Dedicate a day to Paris’s monuments

Begin your day at the Trocadéro métro, where you can get the best views of the Tour Eiffel from the esplanade of the Palais de Chaillot. If you absolutely must ride to the top, now is the best time to get in line. Otherwise, get a Seine-side view of the city’s other noteworthy monuments from the Bateaux Parisiens, moored below the Pont d’Iéna. Hour-long cruises loop around the Ile de la Cité, with multilingual commentary on the sights along the way. Afterward you can take the RER to the Musée d’Orsay for lunch in the museum’s Belle Époque dining room before tackling the late-19th-century works of art. Then it’s a short walk to the imposing Hotel des Invalides… (view the rest of this one-day itinerary)