Visiting Paris for the First Time? Here's What to See and Do
The City of Light seduces first-time visitors with its romantic promenades, grand monuments, and foot-stomping cabarets, but how do you choose which of Paris’ best bits to experience on your first visit? Here are our top recommendations for your first time in the capital of France.
Take a skip-the-line tour
For time-saving convenience.
Paris' most popular attractions have long lines to match, so maximize your time by pre-booking skip-the-line entry. Take in the views from the iconic Eiffel Tower, see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, peek inside the Notre Dame Cathedral, or venture underground to explore the eerie Catacombs.
Cruise the Seine
For quintessential Parisian romance.
Admire the City of Light from the water on a Seine River cruise and enjoy prime views of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. For an extra special experience, opt for a romantic lunch or dinner cruise, or take a night cruise and watch the city lights dance across the water.
See the Moulin Rouge
For a rollicking night out.
For royal French elegance.
If you only have time for one day trip, make it a tour to the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Follow in the footsteps of King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette, learn the fascinating history of the French Revolution, and watch the spectacular fountain display in the palace gardens.
Tuck into French Pastries
For a delicious snack, day or night.
Experience the Magic of Disneyland Paris
For the best childhood memories.
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