Paris in March is a special time. We know, we know; we say that about every month in Paris! But in the parks — from Luxembourg to the Tuileries to Jardin des Plantes — flowers will be blossoming in a riot of color.
Through these unusual times, we'll continue to show you our top recommendations for activities, day trips, and food events. As you may guess, offerings and schedules are uncertain. So, be sure to use the links to check tour availability and well as current information for each event or museum.
This March, of course, many Paris events have been rescheduled for later dates. But, nothing is going to change our longing for Paris or our joy in helping travelers plan their time in the City of Parks. As 2021 unfolds and (we hope) events and activities and restaurants and museums start to open up, we'll keep you informed about best things to do in Paris… whenever you arrive.
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Don't spend your precious time in Paris waiting in the long line-ups at the Louvre — make the most of your time here. This private tour gets you ahead of the lines and into the world's largest & most popular museum. Group size is limited so personal attention is guaranteed. Highlights include the Venus de Milo, the Winged Nike of Samothrace and of course Mona!
This is our personal favorite way to visit the Louvre and it's no surprise why. It's a full-evening event that combines three top activities — being in Paris, viewing world-famous art with a guide who can explain it all, and wine tasting with an expert sommelier in the most popular wine cellar in Paris. You also get to skip the lines at the Louvre.
What better way to spend an evening in Paris than with these three iconic activities? And what an evening it is! Sipping champagne & dining on the river Seine as you drift past the best of Paris during an evening cruise. Next up an elevator trip up the Eiffel Tower for a bird's eye view of the city. Finally, you are driven across town to Moulin Rouge, the most famous cabaret in Europe for a stunning show — with champagne, of course!
The beginning of spring seems to us the perfect time for a relaxed, champagne-fueled boat ride down the Seine. All you have to do is sit 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. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays.
What we like about this activity is how it seamlessly combines the best of Paris. (Also, it includes our favorite French word – "premier".) You are guaranteed a window table at the front of the boat for the best views, plus wine, plus champagne… As you drift by the best of Paris, dining on your French multi-course meal, a trio of musicians and a singer serenade you. Also see, The Six Top Dinner Cruises in Paris…
As we mentioned, 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, at the end of the tour, hop on a river boat for a nighttime cruise on the Seine. A glass of wine is included, bien sûr!
Take a guided stroll through this former hilltop village that was the haunt of artists and poets. Today, it's a fascinating quartier of shops and sights with an artistic flair. You see Van Gogh's house, the windmill cabaret painted by Renoir, the site of Picasso's early studio, and more. Also included is a skip-the-line ticket for the famous Impressionist museum, Musée d'Orsay. This activity has hundreds of 5-star reviews, so be sure to book early.
Because it's very popular you can always expect to find long lines at the Eiffel Tower. So, we look for ways to skip the queues by booking an Eiffel Tower activity that bypasses the lines, and we've found quite a few of those. Since availability at the Tower changes, the best way to approach a no-wait ET visit is to check with the Skip the Eiffel Tower Lines link below. Also see, Big List of Eiffel Tower Tours…
Dine at the Moulin Rouge and take in the number-one rated cabaret in Europe. This activity is the easiest way to do it — no need to figure out how to get there or what to do when you're ready to leave, since transportation from your Paris address is included. Moulin Rouge regularly sells out weeks in advance, so book ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
Louvre + Seine River Cruise + Eiffel Tower. This smart tour gets you to the best of the city in a single day. Skip past the lines and into the Louvre for the highlights, then take a Seine river cruise to the Eiffel Tower for a skip-the-line lunch. But you're not done yet — visit the site of Notre Dame Cathedral on the picturesque Île de la Cité. Everything is included — entrance fees, lunch, and river cruise.
With 2,000 years of history you know you're going to find mysteries and eerie events in Paris. So, meet up with your expert guide to travel the ancient streets and learn about ghosts, plagues, and things that go bump in the night. Ooooo. Also see, The 10 Best Walking Tours Of Paris…
Here is another best-of-Paris extravaganza that we like — you dine and explore on the world's most famous tower. The evening includes skip-the-line tickets that get you to the first level of the Eiffel Tower for a 3-course dinner beneath the new glass dome. The evening ends with a nighttime Seine River cruise. Also see, The 6 Best Evenings In Paris…
Beneath Paris is a secret world where 6 million Parisians are laid to rest. You can now visit the creepy/fascinating Paris Catacombs with an expert guide who explains the history of this eerie landmark that was created in the 18th century due to the overflowing Paris cemeteries. This tour not only gets you past the line-ups, it also includes access to areas most visitors never get to see.
