Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Ideal Paris Itinerary in 1 to 2 Busy Days

First Day in Paris:  

In  the morning,  take a train ride to  Centres de Pompidou   then go for a walk to Notre-Dame then  take a  train ride to  Arc De triomphe then walk and go window shopping in the  Avenue des Champs Elysees. Buy the best French macaroons at Laduree. 1.78 Euro per piece. Then eat a late lunch at the restaurants in streets of Champs Elysees .  After having a lunch you can burn all those calories and walk towards the end of Champs Elysees and turn right to Avenue Churchill where you can see the Grand Palais then go forward to the end and see Hotel des Invalides .

Centres De Pompidou

Arc de Triomphe

Notre- Dame

Avenue des Champs Elysees

Grand Palais

Hotel des Invalides

In the afternoon take a Train Ride to Anvers where you can see Montmartre. Take the funicular ride up to the Sacre- Coeur where you can see a good view of the whole city of Paris. Then walk down the stairs of Sacre Coeur and drink coffee or have a snack in Montmartre eat outside of the Brassiere so that you can enjoy your coffee the Parisian way. After that you can go see the Moulin Rouge.
 In the Evening take a train ride to Trocadero, this is a place where you can see the perfect view of the Eiffel Tower. You can walk towards the bridge of Passy then go straight to the Tour Eiffel.  Have a picnic at the Parc du Champ du Mars while seeing the lights show of the Eiffel Tower at Night. 
Sacre Coeur
View from Sacre Coeur of the City of Paris
Tour Eiffel by Day

The Start of The Light Show

Tour Eiffel Light Show at Night

Second Day in Paris:  

In the Morning take the RER Line C to Versailles- Rive Droite. This will cost you about 3 Euro for a One way ticket. It’s just a 45 minute train ride from the city center .   Chateau de Versailles is one of the must see places outside Paris. Here you can see the extravagant palace and garden built in the reign of Louis XIV. You will also learn about so much history of France. You must leave Versailles at 16:30 in the afternoon at the latest so that you can catch a train ride to the Louvre. Walk from the  Jardin de Tuilleries then go to the Musee du Louvre.  The night at the Louvre is one of the most exciting experiences in Paris since you will there are fewer lines compared in the morning. The Entrance fee after 6pm during Wednesdays and Fridays is also reduced to 6 Euros per person. 

Garden in Versailles
Night at the Louvre

 Paris Travel Tips:
-When arriving in Paris by Train or Plane go first to the Tourist Information Centre where you can get a free city map. 
-Debit Cards are usually accepted in all over Europe. You must first remember to call your bank and get your International Pin before you leave. 
-Buy a no line ticket at the Louvre in advance.  
-Rent an Apartment/ Hotel which is in the Champs Elysees; Tuileries; Passy;  Chatelet  and St. Germain Area. These are walking distance from most famous landmarks in Paris.
-Read and research all about the History of these Places you want to go to in advance, so that you wouldn’t have to pay for the entrance fee and guided tours anymore.
-Have a big breakfast so that you will have energy for your big day.
-Do some stretching before walking & wear comfortable shoes.
-Buy a 1 day unlimited train pass
-Always bring a photocopy of your passport and Schengen visa in case of emergency.
-Be careful of your belongings since there are a lot of pickpockets  in the famous landmarks. 
- Beware of the Gypsies.
-Buy some snacks and wine at a nearby grocery store for your picnic
-If you’re tired of walking take the train or get a hop on hop off tour.
- Bring a small bottle of water 
- Always bring a city map and the address of your Hotel/ Apartment in Case you get lost.
-If you only have 2 days in Paris, you don’t have to go inside every tourist spot, because it is very time consuming
- If you want to go shopping, just buy it at the Airport to save time  and not anymore line up for your tax refund.
-Some Museums & Churches have dress codes, you must wear a proper attire. 

Paris Travel Information
Tourist Destination
Operating Hours and Admission Fee
Train Stops
Centre Georges- Pompidou
 11:00-21:00 Wed-Mon; € 8-12
Hotel De Ville
8:00-18:45 Daily;
 € 8 ; € 5(18-25yrs)
Arc De Triomphe
10:00-23:00 Daily ;€10
Concorde; Franklin D. Roosevelt;
Avenue des Champs Elysees

Charles de Gaulle Etoille

Grand Palais
Open Wed- Mon depending upon exhibition
Hotel des Invalides
€7; Free for under 18s
Varenne;  RER: Invalides

Sacre Coeur
6:00-23:00 Daily; €5
Anvers; Funiculaire de Montmatre
Moulin Rouge
21:00 & 23:00 Daily

Eiffel Tower
Elevator 9:30-23:45 Daily €4.50 (Stairs) € 12 (Elevator)
Ecole Militare; Bir-Hakeim- Champ De Mars Tour Eiffel
8:00- 20:30 Daily; €18
Line C to Versailles- Rive Gauche
ww. chateauversailles.fr
Louvre Museum
9:00-18:00 Mon, Thu, Sat & Sun 9:00-22:00 Wed & Fri; €10 ; reduced price 18:00 onwards €6
Palais Royal- Musee du Louvre
( French Macaroons)
9:30- 22:30 Daily;
Address: 1 Rue Georges Clémenceau
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann
9:30- 20:00 Mon, Wed, Fri  &Sat
9:30- 21:00 Thu
Chaussée d'Antin
www.galerieslafayette.com/ -

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