Thinking about planning your 3 to 4 days in Paris itinerary? “What to do in Paris?” is always a question that comes to mind before visiting any city. Below are some of the best things to do in Paris that you surely cannot miss out on visiting the unmissable attractions of the city of love.
There are so many best things to do in Paris, however, 3 to 4 days isn’t enough time to see them all. By organizing and prioritizing your Paris itinerary, you’ll still be able to enjoy the city and see the highlights (as much as possible in the time allowed).
Please note that this 3 to 4 days in Paris itinerary is just for information purposes and only to help you guide and decide the best tourist attractions and neighborhoods (arrondissements) in Paris that you may want to see and experience.
This Paris itinerary guide does not include travel days. It does not include the day you land in Paris and the day you leave Paris. For example, if you arrive on a Monday in Paris, you should start counting your days in Paris the following day onwards and also do not include the day you leave Paris.
Even after visiting Paris multiple times, the city never ceases to amaze me. That nostalgic feeling never seems to fade away, and it always lingers even after I’ve gone.
Whenever I get asked what my favorite city is Paris always rolls off my tongue without hesitation followed by Rome and Santorini.
Paris appears to be an intoxicating city like medicine, as I seem to have been infected with the Parisian affliction.
While Paris is more than just your typical tourist attractions, monuments, museums, history, art, language, food, music but a Parisian way of living that consists of Parisian cafes, restaurants, boutique shops, the walkable cobblestoned Parisian streets on those cute narrow streets full of characters, those Haussman characteristic buildings, the arrondissements (neighborhoods) and many more.
The architectural Haussmann, Renaissance, Romans, and Baroque buildings relics as a backdrop in Paris are so enticing, magical, and magnificent.
I often find myself feeling excited and smiling after having been there multiple times and even just by thinking about Paris. For me, Paris not only lives up to its reputation, but it certainly exceeds it.
To help you with your planning, feel free to follow or select the important highlights from my 3 to 4 days in Paris itinerary which is written below.
It should hopefully give you a solid idea of Paris’ best tourist attractions, the best arrondissements (neighborhoods) to wander around in while taking beautiful photos and videos for your travel memory collection.
This article is only a simple guide, and therefore you don’t necessarily have to follow or cover all the destinations in one day. I understand that it may take longer to get to and even visit a few museums and walk around in-between places, so understandably, you might not even be able to cover some of the highlights added on my best things to do in Paris and 3 to 4 days in Paris itinerary.
Given that you have only 3 to 4 days in Paris, if I was visiting Paris for the first time, I’d be very careful with time management. Follow your selected itinerary, stay organized and stay slightly flexible in case you’re running late to your next highlight as buses and metro are also sometimes running late or you might have to stop by for lunch to take longer breaks and so on.
Also, ensure that as soon as you arrive in Paris, try to sleep early at night and get as much rest so you can get up early in the morning the following day to start your Day 1 Paris itinerary.
Drink lots of water, of course, that will keep you hydrated and fight the jet lag as well (well, that’s usually my trick whenever I arrive in a new city).
3 to 4 Day In Paris Itinerary: Best Things To Do In Paris
Day 1 Paris Itinerary: Best Things To Do In Paris
1. The Louvre Museum
If you’re an art and history lover and insist on visiting a popular Museum in Paris, the Louvre Museum is an exceptionally popular attraction that you can’t miss out on.
The Louvre Museum is home to classic and modern masterpieces, an incredible collection of world-famous arts such as the Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Delacroix’s Liberty, Venus de Milo, Michelangelo and many more.
I had been to the Louvre Museum during my first visit to Paris in 2006 and I must say that my favorite part is by Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Michaelangelo. I must have only spent about 1 to 2 hours in there. I am not a big fan of art and history.
The Louvre Museum can be tricky to visit, as it’s so popular that you could end up queuing and waiting to enter. If you have very limited time, buying an entry pass in advance might allow you to miss out on the queue. Find out more prices and information here.
If you’re not so much into art and history, an hour to two hours inside the museum is achievable, however, if you’re a true art and history lover, it could take weeks. Perhaps that could be an excuse for you to return to Paris and revisit the Louvre Museum.
This Louvre Museum entry is also another fast track which includes a two hour guided tour inside and also allows you to miss out on long lines.
If there’s a particular piece of art that you want to explore and take photos with, I recommend prioritizing and heading towards there so you’re not wasting your time wandering around inside. There’s also a guided tour inside the Louvre if you insist on discovering most of the masterpieces.
Please note that the Louvre can get extremely busy, packed with tourists all day especially from mid-morning to early afternoon. So, you might want to arrive at the Louvre early in the morning depending on your chosen entry ticket and time slot if you buy your Louvre Museum entry ticket here.
For example, if you decide to buy this Louvre entry ticket, you can select your time slot before making a payment. The earliest they have available is at 10:30 am. If you arrive there 45 minutes to an hour earlier (before 10:30 am) they might be able to let you in before your selected time slot, though it’s not guaranteed. You can also find out more information here, this company is very helpful if you inquire about some information before buying entry tickets.
However, the fast entry is not always guaranteed as sometimes you might have to wait up to 20 minutes (after your selected time slot) to be able to enter. This also depends on the season you’re visiting. Spring and summer seasons can get very busy so no doubt that you’ll probably have to wait.
Though, from my experience in the past, arriving much earlier was the best decision even if having to wait for 20-30 minutes before entering on a time slot.
If you arrive on time or after your time slot you might risk losing your entry because the Louvre may require everyone to enter with a time slot effective from August 2019. Please read more information here to ensure that you’re following their entry ticket guidelines before purchasing.
Otherwise, if you decide to go with the ultimate Louvre fast track guided tour, the earliest time slot is at 10 am. So again, try to arrive at the meeting point early so you won’t miss your guided group tour. Please read more information here before purchasing this ticket.
If you’re staying in Paris for more than two days, a Paris PassLib might be another good option to get around without much difficulty.
