Immerse Yourself in Paris: Jump in on a Tour or Excursion

Why not see Paris from the backseat of a 2CV as your driver takes you past breathtaking monuments and historical sites? Or for the more active types, there's the two-wheeler tours where you tool around the city's sidewalks on segways. For the truly adventurous, Fat Tire Bike Tours offers guided group bicycle tours around the city, taking you along thoroughways and up narrow streets. All of these offer a great way to see the city.


A couple more original ways to see the city are by floating above it in the (tethered) helium balloon that you can catch over in the 15th arrondissement on the Left Bank; or by taking the beloved Batobus, the city-operated river boat that is like a hop-on, hop-off bus but on water.


For shopping and food excursions, these options are tops: Paroles de Fromagers and Local Food And Wine takes you on walks around neighborhood specialty stores for cheese tastings, chocolate tastings, best boulangerie andpatisserie turns and, of course, walk-throughs of some of Paris' most delightful fresh markets. 


A priceless excursion that will help keep your memories safe, is the walk around the city with a professional photographer. Sure, that selfie stick is serviceable and can do the trick. But real photos of you and your loved ones are priceless memories you will cherish forever.

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche


First they teach you the ABC's of French wine and how to do a proper wine tasting. They focus on 3 of the major French wine regions at a time. The wines selecedt come from any of these famous French wine regions: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace,...  Read More



This wonderfully extravagant palace, where royals frittered away much of the treasury, is a necessary stop for visitors. Top designers of the day created an ornate complex of gardens, lakes, stables and guest houses to complement the luxuriously...  Read More

15ème Arrondissement
Ballon de Paris
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner copyright 2015


Up, up and away in Paris's beautifu, beautiful hot air balloon... That's the jingle you will be singing as you plunge through the Parisian skyline overlooking the city's famous monuments below. The Paris tourist office likes to boast that this...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower


This classic sightseeing cruise offers a relaxed and enchanting way to take in the many beautiful and historical monuments that can be seen from the Seine River. It's a great way to sightsee for sore feet. And its boarding location, just near...  Read More

1er Arrondissement


Anyone can use the Velib' service which is a fleet of thousands of public bicycles positioned at 1,800 strategic points all around the city, as prolific as M�tro stops. The first half-hour is free so if you get from point A to point B...  Read More

1er Arrondissement


Take a tour of the city in a sidecar - with your own dashing driver. Fun activity for the whole family - even your 80 year old Mom (if she's keen on it). The kids will get a kick out of it, of course, too. But be prepared to be the center of...  Read More

18th Arrondissement - Montmartre


In local parlance these tours are known as the Paris tours by the Homeless. Why? Because as part of a social conscious entrepreneur model, these tours were started to 1. afford visitors a glimpse of Paris that they might not otherwise see and...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement


Some of these walking tours are paid for and some of these walking tours are pay-what-you-can. It's worth having a look at their website to see what's right for you. They promise that all tour guides are native-born locals. In Paris, that's a...  Read More

Outside the City


Château de Malmaison was purchased by Joséphine in 1799. It served as the seat of the French government (along with the Tuileries) from 1800-1802. After her divorce in 1809, she settled in permanently and it is where she passed away in 1814. ...  Read More

18ème Arrondissement
4 Roues sous 1 Parapluie
Photo courtesy of 4 Roues sous 1 Parapluie


The original tour of Paris is in a 2CV (that's the Beetle-like cult French car that makes you think of twirled waxed mustaches and black beret-wearing Frenchmen). This is one of the most comfortable and entertaining ways to the see the city....  Read More


Meet Paige Donner

Paige's latest book, The Romantic Couple's Guide To The City of Love, Sexy Paris follows her earlier guidebook Paris On 4 Paws, A Dog Lover's Guide To The City of Light and her acclaimed...  More About Paige