We will be in Paris arriving from Canada on Sept 20 (Saturday), departing mid morning on Sept 25th (Thursday) for Provence via TGV. Note Sat and Sunday are les jours de Patrimoine, so looking for feedback on our choices for those days, crowds, etc.
We are staying in Saint Paul near the Marais.
Saturday: Arrive in am, T7 Tram and metro to Apt in Saint Paul.
Stay up for the day. Explore the Isles. Will leave this fairly open, depending on crowds and how we feel, but Notre Dame, Saint Chapelle, Shakespeare and Company, Conciergerie, Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation, Marche aux Fleures, and St Louis en L'lle are on our list.
Dinner at Le Petit Chatelet next to Shakespeare and Co. if we feel up to it that evening. Also wondered about a visit to the Banque de France if we have time as I think it will be open. Unsure of crowds there, and time we would need to be there.
Sunday: Bastille Market, explore Marais. May do a Hidden Paris walking tour or do a self guided tour. Place des Vosges, Musee Carnavalet, Memorial de la Shoah.
Metro/walk to Pere Lachaise in afternoon. Does anyone have any experience booking a guided tour through the cemetery? Website says you can do it by phone, but no mention of hours/days offered. Back to Apt to relax.
Dinner at La Rose de France in Place Dauphine, then evening boat cruise on Vedettes du Pont Neuf. Will pre purchase ticket for this. Thinking 9:30 or 10:30pm.
Monday: Notre Dame tower if not seen on Saturday (be there by 0930)
Eplore the Latin quarter, perhaps Cluny Museum, Pantheon. Luxembourg Gardens.
Walk to Le Grand Epicerie for picnic supplies Picnic at Champ de Mars.
Eiffel Tower. We will not prepurchase tickets, but plan to walk up stairs if line not too long.
Make our way back to Apt (walk, metro/bus if tired).
L'Orangerie for an hour or two before it closes if we have time.
Dinner in Marais Near Apt (La Mere et Filles?)
Evening open to suggestions.....or may just relax in Apt with some wine.
Tuesday: Musee D'Orsay early. Les Tuileries, Palais Royal, Opera Garnier (audio tour or guided tour if available), covered passages. Metro/walk to Montmatre. ? Discover Walks walking tour at 5pm, then Crepes for dinner at Brociliande. Metro back to Saint Paul.
Evening walk if not too tired.
Wednesday: Day cruise along Seine, Arch de Triomphe, Champs Elysees.
Wednesday is open for anything we missed, or just exploring. Not sure if Tuesday is too busy?
Will purchase 2 day Museum pass for Monday/Tuesday.
Feedback/suggestions appreciated. Thank You.