It's 3 weeks until our trip to Paris!! I'm going with my Mom and boyfriend and none of us have been before, so I'd really appreciate any advice regarding our itinerary if possible. We're looking to keep it fairly easy going as my Mom has MS and will need some breaks along the way. We're stopping quite a bit out at the Ibis La Defense, but for the cheap price and being so near the Metro station. we're OK with it.
- We arrive at CDG around 4.30pm and taking the RER to Chatelet les Halles.
- The Basilica of Notre Dame des Victories before its closing at 7.30pm.
- Find somewhere for dinner then O'Chateau on Jean-Jacques Rousseau to sample some wine!
- See the Louvre Pyramid lit up at night and get the Metro (line 1) to our hotel.
– Stamp/postcard market at Avenue de Marigny.
- Make our way towards Trocadero Gardens, cafe breaks, shops etc.
- Eiffel Tower at 1.30pm. This is the only thing we have booked, and all other times were taken!
- Museum D'Orsay - even if time only allows for the Van Gogh exhibit.
- The evening free to wander around, cafes, the Tuileries gardens, dinner and drinks - generally just enjoy being in Paris.
QUESTIONS: Roughly how long does going up the Eiffel Tower take?
I'm unsure about the queues at Museum D'Orsay, will they be terrible around 3pm ish? We can't book tickets online since mine would be free (under 26 EU national) and we have a 2 for 1 Eurostar deal on the other 2! Unless there's somewhere else we can buy them from beforehand?
– Bird and flower market at Place Louis Lepine.
- Notre Dame Cathedral (not going up the tower).
- Book market at Quai de Montebello. I can't find much about this but if it's not there we'll just pop into Shakespear and company just down the road!
- Sainte Etienne Church.
- Luxembourg Gardens.
- Wander up towards Vedettes du Pont-Neuf for an evening River Cruise.
- Somewhere for cocktails and dinner.
– Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees. Probably for our last Macaron fix along the way too :)
- L'Affineur'Affine for wine and cheese!
- Making our way to Gare du Nord for about 3pm ish.
QUESTION: We're planning to take the little bus thing up to Sacre-Coeur instead of the steps, does anybody know if it brings you down as well?
All but the Eiffel Tower is changeable and food wasn't really scheduled in because we'll just stop whenever we fancy it!
Thank you in advance :)