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Paris: Night Aperitif Cruise on the Seine River with Music

1. Paris: Night Aperitif Cruise on the Seine River with Music

Bask in the night glow of Paris on a Seine River sightseeing cruise. Tour the City of Lights and soak in the relaxing atmosphere on board as music plays. Take in a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Orsay Museum, the Alexandre III Bridge, the Concorde Square, the Petit, and Grand Palace, the Marie Bridge, and many more as you sail. To learn more about the monuments you see, download the tour app to use during the cruise (download instructions found on confirmation voucher).

Paris: Discover Paris by Night in a Vintage Car with a Local

2. Paris: Discover Paris by Night in a Vintage Car with a Local

Experience the most beautiful buildings and astonishing sights of Paris at night, on a 1-hour tour by classic Citroen 2CV. An icon of the French motor industry, the idiosyncratic 2CV was built from 1948 until 1990, and sets hearts a-flutter with its instantly recognizable design. Discover why Paris is known as the City of Lights, and hear how it became the first city in Europe to begin lighting its streets with gas lamps in 1828. Your personal driver will collect you from your hotel, or any other central Paris location, and drive down the Champs Elysees, to the beautiful Arc de Triomphe. Gaze at the marvelous Eiffel Tower, even more impressive at night when it is completely lit-up in a rainbow of illuminations. Pass the Louvre, continue to Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera Garnier, Ile de la Cité, Petit et Grand Palais, and more.

Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise 1-Day/2-Day Pass

3. Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise 1-Day/2-Day Pass

Explore the sights of Paris at your own pace with a 24-hour or 48-hour pass to the Batobus shuttle service along the River Seine, and jump on and off at 9 strategic stops to see sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre, and more. Cruise through the heart of Paris, admiring landmark monuments along the river bank from the comfort of a glassed-in boat. Then, stop to explore further at leisure. • Tour Eiffel - Port de la Bourdonnais. Jump off at the foot of the great Parisian landmark, and ascend for panoramic city views from the viewing platforms. The stop is also convenient for the Cité de l’Architecture museum, where exhibits include casts of French architecture from the 12th to 18th centuries. • Musée d'Orsay - Quai de Solférino. Located a 2-minute walk from the Musée d'Orsay, this stop is perfect for those who want to explore the world of Impressionists artists, such as Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, and Van Gogh. • St-Germain-des-Prés - Quai Malaquais. Hop off near the Institut de France, home of Paris artists and intellectuals, and discover historic sights, such as the famous Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. • Notre-Dame - Quai de Montebello. Admire the architectural harmony and Gothic gargoyles of the most iconic cathedral in Paris, and explore the carefree student atmosphere of the Latin Quarter. • Jardin des Plantes - Cité de la Mode et du Design. Wander among nature in the main botanical garden of Paris, and explore the museums in the garden grounds, including the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution and Paleontology Museum. The Cité de la mode et du design (also known as "les Docks") was built in 1907 as industrial warehousing for the Ports de Paris. It is a city within the city dedicated to creativity: design, fashion, innovation, and events. The Cité has permanent residents which include restaurants, nightclubs, a museum, and shops. • Hotel de Ville - Pont d'Arcole. Stop here to visit the historic City Hall of Paris, go to the Pompidou Centre, and wander the bohemian streets of the Marais district. • Louvre - Pont Royal and Pont du Carrousel. Discover a Paris quarter where history and the history of art come together, and see centuries of art, from Egyptian antiquities to Renaissance masterpieces. • Place de la Concorde. Stroll down one of the most elegant streets in Paris, home to five-star hotels and chic boutiques, and see the Grand Palais, Petit Palais, and tree-lined Avenue Montaigne. • Invalides - Pont Alexandre III.

Paris Highlights 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

4. Paris Highlights 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

Explore the grand boulevards of Paris on a fun and eco-friendly mode of transport. Climb aboard a self-balancing Segway and set off in a small group of no more than 10 people to see the top attractions of the “City of Lights.” Following a short, 30-minute training session on the easy-to-drive vehicles, explore the cultural heritage of Paris from a different angle. Glide past historical monuments and down narrow lanes that are inaccessible to other modes of transport. Your guide will reveal hidden treasures as you take a loop from Avenue de Suffren. Pass the Military school at Les Invalides and glide past the National Assembly. Next, go down the tree-lined Champs Elysées from the Grand Palais to the Place de la Concorde, looking at the upscale shops and hotels along the way. Continue to the Grand et Petit Palais on the banks of the River Seine. Marvel at the historic Pont de l'Alma, before taking in the legendary Eiffel Tower.

Paris: River Seine Cruise with Optional Drinks and Snacks

5. Paris: River Seine Cruise with Optional Drinks and Snacks

Hop on board for a refreshingly new perspective of central Paris. Take a relaxing river cruise of Paris and enjoy unbeatable views of the city's most memorable landmarks. Starting at the Eiffel Tower, cruise on a comfortable boat down the river for a taste of elegant Parisian life. Glide past The Grand Palais, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Your guide will entertain you throughout the leisurely cruise with anecdotes and intriguing historical facts.  The Paris cruise goes as far as the Institute of the Arabic World at the Ile Saint-Louis before returning you to the Eiffel Tower, and it's the most relaxing way to sightsee in Paris and is the only way to explore the city free of traffic noise and congestion. The tour ends where it began.

