Paris Skip the Lines deals ...

Old Feb 27th, 2017, 11:19 AM
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Paris Skip the Lines deals ...

Hello!
I will have 2 and 1/2 days to spend in Paris in April. I am traveling solo and I'm ready for
a fast-paced visit.
My top 5 must-sees are
1. Eiffel Tower
2. Louve ( just a couple of hours, see as much as I can in that time)
3. Arc de Triumph
4. Notre Dame
5. Champs Elysses

Other things I'd love to squeeze in:
Eiffel tower at night
Seine river cruise

I see that almost everything on my list has "skip the lines" packages. Are these truly skip-the-line and great time savers? If so, I am more than willing to buy them.

Thank you for your help!!
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Old Feb 27th, 2017, 01:09 PM
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I would not worry about long lines at Arc de Triomphe IME. Notre Dame just show up - unlikely to be lines to get in IME and of course Champs-Elysees is just a street (ends at the Arc de Triomphe).

It is a wonderful stroll from Louvre thru Tuileries Gardens - Place de la Concorde - more parks straight to Champs-Elysees. Notice highly fortified U S Embasssy on north side of Pl. Concorde!

Book online Eiffel Tower with a time - on official site. Louvre not sure but there is a side entrance by the Seine - western tip of Palace Seine-side wing that is sparsely utilized (as of a few years ago so not sure - was a terrorist incident at that entrance I believe recently so all may have changed.
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Old Feb 27th, 2017, 01:18 PM
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>> Notre Dame just show up - unlikely to be lines to get in IME
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janis -have you been there in April? Anyway point was yes there is no alternative to just showing up and at times there may be long lines - in recent years I have only been to Paris in winter so should have not commented.

when did you visit? (months)?

But the week before and after Easter can be like high season - the Towers are always likely to have lines because there is a finite small number of people allowed on the narrow at places access stairs- but OP does not say she is going up Notre-Dame which I think is a real treat - maybe can book that part ahead.
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You should be able to see everything on your list. Specifically, to what skip the line packages are you referring? I do not know of any of these that I would recommend your purchasing.

If you arrive early for the Eiffel Tower (about 09h30), you should not have a very long wait in line. The last time I was there in April I waited maybe 15 minutes. If you want to go at night, lines are minimal at dinner time, about 19h00.

Le Louvre has a Vermeer exhibit going on right now and I have heard that the lines are longer than usual. You may actually prefer the Musée d´Orsay but you can purchase tickets in advance for either museum and use the Museum Pass entrances and skip the ticket lines.

The perpetual line at Notre Dame moves very quickly. I should very much doubt that you will wait even 5 minutes.

Don´t expect much of a line at the Arc de Triomphe in April.

For the Seine River cruise, I prefer the Vedettes du Pont Neuf. They offer a reduced price ticket if you purchase it in advance from their website:
http://www.vedettesdupontneuf.com/

Dress warmly and carry an umbrella. April can still be cold, wet, and windy.
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>>janis -have you been there in April?> I should very much doubt that you will wait even 5 minutes.
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