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9am: Your private guide meets you at your central Paris hotel. She gives you the local perspective on your neighborhood: the best bakeries, most convenient metro stops, and hidden-away gardens and parks.
9:15am: Head to the Île de la Cité to discover the island’s Notre Dame Cathedral. Your guide tells you all the violent drama of its 1,000 year history. She points out the architectural details, big and small, which make this this gothic cathedral exceptional. We then explore the often-overlooked streets surrounding the cathedral.
10:30am: Walk along the UNESCO-protected banks of the River Seine to Île Saint-Louis. Remark how quaint and quiet this island in the very center of Paris can be. Stop for a treat at the legendary ice cream and sorbet parlor Berthillon.
12:15pm: Next, travel with your guide to the Montmartre Trail. See the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. Walk the very streets painted by impressionist masters like Monet and Van Gogh. On Montmartre, you see their legacy alive. Admire the gleaming Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre which crowns this hill. Then take in a panoramic view over Paris. See all the way to the towers of Notre Dame an the proud Eiffel tower.
1:45pm: As lunchtime approaches, your guide recommends the best Brasserie. You pick steak-frites, quiche, or whatever French cuisine you crave! As you relax, your guide books you for dinner at a trendy Parisian restaurant.
2:45 pm: After lunch, admire the grand tribute to Napoleon’s conquests: the Arc de Triomphe and embark down the world-famous Champs Elysées towards the Place de la Concorde.
3:30 pm: Enter the Tuileries Gardens, approach the Louvre palace and discover the story and many secrets about the monument!
4:00 pm: Bid your guide farewell as you arrive at the River Seine banks, just across the Orsay museum. Receive skip-the-line tickets so that you can continue your best day ever in Paris with the museum’s incredible collection of art. Visit this train station that became a museum with the most complete collection of impressionist’s paintings in the world – or save the tickets for any time during your stay.
Before parting, you exchange emails with your tour-planner, happy to have made a new friend in Paris.