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Paris Itineraries: How To Plan The Perfect Paris Trip

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Paris may be the City of Light and Love, but it’s also an enormous, functioning and formidable metropolis. Packed with a multitude of sights, planning a succinct Paris itinerary is a challenging task – but no need to worry, with our itinerary, you can easily plan a perfect trip to Paris.

After visiting Paris numerous times over the last 20 years, we have experience in navigating to the top Paris attractions and off-the-beaten-path gems.

To help other travelers fall in love with the city, we have created an ideal One Week in Paris Itinerary that features the absolute best things to do!

However, because we know not all travelers planning a Paris vacation intend to stay for an entire week, we created additional Paris itineraries that outline what to do in Paris in one day or longer. Plus, we share tips on how to plan a multi-city trip for travelers extending their vacation to other top European destinations.


Creating The Perfect Paris Itinerary

Red Christmas Lights decorate trees on Champs Elysees leading to Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

Everyone has their own interpretation of their perfect trip to Paris. We know someone who spent their entire three days in Paris inside the Louvre – and we have other friends who have visited Paris and never set foot inside a museum. There is no right or wrong way to see Paris.

Our Paris trip planner can be followed step-by-step – or used as a point of reference to design a Paris trip itinerary that fits your travel style.

Don’t feel obligated to see a specific sight just because someone says that it’s a must-see. There are an endless number of things to do in Paris and it’s nearly impossible (and certainly exhausting) to try and see them all.

One thing we highly recommend in Paris is spending time relaxing in cafes or casually strolling along the Seine riverbank. For your Paris itinerary, it’s important to allow room for flexibility and schedule some time to simply sit back, relax and enjoy Paris.


About Our Paris Itineraries

Looking up the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

For each day of our Paris itinerary planner, we have outlined the sights that you can see. That said, it’s an ambitious Paris tour itinerary that squeezes just about as much as possible into the time allotted.

Designed for determined sightseers, travelers who want a less intense and more leisurely agenda should eliminate some sights from our Paris itinerary planner. Your style of travel, time of visit (peak season vs. non-peak) and energy level will dictate how you create your absolute best Paris itinerary.


Paris Day Planner

Our Paris, France itinerary covers a total of seven days in Paris; each day builds on the previous day’s adventures. For each sight in our sample itinerary for Paris, we provide a brief description and pertinent information so that you can decide if you want to include it in your Paris trip plan. 

Whether you are a first-time visitor trying to see Paris in a day or are returning to the city for a long weekend in Paris, you can use our suggestions in our day-by-day plan to build your perfect Paris itinerary.

Pro Tip: Consider using Travel Planning Printables (like we do) to get your vacation to Paris organized!


Planning a Paris Trip: What You Need to Know

Three French flags fly from balcony in Paris, France

If you choose to follow our itinerary for Paris exactly as it is written or use our Paris plan as a base for creating your own adventure, there are a few things that you will want to keep in mind during your Paris planning process. 


Paris Tourist Map

To assist in routing your way through Paris, we have provided a link to Google Maps for each day’s sightseeing adventures. Additionally, we have included a map link to each sight so that you can easily locate it during your trip.

Furthermore, at the end of the post, we have a complete map of all the sights to see in Paris.

That said, we strongly suggest you purchase a Paris map in advance of your trip (like this one on Amazon) and spend a little time studying the layout of the city.

Paris sightseeing will be a lot more enjoyable if you have a better understanding of where the sights are located.


Paris Wifi Connection

To use the links throughout our itinerary of Paris during your trip, you will need an internet connection. To stay connected during your trip, we recommend contacting your cell phone service provider to inquire about short-term international plans.

Alternatively, invest in a Mobile Wifi Hotspot for your trip (we use a GlocalMe WiFi device). If traveling as a family or in a small group, renting or buying a hotspot can be cheaper than international plans with your mobile phone company.


Getting Around Paris 

Top Paris sights are located throughout the sprawling city. Visitors can get around by walking, taking a bus, hopping on the Metro or getting an Uber. 

For most of our Paris 1 Week Itinerary, we recommend walking. Therefore, in addition to packing your patience, sightseeing in Paris also requires packing a good pair of walking shoes for travel.

For each sight on our Paris in One Week itinerary, we indicate our preferred method of travel (Walk, Metro, Bus) based on arriving from the previous sight. We talk more about getting around in Paris – using the Metro and Uber – at the end of the article.


Paris Museums and Landmarks

Our Paris in a Week Itinerary includes several museums and other landmarks that require an entrance fee. While we think it is quite possible to enjoy a trip to Paris without paying to enter any sights, most visitors will want to visit some of the city’s most iconic places, like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Versailles.

These top sights – and others – will likely have long lines (either for entry and/or security), which need to be taken into account when planning a trip to Paris. Additionally, some sights are closed on certain days of the week (often Mondays and Tuesdays), so make sure to check opening times and plan your Paris itinerary accordingly.

If your plan for Paris includes visiting multiple attractions, we highly recommend purchasing a Paris Museum Pass. In addition to the savings, the Museum Pass often includes Skip-The-Line entry.

For each sight listed in our Paris itineraries, we indicated whether it is free or requires a ticket – and if it is included with the Paris Museum Pass. We include additional information about Paris sightseeing passes later in the post.


Paris Architecture, Street Art and Street Entertainers

In Paris, viewing art isn’t limited to museums. Art is everywhere. Paris architecture is among the most beautiful in the world – so make sure to look up from the map to observe your surroundings as you walk through the city.

Also keep your eyes peeled for Paris street art, like wall murals and small tiled works by famous Parisian Street Artist, Invader. The streets of Paris are also filled with street musicians and entertainers; slow down, listen and enjoy the atmosphere.

Top Tip: Like all big cities, Paris is also home to scam artists. Steer-clear of common scams, like the ball-and-cup game, friendship bracelets and petition signature requests. 

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This Paris travel guide is designed to help you effortlessly plan your trip. Our trip plan works great for a First Time Paris Itinerary, but is incredibly useful for return visitors, as well. Now, let’s get started with your Paris vacation!


Day 1 of your 7 Days in Paris Itinerary

Day 1 Route MAP. Kick off your week trip to Paris with the must-see sights and attractions – like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Arc de Triomphe. Experience the vibrant atmosphere along the River Seine and stroll the renowned Champs Elysees. 



Free | Metro | Map

Created for the International Exposition in 1937, Trocadero Square (Place du Trocadero) is the place for the best views of the Eiffel Tower – and the perfect place to start your trip to Paris. On the square is the Palais de Chaillot, picturesque gardens and decorative fountains.

Take your time to soak in the Eiffel Tower views that extend beyond to Champs de Mars.


Eiffel Tower

Free to View; Ticket Required to climb | Walk | Map

The iconic Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) was built for the 1889 World’s Fair by engineer Gustave Eiffel – and it tops our list of places to see in Paris.

Made of wrought-iron, the Eiffel Tower stands at 1,063 feet, which at the time of completion made it the tallest structure in the world. The tower has three platforms and is one of the most visited monuments in the world.

Top Tip: If you want to visit the Eiffel Tower (not just look at it), we recommend that you buy Skip-The-Line tickets in advance so that you don’t waste precious time.


Paris Promenade Walk on the Riverside

Free | Walk | Map

Walking along the Seine River is one of the top things to do in Paris. Soak in the Parisian atmosphere and enjoy a riverside stroll as you travel from the Eiffel Tower to the next stop on our 1 Week in Paris Itinerary.


