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What do you think of my itinerary for a first time 5 day stay

By Traveller February 18, 2019

What do you think of my itinerary for a first time 5 day stay

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By Cheryl Traveller February 18, 2019

Monday: Arrive 12.00. Eiffel Tower, Seine cruise, concert in evening
Tuesday: Arche de Triomphe, Notre Dame in morning
Versailles Afternoon. Ballet in evening
Wednesday: Catacombs in morning. Louvre afternoon
Thursday: Congierge/Saint Chapelle in morning. Rodin museum in afternoon. Opera in evening
Friday: Sacre Coeur in morning, Musee d'Orsay afternoon
Saturday: Don't know! Leave 21.00

How can I improve it? What have I missed out?

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Hi Cheryl,
You covered a lot of must-sees in Paris :)
If you want to improve your schedule, Notre Dame de Paris is on the "Ile de la cité" next to The conciergerie and the Saint Chappelle.
For saturday, but only if you are not too tired (you need to enjoy the parisian way of life with its cafés ans restaurants ;) !), you can enjoy a little stroll in the Marais. You are going to have a wonderfull time in PAris :)
Local February 18, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to help me! I've now got Tuesday for Versailles all day (with the ballet in the evening. Thursday is Concierge/ Saint Chapelle/ Notre Dame, then the Rodin museum in the afternoon and the opera in the evening and Saturday just the Arche de Triomphe and the Marais. Do you know if you can take as long as you want in the Louvre, or is the ticket just for a limited number of hours?
Cheryl Traveller February 18, 2019
You are not allowing much time for some of the sights e.g. Versailles half a day and the same for the muséums. The Louvre alone merits one whole day. You'l just get a very quick crowded glance.
Catacombs don't take a whole morning.
I would try to see some of the Left Bank and in particular St. Germain des Près. Also the Marais which is Paris's historic centre. The problem with trying to see too many things in a short time is that you don't really see anything properly. Have you thought about taking the hopon-hopoff bus which would allow you to see a maximum of different places.
Local February 18, 2019
OK, so if we devote a whole day to Versailles (Tuesday) and see the Arche de Triomphe and Notre Dame on Saturday, followed by a wander around the Marais area. For Wednesday, maybe go on to the Louvre in the morning after seeing the catacombs and stay all afternoon. On the pre-booking for the Louvre, it says to state a time. Once in, can we stay as long as we want or are we limited to 3 hours or whatever? Is there a restaurant in the Louvre? Many thanks for your advice. It's hard to know how much time to allow for each place and we want to see as much as possible without rushing.
Cheryl Traveller February 18, 2019
You can stay as long as you like in the Louvre, but be prepared not to see everything. It's really huge, and you'll get overwhelmed at some point. Maybe pick a section or two that you're most interested in seeing and leave the rest for another time.

There is a small cafe in the Louvre that's always crowded and you have to wait and you'll be packed in. There are other restaurants in the building near the museum entrance and in the carrousel, but most are only available before you go through and show your ticket. I suggest eating before you go through the ticket entry lines. (Also, go to the toilet before going into the line where you scan your ticket. There are other toilets inside the museum itself, but there aren't a lot and can be challenging to find.)

Also, expect a long wait at Versailles. I mean a long, long wait. It takes about an hour to get there, then you'll wait maybe a few hours if you're going into the palace. it's worth it to see inside once, but the grounds are also beautiful and not as long to wait if you don't want to spend that much of your time waiting in lines.

Your modified plans sound better, but I think you might still feel like you're rushing it. Maybe leave Saturday open and see how you feel by Friday? Or maybe there will be something you end up missing that you really want to see? Just a thought.

In any event, have a great trip. Cheers!
Cynthia Local February 18, 2019
Thank you Cynthia, That sounds like good advice. I picked Wednesday for the Louvre as I read that it stays open late that day and we've not got anything on that evening. Do you think it's best to buy tickets in advance for Versailles? I was thinking of the 'Palace of Versailles All Access Passport Entry with Audioguide' at €20
Cheryl Traveller February 18, 2019
Hi Cheryl, Yes, you better get tickets in advance for Versailles as well. The passport is a good idea. You will need to walk quite a bit to be able to see just a part of the royal garden, and to move inside the whole domain to get to the "Petit" and "Grand Trianon" you can take the little train. I would recommend that you don't expect to see it all in one day, since it is impossible. Be ready to walk and dress comfortably... that counts also for your days in Paris. ;)
Thank you again. I'm getting really excited about the visit!
Cheryl Traveller February 19, 2019
I think it is best to buy tickets to Versailles in advance, but there's still a line to go through security and there are only so many people they let in at any given time. You'll still be waiting in a line even if they thing they sell you says "no line" but your line won't be as bad. You skip the line for buying a ticket, but you don't skip all the lines. But! It's still worth seeing.

Also, you might want to check to see if that's one of the days when the do the fountain music? I thought they did that on Tuesdays, or at least some Tuesdays, depending on the time of year. Cheers!
Cynthia Local February 20, 2019
Great advice thank you. I thought we might switch the catacombs to Saturday as they aren't too far from Montparnasse where we catch the train home.
Cheryl Traveller February 20, 2019
Just to say that we had a fantastic time! In the end we had a walk round the Marais area on Monday (we couldn't get into our accommodation until 16.30, then the concert in the evening. Tuesday we went to Versailles (Wow!) then ballet in the evening. Wednesday we went to the Arc de Triomphe (and went to the top) then on to the Louvre for the rest of the day followed by a boat trip on the Seine. On Thursday we went to Notre Dame, the archeological crypt, Saint Chapelle (which was fabulous), then we were going to the Concierge but it was closed so we went to the Rodin museum. In the evening we saw Carmen at the Bastille Opera house. Friday we went to the Concierge (bit disappointing) then on to the Musee d'Orsay (great, great great!) then to the Eiffel Tower. On Saturday we intended going to the Catacombs but the queue was enormous, so we went to the Jardin de Luxembourg (lovely) and the cemetery at Montparnasse. We bought a Musee pass each for €61 and a Navigo Decouverte pass for all our travel which cost €22,80 plus €5 for the card. We were tired by the time we came home, but it was a great holiday. Thank you everyone for the good advice.
Seems nice to me, although it does not leave you a minute to breathe !!
Traveller February 21, 2019