Paris Itinerary

ONE-DAY

ALTERNATIVE ONE…..Via Sightseeing Bus

– Take a sightseeing bus (Les Cars Rouge, Open Tours, Foxity Tours, etc)   that will take you to the most important sights of Paris in TWO hours.

Bus Stops:  Eiffel Tower…..Champs de Mars …Louvre Museum…Notre Dame Cathedral…Musee d’Orsay…Opera…Arc du Triomphe/Champs Elysee…Grand Palais….Trocadero (for a good view of the Eiffel Tower.

Hop On and Off from any of the stops.  After the bus trip,  go to Sacre-Coeur (Metro: Abbesses/Anvers),  climb up the Basilica, or take the funicular,  and enjoy the view of Paris from there.  Walk to nearby  Place du Tertre, a lively square of painters, restaurants/cafes and have your portrait sketched or drawn in caricature.

In the evening, take the  boat trip along  the river Seine and enjoy the view of the city of lights at night.  Take note, it should be in the dark so you can appreciate the Eiffel Tower in all its lit up glory!

(Vedette du Pont-Neuf….ferry cruise on the river Seine..1 hour…….Metro: Pont-Neuf
http://www.vedettesdupontneuf.com/acces.htm)

 

ALTERNATIVE TWO……Do-it-yourself

Purchase a 1-day Mobilis card
– for Zone 1-2 ………..travel just at the center of Paris.
– for Zone 1 – 3……….includes La Defense and Stade de France (French Stadium)
– for Zone 1 – 4……….includes Versailles and Orly Airport
– for Zone 1 – 5……….includes CDG airport and Disneyland

This will allow you unlimited travel according to the zones you have chosen. Hop in hop out and explore Paris in your own pace.

Visit the sites mentioned in ALTERNATIVE ONE.

Eiffel Tower………….Metro stop: Trocadero
Louvre Museum……Metro” Palais-Royal/Musee du Louvre
Notre Dame Cathedral..Metro: St Michel/Notre Dame
Musee d’Orsay…….Metro Musee d’Orsay
Opera………………….Metro Opera…..Go to Galeries Lafayette for window-shopping, marvel at the Glass Dome and go to the rooftop for a view of Paris
Arc du Triomphe/Champs Elysee…Metro Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
Grand Palais……….Metro Champs Elysees-Clemenceau
Trocadero ………….Metro Trocadero
Plus:
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur…Metro Anvers/Abbesses

TWO-DAY ITINERARY

Purchase a 1-day Mobilis card for each day

Day 1


Take the Metro to Trocadero , the spot where you can enjoy  the best view of the Eiffel Tower.

Take the Metro to Palais-Royal/Musee du Louvre for a visit to the Louvre Museum grounds. If you want to get inside, then put this first in your itinerary and be on the queue for the 9am opening.  Since the museum is so big and one day is not enough to see it all, keep browsing but give priority to the most famous works of art – Venus de Milo, the Nike of Samothrake, the Dying Slave by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Metro to St Michel/Notre Dame for a visit to the 850-year old Notre Dame Cathedral..

If you are into courtyard gardens, go inside the Hotel-Dieu (the oldest hospital of Paris) which is the building at your left if you are facing the Notre Dame Cathedral.  After the garden tour,  cross the Petit Pont (bridge)  to go to Fontaine Saint Michel but on your way, make a stopover at rue de la Boucherie for a photo op of Shakespeare and Company bookstore.   When you reach the monumental Fontaine Saint Michel -(if you are facing it), go find the rue de la Hutchette to your left. It is a very lively district and  forms part of the Latin Quarter. Just let yourself get lost in the streets and little alleys. Have dinner there and try to catch the evening ferry cruise – Vedette du Pont Neuf (Metro Pont Neuf) – which starts at 9pm.. An unforgettable experience seeing the city of lights at night. 

