Best Paris tours from London

Take a day trip from London to Paris and discover what the French capital is most famous for.
View on Paris rooftops and its Hausmanian buildings on a sunny day with the Eiffel Tower on the background.
Views of Paris rooftops and its Hausmanian buildings with the Eiffel Tower on the background. © Unsplash/Julian Hochgesang

Day trips to Paris from London

Known as the City of Love, Paris is famous for its stunning architecture, world renowned landmarks and rich cultural heritage.  

Where is Paris and how do I get there from London?

Paris is the capital of France, located in the northern central area of the county, and is about 286 miles (460 km) away from London. Getting to Paris from London feels like a breeze with many options available depending on your preferred modes of transport.

You can take the Eurostar, a high-speed train that departs from London St Pancras International and arrives at Paris Gare du Nord in just over two hours

Travelling by plane is another fast and easy option, taking just over one hour to both Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports that offer an easy connection to central Paris. 

What can I do in Paris?

Paris is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, recognised for its remarkable urban landscape and unique architecture. 

Montmartre and the Sacré Coeur

Montmartre is one of the most charming areas of Paris and if you are brave enough to climb to the top of its infamous stairs you will be greeted with one of the most stunning panoramic views of the city. For a more relaxed journey up the hill travel by cable railway on the funicular

Upon reaching the top, you’ll be met by the striking beauty of the Sacré-Cœur. Venture inside the 19th century Roman Catholic church, uncovering intricate statues and impressive mosaics.

Be sure to explore the surrounding cobbled stone streets where you will find pleasant restaurants and wine bars that were once a rendezvous spot for many artists back in the day. Le Consulat, a charming café in the heart of Montmartre, is the perfect spot to savour French classics, from rich onion soup to smooth duck confit. The café is a stone’s throw from Place du Tertre where you can have your portrait drawn by one of the talented local artists.

View on the famous studio and restaurant La Maison Rose in Montmartre by a sunny evening.

Stop by La Maison Rose, a former painting studio that has become a popular photo spot. The Instagram-famous pink house serves local cuisine, including flavoursome roast beef and a number of mouth-watering desserts.

The River Seine and the best spots to see the Eiffel Tower 

See famous Parisian landmarks from the comfort of your seat as you cruise along the Seine. On this romantic voyage down the river you can enjoy a delicious three-course meal paired with musical entertainment.  

Top tip: the French capital really comes alive at night with monuments illuminated along the river. Take a cruise at night to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle! 

Panoramic view of Paris at sunset with the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night.

It can often feel like the whole world is contending for the best photo spot in front of the Eiffel Tower. To save you the hassle, we’ve uncovered a list of locations that guarantee a quality, crowd-free photo of this iconic landmark!  

Stroll along the Trocadéro Gardens, a beautiful green space filled with a variety of plants, flowers and extravagant statues. With a terrace that extends down to the river Seine, offering an unrivalled view of the Eiffel Tower. 

Rue de l’Université is one of the best areas for street photography with the Eiffel Tower looming in the background. Or head to Rue Saint- Dominique where you’ll be perfectly positioned to capture that extra sparkle the La Dame de Fer (the Iron Lady) is known for.

The Latin Quarter and La Sorbonne 

Le Quartier Latin is home to La Sorbonne, one of the most prestigious universities in France. Wander small alleyways and stop by the Panthéon, the final resting place of many historic figures, from the infamous Napoleon to writer and politician Victor Hugo.  

View of the streets of the parisian neighbourhood Le Quartier Latin with the Pantheon in the background.

Ramble along the nearby lanes, dipping in and out of the many bookshops. Or perch yourself on one of the terraces, sipping a hot cup of coffee as you watch the locals go about their day. 

Best parks in Paris 

Wherever you may find yourself in Paris, you’ll never be too far from relaxing green spaces given how many are dotted around this bustling city. 

Les Jardins du Luxembourg were inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence and feature a mix of English and French landscaping. With geometric lawns, a large pond, an Orangerie and breath-taking orchid and rose gardens. 

Le Jardin des Tuileries, located between Le Louvre and La Place de La Concorde, is one of the oldest parks in Paris. This green oasis sits at the heart of the city where its well-kept lawns are perfect for picnics after a stroll along the scenic pathways.  

Le Jardin des Plantes is favoured for its collection of exotic plants and flowers. You will also find one of France’s oldest zoos at the Ménagerie. A vast wooded area where visitors will encounter a variety of animals, including red pandas, orangutans and snow leopards. 

Museums not to be missed 

Take a trip to Le Louvre, one of the largest art museums in the capital. Walk into the former palace where Kings and Queens once entertained their court. The iconic pyramid is now home to the Mona Lisa and many other treasures, including those from ancient Greece and the Italian Renaissance. 

View from above on the Louvre museum and its iconic glass pyramid with people walking by.

Le Musée Pompidou is a modern art museum, designed by Renzo Piano, known for its bold and innovative architecture, as well as extensive collections of contemporary art. Explore the many galleries, stopping to admire artworks by Yves Klein, Picasso, Matisse and Warhol. 

Le Musée de L’Orangerie is a small museum located near the Tuileries known for its series of large Water Lillies paintings by Claude Monet and other impressionist artists.  

Best Foodie spots 

Here are just a few of the many foodie hotspots in the city. Go ahead and indulge your taste buds in between all the exploring. It wouldn’t be a trip to Paris if you didn’t! 

Stop by Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, one of the oldest covered markets in Paris. Home to lively and colourful stalls that sell a great variety of fresh produce, making it an ideal place to grab a quick bite.  

A woman wearing a leather black jacket is walking across a wooden shopping gallery in Paris.

