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Bursting with unbelievable art, food, wine and history, Paris is one of the world’s most culturally rich cities. There are so many things to do in Paris that it’s best to rely on the guidance of a few locals to make the most of your trip. Using both traveler sentiment and expert input, U.S. News tracked down some of the best tours in Paris. Each one boasts insider tips, hidden side streets, curious backstories and unique experiences that will make your time in Paris impossible to forget.

Bike About Tours – Hidden Paris Bike Tour

Price: Adults from 45 euros (around $49); kids from 20 euros (about $22)
Duration: 3.5 hours

On the 3.5-hour cycling trip from Bike About Tours, a guide takes you on back streets to both notable and lesser-known attractions throughout Paris. Along the way, guides share historical and cultural anecdotes. Sights include the Place des Vosges, Jardin des Plantes and the Paris mosque, to name a few. Reviewers love seeing an array of attractions at a leisurely pace and applaud the expertise of the guides.

Tickets start at 45 euros (around $49) per adult and 20 euros (about $22) for children younger than 5. Tours depart daily at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (during the summer months). The company also offers cycling tours through Versailles.

Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Price: Adults from 45 euros (around $49); kids from 25 euros (roughly $27)
Duration: About 2 hours

Create your own Parisian adventure with the Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. Double-decker, open-top buses take you to 10 stops near attractions, including the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Musée du Louvre and the Grand Palais. All buses are equipped with a prerecorded audio tour in 11 different languages. Reviewers love the convenience of the bus, but some express disappointment that buses are often overcrowded.

Buses run from around 10 a.m. to about 7:30 p.m. daily and typically frequent stops every seven to 15 minutes. If you choose to ride the whole route, you’ll be on the bus for two hours and 15 minutes. Tickets start at 45 euros (around $49) for adults and 25 euros (roughly $27) for children ages 4 to 12 for the one-day pass; discounts may be available if you book online in advance. Big Bus also offers two-day passes, a night tour and combo tours that include a river cruise.

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Paris Charms and Secrets

Price: From 59 euros (about $64)
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours

If you’re a sucker for a good story, a secret passageway or a long-forgotten historical tale, the Paris Charms and Secrets tour will be right up your alley. On this roughly 12-mile tour, a guide will lead you through the city on an electric bike, stopping at some of Paris’ most famous attractions and storied monuments. Hear the legends of Élysée Palace, the controversies of the Eiffel Tower and the curious past of the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Reviewers love the knowledgeable guides and the unique stories.

Morning tours last four hours and night tours last 3.5 hours. Tours start at 59 euros (about $64) and depart at 9 a.m., 2:30 and 8 p.m. daily. Older children and teens are welcome to ride their own bikes if they meet the height and weight requirements; a child seat must be reserved ahead of time for younger kids (for 12 euros).

Paris By Mouth – North Marais Food Tour

Price: From 125 euros (about $136)
Duration: 3.5 hours

If you want an intimate look at one of Paris’ most fashionable and beautiful areas, snag a spot on Paris By Mouth’s North Marais Food tour. This 3.5-hour tour welcomes up to eight participants to create a more personal feel. For the first part of the tour, your guide will bring you to some of the neighborhood’s most prestigious shops, which specialize in bread, cheese, pastry and charcuterie. The second part of the tour stops at a wine shop and includes a seated tasting with wine pairings. Paris By Mouth’s guides are experienced food journalists, chefs and foodies – a highlight among reviewers.

Tickets start at 125 euros (around $136) per participant. While the tour is designed for adults, kids are welcome, but the company recommends against bringing children younger than 12. The tour runs daily at multiple times. Paris By Mouth also hosts tours of Saint-Germain-des-Près, south Marais and the Left Bank.

Retro Tour Paris – Retro Classic

Price: From 99 euros (about $108)
Duration: 40 minutes

Hop into the vintage sidecar of an experienced motorcycle driver and cruise through the city with views of the Champs-Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars and more on the Retro Classic tour of Paris. Local guides will share unique stories and provide an experience worlds apart from a typical city tour. Reviewers rave about the thrill of riding in the sidecar and the local insight.

Tickets start at 99 euros (roughly $108) per 40 minutes; there is a two-adult maximum. Tours depart daily every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you love your first sidecar experience, you can also opt for the company’s 90-minute tours, as well as a ride through Paris after sunset (with a Champagne tasting, naturally).

Blue Fox Travel – Versailles Bike Tour

Price: Adults from 109 euros (around $119); kids from 95 euros (about $104)
Duration: 9 hours

The Versailles estate encompasses 2,000 acres, and there’s no better way to see it than on a bike with Blue Fox Travel. Spend roughly nine hours with an expert guide and a small group (up to 14 people) touring the royal grounds, including the Grand and Petit Trianon chateaus, Marie Antoinette’s private domain and the grand palace with a skip-the-line pass included in your ticket. Guides tell stories of French royal history, including the conquests of the Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, the controversies surrounding Louis XV, the French Revolution and Marie Antoinette. Reviewers love biking the grounds at a leisurely pace and rave about the expertise of the guides, as well as the picnic lunch with finds from one of the local farmers markets.