Day 2

If you wish to climb the Eiffel Tower, go early to be at the head of the queue


Highly recommended is a visit to the Opera Garnier, an architectural masterpiece!
visiting hours: from 10am to 5pm, everyday, but try to get there in the morning as when there are matinee performances, visiting hours are limited till 1pm. ..
Metro Opera..

After the Opera visit, look for the most famous shopping centre – Galeries Lafayette – for window shopping and photographing of its glass dome. You can also go up the rooftop for a good view of Paris.

**Metro Charles de Gaulle-Etoile….Arc du Triomphe and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (you can get there via the underpass).

Proceed to the Avenue des Champs Elysées, the most beautiful avenue in the world, for that long ambling walk towards Place Concorde.

(Note: If you don’t want to walk the 2 km distance, take the metro and exit at Metro: Concorde.

Place de la Concorde…..used to be a royal square but became the site of the guillotine where the king and queen were executed. Here you can see the old Egyptian obelisk, two beautiful fountains, the fine mansion houses, Assemblee Nationale

Next, go to Place Vendome, the most expensive square in Paris (Ritz hotel, jewelry shops, Chanel, Chaumet, Boucheron.)

**Metro Champs Elysées-Clemenceau…take Avenue Winston Churchhill and walk between the Petit Palais to your left and Grand Palais to your right. Entrance to the museum of Petit Palais if free so you can get in just to look at the grandiose interior and the
works of arts. Continue your walk along Ave Churchill until you reach Pont Alexandre III, the most beautiful bridge of Paris…go towards Invalides, the hotel of invalid soldiers during the reign of Louis IV.

***Metro Anvers.. to go to the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, take the funicular (fare is covered by your Mobilis card.)… from Sacre-Coeur, enjoy the view of Paris. Go to Place du Tertre, a lively square filled with restaurants and artists selling their works as well
as services to draw your profile or caricature. This is the best place to spend your last evening.

For an extra Day:

– Visit the Chateau de Versailles and its gardens…Here, you buy Mobilis Zone 1-5….

Other Places to visit when you are spending more than THREE DAYS

*Musee d’Orsay

*La Defense, the financial district of Paris

The most beautiful bridges
– Pont Alexandre III…..Metro Invalides
– Pont de Bir Hakeim…Metro Bir Hakeim
– Pont Neuf (the oldest bridge)….Metro Pont Neuf
– Pont des Arts…Metro Louvre-Rivoli

The most beautiful churches:
– St Eustache……Metro Chatelet-Les Halles
– St Gervais et St Protais….Metro Pont Marie
– Sainte Chapelle…..Metro Cité

The most beautiful squares
– Place des Vosgues…..Metro St Paul
– Place du Tertre…….Metro Anvers

The most beautiful gardens
– Jardin du Tuileries….Metro Tuileries
– Jardin du Luxembourg …RER Luxembourg
– Jardin du Palais Royal…Metro Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre
– Promenade Plantée ..start from .Metro Bastille to Metro Dausmenil
An elevated garden above the Viaduct des Arts..;giving a good view of Paris residential buildings

The most beautiful Metro Entrances:
– Metro Palais Royal/Musee du Louvre (Comedie Francaise exit)
– Metro Abbesses
– Metro Anvers

For the Architecture-buff
– cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine….Metro Trocadero
Displays of architectural moulds: from medieval and Renaissance wall paintings and an architectural panorama from 1850 to the present day.
– Pompidou Centre…;Metro George Pompidou
– Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, 14 rue Bonaparte …Metro St German de Pres
– Opera Garnier

Free Museums that are worth visiting:
– Musee Carnavalet-History of Paris…23 rue Savigny..;Metro St Paul
– Petit Palais…Metro Champs Elysées-Clemenceau

Must-try:
– the cakes of Fauchon…..Place Madeleine…Metro Madeleine
– the patisseries of Pierre Hermé….4 Rue Cambon….Metro Concorde
– a visit to the Art Nouveau Maxim’s Museum and Restaurant…12 rooms luxuriously decorated with Belle Epoque furniture
Opens everyday except Mon/Tues….
Guided visit 2pm – 3:15pm- 4:30pm

