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Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

1. Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

Explore the Louvre at your own pace with a timed-entrance ticket, ensuring you get in within 30 minutes. See unmissable and iconic artwork such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Discover Renaissance masterpieces and ancient Egyptian relics, along with paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries. The museum first opened on August 10, 1793, exhibiting just 537 paintings. Despite closing in 1796 due to structural problems, it reopened in 1801 as the Musée Napoléon with a larger collection.  The collection has since gained 20,000 works. Now, there are 8 departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings.

Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

2. Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

Visit the Palace and Gardens of Versailles with a pre-booked 1-day or 2-day full access pass. Explore the ornate State Apartments and breathtaking Hall of Mirrors inside the official residence of the French monarchy from 1682 to 1789. Learn more about Louis XIV and other French royals. Get a sense of life in the French court as you take a walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Stroll through the legendary gardens at your own pace, and admire fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured lawns. Enjoy access to the Grand and Petit Trianon in their own grounds. See where the “Sun King” would entertain in private, and where he would go to escape the rigors of court life. Then, go to Marie Antoinette’s Estate, and discover where she would seek refuge in private.

Paris: Skip-the-Line Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets

3. Paris: Skip-the-Line Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets

The Arc de Triomphe is a Neoclassical take on the ancient Roman triumphal arch style. Fifty meters tall, the view from the platform atop the arch is well worth the hike. See the dozen Parisian avenues radiating out from the arch into the City of Light. Paris is one of the most fascinating places in the world and you will find yourself right at its center. Inspired by the great arches of ancient Rome, Napoleon commissioned the Arc de Triomphe shortly after his victory at Austerlitz. Unfortunately, he never lived to see its completion. At the base of the arch, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier pays tribute to the 1.3 million French soldiers who died in World War I. Behold the eternal flame that is rekindled at 6.30 PM each evening. In addition, there is a must-see exhibition that explains the symbolic importance of this monument. The view from the top of the arch is worth climbing the 284 stairs. From your privileged position, survey all of Paris. Unlike the obligatory Eiffel Tower trip, getting into the Arc de Triomphe is an effort not all tourists undertake. Plus, with skip-the-line tickets, you'll hardly have to break stride on your way in.

Château de Fontainebleau: Priority Entrance Ticket

4. Château de Fontainebleau: Priority Entrance Ticket

Get priority entrance to Fontainebleau, the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for eight centuries. On top of exploring chapels, galleries and guest apartments which would have been used by French and visiting royalty, you will see Marie Antoinette's bed, Napoleon's throne, François Gérard's 1807 portrait of Empress Josephine and more! Wander through over 1500 rooms and 130 acres of parkland and gardens, including the the French Renaissance garden, inspired by the Italian Renaissance gardens; the French formal garden, the favorite style of Louis XIV; and the French landscape garden, inspired by the English landscape garden. You will also be able to visit the museums and feel what it must have been like as a king or queen growing up here.

Self-Guided Visit to Opera Garnier

5. Self-Guided Visit to Opera Garnier

Boasting an eclectic and ostentatious Baroque design, the Opera Garnier is one of the most extravagant representations of Second Empire architecture in France. Benefit from quick and easy access to this magnificent building in the center of Paris. Inaugurated in 1875 and named after its exciting young architect, Charles Garnier, it is the largest opera house in Europe. You will set eyes on the writhing snakes of the bronze “Pythonisse” sculpture, before climbing the double stairway of the “Grand Escalier” (Main Staircase). Imagine the swish of crinolines as you admire the breathtaking décor and stroll through vast foyers, filled with sparkling mosaics, colorful marble columns and gold-leaf flourishes. Everywhere you look will be a feast for the eyes. You will receive your digital ticket directly after your booking, just show it at the Opera visit entrance to enjoy your visit.

Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

6. Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

Visit the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Then, go on a cruise along the magnificent Seine River and admire the famous monuments in the city. Being the world's largest museum, the Louvre packs 35,000 artworks into a 73,000 square meter exhibition space in three wings. Each wing possesses more than 70 rooms and displays extensive paintings and objects of art. See the iconic Mona Lisa, marvel at thousands of amazing paintings, and walk among perfect sculptures. Book the option with an audio guide included and enhance your experience and understanding of the works on display. After the visit of the Louvre Museum, take a 1-hour Seine River cruise tour. See more of Paris' iconic monuments such as the Institut de France, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, Musee de Orsay, Hotel de Ville and more. Onboard you have access to an audio guide of your chosen language for free on the spot which will help you learn more about the vast history attached to each monument.

