Five Perfect Days in Paris

posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 9:35:13 AM

Spend five perfect days in Paris with Vacations by Marriott. Get to know the City of Light through exciting excursions like a day trip to the Louvre, where you can see famous pieces including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and much more. Whether you explore by train or foot, there’s a plethora of Parisian activities to keep you busy and fulfilled. So pack your bags, view our Paris vacation packages, and get ready for five picture-perfect days overseas.

Day 1: Welcome to the City of Light! You have just landed at the Charles de Gaulle Airport and you hop in a cab to head over to the Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel, which will be your home base for the remainder of the week. Overlooking the famous and fabulous main Parisian shopping boulevard, this hotel is very conveniently located for you to easily access the rest of the city. Without delay, you drop your bags and walk just down the street to the Arc de Triomphe. Standing 164 feet tall, this world-famous monument was opened in the early 1800s and honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Using the convenient underground tunnel, you access the arch and climb the steps to the top, which offers a breathtaking view of the city. Your first taste of Paris was exhilarating and beautiful, but afterwards, it’s time to head back to the hotel for a delicious meal at the hotel’s Le Restaurant & Terrace, which offers French classics.

Day 2: Your second day is filled with the beautiful art of Paris! You start the morning bright and early the famous Musee de Louvre. The Louvre is the largest museum in the world, so you know you’ll have to limit yourselves, but you grab a map and start wandering looking for some of the museum’s most famous pieces, including Nike of Samothrace, Raft of Medusa, Death of Sardanapalus, Liberty Leading the People, Venus de Milo, and of course, Mona Lisa. While you’re in the art mindset, you decided to hope across the River Seine after lunch for a quick tour of Paris’s second most famous museum, The Musee d’Orsay. Housed in a Beaux-Arts railway station from the turn of the century, the museum mostly features French art from the same time period. The Musee d’Orsay is another massive museum, so you try and cover as much ground as possible and then move on to the next afternoon activity – an afternoon stroll through the Tuileries Garden, along the banks of the Seine – the vast statue-lined 17th century gardens. The gardens are the perfect place for a picnic dinner, so you pick up some food on the way and settle in for a beautiful evening.

Day 3: Day three starts the train station, because today you will be traveling an hour outside of the city to explore the magnificent Palace of Versailles. This is a full-day endeavor as the palace itself is massive not to mention the 17 acres of gardens that are all part of the property. The palace was revealed in 1678 by King Louis XIV and in recent years has had over 5 million annual visitors. Indoor highlights include the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Chapel, and the King’s apartments, and when outside you are sure to take a stroll through the groves, the fountains, the Orangerie, and the sculpture garden. Concluding your thorough day-long tour of the property you stop by the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon as well as the Queen’s Hamlet. Versailles has offered you nothing bus sheer beauty and after a nice dinner in the town, you hop on the train back to Paris.

Day 4: It’s your fourth day in Paris, and although you have walked past the Eiffel Tower several times, you have not been to the top yet, and today is the big day! You wake up early, in an attempt to beat the crowds and get in the elevator line to visit the several levels for visitors throughout the tower. As you stand in the shadow of this massive structure, you are amazed by its height – 1,063 feet or 81 stories high – you understand why this is by far the country’s most famous monument. After getting your fill of funny Eiffel Tower pictures, you decide to grab the most famous Parisian delicacy for lunch – crepes! Although it’s a little bit of a walk, you want to see what life in Paris is all about and decide to stroll over through the winding city streets to the Catacombs. Although it sounds quite morbid, this is sight to be seen! The Catacombs are underground ossuaries that hold the remains of over 6 million people. While the full system is hundreds of miles long, there are portions of the tunnels that are open to the public, and you have heard such fascinating things that you decide you must go see for yourself! Finally, you conclude your day by walking up to the landmark hilltop white basilica of Sacré-Cœur to watch the evening’s sunset. What a day!

Day 5: Today is sadly your last day, and there is one major Paris attraction that you have not seen yet, so you decide to start your morning there – the Notre-Dame de Paris. You know that Notre-Dame was one of the first buildings in the world to use the fascinating flying buttress architectural tools, so you take close look at those as you enter the building. It’s incredible to think that construction began for this building all the way back in 1160! Exploring the winding passage ways of the cathedral is an amazing send-off from the beautiful city of Paris, and the view from the top offers one last opportunity to get some great pictures of the city’s skyline. Your final Parisian meal will be lunch in the Latin Quarter at a local café, but you make sure not to get lost in the winding alleyways, because you don’t want to miss your flight! You conclude your trip with one final stroll down the Champs Elysees before grabbing your bags and heading back to the airport, with memories to last a lifetime.

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