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Ways to Beat the Crowds in Paris

Ways to Beat the Crowds in Paris

As the home of the Eiffel Tower and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, it comes as no surprise that Paris is one of Europe’s most-visited cities. With so many visitors, conditions can be tight, but here’s how to find breathing space in France’s capital.

Avoid the Metro at Rush Hour

During rush hour, commuters pack into the Paris Metro like sardines in a can. If you plan on sightseeing between 8am-10am or 5pm-7pm, it’s quicker and more comfortable to explore on foot. Besides, the handsome Haussmann boulevards of Paris lend themselves well to walking.

Plan Ahead

Decide which key sights you are hell-bent on visiting and then book your admission ticket in advance. Attractions such as the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Catacombs offer skip-the-line access, which saves you hours of waiting in line.

Think Outside of the Box

If you need a break from the crowds, skip big-name sights and head for lesser-known gems. Try the observation deck at Montparnasse Tower instead of the Eiffel Tower; cruise along the Canal St. Martin or the Marne River instead of the Seine; search for the hidden highlights of the Louvre; or enlist the help of a guide to discover alternative arrondissements.

Escape the City

If you’re sick of being shoulder-to-shoulder with other visitors, escape Paris altogether and head for the French countryside. The capital is within easy reach of Normandy’s beaches, the castle-strewn Loire Valley, and the Champagne region.

Explore at Night

As darkness descends on the City of Lights, Paris’ bistros and bars fill up, and the crowds on the street thin out. Take advantage of the quieter period with some nighttime sightseeing; the Louvre stays opens late and is typically less crowded after dark.

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Louvre Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Venus de Milo & Mona Lisa
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Louvre Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Venus de Milo & Mona Lisa

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Experience culture and art through the ages with a small-group tour of Paris’ epic Louvre Museum. Jump the queue and learn about some of the museum’s 35,000 artworks across eight themed galleries from your art historian guide. Then enjoy time on your own to explore, viewing paintings, sculpture, and architecture from 450 BC to the 19th century. Numbers are limited to 25 on this small-group tour or upgrade your ticket to a private tour exclusive to just your group. 
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Normandy D-Day Beaches & American Cemetery Trip from Paris
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Normandy D-Day Beaches & American Cemetery Trip from Paris

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Visit the D-Day beaches during this full-day trip from Paris to Normandy. Stop at Omaha Beach to learn stories and historical facts about WWII; stop at the Juno Beach Center; pause at the American Cemetery; and stop by the Caen Memorial Museum for a scenic lunch. Gain fascinating insights from your guide into the sacrifices of Allied soldiers and the French citizens they liberated. Upgrade to a small-group tour when booking for a more personal experience.
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  • 13 hours
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Paris in One Day : Eiffel Tower with Summit, Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

Paris in One Day : Eiffel Tower with Summit, Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

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Hit all the Paris highlights, starting with a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower including standard access to the tower's summit. Follow up with a narrated cruise along the Seine River, a tour of Ile de la Cité home to the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and a guided walk through the Louvre Museum. Enjoy skip-the-line access so you can bypass the Louvre's outdoor crowds and tour the artworks with your guide. 
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Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
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Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas

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Discover the darker side of the City of Lights with this skip-the-line tour of the famed catacombs of Paris. Explore these fascinating underground passageways lined with the bones of thousands of former Parisians and learn the history of the mesmerizing and macabre labyrinth. Bypass the long lines for this popular attraction and enjoy personalized attention in a small group limited to 19 people.
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Loire Valley Day Trip withChenonceau, Clos Luce and Chambord Castles from Paris
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Loire Valley Day Trip withChenonceau, Clos Luce and Chambord Castles from Paris

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Majestic castles and wine tastings make up this unforgettable day trip to the charming Loire Valley. Skip-the-line admission to the chateaux of Chambord (or Amboise) and Chenonceau is included, with your choice of a licensed guide or audio guide. Get an up-close look at the extravagant glamour of the French aristocracy and gain insight into life within these Renaissance residences. Travel by luxury coach from Paris.
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Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Tickets and Small-Group Tour

Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Tickets and Small-Group Tour

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Sail past the long lines outside of Paris’ most iconic attraction on a small-group tour of the Eiffel Tower. With your priority access pass, head straight inside the magnificent landmark and embark on a guided tour with a knowledgeable guide. Listen to interesting anecdotes surrounding the rich history of the monument and then absorb the spectacular cityscape of Paris from the top level of the tower. Opt to take the tour at a variety of departure times and even watch a magical sunset from this unique vantage point. Numbers are limited to 20 people to ensure a personalized experience.
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Paris Local Districts and Stories Off the Beaten Track Guided Bike Tour
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Paris Local Districts and Stories Off the Beaten Track Guided Bike Tour

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See Paris like a local as you pedal around its vibrant neighborhoods, lively markets and hidden sights on this small-group bike tour. Explore the famous Latin Quarter, the Jewish communities of Le Marais and the historic Place de la Bastille, as well as enjoying views of iconic landmarks like Notre-Dame Cathedral. With plenty of rest stops and photo opportunities, this tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
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Champagne Tasting & Reims Cathedral Visit In One Day from Paris
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Champagne Tasting & Reims Cathedral Visit In One Day from Paris

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Pop a cork in France’s famous Champagne region on a full-day tour from Paris. Visit some of the most famous Champagne cellars in the world at the Mumm and Mercier wineries, where you can taste varieties of beloved bubbly and learn about the time-honored tradition of making Champagne. Delve into regional history with a tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Reims, the coronation site for many kings of France.
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  • 11 hours
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Paris Small Group or Private Walking Tour: Secret Sites and Hidden Gems

Paris Small Group or Private Walking Tour: Secret Sites and Hidden Gems

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Uncover the little-known treasures of Paris on this insider walking tour with a savvy guide. Explore arcaded pathways, hidden alleys and grand boulevards, marveling at Belle Époque architecture and visiting specialty food shops to sample macarons and artisan cheeses. You’ll see top attractions like the Louvre and neighborhood gems like quaint cafes in Le Marais district. As you walk, you'll learn the history of this contemporary city and its ancient roots.
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  • 3 hours
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Paris by Night City of Lights Sightseeing Guided Bike Tour

Paris by Night City of Lights Sightseeing Guided Bike Tour

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Pedal through the City of Light on an evening bike tour. Follow your guide past Paris' top attractions, such as the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the famous Berthillon ice cream shop, and listen to commentary along the way. After a relaxing ride through the illuminated city, top off your tour with a cruise along the Seine paired with a glass of wine.
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Paris Montparnasse Top of the City Observation Deck Skip the Line Entry Ticket

Paris Montparnasse Top of the City Observation Deck Skip the Line Entry Ticket

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Enjoy the best panoramic views from the 56th floor observation deck of the Montparnasse Tower. Europe’s fastest elevator whisks you up to the open-air rooftop of this modern skyscraper for unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides, and other famous landmarks. Plan a trip during twilight for an aerial perspective of the glittering City of Lights, and upgrade to sip a glass of Champagne at the rooftop bar.
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