Top 12 Tours To Explore Paris Like A Local

Paris- The city of love, the city of La Vie En Rose, the city of everything fancy, the city with grandeur of the past and the charm of the present; they say a bad day in Paris is still better than a good day anywhere else!

A dream destination that tops the bucket-list of every traveller, Paris never fails to entice you. And although the city is drop-dead gorgeous, it can get quite overwhelming to plan a trip here; owing to its diverse array of activities and points of interest.

To simplify your travel planning, we have handpicked the Paris tours that can make your vacation in Paris a tad bit easier!

1. Explore the Eiffel Tower and Cruise on the Seine River

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Think Paris and the first image strikes our mind is of the majestic Eiffel Tower. This architectural marvel is one of the most visited attractions in the world; any Paris trip is incomplete without a visit to this landmark. The stunning panorama of the city from the top of the tower will linger in your memories for a lifetime.

Another highlight of your Paris trip is the cruise over the Seine River. Beautiful city in the backdrop, the calm and surreal beauty of Seine and an experience to cherish; what more can you ask for!

 

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If you have just a couple of days at hand, the queues at the tower and the cruise ride can take up a lot of time. Beat the queues, book the exclusive Eiffel tower and Seine River Cruise Ride!

Highlights of the Paris tour:

  • Two Best Views In Paris - From The Iconic Eiffel Tower And The Scenic Seine River.
  • Also includes highlights of the city like Sacre Coeur Montmartrel and Notre Dame.

What is included:

  • Special Access to the Eiffel Tower with pre-purchased tickets to the top
  • Pre-purchased tickets for a Seine river cruise; no waiting in line to buy them (use them anytime over the next 6 months, day or evening)

2. Discover the Notre Dame Cathedral

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One of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in the world, Notre Dame Cathedral is the heart of Paris. Its mystic interiors, gigantic towers and stunning architecture make it one of the best places to visit in Paris. Set on the island of circ;le de la Cité on River Seine, this UNESCO World heritage site is a must-visit in Paris.

This Notre Dame And Ile De La Cite Tour With Visit Of The Sainte Chapelle enables you to beat the queues at the Cathedral and also includes a visit to the near-by Sainte Chapelle which was once the private chapel of King Louis IX.

Highlights of the Paris tour:

  • Visit to Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Visit to Sainte Chapelle
  • Visit to the site of city’s founding right in the middle of the Seine River

What is included:

  • Skip-the-Line access to Sainte Chapelle
  • Entertaining commentary with an expert English-speaking guide
  • Intimate group of 20 people or fewer
  • Audio headsets when needed so you can always hear your guide

3. The Famed Mona Lisa at Louvre

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This one doesn’t need a lot of explanation. Louvre museum is one of the greatest collections of art in the entire world and needless to say attracts tons of tourists every year. While the 35000 exhibits are a whole big lot to explore in one trip to Paris, you simply can’t just miss out the highlights of the Louvre museum as starters!

If you are visiting Louvre and don’t know where to start with, this Mona Lisa And Highlights Of The Louvre Semi-Private Tour will be a perfect way to explore the museum.

Highlights of the Paris tour:

  • Meet The Mona Lisa: The guide makes sure you don’t get lost in the huge museum and takes you to the exact spots of the landmarks including the world famous painting of Mona Lisa.
  • Get Personal Attention: Magical masterpieces explained with minute detailing by the guide to the group of less than 6 people.

What is included:

  • An English-only speaking local expert guide
  • Groups of just six people or fewer
  • Pre-purchased tickets to the Louvre Museum

4. Stroll Around the Musee d Orsay Tour

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This petite museum is often under-rated because of the glorious Louvre but is nonetheless replete with beautiful masterpieces from artists like Monet, Cézanne, Degas, and Delacroix. The museum is also home to the Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night Over The Rhone', and Renoir’s ‘Bal du Moulin de la Galette.’

Book the Masterpieces Of Musee D Orsay Tour and explore the beautiful collection of Musee d Orsay!

