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4 day itinerary review/help

we will be in Paris for 4 full days plus arrival day in September (10 - 15)

Here is rough outline as per my plan as of now. will like your help to review this and provide any feedback.

Arrival Day: Tuesday : (coming from London on eurostar): will reach hotel by 3:30.

  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • show in evening (Moulin rouge/ Lido/Crazy Horse). Any recommendation?

Wednesday:

  • 9:00am St Chapelle
  • RS historic Walk
  • Lunch near Pantheon
  • Eiffel Tower (aftrennon/evning)
  • Seine Cruise (if there is time)
  • Dinner in that area (any recommendation?)

Thursday

  • early morning to Versailles (spend all day there) (Main Palace, Gardens , Trianons)
  • Dinner Ile de la Cite (our hotel is that area)

Friday

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Champs Elysees Walk
  • Lunch in Garden or garden picnic
  • Lourve in evening as it is open late
  • Dinner near by

Saturday

  • Morning: Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre
  • Lunch in Montmartre
  • Orsay Musuem: walk along Seine promenade
  • dinner near by
  • Evening: Take one of the night tours by bus/taxi

would also like to fit Rue Cler Walk some day if possible

thanks in advance for all your replies

Posted by
6103 posts

Hi,
The plan seems sound overall, not too busy. If you like to adhere to this kind of planned schedule, you'll have to book Eiffel Tower, Versailles and Louvre tickets to skip some lines.
For dinner near Eiffel Tower, the Rue Cler area has nice places: Les Cocottes, Café Constant, Pottoka spring to mind (bookings needed if possible). Café du Marché is also fine for a simple, inexpensive dinner (or at least it was a few years ago).

Posted by
6099 posts

This is much slower-paced than most itineraries people post here. It will give you plenty of time for strolling and cafe-sitting. You might consider Paris Walks if you want to see more of the city. No reservations needed for most of them, so you can choose based on your interests, energy levels, and weather.

Other threads in this forum report that crowding at the Louvre has become so bad that they're admitting only those with timed-entry tickets (at least during some periods). So get those if you can. Also you'll need timed tickets for the Eiffel Tower if you want to go to the top. An alternative way to get a bird's eye view, including a view of the ET, is the Tour Montparnasse, much easier to get up though not as high or as close to the river.

On Wednesday you'll certainly have time for a Seine cruise either before or after the ET. I'd recommend Les Vedettes du Pont Neuf, which leave from the Ile de la Cite, thus more convenient before the ET. No reservations needed.

On Friday, you'll have all afternoon as well as evening for the Louvre (if you can get in). The Louvre has numerous places to get food; most aren't open evenings but the Cafe Mollien is open till 6:30 on Fridays. So if you don't want to leave the museum for dinner you should be able to get something there.

Posted by
12703 posts

Agree this plan looks pretty good!

Do keep in mind what Dick says about the Louvre. Check the forum regularly for updates on how things are going for the entries there and then go ahead and commit to timed tickets if things continue in to Sept as they are now.

I'd not spend time doing the Rue Cler walk unless you are in that neighborhood anyway. I stay in that area and his walk is kind of...um...well...not as good as the Historic walk. Take a look at this walk from Corey Frye (A French Frye in Paris) which starts in front of some very cool Art Nouveau buildings (and close to the Eiffel Tower) and then ends walking down the Rue Cler. IF you do decide to walk to Rue Cler it would be closest on your ET day. I'd go there to eat, not really to sightsee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAY8vsAbpFs

I, personally, would not spend the time walking down Champs-Elysee but I know many want to do this. I'd probably take the metro from the Arc de Triomphe to the Concorde stop on Line 1, exit and then walk thru the Tuileries to the Louvre. If you wanted to see the Monet water lilies they are in the Orangerie which are on the Place de la Concorde end of the Tuileries. I've also eaten a couple of times at one of the restaurants in the Tuileries. I enjoyed it even though I knew I was playing for the ambiance of the garden!

Posted by
115 posts

thanks you all for your replies/suggestions.

as we will be travelling in Sep, i will check how are things on ticketing around mid August. I am planning to buy 4 day Museum Pass if crowds are any better. if not i will buy individual online tickets. I understand i can plan my itinerary to do all museums in 2 days and get 2 day museum pass but i think 4 days pass will give us more flexibility and we can visit at our pace. We want to have free times to sit in cafe/gardens and feel the city.

So excited for my visit !!

Posted by
6099 posts

I think you're right to get the 4-day pass. Besides letting you skip ticket lines (with the Louvre caveat we've discussed) it lets you pop into museums you might not otherwise want to pay for, maybe to see just one or two things, or use the restroom. I agree with Pam that the Orangerie would be easily included in your Arc-Champs-Louvre day. The Champs is overrated but easy enough, especially downhill as you'll be going. Check it off your list and be done.

I'm not a big Rue Cler fan, there are many nice streets and neighborhoods like it with fewer people carrying around blue and gold guidebooks. Assuming that your hotel is near the Luxembourg Gardens, you might check out the street market at the Rue Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter.