There always is a first time to greater things in life … A first emotion, a first kiss, a first love … a first time in Paris, and should it be sooner or later, your first time in Paris is most important to us … and your first time in Paris will bring you lifetime memories …
“First time in Paris for Two Days”
You have planned a couple of days for your first visit to Paris and even though it is a little short, we imagine that this visit will be the prelude to many others. Forty-eight hours does not allow you to see everything, but if your visit is well planned according to your own tastes and interests along with judicious choices, you may create memories of a lifetime. The entire Concierge Team of the Four Seasons Hotel George V is here to help you with its expertise and offer you a glimpse of the many wonders of the City of Light.
As a start, do not hesitate to plan a short orientation tour with one of our experimented drivers or join a discovery bus tour. This visit will allow you to cover most of the major sites of Paris without sacrificing too much of your precious time. A stop at the Eiffel Tower is often a must do as the Iron Lady is so iconic of Paris as well as Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Palais Garnier, the Sacré Coeur of Montmartre, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, the Invalides and some of the best views of the capital will enchant you.
(If you plan to visit the Eiffel Tower, the queues are long and you need to book your tickets, sometimes weeks in advance, through the www.tour-eiffel.fr/ site. And if you didn’t do it on time, we may have solutions for you …)
It’s time for lunch and a break is needed … For your first Parisian meal, we invite you to discover one of the many “New” bars or restaurants that have flourished in the neighborhoods of Paris. Most members of the team are “foodies” and we are here to assist you and answer as close as possible to your expectations and your mood of the moment.
Shopping is often one of the favorite activities of visitors to the capital. The hotel is ideally located in the Golden Triangle and close to the Faubourg Saint-Honore, but you may prefer to stroll the streets of Saint-Germain des Prés and enjoy the atmosphere of this area, rich of its art galeries, its antique shops, its fashion boutiques and sidewalk cafes, its “germanopratine” atmosphere. Saint-Germain is a great walking neighborhood where each and every street will offer you new surprises.
It will soon be time to return to prepare yourself to experience your first Parisian evening and depending on your mood, you may hesitate between the elegance of an evening in one of the Parisian temples of gastronomy such as Le Cinq, the three-michelin star jewel of the Four Seasons George V in which the talented Chef Christian Le Squer infuses his creativity. Should you be of a less formal spirit, a bistro with more traditional cuisine and ‘so French’ with a lively atmosphere may be what suits you better. We know the best ones.
For your second day, visiting one of our wonderful museums is a necessity. Some will take no longer than an hour and are just as exciting as the Louvre which will
require a little more of your time, or a Musée d’Orsay, entirely devoted to the riches of the nineteenth century. Jacquemart-André and Nissim de Camondo are also among our favorites.
For lunch, a break on Ile Saint-Louis or Ile de la Cité has our preference before starting exploring the « Marais”. You are in the heart of Parisian history, the birthplace of the capital, so that a visit to Musée Carnavalet will tell you about Paris better than anyone. Breathe Paris, look up above your head, scan every detail of these beautiful mansions. Sit for a moment on a terrace, watch the passers-by, look at a street show or take a walk under the arcades of the Place des Vosges … just enjoy the moment. Carpe Diem.
For your second night you can refer you to one of the choices mentioned above such as a Gourmet dinner, otherwise a more « canaille » experience, or prefer a relaxing evening in Montmartre to watch the beautiful views of the capital. Our choice will go to a lovely dinner cruise on River Seine, to enjoy the illuminations of our finest monuments as to say goodbye to Paris and promise to return as a wish under the sparkling Eiffel Tower always comes true.
Come back soon, Paris counts so many more treasures …
“First time in Paris for Four Days”
Four days to discover Paris … You do not have time to waste, but it is quite enough to fall in love with the City of Light.
We can enrich our two-day program while keeping it as a base with an orientation tour to discover Paris and further exploration of neighborhoods such as Saint-Germain des Prés and Le Marais. The visit of some of our museums and a selected choice among a few restaurants out of the great palette that Paris can offer should be developed but is depends on the season, weather forecasts and days of the week.
If you visit Paris in June the sun rises around 6am and the night falls after 10pm. In December, it rises after 9am and it is dark again as early as 5pm. Also remember that for many gourmet restaurants are closed on weekends and most shops are closed on Sundays. But Sunday is a perfect day to stroll through the Marais or to visit the flea market. The museums will close for most on Monday or Tuesday.
