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Paris at sunset

Discover some of the best tours in Paris for your next trip, like exploring one of the world’s largest collections of antique amusement games and rides or touring the city at sunset in a vintage 2CV. These are the best Paris tours if you’re after something a little different.

See Paris in a day!

Should you visit the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, Sacré Coeur Basilica or Notre Dame, take a Seine river cruise, explore a classic neighbourhood or simply stroll around the city? The good news is there’s no need to choose as a Paris in a Day tour lets you see all these things and more in – you guessed it – just one day. While visiting all these iconic attractions in just nine hours might sound impossible (not to mention exhausting), it’s pretty easy when you’re with a local who knows all the shortcuts. The tour runs in an order that minimises crowds and includes metro transport, Skip the Line Access and an expert local guide who shares fun facts and interesting stories along the way.

Paris in a Day tour

Museum of Fairground Arts

Musée des Arts Forains, or the Museum of Fairground Arts, proves you’re never too old to ride a carousel. However, you may be too young! Back in the late 1800s, when bicycles were more expensive than horses, adults would line up to ride bicycle carousels that were powered by their feet and reached speeds of up to 60kph. You’ll find one of these carousels at this museum which has one of the largest collections of antique amusement rides and games in the world. Even better, you can ride it – but only if you’re aged 13+. You can also see (and hear) a rare Hooghuys fairground organ, ride other historic carousels, play original sideshow alley amusement games and learn about life in Europe in the 1800s on an interactive two hour tour. English language tours are available during the summer months, with an English transcript provided at other times of the year.

Museum of Fairground Arts
Museum of Fairground Arts

Free tour with a passionate local volunteer

Paris is part of the Global Greeter Network, an international organisation that runs free sightseeing tours conducted by volunteer guides in cities around the world. In Paris, our guide was a retired professor who showed us around Montmartre where he had lived for more than 30 years. Pierre didn’t just have the perfect name, he also had a folder of fascinating historical photos and the communication skills of someone who has spent their life teaching. Much to my surprise, he also shared my passion for the impossibly romantic movie ‘Amelie’ and shared behind-the-scenes stories about the Montmartre filming locations that only a local would know. Greeter tours are about more than simply seeing the sights, they also offer a fascinating glimpse into the heart and soul of a destination and the locals who make it great.

Tour Paris in a 2CV

It’s a match made in heaven: a jaunty Citroen 2CV and the city of Paris. As a tour vehicle, this classic French car adds a certain je ne sais quoi and its compact size makes negotiating the tiny alleys of Paris’ arrondissements a breeze, especially with a handsome Frenchman behind the wheel. Tours are available from 11am to 10pm but the best time to book this one hour Paris 2CV tour is just before sunset. As the fading light bathes the historic buildings of Paris in a soft glow, your classic transport zips down famous streets and around the Arc de Triomphe with its radiating avenues and white knuckle thrills. As the sun sinks below the horizon, you’ll drive towards the Eiffel Tower, pulling up just as the lights come on and dance up and down the city’s famous landmark. There’s time for photos with your shiny 2CV before the trip back to your hotel.

Paris 2CV tour at sunset

Spend an eerie evening in Paris

Discover a darker side of a Paris on a spooky Paris ghost tour that ventures into historic buildings and down winding alleyways to show you a side of the city that doesn’t make it into the tourist brochures. Your ghoulish guide is an expert when it comes to the sinister and seedy side of Paris, back when people were burned at the stake and sentenced to death in the Palais du Justice. Walk in the footsteps of the plague that ravaged the city in the mid-1300s, listen to tragic love stories and scare yourself silly with gruesome tales of ghosts, gore, murder and mayhem. You’ll be looking over your shoulder on the way back to your hotel after this hair-raising night out. 

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.