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First Timers Paris Itinerary - Feedback?

Hi all, I've been working on our Paris portion of our trip (DH and myself) and would love to hear your thoughts and get help with our questions. FYI, we plan to purchase the 4-day museum pass.

Tuesday Sept 22 - depart Honfleur in rental car. See Jumieges Abbey in the morning as a stop on our drive to Paris. Drop rental car at Montparnasse station. Check into our hotel (Hotel Atmospheres in LQ), hopefully around 3pm. Buy our museum pass (suggestion where?) and explore the LQ and/or maybe Le Marais areas. 8:00pm take a 3-hr walking tour "Paris with Martin" to get acquainted with Paris, includes snacks and wine.

Wednesday Sept 23 - Visit Notre Dame and go up a tower in the morning. We will plan to get in line for the tower between 9-10am since I'm guessing it will be busy. We would like to catch a concert at Saint Chappelle on Friday night -- so do we need to plan time on this day to visit it during the day or will an evening concert allow us to see it? Visit Cluny Museum early afternoon. Go back to the hotel for a nap or a break if we need it. Plan to get to the Louvre around 6 for a late evening tour until it closes or until we're done. I've downloaded a guided audio tour from the museum which seems to be great!

Thursday Sept 24 - Not sure if this is the best order...thoughts? Start our day around 9, take the metro to the Arc. Visit the Orangerie next and maybe picnic in the Jardin des Tuileries? From what I've read, it sounds like the Champs Elysees would not really appeal to us so should would it make sense to just take the metro from the Arc to the Orangerie or should we walk it? Then an afternoon visit of the Rodin museum. End the day a with a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Should we go ahead and buy our tickets ahead of time? I see that sunset is supposed to be at 7:45pm -- I would prefer to go up when there is still some of the gorgeous evening light left for photos. Does a 7pm ticket time sound reasonable? Would it work well to take a Seine boat ride from the Eiffel Tower back to Notre Dame?

Friday Sept 25 - Full day at Versailles. Thinking about the guided tour of the Private Apartments of the Kings - anyone recommend this? Also thinking about renting a bicycle for the gardens. We definitely want to see Marie Antoinette's Estate in the afternoon. Should we pack a picnic lunch for this day? Or can we get satisfactory light fare while there? We don't want to get caught in a tourist-trap lunch (bad food, high priced). We would like to catch a concert at Saint Chappelle in the evening.

Saturday Sept 26 - Take the metro up to Montmartre. Visit Sacre Coeur early in the morning. Explore the Puces de Saint-Ouen flea market for a few hours. We are contemplating taking a 3-hr "Secret Foods Tour" in Montmartre at 2:30. I dislike committing to a certain time in case I want to be free for something else but this tour sounds really fun and tasty...hard to decide. If we don't we can spend more time exploring and/or doing a little shopping. Our last evening is unplanned. I've noted that the Fete de la Gastronomie will be going on this day. Perhaps we could have a nice dinner out for our last night in Paris at a restaurant that is participating in this event?

Sunday Sept 27 - Our flight departs at 9:25am so we're planning on getting to the airport around 6:30am, via the RER stop close to our hotel.

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