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Ile St.-Louis: Our most recommended tours and activities

2-Hour Perfume Creation Course in Paris

1. 2-Hour Perfume Creation Course in Paris

Imagine a fragrance as unique as you are. Candora is a new French perfume brand with 18 fragrances offering tailor-made fragrance creation. Every woman and man is invited to an exceptional olfactory experience. Learn the art of blending and have the pleasure to create your own personal fragrance. Embark on a sensational olfactive journey in a friendly atmosphere. Get introduced to French 'Art de Vivre' and the Parisian elegance. Start with an instructive quiz, which will unveil parts of the history of perfumes and the mysteries of fragrance conception. Then, awaken your senses and emotions with the power of smelling as each guest will be able to smell 8 to 10 different fragrances. Develop your creativity and choose your favorite fragrances and then blend them in a graduated glass. You will adapt the quantity of each ingredient to your taste. Find out if you are oud rose, lavender vetiver, iris cedar or wild herbs.

Paris: Photo Shoot with a Private Travel Photographer

2. Paris: Photo Shoot with a Private Travel Photographer

Get a unique souvenir of your time in Paris and take part in a photo shoot of your trip at locations tailored to your personal requirements.  Work with a professional photographer to create magical moments, and capture your travels in a contemporary and candid style. The photographers are hand-picked, highly experienced local experts who will share their knowledge of their city like an old friend. Receive a link to your own, password-protected, online gallery within 5 working days to download your professionally edited images for free.

Paris: Cruise on the Saint-Martin Canal and the Seine River

3. Paris: Cruise on the Saint-Martin Canal and the Seine River

Explore the French capital on a sightseeing cruise along the River Seine and continue along Canal Saint-Martin. See Parisian landmarks, including Notre Dame and the Hotel du Nord before sailing into the underground vault. Start your day in Paris with one of its most enchanting attractions, and take a cruise along the Canal Saint-Martin and River Seine. Embark in the center of the Parc de la Villette, and cruise gently along the canal to Rue de Crimée’s elevated bridge, as it goes through the Bassin de la Villette, before entering the magnificent Rotonde by Ledoux. Your adventure begins with the first lock at the Récollets Center, where you will catch sight of the Hotel du Nord. Discover the real Canal Saint-Martin, filled with the poetry of its romantic paths and pedestrian bridges, bordered by chestnut trees and populated by fishermen. Then, the boat will be plunged into darkness as you enter a tunnel of more than 1-mile, taking you through a mysterious underground vault that is perforated by light holes. Filled with magic and beauty, when you emerge into the light at Arsenal Port, you will see the July Column of Place de la Bastille ahead of you. This is when you enter the River Seine. From here, take a short cruise along the River Seine, past the Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité, to end your tour just after midday at the Musée d’Orsay.

Paris: River Seine Cruise with Optional Drinks and Snacks

4. Paris: River Seine Cruise with Optional Drinks and Snacks

Hop on board for a refreshingly new perspective of central Paris. Take a relaxing river cruise of Paris and enjoy unbeatable views of the city's most memorable landmarks. Starting at the Eiffel Tower, cruise on a comfortable boat down the river for a taste of elegant Parisian life. Glide past The Grand Palais, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Your guide will entertain you throughout the leisurely cruise with anecdotes and intriguing historical facts.  The Paris cruise goes as far as the Institute of the Arabic World at the Ile Saint-Louis before returning you to the Eiffel Tower, and it's the most relaxing way to sightsee in Paris and is the only way to explore the city free of traffic noise and congestion. The tour ends where it began.

Paris: Family-Friendly River Seine Guided Cruise

5. Paris: Family-Friendly River Seine Guided Cruise

Board your family-friendly cruise at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. During the one-hour sightseeing cruise, learn all the secrets of Paris thanks to your guide on board. Listen to anecdotes about Paris and its inhabitants. Hear all about the architecture, history, monuments and bridges of the city. Secrets will be revealed, so be ready to be surprised.  A bar on board will be serving french crêpes, snacks, and drinks. Sit back and relax as you take in the sights of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

6. Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

Embark on a romantic cruise close to the Musée d’Orsay on the River Seine. Marvel at the Tuileries Garden, Musée du Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and more. You will admire the scenic panoramic views before continuing to the entrance to the Canal Saint-Martin, where Bastille Square towers above you. Enter a 1.24-mile tunnel, lit by perforations that let in the light of day, and soak up the magic and beauty of a subterranean world. Once you emerge from the tunnel, you will discover the magical Canal Saint Martin, a surprising aquatic path surrounded by a romantic footbridge and bordered by chestnut trees and fishermen. Near the Temple, admire Frederic Lemaître’s bust, the Recollets Lock, and the Hotel du Nord. Keep your ears pricked for the murmuring ghost of François Villon as you approach the Dead Lock, where the Montfaucon gibbet used to stand. The boat passes Bassin de la Villette and the arcing footbridge of rue de Crimée before reaching the Parc de la Villette, where you can admire the Cité des Sciences and Music Museum along with the magnificent themed gardens.  