The tour runs daily at 8:30 a.m., except for Monday. Tickets start at approximately 109 euros (around $119) for adults and 95 euros (roughly $104) for kids and teens 17 and younger. Tours include train tickets to and from Paris. Blue Fox Travel also guides visitors on cycling tours of Paris at night and the city’s top attractions.

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Secret Food Tours Paris – Montmartre

Price: Adults from 99 euros (about $108); kids from 89 euros (about $97)
Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours

Peruse and stroll through the Parisian dining scene like a local with Secret Food Tours. On this up to four-hour tour of one of Paris’ most picturesque and lively arrondissements, dessert is first (c’est la vie!). You’ll gather chocolates and macarons from local specialty shops, followed by baguettes, cheeses, meats and crêpes – all while learning more about food and Parisian traditions from your local guide. When your bag is full, the guide will lead you to a prime picnic spot to enjoy your bounty with a few wine pairings. Reviewers love the historical tidbits and local insights, as well as the animated and entertaining tour guides.

Tickets start at 99 euros (about $108) for adults, 94 euros (around $103) for teenagers and 89 euros (about $97) for kids ages 3 to 12. An upgraded drinks package is available for an additional charge. Tours run daily at several different times, depending on the day. Secret Food Tours also hosts walks through other Paris neighborhoods, such as Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Le Marais.

Intrepid Urban Adventures – Paris Gourmet Marais Tour

Price: From $120
Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Wander through Paris’ gorgeous Marais with a local guide and a lineup of French treats. Intrepid Urban Adventures’ Gourmet Marais tour takes you through the well-preserved (and very fashionable) area of the Marais. Throughout the approximately three- to four-hour tour, you’ll hear local insights and historical tales as you admire Marais’ treasured architecture. Stories are accompanied by stops in neighborhood shops for samples of pastries, cheese or charcuterie, wine and French liquors. Reviewers appreciate the expertise and entertainment provided by the guides, as well as the intimate and conversational environment.

Tickets start at about $120 per participant ages 6 and older. Children 5 and younger can tag along for free, as long as they sample items from their parents’ plate. The tour runs Monday through Saturday at 3 p.m. Paris Urban Adventures also offers tours of bohemian Paris and several private excursions.

Paris by Martin & Friends – Walking Tour

Price: From 60 euros (about $65)
Duration: 2.5 hours

For a truly bespoke experience with a passionate local, take a tour with Martin Muda and his friends, all residents of Paris. On the 2.5-hour walking tour, Muda or one of his tour guides will lead you to treasured spots throughout the city, with stories that give life to Paris’ history and legends. Reviewers give high praise for the tour guides and their attention to detail, as well as the customization of each tour.

Tours are available at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily; tickets start at 60 euros (about $65). Children younger than 3 can join the tour for free. Inquiries can be made through the website. The company also offers walking picnic tours at night and electric bike tours.

Fat Tire Tours – Versailles Bike Tour

Price: Adults from 99 euros (about $108); kids from 85 euros (about $93)
Duration: 8.5 hours

To see Versailles in all of its glory, take a ride with Fat Tire Tours. On this daylong tour (approximately 8.5 hours), a guide will take you through the Versailles open market to grab a picnic lunch before visiting the Petit Trianon, the Grand Trianon and the estate gardens. The tour also includes skip-the-line access to the palace and an audio guide. Riders love the bicycles and tour guides, and appreciate the sweeping views of the iconic palace and grounds.

Tours are offered Tuesday through Sunday and all depart before 9 a.m. Tickets start at 99 euros (roughly $108) for adults and include train transportation from Paris, though the ticket does not cover your market purchases. Youths ages 4 to 17 can join the tour for 85 euros (about $93), and kids younger than 4 are free. Fat Tire Tours also offers a variety of biking excursions around Paris – including an “Emily in Paris”-inspired tour – and the surrounding region, as well as guided walks and Segway rides.

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SANDEMANs NEW Europe – Montmartre Free Walking Tour

Price: Free; tips appreciated
Duration: 2.5 hours

Stroll through one of Paris’ most famous and charming neighborhoods with the help of SANDEMANs NEW Europe. This 2.5-hour tour will take you by the area’s most photographed sights, including the Moulin Rouge and up the steps to Sacré-Coeur. You’ll recognize streets featured in paintings and in cinema as guides share tales of Montmartre’s famous artists, musicians and other notables, including Van Gogh and Picasso. Tourgoers appreciate the guides’ expertise and recommend the tour for art history lovers.

Tours depart daily at 4 p.m. (Spanish language) and 5 p.m. (English language). Tickets are free, though tips are appreciated. If you’re looking to explore more of the city, the company offers an array of other tours covering Latin Quarter, the Seine River and more.

Boutique Bike Tours – Versailles Food & Palace Bike Tour

Price: Adults from 145 euros (about $158); kids from 37 euros (about $40)
Duration: 9 to 10 hours

If you’re looking to escape the city, let Boutique Bike Tours take you on a ride and stroll through the gardens of Versailles. On this approximately nine- to 10-hour tour, guides lead the way through the sprawling estate before stopping for a picnic lunch with provisions purchased from the market in town. After lunch, you’ll skip the line at the famous palace to explore the rooms and hallways of Versailles. Reviewers enjoy the leisurely pace, a day full of activities and informative guidance.

