“Capital of the arts,” “the city of lights,” “one of the most beautiful cities in the world,” to name but a few! Paris is worldwide famous for its enormous cultural wealth that it owes not only to its fascinating history but also to its age-long heritage. When considering the city’s monuments, museums, buildings, libraries, or famous residents, visitors are transported through time and space… Here are some monuments and areas not to be missed in our Paris Tour Package.
Eiffel Tower & The Louvre Museum with Paris Tour Package
Eiffel Tower: The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in the capital of France. It was named after Gustave Eiffel, an engineer whose company built and designed the tower. It was originally criticized by some of France leading intellectuals and artist, but Little by little its image became associated with Paris, and eventually became the city’s symbol throughout the world. Since 1998, over 6 million people per year have visited the “Grand Iron lady”. In 2003 the tower celebrated its 200 millionth visitor over 114 years. Because of its size and structure, the Eiffel Tower has inspired extremely sophisticated and original lighting innovations as the pictures exemplify. Some figures: it weighs more than 10,000 tonnes, has 16,665 steps and requires 50 tones of painting every 7 years.
The Louvre Museum
Our Paris Tour Package takes you to the famous Louvre Museum. It is probably the biggest and the most famous museum in the world. The museum owns 7,000 European artistic works, and overall 300,000 artworks, of which 35,000 are displayed (the remaining others are drawings which cannot be exhibited for more than 3 months in a row for fear of damage) The museum is divided into 7 departments: Egyptians Antiques, Greeks antiques, Romans antiques, paintings, sculptures, art objects and graphic arts.
Paris Tour Package: Historical Museums & Monuments
The museum was transferred to the old train station of Orsay and inaugurated in 1986. Most French Museums aim at presenting a wide range of artistic creations: namely paintings, sculptures, graphic arts and art objects. The Orsay Museum displays a panorama of French and European art ranging from 1848 to 1914.
Founded by Louis XIV to shelter 7,000 reformed soldiers, this establishment hosted wounded or disabled soldiers as well as all those who had 20 years of service (that’s why it’s called a hostel). Witness this amazing place with Paris Tour Package which is a hostel and is famous for its dome covered with more than 555,000 gold leaves. Behind the dome is the sarcophagus of Napoleon after it was transferred from Saint Helene in 1840. The French Army Museum across the Invalides displays Napoleon’s uniforms, arms and some personal objects. Only 100 borders are still living in the hostel.
Notre-Dame-de-Paris / Ile de la Cité
Notre Dame de Paris is on the Ile de la Cité. The Ile de la cité corresponds to the heart of Paris; it was the capital of Lutecium, its Medieval ancestor. The ile de la cité was the cradle of Gaul’s lutetium and the birthplace of the Roman River Trade, which, from the 1st century onwards, has made the Parisian boaters wealthy. In the 9th century, small churches were built on the square in front of the cathedral to protect relics from Norman pillages. Around 1100, there were about 3,000 inhabitants living on the Ile de la Cité: clerks, ecclesiastical schools, and servants of the Royal Place. In the 12th century, Maurice de Sully, who was a bishop of Paris at the time, launched the construction of a new Cathedral on the site of two former places of worship: Notre Dame de Paris and Saint Stephen.
Latin Quarter, Saint Germain des Près
The Latin Quarter and the Saint Germain des Près area are filled with fascinating museums and overwhelming monuments: The Arabic World Institute, The Cluny Museum, The National Museum of Natural History of and the Jardin des Plantes. This quarter symbolizes the city’s artistic and intellectual life. In fact, during the twenties, the Saint Germain quarter was the favorite meeting place of students, artists and writers.
Witness beautiful avenues with our special Paris Tour Package
Champs-Elysées / Arc de Triomphe
The avenue links the Arc de Triomphe to La Concorde. It has been called the most beautiful avenue of the world. It is a district of offices, cinemas and restaurants. When looking at it from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, you will understand why the spot is called “étoile” or “star spot”. Indeed twelve avenues all converge towards the arc. The Monument in memory of the Great Army was ordered by Napoleon. Many soldiers have been honored and the body of an anonymous soldier who served during WWI is actually buried there. A flame is constantly lit in memory of all those who died at war.
Place de la Concorde
Originally named Place Louis XIV since its inauguration by the monarch in 1764. In 1795, the location was renamed “Place de la Concorde” the new name symbolized national reconciliation after the French Revolution. The site used to host popular celebrations. It became a harsh reminder of much more violent events as Louis XVI, Danton, Robespierre and many others were beheaded there. Louis Philippe wished to reunite republicans and royalists. He chose to raise in the middle of the place an obelisk from Luxor, a neutral monument, offered by Mohamed Ali. This obelisk comes from the Ramses II Temple. All the statues decorating the place represent 8 French big cities (Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes, Rouen, Brest, Lille and Strasbourg). The two bright fountains, copies of those found on the St Pierre plaza in Rome, symbolize fluvial navigation and the navy in general.
Montmartre / Sacré Coeur
Paris tour package takes you to Montmartre which is famous for its artists, and in particular for the 19th and 20th-century painters who lived there (because the rent was cheap). At the top of the Montmartre hill, the Sacré Coeur offers a fantastic view of the city. A basilica is a pilgrimage place where the chaplains and Benedictine sisters welcome pilgrims and all Christians all year long. The Moulin Rouge (where French cancan was born) is located down the Montmartre hill, in Pigalle.
Seine River cruise: The Seine river is about 777 kilometers long and one of the essential commercial waterways within the basin of Paris in the northern part of France. It rises at the source Seine, about 30 kilometers in the northwestern part of Dijon in France. The river is of the most visited tourist sites in Paris and it is visited mostly by European Catholic Pilgrims.