morning: get your bearings, wander round the central area, enjoy a cup
of coffee at a sidewalk café
entrance is free of charge on the first Sunday of each month. You may
need more than an afternoon to visit this very rich museum
a hop-on hop-off bus tour
of the city, and get a guided tour of the city. Or choose a
more leisurely rickshaw tour or guided bicycle tour, or even a tour in
a classic French "2CV"
Paris: Visit the Marché
Puces (world's largest flea market) at Porte de St Ouen,
and/or visit Montmartre;
here you can visit the Sacré
basilica, and enjoy the views over the rooftops of Paris, then the
streeets of "Montmartre village", with its artists, little galleries
and cafés and restaurants. Plenty of Parisian atmosphere here.
Finally, wander down and see
quarter, Paris's famous night-life area. Return to your hotel by metro,
taking in at least part of the overhead
metro line no. 2 (metro aérien) that passes
Paris: north of the Seine. Visit the Arc de
Triomphe, wander down the Champs
Elysées and enjoy a drink in a café.
Admire the jardins
Paris, south of the Seine. Visit the Eiffel
tower and, if you then have time, visit the Musée
d'Orsay nearby (see the great Impressionists
which is open on Tuesdays.
(If you want to visit more museums & monuments, take the Paris
Museum Pass or the Paris
city pass for
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).
The City pass from Turbopass is the best value of the Paris visitor
passes: just 119€ for 3 days, compared to 160€ for
three days on the heavily advertised "Paris Pass". With a
pass, you'll avoid having to
lines or queues for each museum ; it is important to understand that
the queues can – and in holiday periods will – be
Note: you'll need to
tower tickets separately. None of the passes include the
central Paris; Visit the free Musée
Carnavalet, the museum of Paris, and discover the old
quarters of the Marais.
Paris; After lunch, see Notre Dame
cathedral, go up the tower. Also on the Ile de la Cité are
the Conciergerie (a historic prison with museum of the French
Revolution) and the Sainte Chapelle. If you don't have
city pass , visit the Conciergerie first and buy
double ticket Concièrgerie/Sainte Chapelle, as
Concièrgerie queues tend to be shorter. Then either visit
quarter close by, or wander along the banks of the Seine
(upstream) and visit the Jardin de
Plantes botanical gardens
If you have a pass, note that it
includes entry to
several sites outside Paris, including Versailles and Fontainebleau. No
need to buy a separate tour... though you'll need RER C train
tickets for Versailles, and to buy regular train from Gare de Lyon for
Fontainebleau. Passes include travel, but only within Paris.
you haven't taken a pass, check out trips to the Royal
or the older royal château at Fontainebleau.
Either trip can be organised as an all inclusive guided trip, or for
those who prefer to visit at their
own pace can be done independently by taking the RER "C" suburban
express train for Versailles, or a suburban train from Gare de Lyon for
Fontainebleau (and bus from train station to the château).
Alternatively, jump on an RER A train in the middle of Paris,
the half-hour trip out to the little historic town of Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
Here you can enjoy shopping in small shops and boutiques,
the national museum of Archaeology in the renaissance chateau, or even
take a walk in the forest, all within easy walking distance of the RER
Or check out other inclusive day-trip
excursions from Paris
in another museum: either the Pompidou
Center, or the Army Museum at Les
Invalides, or the Paris
Sewer Museum underground experience, or the Paris
your last afternoon, take a boat trip
on the Seine ("Bateau Mouche"). Many trips depart from the
which is the bridge in the photo at the top of this page, or from the
Quai de Montebello, opposite Notre Dame. Finally,
leave time for some shopping.
And to make a particularly memorable last day in Paris, choose from a
range of lunch or dinner cruises on
the Seine or in the Eiffel tower.
farewell to Paris.
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