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Best Tours in Paris

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Batostar

Hop aboard one of Batostar's electric vessels for a tour of the Seine and its islands. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Paris as you cruise through the city and take in the centuries of architecture and culture. The on-board bar and lounge offers light refreshments and delicious drinks. You can even book a vessel for a private event. Visit the website to find out times and pricing information.

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Paris en Scène

Paris en Scène is a barge offering dinner cruises along the Seine. Indeed, several options are available: a dinner (cooked on the boat) with or without wine, dessert or champagne, a special chef étoilé dinner or a special birthday meal. You are seated in large and comfortable leather chairs, facing bay windows with a wonderful view to accompany your meal. Departure is from Saint-Michel Bridge, Ile de la Cité; the cruise lasts for around two hours and takes you to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Conciergerie. There are different departure times, from early evening into the night, and the prices are very affordable.

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Vedettes du Pont-Neuf

This Seine riverboat lets you discover the sights of Paris without having to navigate the city all by yourself. Hop aboard one of their state of the art vessels for a trip around the city, day or night. Cruises will take you past popular attractions like the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Musee d'Orsay, and many more. Special cruises offer champagne tastings, so be sure to visit the website for unique offerings.

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Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum houses one of the largest collections of artwork and antiquities in the world. The museum is located inside the Louvre Palace, which was constructed in the 12th Century as a fortress by Philip II. After Louis XIV decided to move his court to Versailles, the palace was occupied by a variety of institutions related to the arts. The museum was first opened under the National Assembly in 1793. The establishment is separated into sections, including drawing, painting and sculpture, and houses antiquities from Egypt, Rome, Greece, and several other cultures. Visitors to the museum can explore its many wings and see famous works like the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Liberty Leading the People.

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Le Jardin des Plantes

The geometrical lines of the carrés de la perspective garden greet visitors upon entering the Jardin des Plantes with marvelous effects of perspective created through careful planning and maintenance. In the 65-acre (26-hectare) botanical garden, bejeweled by flowerbeds, you'll find several attractions, including an alpine garden, a greenhouse split between a tropical winter garden, a Mexican desert ecosystem, and a rose and iris garden. Also visit the small zoo and explore one of the museums on site, which include the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution and the Galerie de Paléontologie. The garden was first created in 1635 by Louis XIII's physician Guy de la Brosse to illustrate plants' medicinal properties to medical students. It opened to the public in 1640.

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La Marina de Paris

If you want to cruise through Paris in style, La Marina de Paris will help you do so, along with making it an occasion to remember, with sumptuous food and plenty of wine on the way. Choose from fabulous boats to sail on. There's a wide variety of French dishes on offer and the service will make you feel like a king. Make your reservations and don't forget to carry your passport and I.D card on the day of your cruise.

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Palais Bourbon

Palais Bourbon in Paris is home to the French National Assembly. It is a beautiful historic building with Renaissance architecture. It was formerly a palace constructed for the daughter of Louis XIV. This beautiful structure was designed by Lorenzo Giardini and Jules Hardouin-Mansart. It is also known as the maison de plaisance and it overlooks the river Seine. Hôtel de Lassay, next to this building is the official residence of the National Assembly's President. Palais Bourbon has a beautiful collection of paintings, sculptures, medals and furniture. Guided tours for big groups can be organized.

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Vedettes de Paris

It's okay if you can't go for a cruise on river Seine in a gondola but then who wants an arched black boat in Paris? Your guided tour lasts a whole hour on the tranquil Seine. Take in the lovely breathtaking sights of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and many such visual delights with Vedettes de Paris cruises. The rides offered are classy and will transport you to the surreal. Check the various options online and book the one which suits you best.

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Le Capitaine Fracasse

This two hour cruise should be on your itinerary when you visit Paris. Le Capitaine Fracasse takes visitors on a culinary as well as a sightseeing trip around the city. Explore famous Parisian spots, such as Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Branly Museum, the Notre Dame, Pont Neuf and Pont Bercy as you sail through the city. And if the sailing gets you hungry, the innovative dishes will take care of all hunger pangs. Check the website for rates, reservations, hours and other details.

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Ballon de Paris

A tour beginning at Parc André Citroën, Ballon de Paris offers a unique experience while visiting the city. Gaining up to 150 meters (490 feet) in elevation during the tour, the 32-by-22-meter (104-by-72-foot) hot-air balloon filled with helium provides passengers with a spectacular view of the city's main attractions, from the Eiffel Tower to the Seine River and Montparnasse Tower. Transporting up to 150 people, it will bring joy and excitement to the whole family.

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Les Crayères des Montquartiers

A former chalk quarry, Les Crayères des Montquartiers has been transformed to become an event space and winery tasting room. Guided tours take you through the labyrinth of stone tunnels and archways where bottles of wine are stored. Dine at the onsite Basque eatery to round out your adventure to this unique Parisian gem.

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