Pont Alexandre III (and the Grand and Petit Palais)

Free | Walk | Map

Hailed by many as the most beautiful bridge in Paris, Pont Alexandre III was built at the turn of the 20th century and named for Tsar Alexander III.

Spanning the Seine River to connect Les Invalides to Champs-Elysees, the bridge features numerous statues (including the four glittering winged horses, called Fames) and picturesque street lamps.

On the north end of the bridge (Right Bank), are the Grand Palais (ticket required) and the Petit Palais (free).

Top Tip: Walk onto the bridge to take in the views, then walk back to the Left Bank with the grand view of Les Invalides in the distance (which you will visit on Day 4 of your 1 Week Trip to Paris).


Musee d’Orsay

Ticket Required; Included with Museum Pass | Walk | Map

The stylish Gare d’Orsay train station was built in the late 1800s but fell to disuse when longer trains exceeded the platforms. Slotted for demolition, the building was saved by being labeled a Paris Historic Monument and subsequently turned into a museum.

The Musee d’Orsay only opened in 1986. The Orsay Museum – now one of the largest art museums in Europe – houses an impressive collection of art, such as paintings, sculptures and photographs.

Several masterpieces are on display, including Impressionist paintings by some of the world’s most renowned artists (Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh).

Note: If using our Paris planner outline as part of a very short One Day in Paris Trip Plan (or 2 Day Paris Itinerary), continue walking to Ile de la Cite to see Notre Dame before going to the next stop, the Louvre. We share exactly how to do this in our outline of What To Do in Paris in One Day in the ‘How Many Days in Paris’ section at the end of the article.


Louvre Museum

Ticket Required; Included with Museum Pass | Walk | Map

Housed in the former Louvre Palace (where French royalty resided from the 14th century until Louis XIV moved to the Palace of Versailles), the Louvre Museum is the most popular art museum in the world. The Louvre first opened in 1793 – and now draws more than 10 million visitors annually.

The glass Louvre Pyramid in the center of the courtyard was added in 1989 and serves as the main entrance (although there are two other less-crowded entry points: Porte des Lions and Carrousel du Louvre).

The museum contains 38,000 items that span history from prehistoric times to the 21st century. Collections include Egyptian antiquities, Near Eastern antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman displays, Islamic art, sculptures, decorative arts and paintings, prints and drawings.

The museum’s most famous resident is Leonarda da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (which is often disappointing for many visitors, as it is quite small, overly crowded and impossible to get an up-close-and-personal view).

Other top attractions in the Louvre include Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Coronation of Napoleon and The Wedding at Cana (opposite Mona Lisa).

Top Tip: If visiting the Louvre is on your list of Things To Do in Paris, but you still want to see all the other sights on our list for Day 1, we recommend only spending 1.5 hours maximum at the museum. This is just enough time to see the highlights. Alternatively, save visiting the Louvre Museum for Day 5 of your trip and condense the sightseeing on that day to allow for more time inside the iconic museum.


Tuileries Garden

Free | Walk | Map

West of the Louvre is the pleasant and neatly planned Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries). Dating to 1564, the gardens were opened to the public in 1667.

Highlights of the Tuileries Garden include the Arc de triomphe du Carrousel (not to be confused with the Arc de Triomphe at Place de l’Etoile), a statue-lined promenade, fountains and an elevated terrace at the west end.

Top Tip: Walk up the ramp toward Musee de l’Orangerie (which we visit on Day 5) to the Terrasse de l’Orangerie where there are picturesque views of the Eiffel Tower over Place de la Concorde.


Place de la Concorde

Free | Walk | Map

The largest square in the city, Place de la Concorde is the centerpiece of eight converging streets (including the main thoroughfare through Tuileries Garden). The square marks the east end of the city’s most famous boulevard, Champs-Elysees.

Within the square are eight enormous statues – each marking an angle of the square – as well as the 75-foot-tall Egyptian Luxor Obelisk and two fountains.

During the French Revolution in 1789, Place de la Concorde was the site of numerous executions via guillotine. King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette are two of the most notable figures to be killed in the square.


Champs Elysees

Free | Walk | Map

The Avenue des Champs-Elysees is one of the grandest avenues in the world. Running 1.2 miles – from Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe – the tree-lined Champs Elysees is home to an array of luxury brand and fashion retail outlets, as well as opulent palaces and gardens.

The Grand Palais and Petit Palais sit within the Jardins des Champs-Elysees and the Elysees Palace (the residence of French presidents), backs to the gardens on the north side of the street.

In the past, the avenue has been used for military parades – and it marks the final stretch of the Tour de France bicycle race.

Top Tip: Taste-test France’s finest confection, the Macaron, at the city’s two most famous macaron shops: Laduree and Pierre Herme. Although not cheap (almost €3 each), the delectable cookies are irresistible! Both shops have multiple locations around the city, but each company has a store on Champs Elysees near the Arc de Triomphe.


Arc de Triomphe

Free to Visit, Ticket Required for Rooftop Climb; Included with Museum Pass | Walk, Metro or Taxi | Map

An iconic Paris landmark, the Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile marks the west end of the Champs Elysees. The arch, which stands at 164 feet, sits in the center of Place Charles de Gaulle and is ringed by a roundabout that connects 12 streets in a star pattern.

Built in the early 1800s to honor the men who died in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the Arc de Triomphe straddles the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

The arch is an integral element in the Axe Historique – a 6.2-mile axis that connects multiple Paris monuments in a line. From east to west, the Axe Historique includes the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Tuileries Gardens, Luxor Obelisk, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile and La Grande Arche de la Defense.

Top Tip: For a panoramic view of the city, visitors can climb the stairs to the top of the arch.


Day 2 of your Paris, France Itinerary 7 Days

Day 2 Route MAP. No Paris visitor should miss the extraordinary Versailles Palace sights. Spend the entire day of the second day of your Paris Week Itinerary sightseeing at Versailles. A full-day Versailles itinerary includes touring the palace and ample time to discover all of the sights in the gardens.


Palace of Versailles and Gardens

Ticket Required; Included with Museum Pass | Train | Map

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Versailles Palace – or Chateau de Versailles – was the home of the royal family from 1682 until the French Revolution in 1789, when the French monarchy was overthrown.

What began as a modest hunting lodge, built by King Louis XIII in the 1620s, was subsequently expanded into the grandiose Palace of Versailles.

Visitors can see the lavishly decorated interior, including the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Opera, the Royal Chapel and the Royal Apartments of the King and Queen.

The Versailles Palace grounds are just as extravagant as the palace itself and feature meticulously planned gardens and fountains. Furthermore, guests are invited to tour the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet.

We recommend picking up the free audio guide – or save time by downloading the mobile app


Trip Planning Paris: Tips for Visiting Versailles

Versailles Palace is located 12 miles from the Paris city center and can be easily reached by RER C train. Depending on your point of departure, the route can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes – plus there is a 10-minute walk from the train station to the palace.

If touring Versailles on your own without a guide, arrive early – before the tour buses – and visit the inside of the palace first. When exploring the gardens, be mindful of the time to ensure you visit all of the sights before traveling back to Paris.

Before entering the palace, all visitors are required to go through security – and the line, which often extends around the courtyard, sometimes has waiting times of up to two hours. Some of the private tours allow guests to skip to the front of the security line.

