Private Paris Full Day Tour with River Cruise | VIP City Highlights

8 hrs
Blanche Metro Station
Refundable booking
paris full day tour

LivTours Private Paris Full Day Tour with River Cruise is the best way to see Paris if you want to maximize your time in the City of Lights. This private tour takes you from the highest point in the city: the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur, through the artistic neighborhood of Montmartre, complete with cabarets, winding cobblestone streets, and a vineyard.

Your guided tour includes the expansive and world-famous Louvre Museum. Your top-rated, private guide will help you make the most of your time inside: steering you toward the art that interests you and the “must-see” pieces. Next, you’l visit Ile de la Cite, the oldest settlement in Paris that includes both the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before she was executed and, of course, the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Finish your whirlwind adventure through Paris with a Seine river cruise. This is our most comprehensive day tour of Paris and can be customized to your interests!


  • Stroll past historic apartments where Picasso, Renoir, and Van Gogh once lived
  • Stand in front of the world's most popular portrait: Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa
  • 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’ Private Paris Full Day Tour with River Cruise start when you meet your private expert guide near the iconic Moulin Rouge at the base of the Montmartre district. Opened in 1889, the same year Paris hosted the Universal Exposition, The Moulin Rouge is certainly one of the most iconic buildings of Paris and catered to more affluent gentlemen than the other cabaret venues inside the Montmartre district.  The Moulin Rouge, a symbol of the changing times, was a reflection of the huge changes in society at the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries that saw the inventions of cameras, gramophones, and light bulbs change their everyday life.

Walking in the neighborhood behind the Moulin Rouge, the entire vibe changes from neon light Times Square to quaint cobble-stoned streets and two-story buildings reminiscent of its former status as a village.  Attracting young artists like Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, and writers like Ernest Hemmingway due to its lower rents and bigger spaces.  It was the place to live if you were an up-and-coming artist at the turn of the century. Your expert local guide will share with you lesser-known features of the neighborhood, like a hundred-year-old vineyard that still produces wine every year and the oldest cabaret venue in the city, Au Lapin Agile where greats like Edith Piaf performed.  The venue was also featured in paintings by Picasso and Utrillo. Still, a thriving artists’ community, who perform regularly at the Place du Tertre which is featured as a key setting in the film Amelie.

Your tour continues to the highest point in the city where you can enjoy the most memorable views over Paris at the base of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica.  The all-white basilica is often referred to as the meringue by locals, was built at the end of the 1800s, and sits at the top of Paris’ most bohemian neighborhood.

Your expert guide will accompany you to the infamous Louvre Museum. Enjoy priority access entrance tickets, skipping the often long lines, another way that LivTours allows you to maximize your time in Paris.  The Louvre is a world-class museum holding over 35,000 works of art, with most of them on display year-round, having an expert guide by your side makes it easy to navigate to see the most important highlights including the marvelous Greek sculptures, like Venus de Milo, dramatic Delacroix paintings, and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Once you have had your fill of the Louvre, you will have free time to recharge and find an authentic French lunch.  Your guide will be happy to recommend a place to suit your preferences. Please note, lunch is not included in the price of the tour. Then, it is time to stroll across the river to visit the Île de la Cité, the bigger of the two islands in the Seine. One of your first stops will be the Place Dauphine, an elegant square in Paris, that might bring back memories if you have seen Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris. There is more to this square than appearing in a movie and your guide will share with you the stories from a thousand years ago that lead to its fame.

You’ll pass by the charming Sainte Chapelle and then hear darker tales from Paris’ past as you pass by the former prison of Paris. Used during the days of the French Revolution, you will hear about Marie Antoinette’s last days, which were spent here before she met her fate. Just around the corner, is France’s beloved Notre Dame Cathedral.  Temporarily closed due to the massive fire in 2019, your guide will take you to see the untouched main facade, explain the church’s architecture and bring you up to date on the reconstruction of the Cathedral’s roof.

As your magical full-day Paris tour comes to a close, your guide will give you tickets for a relaxing Seine river cruise, which you can choose to take at sunset, or the next day. The floating visit will take you past the Conciergerie (former prison where Marie Antoinette was held); the Académie Française, home to the French language governing body; the Musée d’Orsay, now a museum holding Impressionistic art it was a former railway station; the Hôtel National des Invalides, dating back to the 17th century this still active hospital for injured or disabled war veterans; and, lastly, the monument built for the 1889 Universal Exposition, the famed Eiffel Tower. Certainly, the perfect way to end your full-day Paris tour.