To start your day if your stay includes a Tuesday, do not hesitate to join the experience “Run my City” which allows you to make your morning jog or run, depending upon your preferred pace through the streets and parks of Paris accompanied by some of the best joggers that the Four Seasons George V counts.
If museums are among your priorities then do not hesitate to visit the Louvre, of course, but also the Musée d’Orsay, the Orangerie, Jacquemart-André, Nissim de Camondo, Rodin, Cognac-Jay or Carnavalet Museums. One of your days should definitely take you to Versailles, the sumptuous palace of the Sun King. On a long day from April to October, combine this trip with a visit to Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny where you should not hesitate to be accompanied by one of our excellent guides to make the most of your visit.
If shopping is the main purpose of your visit to Paris, then you can probably avoid having to choose between the Golden Triangle, the Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Saint-Germain des Prés and the department stores but visit each of them and enrich the route with some iconic boutiques such as the superb Vuitton store on the Champs-Elysées and the one opened by Hermes on the Left Bank in an old 1930s swimming pool.
On a Wednesday or Saturday morning, a visit to a food market is a true Parisian experience. Paris counts many, and depending on the date of your visit, we can direct you to the most beautiful markets in the capital and some of the finest food shops of Paris. And why not a cooking class, too?
If you are in Paris on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday, visit the Flea Market of Saint-Ouen, but do not leave without listening to our advice. Treasures await you in Marchés Serpette, Paul Bert, Biron, Dauphine or Vernaison.
And, on a rainy day, we shall direct you to discover the old Covered Passages of Paris and their special and timeless atmosphere. There are fascinating displays which may be dedicated to decorating, filled with delicacies, fine wines or vintage objects.
Finally, it remains to fill in your evenings. An opera at the Bastille Opera a ballet at the Palais Garnier, a concert at the Sainte-Chapelle or a cabaret show, at the Lido or the Crazy Horse, will enchant you.
We have the keys to the city and our passion is to help you discover it. We are expecting you … and we already know that you will return …
“First time in Paris for a Week”
“Paris is worth a mass.” This is a famous phrase attributed to King Henri IV whose equestrian statue adorns the point of the Ile de la Cité. We believe that “Paris is well worth a week ».
After combining our two and four days programs, it is likely to remain easy to slide one or two days of activities and excursions outside Paris. The choices are many if not endless.>
South-east, and a one hour drive, is Fontainebleau and its castle were stayed both François I, iconic king of the Renaissance, as well as Emperor Napoleon I, and in this same direction the magnificent castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte with the fascinating history of Superintendent Nicolas Fouquet, whom the Sun King took offense at, before the magnificence of the mansion and gardens designed by André Le Nôtre. Without Vaux, Versailles would never exist. This tour will also take you to the village of Barbizon, famous the artists who lived there, or to Moret sur Loing, the home of Alfred Sisley.
To the east, 90 minutes away, will be the vineyards and cellars of Champagne, but also the magnificent cathedral of Reims which saw the coronation of almost all the kings of France.
To the north, Chantilly and the castle of the Grand Condé, cousin of Louis XIV. which was distroyed and then saved during the nineteenth century and always embellished by the Duke of Aumale, who made this magnificent piece of architecture one of the finest museums in France. The impressive stables are also famous, built by the 7th Prince de Conde who thought to be, after his death, reincarnated as a horse. On your way the Abbaye de Royaumont and the Abbaye de Chaalis
(Jacquemart-André) will be part of the trip, and why not a golf course on the « Golf du Lys » designed in 1929 by Tom Simpson to complete your day.
And further, two hours away, are Normandy and the Loire Valley.
Normandy with Giverny, closer to Paris, but also Rouen, the pretty little port of Honfleur, Deauville and its beaches, casinos or horse races and to the West along the coast, the D-Day beaches were took place the Battle of Normandy, symbol of the liberation of France by Allied forces in 1944. Finally, at the opposite extreme of Normandy, the Mont Saint-Michel, difficult to integrate into a one-day program, but so worth the trip
The Loire Valley, is famous of course for its magnificent castles that you can not expect to see all in one day but the best are within easy reach. Chenonceau, Chambord, Chaumont, Amboise, and if you have more time, Azay-le-Rideau Langeais, Valencay etc …
And if you want to venture further, destinations won’t miss: the vineyards of Burgundy or Bordeaux , the Dordogne Valley, or Alsace are just a short TGV ride away, and if you have not had the time to visit, here is a great excuse to come back …