The gardens are free to visit (except during high season on Musical Fountain and Musical Garden Days – usually Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Top Tip: If the line to get inside the palace is too long when you arrive, consider visiting the gardens first and then going inside the afternoon.


Tips for 1 and 2 Days Itinerary to Paris

Travelers short on time – with only 1 or 2 days in Paris – should plan on spending just the morning at the Versailles Palace and Garden sights. We outline how this works and what to do in Paris in the afternoon in our 2-Day Trip Planner Paris towards the end of the article.


Day 3 of your Paris 7 Day Itinerary 

Day 3 Route MAP. On Day 3, we are sharing how to plan your Paris trip for more iconic sightseeing adventures. Top attractions on Day 3 of our sample itinerary for Paris include the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral, the pretty Le Marais District, the famed Pere Lachaise Cemetery and the always engaging Montmartre District. 


Pont Neuf

Free | Metro | Map

Pont Neuf – or New Bridge – is ironically the oldest bridge in Paris (more than 400-years-old) and spans the Seine River, crossing the tip of a small island, Ile de la Cite. 

Decorating the bridge are 381 stone face masks of ancient mythology; each one is unique – but none are original. An equestrian statue of Henry IV marks the spot where the bridge crosses Ile de la Cite.

Note: Just downstream from Pont Neuf is Pont des Arts, the once-famous “Love Lock” bridge, which no longer has locks on it because the weight of them threatened the stability of the bridge!

Top Tip: Find the steps behind the statue of Henry IV that lead down to the water and walk through the park to the tip of the island for a different vantage point. 


Ile de la Cite

Free | Walk | Map

A natural island in the middle of the Seine River, Ile de la Cite has been inhabited since ancient times. In the Middle Ages, it became the center of the city – as it remains today.

All distances in Paris are measured from the Zero Kilometer mark (you can find it in the plaza that sits in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral).

Many of the top Paris sights are located on Ile de la Cite, including Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, Palais de Justice, Conciergerie prison (where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution) and the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation.


Sainte Chapelle

Ticket Required; Included with Museum Pass (but cannot skip security line) | Walk | Map

With floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows, Sainte-Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is the most colorful church in Paris.

The chapel was built on the grounds of Palais de la Cite, where the royal Kings of France resided from the 10th to 14th centuries. The purpose of the chapel was to house a holy relic: Christ’s Crown of Thrones (now at Notre Dame).

Sainte-Chapelle was built in just 10 years – from 1238 to 1248 – an astounding feat at the time. Situated on two levels, the upper level features the enormous stained-glass windows (two-thirds of which are 13th-century originals); each panel depicts a different bible story.



Ticket Required; Included with Museum Pass | Walk | Map

The Conciergerie was built as an extension to the Palais de la Cite to serve as a dining hall for staff and royal banquets. When Charles V moved to the Louvre Palace in 1358, he put a concierge in charge of the palace functions (thus the name Conciergerie).

In the late 1300s, a portion of the building was converted to a prison. During the French Revolution, the Conciergerie was where counter-revolutionaries and suspected traitors were held – including the last queen of France, Marie Antoinette.

The prisoners were tried before the Revolutionary Tribunal and were either acquitted or sentenced to death. More than 2,700 prisoners were sent to the guillotine in Place de la Concorde.


Notre Dame Towers

Ticket Required; Included with Museum Pass, but time reservation required | Walk | Map

The Towers were closed after the fire in 2019 and are set to reopen in 2024.

Standing at 226 feet, the double towers of Notre Dame Cathedral reigned as the tallest structure in Paris from when they were built in 13th century until the Eiffel Tower was finished in 1889.

The most beautiful view in all of Paris is from the Notre-Dame Cathedral Towers.

Top Tip: Entrance is available at timed increments each day and the time slots often fill up quickly. It’s best to download the JeFile App, which can be used to reserve your entrance time online beginning at 7:30am each morning. You can also reserve your time at one of the machines near the east gate entrance, just make it your first stop of the day, before you get in line at Sainte Chapelle. 


Notre Dame Cathedral

Free to Visit Church | Walk | Map

The Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris) – is the most visited landmark in Paris, attracting 12 million visitors annually – and is one of the top things to do in Paris.

It took almost 200 years (from 1163 to 1345) to complete the massive structure. The key features of the French Gothic church are the rib vaulting, flying buttresses, stained-glass rose windows, façade sculptures and menacing gargoyles (that both scare off evil spirits and drain water away from the church).


Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation

Free | Walk | Map

The somber, subterranean Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportations monument pays tribute to the 200,000 French people who were sent to German concentration camps in World War II. In addition to the poignant memorial, there are a few exhibits and artifacts on display. 


Berthillon Glacier

€3 for a small single scoop | Walk | Map

Located on Ile Saint-Louis, the island just upstream from Ile de Cite, Berthillon Glacier is the most raved-about ice cream shop in Paris. Opened by the Berthillon family in 1954 as Le Bourgogne cafe, Berthillon remains a family-run shop.

The ice cream is made on-site using only fresh products to create both standard and unique flavors. Guests can get a cone to-go from the shop or take a seat in the Tea Room next door.


Le Marais District

Free | Walk | Map

The historic Le Marais District was once the posh neighborhood of nobles…until the French Revolution. When the noblemen abandoned their mansions, Le Marais became home to Paris’ Jewish community and working-class families.

It wasn’t until the 1950s that many of the rundown residences were restored to their original architectural splendor; many hotels (as they were called) now house museums and art galleries.

In addition to the Jewish community that is still very prevalent, the once-again stylish district has a large Chinese community and is the center of the Paris LGBT culture.

Explore the streets of Le Marais on your own or follow a walking tour of the district and admire the grand architecture.

Of the many museums in the district, the Maison de Victor Hugo and Musee Carnavalet are both free. Le Marais sights that should not be missed are Place des Vosges, the Church of Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis, Rue des Rosiers and nearby Hotel de Ville.

Top Tip: Join the queue at L’as du Fallafel for the best falafel in Paris. Get it to-go, then walk to the hidden Rosiers-Joseph-Migneret Park (map) to savor the massive falafel sandwich on one of the park benches.


Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Free | Walk or Bus 69 | Map

Opened in 1804, the Pere Lachaise Cemetery was, at the time, considered to be too far from the Paris city center. In an effort to attract burials, the remains of two famous French poets (Jean de La Fontaine and Moliere) were re-buried at Pere Lachaise.

With a desire to have a final resting place among renowned citizens, more people chose to be interred at Pere Lachaise…including other famous people.

The most-visited gravesites are of Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Frederic Chopin, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison.


Sacre Coeur

Free to Visit Church | Metro | Map

The Roman Catholic Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart) sits atop a hill in the Montmartre district at the city’s highest point and ranks as one of the top places to visit in Paris.

The church was built in the late 1800s as a penance for society’s moral decline, but also to honor the nearly 60,000 soldiers who died in the Franco-Prussian War.

The white travertine church, which features unusual Byzantine-style architecture and stately elements, is fronted by a steep staircase that offers sweeping views across Paris.

Top Tip: The dome, which can be visited for a fee, offers an even more impressive viewpoint.



Free | Walk | Map

Known for its bawdy nightlife and artist haunts, the Montmartre District is a fabulous feast for the senses. In the immediate area surrounding Sacre Coeur, the quaint streets evoke a time of the past.

