France’s epicentre of culture & culinary delights: lose yourself in Paris
Fall in love with the city of lights in France’s enchanting capital. If you’re stopping over via Gare Du Nord then you’re in luck, because there’s so much to see and do just a stone’s throw away from here. From Parisian comedy shows to River Seine dining – whatever layover time you have, read on for Klook’s ultimate guide to the top attractions near Gare Du Nord station.
Stroll along Canal Saint Martin
After a long train journey you might want to stretch your legs a little. What better way to do this than to take a 4.6km walk along the banks of Canal Saint Martin, which was once covered in the 19th century to create more public space. Every 10-15 years the canal gets drained – so if you’re lucky to be there at this time, you might just find a unique, discarded treasure to take home to a loved one. How about that for a souvenir?
Before leaving Gare Du Nord Station, be sure to drop off your bags on the ground floor with several concierge companies who can take care of them for you. If you’re in a rush to get to the canal, Klook yourself a 4G WIFI pass so you can get maps up and start your day.
Admire the charming Basilique du Sacre-Coeur
If you haven’t had enough of exploring by foot, why not Klook a guided walking tour through the romantic streets of Montmartre? On this tour an English speaking guide will show you the charming neighbourhoods known and loved by movie directors, where you’ll see the buzzing Place du Tertre followed by a visit to Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. Placed at the highest point in the village, make sure to marvel over the views from the top of the steps and its plush-green gardens.
Eat your heart out at the food market
After a morning of discovering Paris’ hidden treasures, you’re probably going to be pretty peckish. Test your culinary skills in a cooking class followed by a market visit, where you can try classic national delicacies and refuel for the rest of your day. Create a scrumptious three-course meal with the help of a professional chef, accompanied by a glass of wine while you taste your own creations.
Ensure you secure your cooking class with a market visit for a real taste of French culture.
Snap POV pics by the Eiffel Tower
Arguably Paris’ most popular landmark, the Eiffel Tower is certainly a sight to see on your visit. Standing at a whopping 300 metres, there’s many reasons it’s the most-visited paid monument in the entire world. Marvel over panoramic views of Pairs on a skip-the-line pass from Klook. Enjoy fast-track entry as you soar to the 276-metre summit in a glass elevator to the top – an experience not made for the faint hearted!
Book your Eiffel Tower tickets on Klook for views that’ll last a lifetime.
Greenery and scenery at the Palace of Versailles
No longer than an hour’s journey from Gare du Nord via metro, take a trip to the enchanting Palace of Versailles. This magnificent building is home to the King’s State Apartments and the dazzling Hall of Mirrors which was once home to the nations Kings and Queens. The palace is renowned for having large and lengthy queues, so we’d recommend booking your Versailles skip-the-line tickets on Klook so you can jump into admiring French history as soon as you get there.
Klook fact: did you know there are over 100,000 gold leaves crafted into the monument’s architecture?
Timeless beauty of the Louvre
Home to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Louvre isn’t just one of the world’s leading art galleries but it’s also the largest – home to famous masterpieces like The Seated Scribe, Venus de Milo and the Virgin of the Rocks. On this guided experience you’ll get to beat the queue to get in, followed by a 2.5 hour detailed tour through the museum. If you haven’t had enough of the classic artworks, feel free to stay behind at your own pace once the tour is over.
Book your Louvre Museum skip-the-line guided tour and take advantage of prioritised entry.
Cruise along the River Seine-side
If you’ve got some spare time before heading back to Gare du Nord, a dining cruise is always a good idea. With options to choose between lunch or dinner, you’ll embark on an unforgettable journey along the glittering River Seine, where you can discover Parisian sights from a whole new perspective. Look out for the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Musée d’Orsay and the Grand Palais – all while you enjoy French flavours from a carefully curated menu.
Wade your way through the waters of the capital and book your River Seine lunch or dinner cruise on Klook.
Grab a bargain at St Ouen
Your friends might not believe you went to Paris if you don’t bring back any souvenirs. Looking for the perfect place to find them? St Ouen’s Flea Market is one of the world’s largest flea markets – home to hidden stalls with unique gifts, artwork and antiques. If you’re lucky you can find one-of-a-kind gifts to take home to your friends or loved ones, after haggling like a local for the very best price – you can thank your guide for that!
Speak to the local vendors and exchange stories on the Saint Ouen Flea Market Tour on Klook.
Discover Paris on two wheels
What better way to roam the street of Paris than by bike? Visit the landmarks on a half day bike tour, cycling past the Tuileries Garden. Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre. Discover more of the capital’s rich cultural history with your helpful guide that will tell you all there is to know as you ride along the cobbled city streets. A perk of this tour is that the groups stay small and intimate – so hopefully, you won’t struggle to keep up!
See the city from the sky
For the most jaw-dropping views of them all, why not see the sights from above? Round off the trip with a helicopter tour, passing sites like Château de Versailles and the Montparnasse Tower all from an incomparable birds-eye view. Uncover even more French history and aviation knowledge with your helicopter pilot – and be sure to end your experience with some snaps outside the aircraft.
Book your Paris Versailles helicopter tour on Klook for the very best ending.