We Choose the 40 Best Things To Do In Paris – March 2016

Springtime in Paris is a magical time. 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

Les Pâques is a very important holiday in France with Easter Sunday falling on March 27 this year. Also this month in Paris make plans to see Rudolf Nureyev's emotional Romeo and Juliette performed by the Paris Ballet. Spring is 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 Paris Insiders Exclusive Discount Code: INSIDERGUIDE.

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Things to Do in Paris March 2016

Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Tour – No Waiting!

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Tour

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!
Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line TourInfo & Booking

Evening Seine River Dinner Cruise

Includes Hotel Pickup & Return

Evening Seine River Dinner Cruise

Evening Dinner CruisesOur Guide & Reviews

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.
Evening Seine River Dinner CruiseInformation & Booking

Champagne Cruise Along the Seine

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Champagne Cruise Along the Seine

What better time than the beginning of springtime for a relaxed, champagne-fuelled boat ride down the Seine? All you hav eto 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.
Bubbly on the RiverInformation & Booking

Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show + Roundtrip Hotel Transportation

Moulin Rouge Dinner + Roundtrip Hotel Transportation

Want to see the world's most famous cabaret show without dinner? 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 to go — no need to figure out how to get there on the Metro 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.

Of course, you can always treat yourself with a Moulin Rouge dinner & wine upgrade!

Two Tours in One – Night Bike Ride + River Cruise

Paris Night Bike Tour

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!
Paris Night Bike TourInformation & Booking
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Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Avoid standing in line, 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 to 20 people so personal attention is guaranteed. Highlights include the Venus de Milo, the Winged Nike of Samothrace and of course Mona!
Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Guided TourInformation & Booking
Evening Tour With Wine TastingThat's What I Want!

Paris-in-One-Day Sightseeing Tour

Paris-in-One-Day Sightseeing Tour

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.
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Secret Sites and Hidden Gems Walking Tour – NEW!

Secret Sites and Hidden Gems Walking Tour

Scout out the cultural gems of Paris and find tantalizing treats. Explore the grand boulevards, hidden arcades and best examples of Belle Époque architecture. Stop at a patisserie to sample melt-in-your mouth macarons. Discover the Marais, a historical neighborhood filled with trendy cafes and vintage boutiques. Wander through the medieval streets and end the tour at Centre Pompidou. This small group tour is limited to 12 people.
Secret Sites and Hidden Gems Walking TourInformation & Booking

Airport Transfers

Airport Transfer

This is our best 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.
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Fave Day Trips From Paris

Things to Do in Paris March 2016

Exclusive Versailles Small-Group Day Trip + Grand Canal Lunch

Versailles Guided Tour & Grand Canal Gourmet Lunch

The Palace of Versailles is one of the jewels of France. Don't waste your time and energy getting there and waiting in line. Instead, go the royal route on his private tour that includes round-trip transportation from your hotel, entrance fees and a guided tour of the palace and the spectacular gardens. See the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and enjoy a classic 3-course lunch by the Grand Canal.

VIP Helicopter Tour to Versailles – NEW!

Helicopter Tour to Versailles

To really feel like royalty choose this amazing helicopter ride to Versailles. You soar over Paris and the grounds of Versailles, take in the incredible view, then land for a glass of champagne, a few photos and a brief history of the chateau. On the return flight you get a bird's-eye view of the best of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower. Take to the skies on either a morning, afternoon or evening private Paris helicopter tour.
Helicopter Tour to VersaillesInformation & Booking

Visiting the D-Day Beaches from Paris

D-Day Tour

It was 72 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. Sunday, Wednesday,Thursday & Saturday.

Spend a Day in the Champagne Region

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

A Day In Champagne

Focus on the sparkly 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. Then there's lunch at a boutique winery (while sipping even more!). Finish with a guided tasting of the Grand Crus of Champagne. Taste as much as you want, your guide is doing the driving!