Classic French cafes line the streets that lead to Place du Tertre, where artists sit at easels drawing the portraits of paying tourists.

Meanwhile, downhill in the Pigalle neighborhood, the bright lights of sex shops and adult nightclubs draw all the attention. The world-famous Moulin Rouge – identified by the giant red windmill – sits among the many cabarets along Boulevard de Clichy.

Tickets to Moulin Rouge shows with champagne and an optional dinner can be booked in advance.

Other sights in the district include the Montmartre Cemetery and the Wall of Love.


Day 4 of your Itinerary for Paris 7 Days

Day 4 Route MAP. Our Day 4 route of what to see in Paris includes sights on the south side of the Seine River. On Day 4 of your weeklong Paris trip, explore the Latin Quarter sights, go underground to the catacombs in Paris, see artistic sculptures at the Rodin Museum, visit Napoleon’s Tomb and enjoy an al fresco picnic dinner with an Eiffel Tower view.


Latin Quarter, Paris

Free | Metro | Map

Located on the Left Bank, the Latin Quarter is home to the historic Sorbonne University, ornate churches, spacious parks, classic cafes and chic nightclubs.

The district obtained its moniker in the Middle Ages when university students – who were taught in and spoke in Latin – resided in the neighborhood. The May 1968 protests – which led to 11 million factory workers going on strike – began with student occupations in the Latin Quarter; the successful movement marked a cultural shift in France’s history.

Top Tip: Wander the district on your own or follow a walking tour. The top sights in the Latin Quarter are the Shakespeare & Company Bookstore, Saint Germain-des-Pres Church, Saint Sulpice Church, Café de Flore and the university (map).


Pantheon, Paris

Ticket Required; Included with Museum Pass | Walk | Map

Built in the second half of the 18th century as a church, in 1791 the building was transformed into a mausoleum only one year after completion. The dominating portico (which offers a nice view of the distant Eiffel Tower) is lined with stately columns.

Inside, hanging from the dome, is a Foucault Pendulum – a device created in 1851 proving that the earth rotates.

Many of France’s most revered politicians, intellectuals and national heroes are buried at the Pantheon in the crypt. Some of the notable ‘residents’ include Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo and Marie Curie.


Luxembourg Gardens

Free | Walk | Map

The spacious gardens of the Luxembourg Palace (where the French Senate meets today) were designed in the early 1600s. Centering on a fountain that is a popular place for model sailboats, the Luxembourg Gardens feature decorative flower beds, tree-lined paths, tennis courts, statues and monuments.


Paris Catacombs

Ticket Required | Walk or Metro | Map

A labyrinth of underground tunnels displaying the skeleton bones, the Catacombs are one one of the eerie and unique things to see in Paris. 

Built in the 1700s to stave off the overcrowded cemeteries, the Catacombs of Paris are believed to hold the remains of more than six-million people. 

Today, visitors can descend into the subterranean maze and explore the dimly lit walkways. 

As this is an incredibly popular Paris attraction, we recommend buying Skip-the-Line tickets in advance.

Top Tip: Another sightseeing attraction in the area is the Montparnasse building observation deck (ticket required, MAP). As you plan your trip to Paris, consider if you have time to squeeze it onto your itinerary. 


Rodin Museum

Ticket Required; Included with Museum Pass | Walk | Map

Featuring the works of French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, the Rodin Museum has a collection of more than 6,600 sculptures.

The building that houses the artwork, Hotel Biron, was used by the artist as his workspace in the early 1900s. When Rodin passed away, he donated his sculptures, drawings and photographs – as well as his personal collection of paintings by Van Gogh, Monet and Renoir – to the be exhibited in the building.

His most popular sculptures, which are on display in the garden, are The Thinker and The Gates of Hell. Inside, visitors will find The Kiss.


Les Invalides

Free to enter the grounds and Saint-Louis des Invalides Cathedral, Ticket required for Napoleon’s Tomb and museums; Included with Museum Pass | Walk | Map

Built as a care facility for injured and aged soldiers in the late 1600s, the Les Invalides complex now houses museums, monuments and – most notably – Napoleon’s Tomb.

In addition to the attractions, there is still a military hospital and veteran housing on-site. The monumental structure’s most striking feature is the golden dome, under which Napoleon lies.


Rue Cler

Free | Walk | Map

Unlike other market streets in Paris, Rue Cler is upscale and refined. Rue Cler is a photographer’s dream and a foodie’s paradise with carefully crafted window displays and gastronomic delights.

The picturesque pedestrian-only street features specialty shops, boutiques and a luxurious – and what we often think of as an undeniably Parisian – shopping experience.

To assemble a gourmet meal, visitors hop from the boucheries (butcher shop) to the fromagerie (cheese shop) to the cave a vins (wine shop).

Top Tip: Select items for a picnic and head to Champ de Mars for a meal-with-a-view of the Eiffel Tower.


Champ de Mars

Free | Walk | Map

Originally used as military training grounds, the green lawns of Champ de Mars stretch from the Eiffel Tower south to Ecole Militaire. The rectangular park is lined with benches and provides spectacular views of Paris’ most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower.


View the Sparkling Eiffel Tower at Night

Free | Walk | Map

An impressive sight in day light, the Eiffel Tower is absolutely stunning at night. At dusk, the structure is illuminated by 336 orange-hued lamps. From the top of the tower, two beams of light stretch 80km, rotating around the tower like a beacon.

However, the Eiffel Tower is most beautiful during the hourly (on the hour, only after it’s dark) five-minute lightshow when 20,000 sparkling lights make the tower dance and shimmer.


Day 5 of your Paris 7 Day Itinerary

Day 5 Route MAP. On Day 5 of your Paris Week Vacation, discover some of the city’s most opulent architecture and the best shopping venues (some of which are Paris hidden gems).


Palais Garnier Opera

Ticket Required | Metro | Map

Designed by Charles Garnier and built for the Paris Opera in late 1800s, the structure is an architectural gem (thus the name Palais Garnier). The ornate façade features arches, columns and sculptures (which required the work of 73 sculptors).

Palace Garnier is the setting for The Phantom of the Opera and once stood as the centerpiece of Paris. The new, modern (and less attractive) Opera Bastille, which houses the Paris National Opera, opened in 1989 and the Palais Garnier is now mostly used for ballet.

Top Tip: Even if you don’t plan on entering Palais Garnier Opera, it is worth a look from the outside!


Galeries Lafayette (Rooftop View)

Free | Walk | Map

A high-end department store, Galeries Lafayette began as a small fashion outlet in 1895. In 1912, the store owners commissioned the Art Nouveau building on Boulevard Haussmann, which the store still occupies today.

Even those not seeking retail therapy should go inside, take in the view under the central dome and then ride the escalators to the rooftop for outstanding Paris city views (it’s one of the fun free things to do in Paris!).


La Madeleine Church

Free | Walk | Map

The Neo-Classical, 52-column La Madeleine Church resembles a Roman temple. The church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was – in fact – built as a temple by Napoleon on the site of a former church (the Old Church of the Madeleine).

It was transformed back into a church during the Restoration. The interior is lavishly decorated with frescoes, statues and bas-reliefs.  


Musee de l’Orangerie

Ticket Required; Included with Museum Pass | Walk | Map

Since 1927, the Musee de l’Orangerie has displayed Claude Monet’s most recognizable work: Water Lilies (Nympheas).

