6 people, myself included, are going to be in Paris this August. We've booked a 3 nights stay at the Hotel De Nell in the 9th arrondissement, but since we will be arriving late from the Champagne-Ardennes area the first night, we will have only 2 full days of sightseeing and shopping in Paris before heading back home.
I haven't been back to Paris since, oh, 14 years ago when I did a budget backpacking 1 night stay there. I'm pretty sure things have changed a lot since then. Another couple in my group have not been to Paris altogether.
I've managed to secure tickets to the summit of the Eiffel at 9am for our first day of sightseeing. Just wondering how best to proceed from there. I'm considering between getting on a HOHO bus/Batobus and getting to the sights ourselves vs. getting an organised walking tour (private/open). If a walking tour is really necessary, are there any specific good walking tours/guides you would recommend?
We're hoping to see the main sights, e.g. the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Sacre Cour etc..... plus visit a neighbourhood or two (St. Germain, Montmartre) if possible.The Orsay opens till late on this day, whilst the Louvre opens till late the next - any time to fit both these museums in as well as a river cruise down the Seine?
Yes, I know it would be theoretically impossible to fit all of Paris into a short trip like that. I wish I had more days. But I would most welcome and appreciate your kindest feedback on how I should go about organising these 2 days of sightseeing for my group. How my heart is torn between sipping coffee in a quaint café and watching the world go by vs. trying to take of Paris in! Please don't be harsh on me for wanting to see all of Paris!
Thank you all very much in advance.