This unforgettable Paris experience begins with a one-hour cruise along the waterway that has forged the city's life and character, the shimmering Seine River. Meet your guide who will put you aboard and bid you bon voyage as the boat meanders along its calm waters, treated to views of the city's captivating monuments, including the Louvre, Notre Dame and the medieval Conciergerie, a former palace which later served as a prison for illustrious inmates like Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution. As the Eiffel Tower comes into view you're sure to wish this ride would last forever, but it is now time to see Paris from above.
Meet your guide again for a direct ascent up Paris' most recognizable emblem, the Eiffel Tower. You'll enjoy privileged skip-the-line access, meaning you can avoid the often lengthy queues and make your way straight to the second floor observation deck to take in the 360-degree views of a city so beautiful, it has sparked countless painters, authors, musicians and lovers with undying inspiration. While you gaze out over the Paris skyline, your guide will tell you about the tower's construction, its early reception and other fascinating tidbits relating to this iconic monument's place in the city's history, as well as the dazzling city that lies below.
As evening gives way to night and the City of Light starts to twinkle, it's time to sample Paris' legendary nightlife. You'll be whisked away by private bus to Montmartre's Moulin Rouge, the world's most renowned cabaret, as your guide shares commentary on the allure of Paris by night. This iconic club has enjoyed perennial mythical status thanks to artist Toulouse-Lautrec's famous depictions of it and later, Baz Luhrmann's Oscar-winning 2001 film. Here, you'll witness the razzle-dazzle revue show that delighted party-hard Parisians and scandalized the more buttoned-up members of the city's upper echelons when it first opened back in 1889.
After snapping a photograph of the giant red windmill outside the venue, it's time to head inside. Rather than regular theater seating, this atmospheric turn-of-the-century-style venue features tables around which the audience members sit. You'll be given a half-bottle of champagne, which you can sip your way through as the show gets underway. And as for the show itself? You can expect a nostalgia-soaked extravaganza of singing, dancing and outlandish specialty performances (ranging from acrobatic roller skaters to a death-defying act featuring a giant water tank full of pythons!) and some of the most eye-popping beaded, bejeweled, sequined and feathered costumes known to man. And of course, there will be lots of well-choreographed dance numbers, including the never-to-be-missed "can-can", courtesy of the swirling, twirling, high-kicking, bare-breasted chorus of Doriss girls.