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 is 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 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, 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!
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.
Scout out the cultural gems of Paris and find tantalizing treats. Explore the grand boulevards, hidden arcades and best examples of Belle Époque architecture. 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 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.
Don't waste your time and energy getting to Versailles and waiting in line. Instead, go the royal route on this private tour with 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 lunch by the Grand Canal.
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.
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! Monday, 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.
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 Paris – Read Our Reviews…
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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.
Paris Pass is offering a special discount, exclusively for our readers, but only for a limited time. Be sure to use this discount code – INGUIDE10.
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.
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 in the 13th Century. 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.
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.
Experience the 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 Montaigues. If you are in Paris in March, this is a must-see event! March 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 29, 31.
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.
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.
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.
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 Paris – The Complete List of Concerts for March 2016…
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
This popular class guides you (along with a Paris chef) to create an entire French meal. 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. 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.
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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 Paris – Read Our Guide…
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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
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 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
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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
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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
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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