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
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
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur…Metro Anvers/Abbesses
Purchase a 1-day Mobilis card for each day
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.
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. ..
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
*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
– 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
– 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