It’s no surprise that Paris is one of the most-visited cities in the world year after year; the city is host to some of the most well-known attractions in the world and boasts picturesque views for keen photographers to take advantage of. There’s so much to do here in Paris, meaning it can be difficult to produce an ample itinerary if you are staying here for a shorter duration. Here, we relieve you of this dilemma, providing some of our favourite suggestions when planning a trip to Paris.
Cruise along the Seine River
One of the most popular experiences in Paris is to take a cruise along the Seine. Depending on what you expect from your trip, there are multiple options available - you can choose between a sightseeing cruise, a dinner cruise or a lunch cruise. This is a fantastic way to see Paris in a short timeframe, with most tours taking you past landmarks like Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre. Other famous buildings and bridges can be seen from the river, allowing visitors to gain some good insight into the history of the city and its impressive architecture. Deciding on the right tour for you can be difficult given the surfeit of options, so it’s best you carefully look at the reviews left for each tour to find some recommendations before you decide to book.
Climb the Eiffel Tower
If you don’t visit the Eiffel Tower during your trip to Paris, then you haven’t done it properly. The iconic monument was first constructed in the 1880s for the World Fair in 1889. At first, the majority of the population actually disliked the design, which may seem surprising given it is now one of the most recognised buildings in the whole of the world. Word of advice, get here early in the morning if you want to beat the crowds, as it can become busy later on. You can also choose to scale the Eiffel Tower and experience the panoramic views from the top – do note that this should be booked beforehand, especially if you are wanting a guided tour.
Visit Ô Chateau
This is one of the best locations in Paris to attend a wine-tasting class or be served an assortment of the finest wines and cheese France has to offer. The selection here changes weekly, meaning each outing is unique and a brand-new experience in itself. The servers here are highly generous with their measurements and the selection of food is more than plentiful. The ideal time to visit would be during lunchtime, as the menu is typically cheaper and you can discover the history of wine-making in France.
Take a tour of the Paris Sewer Museum
Whilst an excursion through the sewers in Paris may not seem like the luxury experience you had in mind; it’s not what you’d expect. The sewers are perfectly safe for visitors and are much more sanitary than they were a few centuries ago. Not far from the Eiffel Tower, the tunnels beneath the city tell the tale of how modern-day Paris came to be. Prior to an efficient drainage system, waste from the area seeped into the river and polluted the area, leaving the citizens there at risk of developing disease. Once these issues were trounced, the health of the residents improved and trade increased, leading to the development of the city we see today.
All that’s left to do now is organise your Paris airport transfer for when you arrive and book your accommodation – whilst transport in the city is fairly easy to use and frequent, finding somewhere to stay in the centre of the city will ensure you are able to spend more time exploring Paris. Have you been to Paris before and would recommend other places to visit? Let us know in the comments!