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5 nights in Paris

We have fives nights with four full days in Paris. Do you mind looking over my itinerary for while we are there and telling me if I've planned too much or too little on any particular day?

I know some of the days don't make great sense with the distances between places, I'm trying to fix that but I am getting a 2 day pass and want to use it the first two days.

On the first day I know it would make more sense to do the Left Bank right after the Historic Paris walk but that is a lot of walking and we want to do the Orsay that day.

Thurs July 22
Morning – Historic Paris Walk (4 hours)
Arrive at Notre-Dame Tower a little before it opens (10:00)
Featuring Ile de la Cite, Notre Dame, Latin Quarter, and Sainte-Chapelle
Afternoon – Shop/Explore/Relax
Early Evening (16:30?) – Orsay
By 20:00 - Dinner at Pharamond
After dinner - Climb Arc de Triomphe – open until 23:00, last entry 30 min before
Fri July 23
Morning – Champs-Elysees Walk to Tuileries Garden (2 hours)
Midday/Lunch – Picnic in Tuileries? – maybe stop in Orangerie Museum to see Monets
Shop markets to get things for dinner.
Evening – Louvre – arrive before 20:00
If not too tired, evening in square de Marche’ Ste. Catherine in Marais
Sat July 24
Early Morning – Monmartre Walk
Lunch - Cochon á l’oreille - 15 rue Monmartre
Afternoon – Left Bank walk (2 hours) and relax in Luxembourg Gardens
Shop markets along Rue Mouffetard.
Evening – sunset at Sacre’-Coeur Basilica (sun sets around 21:40)
Sun July 25
Later Morning – Marais walk (3 hours)
Including Pompidou Center fountains
Evening – Rue Cler walk, gather stuff for a picnic
Picnic on Champs de Mars and Trocadero scene

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Thanks! And that is great news about Tour de France, I definitely want to see what. What time does it actually start?

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Jesse, I don't think you have planned too much. This is a very relaxed itinerary, provided you enjoy walking. I think Paris is a wonderful city for walking and exploring, and this itinerary will allow you to get to know the city and the neighborhoods.

If it were me, I would want to visit more sites, mainly museums. But if you are not a museum person, I think this itinerary is good.

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please be aware that on sunday, july 25th (of this year, which i'm assuming this is according to your dates and days of the week), the tour de france finishes up by riding down the champs elysees. i'm not telling you this because it might mess up your plans--according to the responses i got on here to my OWN question, it won't--but if it is something you are interested in you might consider adding it (we don't even care about the race one little tiny bit, but my husband has already been saying things like 'great cultural experience' and 'chance of a lifetime', and i'm sure bicycling fans would be appalled that i'm even considering missing it since we'll be there that day!) either way--have a GREAT trip!

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Jesse, sounds like a great schedule; have you considered alternatives for your evening activities in case of rain? Might be good to plan them in advance, like pick a couple of nice restaurants in your area of choice.