The elegant and very stylish Paris is known for its breathtaking views, magnificent monuments, spellbinding landmarks, Gothic churches and intriguing architecture. Not only this but the capital of France is also famous for romantic sights, cool culture, high-quality wines, heart-warming dinner dates and spectacular tours.
Many gifted artists have lived and worked in Paris, many got inspired by its modern life, many gave its monuments a special place in their novels and many still dream of visiting the city one day just like you and I.
Paris has so much to offer that for the one visiting it for the first time it becomes slightly difficult to plan the trip itinerary in a way that they do not miss out any attraction of this riveting city. So, here is a three days itinerary for your trip to Paris which will help you spend quality time in every corner of this ever-inviting place.
Read on, look at the breathtaking pictures and visualize yourself there… and see how do you feel?
Duration: 3 Days
Language: French and English
DAY 1: Paris
River Cruise- Eiffel Tower- Champ de Mars- Rodin Museum- Hotel des Invalides
River Cruise: Cruise up the majestic Seine River to see the famous landmarks of Paris as many of them are situated on the banks of Seine including the Eiffle tower, Orsay Museum, Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris and the Louvre.
The cruise makes it an easy job for you tor absorb all these attractions smoothly and you also get to explore cafe lined boulevards of Paris. You may also take a cruise in the evening to see the beautiful Paris light up and enjoy a romantic dinner date with your partner.
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Normal Entry Price: Adult: €13.00 Child: €5.00
The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. Named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair. It is not only a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world as well. The 324 metres tower held the title of tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years. The tower is open every day from 9 a.m. to midnight.
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Fun Fact: The Eiffel tower was designed for the 1889 World fair and folks hated it at the time, and now we can’t imagine Paris without it today!
Normal Entry Price (adult)
Lift entrance ticket (valid to 2nd floor)- €11,00
Lift entrance ticket to top- €17,00
Stairs entrance ticket (valid to 2nd floor)- €7,00
Champ de Mars
The Champ de Mars, a large public greenspace in Paris, is a hotspot for national events. The park can be accessed freely and offers the most beautiful view of the capital’s landmark monument. This is a perfect place to picnic, get-togethers, play music, and to watch the Eiffel Tower’s twinkling lights at nightfall.
Insider’s tip: While you are strolling and clicking pics at Champ de Mars, grab and bite into a crepe with ham and cheese (a local French snack) if you feel hungry, you won’t regret it!
Opened in 1919, The Musée Rodin in Paris is dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds in central Paris, and just outside Paris at Rodin’s old home; the Villa des Brillants at Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine) are the two sites that visitors can see.
With a collection of 6,600 sculptures, 8,000 drawings, 8,000 old photographs and 7,000 objets d’art, this beautiful museum receives 700,000 visitors annually and is a definite add to your trip to Paris.
Timings: Open daily, except Mondays. Museum, garden and shop: open from 10 am to 5.45 pm.
Normal Entree Fee: 10 €
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Hotel Les Invalides
Commonly known as Hôtel national des Invalides (The National Residence of the Invalids), Hôtel des Invalides, is a complex of buildings containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France.
Fun fact: This used to be a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, now turned into a museum!
The buildings house the Musée de l’Armée, the military museum of the Army of France, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musée d’Histoire Contemporaine, as well as the Dôme des Invalides, a large church with the burial site for some of France’s war heroes, most notably Napoleon Bonaparte.
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Timings: Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
DAY 2 Paris
A Roman Catholic church in Paris, Saint-Sulpice is the second largest church in the city after Notre-Dame. The church came into the limelight recently after playing a prominent role in the novel The Da Vinci Code.
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Built-in the 17th century with foundations that dates back to the 12th century, the Church of St-Sulpice was founded by the Society of St-Sulpice to replace a small Gothic church. Known as the “Cathedral of the Rive Gauche,” the church has many noteworthy sites to see.
Timings: Daily 8:30 am-8 pm
The Louvre Museum is a historic monument in Paris which also carries the reputation of being the world’s largest museum. Located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement, the museum is also the world’s most visited museum.
Fun fact 1: The Museum was used as storehouse for a stolen pieces of art during World War II.
Originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century, it opened on 10 August 1793. This extraordinary monument is housed in the Louvre Palace and exhibits Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings. Of course, the Mona Lisa is the most popular piece of art in the museum
Fun fact 2: They say it has so much to see (35000 objects), that if you really wish to appreciate and admire each piece of art here, you would be stuck here for at least a month! So, we recommend you devote at least one full day to this exquisite site!
Timings: Every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: €15 (Free for visitors under the age of 18)
Just between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, the spectacular Tuileries Garden opened to the public in 1667, and became a public park after the French Revolution. Be it spring or winter the garden is always mesmerizing and worth a walk. While colours, joy and green spread through the gardens during spring, they wear a beautiful, barren and gloomy quilt during winters.
Timings: 7 am to 9 pm
After a tiring day, grab one of the free chairs and relax in the garden and plan your next head out as you munch on a creamy chocolate puffy eclair!
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Palais Garnier Opera House
Originally called the Salle des Capucines, The Palais Garnier was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. It gives you a great opportunity to discover the mythical sites and secret spaces of the Palais Garnier: the Bassin de la Pythie, the Grand Stairway and the Foyer de la Danse. The most famous opera house in the world, The Palais Garnier was used as the setting for Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera.
Timings: Every day from 10 am to 5 pm
Wine Tasting at O Chateau
France is known for its best quality wines and you cannot miss wine tasting at O Chateu which offers high quality and a great variety of wines. The tasting is also educational and will teach you everything you need to know about their local wine.
Timings: 12 pm to 12 am
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Take out some time to stroll through the lavish avenue that is known for its luxury and opulence during your trip to Paris if you have a taste for the finer things in life. You can check out luxury cars, luxury handbags, amazing jewellery and it is an amazing piece of walk as it is lined with nice little cafes.
DAY 3: Paris
Named after Mont Parnassus, the Greek mountain, Montparnasse Tower is 689ft high and offers the best panoramas in the city. You can look out at some of the most famous landmarks of Paris from this tower including Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and Sacré Coeur.
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It takes less than a minute to climb the entire 196 meters in Europe’s fastest elevator to get stunning views of the capital. You can see up to 40km from the tower on a clear day and for a finer evening, book a table for two for an exquisite dining experience with great views in Ciel de Paris, the highest gourmet restaurant in Paris.
Located in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris, Montparnasse Cemetery hosts the tombs of many important historical figures – artists, writers, actors and philosophers.
You can see the graves of the designer or Statue of Liberty Frédéric Bartholdi, photographer Man Ray, sculptor Constantin Brancusi, philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, actress Jean Seberg, Samuel Beckett amoung others here. The Montparnasse Cemetery definitely makes you believe that many talented people lived and worked here for centuries.
In the meantime, if its time for some shopping, go to Lafayette. It is a huge departmental store with beautiful interiors showcasing with high end brands. Sundays remain closed.
Unbelievably, more than 4000 years old, this is the best-preserved ancient monument that has survived the wrath of barbarians and stood the test of time. A building in the Latin Quarter in the city of lights, Pantheon was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve.
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However, now after many changes, it functions as a secular mausoleum housing the remains of distinguished French citizens such as Victor Hugo, Emil Zola and Marie Curie. A great example of 18th-century neoclassicism architecture and the beautiful wall paintings of St. Geneviève life gives it an artist touch.
Snack pangs? Grab a tarte au citron from a patisserie for some sugar rush.
The Musée de Cluny
Now known as The Musée national du Moyen Âge, is a beautiful museum in Paris located between the Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Rue-Saint-Jacques. Among the principal holdings of the museum are the six The Lady and the Unicorn (La Dame à la licorne) tapestries. The museum carries the medieval spirit with pride and the Gothic turreted walls make it all the more intriguing. You can see medieval art, sculptors and paintings here.
If you are here in summer, head out to the banks of the Seine in the evening for some grooving and shaking with your friends or your better half! The party only gets started after 11. So, you get enough time for some relaxation.
Timings: 9:15 AM–5:45 PM
Tickets: €8.50, (free entrance in the first Sunday of every month)
Well, I hope you enjoy this itinerary brings you joy and love the city as much as we do. Wish you the best trip to Paris!