Paris Itineraries

Your first-time-to-Paris friend

So she’s a Paris Virgin and you’re not. Don’t feel obliged to go to the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame with her. Drop her off so she can visit the sites, then meet her later for lunch.

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Try a more unusual way of touring the city and book a Segway tour.

As a GO-Card member you’ll get a discount.

The same firm also offers skip-the-line Eiffel tower tours and other time-saving tours.

Check off those key tourist spots early so you can do everything else together.

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The first night, take her to a historic bistro or brasserie such as Flo or Julien.

Make sure you take time to stop and see the Eiffel Tower sparkle at 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., at the start of the hour.

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Consult our Must-Do’s guide and tell her not to feel obliged to see everything at the Louvre.

Eat, shop and simply wander a LOT and take breaks to get your culture and history in.

See a performance at the Opera Garnier one of the most beautiful venues in the world

Classic Art Lover’s Paris

Many artists have come to Paris to become inspired, so can you!

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Visit the Musee Rodin, Musee Picasso and D’Orsay.

Go to Giverny and then see Monet’s water lily paintings at L’Orangerie.

Peruse the Galleries on the Rue de Seine and lunch at La Palette.

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At at La Coupole or Le Dome in Montparnasse where the artists dined in the 20′s.

Stay at the Hotel des Academies et des Arts or Relais St. Sulpice for a vrai artistic feel.

Take a tour from an art specialist. (see link on pg above)

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Before you go read the Judgement of Paris by Ross King or the Book of Salt (about G. Stein’s cook).

Plus pick up Art for Travellers France and bring along a little notebook so you can reveal your inner Picasso with a little sketching.

Modern Art Lover’s Paris

Its not just New York and Shanghai that boast a vibrant modern art scene, Paris remains true to her artistic soul.

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Check out the Pompidou, one of the most important Modern art museums in the world and dine with a view inside at Georges.

Don’t forget to the latest photographers at the Jeu de Pame and the Maison Europeene de la Photographie.

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Skip over to the 16th and hit the Palais du Tokyo and the Musee d’art Moderne and lunch when the weather’s fine at the café between the two buildings or at Tokyo Eats in side.

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Stop into 104 and visits artists in their atelier. Stay at Hotel Edgar or Hotel Amour.

Time your trip to be there for the FIAC in October, Paris’ largest contemporary art fair.

Literary Paris

The list of famous writers who made Paris home is endless starting at Balzac and ending with Oscar Wilde.

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Stay at L’Hotel, a former house of ill repute where Oscar Wilde spent his last nights.

Eat a late meal at La Closerie des Lilas where Hemmingway wrote the Sun also Rises.

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Read the autobiography of Alice B. Toklas or Hemingway’s a Moveable Feast before you go or during your stay.

Stop by 27 rue de Fleurus where Stein had her famous salons and then stop in for a coffee at the nearby Café Vavin.

Be sure to go to Shakespeare & Company, peruse around the eclectic wonderland of a bookstore buy a book and have it stamped on the way out.

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Visit the Maison de Balzac and the Musee de la Vie Romantique and have tea outside in their garden if the weather is cooperating.

Have dinner at Le Voltaire. Write down all of your thoughts and experiences in your Paris journal.

What to do with mom?

Mothers and daughters should each have the opportunity to spend a week together in Paris.

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Enjoy tea or champagne at the Four Seasons Georges V hotel just to see the lobby and their incredible floral displays.

Take mom on a tour of the historic Marais via on of our downloadable walking tours.

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Stop by the Opera Garnier, see or show or just take a tour of this spectacular building with the Marc Chagall ceiling.

Stroll through the Tuileries Gardens and break the bank to buy a scarf at Hermes.

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Have pastry and tea at Laduree in the 6th, famous for their macarons.

Take a cooking class together at Cook’n with Class.

Treat her to a very special meal at Le Meurice, remembering all that she’s done for you. You’ll never forget it!

Your teenage daughter

Keeping a teenager happy in the city of light is easier than you think.

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Download our pastry and chocolate tour and eat your way through the 6th arrondissement.

Take the metro and her your teen be the navigator.

Take a family cooking class with Succulent Paris and learn together how to make the perfect French meal.

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Take the Segway tour and then head up to Etienne Marcel in the 2nd for hip vintage stores and cool little cafes.

Play tennis or chess in the Luxembourg Gardens.

Treat her to a facial at Spa Nuxe.

Take a hike up to Montmartre using our easy guides and soak in the views.

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Introduce your teenager to Modern Art at the Pompidou Museum, don’t miss the fun and funny fountains around the corner.

Have a crepe every day from the street side vendors or Bertillon ice cream on the Ile St. Louis, one is never too cool for an ice cream!

Avec Enfants

There are more than half a million children in Paris, so no, it’s not just for lovers!

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Start with the Luxembourg gardens, historically and to this day the most loved spot for Parisian kiddies.

Choose from the merry go-round, the jungle gym playground, marionette shows, donkey rides or sailing a mini boat or all of the above.

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Read the hunchback of Notre Dame and visit the 850 year old church, light a candle and then climb up to the roof.

Learn some history at Paris Story, stay dry at CineAqua, and discover science at Palais de la Decouverte.

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Drink a lot of chocolate chaud in winter or glace in summer and teach her how to order in French.

Ride the big ferris wheel in winter or any of the carneval rides in summer at the place de la Concorde and the Tuileries.

Buy some treats for the plane home at A La Mere de la Famille, the most elegant candy store in the world!