Sightseeing Tours in Paris, France

Paris is a wonderful city to explore on your own. The city's compact size and well-planned boulevards are easy to navigate and offer a new majestic vista at every corner. However, to learn the history behind the sights and attractions, to get your bearings in the city, and for easy access to attractions outside of the city center, a sightseeing tour can be beneficial and enjoyable.
Paris City Tours

Paris city tours are offered as half-day and full-day excursions. Some tours operate as "step-on" tours, where you can spend as much time as you like at each stop before rejoining the next bus. Others run on a strict schedule, with set time limits at each attraction. Still others just drive by the exterior of the attractions, allowing you to choose the sights that you'd like to return to later on your own. Highlights include Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde. Paris-Vision is among several companies that offer these tours.

Paris Vision
214 Rue Rivoli
75001 Paris, France
011 (+33) 142 60 86 00
en.parisvision.com

Walking Tours of Paris

Not all Paris sightseeing tours involve a bus ride. You can take walking tours of virtually all of the city's most interesting neighborhoods, such as the former artists' colony of Montmartre and the trendy antique stores, literary haunts and restaurants of the Left Bank; there are also themed tours to choose from, such as shopping tours of department stores and boutiques, tours of the public gardens of Paris and art appreciation tours taking in museums and outdoor art exhibits. Paris Walking Tours offers a good selection of these excursions.

Paris Walking Tours
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Underground Paris Tours

Explore the miles of sewer tunnels and the catacombs underneath the streets of Paris with the popular underground Paris tour. Five hundred miles of the more than 1300 miles of Paris sewers--some dating back to the Middle Ages--are open to the public, and many of the caverns are lined with elaborate art displays created from human bones--among them the bones of Robespierre and Marie Antoinette. Paris Walking Tours is one of several companies offering underground Paris tours.

Paris Walking Tours
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Paris Nightclub Tours

Paris is famous for its nightlife--its jazz clubs, adult reviews and wine bars. Taking a nightclub tour gets you to the front of the line and saves you from having to seek out the hottest club. Plus one fee includes all of the cover charges and at least one cocktail at each stop. Paris Vision is a good source for Paris nightclub tours.

Paris Vision
214 Rue Rivoli
75001 Paris, France
011 (+33) 142 60 86 00
en.parisvision.com

Tours to Versailles

If you're willing to leave the city for a day, Versailles, the former palace of French royalty--most notably, King Louis XIV--is located about 40 minutes southwest of Paris. Highlights of the palace tour include the Hall of Mirrors, the Queen's apartments and the Petit Trianon, where Queen Marie Antoinette played at being a simple country maiden. One major advantage of taking a tour to Versailles rather than using public transportation is that you will be dropped off directly at the gate rather than at the train station, a long walk away. Cityrama is just one of many tour operators offering trips to Versailles.

Cityrama
4 Place des Pyramides
75001 Paris, France
011 (+33) 144 55 61 00
pariscityrama.com

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