Everyone’s heard of it. Everyone know’s it. It’s good old Paris: the city of loveee. Yet it’s seriously somewhere that’s not over-rated. Having been to the classic Disney Land Paris as a little girl, I’d longed to go back to the romantic city: to be able to properly take in all the beautiful sites and landmarks years on. Luckily for me, I had a surprise Christmas present from my partner and was whisked away in the early winter months for the city break I’d always dreamed of! Here’s the 3 Day Paris Itinerary that we created: simply tweak it to make it your own! A long weekend is perfect for Paris, but whether you’re going as a couple, with friends, or even just solo: there’s plenty to do and see that will get you falling in love with the place!
Arrive in PARIS! Or as the French seem to say, Bienvenue à Parí 😉 This day is kind of flexible, depending on arrival time. For us, we landed in the early afternoon so we made our way over to the hotel, checked in, freshened up, then headed back out again. We were lucky enough to stay just a five minute walk away from the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens, so we started our afternoon by strolling around the gardens, spotting the beautiful sculptures and admiring the impressive architecture. They also have some cute little food stalls dotted around and it’s a really nice place to just sit and take it all in!
We then had a wander along the river, past Notre Dame Cathedral and into the shops for a spot of shopping… Or I guess more accurately- window shopping! It’s fair to say, Paris is not the most budget-friendly!
If shopping is your thing, a few of the top shopping districts include: Louvre & Tuileries District (full of Crème de la crème designer fashion, chic home furnishings & quality cosmetics), Boulevard Haussmann & the Grands Boulevards (a prestigious yet impressive department store), The Marais (a mix of eclectic and high-fashion, high-quality chains, vintage stores, artisan and handcrafted jewelry, antiques and fine art galleries), Avenue Montaigne & the Champs-Elysées (great for designer shopping, trendy chain stores & Sunday shopping), St-Germain-des-Prés (find chic classic design, books, and home furnishings) and of course Les Halles & Rue de Rivoli (where you’ll find the major chain shops and trendy boutiques.)
With a real feel for the city already, we then dined at a traditional french brasserie where we tried snails (eek!) and drank sweet, sweet wine! The food over in Paris is pretty expensive (like lots of things actually) but if you hunt around and use trusty Tripadvisor, you can end up finding more reasonably priced eats in your area.
After dinner, we headed over to Vedettes du Pont Neuf for a one-hour commented cruise across the Seine river. From the Louvre Museum to the glittering Eiffel Tower, see Paris’s most iconic sights all lit up at night!
Jump straight into your day with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, or -if you love that fresh air in your fingers and fancy getting those steps up, you can also pick and choose your favourite attractions, walking the route yourself! We vouched for the latter option (although it is NOT for the fainthearted!) and ended up getting a couple of tubes as well. It worked for us, but for simplicity: I’d recommend the bus!
Places on Your List to See:
- Eiffel Tower: Why of course! It’s got to be the most world-famous attraction here. There’s heaps of different viewpoints: you can go underneath it, view from different angles & pathways and even go up it for breathtaking views of the city. (If you’re scared of heights, just be prepared for the glass lift!) The Trocadero is a great location to see the Eiffel Tower and to spend some time in the restaurants and cafes. The views of the Seine are fantastic here. The Champ de Mars gardens also show impressive views and are beautiful to walk around. Head to both as a bare minimum!
- Palais Garnier: This is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. If you think it looks impressive from the outside, take a look inside! It will take your breath away!
- The Louvre: Now I’m going to be honest, despite it look like a diamond from the outside and being the world LARGEST art museum, the louvre wasn’t something that I was overly excited about. Just another museum right?! But boy was I wrong! The Mona Lisa itself was so so special to see in person, and with so many different rooms and areas, it’s exciting to pick what you want to explore next!
These three attractions will give you like a triangle-shaped-route and certainly keep you busy for the day, but if you’ve got time and want to check out more, you could stop off at:
- Musée d’Orsay
- Moulin Rouge
- Grands Boulevards
- Notre-Dame (Particularly for the tower!)
Phew! And it’s not over yet. Next, it’s time for -arguably- your trip highlight! Head up the Montparnasse Tower to the Panoramic Observation Deck for sunset into nightfall. If you catch it on a clear night, you will certainly not be disappointed! Unreal is not the word. After that, your heart will be warm, your cheeks will be aching with so much smiling, but the night is still young! So it’s time to finish it off with a bang… An evening of wine, jazz music and maybe a cheeky cocktail to finish!
Just when you think,
What is possibly left to do, how can I top this?!
… That’s when you know you’re in for a pleasant surprise! For your final day, it’s time for one last final adventure! After a big hearty breakfast, walk over Point Alexander bridge past Esplanade des Invalides (heading inside for a quick photo stop!) Then continue on through Champs-Élysées, which eventually leads you to the beautiful Arc de Triomphe, because here you’re going to climb 280 stairs to the top for panoramic views over Paris. Hold onto your hats because it can get pretty windy! But what a way to finish?!
After that, grab some crepes and take a stop at a coffee shop. It’s a jam-packed three day itinerary but certainly one you won’t be forgetting in a while! Got any questions? Pop them in the comments box below.
Thanks for reading. Happy traveling!
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