Experience Paris’ Alternative Side With These Unique Experiences

Paris’s top sights are known the world over
Paris’s top sights are known the world over | © Soma / Alamy Stock Photo
A visit to Paris wouldn’t be complete without hitting some of the city’s most celebrated sights. But to get to the very heart of the city, Culture Trip has curated a list of Paris tours and experiences that will provide a truly unique way to see one of the most famous cities in the world.

The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre-Dame cathedral: Paris’ top sights are known the world over. Whether it’s your first time visiting or you’ve seen the city many times, to uncover the city the locals know, you’ll need to dig a little deeper. Whether it’s running through Paris’ pretty streets with a local guide, vintage shopping with a fashion editor or going on a culinary tour of Montmartre, these tours and experiences will show you a new side to the city.

ActivitiesSunrise Run & Sightsee in Paris
From $47 per person
1 to 2 hours
Choose your distance: 6 km (4 mi) or 10 km (6 mi), and let’s go! We’ll be chasing the sunrise on a gentle run (your pace), plunging you into an unexpectedly empty Paris. At this time of the day, most people are still sleeping and the rising sun colours the monuments and buildings with nuances of pink and gold. This is Paris as you’ve probably never seen before! We’ve carefully planned every step of this running tour for you to learn inside stories and fun facts, have a great time and work out before breakfast. You don’t have to lift a finger: only to move your legs! Some reasons for joining a RUNRUN TOUR: ✔️Get to know Paris from a top-class local runner, learning things that you can’t find in a guide book ✔️We’re “the glamping of running”: Bottled water, healthy snacks and a waterproof running jacket in case of rain are provided ✔️Work out before breakfast, feeling free to earn later the calories burned ✔️Relax and don’t worry about getting lost or planning a running route by yourself
ToursParis Secret Food Tour: Taste of Montmartre
From $130 per person
3 hours 18 minutes
5 (10)
Enjoy a three-hour French gastronomy tour in the stunning Montmartre district. Sample food and wine during a professional tour of the city with an experienced guide. Take in the culture and cuisine while exploring eateries and shops through the eyes of a Parisian. MONTMARTRE FOOD TOUR: BE CAREFUL! Our tour in Montmartre Area leaves from 2 different meeting spots depending on the schedule: read the following info carefully and email us in case you have any doubt! From Monday to Friday all our tours leave from “Anvers Metro station” on line 2 (except for the evening tour). *EXCEPTION* All the tours at 6 PM leave from “Abbesses Metro station” on line 12. All the tours on Saturday and Sunday leave from “Abbesses Metro station” on line 12. The guide will have an orange umbrella and there is only one metro exit so it’s easy to spot.
ToursSt-Ouen Flea Market: Bargain-Hunting Tour
From $34 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
4.7 (10)
Hunt for treasure in Paris’ largest flea market, St-Ouen (Marché aux Puces St-Ouen), on this fascinating 90-minute walking tour. With an expert local guide to show you around, you’ll search for bargains in speciality shops that only the locals know! Meet market merchants and learn the tips of the trade to get your perfect items at a perfect price. Numbers are limited to 10 people on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll enjoy personalized attention from your guide.
ToursParis' Pere Lachaise Gravestone Walking Tour
From $24 per person
2 hours
4 (10)
Visit one of the most romantic and mysterious sites in Paris on a small group walking tour through Pere LaChaise cemetery. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 people on this small group tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide.
ClassPerfume Workshop in Paris Led by Master Perfume Maker
From $155 per person
2 hours
4.5 (10)
Learn about perfume, its history and current trends, then create several perfumes of your own guided by a top Paris "nose" and perfume expert.

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ToursPrivate Vintage Shopping Tour with a Fashion Editor
From $90 per person
3 hours
5 (1)
Paris is known as the city of love or the city of lights, but most importantly, it's also known as THE fashion capital! Go on a private shopping tour with a fashion lover who worked at Vogue and make a fashion statement with the unique clothing items you'll find in the best Parisian vintage stores.
* Shop at the best vintage shops in Paris
* Find designer clothes at a reasonable price
* Private tour: only you & your local insider
* Personal style advice from a Vogue insider
ToursSkip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
From $90 per person
2 hours
5 (10)
Venture below the avenues and Metro tunnels of Paris and into the Catacombs, whose population of skeletons far outnumbers the living city above. This group tour includes Skip-the-Line Entry and lets you access parts of the Catacombs that are off-limits to individual visitors, so you get more out of your experience. Exclusive sights include the Sacellum Crypt, where bones were blessed before beginning their rest in the tunnels.
EventsSkip the Line: Lido de Paris Cabaret Show Ticket with optional Dinner
From $97 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
3.8 (10)
Enjoy an evening of glitzy, glamorous cabaret and a delicious 3-course dinner at Paris’ brand new Lido de Paris "Paris Merveilles" show. Head to the city’s famous Avenue des Champs-Elysées and discover a world of decadent dancers, sparkling sequins, extraordinary sets, magical lighting and captivating music. With the delectable Bluebell girls on stage and talented chefs producing delicious dishes in the kitchen, take in the sights and sounds of one of Paris’ newest and most impressive cabaret performances. Dreamlike and tantalizing, the show's sets offer a tour de force of imagination and excitement!

Lido de Paris is free for children under 11*
*Not applicable for special nights like Christmas and New Year's Eve. For Soirees Etoile, Champs Elysees, and Triomphe, beverages are not included in children menu.
Tours2CV Paris City Highlights Tour
From $113 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
4.2 (10)
Feel like a unique visit, a source of good mood, sharing and the unexpected? Re-discover the charms of Paris through a mind-blowing visit in one of the most legendary convertible cars! Welcomed by a knowledgeable, kind and elegant chauffeur, dressed in the famous Saint James smock, you’ll enjoy the funny, unprecedented anecdotes, shared with passion. Wonderful avenues, famous monuments…. go with the flow of the must-see sights of the capital from the soft seats of this iconic French car. Choose from several departure times in the morning, afternoon or evening and see attention-grabbing attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera Garnier and more!
These recommendations were updated on March 25, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.