Paris vacations -- a traveler’s delight
Paris is the greatest of cities with its art, architecture, and history. A Paris vacation is a journey into a perfect mix of the traditional and the modern. It is one of modern cities of the world, known for its fashion. Because of its excitement, Paris is a city which you can visit any time of year—a traveler's delight. There is so much to explore in the city, but you would never feel tired on a Paris sightseeing tour, thanks to the city’s fast metro!
On a Paris vacation, you can do most of the sightseeing rolling on its metro system which has 199 km (124 miles) of track and 15 lines. There are 368 stations, 87 of these being interchanges between lines. Every building is within 500 meters of a metro station.
If you are in Paris as part of a group travel venture, you can still plan your own stops. With the excellence of public transportation in Paris, there is much you can get to see on your own while sightseeing.
Paris was created some 2,000 years ago and began at Cité Island (Ile de la Cité). A strong characteristic of the French is the respect they have for their history and the restoration of their national monuments. The result of this preservation of the past has greatly contributed to the beauty of Paris today.
We have listed some of the well-known monuments in Paris for your sightseeing reference, but Paris has much to offer. There are newspaper kiosks ‘round every corner, where you can find guides and all sorts of information regarding theatre, cinema, marketing, et cetera. A tourist on a Paris vacation is never short of information on the city.
Situated in the heart of Paris between two banks of the river. A bronze plaque marks the zero mile for all the country's roads. It is also the starting point for most Paris sightseeing tours.
Built on the orders of Saint-Louis in the middle of the 13th century, this pearl of Gothic art has radiant stained-glass and a rose window dating from the 15th century. Sainte-Chapelle is located within the enclosure of the Palais de Justice de Paris. Don’t miss this on your Paris sightseeing trip!
Located west of the Butte, near the beginning of rue Caulaincourt in place Clichy, the cemetery in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris is a popular vacation destination on your Paris vacation. Built below street level in the hollow of an old quarry, the cemetery epitomizes the artsy, quixotic, gentle, romantic (or almost whimsical) Paris. It is the final resting place for many famous artists who lived and worked in the Montmartre area.
Situated in the North of Paris on the top of the Montmartre hill, the Sacré-Coeur basilica proudly dominates the entire city. The ever-present artists are a constant reminder of a time when Montmartre was at the heart of artistic life. At a close distance from Montmartre, the famous flea market offers an entertaining and novel contrast to this Paris sightseeing tour.
The magnificent museum, located in the old Orsay railway station, is dedicated to all forms of art—painting, sculpture, and photography—of the 1848 - 1914 period. The era of the Impressionist painters is particularly well-represented with the masterpieces of Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Degas.
Louvre Palace & Museum
A medieval fortress which had been the palace of the kings of France, the Louvre has been a museum for the last two centuries. The architecture of the Louvre Palace bears witness to more than 800 years of history.
Vaux-le-Vicomte -- Precursor to Versailles
In 1875, Monsieur Alfred Sommier acquired Vaux-le-Vicomte (almost in ruins) at a public auction. The huge task of restoration and refurbishment began, and the château and the gardens were restored to their original appearance. When Sommier died in 1908, his son and daughter-in-law completed the remaining task. Today, his direct descendants are still carrying on the preservation work. A must-stop on your Paris vacation.
you want to admire a breathtaking panoramic view of the historic
city on your Paris sightseeing tour, go up to the 2nd floor of
the Eiffel Tower. A Paris sightseeing tour is not complete without
a visit to the Eiffel Tower - the most recognizable landmark in
Paris, and known worldwide as a symbol of France. Named after
its designer, Gustave Eiffel, it is a premier tourist destination,
with over 5.5 million visitors per year.
The 300 meter tall structure is an architectural marvel which was built from 1887-1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle (1889), held during the centennial celebration of the French revolution, and was opened on May 6 of that year. 300 steel workers took part in its construction to join together 18,038 pieces of steel, using two and a half million rivets.
On your Paris vacation, you can also visit the Island "Ile de la Cite" and its pretty flower market or the charming smaller island "Ile St Louis" with a stop for the famous ice cream.
One hour cruise on the Seine River
The beauty and seduction of Paris, the 'city of lights,' is most apparent in the evening. Take an hour-long cruise on your Paris sightseeing tour to see the beautiful illuminated bridges and monuments of Paris. After a short city tour, experience the atmosphere of the Champs-Elysees and choose to dine at either "Chez Clement" or "L'Atelier Renault."
Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world. Go window-shopping at the great couturiers, along the Avenue Montaigne (Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior…), the Faubourg Saint-Honoré (Hermès, Gucci), the Place de la Madeleine, the Saint-Sulpice quarter or Sèvres-Babylone, between the Rues de Grenelle, du Cherche-Midi and des Saints-Pères (Versace, Sonia Ryckiel…).
Besides Paris sightseeing tours, France has much to offer with its beautiful, lush and romantic countryside welcoming all its tourists warmly. France, the number one travel destination worldwide, offers all the diversity, culture, and experiences you seek. Virgin Vacation offers you many exciting France vacation packages and a wide range of travel services. You can even choose from a variety of walking and biking tours.
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