Visit the Chateaux of the Loire Valley

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Chateaux of the Loire Valley Day Tour

Perhaps the most famous area of France outside of Paris is the Loire Valley. Known as the Valley of 1000 Castles, it is 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.
Chateaux of the Loire ValleyComplete Details
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Essential Day Trips from Paris

Trips from Paris

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 tell people that setting aside one or two days to explore more of France will make your visit more memorable. We've put together reviews and recommendations in a couple of articles about our favourite day trips.
Essential Day Trips from ParisRead Our Reviews
Private Day Trips in FranceGo Deeper into France

Paris Pass Discounts – Exclusive to You!

Paris Pass Discounts

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Classical Music, Opera & Ballet

Things to Do in Paris March 2016

Concerts at La Sainte Chapelle

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

La Sainte Chapelle

Famous works by famous composers such as Shostakovich, Bartok, Brahms and Tchaikovsky sound better at La Sainte Chapelle. This jewel of French Gothic architecture was built for Louis IX in the 13th Century on Île de la Cité. Today it's famous for the 6,000 square feet of restored stained glass windows. A number of concerts will be performed in March in this treasure of Parisian architecture. It's something you won't want to miss.

La Sainte ChapelleAll Performances in March

La Sainte Chapelle Featured Concerts in March

Notre Dame Cathedral Special Easter Performances

Notre Dame Cathedral Special Easter Performances

It's positively spine-tingling to attend a concert at Notre Dame! You're surrounded by nearly a thousand years of history, with light streaming in through majestic Gothic stained glass windows. And with Easter falling in March this year, there are even more musical performances to enjoy.

Notre Dame CathedralAll Performances in March

Notre Dame Cathedral Special Easter Performances

Romeo & Juliette – Paris Ballet

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Romeo and Juliette

Experience the rare emotion and theatrical power of Rudolf Nureyev's interpretation of Romeo & Juliette. Rich in imagery, closely following Shakespeare's structure this powerful ballet is famously scored by Ukrainian composer Sergei Prokofiev. The ballet is a fresco of Renaissance colours that foreshadows the fatal outcome of the Capulets and Montaigus. If you are in Paris in March, this is a must-see event!
• Opera Bastille
• March 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 29, 31
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Music at Saint-Ephrem


In the historic latin Quarter of the 5th Arrondissement, near to the Sorbonne, is Eglise Saint-Ephrem, one of the most popular venues for classical music concerts in Paris. In March you can hear works by Bach, Chopin, Mozart, Liszt performed in this majestic venue…sometimes by candlelight.

Saint-Ephrem Featured Concerts in March

The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville

This is one of most enduring masterpieces of comedic opera and another performance you don't want to miss. In this perfectly-paced, riotous romp, famous barber Figaro helps a nobleman win the woman of his desires. It's a complex piece with duos, trios, quintets and sextets all demonstrated in the finale of the first act. Performed in Italian, with surtitles in English and French.
• Opera Bastille
• Ends March 4
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Classical Concerts at La Madeleine

La Madeleine

The massive (and massively famous) pipe organ at La Madeleine was built in 1846 and is still in use today. This neo-classical structure in the center of Place de la Madeleine has a stormy history that reaches back to Louis XVIII, the French Revolution, and even Napoleon. It's now a popular venue for classical music performances.

La Madeleine Featured Concerts in March 2016

Classical Music at St-Germain-des-Près

Classical Music in Paris

Classical Music in Paris

March is a busy time in the cultural life of Paris and there are something over 100 performances we'd like to tell you about if we had the space! For instance, there's a performance of Philip Glass' Concerto for Two Pianos at our new favorite venue, the magnificent Philharmonie de Paris, on March 9 & 10. Il Trovatore is staged by the Paris Opera from the 3rd to the 6th. Check the complete listing of concerts and we're sure you'll find something you feel you have to see!
Classical Music in ParisThe Complete List of Concerts for March 2016

Our Top Food & Wine Activities

Things to Do in Paris March 2016

Don Juan II Gourmet Dinner Cruise

Paris Insiders Guide Readers' Favourite

Gourmet Dinner Cruise

Could you even imagine taking a 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 Aboard the Don Juan II Inquiry Form & More Info

Saint-Germain-des-Prés & Latin Quarter Stroll

With Charcuterie Tasting & A Game of Boules!

Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Latin Quarter

Get a taste of la vie bohème. Meet your guide near the Pantheon and stroll through vibrant Saint-Germain, the bohemian quarter where poets, musicians and intellectuals have lived for centuries. Then, experience two activities that the French adore — eating charcuterie and playing a game of French boules (balls) known as pétanque. On the way, you visit Shakespeare & Co, the famous English bookshop, before ending your adventure at Notre Dame Cathedral. The small group tour is limited to 12 to ensure more fun!
Saint-Germain-des-Prés & Latin QuarterInformation & Booking

Wine Tasting in the Heart of Paris

Wine Tasting

These fun and informal wine tastings cover a lot of wine territory in an hour or two. 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.
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Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour

Chocolate and Pastry Walking Tour

Paris, chocolate and pastries. Patisseries and chocolatiers are two of the most important Paris food stores! 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.
Chocolate & Pastry Walking TourComplete Information

Gourmet French Food Walking Tour

Gourmet Walking Tour

Take a guided stroll through 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.
Gourmet Walking Tour in ParisInfo & Booking

Market Tour & Classic French Cooking

Market Tour & Classic French Cooking

Dreamed of taking a cooking class in Paris? This popular class guides you (along with a Paris chef) to create an entire French meal — entrée, plat, et dessert. You start with a visit to one of the best open-air markets of Paris, where the chef explains all about the typical French foods found at markets like this throughout the city. Back at the cooking studio you turn your purchases into a fabulous meal. At the end of the tutorial, sit down and enjoy your creations.
Market Tour & Classic French CookingLearn More at the Inquiry Form

The Best Events in Paris

Things to Do in Paris March 2016

Easter Sunday is March 27

Notre Dame

If you're planning to attend Easter Service at Notre Dame, plan on arriving quite early. First Mass is at 8:30 AM. For more information on Easter holiday events and Easter services, visit our Guide to Easter in Paris.
Easter in ParisRead Our Guide
Notre Dame Easter ServicesWebsite

Randonnée Paris du Printemps (Paris Spring Hike)

Paris Spring Hike

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.
• March 20

Le Carnival des Femmes

Le Carnival des Femmes

It's a parade, it's a celebration, it's Paris! The theme for this year's Seventh Annual Woman's Carnival is Knights, Dragons and Squires. Women (and men) are invited to dress as Queens and promenade from the Place Gambetta to the boulevards of Menilmontant, Belleville and the rue du Faubourg du Temple.
• Place Gambetta
• March 6

Art Paris – Art Fair

Art Paris

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 26 to 29

New Exhibits at the Museums

Things to Do in Paris March 2016

Picasso & Sculptures

Picasso and Sculptures

The Top Paris MuseumsOur Complete Guide

Examine Picasso's cast iron works along with prints, and photographic enlargements, realized from his original sculptures. The exhibition provides a new look at his creations by presenting them with their double or variants. See notable works of Picasso like the Verres d'absinthe (1914) series and the original group of wood Baigneurs (1956).
• March 8 to September 18, Picasso Museum

Art & the Child – L'art et l'enfant

Art and the Child

The Paris Museum PassInformation + Our Review

A hundred works by Fragonard, Millet, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse & Picasso have been chosen to trace the evolution of the the child in art from the 15th to the 20th century. The exhibit also examines the role of childlike drawing by the masters from the beginning of last century.
• Musee Marmattan Monet, March 10 to July 3

Founding Myths – From Hercules to Darth Vader

Founding Myths

From Jean Cocteau to Star Wars, Japanese manga to Fantômas, this exhibit links ancient mythologies with popular culture. 70 pieces of artwork are organized into four sections. In the first gallery discover the tales told by historical civilizations — Greek, Egyptian, and Islamic civilizations and their mythological heroes such as Gilgamesh, Orpheus, Hercules, and Icarus. In the final gallery, see modern-day interpretations retold through modern film, television and cartoon heroes.
• The Louvre, Ends July 4
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