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From Paris: Mont Saint Michel Guided Day Trip

1. From Paris: Mont Saint Michel Guided Day Trip

Visit Mont Saint-Michel on a guided day trip from Paris. Discover the highlights with your guide before taking an audio-guided tour of Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey. Enjoy some free time after to explore on your own. From Paris, board a private coach to the island of Mont Saint Michel. On the journey, listen as your guide provides interesting stories from the history of the abbey. Follow your guide on an orientation tour to ensure you see the most important attractions, including the hilltop Abbey of Mont Saint Michel. Enjoy a few hours at your leisure to explore the abbey and soak up the splendor of its interior with an audio guide tour, or stroll in the picturesque streets. Choose from a variety of lunch options ranging from dining rooms with rustic meat to sophisticated restaurants with bay view terraces specializing in seafood. Or, stop by one of the Mont Saint Michel's creperies to feast on galettes (buckwheat pancakes) with Normandy cider. In the late afternoon, board the coach for a return journey to Paris.

From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Tour with 3-Course Lunch

2. From Paris: Small-Group Champagne Tour with 3-Course Lunch

Explore the Champagne region on a guided day tour from Paris. Visit the cellars of reputable champagne producers, learn about the history of the region, taste local wines, and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Start with a pickup from your hotel and head for the heart of the champagne region, Épernay. Take a guided tour of Moet & Chandon or other famous champagne houses such as Tattinger, Nicolas Feulliatte, Veuve Clicquot, Mercier, etc. Learn about the history of its namesake and sip on fine vintage champagne. Stroll along the Avenue de Champagne towards your minivan while the guide tells you about a few other well-known houses around you and the champagne cellars below you. Visit a local winery and meet the people behind the production of this great drink. Taste their elegant and exclusive product and hear about the history of their champagne estate. Stop in the village where the monk who invented champagne lived. Discover local gastronomy and savor a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant. After a few fun games, trying all types of wines, and eating delicious food, your guide will also give you something nice to remember your visit to the champagne region and drop you off at your hotel.

Paris: Guided Bike Tour Like a Local

3. Paris: Guided Bike Tour Like a Local

Experience Paris like a local on an amazing bike tour to some of the city's main monuments, and hidden secrets. Pedal the streets of the city center and learn its history as you ride. Venture down charming back streets and stop at a popular street for a snack and a coffee. Marvel as the famous monuments of the City of Lights are brought to life before your eyes. See landmarks such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral and its Gothic gargoyles, the Pantheon, an ancient Roman amphitheater, and more. Get off the beaten path and see local sights you might otherwise miss. Cycle at a leisurely pace on a tour suitable for all ages and levels of fitness, and get inside tips from your guide.

2-Hour French Pastry Cooking Class in Paris

4. 2-Hour French Pastry Cooking Class in Paris

For a unique pastry class experience in Paris, Chef Noémie welcomes you in her charming cooking school. Noémie is a graduate from the famous Lenotre Culinary Institute, one of the best patisserie schools in the world, and will teach you all the secrets behind those delicious French pastries. Get guided step-by-step during the 2-hour hands-on baking class, and discover all the hidden techniques behind famous French deserts such as Paris-Brest, molten chocolate cake, and Grand Marnier Soufflés. After the class, sit down to taste all the delicious deserts you've made over cup of tea or coffee in Noémie's beautiful loft-style atelier, and then head home to impress all your friends and family with your new-found skills.

