A short break in the French capital is the perfect tonic; arrive feeling jaded and after a few hours you’ll be filled with va-va-voom!

Paris is often said to be the most romantic city in the world. Hugging the banks of the River Seine, it is divided into twenty districts, known as arrondissements, each with its own distinct atmosphere and share of interesting attractions. From the medieval charm of Le Marais to the bohemian Left Bank, the quaint artists’ quarter of Montmartre to the ultra-fashionable Saint-Germain-des-Près, the blend of ancient and modern is seamless.

This compact city is easy to get around on foot, with a public transport system that’s simple to use and drops you conveniently close to all the main sights. The famous Paris Metro has some beautifully designed stations which are well worth a look in their own right, while buses are reliable and cheap. For a romantic alternative, consider catching a boat along the river.

However you choose to explore, you will soon be seduced by the city’s special charms. Window-shop in the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to see why Paris is the world capital of haute couture, with labels such as Lanvin, Hermès and Dior presenting their beautiful creations in opulent displays. Then treat yourself to a delicately flavoured macaroon at the famous Ladurée patisserie on the Champs-Elysées or a flaky croissant straight from the oven of a street corner bakery.

As well as being a world-famous shopping destination, Paris is also revered for its culture. Painters, musicians, writers and film directors have all been inspired by its beauty, and its museums and galleries are among the best in the world. Visitors queue for hours just to see the inscrutable smile of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum or the Picasso masterpieces at the National Museum of Modern Art housed on two floors of the iconic Pompidou Centre. The Palais Garnier is an opulent setting for performances of opera and ballet, while the Musée d’Orsay houses its priceless collection of French Impressionist paintings in a beautifully converted former railway station.

No visit to Paris would be complete without taking the lift to the top level of the Eiffel Tower to enjoy panoramic views across the whole city before heading for the champagne bar to drink a toast to romance.

Where to stay in Paris

Montmartre
Montmartre which includes a city and views

Montmartre

Known for Cathedrals, Cafés, Churches

4.5/5(117 reviews)

Presided over by the Sacré-Cœur, this charming neighborhood is still reminiscent of its days as an enclave for some of the world’s greatest artists.

Top hotels in Paris

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
4 out of 5
3, Place du Général Kœnig, Paris, Paris
€150
per night
13 Dec-14 Dec

Located in 17th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palais des Congres de Paris, Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. Luis Vuitton Foundation ...

4.2/5Very Good! (733 reviews)

"Great location, nice and comfortable room, very nice dinnig on site and next to the hotel:)"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2019

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
4 out of 5
7 Rue de Rome, Roissypole, Terminal 3, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
€79
per night
22 Nov-23 Nov

Situated near the airport, this boutique hotel is 4.7 mi (7.5 km) from Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Parc Asterix and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (4,629 reviews)

"We only had an overnight stay in Paris. Landed at 8pm and was taking off again at noon the following day. This hotel is a great place to stay if you can’t be bothered to go to the city. Great staff, decent food and drinks, and we loved the pod rooms. Two thumbs up!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2019

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
ibis Paris CDG Airport
ibis Paris CDG Airport
3 out of 5
3 Rue de Bruxelles, BP 11122, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
€76
per night
22 Nov-23 Nov

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Aeroville Shopping Center, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Usines Centre Outlet Shopping Mall and Paris ...

3.9/5Good! (5,065 reviews)

"Nice friendly helpful staff and restaurant conveniently nearby ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019

ibis Paris CDG Airport

Popular things to do in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(1,285 reviews)

The views from the top of this iconic symbol of Paris are an unmissable highlight of any visit.

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

4.5/5(1,068 reviews)

This iconic Parisian landmark commemorates one of Napoleon’s most famous victories and offers panoramic views from the top.

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(884 reviews)

One of the world’s biggest and best art collections is housed in one of Paris’s most beautiful buildings.

Top activities in Paris

Disneyland® Paris Tickets
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Disneyland® Paris Tickets

€56

Treat yourself to the magic of Disneyland® Paris. You can choose between 2 incredible Disney Parks, the original Disneyland® Park or the Walt Disney Studios® Park. Or, for the ultimate Disney adventure, you can choose a 2-park ticket and visit both.

Dinner Cruise on the Seine River
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Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

€99

Set sail for an unforgettable evening on the water as you soak in the majesty of the illuminated landmarks that line the Seine. Step aboard a glass-enclosed boat at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and settle into your seat.

Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat
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Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat

€17

Batobus stops include: 1. Eiffel Tower, Port de la Bourdonnais 2. Musée d'Orsay, Quai de Solferino 3. Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Quai Malaquais 4. Notre-Dame Cathedral, Quai de Montebello 5. Jardin des Plantes, close to Pont d'Austerlitz 6.

Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

€35

Plan your Paris adventure with Big Bus: hop-on, hop-off tickets and tours designed to help you experience the very best of the City of Lights. We have two routes to show the best Paris has to offer and both are included in your ticket price.

Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Audio Tour
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Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Audio Tour

€39

Take a trip back in time while at the Louvre, once a grand former palace and now the world's most famous museum.Along with your map and audio tour guide, you'll receive additional details for your day at the Louvre from our offices.

MONTMARTRE Walking Tour with Mai Anh
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MONTMARTRE Walking Tour with Mai Anh

€10

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, 35 Rue du Chevalier-De-La-Barre, 75018 Paris France Sacre coeur church and artists’ square – icon of Bohemian Paris

Reviews of Paris

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Nov 2019

An excellent location to visit. High spec. Brilliant experiences well planned and delivered to ahigh

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Nov 2019

Had a fantastic time in Disneyland.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Nov 2019

Gbeautifup city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

Beautiful city full with Amazing Architecture.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

Lots of halal options. Beware of pickpockets and avoid metros at peak time. Locals are polite.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Nov 2019

Love the boulangeries and general atmosphere of Paris.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Paris

10 Things You Can Only Buy in Paris
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10 Things You Can Only Buy in Paris

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The Top 8 Museums in Paris
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The Top 8 Museums in Paris

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