Private Half Day Paris Tour with River Cruise
LivTours Private Half Day Paris Tour with River Cruise is an excellent tour for first-time visitors or previous visitors who want to learn more about the City of Light. This tour is part walk and part river cruise, allowing you to see the most important historical highlights of the city with an expert local guide by your side. Starting with the most historical district of the city, which dates back to Roman times, you will see the most beautiful church in the city, hear the stories of the French Revolution, understand the architecture of Notre Dame and all that before setting sail down the River Seine to see more of the most famous places in the city. This tour will give you a comprehensive overview of the city giving you a good understanding of this outstanding European city.
Once on the boat, you will enjoy a delicious crepe while your guide points out the most important places, sharing with you stories and anecdotes that make them noteworthy. Ending at the most iconic venue, you will visit the Eiffel Tower, there is no better way to see Paris!
- Marvel over stunning stained-glassed windows inside Sainte Chapelle
- Hear 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
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Your LivTours Half Day Paris City Tour will begin in one of the most scenic spots of the city, just next to the pyramid entrance into the Louvre Museum. From there, you will begin a leisurely stroll along the Seine River to Pont Neuf as your private guide gives you a comprehensive introduction to this wonderful city! Your first destination is one of two islands in the Seine River and known locally as the Île de la Cité. Passing through filming locations from Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, explaining their impenetrable places in history as well.
Next, you are off to the French equivalent to Rome’s Sistine Chapel – Sainte Chapelle. But instead of 8,000 square feet of jaw-dropping painting, you will be surrounded by stained glass windows. Once used by the French nobility for Catholic mass, this High Gothic chapel has some of the most beautiful stained glass in the world. Your guide will point out the familiar tales from the Old and New Testaments, as well as stories related to how Sainte Chapelle came to hold Christ’s Crown of Thorns.
After admiring Sainte Chapelle, it is now time to hear a few of the darker tales of Paris’ past as you walk by the former prisons where Marie Antoinette spent her last days before meeting her fate under the guillotine.
On your way to the dock to catch your river cruise, your guide will take you to see the Notre Dame Cathedral. Temporarily closed to the public due to the fire in 2019, your guide will regale you with information about its architecture, the beautifully intricate main facade doorways which were unharmed by the fire, and the plans the city has for its reconstruction.
SEINE RIVER CRUISE
Beginning at the historic 17th century Pont Marie Bridge, this is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the beauty of Paris while enjoying the view and listening to the amazing history of one of Europe’s leading cities. LivTours will treat you to a freshly made French chocolate-filled crêpe to make your day even sweeter. Boats are equipped with a bar, so you can opt for a drink or other snacks should you not want a crêpe.
Your expert private guide will point out to you Place de la Concorde, the notorious guillotine execution ground during the French Revolution; the Pont des Art, the iconic love lock bridge; 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; Pont Alexandre III, a stunning turn of the century Art Nouveau bridge and the iconic the Eiffel Tower.
Once you are back on dry land, your guide will tell you about the exciting history of the Eiffel Tower before giving you recommendations on how to enjoy the rest of your time in the city of lights.
- 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
- Offered in: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Please specify under “Additional notes” if you wish to book the tour in a language other than English.
- LivTours’ is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of innovation, change, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to Covid-19 safety regulations, museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while on site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.
- 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.
When you book a LivTours Private Tour or Experience, you are guaranteed a dedicated, expert guide that allows you the flexibility to start your tour at a time which is convenient for you, making planning easy. Our private tours ensure that you will get a tailored experience to meet all your needs so we go at your pace, perfect for families with younger children, elderly, or individuals with accessibility needs. Please be advised that all private tours begin at a base price starting at two people*. Prices are inclusive of entry tickets where applicable.
*Our Tuscan motorcycle tour and some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.
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Great introduction to the city highlights
"We were honeymooning in Paris and this half day tour was a wedding gift from our work colleagues. We might not have taken a tour as an introduction to the city but we are so glad now that we did. It gave us such a better idea of everything there is to see and we had such a wonderful guide, we learned all about the city and the people. During the rest of our days in Paris, we went back to some of the places to explore more thoroughly on our own. At the end of our stay, we felt we had a much better idea of this beautiful city and its colorful history."
Xavier - USA
"My mother and I took this tour on our recent trip to Paris. We were there for shopping but felt we wanted to spend some time learning about the city's history and all the beautiful monuments. This tour was perfect for us as it lasted a half day and we were taken care of in the most friendly way. Our guide Josie was a very lovely person and molded the tour to our personal wishes and interests. We will tell everyone we know how wonderful this tour is."
Stephanie - Belgium
Best tour when time is limited
"My colleagues and I were in Paris for a medical convention so LivParis' half day city highlights tour was the best solution for the free time that we had. The guide was very informative and entertaining, so much so that we were all sorry when the tour was over. But we got a wonderful introduction to the city and learned many interesting facts about its history and about the French culture. Can highly recommend!"
Kathy MD - USA
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