The 10 essential visits

10 essential visits for a first time in Paris.

Paris for the first time, in 10 essential visits.

For a first visit to Paris, for FIT or for groups:


Notre-Dame de Paris and Sainte-Chapelle

On the Île de la Cité, the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris and the Sainte-Chapelle are two jewels of gothic architecture.
Carved stone, stained glass and rose windows are the best examples of medieval art.
The towers of Notre-Dame are open to the visit (422 steps), to get close to gargoyles and chimerae.
Sainte-Chapelle
Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, Paris © OTCP - Daniel Thierry

Basilica of Sacré-Cœur

From the top of Montmartre hill, the Sacré-Cœur welcomes over 11 million visitors every year.
The panorama is unique, and the close-by Place du Tertre, with its painters and cartoonists, is among the quaintest in Paris.

Louvre Museum

Behind its glass pyramid, the Louvre, largest museum in the world, exhibits the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace, as well as unique collections of Egyptian and Greek antiquities, paintings (Dürer, Delacroix, Géricault, Veronese, Ingres, La Tour, Rembrandt, Rubens...) and sculptures (Michelangelo, Bernini, David d'Angers, Rude...), not to forget Napoleon III apartments and the jewels of the Crown.
Musée du Louvre, Paris © OTCP - David Lefranc - Ieoh Ming Peï
Tour Eiffel et visiteurs, Paris © OTCP - Daniel Thierry

Eiffel Tower

From atop its 324 meters, the Eiffel Tower, nicknamed "iron lady", has been overlooking Paris since 1889. More than 250 million visitors have climbed to the top!
All three levels are open to the visit, including the first with its spectacular glass floor.
Two restaurants and a champagne bar allow for a long visit.
Every night, its sparkling makes it look like a shining diamond.

Musée d'Orsay

On the river banks, it is in a former train station now musée d'Orsay that are exhibited the best Impressionist collections: from the origins of the movement (Courbet, Millet, Manet ...) to the stars of the technique (Cezanne, Renoir, Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Seurat ...) not to forget Rousseau, Toulouse-Lautrec, and of course Van Gogh.
The museum also presents large collections of sculptures, architecture and photography.
Musée d'Orsay - Galerie impressionnisme - Manet - Déjeuner sur l'herbe
Centre Pompidou | 630x405 | © Philippe Migeat - Architectes Renzo Piano et Richard Rogers - OTCP

Pompidou Center

The National modern art museum, in its futuristic building, owns more than 100,000 pieces of the 20th and 21st centuries: largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe.
Kandinsky, Giacometti, Matisse, Klein, Mondrian, Braque, Leger, Klee, Miro, Magritte, Dubuffet, Pollock, Picasso, Dali: the greatest international artists are shown at Pompidou Center.
Riding the outside escalators to see the view from the terrace are an amazing Parisian experience.

Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées

Celebrating Napoleon's victories, the Arc de Triomphe overlooks Western Paris. Its upper terrace is open to the public for a unique view of Place de l'Étoile and the axe historique from the Louvre to La Défense. Under the Arc de Triomphe, on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, burns the eternal flame.
Alive day and night, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a must for shopping in Paris. Boutiques and restaurants are open 7/7 days.
The Champs-Élysées are traditionally the start location of the Paris Marathon and the finish of the Tour de France. Parisians celebrate there the major moments of the year: New Year's Eve, Bastille Day and the victories of the football national team.
Avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont
Opéra national de Paris © OTCP - David Lefranc

Opéra Garnier

Architecture masterpiece and headquarters of the Paris Opera Ballet, the Garnier Opera House and its ceiling painted by Chagall are open to the public for independant or guided tours.
Ballet, opera and concert season is accessible to all, all year long.

Versailles Palace

20 km West of Paris, Versailles Palace and its park, on Unesco's World heritage list, are an inevitable excursion for all Paris visitors. The residence of French kings is an amazing domain. Many visit options are offered, from the open classic tour of the apartments and Hall of mirrors to the most secret and exclusive visits of the private apartments and hidden staircases.
In the summer, the fountain music show is stunning, by day and by night.
Château de Versailles - Spectacles grandes eaux musicales
Business Solutions Disneyland Paris - Disney dreams show on the castle

Disneyland Paris

40 km East of Paris, the two parks of Disneyland Paris are a must for families and friends, with a large array of rides and daily shows. The resort offers a wide choice of hotels and leisure activities.