The eight massive murals, which are based on the flower garden at his home in Giverny (which can be visited on a tour), decorate two oval rooms.

In addition to the murals by Monet, the museum’s collection includes works by Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso and Renoir (among others).

Pro Tip: If you skipped entering the Louvre on Day 1 (or want additional time there) of your trip plan, visit after the L’Orangerie Museum.


Palais Royal

Free | Walk | Map

Dubbed a ‘Village in the City’, the Palais Royal became a royal residence in 1642. The enclosed space features 18th century gardens and the inner palace courtyard, Cour d’Honneur.

Decorating the courtyard is the Les Deux Plateaux art installation, which is made up of black-and-white stripped columns of differing heights (which make for fun photos!).

The building itself is now used as luxury retail space and the offices of the Ministry of Culture and Constitutional Council.


Covered Passages, Paris

Free | Walk | Map

Designed with glass ceilings to filter in the sunlight and lined with boutique shops and chic restaurants, the covered passages in Paris are both functional and charming.

The passageways can be used as shortcuts to avoid long walks around city blocks. However, visitors seeking the ambiance of 19th century Paris will find appeal in simply strolling the length of the covered lanes.

Top Tip: The most opulent passageway is Galerie Vivienne, but we also recommend venturing further north to Passage des Panoramas (the oldest existing Paris passageway, built in 1799) and Passage Jouffroy (a ‘modern’ passageway, built in 1845).


Rue Montorgueil

Free | Walk | Map

The bustling Rue Montorgueil shopping street has a lively, real-life Parisian atmosphere – and is one of our favorite streets in all of Paris. The (mostly) pedestrian-only street features a mix of shops that fit a range of budgets.

Among the everyday shops and cafes are specialty stores (like fish, wine, bread and cheese shops).

The street is also home to three historic restaurants: Patissier Stohrer (Paris’ oldest pastry shop credited with creating Baba au Rhum), L’Escargot Montorgueil (specializing in buttered snails) and Au Rocher de Cancale (known for their oysters).

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Day 6 of your 1 Week in Paris Itinerary

Day 6 Route MAP. One of the fabulous things about planning a week in Paris Itinerary is that you can discover some of the off-the-beaten-path gems. On Day 6 of your trip, explore the far east side of the city, beginning the day in Vincennes. Walk your way back to the city center along the Coulee Vert Rene-Dumont – a railroad-turned-park. End your day with a stroll along the Seine River, then hop aboard a river cruise for a different vantage point of the city.


Chateau de Vincennes

Free to enter grounds, Ticket Required to enter church and tower; Included with Museum Pass | Metro | Map

With origins as a hunting lodge – built in 1150 for Louis VII – Chateau de Vincennes was expanded into a royal fortress in the 14th and 17th centuries.

Surrounded by deep moats and walls, the chateau was used as a royal residence and, later, as a prison. Within the compound is the Royal Chapel and Tower. The grounds are open to visitors, but tickets are required to enter the church and tower.

Although the Chateau de Vincennes is the highlight, the quaint town of Vincennes – which feels a world away from busy Paris – is worth a quick look around as well.


Bois de Vincennes Park

Free | Walk | Map

The largest park in Paris, Bois de Vincennes was established in the mid-1800s. Once the royal hunting grounds, then used as military training grounds, after the park was opened it was the site for several events of the 1900 Summer Olympics.

Bois de Vincennes features four lakes, numerous planned gardens, wooded areas, an arboretum, a zoo, a farm and two stadiums.


Coulee Verte Rene Dumont

Free | Walk | Map

Also called the Promenade Plantee, the Coulee Verte Rene-Dumont is a narrow 3-mile-long park that follows the old Vincennes-Paris railway tracks. When the line became obsolete in 1969, developers redesigned the space, including the elevated tracks, into a park.

The Coulee Verte Rene-Dumont was the inspiration for other old train track parks in the United States, like the Highline in New York City, the Rail Park in Philadelphia and the Bloomingdale Trail in Chicago.


Rue Cremieux

Free | Walk | Map

Reminiscent of the brightly painted buildings in French towns like Colmar, Rue Cremieux is unlike any other street in Paris.

The houses that line the narrow lane are painted pastel pink, mint green and sunshine yellow – and each doorstep is decorated with potted plants.

Although it is a residential street, shutterbugs flock to the enclave of color for photo ops and a short stroll.


Paris Botanical Garden

Free | Walk | Map

Established in 1626, the garden was transformed into a medicinal herb garden in 1635 – then opened to the public in 1640.

Today, the Botanical Gardens (Jardin des Plantes) is a National Historical Landmark and features greenhouses, a small zoo, libraries and museums.

At the west end of the gardens (outside the park) is the Great Mosque of Paris, which dates to the 1920s and is the oldest mosque in Paris.


Riverside Parks and Bridges

Free | Walk | Map

The Seine River, which cuts through the center of Paris, is spanned by 37 bridges that connect the Left and Right Banks – and much of the long shoreline has greenspace and walkways.

An ideal way to experience Paris is to walk along the river, crossing at each bridge to the opposite bank while taking in the different vantage points.

Along the route, are numerous riverside Bouquinistes – antique book sellers – which sell used books and souvenirs.

Note: The Map for Day 6, as well as the above map under ‘Riverside Parks and Paris Bridges’ are just examples of the route you could take along the river. Choose your exact route based on intuition and what you would like to see. 

Top Tip: The riverside is a perfect spot for a Paris picnic. There are endless options for places to sit along the river, but the western tip of Ile de la Cite – Square du Vert Galant – is, by far, our favorite!


Seine River Boat Trip

Prices vary by company | Walk | Various Locations

A Seine River boat cruise is a fantastic way to see the sights of Paris. Most Seine cruises have open-air decks, where passengers have unobstructed views of the best Paris highlights, from the Eiffel Tower to Ile Saint-Louis.

Sightseeing cruises on the Seine River depart throughout the day and night. Some Paris boat tours include beverages and/or meals, while others allow you to bring your own food and drinks on board.

Find some of the best Seine boat tours on Viator – and read reviews by other travelers before booking your river cruise.

Top Tip: For a budget Seine River cruise, we recommend Vedettes du Pont Neuf, which offers cruises at prices as low as €10 and allow passengers a BYO option (get tickets here). We took a late afternoon Seine Cruise in Paris on New Years’ Eve and brought our own champagne!


Day 7 of your Paris 1-Week Itinerary

Day 7 Route MAP. Wondering what to do in Paris for a week? Rejoice, there is still more to see! With one week in Paris, you can enjoy a bit of relaxation on your last day. Wind down your Paris One-Week Itinerary by visiting a historic market and exploring a few of the city’s 19th arrondissement sights, which includes lesser-visited, yet incredible, Parisian parks. 


Republique Square, Paris

Free | Metro | Map

One of the largest squares in Paris, Republique Square encompasses more than 8 acres. In the center of the square is Marianne, the symbol of France.

The massive square was revitalized in 2013 to create an open space for pedestrians and demonstrations. After the 2015 terrorist attacks, citizens gathered to mourn at Republique Square.


Marche de Enfants Rouges

Free | Walk | Map

The oldest covered market in Paris and a historic monument, Marche de Enfants Rouges has origins that date to the early 1600s.

Inside, vendors sell produce, flowers and freshly baked bread alongside street food-style kiosks that feature fare from around the world.


Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Free | Walk or Metro | Map

Opened in 1867 on the site of a former quarry in northeast Paris, Parc des Buttes Chaumont is uncharacteristically hilly and imitates a more natural park than most of the city’s gardens.

Ranking as the city’s fifth-largest park, Parc des Buttes Chaumont features intertwining paths, a suspension bridge, lake and waterfall. However, the most distinctive sight is the Temple de la Sibylle, which sits above the lake on the top of a rocky cliff.

Top Tip: Climb to the top of the temple for views across the city, including an incredible vantage point of Sacre Coeur.


Parc de la Villette

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The spacious Parc de la Villette, which was created in the 1980s, marks the northeastern edge of the city. In addition to the recreational space, the park hosts numerous museums (including Europe’s largest science museum, Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie), concert halls and theaters.

Art installations are found throughout Parc de la Villette and the space is used for a variety of festivals, including an open-air film festival.

Canal de l’Ourcq, which is part of the Parisian canal network, cuts through the center of the park and feeds into the Canal Saint-Martin.


Canal Saint-Martin, Paris

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Built in the 1800s, the city’s canals have served several purposes – from bringing in a fresh water supply to cleaning the streets to carrying supplies. Less than 3-miles in length, more than half the Canal Saint Martin is now covered. The uncovered portion, however, remains a fascinating place to visit.

The canal, which is lined by trees and walkways, features nine locks and several elegant iron bridges. In recent years, many nearby buildings and bridge underpasses have been utilized by street artists to create interesting and evocative street art murals.

Boat operators run Canal Cruises that travel from Parc de la Villette to the Paris Arsenal Marina near Place de la Bastille.


Eating and Drinking Along Canal Saint-Martin

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Of the many cafes and restaurants that line the canals, we recommend two places to stop for a drink or a meal: Paname Brewing Company and Lulu la Nantaise Crepes.

Paname Brewing Company is located in a repurposed granary on the banks of the Bassin de la Villette. In addition to brewing their innovative craft beers on-site, they offer a selection of ‘street food,’ which can be enjoyed in the enclosed glass veranda or on the floating patio.

Lulu la Nantaise Creperie is located on a side street along the canal. The cozy space is small but comfortable – and the crepes are incredible!

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Map of Paris Sights

We have highlighted what to do in 1 week in Paris – and our map helps give a better overview of the day-by-day sightseeing.

The Map of Paris attractions is color-coded by day, based on our One-Week Paris Itinerary. Day 1 in Paris = RED; Day 2 in Paris = ORANGE; Day 3 in Paris = YELLOW; Day 4 in Paris = GREEN; Day 5 in Paris = BLUE; Day 6 in Paris = PURPLE; Day 7 in Paris = PINK. In the Map Legend, sights are listed in the order to be visited (as they appear for each day).

Use this link to a Google Maps for an interactive version of our Paris Map. 

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Paris Day Trips

We have detailed how to plan a Week in Paris Itinerary, but – with the exception of Versailles – our trip plan doesn’t leave the city. Fellow travelers planning to take a trip to Paris who want to see more of the region can do so on a day trip from Paris.

Some of the best Paris day trips are just a train ride away from the city center. Many trips can easily be organized on your own using public transportation, while other trips are best done with small tour groups.

Explore more of France with these highly-rated Paris day tours – and consider adding the Alsace cities of Strasbourg or Colmar to your visit to France!


Chateau de Chantilly

An opulent palace just 30 miles from Paris, Chateau de Chantilly houses the Musee Conde. Easily accessible by the RER D train; visitors can book a 2.5 hour bike tour (or electric bike tour) to learn more about the castle and town. Book it in advance


Disneyland Paris

Located 20 miles east of the city, Disneyland Paris is an entertainment complex that includes two theme parks – Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park – as well as a golf course, shops and restaurants.

Paris visitors can travel on their own to Disneyland – or purchase a package that includes private transport to-and-from Disneyland and park tickets.


Chateaux de Chambord and Loire Valley Wine Tasting

Spend a day visiting three beautiful castles – Blois, Chambord and Cheverny – and sample French wine along the way. The tour includes Skip-the-Line tickets to all three castles and lunch. Find out more!


Paris to Champagne Region Tasting

Many travelers planning a trip to France are eager to get a taste of the local drink. Travel with a small-group tour to the Champagne countryside where you will enjoy a guided Champagne-tasting. Learn about the history and process of winemaking while sipping Champagne and enjoying a provided lunch. Book this tour!


Giverny and Monet’s Gardens

Join a small-group tour to visit the lily garden that inspired many of Claude Monet’s masterpieces. The half-day tour from Paris includes entry into the house Claude Monet lived in (now a museum) and the gardens around it. Get the Details!


Normandy D-Day Beaches and American Cemetery

Spend the day exploring famous World War II sites in Normandy, including Utah and Omaha Beaches and other D-Day sights. The coach tour departs from Paris with an English-speaking guide and includes a cider tasting and lunch. Read other traveler reviews!


Chateau Fontainebleau

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chateau de Fontainebleau is one of France’s largest palaces. Home to a long line of royals, the palace can now be toured by visitors. Entry is included with the Museum Pass and non-pass holders can book a guided tour with transport


How Many Days in Paris, France?

Determining how many days to spend in Paris is a big decision. Travelers will need to consider their budget, interests and overall time allotted for the trip. 

For a first-time visitor, we recommend spending 3 nights in Paris – at a minimum. Using the first three days of our outline for what to do in 1 week in Paris, travelers can see the highlights of the city without rushing. 

That said, visitors who really want to experience Paris should consider staying at least 7 days, following our complete Week in Paris Itinerary. A longer visit to the city – for example, spending 10 days in Paris – will allow time for even further exploration on day trips from Paris.


More Paris Itineraries

Above, we have outlined how to spend a week in Paris. That said, we understand that not all travelers will opt to spend 7 days in Paris. Therefore, we created several Paris itineraries for shorter trips that outline how you can spend time.

Only you can decide how many days you stay in Paris – but hopefully our alternate itineraries for Paris will give you some ideas and guidance. 

Pro Tip: As you plan your itinerary in Paris, omit sights that are of no interest and adjust to allow more time at specific sights where you may want to enter more than once or linger longer.



Creating a Paris One-Day Itinerary is an ambitious endeavor…but it is possible to squeeze the top things to do in Paris in 1 day. 

Our plan of what to do in Paris in One Day includes the city’s most recognizable sights…but is fast-paced and covers a lot of ground. This one-day trip to Paris is designed in the style of a self-guided Paris walking tour and bypasses many sights, simply due to time constraints.

There might be time to visit museums, but only to see the highlights (and as long as there is no waiting for entry). Visitors planning what to do in Paris for 1 day need to be especially mindful of hours of operation…and keep an eye on the time throughout the day.

Our list of places to visit in Paris in 1 day are based on personal experience, but it is a long day and requires a lot of walking.

Paris Itinerary 1 Day: Sights and Map Route

Use this link to Google Maps for your Paris in a Day Itinerary.

  • Trocadero
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Champ de Mars
  • Les Invalides
  • Pont Alexandre III (and the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, if time)
  • Musee d’Orsay
  • Pont Neuf
  • Ile de la Cite
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Louvre
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Champs Elysees
  • Arc de Triomphe



Visiting Paris in 2 days moves just as quickly as our Paris 1-Day Itinerary – but it is a good starting point for anyone looking for a Weekend in Paris Itinerary that covers the highlights.

