Below is an itinerary for a late March/early April 2020 Paris trip for my wife and me. Paris is the “middle” section of our trip, following five nights in Madrid (itinerary posted in Spain section) and preceding twelve nights in London and southern England (itinerary posted in England section). We have purchased Paris Museum Passes in advance and we will soon pre-book Louvre tickets, but, as of now, we’ll pre-book no other museums. We will pre-book the Eiffel Tower, recognizing that might result in ascent on a rainy day. We value the certainty and the minimizing of time in a ticket line over the potential downside of rain and clouds. Plus, the view from the Arc is pretty good too, and we’ll have done that the day before. We will be getting Navigo cards.
All recommendations and comments are welcome, specifically regarding:
--Where to eat: We’re looking for “classic” French bistros/cafes/brasseries serving dishes like beef tartare, escargot, onion soup, steak frites, boeuf bourguignon, coq au vin, foei gras, cassoulet… Nothing fancy necessarily, just reliable, “authentic” places. Don’t worry about cost; we can sort that out. Also interested in creperies, bakeries, pastry places, and cheese places—ah yes, fromageries...There are a number of French “young” cheeses that are prohibited in the US that are on my bucket list—époisses, anyone?. Aside from a part of our first full day, we’ll be pretty much in the 5th, 6th, and 7th arr., plus Ile St Louis and maybe brief excursions into the Marais for eating IF recommendations seem promising.
--Any major goofs I’ve made in the itinerary (i.e., “the museum is closed on that day, dummy”). I don’t think there are any, but I’m always capable of making silly mistakes.
--Any brief “must-sees” since we’re “in (whatever) neighborhood”.
Thanks in advance for any and all advice!
Monday (March 30): Arrive CDG 14:25 from Madrid, so no jet lag. Stay Ile St. Louis (hotel already booked). Seine cruise on Vedettes de Paris (board at Pont Marie stop, end at Eiffel Tower), then Bus 69 back to (near) hotel.
Tuesday (31): Ste. Chapelle at 9:00 when it opens, then the Conciergerie. Bus (preferred) or Metro to La Defense and back to the Arc de Triomphe. Climb the Arc, then mosey one Metro stop’s distance down the Champs-Élysées (just because).
Wednesday (April 1): Orangerie when it opens at 9:00. Next, hit Rue Cler for a stroll (in honor of our host) and maybe to be able to assemble a picnic. Visit Quai Branly Museum and then ascend Eiffel Tower.
Thursday (2): Rodin Museum, Army Museum, Luxembourg Gardens
Friday (3): Louvre when it opens at 9:00, then walk through the Tuileries
Saturday (4): Depart Gare du Nord on Eurostar (already booked) for London.