Itinerary

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Here’s how to enjoy Paris for..

 
 

Under US$50

 

No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the top of the Eiffel Tower, the most-visited paid monument in the world. There are three levels for visitors; for the best 360-degree views, head for the top level, at 276m high. If you don't fancy scaling the 704 stairs to reach it, a lift ticket will set you back just €15 (US$20).

Need a tipple to calm your vertigo jitters? La Derniere Goutte is a charming wine shop that has been run by a Cuban-American wine connoisseur Juan Sanchez for over 20 years. It specialises in estate-bottled, organic and biodynamic wines and every Saturday, from 11am until 7pm, there are free wine tastings. Afterwards, splash out on your favourite bottle.

 
 
 

Under US$150

 

Board the hop-on, hop-off Batobus ferry service; adult one-day pass €15), which docks at eight stops along the Seine. The views en route are excellent (look out for the Gothic towers of the Notre-Dame cathedral). Alight at the Musee du Louvre; admission from €12) to see Paris' most famous painting, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

While the modern art collection at the Pompidou Centre is worth a visit in itself, the reason to come here in the evenings is for its futuristic rooftop bar and restaurant, Georges. Order a cocktail or bottle of champagne, find a seat on the roof terrace and take in the views of the sun setting over the Eiffel Tower and Sacre-Coeur. Food offerings range from smoked salmon to grilled beef.

 
 
 

Under US$500

 

Head 20km southwest of Paris to the Palace of Versailles, transformed by Louis XIV from a hunting lodge into the opulent chateau that stands today. Paris City Vision offers a guided tour of the palace, gardens and two smaller castles, plus lunch at La Petite Venise restaurant in the park for €135.

Don your glad rags for an evening at Moulin Rouge, Paris' world famous cabaret venue. Tuck into a three-course meal (expect dishes such as duck foie gras with mango vinaigrette and sea bass fillet with mushroom cream) before watching the infamous Feerie show complete with 60 sumptuously-dressed dancers, fabulous sets and live music. Dinner and show costs €210.