Church bells will be ringing, and les enfants will be searching for decorated eggs. Easter in Paris is a time of celebration for everyone. This year Easter falls on the last weekend in March — Easter Sunday on April 1 and Easter Monday (the official French holiday) on April 2. Given the country's love of culinary excellence, Easter focuses on traditions involving long, multi-course lunches and dinners.
Marvel at the chocolatiers and patisseries whose windows are filled with intricate, beautiful chocolate bunnies, eggs and other artful creations. Church bells are silenced on Maundy Thursday but ring out loudly on the morning of Good Friday. Neighbors will greet each other with Joyeuses Paques and good wishes for a the new Spring in Paris. Remember, though — book your Easter events now as it will be a busy time in Paris. Here are 14 great activities to consider.
Easter dinner can be a privileged experience, with the waves lapping softly at your boat as you sit at a guaranteed window table enjoying a classic French 3-course dinner with wine. We recommend dinner cruises as a way to combine Paris sightseeing and French cuisine.
If you've never been to Paris, you’ll soon learn that the Seine is the core of the city and from a boat on the river you can see all the city's history. This elegant celebration dinner cruise includes hotel transportation. Available Easter weekend, including Easter Sunday.
Imagine the looks on their faces when you tell them you're spending Easter in Paris… eating dinner on the Eiffel Tower at restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel! This combination gives you skip-the-line access to the tower as well as a seasonal three-course dinner with wine.
After dinner, stroll to the banks of the Seine (just a few steps away) to board your bateau for an hour-long nighttime Seine River cruise.
If you don't have your sea legs yet (river legs?) or just want to spend more time on the Eiffel Tower after you finish dinner, then opt for this dinner-only activity, without the river cruise.
You're in Paris and it's the Easter weekend, so hop on a bateau and sail down the Seine while sampling the best of French cuisine. The three-course lunch ends with a triple chocolate raspberry concoction or a multi-layered butter caramel macaron with fresh seasonal fruits. These are the kind of choices we like to have to face.
Imagine this — Easter in Paris, cruising along the city's romantic river, viewing the most iconic sights of the City of Light. Then imagine combining that with visits to two of the city's other icons — the Eiffel Tower and Moulin Rouge. That adds up to a complete night out in Paris.
You can choose to have dinner on the Eiffel Tower followed by a river cruise, or you can opt for a dinner cruise followed by a visit to the Eiffel Tower. In either case, the night is capped by a visit to the Moulin Rouge to see its famous cabaret show — with champagne, of course.
Available every day in March & April including Easter Sunday. Make sure to consult both options on the tour calendar — the "Seine River Cruise Option" and the "Eiffel Tower Dinner Option".
You're in luck! The Louvre is open Easter weekend and the fabulous guided tours are available to help you get past the long lines and into the world's most popular museum. The two-and-a-half hour tour gets you to Mona and Venus plus a lot of other highlights. After the tour you're free to explore everything else – including the temporary exhibitions.
Calling all chocolate lovers — you really haven't lived until you've seen the windows of Paris chocolatiers decorated in their best-of-Easter displays. On this walking tour you'll explore the finest shops and well, we're sorry to break it to you… there will be plenty of sampling.
This very popular food activity is going to sell out, so be sure to book right away.
Easter is a huge holiday in France and can you guess how they celebrate the season? With plenty of wonderful food. Guess there's no secret there! Choose the Latin Quarter or Montmartre as your guide takes you to the best boulangeries, fromageries and patisseries in the city. Warning — plenty of sampling is required!
Under the guidance of a professional French sommelier (who speaks English) spend a fun afternoon in an informal wine tasting. This tasting covers a lot of wine territory an hour or two, covering the important wines and regions of France. There's an extensive flight of wines — from Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone. Tastings are available Easter weekend.
Easter is also a time for classical music performed in historic venues. Here we present all the concerts, ballets, and operas performed in Paris during this busy season. Once again we recommend you book right now since this is an active musical period in the City of Music & Culture.
Take in the splendour of Versailles during the Easter break. This activity truly is the best of Versailles, packing a punch with a combination of hotel transportation, skip-the-line access, a private tour, a multi-course lunch with wine, and time to explore the magical parkland. You can opt for the small-group tour of 8 people or for a private tour for just you and your friends.
One of the things we love about Paris is how close the rest of France is. You can take a day to explore the land of 1,000 castles in the nearby area of the Loire Valley. It is a marvel to see the majestic castles overlooking the beautiful, mighty Loire River. On this day trip everything is arranged for you, including transportation to and from your hotel.
Over the past few years, the biggest Easter egg hunt in France gas held at Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, located about 30 miles southeast of Paris. Thousands of families travel to this beautiful and famous chateaux to enjoy the weather and to hunt for the 85,000 eggs and beaucoup de chocolate hidden in André Le Notre's famous garden.
The Vaux-le-Vicomte schedule for Easter 2018 hasn't been posted yet, but be sure to check their website.
An Easter egg hunt organized by the Secours Populaire takes place on Easter Sunday in front of the Eiffel Tower on the Champ-de-Mars from 10 AM to 5 PM. There is a small fee.
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As you'd expect, with so many historic churches and cathedrals in Paris there are plenty of religious services during Easter in Paris. But if you're planning on attending, go early.
Of course, Notre Dame Cathedral is the place to be in Paris on Easter Sunday. The cathedral opens at 7:45 AM and you might want to arrive at that time to get a seat for mass. Mass begins at 8:30 AM with Gregorian Mass at 10:00 AM and International Mass at 11:30 AM.
The world-famous snow-white basilica set on the highest point of Paris is open every day from 6:00 AM to 10:30 PM. Entrance is free. Check their calendar for services, including mass.
Instead of fighting the crowds at Notre Dame, head over to the Latin Quarter for services at this historic Catholic church, just kitty-corner from the Pantheon. The stained-glass windows date from the 16th and 17th centuries.
This is the largest synagogue in France. It was built in 1874 with financial support of the Rothschild family. It can seat over 1,800 people.
Established in 1861, this was the first Orthodox church in France. Pablo Picasso and Olga Khokhlova were married here in 1918.
Classified as a historic monument, the Cathedral is a a center for English-speakers in Paris.
This was the first American church established in Paris, in 1814. It's located on the left bank of the Seine between Pont d'Alma and Pont des Invalides.
Although Easter Monday is the official holiday in France, many banks, public services, small restaurants & cafes will closed. Even the public transit will run with limited holiday hours. However, a number of Paris museums will be open during the Easter weekend — including the Louvre, d'Orsay and Pompidou.
Shops, museums and restaurants will be open. Good Friday is not an official holiday in France, but the train stations will be packed as Parisians's plan for a four-day Easter weekend getaway.
Shops and services will be open but be warned — chocolatiers, fromageries and anywhere food and wine are sold will be jam-packed with locals stocking up for Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Make sure to stock up yourself as many services will be closed for the next two days.
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The good news is the Eiffel Tower is open 365 days a week. The bad news is there's always a long line, made longer with the added security. The good news is you can book a skip-the Line Eiffel Tower Tour that includes WIFI access.
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