My husband and I will be in Paris for 3 days prior and 1 day post the RS HOF tour beginning June 10. This will be my husband’s first trip to Paris and my first trip since 1998. This is our very first RS tour. We love history, good food, art, cinema, cool street signs and flea markets.
Does the itinerary below make sense? Any suggestions, tweaks, restaurant recommendations would be much appreciated! We have both gleaned a great deal from all the advice given on this forum. We are thankful RS forum folks are generous in sharing their knowledge and personal experiences. Thanks in advance!
First question, the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay are both included with the RS tours these are scheduled for Sat and Sun. Since we will be in town several days early our thoughts are to see both these sites prior to the tour when they are hopefully less crowded. We would then plan on peeling away from the tour on both Sat and Sun afternoons, after the group morning activities, to do hopefully less crowded sites. Make sense?
Itinerary - Here we go!
6/7 TUESDAY arrive Paris 3:25pm
Purchase Navigo passes at CDG
Taxi to Hotel Lenox 15 rue Delambre (Montparnasse area)
After dropping our bags at the hotel we may go for a walk around our hotel. However I’m thinking we’ll be tired and will be getting up early the next day so plan on this being an early night for us. We’d like a low key restaurant near our hotel for dinner. My husband is a carnivore and I lean towards vegetarian dishes.
Les Bistro Des Campagnes 6 Rue Leopold Robert was recommended as a cozy bistro, friendly, not fancy
Any other suggestions for our first night?
6/8 WEDNESDAY - Paris
9am Leave hotel
Metro to Arc de’ Triomphe – be there when it opens by 10
10-11 Arc de’ Triomphe
11-12 Walk Champs Elysee using RS guide advice Laduree, Angelinas
12-1 Petit Palasis – perhaps lunch here
1-1:30 Place de Concorde
1:30-2:30 Orangerie (we do not have timed tkts)
3pm-6pm Louvre – we have timed tkts – plan on seeing Mona Lisa last at end of day when hopefully crowds are lightest
After the Louvre we will most likely look for dinner then back to the hotel for the evening.
6/9 THURSDAY - Versailles
7am Leave hotel
Entire day at Versailles
RER C train to Chateau Versailles Rive Gauche
8-8:30 Arrive Versailles
9am timed entrance ticket
10am timed Guided tour (booked)
Would love to see Hall of Mirrors with fewest people possible, if only for a few minutes. We have timed tkts to get into Versailles at 9am with our guided tour starting at 10am. This may sound crazy but would it be possible to enter at 9am and head straight to the HOM to ohh and ahh and snap a few pics then double back to meet our tour guide at 10am?
After seeing the chateau we plan on touring the gardens and the Trinon area. Any experiences with the golf cart rentals? Any advice on eating at Versailles? More than one person told us to bring our lunch with us but that may not be possible considering how early we’re leaving Paris.
After Versailles back to Paris, dinner then bed
6/10 FRIDAY - Paris
8:30am Leave hotel
9:30-11:30 Musee Orsay – Museum Pass
11:30-12:30 Lunch: ???
12:30-1:30 Hotel Invalid - Relief Maps
1:30-2:30 Rodin Museum
2:30-3:30 Seine promenade newspaper stands
3:30-4:30 Nap at hotel 😊
5pm RS Tour starts!
6/11 SATURDAY - Paris
RS Walking tour – Notre Dame – St Chapelle (will we visit Concierge?) – Latin Quarter
Instead of the RS Musee d’Orsay we will:
Musee de la Cinematique
6/12 SUNDAY – Paris
RS walking tour
Instead of RS Louvre we will:
Palace Garnier Opera House
Eiffel Tower – outdoor viewing only
Siene River cruise
6/20 MONDAY – Paris
RS Tour over
Last day in Paris
Evening Paris floodlit tour by car
Merci beaucoup!!! Susan :)