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 is to book a shuttle van service right to your hotel. It's convenient and cheaper than a Paris taxi. Also see, Airport Transfers – Our Complete Guide…
Who doesn't love staying on the Left Bank of Paris? Since Hemingway and the Jazz Age, the Left Bank has defined the essence of Paris. The Saint-Germain neighborhood is charming, and so are the best of the hotels in the quartier. In fact, here are our picks of the top 5 Left Bank hotels — with a couple of bonuses as well!
Don't waste your time and energy getting to Versailles just to wait in line. Instead, go the royal route on this tour with round-trip transportation from your hotel, entrance fees, and a guided tour of the palace and spectacular gardens. Of course you'll see the State Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors, but you'll also enjoy a classic lunch by the Grand Canal. Also see, The 5 Best Ways to Visit Versailles…
This very popular Versailles activity is perfect for those who don't want to spend a full day at the royal estate — it's a skip-the-line, small-group morning or afternoon tour of the palace and gardens. With a maximum of eight people, this tour is small enough to ensure individual attention. A private tour is also available.
See the hidden rooms of Versailles most tourists will never see — Louis XVI's private apartments, his personal library, and the Royal Chapel built for the wedding of Louis and Marie Antoinette. If you opt for the morning tour, you get priority access to the Hall of Mirrors just as the doors of the palace open and before the crowds arrive. Available starting March 22.
More fun than walking is pedaling your way around this magnificent garden and chateau. This is a 2-in-1 tour that starts out with you cruising the country around Versailles. Your guide takes you through the forests and pastures, to the local market and then on to the gardens of Versailles to visit the historic buildings. Afterwards, use your passes to explore the Chateau de Versailles as long as you like.
Perhaps the most famous historic area of France outside of Paris is the Loire Valley — home to some of the most impressive castles in the world. On this tour you can get from Paris to the splendid chateaux of the Loire and back in one day. It takes you on leisurely visits to the magnificent castles on the banks of the River Loire, and also includes a special tasting session featuring the spectacular wines of the region.
Prefer to concentrate on the castles? Then choose this small-group tour in a luxurious Eurovan (hotel pickup included) that whisks you to the Loire Valley for priority visits to the famed chateaux of Amboise, Chenonceau, and Chambord.
Focus on the bubbles on a posh day trip to the Champagne country, just about an hour from Paris. You are met at your Paris address and driven through the beautiful wine country to famous champagne houses. 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! Also available as a private tour. Also see, The 3 Top Day Trips to Champagne…
This small-group tour is also high rated and provides transportation in a luxurious Eurovan. Visit the Land of Bubbly for a full-day exploration. Available Mondays and Thursdays in March.
On this small-group day trip from Paris you are driven through the beautiful Normandy countryside to the most important, and most evocative, D-Day sites. The landing beaches themselves, and the nearby cemeteries, can be very emotional experiences. We like this tour because your personal driver picks you up at your Paris address.
A long day trip from Paris takes you to the fairytale island of Mont Saint-Michel, just off the Normandy coast. It's amazing to explore the Benedictine abbey that becomes separated from the mainland during high tide. Wander along the narrow streets, the shops, and the abbey's ramparts. On your way you drive through the picturesque Normandy countryside. Everything is included, lunch and even pick-up at your hotel, so no need to worry about anything.
It still amazes us that high-speed trains have made it possible to visit London on a day trip from Paris. You meet up with your tour guide at Gare du Nord in Paris, where you hop on the Eurostar to London. The day includes an extensive, open-top bus tour around London and guided walking tours, including The Beatles London Walking Tour. It's an exhilarating trip that gets you back to Paris the very same day.
This is a glorious food tour that visitors are loving — and rewarding with 5-star reviews. It takes you around the historic Marais neighborhood to visit the top food & wine shops. What do you taste? The best food of France, like cheese, charcuterie, baguettes, chocolate, and the most famous wines. And it all starts out at the oldest food market in Paris.
