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Paris: 1-Hour River Seine Cruise

1. Paris: 1-Hour River Seine Cruise

Embark on a roundtrip cruise on the River Seine that begins at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Glide under the bridges of Paris and marvel at a succession of beautiful monuments along the waterway as you listen to commentary about Paris and the sights you pass by. During your cruise, you pass by the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, The Louvre, and more. Choose to take your cruise at night for another perspective of the "City of Light" altogether as the city becomes illuminated when evening approaches.  Individual audio guides are available in 14 languages and provide commentary about Paris and its history, monuments, and architecture. Please note the audio guide is available through your smartphone by connecting to the Wi-Fi onboard.

Paris: 1-Hour Illuminations River Cruise

2. Paris: 1-Hour Illuminations River Cruise

Take a night cruise on the River Seine and enjoy spectacular views of Paris illuminated against the night sky. Enjoy informative audio commentary on your smartphone as you cruise on this boat trip past the city's most famous buildings. Embark on this round trip boat excursion to see Paris by night. Listen to the on board audio-guide commentary on your smartphone (available in 14 languages) to learn more about the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and other attractions. Glide gently through the Paris of today and yesterday as you enjoy panoramic views from the classic trimaran boat, with terrace and exterior passageways. Marvel at the illuminated sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and Musée d’Orsay. See the spooky gargoyles of Notre Dame, and pass the imposing façade of the Louvre Museum, Grand Palais, and many more sites.

Paris: Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show Ticket with Champagne

3. Paris: Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show Ticket with Champagne

Take your seat at one of the world’s most famous cabarets at a performance of the Moulin Rouge show “Féerie,” created by Doris Haug and Ruggero Angeletti, and choreographed by Bill Goodson. Watch a troupe of 100 artists, including 60 Doris Girls, and a parade in 1,000 costumes of feathers, rhinestones, and sequins designed by Corrado Collabucci. See Gaetano Castelli's set designs and listen to music by Pierre Porte, produced by 80 musicians and 60 choral singers. During the show, enjoy half a bottle of Champagne as you relish an extravagant oral and aural delight. Feast your eyes on a lavish collection of colors and performances as you behold the splendor of this legendary cabaret.

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

4. 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.

Paris: 2-Course Dinner Cruise with Panorama on Seine River

5. Paris: 2-Course Dinner Cruise with Panorama on Seine River

Admire the city of lights from the river Seine on an evening sightseeing cruise. Step into the Paris en Scène floating restaurant and enjoy a starter, main course, and dessert as you sail. Savor the delicious meal before returning to where you boarded the boat. Be seated comfortably in a club chair facing the river Seine. During your cruise, enjoy the large air-conditioned lounge as well as the panoramic terrace to admire the gorgeous backdrop of Parisian monuments. The menu varies by season and includes a sumptuous two-course menu. A plant-based menu is available on request. Sample menu (this may vary on the day): • Amuse-bouche • Main course: Provençal veal marmite, Vegetable Bouquetière; Lemon confit and basil oil OR Bouillabaisse like in Marseille with cod, Potato and herb salad, Smoked aïoli • Dessert: Rice pudding, Roasted peanuts and salted butter caramel OR Chocolate mousse, Espelette pepper and chocolate shavings.

Paris: Montparnasse Tower Roof-Top Terrace Ticket

6. Paris: Montparnasse Tower Roof-Top Terrace Ticket

Enjoy views from the highest rooftop terrace in Paris at the Montparnasse Tower. Capture pictures of the Eiffel Tower and other landmarks from this 360-degree viewpoint. Download a complimentary app that will help to bring the city alive with stories, videos, and facts. Experience the magic of a sunset over the city of Paris or time your visit to take in the morning light as it falls of over the Seine River. With a voucher that is valid for two weeks from the date you select, you don't have to worry about the weather or any changes of plans during your stay. Discover Paris with the included free mobile application "Magnicity." Use augmented reality uncover facinating information about the city. Get a description of monuments, anecdotes, stories, video clips, filters, and 3D reconstructions.

Paris: Paradis Latin Cabaret Show with Champagne Options

7. Paris: Paradis Latin Cabaret Show with Champagne Options

Enjoy your evening at the Paradis Latin with a special cabaret show. Sip on champagne and be dazzled by thrilling choreography and beautiful costumes in the stunning interior of this famous location, which was created in 1803 by Napoleon and rebuilt by Gustave Eiffel in 1889. Made in collaboration with the famous French choreographer and show director, Kamel Ouali, the show "L’Oiseau Paradis" will take you on an artistic journey through themes of emotion, poetry and new technology, always with a passionate flair and a touch of humor.  Witness the work of nearly thirty artists and drink in the dynamic, youthful ambiance. The show will highlight contemporary artists while remaining faithful to the tradition of French cabaret.

