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1. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 982 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I am flying to Paris with my 18 year old granddaughter arriving on the 20th of June 2019. Our hotel will be the Renaissance Arc de Triomphe and we arrive late on the 20th. I have arranged to be picked up at the airport and taken to the hotel on the 20th. We have from the 21st to the 24th to do stuff in Paris before the start of our river cruise. I know both of us want to visit Musée de l'Orangerie. She says she doesn't want to go to the Louvre or Versailles. I am OK with skipping Versailles as I visited it in 1964, but I may want to take a peek at the Louvre because I have not been there since 1950. And I think she will go along with that. I'd like to see San Chapelle. It has been suggested to have dinner on the Eiffel Tower. Do you think that is a good idea?

This is what the cruise company will have us doing

June 25
Enjoy a morning tour of Paris, taking in all its iconic sites. Later in the day, visit Montmartre. For easy access to Montmartre, you’ll hop aboard the funicular railroad that ascends the hill. Montmartre's most recognizable landmark is the Basilica du Sacré-Coeur. After your visit to Montmartre, you’ll be taken on an illumination tour, discovering why Paris is renowned as the “City of Light.”

June 26 PARIS
You’ll visit one of the world’s most renowned museums, the Musée d’Orsay.

I contacted the company I used for the accessible visit to Amsterdam, but they have not gotten back to me and that may be because I had scathing things to say about their arrangements. So does anyone have any suggestions for places that I could get to

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1067 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Dinner on the Eiffel Tower is good because they have a separate entrance so you don't have to wait in those long lines. We've never eaten there because it's out of our budget range but if you're okay with the price, I think it's a good idea. Be sure you make a reservation as its very popular. Hope for clear weather!

The Orangerie is very nice since its renovation a few years ago. If you have the time, you might enjoy the Marmottan-Monet Museum which has an amazing collection of Monet's paintings.

BTW, after you take the funicular up to Sacre Coeur, there are still some steps to go up. If you turn away from the church, I think you can roll along the streets to the basilica. You might try Google maps to check that. While you're up there, the church of St. Pierre is one of the oldest churches in Paris and very interesting. Amazing bronze doors outside it.

Enjoy your trip.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Apr-2019, at 13:23 by Beausoleil ]

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 982 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Sage travel says that the Orangerie is accessible once you get there - someone has to open a side door so that you don't need to go up the steps, and there is a tour there Monday and Thursday at 2:30. He also says the the Metro Line 14 is the only one that is really accessible.

I'm thinking that maybe a side trip to Givency would be good. ALso Sage offers a walking tour of the East bank and one of the West bank. I did one of them in Amsterdam and it was good.

4. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1067 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

If I were you, I'd avoid the Metro (even though I love it) and take the bus or use Uber or a taxi. Most of the Metro stations now have an escalator but usually only going up, not down. Several have elevators but the destination elevator isn't at ground level and you still have steps or an escalator to face. You can check the RATP web site for accessibility information.

Giverny is lovely. There are a few steps up into Monet's house and stairs to the upper floor. The gardens should be accessible but check their web site. The train only goes to Vernon so you'd need a taxi on to Giverny but it's not far. A tour out of Paris would take care of that problem.

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 982 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

That's what Sage travel says also (about the Metro). He says the trams or buses are better.

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1067 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

That's what Sage travel says also (about the Metro). He says the trams or buses are better.

Not better, better for you. They are all good depending on where you start and where you are going. We use all of them and they all work. I just particularly like the Metro because it's fun to run between trains and see all the activity in the tunnels, crazy music, people in a hurry, busy life in the city. Buses aren't nearly as exciting, just easier to use. Depends on what you need and where you're going.

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 982 posts) 6w 1 Star this if you like it!

Right - more accessible for me.

8. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 913 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

You'll have to double-check accessibility, but a bateaux mouche ride on the Seine would be pleasant for both of you I think. As you're planning on the Sainte Chapelle, check out the pretty Place Dauphine at the western end of the Ile de la Cite and the statue of Henri IV. Walk across the Pont des Arts which is pedestrianised and often has buskers and/or art on display. Walk in the Tuileries (combine with the Orangerie visit) - it's all level apart from when you go in from the street and there are ramps for that.

9. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1067 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToonSarah

You'll have to double-check accessibility, but a bateaux mouche ride on the Seine would be pleasant for both of you I think. As you're planning on the Sainte Chapelle, check out the pretty Place Dauphine at the western end of the Ile de la Cite and the statue of Henri IV. Walk across the Pont des Arts which is pedestrianised and often has buskers and/or art on display. Walk in the Tuileries (combine with the Orangerie visit) - it's all level apart from when you go in from the street and there are ramps for that.

Prettier than the Place Dauphine and with a spectacular view of Notre Dame is the pretty little park Square René Viviani just across the Seine from Notre Dame. The Tuileries are level if you enter from Place de la Concorde. Then you can use the ramp to the Orangerie and also just explore the Tuileries Gardens . . . my absolute favorite part of Paris. There are ramps at the other end (the Louvre end) so you should be fine there. You can skip the line at the Pyramid of the Louvre if you are in a wheelchair. This is good because the other entrances are not particularly accessible. I think you're with Sage and they have their own tours meeting at the Pyramid. Seems like a great agency. Have you used them before?

10. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 982 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I used them in Amsterdam last June, and some of it was good and some of it was completely screwed up. We had two very nice tours through them. One a walking tour and one a tour to outlying villages. But the place we were instructed to meet at the airport was at the drop off for outgoing passengers when there was a completely logical meeting place inside the airport which everyone else uses, and the hotel reservation was under my middle name instead of my surname, so when the scooter rental people came to drop off the scooter, they said they had no reservation for me. Then when I tried to get to the canal tour, I could not find it as the maps at the end didn't have enough detail.

Arrival in Amsterdam

I was so annoyed that I gave them a very bad review and sent several scathing emails, so I am not sure that they will want me as a client again.