Paris + chocolate + pastries. Patisseries and chocolatiers are two of the most important Paris food shops… to us, at least. 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. Also see, More Yummy Chocolate Tours…
In the cheese-aging cellar of a Paris fromagerie learn about one of the most important foods in France. Here, your own private cheesemonger introduces you to seven classic French cheeses along with wines that pair with them. The small group is limited to 10 to ensure there's more tastings for you! Also see, Five Top Cheese Tastings In Paris…
After a morning in Paris seeing the sights hop on a bateau for a relaxing, casual, and affordable 3-course lunch cruise. A Seine river cruise is an essential activity in Paris, so why not combine it with a leisurely lunch at the same time? Sip a glass of wine and watch the monuments of Paris drift by. This lunch cruise is very popular, so book early.
Butchers, bakers, cheesemakers — take a culinary jaunt through Paris with a local guide at your side to ensure you get an Insiders taste of the city's food scene. You start at one of the oldest outdoor street markets in the city where a cornucopia of fresh food stretches as far as the eye can see. There, your guide introduces you to artisans who will share their creations with you — rich, ripe cheeses redolent of ripened wheat and sunshine; lip-smacking tapenades; and award-winning macarons. We love this private tour!
Take a guided stroll through the food of 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.
One of the loveliest activities in Paris is to spend the evening gliding along its famous river while watching the city lit up. Even better, you're also dining — a classic French 3-course meal at a private table. There's wine and champagne and a relaxing river boat ride. Round trip hotel transportation is included — just another reason we recommend this dinner cruise.
These fun wine tastings cover a lot of wine territory. Professional French sommeliers deliver (in English) an extensive tasting of award-winning wines — from Champagne to Sancerre, from Bordeaux to Burgundy, from Alsace to the Rhône. It all takes place in a wine bar steps away from the Louvre. Also see, The Ten Best Food & Wine Experiences In Paris…
Learn about the fascinating Olmec civilization and the little-known world of other pre-Columbian cultures of the Gulf of Mexico. The exhibition sheds light on this Mesoamerican civilization with rare items, shown for the first time outside Mexico.
• Quai Branly
• Ends July 25, 2021
In the new season of this on-going museum event, the Louvre's Petite Galerie continues its exploration of the transition from the typically anonymous craftsman of the classical period to the artist of the Renaissance, The Advent of the Artist. In 2021, Renaissance artists Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Albrecht Dürer will be featured.
• Petite Galerie, Louvre
• Ends July 5, 2021
This dual-artist show follows the life and work of contemporary French artist Vicky Colombet who, like Monet, sees something new in landscapes, a surpassing of places. Displaying works by these two painters who each saw something different in the scenes they painted is truly a special event. Staging the event at the world's foremost Monet museum is perfect.
• Musée Marmottan Monet
• Ends May 2, 2021
Party like it's 1411 ! That's how long the Carnaval has been celebrated (except for a break between 1952 and 1997). The festival features parades and activities around Place Gambetta and Hôtel de Ville. Sadly, but not surprisingly, Carnaval has been cancelled for 2021, as has its sister festival, Carnaval des Femmes, normally held in March.
The running event attracts 37,000 runners and starts from the Chateau de Vincennes. For 2021 this fun run has been moved to September.
Every year his festival unveils a fresh batch of international documentary and independent films. Still slated to run this year, be sure to check their website for up-to-date information.
It's the biggest book fair in France with 160,000 visitors, 3,000 authors, and 30,000 bookish professionals gathering to share their expertise in the world of writing and publishing. For 2021, the annual March event has been postponed until May… with any kind of luck.
• Porte de Versailles
• May 28 to 31, 2021
What tourism? The 2021 pandemic hit this industry the hardest so it's no surprise that the annual March exhibition has been cancelled for 2021. Normally you'd be able to find 100,000 travel professionals under one roof for this international tourism show. Come back in 2022 to discover all the latest trends and forecasts in the travel trade.
The Hermès Horse Jumping Competition is the annual opportunity to watch the world's top show-jumpers competing in a very glamorous competition under the glass roof the Grand Palais. But, things have changed for this year.
First of all, the Grand Palais is closed for a massive renovation before the 2024 Paris Olympics. No problem! The Grand Palais Éphémère — the temporary Gand Palais — was being built on the Champ de Mars to host this and other events.
Covid had other plans, though. The pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures have led to the cancellation of competition this year. But, with luck, we'll be back in the saddle in 2022.
Now in its second decade, the Art Fair presents 72 international galleries with 400 artists and 2,000 artworks.
Planning a wedding? Attend the Paris bridal show to find out the latest trends from cakes to cocktails. For 2021 the fair has been postponed until May.
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