I’ll be heading to Paris soon on the Hyatt Paris Etoile mistake rate last summer. I booked our flights using American Express membership reward points. So with a place to stay and transportation booked, we just needed to plan some activities.
We have been to Paris twice before but were only there for a couple days each time and saw the main highlights. I reached out on Facebook for some suggestions on what to do and got a lot of great suggestions. I have booked the following activities:
My wife’s favorite wine is Sancerre. She found this highly rate wine tour on tripadvisor. Sancerre is about 2 hours south of Paris. I looked into renting a car so we could take the full day tour that starts at 9:00am, but all of the car rental agencies don’t open until 8:00am. So we decided to take a train there and do a 3 hour tour at 2:00pm. The last train back to Paris leaves at 6:30pm.
Cost – 55€ per person for the 3 hour tour
Dinner Cruise & Show
We saw Moulin Rouge show back in 1999 and remembered enjoying it. 18 years later and we’re going back to see it again. I found this tour package which includes dinner on a river cruise, access to the Eiffel Tower and the Moulin Rouge show.
- Enjoy a lovely dinner-cruise along the Seine River (private table) through the centre of the illuminated French capital by night
- Have a priority access ticket for the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower with fairytale views of the whole city
- Watch the incredible “Fairy” review show at the Moulin Rouge and enjoy the amazing dance numbers
- Sip a glass of Champagne during the Moulin Rouge cabaret show
Cost – $446.01 for 2
Paris by Mouth – Taste of the Marais
My wife also found this food tour – it also got great reviews on trip advisor. This 3 hour walking food tour includes the following stops:
We’ll start the day with buttery croissants and crisp baguettes from an award-winning baker, then visit a family-run fromagerie where they age their own small-production cheeses. We’ll select a range of different cheeses to taste, then add to our basket by picking up some delectable saucisson from a pig-obsessed charcutier. We’ll be stopping at a quirky cave à vins to sit and sample and taste all of these with French wine. We will the wind our way to a blow-out sweets tasting at one of our favorite chocolatier in Paris (and therefore the world).
Cost – 110€ per person, including all tastings
Planning to Book
I’m also thinking of getting the Paris Museum pass – you can purchase a 2 (48€), 4 (62€), or 6 (74€) day pass.
With the PARIS MUSEUM PASS, you gain free entry, without queuing* and as many times as you wish, to over 50 museums and monuments in and around Paris.
I definitely want to check out the Sewers Museum which is included with the Museum Pass. The other famous attractions included with the pass are:
- Arc de Triomphe (12€)
- Musee du Louvre (15€)
- Tours de Notre Dame (10€)
- Chateau de Versailles (18€)
We are definitely planning to head to Disneyland Paris one day also. I can’t wait to see how it compares to Disney World and Disneyland California. I found out it is reachable by metro too: http://parisbytrain.com/rer-train-paris-to-euro-disney/.
When we were in Paris last summer, we mainly walked and took taxis/Ubers. I found a site that tells you all about a weekly pass metro/train/bus pass called Navigo Découverte. It’s only 22.15€ +5€ for the card itself. It’s good for unlimited rides from Monday to Sunday which works out perfect since we will be arriving on a Monday morning and leaving on a Sunday morning. I hope to become an expert on the Paris Metro by the time our trip is over.
What else do you think we should do/not miss? Please help us out.
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