– watch a show at the Moulin Rouge…metro Blanche
– or the Lido…Metro George V
-a visit to the Marches aux Puces de St Ouen or Paris Flea Market…Metro Porte de Clignancourt
Please check for opening times

The most expensive shopping streets
– Avenue Montaigne ….Metro Franklin d Roosevelt / Alma-Marceau
– Place Vendome

Others:
– Catacombs of Paris……Métro Denfert-Rochereau
– Le Musée des Égouts de Paris or the Paris Sewer Museum….Metro Alma-Marceau
– Montmartre Cemetery….Metro Blanche….find the bust of Rodin, the tombs of Alexandre Dumas, Emile Zola, Degas
– Pere Lachaise cemetery…Metro Pere Lachaise…the tombs of Chopin, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde…
– Place de la Bastille……Metro Bastille

 

2 thoughts on “Paris Itinerary”

  1. Hello po,

    Thank you for your informative blog! I have read so much to help us in our Euro Trip next year. Pero sa September pa naman :) hehe!

    I’d like to ask your opinion about our itinerary. Ok lang po kaya yung initial IT namin saka ano po marerecommend nyo na pass na kunin.

    Eto po itinerary namin:

    Sept 2 (Saturday)

    7:30am – Arrive CDG Airport
    7:30am – 10:00am – Travel to apartment
    11:00am – 2:00pm – Free Walking Tour
    2:00pm – 3:00pm – end of Tour at Place de la Concorde / Lunch
    3:00pm – 5:00pm – Louvre
    6:00pm – 7:00pm – Champs Elysees + Arc de Triomphe
    7:00pm – 8:00pm – Dinner
    8:30pm – 10:00pm – River Cruise
    10:00pm – 11:00pm – Eiffel Tower
    11:30pm – Rest

    Sept 3 (Sunday)

    6:00am – 6:30am – Breakfast
    6:30am – 7:00am – Travel to Montmartre
    7:00am – 8:30am – Sacré-Cœur Basilica
    8:30am – 9:00am – Place du Tertres
    9:00am – 10:00am – Go to Musee Rodin
    10:am – 12:00nn – Musee Rodin
    12:00nn – 1:00pm – Lunch
    1:00pm – 2:30pm – Travel to Versailles
    2:30pm – 3:30pm – Palace of Versailles / Hall of Mirrors
    3:30pm – 5:00pm – Gardens of Versailles
    6:00pm – 8:00pm – Travel back to Paris
    8:00pm – 10:00pm – Dinner at Michelin Restaurant
    11:00pm – Rest

    Sept 4 (Monday)

    6:00am – 6:30am – Breakfast
    6:30am – 7:00am – Walk to Eiffel Tower
    7:00am – 8:00am – Eiffel Tower / Champ de Mars
    8:00am – 8:30am – Go to Notre Dame
    8:30am – 9:30am – Notre Dame Cathedral
    9:30am – 10:30am – Sainte-Chapelle
    10:30am – 11:30am – Conciergerie
    11:30am – 1:00pm – Lunch
    1:00pm – 4:00pm – Musee d’ Orsay
    4:00pm – 4:30pm – Travel to Trocadero
    4:30pm – 5:30pm – Trocadero
    5:30pm – 6:00pm – Go to Palais Garnier
    6:00pm – 7:00pm – Palais Garnier
    7:00pm – 9:00pm – Dinner
    9:00pm – 9:30pm – Go to Moulin Rouge
    9:30pm – 10:00pm – Mouline Rouge
    11:00pm – Rest

    Maraming maraming salamat po!!!!

