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Things to Do in Paris March 2015. Springtime in Paris is a magical time. 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.
Here's one theater event you don't want to miss — Marion Cotillard, the Oscar winner for playing Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, stars in Joan of Arc at the brand new Philharmonie concert hall in Parc Villette for two perfomances only: March 3 and 4th. You need to act right now if you hope to get tickets. Tickets »
If you're up for an outdoor challenge, plan on participating in the Paris Spring Hike which rambles through the Bois de Boulogne, the Chateau de Bagatelle and continues onto the Eiffel Tower.
Spring is also a great time to explore France beyond the city walls of Paris — Versailles, Champagne and the Loire region are all close enough for exciting day trips.
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What's not to love about a relaxing cruise with a 3-course meal and wine that also picks you up at your hotel? Your driver whisks you to the banks of the Seine where you are welcomed aboard for a very special evening. When you're ready to go home, your driver will be waiting.
• Dinner Cruise with Hotel Pickup – Information & Booking »
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, but the lines at the Eiffel Tower are aways long. The solution is to book a skip-the-line tour where your guide leads you right to the up elevator, tickets in hand. It's worth it!
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Zoom around the city for 3 hours in an iconic Citroen 2CV with your own private driver. You stop for photos, learn a lot from your driver/guide, and see the sights and sites. In the middle of the 2-wheeled fun, your driver takes you to a cafe on Place des Vosges for a refreshment break.
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Readers have liked this action-packed tour that lets you experience the best of Paris by night. The evening starts with dinner on the Eiffel Tower at Restaurant 58. Next, on a relaxing cruise along the Seine, you view the lights of Paris. But that's not all! Your evening ends at the number-one rated cabaret in France, the Moulin Rouge — with champagne, of course!
• Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge & Seine River Cruise – More Info »
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. With 9.3 MILLION visitors each year, you have to find a way to skip the line. Group size is limited to 20 people so personal attention is guaranteed. Highlights include the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and of course Mona!
• Skip-the-Line Louvre Tour – Info & Booking »
With 2000 years of history you can expect Paris at night to be mysterious, maybe even eerie. Learn about the city's secret past as you follow your guide to wind through the ancient, narrow streets and learn about ghosts, plaques, wars and Nazis.
• Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends – Learn More & Book Your Tour »
One of the most famous areas in France outside of Paris is the Loire Valley with its magnificent castles. We think the best way to visit is on a tour with an expert guide — it's an easy day trip from Paris. You are driven to and guided through three of the most spectacular chateaux in the region — Chateau Amboise, Chateau Chenonceau and the amazing Chateau Chambord.
• Chateaux of the Loire Valley Day Tour – Complete Details »
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The chateau and gardens of Versailles are don't-miss destinations — and they're so close to Paris that it's an easy day trip. But, instead of worrying about trains, maps and guide books, we recommend you go the royal route. Book a private van with a driver/guide to make the past come alive with stories of palace life. Includes transportation to and from your hotel.
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It was just over 70 years ago that the beaches of Normandy achieved legendary status as the place that began the end of World War II. On this trip you are driven through the beautiful Normandy countryside to some of those important sites. The landing beaches themselves, and the nearby cemeteries, can be very emotional experiences. We always recommend the small group tour in which your personal driver picks you up at your Paris address.
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Paris Pass is offering a special discount, exclusively for our readers, but only for a limited time.
The Paris Pass saves you a lot of money and time, getting you inside almost all the museums for free (and as many times as you want) and giving you unlimited rides on the Metro.
With this special offer you will save an additional 10% on all 4-day and 6-day Paris 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 way in advance.
Thanks to Paris Pass for making this special offer to our readers.
Paris is justly famous for a lot of things, but two of our fave fames are chocolate and pastries, so it's no wonder we (and our readers) like this guided walking tour. You get behind-the-scenes in this world of sweetness and goodness with plenty of sampling, including regional specialities.
• Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour – Complete Information »
Could you even imagine getting to take 3-hour cruise down the Seine in a luxury yacht…while being served a 3-course gourmet meal prepared by a Michelin chef? This superior food activity is arranged by our Paris Concierge, so we know it's going to be great. Night in the City of Lights — combine romance, fine dining, and a tour of Paris…riverside.
• Gourmet Dinner Cruise – Inquiry Form & More Info »
Is it any surprise that this is our new favourite? You skip the lines at the Louvre, see the museum in the evening when it's not as crowded, learn about the artwork in-depth from your expert guide and then end the evening at a nearby wine bar with a wine tasting hosted by an expert sommelier.
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Here are more food activities created by our Paris Concierge. Experience the culinary culture of The City of Food on these amazing private food tours. There are cooking classes, market tours, wine tastings and chocolate walks to give you and your group a hands-on experience in the gourmet goodness of the city that pretty much invented it all!
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Learn how to master a few French classic dishes – recipes you can make when you return home – in these favourite cooking and baking classes put together by our Paris Concierge. Everything from private classes to group classes in a kitchen studio.