How to plan a trip to Paris in two days in fairly simple. Our advice for what to do in Paris for 2 days starts by using the condensed One Day in Paris itinerary directly above for Day 1. Then, on Day 2, venture beyond the city limits to Versailles to spend most of the day exploring the Palace of Versailles and the expansive and extraordinary gardens.

Back in Paris by late afternoon, end your Paris two-day itinerary in the Montmartre District to visit the area’s top sights and experience legendary Paris nightlife.

Paris Itinerary for 2 Days: Day 1 Sights and Map Route

Use this link to Google Maps for your Paris in a Day Itinerary.

  • Trocadero
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Champ de Mars
  • Les Invalides
  • Pont Alexandre III (and the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, if time)
  • Musee d’Orsay
  • Pont Neuf
  • Ile de la Cite
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Louvre
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Champs Elysees
  • Arc de Triomphe
Paris Itinerary 2 Days: Day 2 Sights and Map Route 

Use this link to Google Maps of things to do in Paris in 2 Days.

  • Versailles Morning Tour
  • Sacre Coeur 
  • Montmartre District



We have already mentioned that visitors can get a great introduction to the city on a 3-day trip to Paris. Days 1, 2 and 3 from our One Week Paris Trip Itinerary includes the best things to do in Paris in 3 days. Fellow travelers can use the activities from the first three days to create an optimal 3-Day Paris Itinerary. 

Alternate Paris Itinerary 3 Days

While we think we have outlined the best places to visit in Paris in 3 Days in the first three days of our Week in Paris Trip Plan, there are other ways to create a Paris 3-Day Tour.

One easy way to plan a Paris Three-Day Itinerary is to skip going to Versailles. The palace, while striking, can eat up a lot of your vacation time. If Versailles is not that interesting to you, instead, see the Paris sights listed on Day 4 of our 1 Week Paris Itinerary to discover more of the city center. 



To be perfectly honest, we think the best way to build a 4-Day Paris Itinerary is simply to follow Days 1, 2, 3, and 4 from our Paris 1 Week Itinerary outline. However, there is a way to adjust for more sightseeing with four days in Paris.

Paris Itinerary 4 Days

Create a perfect Paris 4-Day Itinerary by spending just a half day at Versailles and choosing a few of the sights from Day 5 to add to your list of what to do in Paris in 4 days. 

For example, after spending the morning at Versailles, get back to the city by mid-afternoon to visit l’Orangerie Museum, Palais Royal, the Paris covered passages and then have dinner on Rue Montorgueil. 



There are several ways to plan a well-organized Paris 5-Day Itinerary. Naturally, we think planning a 5-day trip to Paris can most easily be done by following Days 1 through 5 of our One Week Paris Guide. However, travelers who want to see more can rearrange some sightseeing in order to squeeze in a few more sights. 

Paris Itinerary 5 Days

On an ambitious 5-Day Paris Itinerary, visitors can see all of the sights from Day 1 through Day 6 of our Paris One Week Trip Plan.

To arrange what to do in Paris in 5 days, follow our outline of our 4-day trip to Paris, directly above (spending only a half day at Versailles and the afternoon in Central Paris at l’Orangerie Museum, Palais Royal, the Paris covered passages and on Rue Montorgueil). 

Begin Day 5 as it is outlined in our One Week Paris Itinerary, seeing Paris Opera, Galeries Lafayette and Le Madeline Church. From there, take the Metro to Chateau de Vincennes and the sights we outline for Day 6, ending with a night river boat tour on the Seine River. 



There are a multitude of ways to plan a 6-Day Paris Itinerary. There are endless ways to plan what to do in Paris in 6 days. We are sharing some of the top ideas for what to see in Paris in 6 days (besides simply following the first six days in our One Week Outline). 

For each of the suggestions, we recommend using our tips directly above for what to see in Paris in 5 days, which will open one full day for more exploration, without missing any sights.

See Paris in 6 Days

By condensing the sights from Days 1 to 6 of our One Week Paris Itinerary into 5 days of sightseeing, visitors have the opportunity to still see the sights from Day 7 in just 6 days. On the other hand, travelers could also visit any districts or sights you had to skip because of long lines or time constraints. 

Paris Itinerary 6 Days for Museum Lovers

Travelers who love museums and opt to buy the Paris Museum Pass can spend the final day of their trip visiting (or revisiting) any of the free museums included with the pass. 

Paris 6-Day Itinerary with Day Trip

With 6 days in Paris, visitors might want to add one more day trip – either to Disney or a full day wine tasting tour



While our outlined 7 Days in Paris Itinerary is already packed with sightseeing, visitors who opted to condense the trip plan to the Paris 6-Day Itinerary, directly above, will in turn have one more day for sightseeing.

Paris Itinerary 7 Days

With one free day in a 7-Day Paris Itinerary, we recommend taking a trip outside the city to see more of the region. 

Alternatively, consider spending your last day simply enjoying the sights and sounds of Paris from a street side café. 


Planning a Multi-City European Trip

Whether you are planning a trip to Paris for a week or just a few days, there are other destinations in France and Europe that you might want to add to your overall trip plan. We are highlighting a few of the top trip plans. 


Planning a Trip to Paris and Alsace

Travelers planning a trip to France can see both the sights of Paris and the Alsace region. Easily reachable from Paris by train, the Alsace wine region boasts quaint towns, family-owned vineyards and picturesque architecture. Use our tips for Things To Do in Strasbourg and What To Do in Colmar


Planning a Trip to Paris and Bordeaux 

Touring the fabulous Bordeaux region is an excellent addition to a trip to Paris. Travelers can base themselves in Bordeaux and then set off on wine tasting day trips in the region. 


Planning a Trip to Paris and London

Travelers who plan trip to Paris can also add another top destination – like London – to their trip plan. Pairing the two cities on a longer European trip is easy to do – as the cities are connected via high-speed train and low-cost flights. Use our Guide to London for travel tips. 


Planning a Trip to Paris and Italy

Seeing both France and Italy while on a trip to Europe is a fun way to plan a trip! Top places to see in Italy are Rome, Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre and the Puglia Region


Planning a Trip to Europe’s Big 3: Paris, London, Rome

Travelers with two weeks can plan an epic vacation to Europe’s top three destinations – Paris, Rome and London. Check out our 15-Day London, Paris, Rome Itinerary for trip planning tips!


More European Cities to Add to Your Paris Vacation Plan

Other top destinations to see while visiting Europe are the fascinating city of Amsterdam, fabulous Barcelona and incredible Porto, Portugal


Paris Museum Pass

There are numerous sightseeing passes in Paris – however, the one we have used (and love) is the Paris Museum Pass (not to be confused with the Paris Pass, which is much more expensive).

The Paris Museum Pass can be used to see almost all of the ticketed sights in our Paris itineraries (except the Eiffel Tower, Palais Garnier Opera and Catacombs) and offers Skip-the-Line entry (except at Notre Dame Towers…and security lines cannot be avoided at Sainte-Chapelle or Versailles).

If using our Paris itineraries for one week, the 6-Day Paris Museum Pass offers substantial savings  – plus the time-saving Skip-the-Line benefit.

The Paris Museum Pass can be purchased for 2, 4 or 6 days. Four Day passes can be purchased in advance online (with a choice of pickup locations). 


