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Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

1. Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

Discover the opulence, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on an interactive guided tour. Access the palace through a separate entrance to begin your tour and then you head off to the famous gardens with a guide or on your own. During the 90-minute tour of the main palace, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the fascinating historical events that took place in many of the palace’s rooms, before stepping out to explore the vast gardens complex with your guide or on your own. Marvel at the gardens' grandeur, its bronze statues, and ornamental basins accompanied by rows of large trees. If visiting with a guide, gain fascinating insights about the garden on a 45-minute tour.

Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Discover the splendor, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on a guided tour with skip-the-line tickets. Step inside via a priority entrance and follow an expert guide through the lavish halls of this iconic French architectural masterpiece. Arrive at the meeting point to meet your guide who will give you a friendly introduction about the royal complex and lead you inside to begin exploring one of the largest palaces in the world. See the ornate King's and Queen's State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors, one of the most emblematic rooms in the Versailles Château and where many events of great historic significance took place, including the Treaty of Versailles. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XVI to his wife, Marie Antoinette. Listen as your guide brings these legendary characters to life with entertaining storytelling. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to ask questions during this interactive tour. Afterward, feel free to explore the palace or stroll through the gardens on your own. Please note that, on certain days between April and October, there may be a fee to access the gardens.

Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

3. Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

See what remains of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral after the 2019 fire, and marvel at one of Paris' most iconic and historical buildings. Tour the archaeological crypt of Paris and see the old city's foundations on this daytime outdoor walking tour. See Notre Dame, an unmissable stop when visiting Paris, and see what remains of the history, tragedy and bright future of this beloved cathedral after the devastating fire in with this Notre Dame walking tour. Learn how construction began in 1163 and took over a century to finish and relive the night when people all over the world watched in horror as the cathedral filled the sky with ash, hearing what was lost but also what was saved. Share in the story of survival thanks to the valiant rescue and recovery efforts of first responders. Walk with a guide around the scene of the fire, as they share first-person perspectives about this historic event. Admire the iconic features of the well-known facade, including the towers and legendary gargoyles, reliving the moments when their survival was uncertain. Get as close as possible to Point Zero, the geographic center of Paris that’s sometimes considered a place of good luck, just steps from the famous cathedral. Finish the walking tour at the entrance to the archaeological crypt below Notre Dame. Learn about this unique site before going underground for a self-guided visit to the very foundations of Île de la Cité, the original Paris.

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

4. 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: Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre Tour with Expert Guide

5. Paris: Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre Tour with Expert Guide

Explore the outside of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, built between 1874 and 1914, and enjoy the artistic and picturesque village of Paris. Your guided tour begins outside the Sacred Heart. Learn about the exterior and interior of the Basilica from your expert guide. See the largest mosaic in the world, Christ in Majesty, depicting the Sacred Heart of Jesus, worshiped by the Virgin Mary, Jeanne d'Arc, and St. Michael the Archangel. After the Basilica your guide will take you to the village of Montmartre.  This neighborhood of Montmartre has always stood apart from the rest of Paris, not just as the large hill in the city’s northern 18th Arrondissement, but as the home to artists, revolutionaries, and outsiders who have played an important part in the unique history of Paris. These streets hold wild stories and a unique perspective around every corner and the Place du Tertre is one of the most famous squares of Paris. There is no neighborhood more magical than Montmartre.

Paris: Louvre Masterpieces Tour with Pre-Reserved Tickets

6. 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.

The Marais Walking Food Tour: Cheese, Wine and Delicacies

7. The Marais Walking Food Tour: Cheese, Wine and Delicacies

Le Marais is the perfect place for an authentic and delightful food tour. While your tastebuds enjoy the flavors, your eyes can feast on this beautiful neighborhood's cute cafes, interesting art galleries, high-end shops and quaint architecture.  Your local food expert and guide will take you far off the beaten path of this well-known district to discover the warm atmosphere of an authentic market full of fresh products and other culinary gems hidden in the narrow and lively streets. You'll taste fresh French cheeses served on a crunchy baguette and paired with wine, cured hams and charcuterie, generous pastries, delicious chocolates and many other sweet and savory delicacies. Even the most demanding tastebuds will be pleased. After hopping in and out of Parisians' favorite stores, you’ll feel like a local and know more about the Parisian way of life. Your passionate tour guide will be more than happy to share interesting stories and information with you about French culinary art and the wonderful Marais neighborhood.

