Paris is a city you can wander around for hours and hours, with a charming french cafe at every corner, the stunning, historic architecture and famous landmarks, you will not get bored. If you have a short, overnight layover in Paris you must go out and explore the city at night, it’s known as the ‘city of lights’ and for good reason.
The best way to ease yourself into the city is to do a walking tour. Some companies offer night time walking tours, especially during the summer season. If you are like me and visiting during the winter period, Sandeman Tours have a couple of free walking tours throughout the day and also run a “City of Lights Tour” throughout the week from 5pm to 7pm for around 16 euro per person. This tour will bring you to a lot of the main monuments and landmarks including, Place Du Concord, Champs Elysees, Pont Alexandre III, Petit Palais and up to Trocadero Gardens for a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel tower sparkles for about 5 minutes every hour so make sure you wait up there for this – also known as the ‘light show’, it’s magical! I highly recommend the tour as it is a great way to see a lot in a short space of time as well as learn a lot about the history of the city from a local guide. You can book the ‘City of Lights’ tour on the Sandeman’s website here.
My one complaint about my trip to Paris was that I had less than 24 hours there, which is definitely not enough time to see everything this city has to offer!