Paris: Louvre Masterpieces Tour with Pre-Reserved Tickets

5. Paris: Louvre Masterpieces Tour with Pre-Reserved Tickets

Discover the masterpieces of the Louvre museum in Paris with this skip-the-line ticket and guided tour. Navigate through the 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments easily with a guide to uncover gems like 'Venus of Milo' and The Coronation of Napoleon.' Meet your guide and step into a world of art without delay. See masterpieces without being overwhelmed by the museum's massive collection. Find classic works without wasting energy searching through endless exhibits. Learn about pieces and be touched by their story.  Admire Mona Lisa's smile and gaze up at the larger-than-life 'The Caryatids' statues. Appreciate the detail on the wings of the statue 'The Winged Victory of Samothrace.' Marvel at frescos like 'Venus and the Three Graces.' Step into the elegant 'The Salon Carré' room. Uncover treasures of the Italian Renaissance such as the 'Wedding Feast at Cana' and 'Slaves' by Michelangelo. Dive into French Romanticisim with 'The Raft of the Medusa', 'Liberty Leading the People,' and 'The Coronation of Napoleon.' View the neoclassical 'Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss.' Relax with a specially created itinerary that will help you see the most important masterpieces of the Louvre.

Giverny: Monet's Garden Half-Day Tour from Paris

6. Giverny: Monet's Garden Half-Day Tour from Paris

Explore the beautiful village and home in Upper Normandy where the Impressionist artists, Claude Monet spent the last 40 years of his life. Visit the charming village of Giverny, and discover why it proved such a source of inspiration for Impressionist artists. Following your transfer from Paris, look inside the house where Monet lived and worked. Set within an exquisite valley of the River Seine, the gardens and surroundings formed a great part of the subject matter for his paintings after he moved there in 1883. Once you have seen the rooms where the artist lived with his family, stroll through 2 unique gardens that Monet designed and modified throughout his life. See more than 100 different types of flowers, and intertwined foliage in Monet’s Flower Garden. Then, feel as if you have stepped into one of his paintings in the Japanese Garden. Go to the lake full of water lilies, and get a better appreciation of why Monet used this garden as the inspiration for over 250 of his paintings.

Versailles Bike Tour with Palace & Queen Farm Entrance

7. Versailles Bike Tour with Palace & Queen Farm Entrance

Explore the 2,000-acre grounds of the Palace of Versailles on a full-day bike tour from Paris with a entry timed ticket, and discover the unrivaled opulence of the Sun King’s royal residence. Following your transfer from Paris, start the day at the farmer's market in the town of Versailles. Select the produce you want for a picnic lunch later in the day, choosing from the mounds of cheeses, fresh fruits, charcuterie, and more. Then, it’s time to cycle the landscaped grounds of the Palace, cruising effortlessly from one picturesque spot to another on lightweight aluminum bikes. Your guide will take you to the outhouse chateaux of the Petit and Grand Trianon, and show you Marie-Antoinette’s private village and farm. Pedal through sumptuous landscapes, ending with a look inside the Chateau of Versailles itself. Here, you will be given plenty of time to focus on what interests you most, explore at your leisure. Feel free to take a rapid tour in 30 minutes, or loiter for 3 hours to marvel at the Hall of Mirrors, Marie-Antoinette's bedroom, the King’s Royal chambers, and more. Learn about the life, legends, and scandals of the decadent Sun King (Louis XIV) and Marie Antoinette, and the resulting French Revolution that brought about the beheading of the French Royalty.

Paris 4-Hour Bike Tour: Off the Beaten Path

8. Paris 4-Hour Bike Tour: Off the Beaten Path

Explore the historic neighborhoods of Central Paris from the saddle of a comfortable, lightweight aluminium bike on a half-day small group tour of the Jewish Marais, Latin Quarter, and more. Ideal for those who want to see and experience Paris from a different perspective, your knowledgable guide will take you to where the locals go, revealing hidden courtyards, ancient ruins, and other surprises off the usual tourist path. Groups are limited to no more than 12 people for a more immersive and intimate experience, and the route is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Discover an old city wall and a Roman arena, pedal down the Rue Mouffetard in one of the city’s oldest and liveliest areas, and experience the intellectual exuberance of St. Germain.

