Paris City Tour with River Cruise | Semi-Private Half Day Experience
LivTours Half Day Paris City Tour is an ideal way to enjoy an afternoon seeing the highlights of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This Paris City Tour is a semi-private experience which means you will be in a group of no more than six people maximum, making it easy to navigate the city streets and enjoy the sights even more. Your expert local guide will tell you all about the history of places like Ile de la Cite, an island right in the middle of the city!
You will also learn about the Sainte Chapelle, known as the Sistine Chapel of Paris, as well as the notorious Conciergerie where Marie Antoinette spent her final days before meeting her fate at the guillotine. Your guide will give you time to take photos near one of the most famous Parisian landmarks – the Eiffel Tower, and explain how this structure became a symbol of the city. Your semi-private tour also includes a river boat cruise along the Seine River where you will get to enjoy a panoramic view of the city while relaxing after a morning of walking.
This tour is an absolute must for travelers who want a comprehensive tour of some of the most beautiful and historic sites of the city of Paris.
- Marvel over stunning stained-glassed windows inside Sainte Chapelle
- Hear about the shocking tales of Marie Antoinette’s final days in prison
- Learn all about the history and current progress of the Notre Dame
- Feel the romance in the air as you cruise across the River Seine
- Take photos near the most iconic Paris sight – the Eiffel Tower
Semi-Private tours and experiences are guaranteed six participants max.
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Your LivTours Half Day Paris City Tour will begin in one of the most scenic spots of the city, at the tip of this picturesque island, the perfect spot for picture taking. Start with a meet and greet with your local guide and begin with a leisurely stroll along the Seine River to Pont Neuf, the oldest stone bridge in Paris. A simple glimpse will give you an idea of what makes this one of the most charming cities in the world. Continue onto Île de la Cité’s peaceful Place Dauphine.
If this square looks familiar to you, then you have probably seen Place Dauphine before in a few major motion pictures like Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Though this square may be familiar for its more modern accomplishments, it holds an impenetrable place in history as well. Your guide will point out the very spot where King Louis IX, now venerated as a saint, once would come to pray close to a 1000 years ago. Enjoy this comprehensive tour in an intimate semi-private group of six people maximum!
As you make your way along the island, your LivTours guide will explain the long history of this natural island in the center of Paris, you will soon find yourself at your next stop – the French equivalent to Rome’s Sistine Chapel – Sainte Chapelle. Once used by the French nobility for Catholic mass, this High Gothic chapel has some of the most beautiful stained glass in the world. You will immediately see why art critics consider Sainte Chapelle’s windows a “Jerusalem of the Sky.” On each of these colorful windows, you will see familiar tales from the Old and New Testament as well as stories related to how Sainte Chapelle acquired Christ’s Crown of Thorns. Plus, with LivTours, you do not have to worry about going through a security check or waiting in line. Skip every line with our exclusive access and entrance!
After admiring the brightness of Sainte Chapelle’s stained glassed windows, it is now time to hear a few of the darker tales of Paris’ past as you walk by the notorious Conciergerie. Your guide will transport you back to the bloody days of the French Revolution, where you will get an idea of Marie Antoinette’s last days before meeting her fate under the guillotine.
As you make your way to your River Seine cruise, your tour guide will take you to one of the most beloved spots of Paris, the Medieval masterpiece known as the Notre Dame Cathedral. Notre Dame is temporarily closed to the public, but you can still learn about this architectural wonder and admire it from afar. Learn about Notre Dame’s intricate frame design and the current efforts in rebuilding it. In addition to learning more about Notre Dame’s past, your guide will fill you in on future renovations at France’s famed cathedral so you know exactly when to plan your next trip to Paris!
SEINE RIVER CRUISE
Now it’s time for your Seine River Cruise! The boat portion of your tour begins at the historic 17th century Pont Marie Bridge, where you and your guide will embark on a relaxing sightseeing journey. This is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the beauty of Paris. Boats are equipped with a bar, so you can opt for a drink or a snack while enjoying the panoramic views.
Some of the picturesque spots you will get to see are the Conciergerie which you just walked by; the Académie Française which is home to the French council governing body of the French language; the Musée d’Orsay, a once railways station which now holds the largest collection of Impressionist art in the world; the Hôtel National des Invalides, a still-active 17th-century hospital and hospice for injured and disabled war veterans and of course the symbol of France you came to see – the Eiffel Tower.
Your River Cruise will end at the Eiffel Tower, where your guide will end your tour but not before prepping you with just enough info to be able to enjoy this 1889 wrought-iron masterpiece on your own for the rest of your afternoon.
EIFFEL TOWER TICKETS ADD ON
Guests who want to continue their tour with a trip up the Eiffel Tower can opt for Eiffel Tower tickets at an additional cost. We will provide tickets to the second floor, which is the highest level you can reach before the summit. This is the perfect place to admire cityscape views of Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral,Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding. and Sacre Coeur. As soon as you make your booking and choose the Eiffel Tower Add On, you will be contacted by our Customer Care Team with options for timed entries.
- Louvre (outside)
- Pont Neuf
- Horse statues of King Henry and King Louis
- Thorough walking tour of Ile de la Cite
- Skip-the-line tickets to Saint Chapelle
- Notre-Dame (outside)
- River cruise
- On-board guide and snacks
- Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
- Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.
- LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of the innovation, changes, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to COVID-19 safety regulations, the museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while on the site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.
All LivTours Semi-Private Group Tours are limited to 6 guests per tour guide. Our commitment to maintaining our uniquely tiny group sizes can sometimes be a little tricky, mathematically speaking. For example, we want to ensure that traveling families and friends can tour together so on rare occasions we may add one or two guests in order to not split groups. On that same note, you may also find yourself on tour with less than six people! We thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
Make your day even more unique and comfortable by upgrading your tour with a customizable LivTours optional add on!
Strongly recommend this tour!
"This half day tour of the highlights of the city was just perfect for us! We didn't have that much time in Paris but we did want to see the most important things. The guide set a comfortable pace and was very good at telling us about what we were seeing without being boring or lecturing us. There were only 4 people in our group, plus the guide, so it was easy to hear what she had to say and ask questions. The river cruise was fun too and not too long either."
Janette - USA
Best city tour of Paris
"I learned so much from our guide Ferit. He made our visit to Paris so much more meaningful than if we had just wandered around on our own. The boat trip was fun too. You get a whole different impression of the city when seeing it from the water. Great job, LivTours! Thanks!"
Stan - USA
Perfect small group tour
"We took this tour last Saturday. Our group was the perfect size: just 6 people. Ferit is the best guide! He has incredible knowledge, but his was far from a boring lecture -- he was very natural and friendly, and we felt like we were spending the day with a very interesting friend. The tour was very entertaining. I will recommend it to all my friends!"
Janine - USA