Three days in Paris for couples - Day 3

Explore Saint-Germain and the Marais; a day at Versailles, the Bois de Boulogne, or Disneyland Paris.

For a nice way to round off your trip, combine a walk, nice restaurant, and cultural visit.

A visit to the Musée Musée Rodin and Musée d'Orsay could be paired with lunch at a traditional Parisian brasserie, the Bouillon Racine, and a stroll around Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Choose from a visit to the Musée d'Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Musée Picasso, and Musée Carnavalet and then a walk through the heart of the Marais. Or maybe you would like to spend a delightful day in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles or the Bois de Boulogne?

From island to island around Notre-Dame

Linked by (the bridge) Pont Saint-Louis, the two islands île de la Cité and île Saint-Louis form the historical and magical heart of Paris

As well as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, where you can also go up the towers, the île de la Cité is home to the Conciergerie, a former prison where Marie-Antoinette was held, and the Sainte-Chapelle chapel with its sublime stained-glass windows.

Hand in hand, enjoy the delights of the flower and bird market and Place Dauphine. Have a rest at the tiny public garden Square du Vert-Galant (the nickname of King Henri IV), then stroll along the quaysides up to Ile Saint-Louis, where you can admire the private mansions of the past.

The walk is even better with an ice cream, the speciality of the place!

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Musée d’Orsay and the old palace-like train station

Musée d'Orsay - Salle Courber - Grands formatsBuilt in 1900, then converted from a train station to a museum, and entirely renovated at the end of 2011, the Musée d’Orsay is an exceptional setting with works including Luncheon on the Grass by Manet, Dance at the Moulin de la Galette by Renoir, and Little Dancer Aged Fourteen sculpture by Degas.

All these works of art can be found here! Famous for its Impressionist art collection, the museum also displays other artwork from the Western world dating from 1848 to 1914 (paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, photography, etc.). Inside, the Café Campana merits a visit with its fantasy decor, designed to enhance the museum’s enormous clock.

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The renaissance of a major museum in the heart of the Marais

The Marais district is full of former private mansion houses that have been converted into superb museums. 2014 marks the reopening of Picasso Museum, housed in the Hôtel Salé (17th century). After its transformation, the general public can now enjoy larger spaces and exhibition rooms.

A great opportunity to discover or rediscover the richest collection of the artist’s work in the world: paintings, sculptures, sketchesPicasso’s work was especially inspired by the woman in his life. He used Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, and even Dora Maar as models. A romantic experience for couples and a must see!

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In the footsteps of France’s kings and queens at Versailles

The official residence of the kings of France from 1682 to 1789, the Palace of Versailles is where the personal lives and love stories of famous figures throughout history were played out. It was here that Louis XIV (the Sun King) fell passionately in love with the Marquise de Montespan. It is also where Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV (the ‘well-loved’ king) once lived.

Romantics will enjoy exploring the little estate, dear to Marie-Antoinette the last queen of France. See the Petit Trianon and the Queen’s hamlet, before embracing in the Temple of Love. The walk continues into the park and French gardens designed by André le Nôtre.

The fountains and trees come to life from April to October during the Musical Fountains Show, with baroque music by Lully and Rameau. This nighttime show finishes with a fireworks display, one of the most romantic highlights of summer in the Paris region.

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A great day out in the Bois du Boulogne

Redesigned in the 19th century, the Bois de Boulogne covers 846 hectares. Explore the area on foot, on horseback, or by bike, or go rowing on the lake (Lac inférieur). Take a break by the water’s edge on the terrace of the Chalet des Îles, an authentic 19th-century Swiss chalet.

After a visit to Longchamp or Auteuil racecourse, explore the Parc de Bagatelle with its small bridges, grottos, water features, Chinese pagoda, peacocks and flower gardens. Nearby is the Jardin du Pré Catelan, a park and restaurant, serving high-end cuisine in a Napoleon III pavilion. 

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Thrills and magic for two at Disneyland® Paris

With its two parks and numerous attractions, restaurants and events, Disneyland® Paris is a novel place to spend the day with your loved one. For thrill-seeking couples, share a carriage on ‘Space Mountain®: Mission 2’ for 2 minutes 30 seconds of guaranteed excitement. For a magical, romantic moment, nostalgic grown-ups can embark on a musical tour of the world, animated by singing and dancing dolls to ‘It’s a Small World’.

At the end of the day, head to the Blue Lagoon for a candlelit dinner for two on the edge of a lagoon, where you can choose from a selection of seafood and traditional Creole cuisine. And for the highlight of this magical outing: the nighttime show Disney Dreams® (lasers, fountains, fireworks, etc.), staged on the facade of the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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