First of all, many thanks to all the dedicated participants in this forum. You've helped me plan what I hope will be a romantic trip. My wife and I will be in Paris from Thu, 20 Feb to Wed, 26 Feb. I have our itinerary mostly planned, but have a few final questions and would appreciate any thoughts.
Regarding food, we aren't big foodies and will be happy with crepes for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch each day. We’d like to keep dinners under 30 Euros per person (no wine as we don’t drink alcohol).
Day 1 (Thursday)
Flight lands at CDG terminal 2A at 8:25. After customs and luggage, I’d like to pick up 4-day Museum Passes and Lebara SIMs before leaving the airport. We’ll take either the Roissybus or RER to Opera, near our hotel for the first 4 nights. I expect either transportation option won’t get us to the hotel before noon, which is fine as check-in time isn’t until 3:00. We’ll grab a bite for lunch from a local boulangerie – any recommendations in the Opera/Vendome area?
I don’t have any plans for the rest of the day, as we’ll probably sleep for a few hours before going out for the evening. We may want to do a dinner cruise – Le Calife gets good reviews. What are the chances of being able to buy tickets on the spot? Otherwise we’ll wonder along the Seine towards the Eiffel Tower.
Day 2 (Friday)
We have a photo class/tour with Better Paris Photos in the Montmartre area in the morning. I figure we’ll just grab crepes on our way to our destination – any recommendations for the Opera metro area?
Following the tour, we’ll grab lunch at a boulangerie in the Montmartre area, and then tour Sacre-Coeur, watch the artists (perhaps a portrait if we find an artist we like – any good ones been noted lately?), and wander around the neighborhood.
I’m leaving the late afternoon & evening open in case we need a nap, but I’d like to make our way down to the skating rink at Hotel de Ville and end with dinner down there.
Day 3 (Saturday)
We have a market cooking class with La Cuisine that ends at 1:30. I’d like to head to the Louvre – there’s an English tour that starts at 2:00. The walk from the class will be about 20 minutes, so we’ll have to hope for short security lines to make it in time. We’ll start our Museum Pass today, so that should help.
After the tour at the Louvre we’ll stroll through any exhibits we want more time at, but we’re not big into art, so I expect we’ll be out of there by 5:00. From there we’ll head whichever way we want, possibly seeing the Grand Palais, shopping along the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Rodin Museum, or Napoleon’s Tomb. If we didn’t do a dinner cruise on the first night, perhaps tonight. Otherwise, we’ll search out a restaurant wherever we end up.
Day 4 (Sunday)
A day to sleep in a bit, then to Versailles by 11:00. Gardens and lunch, then Trianon & Marie Antoinette hamlet. We should get to the palace tour around 3:00, so hopefully it will be less crowded then. Return to Paris and find dinner around the hotel. We’ll pack this evening as we are changing hotels the next day.
Day 5 (Monday)
Up early to check out. I assume the hotel (Park Hyatt Vendome) will store our luggage for us until we return that evening. We have a bike trip outside of Paris with French Mystique tours that will return us to Paris around 7:00, when we’ll pick up our luggage and take the metro to our next hotel near the Arc de Triomphe. Dinner in the area.
Day 6 (Tuesday)
Last full day – the only thing we have pre-planned are Eiffel Tower tickets at 5:30. I’d like to tour the Latin Quarter area, start with the Catacombs, then Luxembourg Garden, lunch, Pantheon, Notre Dame and Ile Saint-Louis. We’ll get through as much as we can before we need to leave for the Tower. Dinner around the area, and then back to the hotel to pack for our departure the next morning.
I've searched the forums and restaurant section and there doesn't appear to be a restaurant with a view of the Eiffel Tower within our budget (30 Euros pp). Several have terraces with views, but the terraces aren't used during the winter. Please let me know if I've overlooked a suitable place.
Looking forward to any comments. Thanks.