Paris: 3-Course Dinner Cabaret Show at Paradis Latin Theater

8. Paris: 3-Course Dinner Cabaret Show at Paradis Latin Theater

Engage your senses with a ticket to the new Paradis Latin Show, “L’Oiseau Paradis” in Paris. Immerse yourself in the local arts scene with this tantalizing night of sensuality, poetry, emotion, humor and new technologies. Choose from different 3-course French meal and drink options. Be welcomed by actors, dancers, and artists as you soon as you reach the door. Plunge into a surreal and surprising atmosphere. Dig into a delicious meal and, depending on the dinner option you choose, have some wine and champagne. Dive into a magical and truly Parisian experience as an exceptional singer draws you into a one-of-a-kind night of cabaret. Chose between 2 dinner-show menus and a special Valentine's Day menu: Prestige Menu Starters: • Semi-cooked foie gras with Guérande salt, smoked tea jelly and bitter orange Or • Avocado and ceviche of sea bream-passion in bamboo dress Or • Salmon ‘Paradis Latin’ dressed with tarama and caviar Main courses: • Brandade of cod and sweet potato Or • Can of Challans "poached-roasted", figs and blackcurrant sauce Or • Paradis Wellington, served medium rare Desserts: • ‘White dress code’ citrus-vervain Or • Grognardise ‘Strawberry-Vanilla’ Drinks: • 1/2 wine and 1/4 Champagne • Water included in the menu Gustave Eiffel Menu Starters: • Opéra of poultry, celery and duck foie gras Or • Snail and Paris mushroom casserole Or • Cream of carrot "lemongrass - ginger", gambas tartare and lime Main courses: • Lightly-cooked salmon with Asian flavors Or • Roasted-stuffed guinea fowl supreme, tian of autumn vegetables Or • Multicolore of vegetables, egg perfect and parmesan Desserts: • The "raspberry-passion" dress Or • Chocolate "Cancan" Drinks: • 1/2 wine and 1/4 Champagne • Water included in the menu For Valentine's Day enjoy a special menu with your lover at Paradis Latin. Valentine's Day Menu by Guy Savoy Starter: • Paradis Latin salmon, served two ways Main course: • Fillet of cod with sweet potato and a ginger-scented beurre blanc Or • ‘Side by side’ leg and supreme of chicken; truffled potato Parmentier Dessert: • Rhapsody on Rose

Paris: Daytime or Sunset Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Tour

9. Paris: Daytime or Sunset Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Tour

Visit the Eiffel Tower with a local guide and a skip-the-line ticket. This activity will save you valuable time and make sure you get the most out of your visit to Paris' most iconic landmark. Take the elevator up to the second floor or the summit, depending on the option selected. The Eiffel Tower is a symbol of France and the brainchild of an engineer named Gustave Eiffel who built it between 1889 and 1891 for the World Exhibition. During your visit, your guide will tell you anecdotes and important facts in an engaging manner. Climb the elevators and arrive directly on the second floor where your guide will tell you about the different monuments that you see like the Arc de Triomphe, the Pont Alexandre III, the Invalides, Sacré Coeur, and Montmartre as well as the Louvre and much more. If you have chosen the option with the visit to the top, you must change the elevators; otherwise, you will visit the first and second floors. This activity promises to make for an unforgettable experience during your visit to Paris.

Paris: Romantic Cruise with 3-course Dinner on Seine River

10. Paris: Romantic Cruise with 3-course Dinner on Seine River

Admire the French capital from the water on a sightseeing dinner cruise. Dine on the river Seine with a 3-course meal and see iconic Parisian monuments, including the Eiffel Tower, Pont de l’Alma, Musée d’Orsay, and the Louvre museum. Depart from the Île aux Cygnes, and cruise along the Seine. Pass important landmarks and take in the views from the water. Go as far as Bercy before heading back to the starting point. Freshly-cooked on board: StarterHalf-cooked foie gras, apple, and grape chutney. Haddock tartar with lemon confit espuma. Brazilian bread with Mimolette, herring eggs. Main CourseGrenadin of veal, Darphin apple, smoked Sucrine, cream of corn, carrot with puffed Amaranth or Back of cod grilled with sauce Vierge, burnt leek, cream of peas, and cauliflower pickles. DessertsBaba with whipped cream or Chocolate Hazelnut Finger or Inverted Lemon Tart.

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What people are saying about Ile-de-France

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 89 reviews

It was great walking pass the not overly long queue and getting into the Arc de Triomphe quickly with the advance ticket. Took lift as couldn't cope with all the stairs. Staff very helpful. Fantastic 360 view from top as it was a sunny day and not too many people, but one family inconsiderately sat together on the walkway which made it impossible to do a complete 360 walk . Had to walk back along the gradient step to find a lower section first to get down and back up. Totally oblivious to the problem they caused. No official in sight which was surprising. Bonus at the end was a short remembrance service for the queen incorporated in the daily service around the eternal flame with lots of dignitaries, and a military band. Got to sing God save the King for the first time - with the new wording correctly. A great trip, having walked from Notre Dame, the Louvre and down the Champs Elysees. Traffic is unbelievable with so many crossings and looking every whichway to cross safely. Manic

Omg a must do! I loved this experience. I was worried they would give us garbage seats because we booked through this third party instead of directly with the organization but we had second row seats. Like feathers almost touching us amazing seats. They were very flexible on dress code despite saying you have to dress up. Lots of people dressed casually with no issues. Get there with some time to spare as the show starts promptly and they have a lot of people to seat.

We had a great experience with Smiler. Our photographer was Michael and he was so great. We took pictures in half a dozen spots around the Eiffel Tower and he had some great creative ideas. He took pictures of my friend and I together and individually with no issues. He also ran with ideas we had. We got 89 pictures literally the next day and I immediately made one my profile picture. Highly recommend!

The river cruise was a great way of seeing the city by night. It was comfortable, relaxed and the commentary was really interesting. I would definitely recommend this activity!

Absolutely amazing, tour guide was pleasant and knowledgeable very friendly and highly recommend