Paris PassLib allows everyone to explore central Paris at their own pace. You can get by anywhere with free travel on the Paris Metro, RER trains, buses, and trams. Please double-check their guidelines here before buying the Paris PassLib.
Paris PassLib can also take you anywhere between Zone 1 and 3. If you’re staying within these zones, you can take the metro close by your hotel to get to your first destination, for example to the Louvre Museum.
You can also get priority access to more than 60 museums and that will save you time and money. This includes the Louvre Museum, the Versaille Estate, the Pantheon, the Arc de Triomphe, the Tomb Napoleon I and more. Having the Paris PassLib allows you to skip the long lines at some of those top landmarks, as you get to enjoy priority access.
It also includes the hop on and off Big Bus sightseeing tour at your leisure. In case, you can’t or don’t want to walk around Paris, you can still see Paris on a bus tour.
Please be aware that bus tours can get really packed with tourists and often they’re always running late which will only lead you to wait around at the bus stop and waste time.
From my experience, I stopped going on bus tours every time I went back to Paris or whenever I visit a new city as I found that it is much faster to walk or catch the metro to visit my selected tourist attractions.
I understand that bus tours do fall behind on their scheduled time as there are so many tourists and not only that they also have to deal with traffic in the city.
You can also Cruise down the Seine River for 1 hour at your chosen time. From the Seine River, you get to see landmark sights as you cruise on the riverbanks. These landmarks include the Eiffel Tower, the Tuileries Gardens and many more.
Find out for more information here and the different prices.
You might want to consider buying the Paris PassLib, as you’ll get lots of discounts and it will save you money and time by having those options as mentioned above.
Where to stay near the Louvre Museum?
There are a variety of elegant and affordable Parisian apartments and hotel options to choose from here if you would like to stay near the Louvre Museum and experience the surrounding neighborhood that has to offer while staying in Paris for 3 to 4 days.
Here are some dreamy and beautiful Parisian apartments and hotels near the Louvre Museum that you might like to consider staying in.
Dreamy Flat – Louvre Museum
This dreamy apartment is very near the Louvre Museum and nearby landmarks of Paris. The flat also features a full kitchen facility such as dishwasher, microwave and more. It’s very spacious including the bedrooms and the living area with big windows overlooking the courtyard. See the prices here for your stay.
Hotel Lumen Paris Louvre is an elegant hotel that is only a 5-minute walk to the Louvre Museum. This hotel offers a spacious terrace where you can sit and relax and that also overlooks the Parisian street.
The guest rooms are fully equipped with Italian furniture and Neo-Baroque decor. This hotel also offers breakfast, wifi and more. Find out here for more information and the price for your stay.
This luxury 2 bedroom apartment is only 600 m from the Louvre Museum offering accommodation with full amenities and spacious living space perfect for a family. It has a beautiful Parisian living space, bedrooms, and kitchen. Find out here for more information.
La Clef Louvre is situated just opposite the Comedie-Francaise, 500 m away from the Louvre Museum and Jardin des Tuileries.
This hotel offers amazing and modern suites with a gorgeous terrace that overlooks the street views. This hotel also has equipped amenities that you need including an air-conditioned, kitchenette, internet access, satellite TV, buffet breakfast, dry cleaning, a 24-hour front desk and many more. See more information here and the price per night for your stay in Paris.
Sweet Inn – Louvre Rivoli is another elegant Parisian apartment boasting with city views from a balcony and big Parisian windows. It’s also only 500 m from the Louvre Museum so it’s within walking distance.
The apartment features all the amenities that you need for your stay including a flat-screen TV, wifi, and a fully equipped kitchenette with a stovetop, microwave, and a fridge so you can cook and eat whenever you need to. It also has a washing machine. See more options here.
Normandy Le Chantier is another elegantly decorated 19th-century building hotel that is only a 5-minute walk to the Louvre Museum and the Jardin des Tuileries.
This 19th-century hotel offers guests between the original or pre-renovation rooms. All of which offer full amenities such as free wifi, air-conditioned rooms, newly renovated rooms, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, double glazed windows, modern bathrooms that fully equipped and many more. See more options for their elegant rooms with the price per night here.
2. Domaine National du Palais-Royal
Domaine National du Palais-Royal is only a 4-minute walk from the Louvre and it’s also another popular attraction that was created by Cardinal Richelieu in 1633.
It consists of the Palais Royal and its prestigious and peaceful gardens along with super futuristic architecture with contemporary sculptures by Buren and Bury.
Outside, you’ll also get to take beautiful photos with the 260 black and white striped octagonal columns which are considered to be one of the symbols of Paris.
It is free for everyone, and it says that they open at 8 am. However, you can certainly be there before 8 am if you want to avoid the crowds so you can have a peaceful morning and take as many photos and videos without having lots of tourists in your shots.
If you’ve decided to buy one of the entry tickets for the Louvre Museum or the Paris PassLib, you can perhaps visit the Domaine National du Palais-Royal first thing in the morning.
You could try your best to be at the Domaine National du Palais-Royal before 8 am so it will give you at least 1 to 2 hours to walk around, take photos and videos without being surrounded by tourists.
You can also arrive there by 7 or 7:30 am to have your breakfast and enjoy the ambiance and views at one of the cafes. Having breakfast there will hopefully give you enough time to enjoy and relax before you head to the Louvre Museum early (before your chosen slot time). As mentioned, it is only a 4-minute walk so it would make sense to visit the Domaine National du Palais-Royal early in the morning.
Otherwise, if you find that 7 or 7:30 am is too early for you, then by no means, you can just visit the Domaine National du Palais-Royal after visiting the Louvre Museum. You can also enjoy your lunch there at one of the restaurants.
It should take you to Champs de Metro – Tour Eiffel and once you get off from that metro you’ll only have to walk about 6 minutes to the Eiffel Tower.
