Church bells will be ringing, and les enfants will be hunting for decorated eggs. Easter in Paris is a time to marvel at intricate chocolate bunnies, eggs, and other seasonal creations filling the shelves of every chocolatier and patisserie. This year Easter falls in April — Easter Sunday on April 4 and Easter Monday (the official French holiday) on April 5.
With France's love of culinary excellence, Easter focuses on traditions involving long, multi-course lunches and dinners. In the Covid-aware year of 2021 Easter will be a bit different in Paris, with fewer multi-family dinners and certain events and activities cancelled or postponed. We'll keep our Easter in Paris information updated. Be sure to check the links below for the latest news.
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.
Easter dinner will be a VIP 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.
Another memorable full-evening activity in Paris that includes a classic dinner, a river cruise, the Eiffel Tower, plus a visit to the Moulin Rouge to take in the world-famous cabaret. It's like three evenings in one.
Imagine it — 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 during a night capped by a visit to the Moulin Rouge — with champagne, of course.
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 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!
What better place than Paris for an in-depth introduction to the cheeses of France? Led by a master affineur (expert in aging cheeses) in a special cheese-aging cellar in the Marais, you taste seven classic French cheeses, along with the wines that go best with them. The group size is limited to 10 to ensure there's more cheese for you! Also see, Five Top Cheese Tastings In Paris…
Check with Booking.com to find today's sale prices on hotel rooms in every arrondissement of Paris. Save 20% to 30%… or even more!
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 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.
Now that the warm weather of April is here, this popular day trip to the Loire Valley is available again. 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.
The Vaux-le-Vicomte Easter egg hunt for 2021 is likely to be cancelled. In 2019 year the eggs hunts were held on Friday Saturday and Easter Sunday. 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. Of course, for Spring 2021 the farm is closed.
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 day 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.
An Easter egg hunt organized by the Secours Populaire usually 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.
Church services of all kinds in Paris are curtailed during the 2021 pandemic. To find the latest schedules for a church, check the links below. And, of course, even without the pandemic, there will be no Easter services at Notre Dame. (Shown pre-pandemic above.)
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.
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.
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.
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