Even though I’m a ‘blogger,’ I must admit – I’m not the best at creating content in the moment. Many of you might not know, but in October Matt and I spent two weeks in France! That’s right, the day […]
Even though I’m a ‘blogger,’ I must admit – I’m not the best at creating content in the moment.
Many of you might not know, but in October Matt and I spent two weeks in France!
That’s right, the day after our wedding – on October 16th, 2022 – we left for a two-week French excursion. I’ve always dreamed of going to France. So, I spent a good amount of time researching, sourcing, and planning excursions. This included booking hotels on my radar and making reservations at places I had been saving for years.
Whether you’re planning a trip to France or someday plan to venture that way – I’ve put together our Parisian Honeymoon Itinerary to reference. My goal with this post is to inspire your own dream while sharing my experience visiting the gorgeous country.
Plus, over the next few weeks, I will be sharing the entirety of our itinerary. This will include images from each stop and location. I wanted to start our honeymoon series off with an overview of what we did, where we stayed. My next post will feature what we packed – so stay tuned!
Two Week Parisian Honeymoon Itinerary
Day 1 (Sunday): Flight overnight from JFK to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Day 2 (Monday): Arrive in Paris in the morning and check into La Comtesse Hotel for seven nights.
Transportation From Airport to Hotel: I booked private transportation from Airport to Hotel in advance through a travel site. I knew we’d arrive exhausted from the flight and wedding the day before.
So French Car Tour: Anticipating our fatigue, I wanted to be sure Matt and I had a reason to stay up. So, I booked us an hour car tour of Paris. I found the guide on Instagram. I highly recommend the tour! It was pouring rain but, even in the rain it was a great way for us to get a lay of the land. Plus, we got local recommendations!
Le Petit Cler for Dinner: The tour guide recommended we check out a street called Rue Cler by our hotel for lunch and dinner. It did not disappoint!
Day 3 (Tuesday): Spent the day walking around Paris.
Lock Bridge & The Basilica of the Sacred Heart: The Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge most famous for being filled with locks is no longer the home to the most infamous tourist tradition of adding a padlock to the fencing. Now, you can place your lock on the railings near The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, a beautiful church on top of a hill with stunning views of Paris. My cousin Robert and his wife Carrie had a custom engraved heart lock, similar to this one, made with our wedding date for Matt and I to place at the church. I was so grateful for the gift because I never would have thought to take part in this tradition. I think it’s a must to add to your to-do!
Evening Boat Tour: We ended the day on a private evening boat tour of the Seine. I highly recommend splurging on this excursion. We took the most gorgeous pictures (as you can see). Matt and I enjoyed plenty of wine, berries, and bread while taking in the historic view.
Day 4 (Wednesday): Toured the Louvre Museum Paris – we decided on an Exclusive Guided Tour with skip-the-line entry. This allowed us to make the most of our time! If you’ve never been to Paris it’s a must.
Day 5 (Thursday): Toured Normandy, Omaha Beach, and Cemetery with a small group. This was a full-day excursion and one of our favorites on the trip. The perfect tour for any history lover or anyone interested in learning more about World War II and the United States’ involvement.
Day 6 (Friday): Spent the morning and afternoon walking the city and saw a show in the evening:
Walkable Sites: A few walkable sites we saw were The Norte Dame, The Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe, Palais Garnier (the Opera House), and Sainte-Chapelle.
Moulin Rouge Show: In the evening we took an Uber over to the Montmartre neighborhood for dinner and a stroll. We then went to the 9PM Moulin Rouge Show. Again, I’d say the show is a tourist must! Matt and I were told the dinner at the show was ‘just okay.’ So, we opted to local eats instead – both delicious and affordable!
Day 7 – Day 8 (Saturday & Sunday): Matt and I left these days wide open. The flexibility gave us the opportunity to explore the city, do some shopping, and have some much-needed downtime.
The Palace of Versailles
Day 9 – Day 11 (Monday – Wednesday): We headed to The Palace of Versailles for two nights!
Hotel: This was certainly the more lavish part of our honeymoon. Matt and I stayed on the palace properties at Airelles Versailles. It was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’ll read all about this memory in an upcoming honeymoon post.
Gordes in Provence
Day 11 – 14 (Wednesday – Saturday): We headed to the small town of Gordes in the South of France for some R&R.
Transportation: We had assistance in booking our SNCF train ticket to the south of France via the concierge at the hotel. The trip was under 3 hours. By car it would have been closer to 10! I will say lugging 4 large suitcases through the train stations and onto the train was a tad stressful. Once we were on the train it was smooth sailing.
Hotel: I stumbled upon the small quintessential town of Gordes on Instagram about a year ago and knew this stop had to make our trip. La Bastide Gordes is a stunning resort on the hillside of Provence. Again, you’ll hear all about this in an upcoming honeymoon-related post!
That wraps up the entirety of our itinerary.
Next, we’ll touch on what and how we packed for our two-week trip. Stay tuned for all the photos from our stay at Versailles & The South Of France!