Highlights of the Paris tour:

  • Golden Age Of Art: Explore The Golden Age Of Art In Paris And Discover How It Inspired The Revolutionary Art Movements Of Impressionism And Post-impressionism
  • Largest, Impressionist Collection: See The Highlights Of The Musee D’Orsay’s Art Collection - The Largest Collection Of Impressionism In The World - In Just Two Hours With Our Expert Guide And A Pre-planned, Researched Route
  • Fascinating Stories: Learn The Fascinating Stories Behind Iconic Artworks And Their Creators From Your Expert, English-speaking Guide.

What is included:

  • Skip the Line Access to Musée d’Orsay and its world-famous art collection
  • A carefully researched and planned tour that enables you to see and learn more in just two hours
  • An expert, English-speaking tour guide and audio headsets

5. The Stunning Palace of Versailles

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This royal castle is the epitome of monarchy in France and within its huge premises, exhibits fantastic architecture and art. The beautiful apartments, the strikingly well-landscaped gardens and the mind-blowing collection of art, collectibles and objects used by the royalty are a must-observe.

Located at around 20 kilometres away from Paris, the Palace of Versailles has huge queues and a vast area that will engulf you at the first look. Skip the lines and get a guided tour of the stunning property with Full Day Versailles VIP Behind Locked Doors tours.

Highlights of the Paris tour:

  • Behind The Gilded Doors: Of The 2,300 Rooms At Versailles Only A Handful Are Open To The Public. Let City Wonders Open Those Doors And Give You Unparalleled Access To The Luxurious Apartments And Rooms Hidden Behind Lock And Key.
  • The Quiet Life: Life At Versailles Isn’t All Over-the-top Opulence. See The Hidden Corridors Where Marie Antoinette Made Her Escape And Tour The Petit Trianon And Hamlet Where She Would Retreat From The Responsibilities Of Royal Life.
  • Feel Relaxed: With Groups Of Just 15 People Of Fewer, Your Day Will Be Intimate And Relaxed, Allowing You To Connect With Your English Speaking Guide And The Stories And Information Shared.

What is included:

  • Guided tour of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles with an English speaking expert local guide.
  • VIP access to hidden rooms and private apartments, opened specially for your group.
  • Guided visit inside Marie Antoinette’s beautiful private home at the Petit Trianon and around her gardens and rural hamlet
  • Small groups of just 15 people or fewer.
  • Escorted train travel to and from central Paris
  • Headsets so that you don’t miss a moment

6. The Fairytale Escape to Loire Valley

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Take this tour and you’ll be delighted for two reasons- the gorgeous and majestic chateaus that look straight out of the fairy tale and the French wine with cheeses that will make you feel good about everything around you! The Loire Valley Castles and Wine Tasting tour includes visit to the Chteau de Chambord which was the inspiration for the Disney movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The fantastic range of French wines and a classic French meal just makes it better!

Highlights of the Pair tour:

  • See Two Of The Most Famous Castles In The World: Chteau De Chambord, Which Inspired Disney’s uo;Beauty And The Beast”, And Chteau De Chenonceau. You’ll Enjoy An Optional Wine Tasting At Chenonceau And A Wine Tasting And Lunch At Nitray, The Lovely, Privately-owned Castle And Winery.
  • Explore The Castles Of The Loire Valley: We Cover The Two Most Famous Castles In The Loire Valley, One Which Inspired Disney’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’ And One So Popular, Its Visitor Numbers Are Exceeded Only By The Palace Of Versailles!
  • Taste The Famous Loire Valley Wines: Enjoy A Guided Red And White Wine Tasting, Winery Tour, And Lunch At Family-owned Nitray Plus An Optional Wine Tasting At Popular Chateau Chenonceau, From Their Own Vines Grown In The Castle Grounds.
  • Sit Back, Relax And Enjoy The French Countryside: Our Day Trips From Paris Take You Into The Heart Of The French Countryside Where You’ll See Stunning Scenery And Pass Through Beautiful Towns. We’ve Organized Transport And All The Details Too So You Can Sit Back And Relax.

What is included:

  • Access and all entry fees to three of the most interesting Loire Valley castles
  • Lunch and wine tasting at Nitray plus an optional wine tasting at Chenonceau.
  • Return transport from Paris on a comfortable air-conditioned coach
  • Expert, English-speaking tour coordinator to accompany you throughout our day trip from Paris
  • Audio headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide.

