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Palais Bourbon Tours and Activities

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Palais Bourbon
Poised overlooking the Seine, the Palais Bourbon dates to 1722. Originally built for the Duchesse de Bourbon (a daughter of King Louis XIV), the Palais Bourbon has been used to house legislative bodies, including the French National Assembly—the lower house of the French Parliament—since the end of the 18th century. 

The Basics
Designed by a series of celebrated architects (including Giardini, Aubert, and Gabriel) and inspired by Versailles’ Grand Trianon, the Palais Bourbon was initially created as an opulent royal residence. Seized during the French Revolution and declared a “palace of the people” in 1781, it has hosted French legislative bodies, from the Council of 500 to the National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale), for centuries. In 1806, the building’s recognizable, classical colonnade was added under Napoleon’s orders, while celebrated painter Eugène Delacroix contributed murals to several rooms.

Today, the French National Assembly features on historical Paris tours and can also be viewed from the water’s edge during Seine river cruises.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The French National Assembly is host to various contemporary art installations, including the Sphere of Human Rights by sculptor Walter de Maria.
  • While its colonnade is the Palais Bourbon’s most recognizable feature, its elegant Court of Honor (Cour d’Honneur) is its main entrance and features numerous sculptures.
  • In addition to its main government rooms, the French National Assembly boasts a number of highly decorative salons, as well as an ornate library.

How to Get There
Located as it is in central Paris, the French National Assembly can be reached via multiple forms of transit. Take Metro line 12 to Assemblée Nationale station, take the RER C to Invalides, or use bus line 24, 63, 73, 83, 84, 93, or 94. The landmark can also be reached on foot, by car, or by Vélib’ bike.

When to Get There
The Palais Bourbon is open Monday–Saturday. It is, however, currently closed to individual visitors. Groups wishing to visit must be invited by a National Assembly delegate. Given its proximity to other major landmarks, including Invalides, the Place de la Concorde, and the Tuileries Garden, it is still worth stopping by to admire its opulent exterior.

The Hôtel de Lassay
Though it is less well known than the neighboring Palais Bourbon, the Hôtel de Lassay—part of the same palace complex and designed contemporaneously—is another landmark worth discovering. Home to the President of the National Assembly, the building was initially built for the Marquis de Lassay: the Duchesse de Bourbon’s lover.
Address: 33 Quai d'Orsay, Paris, France
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Paris en Scene Boat 3-Course Dinner Cruise

Paris en Scene Boat 3-Course Dinner Cruise

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Make the most of your time in Paris with a combination of a cruise on the Seine and a 3-course dinner. This 75-minute dinner cruise allows you to see the main attractions of the City of Lights while you enjoy a casual meal. Relax into a comfortable armchair facing one of the boat's windows, the better to take in the view, and watch sights like the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, and Eiffel Tower drift by. Upgrade the experience to include wine or Champagne with dinner.
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Seine River Exclusive Gourmet Dinner Cruise with Champagne at Paris Seine

Seine River Exclusive Gourmet Dinner Cruise with Champagne at Paris Seine

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This Seine River dinner or lunch cruise is a relaxing way to view Paris landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Admire the waterfront sights and pass under bridges such as the Pont Neuf as you savor a gourmet 3-course meal, paired with a glass or half bottle of Champagne and French wine. Enjoy exquisite cuisine and fine service aboard a La Marina de Paris glass-enclosed boat.
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  • 2 hours
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Seine River Gourmet Dinner Cruise with Paris Seine la Marina

Seine River Gourmet Dinner Cruise with Paris Seine la Marina

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On this Paris dinner cruise, glide along the Seine aboard an intimate La Marina de Paris boat, and enjoy a 3-course meal while admiring riverfront sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, and the Louvre. The glass-enclosed boat provides unobstructed views and photo ops, allowing you to soak up the romantic atmosphere of Paris lit up at night. Options are available to exclude drinks from your experience.
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Eiffel Tower Access with Seine River Dinner Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show

Eiffel Tower Access with Seine River Dinner Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show

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Soak in the splendor of Paris in one unforgettable night that includes fine-dining, sightseeing, and a flamboyant cancan show. Choose between dining at the Eiffel Tower and a sightseeing river cruise, or combine the experience with a spectacular dinner cruise along the Seine. Top your evening off by sipping Champagne and enjoying a show at the legendary Moulin Rouge.
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Eiffel Tower with Optional Summit Access, Seine River Cruise and Paris City Tour

Eiffel Tower with Optional Summit Access, Seine River Cruise and Paris City Tour

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Don’t miss the views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower at night, when the twinkling City of Light spreads before you. This evening combination package lets you experience Parisian monuments three enchanting ways: sightseeing by coach, cruising on the Seine River, and admission to the Eiffel Tower's first and second tiers. Orient yourself to top attractions like the Champs-Élysées, and Louvre Museum, and be part of Paris’ lively nighttime atmosphere.
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  • 4 hours
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Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Access, Seine River Cruise & Immersive Paris Tour

Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Access, Seine River Cruise & Immersive Paris Tour

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Experience Paris from three different perspectives during this half-day city tour that covers the city’s top attractions. Tour essential sights from the comfort of a coach, and take to the water on a Seine River cruise, floating under its many bridges as you go. Then, skip the long lines at the Eiffel Tower to absorb panoramic views of the City of Light from the second-floor observation deck.
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Private Guided Tour on a Vintage Sidecar from 1 Hour to 7 Hour

Private Guided Tour on a Vintage Sidecar from 1 Hour to 7 Hour

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Explore Paris in an unforgettable way on a tour by vintage open-air sidecar. On a daytime or nighttime adventure, cruise through the city to see sights like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Latin Quarter, or Ile de la Cite, depending on option selected when booking. Or upgrade to the customizable tour to create your own itinerary, even leaving the city for Versailles or Giverny, if you wish.
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Segway Eiffel Tour Paris

Segway Eiffel Tour Paris

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Explore the heart of Paris on a guided Segway Tour. Travel through the city's center on a two-wheel self-balancing electric vehicle, navigating narrow pathways and along the river bank and taking in many historic landmarks as you go. Marvel in awe at the Eiffel Tower, meander past the sculpture-filled garden of the Rodin Museum and glide through the Place de la Concorde. Your guide will share facts and details about each place as you go. This small group tour is limited to 10 people for a more personalized experience.
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Paris Sightseeing Family Friendly Guided Electric Bike Tour

Paris Sightseeing Family Friendly Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Save your energy for sightseeing with this tour of Paris by electronic bike. After a short briefing, you’ll pedal along the bike lanes and sidewalks of the French capital, with the e-bike’s motor propelling you along when you need a little help. The route takes in sights of the standout Paris attractions such as the Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower, and you’ll learn about each landmark from your guide.
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  • 2 hours
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Immersive City Tour and Seine River Cruise

Immersive City Tour and Seine River Cruise

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Combine a Paris city tour with a 1-hour river cruise on the Seine for a well-rounded experience in the French capital. On the city tour, explore Paris’ elegant avenues by comfortable coach, checking off top sights such as the Arc de Triomphe, Ile de la Cité, Place de la Concorde, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower, where you’ll stop for a photo op. Then hit the waters of the Seine for a relaxing cruise past the city’s famous bridges and other historical landmarks.
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Seine River Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show with Champagne Evening Experience

Seine River Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show with Champagne Evening Experience

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Enjoy two of Paris' most iconic experiences on this combo Seine River cruise and Moulin Rouge tour. On board the river cruise, pass by illuminated waterfront landmarks such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, and then head north to the Moulin Rouge for its 'Féerie' cabaret show, which includes one glass of Champagne. Hotel pickup is not provided but hotel drop-off is for accommodations within the city.
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  • 5 hours
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Classic Vintage Tour on Sidecar Motorcycle Ural: Best of Paris (1hour)

Classic Vintage Tour on Sidecar Motorcycle Ural: Best of Paris (1hour)

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Travelers with only a few hours in Paris have limited sightseeing options, and usually end up choosing a typical bus tour. You can get more out of a quick sightseeing excursion with this private tour experience, where your guide whisks you around Paris in a vintage motorcycle sidecar. As you explore the bustling urban metropolis, pass must-see attractions, like the Trocadéro Gardens and Grand Palais—and see it all in no time.
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  • 1 hour
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Capitaine Fracasse Boat 3-Course Dinner Cruise

Capitaine Fracasse Boat 3-Course Dinner Cruise

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Sit down to a 3-course Gallic dinner and pass Paris' top sites on this 4-hour evening cruise on the Seine River. From the panoramic windows of the dining room, look out at the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Ile de la Cité, Pont Alexandre III, and other glittering waterfront sights. Upgrade to include Champagne, cocktails, wine, or beer, and head to the top deck for open-air views of the City of Light.
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  • 2 hours
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Paris Seine River Lunch Cruise with 3-Course Gourmet Meal

Paris Seine River Lunch Cruise with 3-Course Gourmet Meal

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A Seine River cruise—plus a gourmet lunch—is not to be missed during a stay in Paris. Board a glass-enclosed boat conveniently located in central Paris, and float past attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral. You’re served a 3-course meal while you savor the views. Upgrade to include a glass of French wine or Champagne to pair with exquisite cuisine on board.
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Paris: the Amazing Segway tour (Eiffel Tower and more than 20 other points of interest)

Paris: the Amazing Segway tour (Eiffel Tower and more than 20 other points of interest)

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Discover Paris in an original way. The segways are self-balanced machines (more stable and easier to use than a bike or a scooter). In 2,5 hours by Segway, you will do the equivalent of one day of visit by foot ! You will benefit of the explanations of our French english speaking guides who will share with you their passion for Paris. You will be in small groups and you will have time to take pictures. Our tours are accessible from 14 years! For people of 12 and 13 years old, we ask parents to book a private tour.
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Paris Private Tour in a classic French Peugeot 404