Alternatively, you can walk from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower which will take about 50 minutes and it’s probably the best option for sightseeing and experience the surrounding arrondissement (neighborhood) on foot.
As for me, I prefer to walk so I can experience the local area and be able to take beautiful photos and videos, so I wouldn’t mind the walking distance. However, if you’re limited with time then you can perhaps take the metro or bus, though buses may take a bit longer due to traffic.
As cliche as it sounds, you’re in Paris after all so you can’t miss out on seeing and visiting the Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower is probably the most iconic landmark of Paris, France. It’s made from a wrought-iron lattice located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. You probably already know that it is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, constructed from 1887 to 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair.
Whenever I visit Paris, I always make sure to visit the Eiffel Tower. Of course, I can’t get enough of this beautiful landmark.
If you have enough time, why not go to the top of the Eiffel Tower so you can also get a better view of Paris City and experience being on top of the Eiffel Tower. Here, you can select a variety of options with the quickest and affordable ways to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Once you’re done visiting the top of the Eiffel Tower you can perhaps relax at the Champ de Mars garden and also head over to the Trocadero to enjoy the view and sightseeing. From those places, you’ll be able to take some amazing pictures and videos of the Eiffel Tower and the overlooking manicured gardens.
Where To Stay Near The Eiffel Tower in Paris?
Here are some of the chicest and elegantly decorated apartments and hotels near the Eiffel Tower that you can choose from for your 3 to 4 days in Paris stay.
Derby Alma is a 4-star hotel located near the Eiffel Tower, boasting tremendous refined and modern features and decor.
Each guest room offers air-conditioning, private bathroom, free toiletries, and a hairdryer. Staying here will be an unforgettable stay as everything is designed with comfort in mind. Find out more information and the price per night.
Residence Charles Floquet is only 50 m from the Eiffel Tower, right in the heart of Paris. Situated in a historic building offering views of the Eiffel Tower from the balconies and big windows.
This place also has high ceilings, and a fireplace decorated in an elegant style. The apartments are also fully equipped with amenities including kitchen, dishwashing, coffee machine and more. See more options here to choose from.
There is another chic, elegant and practical apartments and hotels near the Eiffel Tower that will suit your needs and style choose from below: –
If the weather is nice while you’re in Paris, the Champ de Mars garden is perfect to stop by having a picnic or break while enjoying the magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower.
The Champ de Mars offers a very large public garden in Paris, France. It is located just between the Eiffel Tower to the northwest and the Ecole Militaire to the Southwest at the 7th Arrondissement.
In case you didn’t know, the Champ de Mars park was named after the Campus Martius in Rome which was a tribute to the Latin name of the Roman God of war.
Most definitely worth the experience. However, while you’re there or just anywhere in Paris just be mindful of pickpockets as there is quite a lot of them around and they prey on vulnerable tourists.
Trocadero is another free activity and landmark you might like to wander around and just relax with an amazing view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower.
The Trocadero is the landmark of the Palais de Chaillot which is another free site of Paris, France located in the 16th arrondissement just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower.
This landmark is also the name of the 1878 palace that was demolished in 1937 for them to make way for the Palais de Chaillot. Where you see the hill of the Trocadero was a former village, the hill of Chaillot.
If you have enough time, you might want to head over to Square Rapp and Avenue Rapp located at 7th arrondissement.
It’s a residential area with a few cafes, restaurants and shops away from the hustle and bustle.
In this area, you’ll also find some amazing views of the Eiffel Tower surrounded by Haussmanian architecture in style and some beautiful art nouveau buildings. Perfect for taking photos as your backdrop.
While you’re in the area, you can’t miss out stepping on to the Pont Alexandre III bridge. It’s a short walk from Square Rapp, Avenue Rapp or Trocadero if you decide to head over there.
The Pont Alexandre III bridge consists of the most regarded ornate, carvings, statues, and some artifacts from the Napoleonic era known for an extravagant bridge of Paris, France. This bridge is also classified as a Historique French Monument since 1975.
The Pont Alexandre III bridge is probably the most elegant bridge you’ll ever see. It’s so picturesque with a wide space of sidewalks, beautiful carvings on the side of the bridge, elegant gold lamps, posts, statues and ornates.
And while you’re on the bridge, you can stand by the sidewalk and just take a deep breath as you smell the natural smell of the river and enjoy the scenery of the Seine River.
I was so mesmerized the first time I ever stood on the Pont Alexandre III bridge during my first visit to Paris. I remember just standing by the sidewalk holding on the extravagant railing while overlooking the views of Paris and the Seine River contemplating my life.
Oh, I also took a few shots and somehow the reflection from the sunset reflected on the gold lamps, ornates and statues made me look nice and golden.
Note, you’ll never get sick of this bridge. So you’ll probably find yourself staying longer when you should be moving to your next destination. But there’s always another time. You could go back there during sunset or at night time so you’ll get to see all the illuminating lights coming from those elegant historic lamps.
After visiting the Pont Alexandre III bridge, you can easily walk to the Place de la Concorde.
The Place de la Concorde is another free major public square in Paris, France. It’s known as one of the largest squares in the French capital. It is situated in the 8th arrondissement which is very close to the Champs-Elysees.
The Place de la Concorde is a breathtaking square with beautiful intricate architecture and fountains. You’ll also find some great statue even in the middle of it. Around the square, you’ll also find a great view of the Eiffel Tower.
Please note that sometimes they don’t close the area for pedestrians only, so you’ll probably notice that there will be lots of cars around. It’s a big round square so just be mindful of your surroundings, as the traffic can get chaotic over there. Crossing the road over there can be a challenge, too.
What amazes me is that not only the Place de la Concorde square is picturesque yet so chaotic with lots of traffic but it also has a significant history dating back to 1755 when it was designed by Ange-Jaques Gabriel and also during the French Revolution in 1789.
