10 of the best places for an extravagant Paris private tour
It’s true what they say; Paris really is the city of love – and if you’re looking ahead to Valentine’s Day in the hopes of planning a luxurious romantic getaway, then there’s no better destination to choose for your slice of quality time than the iconic French capital. From its breath-taking cityscape views and historic palaces and cathedrals, to its awe-inspiring art museums and expansive landscape gardens, there are endless sites to see whilst visiting this magnificent city.
Whether you’re a first-timer in the city or returning for a second dose of all it has to offer, the Localers’ private tours in Paris can be a great way to discover some of Paris’ hidden gems. Once you’ve seen some of the most recognizable sites, there is plenty more exploration to be done – you just have to know where to look.
With so many things to see and do in Paris, it can be difficult to know where to start when planning your trip – but, if you are short on time, then it’s best to start with the most iconic sites and work your way down.
To help you get started with putting together your perfect itinerary, we’ve rounded up the top 10 sites to see on a luxury break in Paris. It’s time to get booking those flights for the ultimate romantic surprise.
The Eiffel Tower
Top of everyone’s list should be the world-famous Eiffel Tower, where you can experience the feeling of being on top of the world with the one you love. The tallest structure in the whole of Paris, it was named after the great engineer Gustave Eiffel – and from the top, you can take in sweeping and breath-taking views over the city. Over 7 million visitors flock to Paris every year just to see the Eiffel Tower – so it’s definitely a site you won’t want to miss.
Notre Dame Cathedral
If you’re a history buff then a trip to Paris would never be complete without a visit to the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral. This imposing Roman Catholic cathedral boasts striking, Gothic-style architecture, with sculptures and gargoyles which attract visitors in their droves. The domed roof is the centre of attraction – arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds, and you’ll get to enjoy it to the full.
From Egyptian and oriental antiques to Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Islamic Art, the Louvre has got it all, and you can easily spend an entire day wandering inside without seeing everything. Here, you can take in sculptures dating back to the Middle Ages and Renaissance period, as well as from modern times, all under the roof of one of the ity’s royal palaces, and spread over 210,000 square metres – including 60,600 for the exhibitions.
Arc of Triumph
In honour of the imperial army in the 19th century, Napoleon commissioned Jean Chalgrin to design this ancient Roman piece of architecture, and the Arc de Triomph has since become one of the focal points of the city. The engraved pillars of this iconic landmark show depict tales of victory, and despite the replicas and copies seen elsewhere throughout Europe, it is still the largest monument of its kind in the entire world.
Cruise on the Seine
Do you want to see the city lights in all their glory? A cruise along the River Seine is a great way to take in the Parisian vibe by night. The city’s monuments are all lit slowly after the sun sets – from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame, Pont Alexandre III and many more. Giving you a unique viewpoint and a memorable experience that will last forever, it’s a must for anyone visiting Paris.
Located in the hills of Paris, this area of the city is perhaps best known for its white-domed Basilica – the stunning Sacre Coeur – which is reachable via a steep flight of steps and is best viewed when lit up by night. The 130-metre-high structure was built in 1919 in honour of the French victims of the Franco-Prussian war. A former artists’ village once inhabited by Picasso and Dali, Montmartre is also a great place to eat and drink in the evenings and enjoy a leisurely stroll, with sweeping views of the city to be enjoyed from its steep, winding streets.
Palace of Versailles
The main royal residence in France from 1682, under Louis XVI, the stunning Palace of Versailles is located just outside of Paris – but is well worth the extra travel time to see it first-hand. One of the most famous castles in France, it was built as an emblem of French Supremacy, and with its huge expanse of landscaped gardens and elaborate interiors, it’s a romantic site to behold.
Immerse yourself in the mesmerising world of opera with a visit to Palais Garnier. This 1,979-seat opera house was built between 1861 and 1875 for the Paris Opera, when it was previously known as Salle des Capucines. It was later renamed in recognition of its opulence and the architect – Charles Garnier – who designed it. Take in the beautiful paintings and wooden carvings, and head to the Grand Foyer to marvel over the intricately painted ceilings – it’s a site you’re unlikely to ever forget.
Quartier Latin – or the Latin Quarter – is a must-visit for anyone spending a few days in the city. Also known as the 5th arrondissement, the quaint Latin Quarter is home to the Sorbonne University, and is lined with trendy, student-filled cafes and bookshops. Here, you will also find many renowned educational institutions like Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Mines de Paris, Schola Cantorum, and Ecole Normale Superieure – and if you come at the right time of year, then you can also see sports championships, including the French Tennis Championships, which are held here.
If you’re travelling with children, then don’t miss Disneyland Paris – the most colourful, cheerful and vibrant attraction of all. Don’t be put off if you’re on an adults only getaway, either – as with its endless range of fun rides and exciting shows, it’s the perfect place to enjoy being a big kid for the day. Spot your favourite Disney characters, and get some photos taken with them for a great memento – after all, you’re never too old for a fun day out.
These top ten sites are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to discovering the magic of Paris – but if you’re hoping for a romantic and culture-filled destination, then these are great places to start.