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Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

1. Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

Explore the Louvre at your own pace with a timed-entrance ticket, ensuring you get in within 30 minutes. See unmissable and iconic artwork such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Discover Renaissance masterpieces and ancient Egyptian relics, along with paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries. The museum first opened on August 10, 1793, exhibiting just 537 paintings. Despite closing in 1796 due to structural problems, it reopened in 1801 as the Musée Napoléon with a larger collection.  The collection has since gained 20,000 works. Now, there are 8 departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings.

Château de Fontainebleau: Priority Entrance Ticket

2. Château de Fontainebleau: Priority Entrance Ticket

Get priority entrance to Fontainebleau, the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for eight centuries. On top of exploring chapels, galleries and guest apartments which would have been used by French and visiting royalty, you will see Marie Antoinette's bed, Napoleon's throne, François Gérard's 1807 portrait of Empress Josephine and more! Wander through over 1500 rooms and 130 acres of parkland and gardens, including the the French Renaissance garden, inspired by the Italian Renaissance gardens; the French formal garden, the favorite style of Louis XIV; and the French landscape garden, inspired by the English landscape garden. You will also be able to visit the museums and feel what it must have been like as a king or queen growing up here.

Paris: Skip-the-Line Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets

3. Paris: Skip-the-Line Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets

The Arc de Triomphe is a Neoclassical take on the ancient Roman triumphal arch style. Fifty meters tall, the view from the platform atop the arch is well worth the hike. See the dozen Parisian avenues radiating out from the arch into the City of Light. Paris is one of the most fascinating places in the world and you will find yourself right at its center. Inspired by the great arches of ancient Rome, Napoleon commissioned the Arc de Triomphe shortly after his victory at Austerlitz. Unfortunately, he never lived to see its completion. At the base of the arch, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier pays tribute to the 1.3 million French soldiers who died in World War I. Behold the eternal flame that is rekindled at 6.30 PM each evening. In addition, there is a must-see exhibition that explains the symbolic importance of this monument. The view from the top of the arch is worth climbing the 284 stairs. From your privileged position, survey all of Paris. Unlike the obligatory Eiffel Tower trip, getting into the Arc de Triomphe is an effort not all tourists undertake. Plus, with skip-the-line tickets, you'll hardly have to break stride on your way in.

Paris: Musée d'Orsay 1-Day Ticket with Reserved Access

4. Paris: Musée d'Orsay 1-Day Ticket with Reserved Access

Explore one of the world’s best art museums at your own pace with a reserved access day admission ticket to the Musée d'Orsay. Avoid lengthy lines and the hassle of ticket counters. You’ll simply show your voucher directly at the dedicated entrance for visitors with pre-bought tickets. After a security check, you’ll be able to walk straight inside. The Musée d'Orsay is located in the former Gare d'Orsay train station and is home to one of France's largest national collections of art. The major section of the museum is dedicated to Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, but you also find some sculptures, photographs, and furniture. This is considered one of the best galleries in Paris and contains masterpieces such as Dance at le Moulin de la Galette by Renoir, Apples and Oranges by Cézanne, Van Gogh's self-portraits and many other unique pieces you’ll have the opportunity to admire.

Les Invalides: Napoleon's Tomb & Army Museum Priority Entry

5. Les Invalides: Napoleon's Tomb & Army Museum Priority Entry

Discover the Hôtel des Invalides, which was founded by Louis XIV to house veterans and wounded soldiers. Explore this prestigious setting for the Musée de l’Armée at your own pace on a self-guided visit with priority access. In the museum's collections are more than 500,000 pieces, covering the period from the Middle Ages up to the present day. As you follow a newly designed educational route, you'll find armor and weapons of the kings of France, swords, cannons, uniforms, paintings, photographs and the personal effects of important figures such as Francis I, Louis XIV and Charles de Gaulle. Your visit also takes you to the Dome Church, which since 1861 has been home to the monumental tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. The golden dome is over 110 meters high.

Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket and Audioguide

6. Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket and Audioguide

Explore the Louvre at your own pace with this skip-the-line entry ticket. Discover the palace and the museum's collections with the audio guide on the new Nintendo 3DS system. The routes, available in 9 languages, will give you the keys to understanding the history behind the collections. See unmissable and iconic sights such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Discover masterpieces of the Renaissance and ancient Egyptian relics, along with paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries, prints from the Royal Collection, and much more. Stroll through 8 curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings.

Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

7. Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

Visit the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Then, go on a cruise along the magnificent Seine River and admire the famous monuments in the city. Being the world's largest museum, the Louvre packs 35,000 artworks into a 73,000 square meter exhibition space in three wings. Each wing possesses more than 70 rooms and displays extensive paintings and objects of art. See the iconic Mona Lisa, marvel at thousands of amazing paintings, and walk among perfect sculptures. Book the option with an audio guide included and enhance your experience and understanding of the works on display. After the visit of the Louvre Museum, take a 1-hour Seine River cruise tour. See more of Paris' iconic monuments such as the Institut de France, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, Musee de Orsay, Hotel de Ville and more. Onboard you have access to an audio guide of your chosen language for free on the spot which will help you learn more about the vast history attached to each monument.

Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

8. Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

See what remains of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral after the 2019 fire, and marvel at one of Paris' most iconic and historical buildings. Tour the archaeological crypt of Paris and see the old city's foundations on this daytime outdoor walking tour. See Notre Dame, an unmissable stop when visiting Paris, and see what remains of the history, tragedy and bright future of this beloved cathedral after the devastating fire in with this Notre Dame walking tour. Learn how construction began in 1163 and took over a century to finish and relive the night when people all over the world watched in horror as the cathedral filled the sky with ash, hearing what was lost but also what was saved. Share in the story of survival thanks to the valiant rescue and recovery efforts of first responders. Walk with a guide around the scene of the fire, as they share first-person perspectives about this historic event. Admire the iconic features of the well-known facade, including the towers and legendary gargoyles, reliving the moments when their survival was uncertain. Get as close as possible to Point Zero, the geographic center of Paris that’s sometimes considered a place of good luck, just steps from the famous cathedral. Finish the walking tour at the entrance to the archaeological crypt below Notre Dame. Learn about this unique site before going underground for a self-guided visit to the very foundations of Île de la Cité, the original Paris.

Paris: Panthéon Admission Ticket and Self-Guided Tour

9. Paris: Panthéon Admission Ticket and Self-Guided Tour

A masterpiece created by Soufflot (1713-1780) and a former church, the Panthéon became the burial place for famous French personalities from the French Revolution. Spend an hour visiting this important monument on a skip-the-line self-guided tour. A major exhibition at the Panthéon pays tribute to Jacques-Germain Soufflot, one of the greatest French architects. It presents his career and his monumental achievements, the most famous being the royal Church of Sainte-Geneviève, the current Panthéon. The architect achieved Louis XV's desire to glorify the monarchy in church form dedicated to Saint Geneviève. The edifice was deconsecrated during the French Revolution in 1791 and renamed the Panthéon. During the turbulent 19th century, it shifted between a religious and patriotic monument. Since Victor Hugo's death in 1885, the Panthéon has been the resting place for French writers, scientists, generals, clergymen, and politicians. The crypt houses the tombs of 70+ illustrious figures including Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile Zola, Alexandre Dumas, Pierre, and Marie Currie. From the recently restored upper floors, you can enjoy superb views across the city (from April to October).

Paris: Louvre Reserved Access and Boat Cruise

10. Paris: Louvre Reserved Access and Boat Cruise

Get the keys to the city of Paris with a combined ticket for the Louvre Museum and a river cruise. Visit the iconic Louvre Museum with a reserved access ticket and join a cruise on the River Seine at any time of the day. Marvel at works of art, from Ancient Egypt to the Renaissance, walking at your own pace. Then, relax on a 1-hour river cruise, and see the city from a different angle. Watch the world go by from the comfort of a pleasure cruise boat, departing from the Eiffel Tower every day. The river cruise ticket is valid for any day during the next six months; it runs approximately every 30 minutes, 7 days a week, departing from the Eiffel Tower

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It was great walking pass the not overly long queue and getting into the Arc de Triomphe quickly with the advance ticket. Took lift as couldn't cope with all the stairs. Staff very helpful. Fantastic 360 view from top as it was a sunny day and not too many people, but one family inconsiderately sat together on the walkway which made it impossible to do a complete 360 walk . Had to walk back along the gradient step to find a lower section first to get down and back up. Totally oblivious to the problem they caused. No official in sight which was surprising. Bonus at the end was a short remembrance service for the queen incorporated in the daily service around the eternal flame with lots of dignitaries, and a military band. Got to sing God save the King for the first time - with the new wording correctly. A great trip, having walked from Notre Dame, the Louvre and down the Champs Elysees. Traffic is unbelievable with so many crossings and looking every whichway to cross safely. Manic

Wonderful museum. Though there were quite a few visitors and none were too bright to understand that the main attraction needs to be observed in silence!

Absolutely amazing, tour guide was pleasant and knowledgeable very friendly and highly recommend

Wonderful Museum. Pre-buy your tickets! The line is very big to buy them same day.

Everything was excellent. Smooth, no issues with the logistics.