Springtime in Paris is a magical time. We know, we know — we say that about every season in Paris, but in Spring is seems particularly true! In the parks — from Luxembourg Gardens to the Tuileries to Jardin des Plantes — flowers will be blossoming in a riot of color. Expect sunshine with patches of rain, but whatever the weather, March in Paris offers stellar events, museum exhibits, food activities and concerts in historic venues
So, this is wonderful month to be in Paris and to spend the days exploring the city. It's also a great time to explore beyond the city — Versailles, Champagne, and the Loire region are all close enough to Paris to manage for an exciting day trip. One more thing — for readers of Paris Insiders Guide (that's you!) the Paris Pass is offering a 10% discount when you use our exclusive discount code: INGUIDE10.
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This is one of the best Insiders tips we've ever devised. You don't want to waste your precious time in Paris waiting in line, do you? But, the lines at the Eiffel Tower are aways long. The solution is to book a skip-the-line tour, and let your guide lead you right to the up elevator, tickets in hand. It's worth it! Likely to sell out.
See the best of Paris by night — from riverside — as you cruise down the romantic river while enjoying a 3-course French meal with champagne and wine. See Notre Dame illuminated, the Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, and sail beneath historic bridges.
What better time than the beginning of springtime for a relaxed, champagne-fuelled boat ride down the Seine? All you have to do is lay back and enjoy the scenery. And what a scenery it is! Glide past world-famous monuments while sipping bubbly and discovering that perhaps the best way to see the City of Lights is on a bateaux. Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
See the Moulin Rouge show with transportation to and from your hotel and some champagne to enjoy while you take in the number-one rated cabaret in Europe. It's the easy way — no need to figure out how to get there or what to do when you're ready to leave. Moulin Rouge regularly sells out weeks in advance. Book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
Spring arrives this month, and it's a good time for a fun-filled guided cycling tour around the city's most famous monuments and landmarks. You'll cruise around the ancient streets of the Islands and then hop on a river boat for a nighttime cruise on the Seine. A glass of wine is included, bien sûr!
Avoid standing in line at the Louvre, and make the most of your time in Paris. This private tour gets you ahead of the loooong lines and into the world's largest & most popular museum. Group size is limited so personal attention is guaranteed. Highlights include the Venus de Milo, the Winged Nike of Samothrace and of course Mona!
Louvre + Seine River Cruise + Eiffel Tower. This smart tour gets you to the best of the city in a single day. No senseless dawdling or getting lost. Skip past the lines and into the Louvre for the highlights, then take a Seine river cruise to the front door of the Eiffel Tower. From high atop Restaurant 58 you can see forever. But you're not done yet — visit Notre Dame Cathedral on the picturesque Île de la Cité. Everything is included: entrance fees, lunch and river cruise.
As you can see, we love the idea of saving time by skipping the long lines in Paris. This walking tour is a great introduction to the history and sites of the original part of Paris — the historic Île de la Cité. We predict you'll marvel at the ancient remains and the sites so important to the city's past. There's also a guided tour of the interior of the famous cathedral and it's all topped off (so to speak) by a skip-the-line visit to the famous Notre Dame bell towers, complete with gargoyles!
This is a great Insiders tip. Once your plane finally lands in Paris you still have to find your way into the city. It's best to arrange your transportation from the airport into central Paris before you leave home — know what's going to happen when you arrive. An easy and affordable way to do that is to book a shuttle van service right to your hotel. Here's a service our readers like, convenient and cheaper than a taxi.
Here's an even better tip. Give yourself a break (and a treat) and arrange for our Paris pal and professional driver, Manu, to meet you at your gate, grab your luggage, and gently place you in the back seat of his luxurious Mercedes S-Class. You're worth it
What we like about the Paris Pass is that it saves money & time. You get into the museums for free and ride the Metro for free. But the big advantage is that you get to bypass the ticket lines. If you've ever stood in line for hours at the Louvre or d'Orsay, you'll appreciate how nice it would be to just walk up to the door and show your Paris Pass
Now, we're able to offer a special discount, exclusively for our readers, that gives you an additional 10% on all 4-day and 6-day passes. What used to be just a good deal is now a great deal. And, since the clock doesn't start ticking on the Paris Pass until you first use it, you can buy it up to a year in advance. Be sure to use the discount code: INGUIDE10.
Don't waste your time and energy getting to Versailles and waiting in line. Instead, go the royal route on this tour with round-trip transportation from your hotel, entrance fees, and a guided tour of the palace and spectacular gardens. Of course you'll see the State Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors, but you'll also enjoy a classic lunch by the Grand Canal.
On this small-group day trip from Paris you are driven through the beautiful Normandy countryside to the important D-Day sites. The landing beaches themselves, and the nearby cemeteries, can be very emotional experiences. We recommend this tour because your personal driver picks you up at your Paris address. Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday.
Focus on the bubbles on a posh day trip to the Champagne country, an hour from Paris. You are met at your Paris address and driven through the beautiful wine country to a famous champagne house. There's lunch at a boutique winery plus a guided tasting of the Grand Crus of Champagne. Taste as much as you want, you're not driving! Wednesday & Friday.
Perhaps the most famous area of France outside of Paris is the Loire Valley — home to some of the most impressive castles in the world. This fun day trip from Paris gets you to the three most important chateaux – Cheverny, Chenonceau and Chambord. This tour, with an expert guide, is an easy day trip from Paris. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
As we say, there is a lot to see in France just beyond the Paris city gate, and these are just a few of the day trips we like. We always advise to set aside one or two days to explore more of France to make your visit more memorable. We've put together reviews and recommendations in a couple of articles about our favourite day trips.
