The Eiffel Tower
It’s easily one of the most famous landmarks in the world and it’s safe to say, a trip to Paris isn’t complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Should you be brave enough to take on the 600+ steps to the top (or save your legs and take the lift instead), you’ll be greeted by unbeatable panoramic Parisian views. Our top tip? If romance is on the cards, take your partner to the Eiffel Tower at night, where you can take in the atmosphere with a twinkling lights display.
Whether you’re an art connoisseur or a gallery newbie, The Louvre is the pinnacle of culture and creativity and is a must-see for everyone. Home to a collection of 35,000 priceless works of art, it’s the largest museum in the world. In fact, it’s so big that it’s actually impossible to see everything on offer in one visit! That’s why we recommend you locate the iconic pieces like the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Michelangelo’s Dying Slave as soon as you can.
You definitely don’t have to be religious to appreciate the beauty and history of this incredible cathedral. Known as one of the most staggering examples of French Gothic architecture, Notre-Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris) is said to average 30,000 visitors a day from all different walks of life.
For the little ones and big kids alike, there’s nowhere better to have magical mayhem than at Disneyland. Enjoy classic rides like Pirates of the Caribbean and Aerosmith’s Rock n Rollercoaster, as well as the new Star Wars themed Hyperspace Mountain. It’s a whole holiday in itself and even if the rides and fanfare aren’t your thing, there’s also a spa, sports and fitness areas, swimming pools, an aquarium and even an animal park. Most importantly, don’t forget to get a selfie with Mickey and tag us on your Instagram!
Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe
The perfect place for an afternoon stroll, the Champs-Elysees is one of the world’s most recognised streets. Teeming with cafés, boutiques and theatres, there’s no shortage of excitement and the avenue is also famous for its role in the Bastille Day Parade and Tour de France.
Of course, a short walk down the street will lead you to the Arc de Triomphe, the second largest arch in the world. Underneath the Arc you’ll also find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, housing an eternal flame that burns in remembrance of fallen soldiers that were never identified.
Looking for a tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Then go for a walk along Promenade Plantee, a walking and cycling path surrounded by the sweetest flowers and plant life Paris has to offer. Built on an old railway line, the path begins at Opera Bastille and finishes at Bois de Vincennes, giving you a unique tour that many never get to see. A walk at a good pace will take over an hour and half to complete.
Marche Bastille Street Market
Need a little fuel before that walk? You’re already in the perfect place! The street market at Marche Bastille is a hotbed of local fresh produce, filling over 150 stalls to the brim with everything from meat, cheese and vegetables, to handbags and antiques. We recommend treating yourself to a warm crepe at brunch to keep your strength up for all that exploring.
Observe the grim history of 1700s Paris with a descent down into the catacombs. Built in order to prevent the overflowing of the city’s cemeteries, this part of the old underground tunnel network houses the remains of over six million people. Make sure you pack some good footwear as this tour will take you into the dirty depths of the city.
While the catacombs may be a little morbid for everyone’s tastes, their historical significance is undeniable and well worth braving.
Perchoir Rooftop Bar
After a trip packed full of exploring and discovery, a drink has definitely been earned. While there are a huge host of Parisian bars to choose from, our favourite has to be the Perchoir rooftop bar. A queue will greet you regardless of time; however, the unspoilt city views and extensive wine and cocktail options make it’s well worth the wait.
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Now that you’re sorted on what to do when you’re in Paris, all you need to do now is book your return coach travel via our journey planner. Bon voyage!