Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Paris: Help w/short and very last minute trip

Jump to last reply

I just found out that I have a business trip in Paris next week and I could use some help with ideas to make the best of my short time there. I was in Paris only once before over 20 years ago as part of a whirlwind bus tour of European cities and spent about 1 1/2 days there. At the time I saw some of the highlights and visited Versailles, but it has been quite a while.

I will be traveling overnight from New York (arriving around 6 a.m.) and will be there for 5 days and nights. However, I will obviously be jet-lagged the day I arrive and then I only have one day (the last day) completely free to play tourist. Other days I will have a mix of work and/or meetings with the possibility of grabbing a few hours here and there.

I will be staying in the Opera area and will be working within a 10 minute walk from the hotel. This is what things look like time-wise:

Day 1 -- I arrive at CDG around 6 a.m, so I figure I will get to the hotel around 8-9 and will have several hours before I can get a room, unless I am lucky and they have something available.

Day 2 - I will probably have until about noon or 1pm. Then I will need to work and go to meetings. The evening after about 6pm will be free.

Day 3 - No free time today as I will be working all day and have a work-related event to attend in the evening.

Day 4 -- I should have about 2- 2/12 hours free in the middle of the afternoon and the evening free after about 5:30 or 6:00pm.

Day 5 - Completely free day and evening (Saturday). Flying back on Sunday morning.

This is so last minute that I really don't know what I want to do. A few things that come to mind are taking the hop-on hop-off bus (or maybe the 69 bus) the day of arrival to rest and get a sense of the area (not sure if sitting on a buss is smart after flying overnight, though). I'm also considering a visit to the Louvre or Musee D'Orsay, a possible free walking tour and as I have some interest in photography I was considering booking a photo tour for a half day (or more, depending on what other things I want to do) .

I get the sense that doing less and enjoying the moments is probably a better plan than rushing from one thing to the next, but I don't want to waste the little bits of time I may have free wandering around aimlessly without any idea what I am looking at.

Any thoughts/ideas/input is most greatly appreciated.

33 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winners Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Sep 17, 14 at 01:05 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 floods in Andalucia
  2. 2 Trip Report Tour Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland On Line (Video + Stills)
  3. 3 Southern Spain - What to SEE, what to BUY - what NOT to miss
  4. 4 Dxb St. Juery Schaffhausen
  5. 5 Dubai to St. Juery France to Schaffhausen Switzerland
  6. 6 at what point should one get health insurance
  7. 7 Tipping in the UK
  8. 8 4 Months in Europe
  9. 9 Birthday trip for Mom in May 2015
  10. 10 Paris: Picasso Museum reopens, Finally
  11. 11 Photography Trip Ideas in Eastern Europe
  12. 12 Recommendations for city break with baby
  13. 13 Wurzburg/Regensburg Weather in April
  14. 14 Rick Steves - Ugly American Again!
  15. 15 Inexpensive Restaurant in Zurich
  16. 16 France in October
  17. 17 Wines charted by flavor
  18. 18 BEST OF FRANCE ROAD TRIP IN 30 DAYS- MAY 15
  19. 19 Croatia via Venice for two weeks - itinerary suggestions
  20. 20 Planning 18 day euro trip HELP
  21. 21 Airbnb scam
  22. 22 Dusseldorf and Frankfurt
  23. 23 Where to stay the night between Naples and Matera
  24. 24 Help with Summer 2015 Trip to Italy
  25. 25 4-5 Days in Switzerland before Paris? Is Berne the place to go?
View next 25 » Back to the top