Discover the Heart of Paris by Bike

7. Discover the Heart of Paris by Bike

Starting from the Beaubourg area, jump aboard your bike and set off on a discovery of the historical center of Paris located on the right-hand side of the River Seine. Begin the tour in the hip Marais quarter with a visit to Village Saint Paul, a village in the center of the city. You'll also get the opportunity to visit the most beautiful of all the royal squares in the capital - the Place des Vosges with its prominent residents. Cycle past the Picasso Museum before enjoying a break at one of the oldest markets in Paris. Your tour guide will tell you more about the controversial Buren's Columns at the Palais-Royal as well as the glass pyramid in the main courtyard of the Louvre. Your tour will finish on the unmissable Seine Islands, the Ile de la Cité (where Notre-Dame stands) and Ile Saint-Louis.

Paris: Seine Cruise and Self-Guided Walking Tour

8. Paris: Seine Cruise and Self-Guided Walking Tour

Guided Cruise: Starting at the Eiffel Tower, cruise on a comfortable boat down the river for a taste of elegant Parisian life. Glide past the Grand Palais, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Your guide will entertain you throughout the leisurely cruise with anecdotes and intriguing historical facts. The Paris cruise goes as far as the Institute of the Arabic World at the Ile Saint-Louis before returning you to the Eiffel Tower, and it's the most relaxing way to sightsee in Paris and is the only way to explore the city free of traffic noise and congestion. 1 City Tour of your choice: After your cruise, hop off to explore the stunning capital at your own pace with an audio-guided walking tour. Start whenever you want and follow the voice of your guide from the Rewind Application: all stories trigger automatically as you walk. Choose between 10 available tours in Paris such as: Secret Montmartre From small hidden passages to the famous Sacré-Coeur Basilica, discover the fascinating village of Montmartre. Discover the origins of Montmartre over 1500 years ago and the legendary stories of artists like Picasso, Amélie Poulain. Visit the mythical cabarets and learn the origins of the famous windmills as well as the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Paris Street-Art Admire majestic works of art by the world's greatest street artists and learn about the history of street art. Eiffel Tower Discover the incredible story of the Eiffel Tower. "The Big Iron Lady" has been watching over the city and its inhabitants for more than 130 years

Paris: Crêpes and Eiffel Tower Private Highlights Tour

9. Paris: Crêpes and Eiffel Tower Private Highlights Tour

See the sights of Paris and learn its hidden secrets with a guided and private walking tour. Find the most emblematic places of the city and learn the romantic history. Watch the locals in Saint-Germain-des-Pres and taste sweet local crepes. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and see it all. Find yourself at the Louvre Museum, and stroll through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens. Learn of the tragedy of Place de la Concrode, where Marie Antoinette was beheaded and where the Champs-Elysees begins. Relax and watch the local life in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the most bohemian neighborhood of the city. Taste Parisian crepes while sitting in a bar with typical round tables. Visit the charming Ville Saint Paul in the Marais district and head to the elegant and must-see Place des Vosges. Venture to the beautiful "Ile de la Cité," and its famous Notre Dame Cathedral, on the banks of the Seine River. Get away from the tourist tide and lost in the curious and colorful streets that only your local guide can show you. Before the end of this fantastic day, your private host will guide you to get your tickets to visit the most famous monument in the world: the Eiffel Tower.

Paris: Private Perfume Creation Workshop for your Family

10. Paris: Private Perfume Creation Workshop for your Family

Your children are under 12, they will follow the steps of inspector Nosy who runs after a mysterious thief who stole a perfume bottle from the castle of the Queen of perfumes. You and your children will solve clues through smell. All the family will embark in a wonderful olfactive journey: It's fun to play with the enchanted world of scents and to share this olfactory activity together. With the help of a perfume expert, you will choose your favorite fragrances and then blend them in a graduated glass. You will adapt the quantity of each ingredient to your taste and create your own fragrance. Are you a Vanilla- Red Berries- Rose person like your kid or Cedar-Iris-Wild Herbs ? Very fun for the whole family! This memorable activity takes place in the new, cosy and private perfume boutique, the House of Candora, in the Marais, facing the Ile Saint Louis and 5 minutes walk to Notre Dame.

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What people are saying about Ile St.-Louis

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based on 3,300 reviews

Renee was awesome!She was easy to talk with and she made us comfortable during the photoshoot. There was a bit of delay with getting our photos but they gave us more photos than what was advertised. Photos came out really nice which is the most important to us. Will definitely use them again and will ask for Renee.

This is was the highlight of our trip. We couldn’t figure out how to access the bridge, which caused us to be late. Alain, talked us through step by step how to get there! Once there, he coached us to what we needed to do. He did not disappoint! Book NOW!!!!!

Had a really great experience with this cruise. the guide explained really clearly of the places along the river banks. I would recommend that you sit at the top to get the best view of the scenery especially of the Eiffel tower

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed this activity. It was very informative and we had a lot of fun getting to pick our scents. All the staff were very helpful. Great experience all around.

Informative and fun class! Exceeded expectations and a very memorable experience.