Paris is like a gift wrapped in layer upon layer of attractive paper, each time you visit the French capital you remove another layer and find something else delightful underneath.
When it comes to famous attractions, the celebrated Louvre Museum is a “must” – but in such a treasure trove it’s easy to be overwhelmed.
On your first visit we recommend you take a tour with a guide who can show you the highlights, later you can return and browse on your own, but never try to see too much on any one visit.
Some of the best views of the city can be seen from the river and we would include a Seine cruise on our list of best things to do in Paris.
In fact we recommend taking one of these cruises every time you visit, especially if you go at different seasons.
A river cruise offers a stunning parade of the city’s greatest monuments, including the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Hotel des Invalides, Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and more.
A Moulin Rouge show, Europe’s most famous and flamboyant cabaret, is on the “must do” list of thousands of visitors to Paris each year.
Don’t miss the chance of seeing the high-kicking French Can Can performed in the place where it was invented, but do be aware that Moulin Rouge tickets sell out many weeks in advance.
To avoid disappointment plan ahead and order your Moulin Rouge tickets well before your trip.
When it comes to new and different things to do in Paris there are all sorts of possibilities.
Go off the beaten track on a wine-tasting tour in parts of the city that only the locals know well; or develop your own fragrance at a perfume making workshop, or explore Paris on a Segway personal transporter (a futuristic electric vehicle).
Foodies love the gourmet walking tours of the markets and food-shops of the Latin Quarter; keen photographers enjoy exploring the most picturesque parts of the city with an expert photographer-guide; and cyclists may like to get out of town on one of the delightful bike tours to Versailles or Monet’s Garden in Giverny.
What are a few of your favorite things to do while in Paris?