Skip-the-line Louvre Museum Guided Tour, Eiffel Tower Lunch, Paris Seine Cruise
Spend a day exploring Paris in a very unusual way. This excursion on foot and river boat will show you the highlights of Paris: visit the Louvre Museum, have lunch at the Eiffel Tower, and see the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Departure from our office in the center of Paris, where you will meet your guide. He or she will take you straight to the famous Louvre Museum right opposite our office. Your guide will take you through this must-see museum and tell you about the main artworks: the Venus of Milo statue representing the goddess Aphrodite, the impressive painting of The Wedding at Cana, the Coronation of Napoleon illustrating the emperor’s crowning in the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa which is the most visited work in the Museum.
After your tour of the Louvre Museum which takes about 1.30 hours, your guide will take you to the river bank, before the Pont du Carrousel, to board a Batobus boat. The boat will take you to the Eiffel Tower where lunch awaits you. This short cruise will show you Paris from a different angle. You will see some of the superb bridges over the Seine and Paris monuments along the banks. The boat moors at the Quai de la Bourdonnais at the foot of the Trocadéro, right opposite the Iron Lady. Your guide will let you disembark to go to the Eiffel Tower. Your fast-lane ticket gives you quick access to the 1st floor where the “58 Tour Eiffel” restaurant is located. Enjoy an original picnic-style lunch in a friendly, relaxed setting with a superb panoramic view of Paris.
Lunch is followed by some free time for you to visit the Eiffel Tower and admire the breathtaking view of the finest Paris monuments like the Invalides and its golden dome, the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Elysées, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica at the top of Montmartre, the Notre-Dame Cathedral on Île de la Cité, and the magnificent Champs de Mars. (You may take the stairs up to the 2nd floor without additional charge.)
Your guide will then take you back to the river shuttle. After about 20 minutes of cruising on the Seine, the boat arrives at the foot of the Île de la Cité in the historic center of Paris. Walk up to the esplanade of the Notre-Dame Cathedral to behold this masterpiece of Gothic architecture built between 1163 and 1345, with its spires and famous gargoyles. After telling you about the facade, you can take a guided tour inside followed by free time to walk around and look at the superb stained-glass and rose windows.
The tour ends at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, so that you can explore the Île de la Cité at your own pace or climb up to the top of the cathedral’s spires.
2 Course Menu (starter + main course or main course + dessert)*
Starter at choice :
Creamy chestnut soup with cep mushrooms and Grisons dried beef
Chicory and lightly beech-smoked salmon salad with sour creamSoft-boiled egg and creamed leeks with red wine dressing
Duck paté en croûte with thyme, cabbage and apple salad
Main course at choice :
Elbow pasta, duck confit cooked with herbs, persillade sauce
Trout fillet à la plancha, stewed green lentils from Brie with vegetables,coriander and smoked soy
Roast chicken breast, mashed potatoes with herbs, Madeira creamy sauce
Cheese or dessert at choice :
Comté cheese (unpasteurised) with lamb's lettuce salad
Farmhouse “fromage blanc” served with chestnuts and clementines
Passion fruit cream with mango marmalade
Guanaja chocolate mousse with pralineLemon meringue cream, crumble topping
Seasonal fresh fruit salad
1 glass of wine or beer or soft
Child Menu (- 12 years old)*
Velouté of Puy green lentils, ravioles de Royans and ricotta with truffle oil
Pasta served with tomato sauce, butter or Parmesan cream
Guanaja chocolate mousse with a praline crisp
* Example of menu, subject to modification