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Paris is a flirtatious city, luring its visitors to fall in love—with its passionate people, its rich cuisine, its fine art and unique architecture. The city of lights offers much to explore, from celebrated landmarks like the Louvre and Eiffel Tower, to secret places you won’t find in the guidebooks. Whether you have been here once or a hundred times, there is always some new facet of this vibrant, well-heeled city to discover, especially with a private, expertly designed tour.
Paris has been inhabited since the 3rd century BC, when the Celts migrated to the area, and has been an important city through history, from Roman times to the French monarchy. Many of the city’s most important monuments date from Napoleon’s reign, when the medieval city got an upgrade. The Eiffel Tower that has come to symbolize Paris was unveiled in 1889, when the World’s Fair came to the French capital, while its metro system was introduced in 1900.
Highlights of Paris tourist attractions and Paris sights:
Eiffel Tower, the city’s most recognizable monument, built by architect Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair. The massive iron structure is nearly 10,000 feet high. This is the top Paris tourist attraction.
Le Louvre, the world’s largest palace and museum, is home to the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and other artistic treasures. This is probably the second top Paris tourist attraction. The museum, opened in 1793, contains early 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century. The striking glass and metal Louvre Pyramid designed by architect I.M. Pei, graces the museum courtyard.
Champs Elysées, a wide, tree-lined boulevard stretching a mile between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. The fashionable avenue is home to many museums, restaurants and shops of interest.
Marais district: one of Paris’ most sophisticated neighborhoods and home to some of the city’s best-preserved Medieval and Renaissance architecture, as well as decadent private residences. Marais sites include Place des Vosges (Victor Hugo’s home, Hotel de Sully), Hotel Salé (Picasso Museum), and the Hotel Carnavalet (Museum of Parisian history).
Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter), the seat of medieval Paris. This area includes the Panthéon, home to the tombs of the “Great Men of France,” and the church of Saint Etienne du Mont, a Renaissance church featuring spectacular stained-glass windows, twin spiral staircases, gargoyles, 17th century organ and more.
Notre Dame and the Ile de la Cité, considered the cradle of Parisian civilization Notre Dame is one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in France, known for its rose window, treasury, and bell towers. Notre Dame is always a top Paris tourist attraction. Other popular Paris tourist attractions and top tourist sights here include Pont Neuf, Vert Galant square, Place Dauphine, Conciergerie, and Hotel Dieu.
Musee d’Orsay: Originally a railway station, the Orsay showcases the best painting, sculpture, photography, graphic arts and architecture of the Western world from 1848 to 1914. The Orsay museum is located on the historic Rive Gauche, of left bank, of the Seine.
Opera Garnier, the stunning Opera house of Paris and an extraordinary piece of architecture.
Other Top Paris Tourist Attractions
Tuileries Garden. Located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde, this formal 28-hectare garden featuring fountains, ponds and sculptures is one of the world’s mostbeautiful public gardens.
Place Vendôme, one of the architectural jewels left by the “Sun King.” This plaza features the Vendôme Column, built by Napoleon I to commemorate the Battle of Austerlitz. Place Vendôme is also home to the famous Hotel Ritz.
Ile St. Louis, an oasis from the bustle of central Paris, is home to the Quai d’Anjou, which houses the former residences of Daumier, Daubigny, and Cézanne, and Quai de Béthune, Hotel Lauzun, Quai Bourbon, Hotel Jassaud, and l’Ile St Louis church, and Hotel Lambert (Rothschild).
Montmartre and the Sacré Coeur, the famous white basilica overlooking Paris. This artistic neighborhood, features the café “Le Lapin Agile,” frequented by many famous artists; the last windmills of Paris; the Bateau Lavoir, where Picasso and Modigliani had studios; and the Place du Tertre.
Rodin museum, housed in French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s former residence, the Hôtel Biron. This museum showcases Rodin’s most famous works, including The Thinker and The Kiss.
After sightseeing, dining is probably the second most important element of any trip to Paris. The city’s must-eats include sweet favorites like pain au chocolat, macaroons, chocolates and the many delectable baked goods available in the city’s patisseries. Classic savory dishes here not to be missed include escargot, steak tartare, eggs with mayonnaise, croque-monsieurs, sole meunière, and pressed duck. Be sure to peruse chalkboard sidewalk menus of the city’s many bistros and brasseries in search of these traditional favorites as well as local chefs’ more innovative dishes. The city also offers many Michelin starred restaurants by famous chefs like Alain Ducasse and Pierre Gagnaire. The city is also a great place to sample different types of French regional cuisine, from Normandy to Burgundy cooking.
There are also many rewarding Paris day trips, such as a tour to Versailles, the palace and gardens of King Louis XIV, and Giverny, the historic home and gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet. Wine lovers can also enjoy a Paris day trip to the Loire Valley, enjoying wine tasting and castles, or to Champagne, where you can enjoy either standard tastings or a VIP tour with vintage tastings and special wine pairing lunch. You can also take a day’s journey into the Normandy countryside to visit WWII sites, coastal towns like Honfleur & Deauville, Mont St. Michel and enjoy locally made Calvados and cheese along the Cider Route. Architecture lovers may enjoy a trip to Fontainebleau, a royal hunting lodge, Fontainebleau expanded during the Renaissance and transformed into a beautiful palace rich in both Italian and French artistic traditions.
Within Paris itself, Well Arranged Travel’s private tours run the gamut from night tours of the city of lights to special gourmet, art and history tours. Our private Paris walking tours can take you to areas like the sophisticated Marais District, a former swampland and royal playground that is now a hub for high art and fashion, and the old Jewish quarter. Their private Paris walking tour of Ile de la Cite, features fantastic buildings like the Conciergerie, Notre Dame cathedral and Sainte Chapelle plus the beautiful old bridge, Pont Neuf.
They also offer special private tours in Paris of chateaus, private residences, museums and other sites in and around Paris led by expert tour guides specializing in art and history. The “behind the scenes” tours of Versailles palace is a great tour to include in the usual private tour of Versailles.
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