Easter in Paris is a time to marvel at the intricate chocolate creations that fill the windows of every chocolatier and patisserie. Church bells will be ringing, as les enfants hunt for decorated eggs and chocolate bunnies. This year Easter Sunday falls on April 17, and the official French holiday, Easter Monday, on April 18.
Showcasing the country's love of culinary excellence, Easter focuses on traditions that involve long, multi-course meals. One of the best places to be on Easter weekend in Paris is a luxurious Seine River lunch or dinner cruise. Allons-y !
Imagine, if you can, yourself on a bateau cruising down the Seine River at a private table. Relax this Easter weekend in Paris while enjoying a multi-course French meal with wine. All the famous landmarks will be lit for your viewing pleasure. Choose the Service Premier option for the best seating, the best meal, and champagne — the ultimate Easter in Paris experience.
Indulge your inner romantic in the City of Love. Reserve a table on an Easter evening cruise to see the City of Light at its best. As you dine on a classic 4-course classic French dinner, with live music on-board, your bateau will slowly drift past the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower. Sailing at 8:30 PM.
Drift down the Seine this Easter weekend with Bateaux Parisiens, the premier Paris dinner boat company, while being served a 3-course gourmet lunch, with wine. This makes for a fun, casual, and delicious midday break. Combine fine dining with a tour of Paris… riverside. This Easter lunch cruise is very popular, so book early.
If you know us, you'll know that we love finding activities built around champagne! On a twilight river cruise, you gaze upon the sights of Paris as you sip bubbly in a VIP area at the front of the boat. Back at the dock, you're guided to the Eiffel Tower, past the long line-ups and up to the top. We've done this tour and it's as good as it sounds!
Trendy, upbeat and centrally located, some of the cutest Paris hotels in are found in the picturesque Latin Quarter. It's one of our favorite places to be in the city, and you're close to so many attractions — like the Pantheon, Jardin du Luxembourg and even Notre Dame Cathedral, just across the river.
As you would expect, hotels book quickly during Easter in Paris. Here, we present our the top-rated Latin Quarter hotels that have stood the test of time, including our favorite boutique hotel Hotel Monge.
You're in luck! The Louvre is open Easter weekend and 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.
Concerts will be performed in the historic venues of Paris, from La Sainte Chapelle to Église de la Madeleine with music by Bach, Chopin, Mozart and Vivaldi. Easter will be a busy time, so make sure to book before you leave home.
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.
Everyone raves about this food tour of one of the city's historic quartiers. Start the tour at the oldest food market in Paris, then follow your food-expert guide through the historic Marais neighborhood to visit the top food & wine shops, tasting the best of French foods — cheese, charcuterie, baguettes, chocolate, and wine.
Take in the splendor of Versailles during the Easter break. This activity truly is the best of Versailles, packing a punch with a combination of transportation from your hotel, skip-the-line access at the royal estate, and time to explore the magical parkland. The small-group size of this full-day activity ensures personal attention.
This popular day trip to the Loire Valley is available again this Easter. It includes tours of the most impressive castles in the world, and also includes a guided tasting of the equally-famous Loire Valley wines. This Easter tour, with an expert guide, is an easy day trip from Paris.
Let us set the scene. Your driver/guide gathers you from your Paris hotel and whisks you away on an action-packed day in the Land of Bubbly. Visit champagne estates plus the famous underground caves where thousands of bottles are stored. Drive through the vineyards to the village of Hautvilliers, home of Dom Perignon. You can also opt for a private tour.
Over the past few years, the biggest Easter egg hunt in France has been 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.
We don't yet know if the Vaux-le-Vicomte Easter egg hunt for 2023 is going ahead, but check their website for updates.
For Easter the roof of the Grande Arche at La Defense is usually transformed into a farm with donkeys, baby goats, geese, rabbits and baby chicks. Discover life on the farm with workshops, games, a maze and of course, an Easter egg hunt. For Spring 2023, we're not yet sure.
The Montmartre Museum welcomes children for an Easter egg hunt in the Renoir Gardens… in most years! Children search the gardens for precious Easter eggs hidden amongst the flowers, trees and shrubs.
Enjoy an Easter egg hunt at the Paris Zoo — Parc Zoologique de Paris. Children will try their luck to find hidden eggs and trade them in for real chocolate eggs. Check the website for details.
Church services of all kinds in Paris are curtailed during the 2023 pandemic. To find the latest schedules for a church, check the links below. Many of them are only in French, so you'll have to use your Google translate help navigate. And, the latest news tells us there will be no Easter services at Notre Dame until 2024.
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 Sacre Coeur, 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.
Shops, museums and restaurants will be open. Good Friday is not an official holiday in France, but the train stations will be packed as Parisiens'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.
This is the official holiday in France. Expect most restaurants, shops and museums will be closed. Our best advice is to book a lunch, or dinner cruise or activity that we've sourced to ensure you have a wonderful Easter in Paris.
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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.
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