7. The Paris Catacombs Underground Tour

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Hidden underneath the beautiful city of Paris is a darker hue of the catacombs. Welcoming you with its alarming inscription of ‘Halt, this is the realm of death’, the catacombs of Paris is the site which serves as a resting place for more than 6 million Parisians dating back to the 18th century.

The Paris Catacombs Underground Tour will take you through the layers of skulls and bones lining the walls and arches and combined with poems and literary passages.

Highlights of the Paris tour:

  • The Bone Museum: With Your Expert Guide Leading The Way, Explore The Mysterious, Labyrinthine Paris Catacombs, Filled With The Skulls And Bones Of More Than Six Million Parisians!
  • Timeless Tales: Discover The Incredible 2,000-year History Of The Catacombs And Hear The Timeless Tales Of Some Of Its Incredible uo;residents.”
  • Make Every Moment Memorable: Avoid The Long Lines For Buying Tickets And Enter With Our Skip The Line Access. You’ll Appreciate Saving Your Time And Energy To Enjoy Every Moment Of This Out-of-this-world Experience!

What is included:

  • Explore the dark underworld of the Paris Catacombs, one of the world's most unique museums, in a group limited to 19
  • Our Skip the Line Access takes you past long lines, directly inside
  • Discover the history and legends of the Catacombs from our expert, English-speaking guide

8. The Darkers Side of Paris

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If you are a fan on anything gray, nocturnal and mystic; this is the right tour for you. The Paris Ghost, Legends and Mysteries Tour takes you through the winding alleys and cobbled streets of the old city and spans over places like Square Du Vert-galant and Saint-germain-l'auxerrois that are surrounded with legends and myths!

Highlights of the Paris tour:

  • Tumultuous History, Colorful Characters: Soak Up The Atmosphere Of Nocturnal Paris While Your Guide Shares Dramatic Tales Of Paris’ Turbulent History And Describes The All-too-human Side Of Those Who Shaped It.
  • Popular Places With Infamous Pasts: Discover The Infamous Past Of The Romantic Square Du Vert-Galant, The 7th Century Church Of Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois, And The Palais De Justice
  • Dark Alleys, Dark Deeds: Boldly Explore Dark Streets And Alleyways While Your Expert Guide Shares Tales Of Murder And Mayhem.

What is included:

  • Discover Paris’ dark side, its turbulent history and colorful characters
  • Experience well-known Parisian sites in a whole new light and visit others rarely seen on tours
  • In a small group of up to 20 people, hear and interact easily with our expert, English-speaking guide

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9. Visit to the Hidden Montmartre 

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A Mecca for art lovers; Montmartre is the place where you can observe artists at work that contribute to the beauty of this city. With the Hidden Paris Guided Visit Of Old Montmartre tour, you can walk around the cobbled streets and the unexplored alleys of Paris that is dotted with artists painting on the street, restaurants and the cabarets that are quintessentially Parisian!

The tour also includes a visit to the vineyard followed by wine tasting. What are you waiting for? Book the tour now!

Highlights of the Paris tour:

  • Artist’s Montmartre: See The Artist’s Montmartre, Unchanged For Decades - The Studios, Cabarets And Restaurants That They Made Famous.
  • Amelie And The Sacré Coeur: Take A Look In On Amelie From The World Famous 2001 Film, As We See The Café Where She Worked And Other Locations Of The Popular Film. Enjoy Spectacular Views Across Paris From The Famous Sacré Coeur.
  • Clos Montmartre Vineyard And Wine Tasting: Enjoy A Guided Visit Of The Vineyard, Followed By A Tasting Of Their Clos Montmartre Wine.

What is included:

  • Guided visit of Montmartre
  • Entrance and guided visit of the Clos Montmartre vineyard with local Montmartre guide and wine tasting
  • Groups of 25 or fewer
  • Headsets where appropriate so you can always hear your guide.

 10. The Burial Place Of The Great

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One of the most popular cemeteries of Paris, this one is special owing to the famous names that rest here in peace. From American musician Jim Morrison to Irish writer Oscar Wilde, legendary musician like Chopin to the La Vie En Rose singer Eidth Piyaf, this Cemetry will touch you.

