Long serving Anderson Tours Tour manager, Gary Rodgers gives us his Top 10 Things to do in Paris on a weekend Short Break with Anderson Tours!
1. The Bateaux Mouches Seine river boat cruise
See this gorgeous city all lit up at night from a different & relaxing perspective. Boats leave for a 1hr tour with commentary in several languages about every 45 mins until late evening. Take a bottle of wine from a supermarket & some local cheese & bread, sit up top on the boat & breathe in the views. See your tour Manager for fast-track tickets/further info.
2. Tour Montparnasse
The viewing platform at Paris’ only skyscraper gives sensational views of Paris. From the panoramic outdoor terrace, you will see & understand the way the city was completely re-designed during the era of Napoleon 3rd in the 19th C. The fastest lift in Europe takes just 38 seconds to whisk you to the 56th floor. See your Tour Manager for tickets & further info.
3. The Palace at Versailles
Visit one of the world’s most famous, beautiful & iconic palaces built for Louis the 14th-(aka ‘The Sun King)’ for an insight into how French royalty used to live. Take the RER train line C (NOT the metro) to ‘Versailles Rive Gauche’ & it’s a 10 minute walk. The gardens feature spectacular sound, fountain & light shows in the summer. Go early to avoid the queues.
4. The Luxembourg Gardens
Paris’ most popular & some say it’s most beautiful park. Stroll around whilst eating ice cream from their cafe, & enjoy some of the prettiest floral displays in ‘the city of light’. Regular free concerts are held in the gazebo in summer.
Try the Marais district for original French fashions, retro shops & designer jewellery-shop where the Parisians do! The shopping mall ‘Le Quatre Temps’ by our usual hotel (The ibis La Defense) is the largest in Paris! Also, see the beautiful Art Nouveau ceiling & buy great souvenirs at ‘Galleries Lafayette’ above the metro station ‘Opera’. The green ‘bouqueniste’ (book stalls) all along the river are also great places for souvenirs.
Forget Macca’s! Go for a french onion soup (soup l’oignon), try a Croque Monsier (fancy cheese & ham on toast), or a sweet or savoury crepe at any of the street stalls. Most waiting staff will speak English too. Try the atmospheric places around the Marais or Place du Clichy. For a gourmet treat, try delicious fois gras or visit Hediard near the Madelaine church, or any branch of ‘Le Notre’ for the best desserts to take away.
7. Montmartre area & the Cabaret’s
One of the most famous artists villages in the world, former home to Picasso & Van Gogh, Montmartre contains many things to see including the amazing Sacre Coeur church, Place du Terte (for posters & original art) & of course the world famous Moulin Rouge & La Nouvelle Eve cabarets for the most typical french style entertainment anywhere. From the can-can to hilarious circus acts—don’t miss a Paris cabaret!
It’s also a great place for clubbing & bar hopping. I’d recommend any of the places on Rue des Abesses to eat & meet the locals.
8. The Latin Quarter & The Isle de la Cite
So much to experience here-from classic bistro’s, to the Sorbonne college to the ruins of a 2000 year old Roman bathhouse! Take a walking tour & learn about the history behind Paris’s Rive Gauche (left bank) former home for writers such as Hemmingway & the real life setting of Les Miserables. Don’t miss the gothic splendour of churches such as Notre Dame & St Chapelle (with its 500 square foot walls of stained glass).
9. The Louvre Museum
A former royal palace & one of the world’s greatest collections of art & artefacts-don’t miss Napoleons apartments. Use the entrance with the red awning on Rue Rivoli to avoid the massive queues at the main entrance under the glass pyramid.
10. The Eiffel Tower
The most visited sight in the world. Allow at least 3 hrs for your visit during busy periods if you wish to go all the way to the top. Early to late evenings is a good time to avoid the huge crowds. On warm days, a picnic in the gardens underneath is a relaxing option. Buy your supplies from the nearby street ‘Rue Cler’.
Join Anderson Tours on a Paris Short Break this year with regular departures each month.
Return Eurostar travel and return transfers
Guided sightseeing tour of Paris
Two nights B&B hotel accommodation either at the Ibis Hotel or Tim Hotel (Regina) – all rooms ensuite
Services of an Anderson Tours Tour Manager
View all Paris tours at www.andersontours.co.uk/paris