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March is a busy time in the cultural life of Paris and there are over 100 performances we'd like to tell you about if only we had the space! For instance, there's a performance of chamber music by the Czech String Quartets at our favorite venue, the magnificent Palais Garnier. Handel and His Masters are performed by Les Musiciens du Louvre and staged at Salle Cortot, a French historical landmark. Check the complete listing of concerts and we're sure you'll find something you feel you simply have to see.
It's spine-tingling to attend a concert at Notre Dame You're surrounded by narly a thousand years of history, with light streaming in through majestic Gothic stained-glass windows. Only ticket holders are allowed into the cathedral for these special evening performances.
Carmen was first performed in Paris in 1875 to poor reviews. George Bizet died suddenly during its first run and never knew about its future success in Vienna later that year. Set under a blazing Spanish sun, the Paris Opera presents a new staging with a star-studded cast. This is a mega-popular opera, so you should order your tickets right away!
• March 13 to July 16, 2017
• Opera Bastille
It's hard to beat a classical music concert in a historic church in the Left Bank in Paris, especially when it's performed by candlelight. After the performance stroll the romantic streets of the Latin Quarter.
It's not often that you get to hear the world premiere of a new opera, but you do have that chance this March at Palais Garnier. Wouldn't you have loved to be there in 1875 for the premiere of Carmen? This work, by Luca Francesconi, is based on Balzac's Comédie Humaine.
• March 16 to April 5, 2017
• Palais Garnier
Palais Garnier is a favorite venue for concerts in Paris, so check here to find out what will be playing when you're in the City of Music.
Another place to enjoy the music is at La Madeleine, one of the most celebrated churches in Paris and a neo-classical gem famous for its pipe organ from 1846.
Want to feel like you're in the inner circle of the Paris's cultural elite? Attend a classical music performance at this historic landmark theatre. Built in 1913, the acoustically pitch-perfect theatre has been the place to be seen and the place to hear top notch musicians perform. It's even where Stravinsky's Rite of Spring premiered in 1913. This March is a busy month with 30 performances; hear music by Verdi, Brahms, Bach, Brecht, Rossini, and others.
These heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth confections are still the rage in Paris and now around the globe. It's a dream come true to attend a cooking class in Paris and learn how to make your own delicate meringue-based morsels. Class size is limited to eight people, so you get lots of individual attention from Chef Marthe to learn how to assemble the creamy filling just so.
These fun wine tastings cover a lot of wine territory. The professional sommeliers deliver an extensive tasting of wines in a charming wine cellar steps from the Louvre. We recommend you sign up for the 2-hour grand cru wine tasting since it's not often you'll get a chance to taste a flight of some of the best wines of France. We also like the Wine Tasting + Lunch option.
Paris + chocolate + pastries. Patisseries and chocolatiers are two of the most important Paris food shops… to us, at least. Don't miss the chance to go behind-the-scenes on this VIP walking and tasting tour. Taste regional specialties and find out how all those delectable delights are made.
Take a guided stroll through the food of Paris, exploring and tasting your way through fromageries, boulangeries and wine shops. Sample traditional French foods and find out about the craftsmanship that is involved in producing them. Morning tours are in the Latin Quarter, afternoon tours are in Montmartre.
Have you ever dreamed of taking a cooking class in Paris? This popular class guides you (under the tutelage of a Paris chef) to create an entire French meal — entrée, plat, et dessert. At the end of the cooking, sit down and enjoy your creations. Be sure to choose the option that includes a guided tour of the local markets to meet butchers, fishmongers, and produce sellers as you gather the fresh ingredients for your class.
Take a promenade through some of the prettiest parks and green spaces of Paris. The 12 km circuit takes you through the Bois de Boulogne and the Chateau de Bagatelle. The longer circuit continues to the Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro and the Arc de Triomphe.
It's a parade, it's a celebration, it's Paris! There's a unique theme for each year's Annual Woman's Carnival. Women (and men) are invited to dress up and promenade from the Place Gambetta to the boulevards of Menilmontant, Belleville and the rue du Faubourg du Temple.
• Place Gambetta
Art Paris brings together 120 international art galleries representing dozens of artists under the majestic roof of the spectacular Grand Palais. Expect to see a wide range of modern and contemporary art. Since its humble beginnings in 1999, Art Paris now attracts thousands of art lovers from around the world.
• Grand Palais
• March 31 to April 2, 2017
The running event attracts 37,000 runners and starts from the Chateau de Vincennes.
• March 5, 2017
Head to one of the many Irish pubs in the city.
• Friday, March 17, 2017
View a fresh batch of international documentary and independent films.
• Centre Pompidou
• March 24 to April 2, 2017
At the Petite Galerie in the Louvre Museum catch the Body in Movement exhibit, a collection of artwork by Degas, Rodin, and others that show movement and dance captured in drawings, paintings and sculptures. At Musée d'Orsay, see Canadian content with the Mythical Landscapes exhibition with paintings by Emily Carr.
An exhibition organized by choreographer Benjamin Millepied, Natalie Portman's husband.
• Petite Galerie, Louvre Museum
• Ends July 3, 2017
A selection of landscapes by Gauguin, Monet, Klimt, Carr and van Gogh.
• Musée d'Orsay
• March 14 to June 25, 2017
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