City Breaks in Paris

Let’s face it. Rarely will you turn your nose up at a city break in Paris. And that’s because you’d be saying no to too many things like the romance, art and scenery.

So how should you make the most of a short city break to the city of lights? First of all, grab yourself a Paris Pass (External link) . Next, go crazy on all the freebies to which you’re now entitled! And that’s more than 50 attractions all over Paris.
Here are five experiences that will have you fall in love with Paris over and over again.

Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Whether you’ve been to Paris before, one of the best ways to see the city sights is via this hop-on, hop-off bus. There are nine stops on this route where you will see famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mars, the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame, the Orsay Museum, the Paris Opera House, Champs Elysées Étoile, the Grand Palais and Trocadéro.

Louvre Museum
Unquestionably one of the finest art galleries in the world and home to the Mona Lisa along with hundreds of thousands of classic and modern masterpieces, the Louvre is the icing on the cake of French culture and a testament to European art history. The hour-long tour departs every 30 minutes from April - September, and every hour from October - March. If you’re a hopeless art lover like us, then this is a must-do!

Palace of Versailles
One of the largest and most opulent castles in the world, the UNESCO listed Palace of Versailles is a fine example of 18th-century French architecture and art, where you’ll enjoy 250 acres of landscaped and manicured lawns and fountains. Not that you will count them during your visit, but the Palace boasts around 2,143 windows, 1,252 fireplaces, and 67 staircases. Must-sees include the Hall of Mirrors, Chapel of Versailles, the Grand Apartment – originally known as the Apartment of the Planets, the Opera auditorium, the Grand Trianon and of course, Marie Antoinette’s apartment.

Seine River Day Cruise
If you’re tired of walking, then you might just like to take a cruise along the Seine River on the Bateaux Parisiens to see a different perspective of Paris. You’ll glide past many of the city’s attractions including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Tuileries Gardens, Orsay Museum and under the famous Pont Neuf, to name a few. The one-hour tour departs every 30 minutes between April and September, and every hour from October to March.

Les Caves du Louvre
For the wine lover in you, this is a superb historic wine cellar where you’ll enjoy a memorable wine-tasting tour. The experience combines historical insights with wine-tasting education with three wine tastings. This experience was designed to boost your wine knowledge, please your palate and titillate your senses.

For more travel inspiration and information on France Rail Passes and tickets, head to www.raileurope.com.au (External link) , where you can use the destination guide (External link) and interactive map to help with the trip planning.