Don’t miss out visiting the world-famous Avenue des Champs Elysees after visiting the Place de la Concorde as it’s only a very short walk away. One of the best things to do in Paris particularly in Champs Elysees is to wander around this long avenue and the area.
Avenue des Champs Elysees is located on the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France, which is about 1.9 kilometers long consisting of world-renowned French brands such as Moccasins, Lacoste, Longchamp and many other luxurious brands including Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.
If you’ve ever been to the flagship on New York’s Fifth Avenue, you’ll probably notice a similarity between these two avenues.
Don’t fret, though, if you’re on a budget, the Champs Elysees also has plenty of affordable clothing and ready-to-wear shops such as Zara, Sephora, Gap and many more.
Along the Champs Elysees, you’ll also find many cafes and restaurants to indulge in and to relax after a long day of sightseeing. It’s also a perfect avenue to watch the crowd and passersby.
Speaking of this long shopping avenue, the Champs Elysees is also a picturesque long avenue with beautiful backdrops. It’s also a well-known avenue in many movies.
While you’re strolling along Avenue des Champs Elysees, stop by at Avenue Montaigne which is only 1 to 2 minutes walk.
If you’re into luxury, prestigious and high-end designers, then you’ll find almost everything you’ve been craving for on this avenue.
Almost everything you’ll see on the Avenue Montaigne is represented on elegant and luxurious designs including the tree-lined, the design of the Haussmannian buildings, shops, window dressing, cafes, and restaurants.
This whole high-end street is let alone another level of sightseeing worthy. And in this street you might even encounter models, actresses wandering around, and of course, lots of expensive cars around, too.
Since you’re already at the Avenue des Champs Elysees, you really can’t miss out visiting the Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile.
Here, you’ll find different entry options to reach the top of the Arc de Triomphe. However, if you haven’t got enough time visiting the top of the Arc de Triomphe at least take a few photos as a backdrop.
The Arc de Triomphe is a well known and most famous monument in Paris, France, standing right in the middle western end of the Avenue des Champs Elysees.
You really can’t miss it as you walk along the Champs Elysees, you’ll immediately see the Arc de Triomphe that will motivate you to take lots of photos and step at the top for amazing views.
Alternatively, there are other options to access and skip the long lines to reach the top of the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe for a breathtaking panorama view of the world-renowned city of love.
One of the most popular options to access the Arc de Triomphe and skip the long lines can be purchased here for more information.
This skips the line access to the Arc de Triomphe with a guided tour is also an alternative option.
The Arc de Triomphe is no doubt the perfect location for breathtaking views, photoshoots, and videos just before sunset if this ends up to be your last sightseeing itinerary for the day.
Where To Stay Near The Arc de Triomphe?
Here are some beautiful and elegant apartments and hotels near the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees that fit your needs and style that you can choose from.
11. Printemps / Perruche
If you would like to end your day by having dinner at the rooftop of Printemps Haussman, head over to the top floor where you can enjoy and dine in at Perruche with spectacular overlooking views of Paris.
It only takes 8 minutes from the Arc de Triomphe to get to Printemps by the metro. You can make use of your Paris Pass Libb (if you’ve decided to purchase this pass).
Printemps is a French department store consisting of a variety of stores that focus mainly on accessories, beauty, fashion, lifestyle, women and men’s wear.
While on the rooftop you’ll find some cafes and restaurants, one of which is Perruche a 500m2 rooftop bar and restaurant. Perfect for a romantic night with a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower while eating some delicious French meals.
Outside, there’s also a terrace with heaters if you prefer to feel the natural breeze while enjoying your meal.
And, of course, the rooftop is so picturesque as you’ll find perfect spots for picture takings with overlooking Parisian backdrops.
This day 1 Paris itinerary has come to an end. I know that it seems like it will be a very long day and might perhaps be unachievable. However, this is just a guide for information purposes only and as mentioned above just select the locations that you would want to experience for yourself.
Day 2 Paris Itinerary: Best Things To Do In Paris
1. Palais Garnier
Starting your day 2 Paris itinerary in the morning at the Palais Garnier might be a great idea to avoid the crowds.
The Palais Garnier is an Opera Garnier with 1,979 seats situated at the Place de l’Opera in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, France. This was built from 1861 to 1876 for the Paris Opera of Emperor Napoleon III.
Inside the Paris Opera, you’ll get to discover lots of treasures, including a masterpiece of the 19th-century theater art architecture, historic spectacular building as well as with many surprise features behind the scenes.
Other highlights also include eclectic and ostentatious Baroque design are the most extravagant representations of Second Empire architecture in France. Also, marvel at the ceiling which was painted by Chagall and the extravagant chandeliers, and stairways.
Buying your self-guided entry ticket tour to Palais Garnier here allows you to skip the lines. This includes admission to the public areas such as the library-museum of the Opera (Bibliotheque Nationale de France), the grand staircase, the moon and sun salons, La Rotonde du glacier and is tapestries, La Rotonde des abonnees and the Phythia basin, and Le grand foyer and l’avant-foyer. Find out here for more information and the price.
2. Musee d’Orsay
Head over to the Musee d’Orsay after visiting the Palais Garnier as it’s only a 22-minute walk. While walking towards the Musee d’Orsay, you can stop by at Angelina Paris French Restaurant for a brunch or an early lunch and coffee. Their hot chocolate is very popular.
The Musee d’Orsay is another famous museum in Paris, France situated on the Left Bank of the Seine.
You’ll discover many museums holds that are mainly French art including furniture, paintings, sculptures, and photography dating back from 1848 to 1914.
You’ll also get to discover various masterpieces by Claude Monet, Jean Walter-Paul Guillaume, Van Gogh and among others.
The Musee d’Orsay is probably one of my favorite museums in Paris due to the extravagant and magnificent artistic interior designs.
Keep in mind that the lines can also get very long before the entrance so if you want to miss it, here is a skip the line ticket. This includes the entrance fee to the Orsay Museum and Orangerie Museum.