From Paris: Small-Group Moët & Chandon Champagne Tour

9. From Paris: Small-Group Moët & Chandon Champagne Tour

Visit the only place in the world that grows and produces Champagne on a full-day trip from Paris. Take a guided tour of the House of Moët and Chandon or the Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne House. Enjoy included tasting opportunities and the chance to discover Reims Cathedral during the day Start the tour from Paris on a minibus that will take you to Champagne. Visit the quaint chapel of the Abbey at Hautvillers, which is also the gravesite of Dom Perignon, the father of Champagne. Learn about him with your guide, then meet with a local producer to hear about the wine growing process. Enjoy a fully-guided tour at the House of Moët and Chandon, the world’s largest producer of Champagne, or the prestigious Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne House if the House of Moet is not available on the day of the tour. Depending on the option you choose, enjoy 1 or 2 glasses of Champagne on your Champagne House tour, depending on the tour option you choose. You'll also have the opportunity to taste at least 3 different types of Champagne at a local family-run winery and pick up some bottles for souvenirs. Before heading back to Paris, visit the Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame, one of the defining models of Gothic art, and have free time to see the area where 25 French Kings were crowned.

Paris: Versailles Palace & Trianon Castles E-Bike Tour

10. Paris: Versailles Palace & Trianon Castles E-Bike Tour

Meet your guide and get set up with your e-bike. Start the tour by crossing the park of Saint-Cloud (1500 acres). Discover the fountains of the Grande Cascade designed by Hardouin-Mansart and Le Pautre. Be amazed by the history of the former Royal Castle of Saint-Cloud. This castle was the residence of Philippe d'Orléans, the young brother of Louis XIV. It was also the residence of Napoleon. Pass through the statues of the Parterre des 24 jets. Take a selfie a great viewof Paris in the background. Ride through the small village of Marnes-la-Coquette. Admire the beautiful architecture of this small town located at "the gates of Paris". Then, explore the Fausses-Reposes as you ride along paths sheltered from the sun under the canopy of the trees.  Arrive at the iconic Palace of Versailles, surrounded by stunning fountains and lush gardens. Avoid the queues with skip-the-line entry to the palace. Explore the Hall of Mirrors with an audio guide. Afterward, meet your guide again to head to the Notre-Dame market. Purchase a variety of delicious local products according to your budget such as wine, cheese, baguettes, or saucisson. Your guide, a former restaurateur, will be happy to advise you.  Enjoy your picnic lunch by the water on the banks of the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal is located on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. After lunch, visit the Trianon estate at your own pace. See the Gand Trianon castle which was of great importance to Louis XIV. Then, discover the Petit Trianon castle gifted to Marie-Antoinette by Louis XVI. Stroll through the gardens, the Temple of Love, and the hamlet of Marie-Antoinette. Then hop back on your bike and peddle your way back through the forest. Finish the tour in the park of Saint-Cloud with beautiful views of Paris in the background.

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4.8 / 5

based on 53 reviews

This tour was so awesome! Our guide Cecelia met us in Paris and managed the entire day beautifully. She was the most personable, friendly, and entertaining tour guide we had during our entire 2 week Europe trip. She learned the names of all 14 people on the tour first thing, shared amazing, entertaining stories about the inhabitants of the palace, and made the day totally enjoyable. The visit to the market in Versailles to buy lunch was a blast and Cecelia gave us a tour and some advice before we shopped. Then the bike tour itself was amazing. I highly recommend this tour.

Tebow was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable with good english. Everything was well executed, safe and organized. We stopped at a local market where we purchased wine, cheese, fresh fruit and picnic items. Bikes are well maintained. We cycled around the entire grounds and stopped for a picnic. After we had free time to tour Versailles. One of our favorite tours while visiting Paris.

Just amazing. Highly recommended. It is so interesting and the guide is really nice and he gives a lot of useful information. I don’t remember his name but he is a young man from Portugal. In brief, I’m not a great fan of champagne but whatever, the tour, the info, the places, the views, the petit villages, EVERYTHING was perfect! Take this tour!

I take small group tours often ... this was one of the best! Our guide, Lilia, was passionate about the trip and made our journey so much fun. Safe, easy, clean van, well coordiated ... will book with Blue Fox again. Merci!

It was an incredible experience. Delicious food and fabulous instruction!