Gay PARIS Tours 2020
From guided tours of the Marais district to skip the line passes for the Eiffel Tower, we have some of the best tours available for Paris. Bespoke private tours, group tours, and of course the Paris Pass are available.
Here are the top selling tours with our guests over the past 7 days.
Paris is quite compact, so taking in these 7 wonders of the city is quite easy. Book in advance however as lines during peak times and seasons can be long.
One of the best way to see all of paris is by taking the Hop on Hop off bus. Create your own itinerary as you see the most popular sights of Paris, keeping to your own personal timetable and not others! Or, combine a sightseeing tour by vintage 2CV (Deux Chevaux) with a sweet treat and beverage at the Nectarine café; it’s a 3-hour Viator Exclusive experience, uniquely created and available nowhere else! Of why not try a custom tour, where you call the shots and decide where to go and what to see.
Paris has some amazing monuments and the list is endless. Here are our 7 wonders of Paris based on personal experiences.
Open daily 9:30am – 11pm Admission: €11.90 15 per adult
Built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair, held to commemorate the centennial of the Revolution, the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) was the world’s tallest structure at 1,050 feet (320 m) until Manhattan’s Chrysler Building was completed.
Initially opposed by Paris’ artistic and literary elite, the Eiffel Tower was almost torn down in 1909. The tower’s salvation came when it proved an ideal platform for the antennas needed for the new science of radiotelegraphy. Today, the highlight of a visit are the views over Paris. When you’re done peering upward through the girders, three levels are open to the public.
Just southeast of the Eiffel Tower is a grassy expanse that was once the site of the world’s first balloon flights and is now used by teens as a skateboarding arena and by activists stating their views on the current state of France.
Take metro lines 6 or 9 to stop Bir Hakeim or Trocadero or RER line C to station Champ de Mars. There are elevators to the top of the Eiffel Tower – prices vary depending on how high you go – but they have long queues. Guided visits are also available.
Open for lunch at 1pm and dinner at 7pm. Shows begin 2 hours later.
The Moulin Rouge is the world famous cabaret venue which opened in 1889. This was the time known as the Belle Epoque – France was not at war for a change, a century was coming to an end, creativity was blooming, and people were filled with the joys of life. What better time to launch a dance-hall of beautiful showgirls? The fact that Toulouse-Lautrec was obsessed with drawing them didn’t hurt either.
Opened by Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, who were confident their place would outshine everywhere else, the Moulin Rouge had a huge dance floor, mirrors everywhere, and an atmosphere of total euphoria. Here aristocrats came to mingle with the riffraff and women of easy virtue. There were even donkeys for the ladies with an adventurous spirit. Today there are no donkeys, but the euphoria continues. Oller and Zidler were right.
Palace open daily except Mondays. 9am – 6:30pm in Summer, 9am – 5:30pm in Winter. Gardens and park open every day
The Chateau de Versailles was the creation of Louis XIV. He took his father’s hunting lodge, transformed it into a work of wonder and excess and moved the whole court and government of France from Paris to Versailles in 1682. The next two French kings added their own special touches but eventually it all became too much for the starving French people and in 1789 they revolted. After the French Revolution, Versailles was no longer the seat of power and after 1830 it became the Museum of the History of France.
Any visit to Versailles must include seeing the Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Chambers, the Grand Trianon, the extensive formal gardens and Marie-Antoinette’s famous estate where she went to play at being a simple country girl.
The palace is located in the small township of Versailles outside of Paris. It is easy to reach by train. Catch RER C from Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche station. You can also catch the SNCF train from Paris Montparnasse station to Versailles Chantiers or from Paris Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite station.
Wed – Mon 9am – 6pm (Wed & Fri 10pm) Admission: € 9.50 for adults
The Louvre may be the world’s greatest art museum. Don’t be daunted by its size and overwhelming richness; if you have even the merest interest in the fruits of human civilization from antiquity to the 19th century, then visit you must.
The former fortress began its career as a public museum in 1793 with 2,500 paintings; now some 30,000 are on display. The most famous works from antiquity include the Seated Scribe, the Jewels of Rameses II, and the armless duo – the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo.
From the Renaissance, don’t miss Michelangelo’s Slaves, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and works by Raphael, Botticelli, and Titian. French masterpieces of the 19th century include Ingres’ La Grande Odalisque, Géricault’s The Raft of the Medusa, and the work of David and Delacroix.
The Grand Louvre project has rejuvenated the museum with many new and renovated galleries now open to the public. To avoid queues at the pyramid, buy your ticket in advance.
Located next to the Seine River in central Paris, and at one end of the grand axis from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs Elysee, the Louvre is easy to find. Catch metro line 1 or 7 to station Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre.
Expect to climb some stairs if you decide to explore Montmarte, it is so steep in places there is even a funicular railway.
Montmartre is the hilly part of Paris. There are stairs galore and the crowning glory is, of course, the famous Sacré Coeur Cathedral perched at the top, looming over Paris. There is another church on the hill, the older Saint Pierre de Montmartre, which is the founding place of the Jesuits.
The area is also famous for its nightlife and artists. The Moulin Rouge is here and Pigalle is known both for being the red-light district and for its rock music venues. Artists including Picasso, van Gogh, Monet, Modigliani, Renoir and Dali all lived and/or worked in the area. The Dali Espace museum is also worth a visit.
Two metro lines serve the area: line 2, stations Anvers, Pigalle and Blanche, and line 12, stations Pigalle, Abbesses, Lamarck-Caulaincourt and Jules Joffrin.
Other than meeting the famous Emmanuel, make sure to say hello to the creepy gargoyles that guide the flow of rainwater away from the structure.
The cornerstone of Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral was laid in 1163, but it wasn’t until almost a hundred years later, in 1250, that the towers were finished (and almost another hundred until construction was completed, in 1345). Its bells, the largest of which actually have a name – Emmanuel – have rung in the hour and some of Paris’s most historical events ever since.
Hearty visitors to Notre-Dame Cathedral shouldn’t miss the chance to climb the 387 stairs to the two western-facing towers. If you were impressed by the cathedral’s soaring interior, you will be awestruck by what you find up there.
Notre-Dame Cathedral is located on L’île de la Cité, one of two islands in the middle of the Seine River. It’s reachable via several Métro lines: line 4 (Saint-Michel), lines 1 & 11 (Hôtel de Ville) and line 10 (Maubert-Mutualité).
Discover the joy of sightseeing with the Paris Pass, which gives you free entry to the best attractions Paris has to offer. Save time as you skip the queues with fast track entry at many attractions, including the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, and take advantage of special offers at various Paris restaurants and shops.
Save time as you skip the long queues, and save money with free entry to over 60 Paris sights and attractions. With your Paris Pass, there is no need to use cash, simply show your pass for fast entry. Choose from a two, four or six day pass.
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