Paris: Louvre Museum Entry Ticket with Guidance to Mona Lisa

8. Paris: Louvre Museum Entry Ticket with Guidance to Mona Lisa

Make your way to the Louvre Museum to meet a member of staff at the designated meeting point. Then, get escorted to a priority entrance for quicker access. Your escort will accompany you in a group, and then take you directly to the Mona Lisa. Get important information about the Louvre Museum that will help your visit as you make your way to Da Vinci's legendary portrait painting. Upon arrival, admire the mystery of the masterpiece and bid farewell to your escort. You are now free to explore the museum at your own pace to look at the thousands of other works of art at your complete leisure.

Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour from Paris

9. Reims and Champagne Tasting Full-Day Tour from Paris

Enjoy an exclusive day trip to the city of Reims, and discover where many French kings were crowned before the French Revolution. Transfer from Paris to the historic city in the Champagne region of France. Upon arrival, take a guided walk around the city center, and then go to the unique Reims Cathedral. Learn about its place in French history as the traditional coronation place for the kings of France. Marvel at its fine French Gothic architecture, and hear about some of the treasures contained within its walls. Next, transfer to the legendary vineyards of the Champagne region to taste different types of sparkling wine. Then, sit down and take the opportunity to discover local gastronomy. Savor a three-course lunch including a starter, main, and dessert at a local restaurant. Visit one of the most famous producers in the region. Learn how Champagne is made, from the pruning of the grape vines to the grape pressing, blending, and wine storage. See ancient cellars filled with glass containers and valuable contents gathering dust. Taste the wines.

Paris: Iconic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour

10. Paris: Iconic Neighborhoods Guided Walking Tour

Choose one of five Paris districts to visit on a guided walking tour, each one steeped in history and filled with fascinating places to explore. Join your guide as they take you to the heart of your chosen Quartier and tell you all about its history, art, architecture, cuisine, fashion, and more. Le Marais: History and Fashion Discover the hidden treasures of Le Marais and find out why this district is a favorite amongst hip Parisians. Come see where history and architecture rub shoulders with hip boutiques, cool cafes, and gourmet eateries. Montmartre: The Artists' Quarter Visit the charming Parisian district of Montmartre with a local guide. Discover the Montmartre of Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh. See where artists lived, drank, danced, and painted, exchanging their paintings for food and art supplies. Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Intellectuals and Jazz on the Left Bank Join your guide as you dive into the fascinating past of this iconic Left Bank neighborhood. Hear captivating stories about Saint-Germain-des-Prés, once home to literary geniuses, rebellious students, and revolutionaries. The Latin Quarter: Literary Legends in Bohemian Paris Discover the vibrant and eclectic Latin Quarter on a guided walking tour. Stroll down cobblestone streets lined with quirky bookshops and lively cafes, see the Sorbonne, and admire the mighty Pantheon. The Covered Passages: Hidden Treasures and Chic Shopping Explore a lesser-known side of Paris and see hidden treasures often missed by other visitors. Discover the delightful covered passages filled with tiny boutiques and cafes, and learn about the best places to shop and grab a bite to eat in the city.

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What people are saying about Ile-de-France

Our guide was outstanding! As a food critic, her knowledge of and passion for food was incredible. We visited the best of the best and she educated us on cheese, croissants and fresh produce from the market. At the end, our tasting was so good and it was paired with wine. Merci!

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

Our host was really informative, entertaining and would recommend this tour to anyone.

Its better to have a guide than tour montmartre by yourself. Had fun!

Hugo was great, very entertaining and the chocolate was amazing!