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We can't think of any other place where there is so much darned good food crammed into a relatively small city. Because of it's size, a gourmet walking tour in Paris can get you to a lot of different types of shops, especially when you have an expert guide — boulangerie, patisserie, street market, cheese shop, and many more.
• Gourmet Walking Tour in Paris – Info & Booking »
Here's a great reason to visit the brand-new and long-awaited new Philharmonie de Paris concert hall in Parc Villette. See Marion Cotillard narrate the lead role in Honnegger's dramatic musical performance of Joan of Arc. The action takes place during the heroine's last minutes on the stake with flashbacks to her glory days and trial. Conducted by Kazuki Yamada, it features the Orchestre de Paris and the Chorus of the Orchestre de Paris. Only two performances!
Hear Vivaldi's enduring The Four Seasons performed by the Orchestre Les Violons de Paris. Though famous when he was alive, (1678-1741) Vivaldi's music was largely ignored for the following two hundred years before being rediscovered in the mid-twentieth century. The program at La Madeleine also includes Franz Schubert's Ave Maria, performed by soprano Cecile Besnard, as well as works by Albinoni, Pachelbel and Grieg.
Paris is known for hosting classical music in many of its historical venues such as its Gothic churches, including Eglise Saint-Ephrem. March is a great month to catch one of the many classical concerts held at this beautiful, landmark church on the Left Bank. Choose from an evening candlelight performance of works for piano by Chopin and Mozart, a series with classical composers, or duets for piano & cello. Be sure to order your tickets online, before you leave home.
We recommended you take this chance to spend a magical evening at Notre Dame Cathedral listening to the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris perform Joseph Haydn's monumental The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross. This moving piece was commissioned in 1783 for a Good Friday service and has been performed in Paris, Berlin and Vienna. The Seven Last Words of Christ refers to the last short phrases spoken by Jesus while on the cross.
In March you'll have the rare opportunity to see this prestigious Russian ballet company with principal dancer Irina Kolesnikova perform what is arguably the most famous ballet ever written, Swan Lake, at the equally-famous Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. Based on a Russian folk tale, Swan Lake tells the story of a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. This classic ballet was first performed on March 4, 1877. Music by Tchaikovsky, of course!
While you're in Paris do not miss the experience of a ballet performance at the golden palace, Palais Garnier. Enjoy an evening of Gustav Mahler's music interpreted into dance by choreographer John Neumeier and stellar performances by the etoiles, premiers and corps de ballet of the Paris Ballet company.
• Palais Garnier, 9e
• February 26 to March 12
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March seems to be the month for the greatest classical hits in Paris. Charles-François Gounod’s Faust is one of the most famous operas of all time. Weary of life and the pursuit of knowledge, the elderly Dr Faust contemplates suicide. Méphistophélès steps in with an offer to exchange his hedonistic demands for Faust's soul. This classic opera in five acts was first performed in Paris in March 1859. Piotr Beczala and Krassimira Stoyanova embody Faust and Marguerite in this production by Jean-Louis Martinoty. Performed in French.
There is a lot of music being performed in Paris in March and what we've chosen as our faves above is just the start. There is more music at the wonderful Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as well as at Cité de la Musique, the new Philharmonie de Paris, and Salle Gaveau, just to name a few. To find the concert perfect for you, see the Big List of concerts, ballets, operas and chamber music performed all around The City of Music.
• March 2015 Classical Music in Paris – See the Big List »
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You're probably not in Paris that often, so why not treat yourself special in this most special of cities?
Our Paris Concierge knows that we like to be treated just a little bit special as well. So, he's put together a fine collection of private tours of Paris. We recommend you take a look and see what appeals to you —
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.
• Around Paris
• March 15
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It's a parade, it's a celebration, it's Paris! This year's theme is Knights, Dragons and Squires. Women (and men) are invited to dress as Queens and promenade from the Place Gambetta in the 20th to the Place de la République in the 11th along the boulevards of Menilmontant, Belleville and the rue du Faubourg du Temple.
• Place Gambetta
• March 15
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For thirty-five years Koon's monumental works have been exhibited around the globe. See his glitzy, strange and off-the-wall media work: from photography, painting and installation art to computer-assisted creations.
• Centre Pompidou
• Ends April 27
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The Musée Les Arts Decoratifs, attached to the Louvre, has an entire wing devoted to fashion plus other areas dedicated to various arts and craft. This exhibits bridges the two — the fascinating history of the button. From the 18th to the 20th century trace the evolution of the button in this an outstanding collection of 3,700 buttons. Entry to Les Arts Decoratifs is included in the Paris Pass.
• Musée Les Arts Decoratifs. Ends April 13
• Website »
The tale of this powerful royal dynasty comes alive with portraits, personal items and rare archival documents. Meet the Tudors — Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Elizabeth I. The Tudor family, spanning five monarchs, single-handedly ignited an English Renaissance and transformed England from backwater into a European power.
• Muséée du Luxembourg
• March 18 to July 19
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