  2. Hi Julie.
    Wow! Your iti looks more strict than the U.S. President’s Daily Schedule, no allowance for spontaniety, rest, traffic delays (although you will be taking the metro but sometimes they do get stalled on the rails when trouble erupts!), long queues, weather, workers’ strikes (which France is notorious about), etc. This itinerary is easier written than done but the reality is different. Let me start off at Day 1 –

    Sept 2 (Saturday)

    7:30am – Arrive CDG Airport
    7:30am – 10:00am – Travel to apartment
    11:00am – 2:00pm – Free Walking Tour
    2:00pm – 3:00pm – end of Tour at Place de la Concorde / Lunch
    3:00pm – 5:00pm – Louvre
    6:00pm – 7:00pm – Champs Elysees + Arc de Triomphe
    7:00pm – 8:00pm – Dinner
    8:30pm – 10:00pm – River Cruise
    10:00pm – 11:00pm – Eiffel Tower
    11:30pm – Rest

    Fast forward to Lunch: if it’s only a sandwich-on-the-go lunch, that’s fine, but if you intend to eat in a restaurant, allow for 2 hours (waiting for the waitress, waiting for the order, waiting for the bill..)
    Louvre: Is that inside the museum or just walking around the pyramid? If inside, unless you already know what artworks to visit (Monalisa, The Dying Slave, The Marriage in Cana, etc), then you have to practically fly towards the galleries where they are displayed. Because the queue to enter the Louvre is long and there are so many passages and galleries to negotiate. You actually need to dedicate a day in the Louvre as it’s so huge and so many eye-stopping artworks to interrupt your pace.
    Champs Elysees + Arc de Triomphe – the first one is a long avenue with, again, eye-stopping shop displays, on both sides, so you may want to allocate minimum 2 hours there, then another 30 min. absorbing the majesty of the second.
    Dinner… again, min. 2 hours if in a restaurant
    River Cruise… The walk to the ferry terminal, the wait, the walk to your next stop which is…
    the Eiffel Tower…You might want to start your viewing point from Trocadero, the view from there is staggering that before you know it, you already spent half an hour just taking photos… then you walk towards it, which is a 20 minute gentle walk…then walk under it…Seriously, as soon as I see the tower, I forget the time!

    (Hope I’m not too detailed in my comments, hehehe)

    Day Two-

    Sept 3 (Sunday)

    6:00am – 6:30am – Breakfast
    6:30am – 7:00am – Travel to Montmartre
    7:00am – 8:30am – Sacré-Cœur Basilica
    8:30am – 9:00am – Place du Tertres
    9:00am – 10:00am – Go to Musee Rodin
    10:am – 12:00nn – Musee Rodin
    12:00nn – 1:00pm – Lunch
    1:00pm – 2:30pm – Travel to Versailles
    2:30pm – 3:30pm – Palace of Versailles / Hall of Mirrors
    3:30pm – 5:00pm – Gardens of Versailles
    6:00pm – 8:00pm – Travel back to Paris
    8:00pm – 10:00pm – Dinner at Michelin Restaurant
    11:00pm – Rest

    Versailles is so huge you cannot possibly take it one hour. There are many rooms to go through before the Hall of Mirrors and plenty of mindblowing features that you will just have to stop to take them all in. And then the miles and miles of gardens, thank goodness, there’s a tourist train you can ride on. But honestly, you need to dedicate one day for Versailles.

    Day Three –
    Sept 4 (Monday)

    6:00am – 6:30am – Breakfast
    6:30am – 7:00am – Walk to Eiffel Tower
    7:00am – 8:00am – Eiffel Tower / Champ de Mars
    8:00am – 8:30am – Go to Notre Dame
    8:30am – 9:30am – Notre Dame Cathedral
    9:30am – 10:30am – Sainte-Chapelle
    10:30am – 11:30am – Conciergerie
    11:30am – 1:00pm – Lunch
    1:00pm – 4:00pm – Musee d’ Orsay
    4:00pm – 4:30pm – Travel to Trocadero
    4:30pm – 5:30pm – Trocadero
    5:30pm – 6:00pm – Go to Palais Garnier
    6:00pm – 7:00pm – Palais Garnier
    7:00pm – 9:00pm – Dinner
    9:00pm – 9:30pm – Go to Moulin Rouge
    9:30pm – 10:00pm – Mouline Rouge
    11:00pm – Rest

    I’m having a nosebleed, ahaha!!

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