After visiting the Musee d’Orsay why not explore the chic Saint Germain des Pres area which is situated in the 6th arrondissement.
Saint Germain des Pres is an upscale and posh neighborhood with premier fashion, posh shops, eateries, exceptional gastronomic craftsmen of chocolates, pastries, and bread.
Not only that this arrondissement is a posh area, but it’s also housed to quaint bookstores, literature fans, cafes like Flore that was once favored by writers such as Hemingway. You’ll find that many writers are also inspired to craft their stories and writing skills in this neighborhood similar to that of the Latin Quarter.
Where To Stay In Saint Germain des Pres?
Looking for some of the best apartments and hotels to stay in Saint Germain des Pres? Here are some hotels and apartments situated right in the heart of Saint Germain des Pres which features chic and elegant decor and fully equipped with all the amenities that you need for your stay.
The Latin Quarter just nicely connects from Saint Germain des Pres. You surely don’t want to miss strolling around this area. It’s a short walking distance and as you headed towards the Latin Quarter you’ll get a feel of the neighborhood.
One of the best things to do in Paris around the Latin Quarter is to discover and learn about the fascinating history of the Latin Quarter thoroughly. This walking tour guide offers a 2 hour private or group walking tour that includes a knowledgeable guide from a local.
The Latin Quarter is also popularly home to the Sorbonne University, the world-famous Shakespeare and Co. bookstore, the Pantheon, and the breathtaking views of the manicured Luxembourg Gardens.
You can even stop by at the Luxembourg Gardens taking a short break or have a little picnic before heading to your next destination.
The Latin Quarter is also one of my favorite arrondissements in Paris, as there are a variety of quaint and historic little streets with cute cafes, restaurants, vendors, arts and picturesque historical architecture.
Rue de la Huchette
If you love discovering old street, the Rue de la Huchette is one of the oldest streets that’s connected along the Rive Gauche in Paris. Located between Boulevard Saint-Michel and Rue du Petit-Pont.
Rue de la Huchette is well known for an artery with one of the highest concentrations of restaurants predominantly Greek specialties.
Please note that the Latin Quarter is also a touristy area so be prepared to pay a hefty price tag on shopping as well as food if you get trapped in a restaurant or cafes that are catered for tourists.
Though, there are still a variety of options for cheap places to eat in the Latin Quarter area. Just make sure to check the price menu first before being seated.
Have fun exploring the Latin Quarter!
Where To Stay In The Latin Quarter In Paris?
I’ve probably stayed in the Latin Quarter a few times whenever I came to Paris. In Latin Quarter there are also a variety of apartments and hotels with comfortable ensuite guest rooms, scrumptious breakfast and within walking distance to most of the tourist attractions. Find out your accommodation here.
The Pantheon history is phenomenal as well as the architecture is immense that you simply cannot miss it.
The Pantheon is a building in the Latin Quarter that was built as a church dedicated to the patron and the memory of those who have marked the French history since the French Revolution. It also has magnificent interiors that feature columns, paintings, and sculptures.
Notre Dame de Paris is another iconic and remarkable Gothic Cathedral of Paris and the capital’s major monument popular among tourists. It’s a Medieval Catholic Cathedral church situated on the Ile de la Cite in the 4th arrondissement of Paris.
Please note that Notre Dame’s main spire and the roof of the building collapsed due to the huge fire that took place. Taking one of the guided tours you’ll also get to learn more about the rebuilding and reconstruction steps of Notre Dame.
By joining this guided tour you’ll also get to discover the district of Ile de la Cite, the heart of Paris. You’ll be able to take amazing panoramic photos and videos in various spots. You’ll also get to explore the Saint Severin Church. You’ll also get to discover the revival of Gothic Architecture.
Notre Dame was considered to be one of the finest churches of French Gothic architecture.
Notre Dame cathedral has an interesting history and fascinating exterior and interior architecture. I must say that it’s one of my favorite churches in Paris, France.
The Pont des Arts or Passerelle des Arts is my other favorite bridge in Paris. It is very popular, packed with tourists and lovers. It’s a pedestrian bridge that crosses the River Seine.
While on top of the Pont des Arts bridge, you’ll be mesmerized by the 360 views of the European historical architecture of Paris as well as the spectacular view of the River Seine.
You’ll also get to watch the tour boats cruising just below the Pont des arts which will certainly give you a pleasant experience.
You simply cannot miss stepping on this wide historic bridge as it’s so picturesque and romantic. You’ll be able to capture some amazing shots with the French historical backdrop.
The only disappointment you’ll probably get to experience, though, is that you cannot tie the love locks on the bridge anymore, as the iron had already been replaced with glass walls on both sides of the bridge.
Albeit, lovers always seem to find alternative ways to express and lock their love life by writing their names on the glass walls of the bridge. Though, don’t quote me on this as I’m not sure if people are still allowed to write their names on the glass walls.
Pont Neuf is another romantic and oldest standing bridge across the river Seine in Paris, France. It’s probably a good idea to come to this bridge as your last destination as you can head down to Vedettes du Pont Neuf to catch the tour boat.
Though some cruise boat pickup location is located near the Eiffel Tower, so it’s important to check the meeting point before buying your ticket here.
Pont Neuf bridge also has major connectivity for traffic, so just be careful crossing on this bridge. It’s right in the middle just across the Pont des Arts bridge which also stands by the western point of the Ile de la Cite.
Pont Neuf is another picturesque bridge offering so many backdrops of Paris.
What better way to end a full-on day of sightseeing by admiring the iconic sights of Paris on a relaxing River Seine cruise boat tour during sunset or at night.
You’ll get to view and take amazing shots of the city of lights from a boat on the River Seine. You’ll also get to enjoy the sunset and even a romantic dinner.
Alternatively, there are a variety of River Seine Cruise options that you can choose from here. Some of which even includes a romantic sunset dinner.