Paris: Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

7. Paris: Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

Discover the remarkable Gothic style and stunning stained glass work of the Sainte Chapelle Cathedral in Paris with this skip-the-line ticket. Admire this jewel the French Gothic aesthetic at your own pace with a self-guided tour booklet. Spend an hour admiring the spectacular stained-glass windows that contribute to making Sainte Chapelle so famous. Arranged across 15 windows, each 15-meters high, the stained glass panes depict 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Learn more about these glass depictions using your tour booklet. Discover facts about sacred relics and items such as the Crown of Thorns or the Image of Edessa that were once held here. Gaze up at the star-painted ceiling.

Paris: The Centre Pompidou Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

8. Paris: The Centre Pompidou Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

Explore The Centre Pompidou with this skip-the-line ticket. Discover the library, music, acoustics research center, and museum housed in this unusual cultural institution. Choose from a tour with or without access to a temporary exhibit. Take in views of Paris from the rooftop terrace. Uncover modern and contemporary creations, including plastic arts, books, design, music, and cinema. Wander through over 100,000 works with collections that make up one of the world's leading references for the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Stroll thorugh great historical collections to the most recent acquisitions which cover visual arts, drawing, photography, new media, experimental film, architecture, design, and industrial prospects.  Find key works or rediscover iconic artists (like Henri Matisse, Georges Rouault, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Sonia et Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger, Vassily Kandinsky, František Kupka, André Breton, Alberto Giacometti, and Jean Dubuffet). Find out about the founding movements of modern art like Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, Lyric Abstraction, and Geometric Abstraction. Retrace the high points in the development of modernity and shine a light on exchanges, cross-overs, and the go-betweens who helped to form 20th century art. Contemplate contemporary collections devoted to works that have recently entered the museum through the generosity of patrons, artists, and donors. 

Paris: Stade de France Behind the Scenes Tour

9. Paris: Stade de France Behind the Scenes Tour

Tour France's largest stadium on this unique 90-minute tour. Sit in a spectator's seat and take in the incredible panorama. As a privileged visitor, you’ll get to see the private boxes and locker room and walk through the same tunnel that players use to access the pitch. Your expert guide will tell you about the stadium’s history, its unique architecture and the stars who have appeared on its manicured pitch. Apart from sporting events, the stadium also hosts international shows. The Rolling Stones were the first group to perform at the Stade de France. International stars such as Madonna and ACDC also chose this venue for their concerts, witnessed by 80,000 spectators each time. End your visit at the museum, where you’ll find heaps of items that are testament to the stadium’s legendary history. On display are archives, models, autographed guitars, jerseys and much more. On this unique tour you’ll be able to follow the footsteps of football legends Zidane and Ronaldo, who played the 1998 FIFA World Cup final. This is also the site where Cristiano Ronaldo lifted his first major Trophy for Portugal! Please note that for technical reasons, the stadium’s pitch cannot currently be seen.

Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel from Paris

10. Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel from Paris

Travel through Normandy on the way to the medieval Mont-St-Michel on a day trip from Paris aboard an air-conditioned bus. Choose to go alone, with a live guide, or with an audio guide. Discover the UNESCO-listed island and its Gothic abbey. Learn of its fascinating history and legendary stories. Depart Paris and travel through the French countryside by an air-conditioned bus to the amazing fortified city of Mont Saint-Michel off the Normandy coast. Sit back and relax and get stunning views of the countryside along the way. Stop for a break at a nearby village dating back to the days of the Normans, and stroll the winding streets and narrow pathways to find the best views of the bay. Continue to the mouth of the Couesnon River, where Mont-Saint-Michel was built on an islet just a few hundred meters from the mainland. Spend the afternoon exploring the remarkable monuments of the walled city, classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 1979. Take time to discover the rocky islet at your own pace. Climb along the ramparts to make your way up to the abbey at the top of the town. Visit the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel with an included entrance ticket. this Benedictine building has played a vital role in the history of the commune and the feudal society it represents. Marvel at this magnificent example of Gothic architecture from the early 13th century. Admire views of the surrounding bay before leaving Mont-Saint-Michel in the late afternoon. Be driven back to the French capital to get dropped off at the starting point.

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What people are saying about Ile-de-France

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4.5 / 5

based on 19,401 reviews

I went on Monday and it was closed. So I came back Tuesday. So first of all check to make sure it’s open! I loved that people were relatively quiet so that long could take as long as one wanted to absorb the work… It’s beautifully presented. The same is true of the work in the gardens.

I went in the afternoon and there wasn’t a line to go inside the Arc De Triomphe. It’s a real climb to the top. Make sure you have the stamina for it, you’ll be winded because it’s all stairs and it keeps going and going!

Great experience! Our visit was easy, even though we visited on a busy day at the nearby courts. Tickets were easy to purchase and use once onsite.

Great trip, helpful guides, smooth and easy ride in a nice motor coach and easy access to all of Mont-St-Michel

really nice to skip the line, rest of experience was the same