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Mom's First Trip to Paris (2.5 days)

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My mom and I are traveling to Europe (for her first time) at the end of August. At this point I have all of our flights, trains & lodging arrangements taken care of, and I'm trying to finalize an itinerary that covers the most possible attractions in the least amount of time, with the least amount of strenuous activity for my mom. (I'm aware this is practically an impossible combination, yet, alas...)

Paris (3 days, 2 nights)
Flight to Rome (2 days, 2 nights)
Highspeed train to Florence (1 day)
Regional Train to Cinque Terre (Manarola home base 3 days, 4 nights)

I have been to Paris before and feel comfortable navigating the metros and have a pretty good feel of the neighborhoods, etc. I would love to see the Palace of Versailles but have heard the crowds can be horrendous. I live in NYC and deal with crowds every day; would you say it's comparable? Worth the trip seeing as we have so little time?

I know my mom would love a boat cruise. Better during the day or at night? Reviews on the different lines? Definitely not planning on a meal during the tour. Leaning toward the 9-11pm Seine Cruise via http://www.canauxrama.com/en/cruise/the-parisienne-cruise-on-the_139.html

Anyone have experience with canauxrama?

Any must-see Paris attractions other than the obvious? Restaurants? Shops?

What about the unlimited metro card (zones 1-5)? Worth the money? We'll be flying into CDG airport and most likely taking the Roissybus into the city. Our airbnb is in the Marais district so I know we'll be taking at least a metro ride or two each throughout each of the days we'll be exploring (especially if we decide on the Versailles). Also, we'll be flying to Rome out of ORY airport. (suggestions on best routes to ORY are welcomed, too!)

Any and all suggestions are totally welcomed and appreciated!!

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