But please take note of where the pickup or meeting point is so you won’t miss out on your chosen time.
Day 3 Paris Itinerary: Best Things To Do In Paris
Le Marais is another arrondissement that you cannot simply miss out on. It’s also one of my favorite districts in Paris, France.
Why not take the opportunity to indulge at Le Marais by having a nice and relaxing breakfast at some of the popular cafes.
Le Marais is located in the 4th arrondissement known for its lively and vibrant district as well as a fashionable district filled with gay bars, boutiques, art galleries and many more. It’s also known as the Jewish quarter hosting various kosher restaurants.
It’s also home to Musee Victor Hugo where the writer lived, and the grassy Place des Vosges home to elegant arcades.
Some of the best things to do in Paris, at Le Marais is that you can also take a 2.5 hours guided walking tour where you can explore the brilliance of the Middle Ages, French Renaissance style, and unique palaces.
You’ll also get to discover spectacular architecture, mansions, some of the most beautiful little streets and peaceful gardens.
You won’t miss out on experiencing its rich cultural history of Le Marais, most important sights, and some of the most lesser-known kept secret places here.
Furthermore, on this guided tour, you’ll get to discover Maison de Victor Hugo, Musee National Picasso, Hotel de Ville, Place des Vosges, Pont Marie, Eglise Saint-Gervais, Jardin Anne Frank, Fontaine du Lycée Charlemagne, Rue des Rosiers, and many more.
Find out here for more information about this amazing guided tour for Le Marais.
Where To Stay In Le Marais, Paris?
Le Marais is a lively and vibrant district of Paris, so if you don’t mind staying where some of the exciting happenings are, then here are some of the intimate ambiance apartments and hotels to choose from.
Most of these accommodations are also within walking distance to most of the Museums and other tourist attractions with easy access to metros.
The Musee National Picasso museum is the only facility in the world that encompasses contemporaries of the artists and also presents Picasso’s complete engraved, illustrated, painted, and sculpted oeuvre, drawings, art, paintings and many more.
Inside Picasso’s museum’s collection and exhibitions, you’ll get to discover Olga Picasso, Picasso Panorama, Picasso’s Picassos, Picasso, and his personal collections.
Each exhibition trail focuses mainly on masterpieces from the collection, and you’ll find that each room has a particular theme.
Here, you can select a full day Museum priority access to the Musee National Picasso without a delay. You can read more highlights and what’s included in this pass here.
3. Place des Vosges
After exploring Le Marais and the Musee Picasso National, why not take a short break at the Place des the Vosges, originally known as the Place Royale, the oldest planned square in Paris, France renamed after the French Revolution in tribute to the North-east region of the Vosges, which is bordering Germany and Luxembourg.
If you’ve decided to take one of the most popular guided walking tours of the Le Marais, the Place des Vosges also includes in the highlight, which you’ll be able to learn more about the history of this place.
The Place des the Vosges is just a short walk around the Le Marais district, dividing-line between the 3rd and 4th arrondissement.
This square was known as the place for the nobility to chat, and popularly known as a meeting place for them up until the revolution.
As you wander around the Place des Vosges you’ll find that this place embodies the classic French style with a unique feel of the 17th-century architecture.
Though there is a huge green space park where you can simply sit on and relax after sightseeing, you’ll be mesmerized by the spectacular views of the historic architecture and its beautiful surroundings.
Maison de Victor Hugo is another highlight located in the Le Marais at the Place des Vosges.
If you want to explore Maison de Victor Hugo, this highlight is also included in the guided walking tour specified above.
Maison de Victor Hugo is another popular writer’s house museum that is situated where Victor Hugo was living for 16 years between 1832 and 1848.
During October 1832, Victor Hugo (who was only 30 at the time) and his wife Adele moved into the museum. They were renting a 280 square meter apartment on the second floor.
This museum was substantially improved and currently named Hotel de Rohan-Guemenee by the de Rohans family.
However, when a large donation was made, the mansion was soon after converted into a museum by Paul Meurice to the city of Paris to buy the house.
You can take a peek into the life of Victor Hugo’s past times, as you’ll discover that a variety of rooms have been converted and decorated during the times of the celebrated author.
A lot of people also found that the magnificent mansion is beautifully decorated with bright green, golden, and red along with some beautiful flowers make the whole place a complete spectacular mansion.
Montmartre is probably my most favorite district in Paris, France. It is located in a large hilly part of Paris on the 18th arrondissement.
So, be prepared to walk up and down on some of the hilly parts of Montmartre, and some streets also consist of long staircases. It is 130 m high which gives its name to the surrounding district that is apart of the Right Bank within the northern section of Paris.
Montmartre is the heart of Paris’ authentic village with incomparable charms, character, quaint boutiques, romantic cafes, terraces, cobblestone streets, apartments, museums, artsy district, vineyards, windmills, Sacre-Coeur and many more.
This 2-hour walking tour might be a good option for you as it includes a variety of highlights that enables you to learn and discover more of what Montmartre and its history have to offer in great detail. Find out here for more details and prices.
Montmartre is also known for its cobblestone streets, stunning Basilica, various artists, bistros and full of numerous charm to be found in most corners.
If you head to the top of a small hill in the 18th arrondissement, you’ll discover the most famous Parisian atmosphere village, which appealed so much by many artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
There, you’ll learn a variety of melting pot of art and inspiration that you’ll ever find from films that Montmartre to this day even still offers so much pleasure to both locals and tourists wandering around or staying in Paris.
Albeit, Montmartre had been given a bad reputation due to the number of street vendors who will forcefully harass you to buy their items and lack of security or guards roaming around protecting tourists.
Needless to say, I’ve never encountered such bad experiences whenever I visited Montmartre.
As anywhere in the world, just be extra vigilant of your surroundings as you’ll never know what comes your way that may give you a bad experience. So don’t let other people’s negative experiences of Montmartre turn you away from visiting this enchanting and charming village of Paris.