Paris: Seine River Morning Guided Sightseeing Cruise

6. Paris: Seine River Morning Guided Sightseeing Cruise

Discover the secrets and history behind Paris' most emblematic monuments and bridges on a guided morning cruise on the Seine River. Embark at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and set sail along the Seine River on a comfortable cruise boat. Enjoy breathtaking views of iconic Paris landmarks from the water. See sights such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Orsay Museum, the Petit and Grand Palace, the Concorde Square, Alexandre III bridge, and much more.

Paris: Private 1-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

7. Paris: Private 1-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

Explore Paris by a Segway i2 and see more of the city in less time. On this private 1-hour sightseeing tour enjoy commentary from your local guide and have a unique Parisian experience. Start your tour near the National Residence of the Invalids, a historical complex dedicated to France's military history. From here, glide past the beautiful Alexandre III Bridge, built for the Paris Exposition in 1900. See some of the city's most classical buildings, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, which currently serve as museums. Afterward, make your way to the largest and most evocative square in Paris, Place de la Concorde, located at the eastern end of the Champs-Élysées. Your tour concludes with a spectacular view of the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Paris: Sunset Cruise with Drink and City Walking Tour

8. Paris: Sunset Cruise with Drink and City Walking Tour

Get the best of the French capital with a 1-hour sightseeing cruise along the Seine. Admire city lights views of Paris before embarking on an audio tour of the city. Set sail along the Seine for a relaxing city lights cruise with amazing views of city highlights. Enjoy the ambiance on board with your choice of drink and calming electro-lounge music. Capture stunning photos along the river from the famous bridges to the most iconic monuments in Paris. Hop off to explore the city at your own pace with an audio-guided walking tour. Choose between 10 available tours in Paris such as Montmartre, Street Art, or the Eiffel Tower tour.

Paris: 1-Hour Vintage Citroen 2CV Tour

9. Paris: 1-Hour Vintage Citroen 2CV Tour

Tour the City of Light in a vintage Citroen 2CV. Your personal driver will pick you up at your Paris hotel, or other central location, and drive you through the city’s lively streets on a 1-hour tour. An icon of the French motor industry, the idiosyncratic 2CV was built from 1948 until 1990, and its instantly recognizable design still sets hearts aflutter.  See Paris through the eyes of a true Parisian and discover many of its top attractions, from the Avenue des Champs Elysée, Place Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, and Trocadéro, to the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Pont Alexandre 3, Petit Palais, Grand Palais, the Louvre, and the Opera Garnier.

Paris: Guided City Tour by Electric Bike

10. Paris: Guided City Tour by Electric Bike

Discover Paris highlights like a local on an e-bike tour. Peddle through the charming streets with the help of a motor. Have the use of a raincoat, so you can enjoy the city in any weather. Take a family-friendly route that is mostly on bike paths and sidewalks.  Meet your guide and get fitted with your helmet and bike. Test drive your bike to ensure that you are comfortable handling an electric bike. Set off on an adventure as you ride to the iconic Louvre Palace.  Wave to the Mona Lisa as you pass the Louvre Muséum and the Carrousel shopping center. Enjoy the greenery in the Tuileries Gardens and watch the ships pass by the docks. Admire the oldest bridge in the city at Pont Neuf.  Travel to Cité Island to view the stunning Cité Palace. View the Gothic architecture of Saint Chapelle and the rose window of the Notre dame Cathédral. Venture to the Institute of France and see the love locks on the Arts Bridge.  Go by the Orsay Muséum which was once a train station before passing the Orsay Docks. Get up close to the Eiffel Tower and marvel at the view of it from across the Trocadero Gardens.  Feel the immensity of the Chaillot Palace as you see both wings. Get a taste of modern art as you pass by Tokyo Palace. Be tickled by the contrast between the Great and small palace.  Experience the connection between the US and France at the Liberty Flame in Lady Diana square. Ride by the arched Alexandre III bridge and appreciate the use of space in the Vendôme and Concorde square. Finish your tour where you began.

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What people are saying about Petit Palais

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We had such a fabulous experience on this 2 hour tour. The Segway’s were actually easier to use than we thought, and it was a really fun way to see the sights. I would recommend doing it at the beginning of your stay, that way you don’t end up seeing things twice. Thomas, our guide, was fantastic and full of interesting information about the history of Paris.

This was lovely and thoroughly enjoyed. Guide was very kind and patient. Took his time to talk us through some of the history of the buildings which we would have otherwise never seen or known about. Recommend 100%

Yeah, you should really do this. Sarah is a fantastic driver who puts the little car in places you wouldn't believe. Awesome time!!

Beautiful night in the River Seine. Thank you for adding the full moon to the cruise.

Perfect NYE weather. Staff helpful and easy to find venue. Superb