Sprawling along the River Seine in the north of France, the charismatic capital Paris enchants all who visit its romance-drenched streets. It’s home to the iconic landmarks of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, as well as the outstanding art galleries of the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay, while its bohemian neighborhoods have drawn artists, writers, and philosophers throughout history.
Wander through the charming districts of Montmartre and the Quartier Latin, go shopping in the designer boutiques along the famed Champs Élysées, watch the seasons change in the Jardin du Luxembourg, and witness the opulence of the Château de Versailles. Paris is renowned for its exquisite dining and a staggering number of Michelin star restaurants, together with a cafe culture that is deeply ingrained in Parisian society.
But it is not only by day that Paris enthralls. By night the “City of Lights” still hums with dimly-lit jazz bars juxtaposed against cutting edge nightclubs, and the iconic cabaret house of the Moulin Rouge.
Built for the 1889 World’s Fair by the engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower remains the most iconic landmark in France and a global cultural icon. At 324 meters, it stands as the city’s tallest structure, with the views from its observation decks an unforgettable Parisian experience. After soaking up the panoramas, indulge at Le 58 Tour Eiffel or Le Jules Verne restaurants, or toast to your health and happiness at the top floor Champagne Bar.
Located on the edge of the Seine River in the heart of Paris, the Louvre is the world’s largest museum, housed within the elaborate Louvre Palace. While it was originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century, today the Louvre is renowned for its outstanding collection of artwork. This includes masterpieces such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Michelangelo’s Dying Slave and the Aphrodite of Milos by sculptor Alexandros of Antioch.
The historic district of Montmartre cascades down a hill in Paris’ 18th arrondissement, topped by the magnificent white dome of Sacré-Cœur. During the late 19th century, the low rents in Montmartre drew artists and musicians, with cafes blossoming where ideas were shared and cabarets opening their doors to entertain after dark. Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, and Claude Monet all drew inspiration from Montmartre and its bohemian atmosphere prevails in the cobblestone streets today.