Where To Stay in Montmartre, Paris?
Montmartre is one of the best districts to stay while in Paris. If you’re looking to stay in one of the charming villages in Montmartre there are a variety of apartments and hotels you can choose here which offers ensuite rooms with comfortable beds, best breakfast, intimate ambiance with terraces and amazing views and equipped rooms with amenities that you need.
While you’re still in Montmartre why not head over to La Maison Rose French Restaurant to grab something to eat? It’s a small restaurant and you might need to call them first to make a reservation.
La Maison Rose is a French restaurant located at 2 Rue de l’Abreuvoir, 75018 Paris with a pink maisonette. That cute pink house is nestled on the corner of a winding cobblestoned street, and you’ll discover that it’s unbelievably one of the most photographed architectures in Montmartre.
Outside, you’ll find that it’s also a pretty picturesque street with some old stone architecture along with a gorgeous cobblestoned street. This street has become quite popular among tourists and locals.
La Maison Rose has been around for well over a hundred years old, however, no one knows (and probably including the current owners) who the original owners and the exact date that was built.
Though, some people say that this cafe was once a boarding house (though, I’m not entirely sure if that’s true, as that’s what I had heard the third time I went to Paris) and that the cafe has been serving coffee since its inception where local writers could eat inexpensively. The prices for their meals and coffee may have already changed.
Rue Cortot is just on the corner of La Maison Rose which is another charming little street that’s also known as one of the most photographed streets in Montmartre.
The street offers beautiful landscape and architecture of low colored houses, plants, and flowers around the houses, and the unusual associations of gorgeous pastel colors, materials, and street shapes.
If you’re familiar with some of the cute little charming English streets in England, you’ll find that Villa Leandre is another popular charming attraction that is also a perfect spot for photos inspired by the English style.
Villa Leandre is just a very short walk from La Maison Rose and Rue Cortot, which is an iconic destination, as you wander along this street you’ll soon find yourself being transported into a secret little gem of Paris.
Villa Leandre was built on the site of a former mill in Montmartre in 1926. Apparently, the houses there are some of the most expensive to be found in Montmartre.
Each house has its own unique style and structure with wooden doors, cute little balconies, courtyard, and among them has its own different accent soft pastel colors.
Several of the houses also have pitched roofs, traditional style lantern at the door, as well the street even ends with a vintage style lamp post.
If you’re hunting for some breathtaking views over the staircases where it overlooks the Parisian Haussmannian buildings, and Paris, head over to Rue du Mont Cenis Stairs for some photo sessions.
The street and the staircases are a series of breathtaking views that you won’t be able to resist.
This place will serve you an amazing spot while relaxing and taking photos on top of those staircases which will give you magnificent views of the architecture and its surroundings.
If you can’t seem to get enough of the set of staircases with breathtaking views, the Rue Foyatier is another most visited streets in Montmartre, Paris that consists of an unusual giant staircase.
Tourists also flock in this street to photograph its surroundings, staircase and amazing views of Paris.
The Rue Foyatier is still on the Montmartre butte within the 18th arrondissement of Paris. This street was opened in 1867, and it was given its current name after the sculptor Denis Foyatier in 1875.
These giant flights of stairs allow everyone to access the top of the hill, the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, which is another popular attraction of the upper Montmartre neighborhood. So, if you’re heading there afterward, make sure to take a few deep breaths and relaxation.
Place du Tertre is one of the most famous squares in Montmartre that you also can’t miss out on visiting.
Place du Tertre is filled with artists showcasing their art, drawings, and paintings. You’ll find a lot of arts are beautifully presented that are resembling of Montmartre village and parts of Paris.
The Place du Tertre is a reminder for everyone when Montmartre was the Mecca of modern art. With its many amazing artists setting up their easels regardless of the weather each day for tourists.
In the early 20th century, many painters including Amedeo Modigliani, Maurice Utrillo, and Pablo Picasso were once living there and others were living nearby.
Place du Tertre square is also filled with street musicians, cafes and restaurants that you can easily get distracted by the overwhelming lively square.
No doubt that you’ll be mesmerized by the beauty of character and charm of this square that perhaps you’ll probably find yourself sitting on one of the cafes while drinking a cup of coffee outside enjoying the view of the artists’ paintings in front of you.
After exploring the charming village of Montmartre you simply cannot miss out on visiting the most popular and iconic Basilique du Sacré-Cœur Catholic Church.
It’s situated at the top of the hilly part of Montmartre so it will take a few hills and staircases to get there.
I promise you won’t regret visiting this magnificent church, as outside the church you’ll be welcomed with breathtaking views of Paris.
Inside the church, you’ll also be welcomed with spectacular interior design that you will certainly be amazed by. Please be warned, the last time I went inside Sacre-Coeur Catholic Church, we weren’t allowed to take photos or videos.
Here is a guided tour if you’re interested in learning more about the history of Sacre Couer and the village of Montmartre in great detail.
This guided tour will start with a visit outside the church with a thorough guide about both the exterior and interior of the Basilica from your expert guide.
In this guided tour, you’ll also get to see the largest mosaic, depicting the Sacred Heart of Jesus worshipped by the Virgin Mary, Christ in Majesty, Jeanne d’Arc, and Michael the Archangel.
Sacre Coeur is also a very touristy place with lots of street vendors, artists, and performers around.
So don’t forget to take amazing shots with the spectacular views of Montmartre village and Paris as your backdrop.
Also, be wary of your surroundings around the Sacre Coeur as there are many pickpockets roaming around targeting tourists relaxing and sitting on the staircases.
Experience the world-renowned cabaret show in Moulin Rouge in Paris while enjoying a delicious dinner or drinking champagne from a menu of traditional French food with a variety of options to choose from including vegetarian and vegan.
Please note that you must wear formal attire to be able to get in for the musical and dance show.
If you’re looking for a quintessentially way to end your night in Paris, consider a visit to the Moulin Rouge for a live cabaret show.
