After my 21 Day BOE tour (end of May) I'm staying three extra days in Paris. Basically I have Saturday after breakfast (tours end), Sunday and Monday- then Tuesday I'm off to Scotland. I want to make the most of my Paris days and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do the most. Here are my thoughts:
Saturday~ Versailles Tour. There are so many Versailles tours to choose from, each with a different focus! The one I'm leaning towards is an afternoon tour of Versailles and Petit Trianon. It leaves at 1PM, which would allow me to enjoy my final tour breakfast, check out of the hotel and into the new one (Hotel Sublim Eiffel). It would also let me be back 6ish, which is when my friend should be arriving from Scotland to meet me. My friend doesn't like palaces, so this is definitely my time to visit, if I'm going to. Has anyone taken this tour? It's offered by a few different companies, but I've always been pleased with Viator and the tour seems to have good ratings. Afterwards, possibly dine beneath the Eiffel and watch it light up.
Sunday~ Catacombs tour at opening. I'd like to tour the Eiffel and go up to the top. Then I want to see the Musee de l'Orangerie, Musee' Rodin and Le Musee des Arts Forains. I realize it's probably not possible to do them all, so I'm trying to narrow down to one for sure and a backup if there's time. I've not been to any of these museums. I love sculpture, but would love to see Monet's Waterlillies. The carnival museum is only available by appointment, but I love that its not stuffy or "typical". What to do? I want to do and see some of the unusual things.
Monday~ I want to see Pere Lachaise (and Jim Morrison's grave), but I'm also intrigued by Cimetiere des Chiens. Has anybody done both? Are they pretty far from each other? Then I was thinking about walking around Monmartre in the evening. I've heard it's lovely at night- all lit up. Hope to see Sacre Cour and other highlights of the area.
My friend is a regular visitor to Paris so has pretty much left the itinerary up to me, though she helped me narrow things down a bit.
I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions, especially concerning Versailles. I've not listed Mont Saint Michel. Should this be a must see? HELP!