Nathalie Cornish, Product Manager

"Paris is undoubtedly one of the world’s best City Break destinations and offers the perfect mix of history, culture, architecture, museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Arc de Triomphe are all ‘must sees’ but don’t forget the Paris that exists a little off the beaten track. Wander the tranquil paths of the Jardin de Luxembourg, explore the charming shops in the Left Bank or even take time to visit Cimeitiere Pere Lachaise, final resting place of Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Balzac, Jim Morrison and Edith Piaf."

Paris at a glance

“The City of Lights”, Paris is a timeless city offering some of the best sightseeing, art, culture and dining experiences in Europe with a distinctive 'je ne sais quoi' allure that continues to makes it one of the most visited city break destinations in the world. 

With humble beginnings as a tiny fishing village, Paris has stood witness to conquering Romans, a flourishing Renaissance and Enlightenment, a devastating revolution and La Belle Époque (the beautiful age).

Growing up and out, Paris has become one of the largest cities in Europe with twenty distinct districts, known as arrondissements.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Stunning architecture
  • Iconic sights
  • Indulgent cuisine
  • A bustling city break

Getting Around

Given the sweeping size of the city, the quickest way to get around is via the vast Métro system (on a par with the London underground). However, as many of the main tourist attractions are located in the central arrondissements, it’s easy to stroll between sights whilst stopping to enjoy a little pavement café culture.

Shopping

Known as the Capital of Fashion, Paris is a cosmopolitan mecca for designer boutiques and retail therapy with a luxury twist. Try the Haussmann-Saint-Lazare-Opéra district for luxury brand department stores, including the famous Galeries Lafayette.

Dining in Paris

A truly cosmopolitan capital, Paris is a diverse and eclectic culinary mecca, offering an international smorgasbord of dining options ranging from sushi to tacos to Vietnamese noodles.

It goes without saying the city also abounds with bistros, patisseries and Michelin star eateries for those, perfect for those seeking a taste of Paris’ famed cuisine.

Must-try local dishes

  • Bistro fare - soupe à l’oignonne, steak tartare, croque-monseiur and duck confit
  • Unmissable French sweet treats: crème brulée, iles flottantes, macaroons at one of Ladurée’s tearooms and mille feuille pastries at La Maison Angelina

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Paris designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Paris hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 2,243,833
Languages French
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

Pick up a picnic to enjoy in the Jardin du Luxembourg - follow your nose to the treats at the patisserie Gérard Mulot nearby!

Distance from airports
Charles de Gaulle 23 km
Orly 18 km
Railway stations
Austerlitz
Saint-Lazare
Lyon and Nord Station

Things to do in Paris

The most popular sights of the city are found within the first 8, most central arrondissements.

  • The Eiffel Tower: This famous structure is the iconic symbol of Paris. Enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view from the top.
  • The Louvre: Arguably the world's greatest art museum and home to the Mona Lisa.
  • Musée d'Orsay: The largest collection of Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings in the world
  • Sacré-Coeur: Located in Montmartre, the 'artists' district, the white basilica enjoys stunning views over Paris.
  • The Pompidou Centre: The celebrated centre for contemporary art. 
  • Notre Dame: A masterpiece of French gothic architecture which stands on an island in the middle of the Seine.
  • L'Arc de Triomphe: The impressive centrepiece of the world's largest roundabout and the meeting point of 12 avenues.
  • Jardin de Luxembourg: Wander the formal terraces and chestnut groves of this beautiful park. A great place to people-watch. 
  • Latin Quarter: Stroll round the cafes and second hand book and clothing shops of this of this lively, bohemian area.
  • Champs Élysées: Wander down this world-famous avenue between the Arc de Triomphe and the Tuileries Gardens.

Excursions in and around Paris

Dinner Cruise

Discover Paris from the comfort of glass covered boat, departing from the base of the Eiffel Tower, and choose from the following options:

  • Etoile Service: includes a la carte 3 course menu, drinks, musical entertainment & table at the centre of the boat (tables from 2 to 10 persons maximum).
  • Decouverte Service: includes a la carte 3 course menu, drinks, musical entertainment & panoramic view (tables from 2 to 10 persons maximum)
  • Privilege Service: includes a la carte all inclusive menu, drinks, musical entertainment & excellent position by a large window 
  • Premier Service: includes a la carte all inclusive menu, drinks, musical entertainment & exceptional position at a round table to the front of the boat 

Moulin Rouge Show 

Enjoy this wonderful and famous show with a half bottle of Champagne included in the entrance price. Shows take place at 9pm and 11pm nightly or enjoy a Dinner Dance & Show from 7pm with a variety of menus to choose from. 

Palace of Versailles

Best known as the residence of Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI, and seat of the royal court until the French Revolution, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in a wealthy suburb of the capital and only 20 kilometres from the centre. The Palace reflects the opulence of the time, boasting Baroque architecture, countless works of art, hand-crafted furniture and over 700 rooms!  Highlights include the King's Grand Apartment, The Queen's Grand Apartment (a mirror image of the King's) and the stunning Hall of Mirrors. The extensive gardens feature statues, fountains, flower beds, ponds and woodland. 

A variety of full and half day tours from Paris are available.

Giverny: Claude Monet's House & Gardens

The inspiration for many of Monet's works, this tour takes you to the house where the painter lived for 43 years. Discover his home, studio and gardens (including the famous Japanese bridge and water lily pond) as well as his collection of Japanese prints, considered one of the most important in the world.

Giverny can be visited on its own or in conjunction with a visit to Versailles or Auvers sur Oise, where Vincent Van Gogh spent his final days.

Further Afield

Enjoying an extended stay in Paris or just looking to see more? There are several areas of interest that can be reached from the capital on a day or multi-day trip, including the UNESCO World Heritage listed island of Mont Saint Michel, Normandy & The D-Day Beaches, and the Loire Valley and its Chateaux.

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.