Private Paris Full Day Tour with River Cruise | VIP City Highlights
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 where Sacré-Cœur Basilica is located, through the artistic neighborhood of Montmartre, complete with visiting the oldest cabaret venue in the city and seeing the most famous one, the Moulin Rouge. Visiting Montmartre is like visiting a village as this now neighborhood used to be just outside the city of Paris and still retains the French village feeling.
You will explore down near the Seine River the Louvre Museum with over 8 miles of corridors and 35,000 works of art, an expert private guide by your side knows how to make the most of your time inside, taking advantage of LivTours priority access entrance tickets. Next, it is on to visit the Ile de la Cite, one of two natural islands in the Seine, including entering the stunning Sainte Chapelle with its nearly floor to ceiling stained glass windows and classic high Gothic architecture it is truly a gem of Paris. No trip to Paris is complete without seeing it from the water and LivTours makes sure you do it in style with your private guide by your side as you glide along the river pointing out the most important monuments until you reach the Eiffel Tower. This is the most comprehensive day tour of Paris and can be customized to your interests!
- Enjoy the comfort of a private chauffeur to see all of Paris highlights in one day
- 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 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, in your chauffeured van, 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.
ILE DE LA CITE
Once you have had your fill of the Louvre, 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.
One of the city’s most charming buildings that have often been overshadowed by its neighbor, Notre Dame Cathedral, is the spectacular Sainte Chapelle. This High Gothic church used to be used by French nobility and hosts nearly floor to ceiling stained glass windows giving it a light-infused and airy feeling. As was normal during the Gothic period, each of the windows tells a story from The Bible and you will find out how the Sainte Chapelle acquired Christ’s Crown of Thorns.
Upon leaving the Sainte Chapelle, you will 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.
A floating visit is next on your private tour as you board the river cruise that will take you along the Seine River to Gustave Eiffel’s most well-known creation, the Eiffel Tower.
Sit back and relax while your guide points out the most important places, sharing with you the history and anecdotes related to them, while you can enjoy a delicious freshly made crepe filled with French chocolate.
You will glide 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.
Your day ends at the base of the Eiffel Tower where your expert guide will give you a solid overview of the Towers construction. Should you wish to include tickets to go up the Eiffel Tower, this can be done during your booking process and LivTours team of Customer Care will reach out to you quickly to consult ticket times with you.
Either between Montmartre and your entrance to the Louvre Museum or after your museum visit, your guide will suggest a place for an authentic French lunch. Please note, lunch is not included in the price of the tour.
EIFFEL TOWER TICKETS ADD ON
If you would like to enter the Eiffel Tower, you can do so by adding this on to their visit at the time of booking. LivTours can provide tickets to the second floor, which is the highest level you can reach and offers incredible views over Paris. Once your booking has been processed, a member of our Customer Care Team will reach out to you with entrance time options, as all tickets are timed.
- Sacre Coeur (outside)
- Metro Rides & tickets
- Skip-the-line tickets to the Louvre
- Louvre highlights
- Monna Lisa
- Ile de la Cite highlights
- Skip-the-line tickets to Saint Chapelle
- Notre Dame (outside)
- River cruise with snacks on board
- Tour Eiffel (optional)
- 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, you are required to wear a mask for the entire duration of the tour. 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.
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"This was the perfect tour for someone who has only a day to visit Paris. We were driven from area to area but then allowed to walk through the various neighborhoods to get a better feeling for the history. We were accompanied by a wonderful guide named Thomas who was full of fascinating information and had a great sense of humour as well. We asked a million questions (all answered brilliantly) and took at least a million pictures. We couldn't have been more pleased with this tour and with this tour company!"
Joan - UK