Paris Private Tour in a classic French Peugeot 404

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Discover Paris in a 1963 classic Peugeot 404, a vintage French car from the '60s. A unique way to explore the city with a local private guide. Cruise in style past famous attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Boulevard Saint-Germain, Opéra Garnier, and the Musée d’Orsay while a private driver and guide shares local history and legends. When booking, you can select from a 1 to 3 hours duration tour.
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Private Small Group Illuminations and Seine River Cruise

Private Small Group Illuminations and Seine River Cruise

Find out why Paris is called the City of Lights on a private 3-hour evening tour. After comfortable transfer from your accommodation, enjoy a 1.5-hour cruise along the iconic Seine River, which offers unobstructed views of Notre Dame and the Louvre. Afterwards, see the city’s iconic landmarks illuminated in all their splendor by private car. Enjoy photo opportunities at La Madeleine, Grand Palais, Trocadero, and Les Invalides.
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Dinner, Cruise & Skip the line Eiffel Tower Experience

Dinner, Cruise & Skip the line Eiffel Tower Experience

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Leave nothing to chance with this luxurious evening in Paris including a dinner cruise, cityscape views, and a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower—all included. Glide down the Seine to start your adventure, where you can enjoy a 3-course meal and spot landmarks like the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre Museum, and the hilltop Montmartre district. Then ascend to the first and second floors of the Eiffel Tower to admire the city all lit-up with views beyond compare.
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Eiffel Tower Summit, Immersive Paris Tour & Cruise

Eiffel Tower Summit, Immersive Paris Tour & Cruise

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Start your Paris vacation off right with this complete sightseeing adventure, including a stop at the iconic Eiffel Tower and a River Seine cruise. You're whisked through the city by coach to admire landmarks, use an interactive tablet to learn about the city sights, and glide down the Seine. Best of all, you visit the must-see Eiffel Tower. Head to the landmark's second floor to marvel at the cityscape.
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  • 4 hours
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Immersive City Tour & Skip the line Eiffel Tower up to the Summit

Immersive City Tour & Skip the line Eiffel Tower up to the Summit

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See Paris’ top city attractions and take in panoramic views from the top floor of Eiffel Tower on this 3-hour Paris city tour. Admire top city attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées, Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde and the Luxembourg Gardens.Discover the Paris of the Parisians and travel through time with our tablet! Thanks to its augmented reality and interactive functionalities, this new immersive city tour will allow you to understand better the history of Paris and its architecture over the centuries. . Alight at the famous Eiffel Tower and climb up to the second and top floor to enjoy breathtaking views out over the city below. Enjoy Paris to the full and see the sites in style!
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  • 3 hours
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The Beauty of Paris by Bike Private Tour with a Local

The Beauty of Paris by Bike Private Tour with a Local

What could be more thrilling than flying through the streets of Paris on two wheels? Experience the child-like joy that only comes from biking as you whiz around from Le Marais to Centre Pompidou. Cycling is the locals’ favorite way to get around. So hop on, blend in, and discover Paris. You’ll be surprised by how much more you can see when you explore by bike. Paris is a city of contrasts. With narrow streets, trendy neighborhoods, and must-see historical landmarks. By bike, you can see it all. As well as checking out the unmissable Champs-Elysées and the Louvre, you’ll get off the tourist trail and discover a side to Paris that only the locals see. Your cycle-loving host will be by your side at all times, so follow their lead for an easy-going ride. Paris has something to offer every type of traveler. Whether you are into its historic architecture or alternative districts, there is a local to suit you.
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  • 3 hours
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Paris Walking Tour - The French Revolution

Paris Walking Tour - The French Revolution

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Follow in the footsteps of revolutionaries and royals on this walking tour that traces the history of the French Revolution in Paris. From the storming of the Bastille to the bloody Reign of Terror, learn about the Revolutions’ causes and consequences as you visit key sites around the city where history was made.
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Bastille Day Evening Sightseeing Cruise - Bateaux Parisiens

Bastille Day Evening Sightseeing Cruise - Bateaux Parisiens

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Come aboard a glassed-over boat with open air observation decks for exceptional views of Paris and the fireworks. The included meal box is also a nice way to share an original and unforgetable picnic with your friends or family. Let yourself be guided with the individual audio-guides, discovering the Paris of yesterday and today. The commentary is available in 14 languages and on your smartphone. See the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Parliament building, Musée d’Orsay, the Institut de France, Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Hall, the Conciergerie, the Louvre, the Obelisk, the Grand Palais and end at the foot the Eiffel tower for the best view of the fireworks!
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  • 5 hours
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Night Tour of Paris in Electric Bike

Night Tour of Paris in Electric Bike

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Navigate the bike lanes and side streets of Paris on an electric bike during this tour. With a guide in the lead, you'll feel comfortable pedaling an electric bike after dark, pedaling as hard as you like and enjoying the assistance of an electric motor. Pass Paris landmarks lit up for the night and listen to guided commentary on the city's history, culture, architecture, and modern life.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours
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