Tickets start at 145 euros (around $158) for adults and 99 euros (about $108) for children ages 5 to 17; children 4 and younger can join for 37 euros (about $40). Tours generally depart Tuesday and Friday through Sunday; expect to leave at 8 or 9 a.m. and return around 6 p.m. The company also hosts an evening bike and boat tour of Paris.

2CVParisTour – Legendary Paris Tour

Price: From 160 euros (about $175)
Duration: 2 hours

If you’re looking for a memorable and personalized drive through Paris, allow 2CVParisTour to take you for a whirl in a Citroën 2CV, a classic French car. Take in sights like the Arc de Triomphe, Luxembourg Gardens, Palais de l’ÉlyséeÉglise Saint-Sulpice and more as you cruise through the Paris streets for two hours. Reviewers praise the classic car experience and entertaining guides.

Tickets start at approximately 160 euros (around $155) per car for the tour and Champagne can be added for an extra charge. Tours depart at multiple times daily, starting at 11 a.m. and ending after 10 p.m. If you can’t get enough of the vintage car experience, you can also sign up for a tour of Montmartre, one that features a picnic and others.

City Wonders – Paris Catacombs Underground Tour

Price: Adults from $140; kids from $130
Duration: 2 hours

City Wonders will take you on a two-hour tour of what’s below Paris: a network of tunnels, crypts and tombs that are home to nearly 6 million skeletons. On this Paris Catacombs tour, you’ll skip the line with a small group to explore the Port Mahon gallery, the Sacellum Crypt and Gilbert’s Tomb. Throughout the tour, you’ll hear historical anecdotes from insightful guides. Along with the entertaining guides, reviewers also appreciate the skip-the-line access and recommend this experience in lieu of a self-guided tour.

Tickets start at around $140 for adults and $130 for children ages 4 to 14, though they may increase during busier times of the year. Tours depart Tuesday through Sunday at several times each day. City Wonders also hosts traditional aboveground tours of the Louvre, Versailles and the Eiffel Tower.

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Paris City Vision – Half Day Guided Tour of Giverny Monet’s Gardens from Paris

Price: From 85 euros (about $93)
Duration: About 5 hours

On this roughly five-hour tour, a guide will take you through the life of celebrated painter Claude Monet as you explore his home and garden in Giverny. His garden is what inspired some of his most prized works, including “Irises” and “Water Lilies.” Reviewers value the views and insight provided by tour guides, though others warn that the company can be disorganized.

Tickets start at approximately 85 euros (about $93) per person. Tours generally run daily at 8:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The company hosts a number of other tours throughout Paris and greater France, including tours to Normandy.

Street Art Tour Paris – Murals XXL

Price: From 26 euros (about $28)
Duration: About 2 hours

There’s no museum pass needed to see some of the city’s largest artwork with Street Art Tour’s Murals XXL. An expert guide leads groups through the city to view contemporary works created by the world’s most famous and talented muralists, such as Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada and Obey. Reviewers love the insider information and find the tour reveals details (and murals) often overlooked. Plus, the route is accessible for those with limited mobility.

Tours last just over two hours and run Tuesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. Tickets start at 26 euros (about $28) per person, and discounts are available to groups of five or more. Street Art Tour Paris also offers tours in Montmartre and Belleville, among other options.

Babylon Tours – Louvre Museum + Orsay Museum Guided Combo Tour

Price: Adults from 199 euros (about $217); kids from 139 euros (about $152)
Duration: 5.5 hours

View Greek sculpture and famous paintings by greats like Renoir, Monet, da Vinci and Van Gogh during this 5.5-hour tour. As you explore the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, guides will regale you with stories of art history. Plus, you’ll bypass the long lines at the attractions. Travelers praise the guide’s knowledge and appreciate the small groups (no more than eight people can go at once).

Tours run at 10 a.m. from Wednesday to Saturday. Tickets start at 199 euros (about $217) for adults, 179 euros (about $195) for kids ages 10 to 17, and 139 euros (about $152) for kids 9 and younger. Fees include access to the museums. Babylon Tours also operates outings to the Musée de l’Orangerie, the Rodin Museum and individual outings to the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay.

XL Tours – Segway Tour

Price: From 75 euros (about $82)
Duration: 2 hours

During the two-hour tour, you’ll glide by some of Paris’ must-see sights like the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero Gardens and the Musée d’Orsay. You’ll also ride in style on Bel & Bel Segways, which are designed to resemble the iconic Vespa scooters. Travelers say the Segways are a great way to see the city and the guides provide clear instructions.

Tours are available daily at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 or 7 p.m. Tickets start at 75 euros (around $82) per rider (though you may be required to book at least two riders for your tour if you book directly through the company’s website). Participants must be at least 12 years old. XL Tour also runs electric bike tours through the city.

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