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Paris: River Seine Cruise with Optional Drinks and Snacks

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

Hop on board for a refreshingly new perspective of central Paris. Take a relaxing 1-hour 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.

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Paris: Family-Friendly River Seine Guided Cruise

2. 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.

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River Seine Cruise from Parc de la Villette

3. River Seine Cruise from Parc de la Villette

Start your day in Paris with one of its most enchanting attractions, and take a 2.5-hour 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. 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. You are now entering 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 at about 12:15 at the Musée d’Orsay.

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Paris: Photo Shoot with a Private Travel Photographer

4. 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.

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2-Hour Perfume Creation Course in Paris

5. 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.

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Private Treasure Hunt around Notre Dame for Families & Kids

6. Private Treasure Hunt around Notre Dame for Families & Kids

If you want to learn about Paris’s rich history and medieval heritage but are worried about keeping your kids engaged—this is the tour for you. Explore medieval Paris with a private, kid-friendly guide on a fun treasure hunt.   Meet your guide outside the Cité metro station. They’ll be ready with activity booklets for your youngsters that will keep their interest throughout the tour. Acting as detectives, they’ll have to solve an investigation in the medieval neighborhood around Notre-Dame.   Starting at the Notre-Dame in all her Gothic glory, you and your kids will discover architectural details that will take you back in time to the Middle Ages. Your next stop will be the Palais de Justice (the Courthouse), where you'll listen to your guide’s stories about knights and kings who once lived in this former palace. Then, a few blocks away, discover Sainte Chapelle, a true Gothic jewel with 15 stained glass windows.   Hop across the River Seine to wander the natural island of Saint Louis. Spot gorgeous views, explore narrow streets, and get a feel for what a lively Parisian neighborhood is really like.   After your tour, you can’t leave Saint Louis without stopping at Berthillon, the famous Parisian ice cream shop—your kids will be glad you did!

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Paris: 3-Hour Interactive History Walking Tour

7. Paris: 3-Hour Interactive History Walking Tour

Entertain your teens and family with an informative and playful walking tour in Paris to discover its history. Your passionate guide will lead you through the history of Paris and give each of your kids an activity booklet to help uncover quirky stories and facts along the way. Travel through time from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution to grasp the building blocks of Paris as its known today. Begin your journey in antiquity by meeting your cheery guide near one of the most impressive Gallo-Roman sites in Paris, the Cluny Thermae. Travel through time again to reach the Latin Quarter. Spot remnants of the Middle Ages and other periods to observe the epic history that still shows itself in the streets of Paris today. Stroll a bit further to reach Paris’s two natural islands on the Seine River, Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint Louis. Walk along the Cité Island and observe the iconic Gothic jewel of Notre Dame, poised in all her glory. Then meander through the charming, village-like streets of Ile Saint Louis to discern its medieval architecture and atmosphere. Next, step into the Marais district, the heart of historical Paris. Private mansions, hidden gardens to splendid churches, your guide will show you timeless wonders that you will see only in this neighborhood, behind closed walls and secret passages. Sit back and relax in a typical Parisian café for a well-deserved break. Enjoy a delicious pastry and warm drink while your guide recounts more tales of the past for you. Finally, head toward Bastille Square for your last history lesson. Recall the events of July 14, 1789 and the famous Storming of La Bastille. Try to visualize how the fortress once stood and see what revolutionary symbol now occupies the square before concluding your tour.

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Paris: Notre Dame Quarter & St. Chapelle Kids & Family Tour

8. Paris: Notre Dame Quarter & St. Chapelle Kids & Family Tour

Start your tour in front of the fairytale Hotel de Ville, home to the Mayor of Paris. Cross over to the Ile de la Cité, and enjoy a walk along the riverbanks and through the charming flower market. Then it’s time to skip the often long lines and enter the gem of the island, the Sainte Chapelle. This tiny chapel is home to some of the most dazzling stained glass in the world, much of it dating from the 13th Century.  Your tour will take you past the Conciergerie - medieval palace, revolutionary prison and final home of Queen Marie-Antoinette before she was taken to the guillotine in 1793. Learn of troubles and turmoil during the French Revolution and the stories of some of the famous residents of this infamous prison. See the oldest public clock in Paris, as your stroll continues through one of the prettiest squares in Paris to the oldest bridge in the city. Your final visit will be of the exterior of the spectacular 850-year-old gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame. Learn of the terrible fire in April 2019 that threatened to destroy this much-loved symbol of Paris, but more importantly of the talents and techniques of her medieval architects and builders, whose mastery ensured that she survived this drama and is still standing tall. Discover her fascinating past, and of course learn about the most famous resident, Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, and hear his colorful and thrilling story. See history unfold before you as she turns this new chapter and readies herself to face the future. Specially designed materials for children will be provided to ensure that younger members of the family are able to participate every step of the way. Your guides are all fully licensed and specialised in leading tours for groups of all ages. Spend a memorable afternoon in Paris and enjoy a visit through the captivating heart of the city.

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Paris: Heart of Paris Private Boat Tour with Bottle of Wine

9. Paris: Heart of Paris Private Boat Tour with Bottle of Wine

Explore Paris from the Seine river on this 2020-model boat with a high-end sound system. Listen to music and enjoy a glass of wine as you drift through Paris. Watch the city's highlights like the Eiffel tower and Notre Dame pass by. Hop aboard your private boat at the Seine river meeting point and sit back and relax with some wine. Catch a glimpse of the Notre Dame cathedral as you pass the island of Ile de la Cité. Admire the old churches and hotels on the island of Ile Saint Louis. Snap pictures of the Eiffel tower from unique angles. Feel the thrill of passing under to the Pont Alexandre III bridge. Get lost in the romance of the city as you navigate through stunning historical monuments on the river.

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Paris: Private Perfume Creation Course for the Family

10. Paris: Private Perfume Creation Course for the Family

Your children are under 12, they will follow the steps of inspector Nosy who lost a perfume bottle in his castle. You and your children will solve clues through smell. Your children are more than 12, you and your children will have to answer a special quiz for children… and parents. Not so easy! 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 favourite 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 Oud-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

Booked 2 tickets for the 5PM/17:00 slot on a Sunday (early November). I had purchased the tickets the day before with no issues. We arrived about ~20min before the ride and saw only a few people lined up already. They checked our tickets and pass sanitaire, and it was pretty seamless. The cruise took off right on time. There was enough space on the boat. Definitely recommend bundling up since it was an evening ride in early November especially if you sit at the top. Brilliant experience, very much worth it. We didn't have any issues with tide as I saw with other reviews. We saw everything that the description said we would.

Alain was so friendly, professional, and creative! One of our favorite experiences so far! Thank you so much!

The host was mastered with her explanations about the city and its history. Well known.

We loved this off the beaten path tour of a part of Paris that most people don't see.

That was really great and worked out great. Well organized. Always my pleasure ;-)