With this entrance ticket, you’ll get to watch a troupe of 100 artists. This includes 60 Doris girls, 1,000 flamboyant costumes of feathers, rhinestones, sequins, and more.
Find out here for more information and a variety of options to choose from for the Moulin Rouge.
You’ll be transported to the golden age of the world’s famous Parisian cabaret. This was founded in 1889, known as the iconic dance hall which quickly became popularly renowned as a glamorous gathering location for locals and tourists.
Day 4 Paris Itinerary: Best Things To Do In Paris
If you’re still in Paris on Day 4, why not pay a visit to the Palace of Versailles to be transported back to the breathtaking royal chateau and discover the second most visited monument in the Ile de France region?
The Palace of Versailles is situated about 20 kilometers southwest of the center of Paris. You can easily get there by metro or buses from the center of Paris early in the morning. Please take into consideration that it can take up to 1 hour to get to Versailles from Paris city center.
This palace was the principal royal residence of France from 1682 until the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 under Louis XIV.
The Palace of Versaille is the world’s extravagant historical monument that has been listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site for 30 years. Remarkable for the jewel Royal Opera, ceremonial Hall of Mirrors, the royal apartments, the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon, the vast gardens of Versailles with fountains, canals and much more worthy of attention.
The Palace of Versaille is the world’s most visited attraction and no doubt that there will be plenty of tourists visiting, so if you want to skip the line with guided tours, here are some of the Palace of Versaille tours that you can choose from.
This tour is a half-day guided tour that includes travel with an air-conditioned bus from and to Paris City center and Versailles with a host onboard a bus, skip the line entrance to the palace, audio guide in the palace, access to many highlights including the gardens, Grand and Petit Trianon, the Estate of Marie Antoinette, Musical Garden or Musical Fountain Show. Find out here for more options and included highlights.
Alternatively, if you’re limited with time and haven’t got a half-day to spare, this exclusive 90 minute guided tour with skip the line entrance to the palace might also be a better option for you.
You’ll also get to see and learn more about the main figures of the French Monarchy from King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette, the State Apartments, the King’s Bedroom, and the Hall of Mirrors. All complete with your guide which will take you to all these legendary characters to life and much more.
Here are some of the best apartments and hotels to stay near the Palace of Versailles. You’ll be able to experience the uniquely decorated rooms with fully equipped amenities and within walking distance to the Versailles. Most of the accommodation also offers delicious breakfast and comfortable rooms. Find out more options here to choose from.
Many people say that Paris is the “city of lights” or the “city of love”, however, there’s always a dark side to each city.
After visiting the Palace of Versailles why not head over to Paris Catacombs with a guided tour and skip the line priority access to discover the dark side of Paris just beneath the city, descending 20 meters below street level?
This guided tour and skip the line priority access to Paris Catacombs will give you the opportunity to learn the interesting history and secrets of the world’s largest underground burial sites.
You’ll be able to learn about how this underground burial site came about in the 18th century, and how the 200 miles of tunnels were mined to bury the remains of over 6 million people due to the overcrowded cemeteries.
As you descend underground, prepare yourself to be surrounded by bones, and skulls carefully arranged against the walls and a decorative flourish.
And no doubt that you’ll immerse yourself in the interesting (yet might be quite creepy) history of legendary struggles and triumphs.
There are also other options to get into the Paris Catacombs here which also offers different hours and skip the line priority access.
This skip the line entry offers breathtaking and spectacular 360-degree views of Paris from the highest roof terrace of Montparnasse Tower, which also includes champagne.
You can literally see and take amazing shots of various landmarks of Paris including the Eiffel Tower set in a 360-degree panoramic view.
If you’re into some color street photography, why not discover one of the most colorful streets in Paris called Rue Cremieux before ending your day in Paris?
Rue Cremieux is one of the popular colorful streets that is located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, originally built as workers’ housing. This street is on an off the beaten path, not far from the Gare de Lyon railway station.
A lot of tourists come to this colorful street due to its French quaint painted house fronts. It has certainly become a popular destination for tourists for their social media photos and even for filming.
Rue Cremieux consists of a gorgeous cobblestone street that is 144 meters long and 7.50 m wide and is only for pedestrians. It also consists of colorful private houses full of character and charm that you sure will not be able to resist taking lots of photos in front of those houses as your backdrop.
Once stepping on Rue Cremieux, you’ll feel and be given the impression that you’re outside of Paris, as most apartments in Paris center are not made of quaint colorful houses. Unless, of course, if you go over to the village or in the Provincial town of France.
The residents at Rue Cremieux are so proud of their gorgeous colorful street, however, I have read some articles online that some are quite annoyed with the influx of tourists taking over the streets while photographing. Which only causes an invasion of their privacy.
So if you head over there, just be mindful of the locals’ privacy, for example, don’t step right in front of their doorstep just for photos and certainly try not taking photos where the residents will be visible on your photos.
Place de la Bastille is only an 8-minute walk from Rue Cremieux, so if you have enough time why not take a stroll around the area before you end day 4 in your Paris itinerary?
The Bastille is another popular square in Paris that is known for France’s political history and where the Bastille prison stood during the French Revolution.
The July Column (Colonne de Juillet) stands at the center of the square and that commemorates the events of the July Revolution in 1830.
To this day, Place de la Bastille has certainly transformed into a popular, thriving and vibrant area where many locals and tourists alike hang out in the vicinity where you can find a variety of cafes, restaurants, and shops. Please note that this square is also a busy square filled with lots of cars and traffic.
The End Of 3 to 4 Days In Paris Itinerary
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed and found my 3 to 4 days in Paris itinerary rather helpful in deciding on the best things to do in Paris. As always, this is for information purposes only. If you can’t see or visit all the tourist attractions in Paris, just select what is important to you.
After all, you’re in Paris, so choose wisely with great time management so your time in Paris will not be wasted.
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