Paris in a Day Tour with Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame

The ultimate day in Paris made easy with skip-the-line tickets, transport, and an expert local guide

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Want to see the best of Paris in just one day? With long admission lines and attractions spread out over the city, this can be a real challenge. But don’t worry, this amazing Paris day tour makes it easy! Join a local guide to see the city’s iconic highlights, including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Cœur, and Notre Dame, then sip champagne as you cruise along the Seine. With a small group, skip-the-line tickets, and transport included, there’s no better way to see Paris in a day!

Tour Details
  • See Paris in a day
  • Sacre-Coeur
  • Montmartre
  • Notre Dame
  • Latin Quarter
  • Louvre Museum
  • Mona Lisa
  • Venus of Milo
  • Liberty Leading the People
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Elevator access to the second floor
  • Seine River cruise with champagne

You'll meet your guide this morning in the famous art district of Montmartre for a walking tour of this historic part of Paris, including a visit to the magnificent Basilica of Sacre-Cœur. Along with your small group, you'll continue to the city's literary heartland, the Latin Quarter, where your guide will tell stories of the famous writers who once called this place home. Here, you can also see the famous Notre Dame Cathedral from the outside—it's still undergoing repairs from the recent devastating fire, so entry isn't currently allowed.

Next, you'll catch the metro to the famous Louvre museum, home to the Mona Lisa and countless other iconic works. You'll skip the line at the Louvre so your super knowledgeable guide can show you the museum's highlights without the famously long wait. Finally, you'll cruise down the River Seine by boat, enjoying a glass of champagne, and finish you tour at France's most recognizable landmark: the Eiffel Tower. Skip the line and take the elevator to the second floor for panoramic city views, and you can stay at the tower for as long as you like after the tour has finished!

Paris in a Day Tour Description

Your 6.5-hour Paris tour includes: 

  • Guided walking tour of the Latin Quarter and Montmartre neighborhoods

  • Visit Sacre-Cœur and see Notre Dame Cathedral (from the outside)

  • Skip-the-line Louvre ticket and guided tour

  • Free time in Paris for lunch (not included)

  • A 1-hour river cruise on the Seine, with champagne or soft drink

  • Skip-the-line, second floor Eiffel Tower ticket

  • Metro tickets included

  • A fun, professional English-speaking guide

  • A maximum group size of 15 people

Please note that the order of this tour could be different based on ticket times for the Louvre and Eiffel Tower.

Montmartre, Sacre-Cœur and the Latin Quarter

Home of the Moulin Rouge, Montmartre is Paris' famous art district. Your guide will show you the best of the neighborhood this morning, and you'll learn the best spots to return to if you're planning a big night out in the city. In addition to the nightlife of the neighborhood, Montmartre was also the epicenter of the Belle Époque.

Once home to Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Modigliani, the neighborhood produced countless famous pieces of art between the 1870s and 1920s. You will pass the café where Van Gogh painted one his most scandalous works—he dared to paint a woman reading!

After visiting the Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur, you'll follow your guide to the Latin Quarter. Montmartre is the center of art, but the Latin Quarter is the center of literature. You will see the café and bookstore where Hemingway and Joyce spent their ex-pat lives in Paris. Then, you can take photos of the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral from the outside—sadly, the cathedral suffered a terrible fire in 2019 and is still being reconstructed.

Louvre Museum Tour

Skip past the famously long lines at the Louvre and see the museum's most influential works on a 90-minute tour of the Louvre. These works include the two of the most important Greek statues still standing: the Venus of Milo and The Winged Victory of Samothrace. These two famous statues are full of mystery and history, and you guide will bring them to life with stories of their meanings and origins. 

You'll also see Eugene Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People. A symbol of French independence, strength and culture, it is the most politically important work at the Louvre. The painting is the most famous artistic depiction of the French Revolution and is often compared to the Washington Crossing the Delaware piece found in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Mystery Behind the Mona Lisa

Why is the Mona Lisa so famous? For starters, Mona Lisa’s expression has been often debated since its creation in the 16th century. Is she happy or sad or playful? Another intriguing thing about Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is that it's the highest insured work of art at a whopping $800 million.

Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece (called La Gioconda in Italian), portrays the wife of a Tuscan aristocrat named Francesco del Giacondo. Though she has been in the Louvre for over 200 years, the portrait became famous when it was stolen in 1911 in a global scandal. Now she is protected with bulletproof glass and personal body guards.

Paris by Boat

Sit back and relax with beautiful views along the Seine, and sip champagne as you go (or a soft drink, if you prefer.) Paris river cruises are a great way to take in the ambiance of the city and get a taste of the luxury that Paris is known for. Cruise around the city and get a new perspective on the iconic landmarks, including the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame, and of course, the Eiffel Tower in all its glory.

Eiffel Tower

Finally, led by your professional guide, you'll head to the pièce de résistance of this Paris in a Day Tour. As you probably know, Eiffel Tower tickets are incredibly popular in Paris and difficult to purchase. You'll enjoy your skip-the-line access to ride the elevator to the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Once elevated, enjoy the incredible panoramic view of the City of Lights. These moments need to be savored, so feel free to remain in the tower to explore more on your own after the tour concludes.

What you get with this tour
Guided walking tour of the Latin Quarter and Montmartre neighborhoods
Visit Sacre-Cœur and see Notre Dame Cathedral (from the outside)
Skip-the-line Louvre ticket and guided tour
Free time in Paris for lunch (not included)
A 1-hour river cruise on the Seine, with champagne or soft drink
Skip-the-line, second-level Eiffel Tower ticket
Metro tickets included
A fun, professional English-speaking guide
A maximum group size of 15 people
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A Tour Filled With Too Much Walking
05 October 2022
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Reviewed by
William Davis

This tour sounded great, but what they don't tell you is that it is filled with actually too much walking, and no place ever to sit or take a break. The same is true for lack of bathroom breaks. The first is hours after the tour begins. We also ran out of time and were not able to take the boat ride.

Full day in Paris
03 October 2022
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Reviewed by
Lea McGill

Alex our guide was very informative with an outstanding knowledge of French history and politics, made the trip enjoyable. It was a full day and little time to stop for lunch as Paris has so much to offer in one day. So glad we spent the time on this activity.

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24 September 2022
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Reviewed by
brian Archer

The guide was one of the best that I have seen………took great care of us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

You'll meet your guide either near the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre or near the Louvre Museum. Upon booking, you will receive the exact meeting point for your tour as ticket times can vary.

What to bring?

This tour is primarily a walking tour, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

Where to meet?

You'll meet your guide either near the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre or near the Louvre Museum. Upon booking, you will receive the exact meeting point for your tour as ticket times can vary.

What to bring?

This tour is primarily a walking tour, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

Is the Eiffel tower summit (top level) included on this tour?

No, the summit is not included on this tour, which includes elevator tickets to the to the second floor. However, if you'd like to head to the coveted summit (with a stop at the second floor), check out our Eiffel Tower Summit Evening Tour.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, we suggest taking a Private Paris in a Day Tour so your needs can be better accommodated in terms of navigating attractions and the pace of the tour.

Can I use my Paris Museum Pass to get a discount on the Louvre tour?

We pre-book all of our reservations and tickets for the Louvre Museum in advance, so personal museum passes are not valid for entry or a discount.

How do we get around the city?

Your guided tour includes train tickets to travel the longer distances between attractions. Other areas will be explored on foot, particularly Montmartre.

Will we enter Notre Dame?

Sadly, no. The cathedral is still undergoing extensive renovations following the 2019 fire, so no one is allowed inside yet. You'll be taken to it to see its progress up close though! And you can see it during your river cruise.

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