How To Plan a Paris Trip: Top Travel Tips

Throughout our Paris, France travel guide, we have shared tips on the best way to plan a trip to Paris – focusing mainly on sightseeing adventures. Although creating a day-by-day plan is essential, we have a few more travel tips on how to prepare for a trip to Paris.


Paris Trip Cost

Paris is a pricey destination – there is no doubt about that. How much you spend on a Paris trip will depend on your travel style and budget. Accommodations, food, transportation and sights all need to be factored into the overall trip price. As travelers on a budget, however, we’re able to also help in planning a cheap Paris vacation.


How To Plan a Trip to Paris an a Budget

Our Paris itineraries outline a cost-effective way to experience the city. Using our itinerary as a Paris guide, visitors can expect to pay about €100 for sights (if buying the Paris Museum Pass) and €25 for public transportation – for the week.

We offer a few recommendations for places to eat in Paris – there are so many to choose from! However, sitting down at a restaurant is rarely a budget choice.

Opting for take-away bakery sandwiches over sit-down restaurants will save a lot of money. Paul Bakery (of which there are numerous locations) is our go-to choice for inexpensive sandwiches and bakery meals.

However, the cheapest option for eating in Paris is buying food at the grocery store. Monoprix, which has multiple locations around the city, offers a nice selection of pre-made meals and inexpensive picnic-type fare (cheese, meat and bread).


When is the Best Time To Go To Paris, France?

There is more to how to plan a Paris vacation than deciding your travel itinerary. You will also need to consider what time of year you want to go to Paris.

While we don’t think there is a bad time to go to Paris (it’s always a good idea, right?!), there are pros and cons of each season. Not only does the season affect what activities you do, but it will also have an impact on how to pack for a trip to Paris. 


Summer in Paris

Summers are hot and crowded. Lines are long. Prices are higher. Based on that, you might not want to plan Paris trip for summertime. However, summer is also sensational in Paris – with long days for sightseeing and comfortable weather for dining alfresco.

Plus, summer is the only time of year to enjoy the Paris Plages – the pop-up sandy beaches that line the Seine River.


Paris in Spring and Fall

What we love about visiting Paris in the spring and autumn is that there are generally fewer crowds, but still fairly pleasant weather. That said, on our shoulder-season Paris visits, we’ve gotten caught in rain and endured warmer days than expected. It’s best to be prepared with a travel umbrella or raincoat…and maybe some sunscreen, just in case. 

Shoulder-season prices can make visiting Paris outside of the summertime a more affordable trip, too. We share more tips on how to travel to Paris on a budget in the next section.


Paris Trip in Winter

We were unsure what to expect of Paris in the wintertime – but it was wonderful! The city was lively and decorated in lights for the holidays, making Paris one of the Top European Destinations for Christmas and New Year’s Eve! Bakeries churned out delectable traditional treats and there was an undeniable festiveness in the air.

Although a few places close around the holidays, there were far fewer tourists than in the high season so we never encountered lines to enter sights.

Although the weather was a bit overcast and grey at times, overall it was mild and enjoyable to be outdoors.  


Getting To Paris, France

Paris can be reached by plane, train, bus or car. On our most recent trip, we arrived in Paris by train from Frankfurt and departed via CDG on a flight to Lisbon


Paris Airports

There are two major airports in Paris: Charles de Gaulle Airport (GDG) and Orly Airport (ORY). Budget airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air fly into Beauvais-Tille Airport (BVA).

We recommend searching for tickets on SkyScanner – but use our Tips for Getting the Best Prices on Airfare first!  

How To Get from the Airport to the City Center

Avoid expensive taxis from the airports to the city center by taking the bus instead. Trains also connect the airports to the city, but we have had issues using this method of transport in the past. For the most current information about connections between CDG and Paris and ORY-Paris, consult the official site.


Paris Trains

Paris’ Gare du Nord is the busiest train station in Europe – and where many travelers will arrive to or depart from. It has Metro line connections and a connection to the Charles de Gaulle Airport. That said, there are several train stations in the Paris, and which one you might use will depend on your destination.


Buses to Paris

There are buses that transport passengers to and from Paris as well. When in Europe, we like to use FlixBus.


How To Get Around Paris

We think the best way to get around Paris in on your own two feet! Part of the Paris charm is found in the city streets that are lined with incredible architecture and boutiques. That said, navigating the entire city on foot is unrealistic.

The Paris Metro is an easy way to get around and relatively inexpensive. Tickets can be purchased in machines at the entrance into the station – and buying a carnet (a packet of 10 tickets) saves money over buying single ride tickets individually.

We have never taken a taxi in Paris, but the G7 taxi company was recommended to us by a friend who lives in Paris. Uber is available in Paris, but we personally didn’t have much luck getting a ride through the app. Buses are another good option for getting around Paris – and use the same ticket as the Metro.


Where To Stay in Paris, France

Finding the best place to stay in Paris is a monumental task. Accommodations in Paris range from luxury hotels with Eiffel Tower views to hostel dorm rooms filled with bunk beds.

During our many trips to Paris, we have stayed in a variety of accommodations – from boutique hotels to budget hostels – and we have even stayed in a cozy and unique apartment where we were petsitting.

Our best tip for Paris accommodations is to find a place that is close to a Metro stop for easy access to the rest of the city.


Paris Airbnb

As long-term travelers, we typically prefer staying in vacation apartments – like those on found on Airbnb. We have found that staying in apartments is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space.

However, the pesky fees can add up quickly on short stays, sometimes pushing the price above what it would cost to stay in a hotel. 


Hotels in Paris

Travelers will find that there are many, many, many Paris Hotels to choose from in – or close to – the city center in a range of prices.

Visitors splashing out on a luxury trip to Paris should check availability at the Four Seasons Hotel George V. The extravagant hotel ranks as one of the best in the world. 

Travelers looking for a more affordable option should start their search on (and budget travelers can use the same resource for finding cheap Paris hostels) – but first, read our tips for Find the Best Hotels at the Best Prices.


How To Pack for a Trip to Paris

Before You Go To Paris, you will want to make sure you pack the right things! We offer a few specific tips here, but you can find my complete packing list and top packing hacks on our Travel Packing blog page. 


Walking Shoes

Paris is a walkable city…but only if you have the right travel shoes! Our Paris Itinerary covers a lot of ground, so you will need to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable shoes for your trip. I like wearing versatile sneakers for city exploration and Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell.


Travel Camera

We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip – Paris is incredibly photogenic! Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos.

We travel with a popular budget camera, a DSLR Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos and is great for beginners), and use an everyday 18-135mm lens.  


Travel Day Bag for Paris Sightseeing

Whether you travel with a backpack or a suitcase, you’ll also want a stylish day bag to organize all of your everyday essential travel items – including city map and guidebook book before arriving. 


Paris Trip Insurance

We think travel insurance is essential! Not only is it useful if you encounter trip delays or lost luggage, but it can come in handy in the event of illness or injury abroad. If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip to Paris, travel protected with World Nomads.


Start planning your trip to France! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!


We want to know: What would you add to our list of things to do in Paris? Anything we left out of our Paris Itineraries that you think is a must-see?! Give us your best tips and advice in the comments below! 


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2 thoughts on “Paris Itineraries: How To Plan The Perfect Paris Trip

  1. emm

    Perfect post! All the information needed and even more!
    Best itinerary of Paris i’ve read so far.
    Love what you do,

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