Springtime in Paris is a magical time. We know, 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
So, this is a wonderful month to be in Paris and to spend the days exploring the city. It's 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. This year, Easter comes falls on the last weekend in March with Good Friday on March 30, Easter Sunday on April 1, and Easter Monday (the official French holiday) on April 2, 2018. Book your Easter events now as it will be a busy time in France's capital city.
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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.
What better way to spend an evening in Paris than with these three iconic activities? Begin by dining on the Eiffel Tower, gazing down at the Paris vista below you. A romantic evening cruise follows, Showing the lights of the city. To crown the evening, you're whisked to Montmartre for a cabaret show at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. Champagne is included, of course!
What we like about this activity is how it seamlessly combines the best of Paris. Plus, it includes our favorite French word – "privilege". This means you are guaranteed a window table on the boat for the best views. As you drift by the best of Paris, dining on your French multi-course meal, a trio of musicians and a singer serenade you.
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 tippy-top of the Eiffel tower. Then there's a 3-course dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant. Then there's the nighttime Seine River cruise.
Avoid standing in line at the Louvre, 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 so personal attention is guaranteed. Highlights include the Venus de Milo, the Winged Nike of Samothrace and of course Mona!
What better time than the beginning of springtime for a relaxed, champagne-fuelled 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. Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
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!
Dine at the Moulin Rouge and 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, 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. 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.
With 2,000 years of history you know you're going to find mysteries and eerie events in Paris. So, join your guide to travel the ancient streets and learn about ghosts, plagues, and things that go bump in the night.
Fragonard is an historic perfume house in Paris, famous worldwide, Now, you, too, can learn the art of perfume making from the experts at Fragonard. in the heart of the Opera district you'll discover the secret arts of scent. You also mix your own secret Eau de Cologne to take home with you!
In the 17th century it was home to aristocracy. Today the Maris is hip, happening, historical, and fun. The best way to really get to know the neighborhood is on this 3-hour walking tour that gets you to the nooks and crannies and fills you in on fascinating historic details.
As we say in our review, this is "retro luxury from another era." It's like you're starring in your own movie, set in 1940s Paris. That's how we felt when we toured the city in a sleek, black Citroën Traction Avant, driven by a "gentleman driver". It's so much fun seeing the sights like this, and made even better with the sun-roof opened all the way.
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.
Here's an even better tip. Give yourself a break (and a treat) and arrange for our Paris pal and professional driver, Manu, to meet you at your gate, grab your luggage, and gently place you in the back seat of his luxurious Mercedes S-Class. You're worth it, and we know from hard experience that this is the only way to do it !
Don't waste your time and energy getting to Versailles and waiting 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.
More fun than walking is pedalling 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.
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!
Even better is this highly-rated private trip to Champagne with a wine expert who give you his (or her) undivided attention as you explore the bubbly… privately.
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.
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.
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 advise to set aside one or two days to explore more of France to 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…
Yes, it's that Terry Gilliam, of Monty Python fame, and critics are calling his production of Berlioz's opera a triumph. The epic story of sculptor Benvenuto Cellini and his lover Teresa, the opera is brilliant, beautiful, and robust, filled with swagger and gusto.
• Opera Bastille
• March 23, 26, 29. April 1, 4, 7, 11 & 14
You're going to love listening to classical music performed in the stunning La Sainte Chapelle. Come for the music and be dazzled by the recently restored mile-high stained glass windows and the Gothic architecture. Sitting amongst these magnificent windows is an experience not to be missed, especially while listening some of the greatest pieces of music ever composed.
If you're going to see one ballet in your life, see it in Paris. This season the Paris Opera Ballet performs Benjamin Millepied's version of Daphnis et Chloé with music by Ravel, costumes by Christian Lacroix, and choreography by George Balanchine. Another work set to Ravel by Maurice Béjart is also performed.
• Opera Bastille
• Dates throughout March
Passion and unrequited love are the dramatic themesf of this ballet based on Pushkin's novel. The story of follows Russian dandy, Eugene Onegin with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by dance legend John Cranko.
• Palais Garnier
• Dates throughout March
A masterpiece dance opera in four parts with choreography by the legendary German dancer, teacher and ballet director Pina Bausch and music by classical French & Italian composer Christopher Gluck (1714-1787).
• Palais Garnier
• Throughout March & April
A wonderful place to enjoy classical music is the historic church of La Madeleine, one of the most celebrated churches in Paris and a neo-classical gem famous for its pipe organ built in 1846.
It's hard to beat a classical music concert in a historic church on the Left Bank in Paris, especially when it's performed by candlelight. After the performance stroll the romantic streets of the Latin Quarter.
It's spine-tingling to attend a concert at Notre Dame Cathedral. You're surrounded by nearly a thousand years of history, with light streaming in through majestic Gothic stained-glass windows. Only ticket holders are allowed into the cathedral for these special evening performances.
Easter falls on the last weekend in March and the first days of April, so here we present all the Easter concerts in Paris.
One of our very best things to do in Paris is to attend a classical music concert. We love to hear favorites by Mozart, Pachelbel, Vivaldi, Satie, and other master composers in the city's ancient churches and its other performance venues, new and old. Popular concerts in March are at Palais Garnier, Opera Bastille, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Saint Ephrem.
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.
These fun wine tastings cover a lot of wine territory. The professional sommeliers deliver an extensive tasting of wines in a charming wine bar 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.
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.
Dine 4-course classic French meal with wine as you gaze down on Paris — taking in a birds-eye view of the river Seine below you as well as the Champ de Mars, Les Invalides, Montparnasse Tower, Montmartre. Your priority-access pass gets you past the lineups and up the tower to restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel. Wine is included, of course.
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, at a private table, on a 3-course classic meal. There's wine and champagne and a relaxing river boat ride. Round trip hotel transportation is included — just another reason we like this dinner cruise.
Have you ever dreamed of taking a cooking class in Paris? This popular class guides you (under the tutelage of a Paris chef) to create an entire French meal — entrée, plat, et dessert. At the end of the cooking, sit down and enjoy your creations. Be sure to choose the option that includes a guided tour of the local markets to meet butchers, fishmongers, and produce sellers as you gather the fresh ingredients for your class.
These heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth confections are still the rage in Paris and now around the globe. It's a dream come true to attend a cooking class in Paris and learn how to make your own delicate meringue-based morsels. Class size is limited to eight people, so you get lots of individual attention from Chef Marthe to learn how to assemble the creamy filling just so.
If you're going 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.
• Notre Dame Easter Services…
It's a parade, it's a celebration, it's Paris! There's a unique theme for each year's Annual Woman's Carnival. Women (and men) are invited to dress up and promenade from the Place Gambetta to the boulevards of Menilmontant, Belleville and the rue du Faubourg du Temple.
• Place du Chatelet
The running event attracts 37,000 runners and starts from the Chateau de Vincennes.
• March 4, 2018
Head to one of the many Irish pubs in the city.
• Friday, March 17, 2018
View a fresh batch of international documentary and independent films.
• Centre Pompidou
• March 23 to April 1, 2018
Due to the fragile nature of pastels, most of the works in this very special exhibition are rarely on display. View rare works by Berthe Morisot, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Odilon Redon.
• Musee d'Orsay
• Ends April 8, 2018
100 drawings by 17th-century engraver Israel Silvestre (1621-1691).
• Louvre Museum
• March 14 to June 25, 2018
Fifty works illustrating the evolution of political power.
• Petit Palais
• Ends July 2, 2018
A collection of the works of modern artist, César Baldaccini (1921-1998).
• Pompidou Centre
• Ends March 26, 2018
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