If you are looking for top panoramic views, look no further than L’Oiseau Blanc, a majestic restaurant on the rooftop of The Peninsula Hotel. The restaurant takes you on a gastronomic journey with its eclectic cuisine and a weekly menu using locally sourced ingredients.

Pedzouille La Grange is another rooftop restaurant offering fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower. This spot will make you feel right at home with its generous portions of wood-fire cooked traditional meals.

Some will tell you the scent of freshly baked goods while walking the streets of the capital is the best feeling and we couldn’t agree more! Head to Angelina, a tearoom that has made a name for itself with its delightful hot chocolate "L'Africain". Paired with some of the best pastries Paris has on offer. It's no wonder Coco Chanel was a regular here!

What are the best day trips and tours to Paris?

It’s never been easier to combine two iconic cities in one trip, so why not pair your time in London with the City of Love? Below are several tours and day trips from London that showcase the best of what Paris has to offer.

Haussman style buildings in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. © Unsplash/Matthieu Oger
Discover the French capital at your own pace, equipped with your own travelcard. From shopping on the Champs Elysees and exploring the many iconic art galleries to strolling along the cobbled stoned streets of the Latin Quarter with its many cafes and boutiques. There is plenty to see in Paris in one day.  

 

What's included:  Return tickets on the Eurostar. Extras can be added when making your booking: one hour river cruise, Hop-on hop-off open top bus tour and a 1 Day Zone 1-3 Travelcard   


Cost:
Tickets start from £215.00 per child and £225.00 per adult - concession ticket options are also available. Once booked, tickets cannot be cancelled or amended. 

View on the Louvre Museum and its iconic pyramid. © Unsplash/Patrick Langwallner
Meet your expert guide at Gare du Nord waiting to whisk you away on a panoramic tour of the city. Make a stop by the Eiffel Tower, scaling the monument to soak in spectacular views of Paris spanning the Montmartre to the Pantheon. Next, board a river cruise on the Seine and admire the sights from a new perspective before finishing your day at one of the world's most famous museums, the Louvre. 


What's included:
  Return tickets on the Eurostar with a panoramic coach tour of Paris and a walking tour. Extras can be added to your ticket: one hour cruise on the Seine, access to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower and skip the line access to the Louvre Museum. Guests will receive a free map of Paris and a 20% discount on beverages.  


Cost:
Tickets start from £279.00 per child and £289.00 per adult - concession ticket options are also available.  Once booked, tickets cannot be cancelled or amended. 

View on the Eiffel Tower and the roofs of Paris. © Unsplash/Vinicius Eloy Bailo
Meet your guide at Gare du Nord for a panoramic tour of the city and its most famous sights. First, stop by the architectural splendour that is the Eiffel Tower and marvel at stunning views of the city. Next, discover what the French gastronomy is all about during a two hour lunch cruise where you will be treated to a three-course meal while cruising the Seine.  

What's included:
  Return tickets on the Eurostar with a guided tour till lunch time. Extras can be added to your ticket: two hours lunch cruise on the Seine and access to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.  

Cost:
Tickets start from £359.00 per child and £369.00 per adult - concession ticket options are also available. Once booked, tickets cannot be cancelled or amended. 
The streets of Montmartre leading to the Sacré Coeur. © Unsplash/Bastien Nvs
Start your trip with a panoramic tour and admire the most iconic Parisian sights from the Champs Elysees to L’Arc de Triomphe. Awaken your inner artist as you marvel at the masterpieces the fill the Louvre Museum. Next, explore another side of Paris from the comfort of your seat on a river cruise. Ending the day at Montmartre, a charming bohemian district perfect for soaking up the local culture.


What's included: 
Return tickets on the Eurostar with a panoramic tour of Paris with your guide, entry to Le Louvre Museum, a cruise on the river Seine and a tour of Le Sacré Coeur and Montmartre. 


Cost:
Tickets start from £354.00 per child and £359.00 per adult - concession ticket options are also available. Once booked, tickets cannot be cancelled or amended. 
Take off for the day and visit the Paris, the city of lights, and follow your guide across the French capital. Image courtesy of Florian Wehde on Unsplash.

What could be more romantic than taking a day trip to Paris and exploring the City of Love? After a speedy journey aboard the Eurostar, meet your guide and start the day with a panoramic tour of Paris' must-sees, including the Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and much more. Enjoy a three-course meal at Madame Brasserie and take in the incomparable views from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower before heading to Le Louvre to admire world-class art.


What's included:
  Return tickets on the Eurostar, skip-the-line tickets at Le Louvre museum and entry to the Eiffel Tower, and a three course meal at Madame Brasserie or Le Bistro Parisien ( to be selected when making the booking).


Cost:
 Tickets start from £359.00 per child and £369.00 per adult - concession ticket options are also available. Once booked, tickets cannot be cancelled or amended. 

Where:

Eurostar terminal, St Pancras International, Euston Road, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4QP

Price:

From £369.00

Aerial view of Paris and its different neighbourhoods with the Arc de Triomphe at the centre. © Unsplash/Rodrigo Kugnharski
Meet your driver at Garde du Nord and be swept away to enjoy the city's most iconic sights from the comfort of your seat. Skip the queue at Le Louvre and wander across its galleries and admire world renowned art. Continue your day with a scenic cruise on the Seine before ending the day at the Eiffel Tower to admire the city from above.


What's included: 
Return tickets on the Eurostar with a private day tour of Paris with expert guide and driver, a river cruise on the Seine, access to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower and skip the line access to the Louvre Museum. The tour is available a maximum of 3 persons. 


Cost:
Tickets at £400 per person. Once booked, tickets cannot be cancelled or amended. 
In short, Paris is a city that truly has it all, with something to offer to everyone. From art lovers and history buffs to foodies and fashion enthusiasts. Whether you’re visiting for a day or an extended stay, you’re sure to be captivated by its beauty and charm!