or combine a visit with other sightseeing stops.
Visitors enjoy a luxurious experience at the Moulin Rouge with this VIP tour. Skip-the-line privileges and a seat in a private balcony make the evening memorable. A gourmet meal, Champagne, and wine complement the show.
Perfect for those with dinner plans, this VIP Moulin Rouge package includes skip-the-line entry, private balcony seating, and Champagne.
With hotel pickup and drop-off included, this tour makes visiting the Moulin Rouge seamless. Visitors also enjoy a half-bottle of Champagne with the performance.
For those looking to make the most of their time in Paris, this combination tour includes dinner at the Eiffel Tower, a Seine river cruise, and a Moulin Rouge performance—all in a single evening.
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Palace of Versailles
One of the world’s largest and most opulent palaces, Versailles was established by Louis XIII and went on to house several generations of the French monarchy—including Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette—prior to the French Revolution. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the lavish grounds are roughly 14 miles (22 kilometers) miles southwest of Paris and accessible via RER train service. Guided tours—especially those with round-trip transportation—make it much simpler to travel to the palace. They also help combat long entry lines, as Versailles receives upwards of 7 million visitors annually.
Not only do visitors on this small-group Versailles tour enjoy priority entry, on-site breakfast, and round-trip minivan transit, they also see areas of the palace that are normally off-limits.
On this two-for-one tour, guests don’t just explore Versailles—they also visit Monet’s picturesque Gardens in the nearby town of Giverny.
With this Viator exclusive tour, Versailles visitors explore the palace’s classic highlights (including the Hall of Mirrors) and venture to Le Petit Trianon, once Marie Antoinette’s personal palace.
Experience another side of Versailles—and see more of the sprawling grounds than possible on foot—on this immersive bike tour.
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Things to Know
When to Visit
Much of the city shuts down for the holidays in August. Each season has its charms, but autumn is when Paris’ romantic side comes to the fore: Think golden leaves tumbling along the boulevards.
The 14 lines of the Paris Metro, plus RER trains, make navigating the City of Lights by public transportation relatively simple, while Seine cruises offer another way to explore. Of course part of the joy of Paris is walking.
In Paris, politeness is a virtue. Visitors should be sure to greet the locals they meet with a hearty “bonjour,” and wish them “au revoir” when saying goodbye.
Things to Bring
An elegant pair of shoes. Many Parisian restaurants still uphold a more formal sense of hospitality. Swap your walking shoes with something dressier before heading out for the evening.
What the Locals Know
The Centre Pompidou doesn’t just host some of Paris’ most cutting-edge art exhibitions. The museum is also an important architectural landmark and offers panoramic views from its upper levels.