If you’ve ever tried to plan a trip to Paris, you know how difficult it can be to fit everything you want to do into your time frame. Between the 20 districts of the city, it can seem like there are a million things that you “absolutely must do”.
This is why we’re providing you with the ultimate three-day itinerary to visit Paris without stress.
Day One: Explore Historical Paris
Morning - Visit the Louvre
Beat the crowds by getting to the Louvre right as it opens and start your first day off early in the City of Lights! You can grab a pastry and a coffee on the way over. Pick up a map on your way into the museum and decide which exhibits you will visit as you wait in line so you can make the most of your time inside!
Afternoon - Champs-Elysées / Arc de Triomphe
Visiting the Louvre can be tiring, so for lunch you can head over to the Champs-Elysées for lunch and some light (or heavy) shopping. Make your way up to the Arc de Triomphe as well to take it in.
Evening - Watch the Eiffel Tower Light Up
Once it turns dark, head over to the Eiffel tower to see it all lit up. You can ride to the top to see all of the lights of the city or just walk around the base to take in the size of this iconic tower.
Night - Dinner in the Latin Quarter
For dinner, head back down to the Latin Quarter to enjoy the hustle and bustle of this trendy neighborhood. Feel free to eat late — most Parisians dine around 8pm or later. Enjoy some traditional French cuisine and high-quality wine.
Day Two: Cultural Immersion
Morning - Visit Le Marais
Start day two off by strolling around the adorable Le Marais neighborhood. Grab breakfast in a cafe and pop into the numerous little boutiques that line the streets of this area. Walk over to the Place des Vosges to explore this adorable park, and stop by the Centre Pompidou to see its creative design.
Afternoon - Check Out Île de la Cité
Head over to Notre Dame to see the rebuilding process and grab lunch in one of the many cafes that line the Seine. You can also head into Saint-Chappelle, the private cathedral of one of the French kings.
Evening - Hike Up to Sacré Coeur
Then, head over to Montmartre to brave the many stairs leading to Sacré Coeur Basilica, or take the funicular to the top of the hill. This location provides one of the best views of the city, but be sure to go into the basilica as well, as it is stunning. Afterwards, you can head to the Place du Tertre to see artists painting right in the square, and browse their works for sale.
Night - Catch a show at the Moulin Rouge
Have a quiet dinner in Montmartre, and then head down to the Moulin Rouge and see a lively cabaret show to finish off your night!
Day Three: Relax and Enjoy Parisian Life
Morning - Spend time in the Luxembourg Gardens
Spend the morning exploring all that Luxembourg Gardens has to offer — have a picnic on the grass or sit by the fountain. Enjoy this little slice of nature within the city.
Afternoon - Musée d’Orsay
Later, go view the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works at the Musée d’Orsay. See art made by people like Manet, Monet, Renoir, and van Gogh.
Evening - Seine Boat Cruise
After exploring the museum’s collection, head down the stairs to the bank of the Seine to hop on a boat cruise. There are many types of services to choose from, but they will generally take you around both sides of the Seine. Sometimes you can even do a hop-on-hop-off tour!
Night - Farewell Dinner in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Finish off your trip with a nice dinner in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. Explore some new French cuisine and have a safe trip home!
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