A trip to Paris is in most people’s bucket list, be it a quick visit or long stay, we can say we all dream about taking a plane and falling in love with the City of Lights. There is so much to do and so little time and as I get asked frequently, I wanted to create a list of the places you can’t miss while visiting a city that is full of art, history, poetry and inspiration. Take this as a summary of the best tourist spots and how to get to know them stress-free because nobody wants to spend their dream travel experience stuck in line waiting. If you really want to live the Paris experience the best thing you can do is plan in advance and there is so much time you can save back home and during your stay with a few clicks booking your tickets or access to the world’s most seeing monuments online.
The Eiffel Tower
When you think of Paris the first thing that comes to mind is the beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower piercing a blue sky during the day or filling the night with thousands of lights. This stop is a must especially if you want to get a privileged view of the city and, also, get to know a big part of its history. The Iron Lady is one of the most visited sights in the world: 7 million people a year if you were wondering. You can climb up this symbol of France via stairs or lift and get to its second floor where you will find delicious and exclusive restaurants with an incredible view or get to the top and get to see Paris in all of its splendour. But with so many tourists getting to this same route my advice would be to plan your visit ahead: there are different packages according to the places you want to access and your budget, and they assure you saved time spent in line waiting when you should be enjoying this Parisian dream. What are you waiting for? Book your tickets for an Eiffel Tower visit today!
This is the next stop for art and history lovers after all the Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. If you want to catch a glimpse of historic paintings like the Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci, or sculptures like the Venus the Milo, this royal palace turned into a museum, hosts these and other iconic pieces of art and thousands of exhibitions being the largest museum in the world. You can choose your own adventure when visiting the museum, it counts with audio guides, tours, education itineraries, and even visitor trails that will guide you through its most important works of art according to your personal interests and you can print or download your map at home to be ready in advance for a stroll through the world’s history of art in each department of the largest and most visited museum in the world: antiques from the Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman times, sculptures, drawings, paintings and prints. Don’t forget to pass by the gift shop and take some memorabilia with you back home.
Arc of Triumph and the Champs Elysées
Commissioned by Napoleon to Jean Chalgrin to honour de Grande Armee, this roman inspired arch is one of the largest of its kind standing 50 meters high on the Place de l’Etoile and leading to the “living heart” of Paris: The Champs Elysees. The arc is a masterpiece carved with sculptures and the names of the battles and generals that led the wars fought during the first republic of France. This is also the resting place of The Unknown Soldier, a tomb that represents the lives lost during World War I. Besides admiring this beautiful architectural piece, you can also climb to its stop (via staircases) and get to the viewing deck: a terrace with a panoramic view of Paris. From the Arc you can access what is known as one of the most beautiful avenues in the world: The Champs Elysees, a 2 kilometres long stroll filled with luxury boutiques, cafes and restaurants by day and an active nightlife.
Palace of Versailles
Versailles is one of the most known palaces not only in France but in the world and it’s because of its grandeur and rich history. What started as a “petite Château” for hunting trips during the reign of King Louis XIII was transformed by his son Louis XIV (also known as the Sun King) into a luxurious palace that would host the court and the government, being the seat of French political power up until 1789. He was the one that commissioned André Le Nôtre the design and creation of the beautiful gardens of Versailles, while Louis Le Vau was in charge of the new architectural changes that gave life to the splendour of Versailles. Having such a rich history is no surprise that this place was turned into the Museum of History of France in 1837 by King Louis Phillipe. This restored building filled with Renaissance art, furniture and decorations, is a must-stop for any tourist that wants to live and feel the grandeur and lavishness of 17th century France. The guided visits will take you to the most iconic places from the Queen’s chambers to the Hall of Mirrors, and don’t forget to take a walk or have lunch at the most famous french garden of all.