The best Paris tours help you take the stress out of navigating this fascinatingly alluring city. After all, what can be better than being led around by an expert guide who'll give you an insider's take on anything from the best Paris attractions and galleries to its street art, world-class shopping and even a tour paying homage to Coco Chanel? These experienced companies offer years of professional tour experience, and often unparalleled knowledge of the capital. So whether you choose to explore on foot or on the river, with a tasting and a tipple included or a stunning view; sit back, relax, and let the city of lights unfold before you.
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The best tours of Paris
Vélib bike tour of Paris
This tour introduces you to the Vélib system: Paris’s equivalent of London’s Boris Bikes. As you switch your bike as you move from station to station, you’ll get the chance to explore independently. Perfect for those who don’t like to be shepherded around too much.
Gourmet French food walking tour
Sure, Paris is full of calorific cheese, pastries and wine but who’s counting when you’ve got to walk to get to them? This three-hour guided tour will have you wandering all over the capital for tasters of delicious French fancies (and we’re not talking about Mr Kipling). Visit a bakery, a caterers, a patisserie, cheese and wine bar, and a fresh produce market.
VIP tour of Versailles with a private viewing of the Royal Quarters
Fancy feeling rather regal? Well here’s your chance – by taking your very own VIP tour of the super-luxe Château de Versailles. Not only will you get priority entrance to Versailles, you’ll get a private viewing of the palace’s Royal Quarters. Which are very snazzy, by the way. Still not enough? Well, you’ll enter the palace through a reserved door and be granted access to magnificent private rooms (such as Louis XVI’s library) that are normally off-limits to the general public.
A Paris helicopter tour
Fly like a bird above Paris on a helicopter tour to Versailles. Soar over the Seine, Bois de Boulogne and incredible Versailles Palace before landing near Versailles to enjoy a complimentary drink and take photos in front of your helicopter. On your return flight to Paris, enjoy bird’s-eye views of Trocadéro, Montparnasse, La Défense and the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
Skip-the-line Louvre 'masterpieces express' tour
The Louvre is massive, there’s no avoiding that fact, but this tour boils it down to the best bits. And you get to jump the line! In just under two hours your guide will lead you to – and offer commentary on – the museum’s most famous works, including the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, Géricault’s The Raft of Medusa and of course da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
A 'classic Paris' walking tour
A tour that takes in all the Parisian landmarks – Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower among them – and is led by a guide who’ll share lots of titbits of information along the way.
Behind the scenes of a boulangerie
Revel in the secrets of French baking at this behind-the-scenes tour of an independent Parisian patisserie. Nosey around the kitchens and witness first-hand exactly how those delectable French breads, pastries and cakes are crafted. Once you’ve feasted your eyes, you’ll be allowed take home a freshly made croissant and baguette.
Explore Paris’s historic wine cellars
This 90-minute tour takes you out to Bercy in the twelfth arrondisement, where you’ll tour the district’s wine cellars and learn more about its winemaking heritage.
Versailles Gardens segway tour
Because, why not? Step aboard one of these very handy inventions that are very nearly impossible to unbalance and head through the amazing Versailles Park. Which is just very, very pretty. Your two- or three-hour narrated tour will travel along the Grand Canal and past the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and Queen’s Hamlet, pausing for a really quite jaw-dropping view of the Palace of Versailles in all its magnificent glory. And if you want to explore some of the city of Versailles, too? Opt for the three-hour tour.
A bike tour of Paris's villages
A tour that takes you out of the chaos of Paris proper, and into the quaint and picturesque villages on its outskirts. And yes, it should be every bit as idyllic as it sounds.