PARIS CITY TOUR

 

Duration: 4 hours

Bus stops: opposite the Eiffel Tower and near the Notre Dame Cathedral

 

Paris is the world’s beloved destination of tourists all over the globe. It possesses not only an enormous cultural and historical richness but also its formidable heritage. The city promises tourists an unforgettable vacation with its inspiring architecture, enlightening museums, historical masterpieces and astonishing gardens.

Our guide will show you the impressive Opera Garnier, one of the most visited museums in the world – the Louvre Museum, the ancient Egyptian obelisk of Luxor on the Place de la Concorde, the main avenue in Paris – the Champs Elysees and the Arch of Triumph. You will visit the heart of the city – the Cite Island with the majestic gothic Notre Dame Cathedral, the symbol of Paris the Eiffel Tower, the oldest university in Europe the Sorbonne and the burial-vault of distinguished French citizens – the Pantheon. You will walk down the streets of Dumas’s Musketeers in Saint Germain's Quarter and you will also visit other picturesque places of Paris.

 

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Opera Garnier

The suptuous and prestigious Opera Garnier building
was designed by Charles Garnier in times of Napoleon III.
Its beauty and massive size, splendid ornamental decor
and Italian type hall with Chagall paintings on the ceiling
is described as a “triumph of molded pastry”.

 

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Place de la Concorde

The Place de la Concorde is the central plaza of Paris
with eight statues on its four corners representing the eight major cities
of France (Brest and Rouen in the northwest, Lille and Strasbourg
to the northeast, Lyon and Marseille on the Quai des Tuileries
and Bordeaux and Nantes in the southwest). The square is famous for
the 3300 years old pink granite monolith Luxor obelisk
located in the center. It was presented as a gift to Charles X
by the Egyptian viceroy Mehemet Ali in 1829.

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Champs Elysees

Probably the most famous boulevard in Europe with the length
about 2,5 km, from the Place de la Concorde to the Arch of Triumph.
Here you can find a lot of offices of world-famous companies along
with the luxury shops, cinemas, restaurants, cafes, among them are
the cabaret “Lido” and legendary restaurant “Le Fouquet’s”.
Charlie Chaplin, Sasha Gitri and James Joyce were frequent visitors here
as well as many other celebrities.

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Arch of Triumph

Built in 1836, the Arch of Triumph was dedicated
to honor Napoleon’s campaigns in Europe.
It is decorated with engraved names
of major victories and reliefs reflecting battles.
The arch is located in the middle of the Place Charles de Gaulle
at the center of a star-shaped configuration of 12 radiating avenues.
The streets are named after French military leaders.

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower is one the landmarks of Paris
visited by more than 5 million people each year.
Built in 1889 for the Universal Exhibition
in celebration of the French Revolution,
it was the tallest building in the world (324 meters) for a long time.
Despite the fact, construction of the tower was protested
by many at the beginning, it is now completely accepted
and listed as one of the symbols of Paris.

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Hotel des Invalides

Hotel des Invalides was founded in 1670 by Louis XIV
as a military hospital and retirement home for war veterans.
Nowadays it is a complex of buildings containing
the Musee de l’Armee, the military museum of the Army of France,
the Musee des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musee d’Histoire Contemporaine,
as well as the burial site for some of France’s war heroes,
notably Napoleon Bonaparte. In addition to a large impressive building
of Les Invalides, there is a church
which is majestically crowned
by a large gold-embellished dome.

 

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Alexandre III Bridge

Emperor of Russia Nicholas II laid
the first foundation stone of the bridge in 1896.
It symbolizes the centuries-old friendship
between France and Russia.
Two statues of Pegasus on both sides
of the bridge symbolize peace and war.

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Louvre Museum

Ex-royal residence of the XIV century,
nowadays is one of the world's largest
and richest museums.
The Louvre Museum contains
word-famous masterpieces of art,
such as “Mona Lisa”, “Venus de Milo”,
“The Winged Victory of Samothrace”,
canvases of Rembrandt, Raphael,
Rubens, Delacroix, Goya and Botticelli.

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Construction of the cathedral began
in the XII century and continued almost two centuries.
The cathedral is designed based on Gothic architecture,
with several large rose windows, colorful stained glasses,
pointed arches and spires, and innovative sculptures,
such as Gargoyles. The Notre Dame Cathedral now
is more then just a part of culture,
it is the geographical and spiritual heart of Paris.

 

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Sorbonne

The heart of the Latin Quarter – the Sorbonne,
is the oldest university in Europe,
founded at the beginning of the XIII century.
Many notable people, such as Antoine Laurent Lavoisier,
Pierre and Marie Curie have studied in this university.
Also the grave of the famous French cardinal Richelieu
is placed in the church of educational institution.

 

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Pantheon

The Pantheon is burial-vault for the remains
of distinguished French citizens.
Here lie the bodies of Jean-Jacques Rousseau,
Victor Hugo, Francois Walther, Mirabeau,
marshal of France Jean Lannes
and many other famed figures of French History.


jardin du luxembourg
Luxemburg Garden and Palace

The Luxemburg Garden and Palace
is a unique ensemble of palaces
and parks in the centre of Paris.
The Luxemburg Palace was built
for queen consort Marie de Medicis in the XVII century.
Nowadays building houses the French Senate,
while the surrounding gardens have become
the largest public park in Paris.

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Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres

The Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres
was founded in the VI century by Childebert I
and it was the burial place of Merovingian kings
in early medieval Paris. Under royal patronage
the Abbey became one of the richest
and influential in France.

 

 

 

 

You will also see: the Conciergerie, the Palais de Justice, the Tuileries Garden and many other sights.

 

 

 


 

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LOUVRE MUSEUM

The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world possessing a magnificent collection of paintings, drawings and archaeological findings from the V century BC and ending with the middle of the XIX century. It is the former residence of the Kings of France repeatedly expanded, renovated and converted from medieval fortress to magnificent Royal Palace.

ORSAY MUSEUM

The Orsay Museum is a world-class museum containing the extensive collection of Impressionism and Post-impressionism works. It is located in the heart of Paris, on the left bank of the Seine. It was designed as the railway station by Victor Laloux and was inaugurated for the World’s Fair on July 14th, 1900.

CITE & SAINT-LOUIS ISLANDS

The Cite Island is the historical and geographical centre of Paris. While walking through the island you will see the gothic Notre Dame Cathedral and the great Palace of Justice lying along the Seine with the streets lined with numerous cafes, restaurants and shops offering visitors the chance to buy souvenirs. The Saint-Louis Island is a small charming oasis in the center of Paris.