  • Montmartre
  • Sacre Coeur (outside)
  • Metro Rides & tickets
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Louvre
  • Louvre highlights
  • Monna Lisa
  • Ile de la Cite highlights
  • Notre Dame (outside)
  • River cruise tickets
  • Tour Eiffel (optional add-on)

LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel, and we are proud to be at the forefront of change and innovation in the industry.  LivTours is committed to providing travelers with truly sustainable tours with the lowest possible environmental impact, all while supporting the local industries and people of each unique destination. To learn more about how you can actively support sustainable tourism  and how LivTours is contributing, click here.


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. *Some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.


Make your experience even more unique by upgrading your LivTours experience. Please note: add-ons are non refundable.

Tickets to Eiffel Tower: 2nd tier
Guests who want to continue their tour can opt for Eiffel Tower tickets at an additional cost. LivTours will provide tickets to the second floor, which is the highest level you can reach before going all the way to the top. This is the perfect place to admire cityscape views of Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Sacre Coeur. If you add tickets to Eiffel Tower tickets at booking, you will be contacted soon after by our Customer Care Team with options for timed entries. Please note: it takes around 90 minutes to visit the Eiffel Tower, this time is additional to the standard tour duration. Please plan accordingly.
40 €
per person
Paris One Way Transfer from Hotel
Upgrade for a one way pick-up service directly from your centrally located Paris hotel to the meeting point of the tour. Guaranteed stress-free. One way only. !!! PLEASE NOTE: Due traffic restrictions for the Olympic Games, transfer add-ons will not be available for Paris tours from July 19th to August 11 and August 28th to September 8th !!!
starting from 99 €
Paris full day Chauffeur
Add a driver available for the whole day. This will give you the luxury of being able to customize and change your plans even the day of the tour and explore more of Paris from the comfort of your luxury vehicle. !!! PLEASE NOTE: Due traffic restrictions for the Olympic Games, transfer add-ons will not be available for Paris tours from July 19th to August 11 and August 28th to September 8th !!!
starting from 735 €

  • Paris in a day tour

    We traveled to Paris with my sister and her husband who had never been there before. By taking the Paris in a day tour we had the opportunity to see the highlights of the city without any stress or tiredness and with a guide (Josie) who was very knowledgeable and easy to be with. We became good friends with her and she gave us recommendations for places to eat and other things to see and do. My husband and I do alot of traveling and we have used LivTours before. This tour was another example of their excellent reputation and we happily add our highest ratings to their long list of satisfied customers.

    - Delilah
  • Awesome tour

    My partner and I took this day tour in Paris and thought it was a very good tour. We were taken around in a private van but we also got out and walked around and took some really awesome pictures. We enjoyed getting to know our guide, Josie, who was alot of fun to be with. The river cruise was fun because you see Paris from a totally different perspective. We gave this tour 5 stars but would have given it more if it were possible.

    - Jerry
  • Paris highlights in a day

    My girlfriends and I had planned 3 days in Paris: 1 for sightseeing, 1 for shopping and 1 for seeing Versailles. So with only 1 day to see as much as the city as possible, this tour answered all of our needs. We were taken around in a very comfortable Mercedes van with our guide, Claire, and a really funny driver (can't remember his name) but also got out and strolled through the neighborhoods and into the Louvre to see the most important masterpieces. We all feel we saw the best and most important of what Paris has to offer and we had a great time as well. Definitely a 5 star tour.

    - Sheryl
  • Excellent tour

    My wife has mobility issues so this tour was the best choice for us. We saw all of the most important monuments and had a fun cruise on the Seine as well. Our guide Claire was the perfect guide and we became fast friends. She even gave us some great recommendations for restaurants around our hotel, which was really a life-saver. Both of us were very pleased with our day tour and we definitely recommend it to everyone.

    - JohnL.
  • Great way to see the city

    Our honeymoon was an introduction to Europe for both of us but we, admittedly, tried to pack too much and too many cities into too short of a time. In any event, we had one and a half days in Paris so it was important to see as much as possible. LivTours Paris Highlights tour was the perfect solution. We were taken around in complete comfort, didn't have to hassle reading maps, public transportation or worn-out feet, and we saw all of the major sites of the city and learned so much about it as well. This was a great tour for us, with limited time, but would be a good choice for anyone who wishes to see the city in a relaxed and enjoyable way.

    - Bruce
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By selecting Choose Dates Later / Buy as Gift at booking, any tour can be purchased without fixed dates. This is the perfect option if you want to purchase your tour as a gift for a loved one, or if you are in the pre-planning phase of your vacation. After booking, you will receive a Travel Voucher Code and full instructions on how to schedule your tours when ready. Once your travel plans are confirmed, you can easily use the Travel Voucher Code on the LivTours website to formally schedule your tours. You can find out more here.