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Paris 2-Hour Private History Walking Tour of Montmartre

Paris 2-Hour Private History Walking Tour of Montmartre
2 hours
USD 37.94
Enjoy this 2-hour private tour of Montmartre - the Parisian district of love and art, and learn about its history and secrets.

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19th District
2 hours 30 minutes
USD 56.80
Let your local bike you through Paris with a small group using Velib: Paris'public bike sharing system, so you can keep biking on your own for the rest of your trip.<br /><br />Bike through les the Place de la République, the Canal Saint Martin featured in the Amélie movie, the Canal de L'ourcq with its party boats and bocci ball grounds, the Parc de La Villette, the favorite park of Parisians, the newest architectural gem in Paris and the Park Buttes Chaumont, the most beautiful of them all with caves, waterfalls and lakes.

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Things To Do in Paris & Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Layover Ideas

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Things to do in Paris if you have a Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Layover or Extended Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Stopover

If you have an extended layover at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Paris.LayoverIdeas.com.

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Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is a modern airport designed to cater to the traveller's every need and, as such, is equipped with a number of diversions to keep both children and adults occupied for a good length of time on a layover in Paris.

Children’s activities at CDG Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Travelling with small children is often an ordeal and this can be made worse by hours of hanging around airports waiting for flights. CDG Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport offers four different areas catering to the needs of children of all ages. The Gulli Area is filled with edutainment games aimed at young children and they can unwind and burn off some energy at the distorting mirror, hopscotch, brainteaser, giant abacus, interactive planisphere to explore the world, TV corners showing programmes straight from the children’s channel to keep them well-behaved while waiting. The floor covering and furniture are specially designed so that the little ones can play in total safety.

The CDG Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is linked to Playstation so that you can indulge yourselves in the games on offer or, if you prefer, there are arcade game areas to to challenge your skill and kill some time! There are also traditional play areas which offer a little something for every child and where the little ones can slide while the big kids play pool or boules.

CDG Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport work and relaxation

This airport offers business workstations where you can plug in your portable computer and there are cyber cafes and wifi hotspots if you need to connect to the internet. If you need to meet in person you can arrange to use the Paris Orly Business Centre which is equipped with audio-visual and sound equipment as well as catering service. There is also a wide variety of bars and restaurants to choose from to relax and enjoy a meal or drinks while you await your connecting flight.

Eiffel Tower

In Paris there is no better place to go, especially on a clear day, to see all the sights that the city has to offer, than the Eiffel Tower. This world famous 324m high tower epitomises Paris and, if you have the time on your layover, is a must see. If you really want to stretch out that stiffness that comes from sitting on a plane for too long, you can challenge yourself to the stairs, otherwise the lift is available to take you to the top. There you can indulge in views of the city whilst enjoying French food at its finest in the 58 Tour Eiffel or the intimacy and real Parisian elegance of the Jules Verne.


Sacré-Cœur (La Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre), is the wedding cake-white church rises visibly above the northern parts of Paris. The striking building, with its towers and white onion dome (83 m high), was built in the years between 1875 and 1914 on the birthplace of La Commune. The view over Paris from the dome and from the square before it (200 m above sea level) is unsurpassed, apart from that enjoyed at the Eiffel Tower (50 km on a clear day). For the athletic traveller there are stairs from several directions to the top of the hill; otherwise there is also a funicular which runs every few minutes during the daytime from Place St. Pierre. Follow the signs that say "Funiculaire De Montmartre". Beware that the guards don't like it if they catch you taking pictures inside and will even yell "No photo!" and chase you down if they see you with a camera. Also, beware of this scam: along the lower steps leading up to church, groups of mostly young men gather and reach toward you with a small string, offering to loop it round your finger. Attempts to brush them off will often be met by claims of "No, this is for the church." They will then demand money for the bracelet they make for you, offering it "at a discount".


Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Probably the most visited graveyard in any Western city, the vast Père-Lachaise features literally thousands of often elaborately-decorated graves separated by narrow lanes and avenues. The roll-call of famous burials includes: Chopin, Champollion, Sarah Bernhardt, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Delacroix, Bizet, Proust, Balzac, Colette, Molière and Jim Morrison of The Doors. Free.