Take the Pere Lachaise Cemetery tour and the expert guide will take you through its hidden nooks and corners and will enlighten you about the various stories of the people buried here.

Highlights of the Paris tour:

  • Visit The Graves Of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde And More! Pere Lachaise Cemetery Is Home To Some Of The World’s Most Famous Artists, From Jim Morrison To Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Edith Piaf, Delacroix And Géricault.
  • Explore A Quiet Corner Of Paris, off The Beaten Path: Located Just Minutes From The Center Of Paris, Pere Lachaise Cemetery Is Surprisingly Quiet, Offering A Beautiful And Peaceful Escape From The City.
  • Dig A Little Deeper: With An Expert, English-speaking Guide And Groups Of Only 25 People Or Fewer, Your Paris Cemetery Tour Will Be Intimate And Your Guide Easy To Interact With As They Tell You The Stories Behind The Headstones.

What is included:

  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Guided storytelling tour of Paris's famous cemetery
  • Groups of only 25 people or fewer

 11. Re-live D-Day At The Beaches Of Normandy 

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This D-Day beaches Of Normandy Tour walks you through the stories and happenings of D-Day; which was one of the gravest attacks during the World War II. Taking you to places like the Utah Beach, The American Cemetery, Pointe Du Hoc, and Omaha Beach, the tour guide also elaborates the strategies of D-Day, the ferocious fight and the tales of the fallen soldiers.

Highlights of the Paris tour:

  • Four Important Sites: Especially Designed For U.S. Visitors, This Emotional And Educational Tour Visits The Four Most Important Sites Of The D-Day Landings: Utah Beach, The American Cemetery, Pointe Du Hoc, And Omaha Beach (seen From The Cemetery)
  • Brave Soldiers: An Expert, English-speaking Guide Will Recount Stories Of The Extraordinary Determination And Bravery Of The Soldiers While You Marvel At The Challenging Terrain They Faced Under Fire.
  • Taste Of Normandy: You’ll Relax And Enjoy A Taste Of Normandy With An Authentic Apple Cider And Calvados Tasting At A Farm And A Traditional Lunch At A Local Restaurant In A Charming, Little Port.

What is included:

  • Round-trip transportation from central Paris
  • Admission to the Utah Beach Museum and visits to Pointe du Hoc and the Normandy American Cemetery and
  • Visitor Center overlooking Omaha Beach.
  • Traditional cider-tasting at a local farm and two-course lunch in a restaurant
  • An expert guide who will give you a greater understanding of this extraordinary time in history

 12. Authentic Paris Experience

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Explore the city of Paris like an insider, experience Paris with this Paris - Sights And Real Local Life tour and enjoy homemade meals at Parisian homes, ride a bike around its pleasant streets, take a walking tour in Paris’s bests neighbourhoods!

Highlights of the Paris tour:

  • First Time In Paris With Petra: If You're In Paris For The First Time, You Should Take This Tour, Petra Will Show You All The Main Sights. You'll Be Strolling And Eating Ice Cream.
  • French Goodies At Parisian Home: Taste A Real Homemade Dinner At Franoise's Home
  • Magical Eiffel Tower At Night: Admire The Eiffel Tower At Its Best: At Night!
  • Local Market And Bike Ride Along Canal: Transform Into A Real Parisian, Go See A Local Market And Bike Along The Canal Saint Martin
  • Notre Dame, Bridge And Chocolate: Discover The Majestic Notre Dame And Stop For The Best Chocolate In Paris on The Way
  • A Trip To The Future: Go Explore The Futuristic Quarter La Défense
  • Around Montmartre: Stroll Through Charming Montmartre - See Sacre Coeur And Moulin Rouge
  • A Hanging Garden Stroll: Go For A Walk In Unique Gardens Made On Former Rail Tracks
  • Louvre Cheerfully: Skip The Line At Louvre.

What is included:

  • Tailor made travel guidebook with all maps, plans, arranged activities, interesting and fun information.
  • Special guidebook and activities for children (look here for a special family trip option)
  • 24/7 support on the phone
  • Activities with locals: First time in Paris with Petra, French goodies at Parisian home

Don't miss out the top tours and activities in Paris, plan a trip to Paris today!

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