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One Day Tour of Paris

January 25, 2012

One would imagine you need a week at least to explore Paris with its world class museums, romantic bridges and interesting streets. Yes, a week would be good. But what if you are in Paris just for a day and want to pack it all in? We have compiled a one-day itinerary for you that is by no means exhaustive and yes, we have left out some world famous museums and other sights, but given the time constraints, it is enough to give you a flavor of this romantic city. So here goes: Paris on a one-day whirlwind tour for you!

8:30am: Make an early start and head to the Eiffel Tower. Hopefully there will not be much of a queue for the tickets, or if you are smart you would have bought the tickets online before! In summer the Tower is open at 9:00 am, so be in the first batch to take the lift up the top. The view of the city from the top of the tower is awesome and in the morning light you can catch the glistening dome of the Sacre Coeur in the distance.

Tickets: € 7 in the lift till the 2nd floor and € 12,20 in the lift to the top floor.
Please note there is small surcharge on the above prices in the peak season July, August and national holidays.
Metro station: Champ de Mars

10:00am: From the foot of the Eiffel Tower take a cruise on the Seine River on the Bateau Parisien. It’s an hour long cruise and they say that most of the sights of Paris are built on the banks of the Seine. So glide through under the bridges of Paris including the Pont Neuf, pass by Les Invalides, ogle at the Notre Dame, get a glimpse of the Conciergerie and catch sight of the resting place of the Mona Lisa – the Louvre.

Tickets: € 12 per adult

11:00am: Since you have only one day and you cannot come to Paris and not visit a museum, we would say skip the Louvre and head to the Musee d’Orsay and spend the next hour or so reveling in the paintings of the Impressionists from Monet to Cezanne, Renoir to Picasso displayed in natural light that streams through the glass top of this train station converted into a museum! If you do have time on your hands hop across to the Musee Rodin to catch the masterpieces of Rodin!

Tickets: € 12 per adult for entrance to both the museums – Musee Rodin and Musee D’Orsay
Metro station: Solferino

1:00pm: Time for lunch so make tracks to the Latin Quarter, straight for the Rue Mouffetard one of the funkiest food streets in Paris! After a quick bite, (preferably on crepes) amble along to the Cluny Museum or just stroll through this student district and catch a glimpse of the Sorbonne University. Take a walk down the streets and stop by to watch an artist at work on his canvas. In almost every street in Paris you will come across artists armed with their easels, painting or sketching scenes before them. This is very much a part of the Paris experience!

Metro station: Censier Daubenton or Cardinal Lemoine

3:00pm: Give your feet a rest, chill out and relax amidst the greenery and flowers at the Luxembourg Gardens and after that head to the swish Saint Germain des Pres to window shop at the high end boutiques here, and to have your evening coffee at one of the bistros that spill onto the sidewalk.

Metro station: St Germain des Pres

5:30pm: Make tracks for the Champs Elysees – this world famous avenue runs from the Place de la Concorde right up to the Arc du Triomphe. Stroll up the road, stop by a cafe, people watch, grab a bite and just soak in the sights and scents of Paris here. The Champs Elysees is where one gets to feel the pulse of the city – so let go of yourself and let Paris embrace you with all her essence.

Metro station: Champs Elysees

8:00pm: Catch a metro to Montmartre and the get ready to experience the legendary cabaret at Moulin Rouge! There is a show at 9:00pm so it would be wise to buy your tickets before hand. The Moulin Rouge show is a huge crowd puller and is an extravaganza of the most beautiful women dancers dressed up in shimmering costumes, sequins and rhinestones. The show tickets normally include a half bottle of Champagne, so make the most of the evening. A most befitting way to end your day in Paris!

Tickets: € 102 for the show and half bottle of champagne
Metro station: Blanche

Note: Commuting time has been taken into account. It would be best to buy a one day metro pass for the metro as also purchase all entrance tickets online so as to save time and avoid standing in queues at museums or station ticket counters.

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