I need a little help deciding if I’m being overly ambitious or if this is a doable itinerary for our trip to Paris (this is my third time to Paris and my husband’s first…we’re celebrating our 40th birthdays/first wedding anniversary). We’re from Chicago and are used to traveling via public transit and plan on using the metro/bus when needed but we also want to build in time to walk/wander around or hang out in a neighborhood. We are renting an apartment in the Marais at the end of May. We’ll arrive Friday 8:30 am (note:we’re both pretty good sleepers on airplanes and let’s hope I didn’t just jinx us). We plan on buying the Museum Pass at the airport TI.
Friday: after getting settled in apartment---walk over to the islands: Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame area for lunch/sightseeing; spend afternoon working way toward the Louvre.
Late afternoon/evening: see some of the highlights at the Louvre.
Early dinner reservation at Café Marly at Louvre.
Saturday: Spend morning at Orsay. Grab lunch somewhere between Orsay and Rodin. Head to gardens at Rodin. Walk to Rue Cler and grab picnic dinner to be enjoyed on the Champ de Mars and enjoy the view of the Eiffel Tower (if by miracle lines are not unbearable, we’ll go to top but we’re ok skipping this). Early evening: Take metro from Tower to Arc de Triomphe and enjoy view from top of Arc de Triomphe. Meander down Champs Elsyees and hop on metro back to Marais.
Sunday: Versailles in morning…probably just palace and gardens. Spend late afternoon and evening enjoying the Marais. (Versailles is one place I’m tempted to drop…but I think it’s at the top of my husband’s list).
Monday/Tuesday: going to play these days by ear but want to picnic on steps of Sacre Coeur; visit Opera Garnier ; visit the iconic Chanel store (my husband works in fashion); shop and wander around Canal St. Martin/Oberkampf/Bastille; Jazz club;
Do you have any market suggestions for these days?
Wednesday-Saturday: we go to Bordeaux to visit family for a few days but return to Paris midday Saturday (our cousin said there’s not much to do in Bordeaux besides drink wine and eat…sounds pretty good to me).
Saturday: Return to Paris via Gare Montparnasse. We have a hotel room right off Luxembourg gardens. Plan to enjoy Saint Germain/Latin Quarter and our last night in Paris before heading home Sunday afternoon.