Musée d'Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay is housed in a former Beaux-Arts railway station (completed in 1900 for the Exposition Universelle, later saved from demolition and converted to its present use). This rambling, open-plan museum is home to the works of the great artists of the 19th century (1848-1914) - Impressionists, post-Impressionists, and the rest - that were formerly displayed in the Louvre. This is perhaps the most spectacular collection of European impressionism in the world-- breath-taking rooms full of Manet, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, and many others. Impressionist represent the biggest draw, but there is much more to explore.


The headquarters of glitterati shopping, Paris holds a certain something for most shop-a-holics that will mean overflowing excitement at the thought of a layover long enough to indulge your passion. With all manner of shopping districts and malls to choose from, try heading to the Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement for your choice of colossal department stores with all the shopping you can handle.

As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to CDG Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Paris Attractions

Shuttle Bus Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to and from Palais Royal Louvre

Shuttle Bus Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to and from Palais Royal LouvreDuration:
60 minutes
USD 11.35
Quick, cheap and frequent shuttle bus service from Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2F to the Palais Royal/Louvre in the centre of Paris.

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Skip the Line: Paris-Story

Skip the Line: Paris-StoryDuration:
50 minutes
USD 12.50
Your one-hour introduction to Paris, to make sure you don't miss the musts during your visit to Paris!

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The French Wine Experience in a 18th Century Royal Wine Cellar

The French Wine Experience in a 18th Century Royal Wine CellarDuration:
USD 12.50
Learn about french wine in a fun, unique and interactive experience in a royal cellar in the center of Paris.

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Choco-Story Paris: Admission to The Gourmet Chocolate Museum

Choco-Story Paris: Admission to The Gourmet Chocolate MuseumDuration:
90 minutes
USD 12.50
It's one of the world's most beloved sweets, but few know much about it. At the Gourmet Chocolate Museum (Musée Gourmand du Chocolat) in Paris, taste your way through the evolution of chocolate as you trace its 4,000-year past, from mystical cocoa rituals in ancient Aztec tribes to the shiny chocolate treats you see gleaming in the store windows of posh Parisian chocolatiers. Sample a variety of chocolate products while witnessing how they're made, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at the end (if option selected). From the 1st July until 30 september 2016, have a break with the chocolatier and make your own chocolates in a 10-minute workshop : 'French mendiants', chocolate discs with nuts and fruits (if option selected).

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Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches 1-Hour Sightseeing River Cruise on Seine

Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches 1-Hour Sightseeing River Cruise on SeineDuration:
70 minutes
USD 15.34
Enjoy this one-hour cruise on the River Seine, and take the chance to admire the sights from water.

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Behind the Scenes of the Philharmonie de Paris

Behind the Scenes of the Philharmonie de ParisDuration:
105 minutes
USD 15.34
Channel your inner music lover and architecture buff during this 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour to the Philharmonie de Paris and the Cité de la Musique in Paris. See a stage graced by world-famous performers, visit the incredible collections of the Musée de la Musique and discover the thoughtful design of this modern institution. This is the perfect opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn more about the rich history and culture of the magical city of Paris.

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Centre Pompidou Skip the Line Tickets

Centre Pompidou Skip the Line TicketsDuration:
2 hours
USD 15.90
<p>The Pompidou Center houses the richest National Modern Art Museum in Europe: usually called the European MOMA. This huge contemporary building is located in the heart of Paris at a walking distance from the principal city monuments. Let's “Pom-Pompidou…”</p>

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Unexpected Paris: Training of the French Horse Guards

Unexpected Paris: Training of the French Horse GuardsDuration:
90 minutes
USD 15.90
Get an up-close look at the horsemanship and military precision of the French Republican Guard with a behind-the-scenes visit to their training facility. Listen to the cavalry band, see the horses that march in national parades, or admire the skill behind dressage, depending on which training is taking place the day of your visit.

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Last Updated: 4 Jan 2017