How to Spend Three Days in Paris!
A 3 Day Paris Itinerary!
It is impossible to see and do everything in Paris in just three days. Museums galore with extra long wanting lines, impressive architecture, famous landmarks and then there’s the food; rightfully so it may take a few weeks to make your way around Paris, exploring the entirety of the city.
But with just three days to explore we hand picked the top sights, the most interesting museums and of course the only reason Janice travels at all ~ to taste the local cuisine.
What to do when you have 3 days in PARIS?!
If by incredible luck your hotel happens to be a stones throw away from the Louvre Museum, as did the Hotel de la Place du Louvre. Then it goes without saying that your first stop should be just that. With long lines and even longer waiting times, getting there bright and early is always good idea.
You will no doubt spend a few hours wandering the halls of the museum and inevitably want that infamous selfie outside the pyramid shaped domes. Once you’ve absorbed all the art you can, it’s time for lunch.
Grab a Crouque Monsieur and a cappuccino at a local cafe along the waterfront and watch the boats pass by as you take in the views of the Eiffel Tower.
After lunch why not grab one of the city bikes and take a ride along the banks of the river in the direction of the Eiffel Tower. You will pass by beautiful bridges, old buildings and if you are lucky to still find yourself on the right side of the river you will get a glimpse of the Flame of Liberty at the Tunnel du Pont de l’Alma which is now an unofficial memorial of the late Princess Diana.
Spend a few hours climbing atop the Eiffel tower and if you get a chance to dine in the Le Jules Verne, grab it. With great reviews you will be sure to get a tasteful of what Parisian cuisine is all about.
Cross over the bridge and take the direction of the Arc de Triumph. A tourist map or a gps would be handy at this point. We recommend maps.me for offline gps. If you still have your bikes, this should be a leisurely 30 minute cycle along the cobble lines streets and making you feel like a true local.
Ditch the bikes here and hop on a rickshaw for a unique ride along Avenue des Champs de Elysees. When you arrive at the Arc de Triomphe hop off and get some great night shots of this impressive architectural building, with the traffic frantically whizzing around it.
The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars and beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Just for you history buffs!
Climbing atop the Arc de Triomphe will give you great views of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, frequently referred to as ‘the worlds most beautiful avenue.’
If you fancy some shopping and some after dinner dessert, make your way back down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees to Laduree Macaroons. Arguably the best Macaroons in Paris, this is a must for all you macaroon lovers. We tried the Pistachio and chocolate Macaroons, but my lips are sealed as to which one was the best! I’ll leave that decision in your hands!
By this stage I’m sure the feet will be starting to feel the effects of non-stop sightseeing. So what better excuse to take rest and sample some delicious French Red Wine!
What better way to see the city than to sit back and relax on a city river cruise along the Seine River, spanning a huge 777 km throughout the city. There are a number to companies to choose from and all are equally as good. Hold on to your coupons from tourist maps for extra discount. Hop on to learn some brief history of Paris and admire the many incredible bridges you will pass through. Be sure to have your camera at the ready. A little tip: You might want to keep your breath fresh for approaching the Kissing Bridge!!
If you can, make your last stop Pont Neuf and walk the short distance to reach Notre-Dame Cathedral. This remarkable building is said to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and agreeably one of the most well-known catholic church buildings in the world.
Close by you will find the quirky area of the Latin Quarter filled with many cafes and restaurants to curb the afternoon/evening hunger. Here you can sample true Parisian Cuisine at reasonable prices too.
Finish the afternoon off with a trip to the Musée d’Orsay, housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station. Revel at the many masterpieces created by the great artists of the world.
If you are unlucky enough to only have a few days to explore the city then it’s highly unlikely you will make it to Disney Land, Pairs. The next best option is the small fun land in Jardin des Tuileries for some light entertainment and a unique night view of the city.
A short walk towards Rue des Pyramides, you will find dimly lit Parisian Style wine cafes to see in the night.
Hop on the subway to the quaint area that is Bastille. Dotted down the side streets and along the back alleyways you will find a fine array of brunch houses to fill your tummy for the day ahead.
Today you will be meandering through the vibrant neighbourhood of Montmartre.
When you arrive at Blanche Station on Metro Line 2, grab yourself tickets for Petit Train de Montmartre. This cute little train will take you on a voyage around Montmartre best bits. Hop off at the Sacre-Coeur before ascending the steps to take in the incredible view of the city. Spend the rest of the afternoon getting lost in the back streets and enjoy the delicious chocolate crepes from the street vendors.
A trip to paris wouldn’t be complete without a night at a show. Choose from the Moulin Rouge, the Lido, the Crazy Horse Cabaret, the Opera or an Evening Dinner Cruise. Take your pick and finish off your weekend with a bang!
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