Your Paris vacation
The French capital woos with its couture, seduces with its chocolate and kindles romance in Jardin des Tuileries. Journey down the Siene between visits to Notre-Dame, the Louvre or Musee d'Orsay. Climb the steps at Sacre-Coeur, and watch the sun set over Paris. Visit Marche des Enfant Rouges in Marais on a Sunday morning for the street performers and accordions.
Whether it's your first time on a Paris vacation or your fiftieth, let Orbitz help with the planning. We'll give you the details on the best time go, top 10 highlights and tips on the choicest petit fours and boulangeries.
Best time to take a vacation to Paris
Paris in springtime lives up to its reputation: Flowers bloom, cafe culture returns, hotel rates soar. But with a bit of planning, you can find good hotel deals. Summer is peak season, and social calendars fill with festivals and open-air events (many free) -- so be sure to plan well in advance.
Paris gets a makeover in fall: new movies, new fashions and that gorgeous crisp in the air. Fall is low season, and cheap hotel rates in Paris abound.
Winter gets a bad rap; with so many museums, cathedrals and cozy cafes in Paris, November and December might be just your style. Christmas markets start in late November and early December, and the City of Light takes illumination to a whole new level.
Insider tips for Paris travel
Bread and chocolate
How to buy bread in Paris? Look for the longest lines. At Poilane, that's around 4 p.m. when it's fresh out of the oven. And chocolate? Richart, near the Musee d'Orsay. (Go for the liqueur-filled).
Cirque de Paris
Bring your petits enfants on official kids days: They can meet the animals, put on clown makeup, practice tight-rope walking and lunch with the artistes.
Get in early or after 1:30 p.m. to avoid the crowds. Juveniles Lavinia and Legrand Filles et Fils in the Opera district are among the finest.
Dine at this gem located across from the Pompidou. Order the beef stroganoff and cream of lentil soup. For dessert: everything.
Most churches have free musical performances, from classical concerts to organ recitals. Regular concerts are held in St-Julien-de-Pauvre, St-Germain-des-Pres, Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle.
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You can photograph it, climb it, drink wine near it and kiss under it. One lady loved it so much she married it. Nearby: Quai Branly Museum, the Champ de Mars Gardens, lots of hotels.
Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle
These Gothic masterpieces, located a few blocks apart, are steeped in sacred beauty. Discover flying buttresses, relics and artwork inside Notre-Dame. Jewel box Sainte-Chapelle sparkles with thousands of religious scenes depicted in 15 stained-glass windows.
The Louvre (Musee du Louvre)
Get your art fix from Mona Lisa to the Michelangelos and Winged Victory to the Louvre Pyramid. Stroll the still-thriving old market district Les Halles nearby.
This bohemian nook has eccentric Paris character to spare with its easel-and-artist filled square (Place du Tertre), Moulin Rouge and hilltop Sacre-Coeur basilica. Mustachioed master Dali's Espace museum is nearby.
Take the Batobus down the Siene (buy a day pass for hop on/hop off privileges), where you can stop at Notre-Dame, Musee d'Orsay, the Eiffel Tower, Hotel de Ville and the Louvre.
St-Germaine and the Latin Quarter
Medieval stomping grounds of Latin-speaking clergy, this arrondissement is filled with French etceteras: Sorbonne, St-Germain, Cluny Museum, and bistros galore.
Climb the Arc de Triomphe for glittering views of L'Etoile. Settle the score between a sweet tooth and eye-candy cravings at nearby Laduree.
Rodin Museum (Musee Rodin)
Even the art-shy swoon at Gates of Hell, The Thinker, The Kiss and the setting here. Laze in the sculpture gardens and write postcards.
Named after Louis XIV's confessor, this French cemetery is filled with serene beauty. Visit the interred here: Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas, Gustave Dore, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrisson.
Though it's not technically in Paris, missing Versailles is still a real non-non. Catch your reflection in the Hall of Mirrors, and see a world of silks, murals, ostrich plumes and regal glitz.