3-Days Paris Itinerary : The Best Paris Travel Guide
Paris is quite a big city and 3 days are not enough to see all the attractions this city has to offer.
But I am sharing with you my 3-days Paris Itinerary and hopefully it helps you get a good idea on how you can see this city if you have a limited time.
This is the best Paris Travel Guide on how you can get around in Paris in 3 Days without hassle.
PARIS ITINERARY: 1ST DAY
Your first day Paris itinerary will start by seeing the most famous 3 attractions; the Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower.
It depends on how much you want to see, know that you can adjust this Paris Itinerary on your liking.
You can even do your First Day Paris Itinerary the other way around and start with Eiffel Tower instead.
Either way, the secret of doing this Paris Itinerary is to make sure to visit the Eiffel and Arc de Triomphe either early morning or during the night when there are not a lot of crowds and the place is just perfect for sightseeing.
Also, know that you can both climb up to the two towers, however, I strongly suggest that if you have to pick, go for the Arc de Triomphe as it has a way better view of the city compared to the Eiffel Tower.
I do not know, but I have read a lot of blogs that if you want to see Paris from above Eiffel is the best way to go, but I can not just agree with that.
I think it is just overrated and very touristy that queuing up hours to get to the top is not just worth it.
Plus, if you go up to the Arc de Triomphe instead, you will have a city view with Eiffel tower in it.
That makes it a lot better right?
After your breakfast, you can head to your first stop which is Arc de Triomphe.
Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris and one of the busiest tourist attractions in Paris that is why I am putting this one first.
You have to visit this early in the morning as it can be full of tourists and taking nice photos and just appreciating the tower will be difficult.
Also, this is situated in the center of a large roundabout in Paris so be careful when you take your photos as there can be busses and other cars passing by and you do not want to have an accident on your first day in Paris.
Did you know that it used to be the largest triumphal arch built until 1982 when North Korea built its arc called Arc of Triumph. Interesting huh?
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, I think is one of the most famous streets in the world.
Some people say that it is the world’s most beautiful avenue in the world.
Well, I couldn’t agree more. It is really beautiful and fancy.
What is the best thing to do here? Well if you have a lot of money, you can go shopping because it is packed with upscale stores that you can choose from.
You can also visit Galeries LaFayette. It is a huge local mall that is famous for its Rooftop.
Apart from shopping, the best thing to do here really is just stroll this iconic avenue
You will pass by along the way some of Paris Museums like the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais.
Grand Palais hold exhibits now and then and you have to pay a fee to enter while the Petit Palais, a more underrated museum is free to enter so if you have time to spare, it may be worth to pay a visit to this museum.
Champ Elysees serves as the site of the largest military parade in Europe, which is held every year on Bastille Day since 1880. How amusing is that?
Pont Alexandre III
After walking or maybe shopping at Champ Elysees Avenue, you can make a quick stop in Pont Alexandre III.
Pont Alexandre III is a deck arch that connects the Champ Elysees and the quarter of Invalides where Eiffel tower is located.
It is also the most beautiful and the most extravagant bridge in Paris.
Pont Alexandre III is in my list of most Instagrammable places in Paris too so be sure to snap some photos while you are here.
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Did you know that Pont Alexandre III was named after a Russian Tsar Alexander III as a diplomatic gesture of the French government to celebrate the Russian-French alliance and the son of Alexandre III was the one who first laid the stone of the project in 1896?
The Louvre Museum
After your quick stop in Pont Alexandre III, your next stop in your Paris Itinerary is the Louvre Museum.
Louvre is originally a palace but now it is the most famous museum in the world.
It housed the most famous artwork of the world “The Monalisa”
Honestly, I am not a museum geek so we did not stay here for so long.
It is the biggest museum in the world, it is so big that it is impossible to see everything inside a day.
It is one of the mistakes that beginners do when they visit the Louvre.
I wrote a blog post about the 15 mistakes I think every beginner traveler should avoid while traveling in Paris so be sure to check that out too.
When visiting the Louvre and you have a limited stay in Paris, one thing you should do is plan your itinerary inside.
What I did was, I just picked one wing where I can see ‘The Monalisa” (though what I saw was just the copy) and explore it.
When I finished, I head out and went to my next destination because there are so many things that you want to see in Paris than spending your 3 days exploring the whole Louvre Museum.
Also, I was surprised that the Monalisa painting was small in real life. 😂
From the Louvre Museum, you can visit the Palais Royal and Jardin Des Tuileries.
Palais Royal is a former royal palace and now it is beautifully contrasted with the black and white columns installed in its courtyard.
It has become famous for tourists because it is a good spot to take photos of their Instagram.
You can have a short stroll in Jardin Des Tuileries and find a seat and rest after a long walk. You can grab some food and bring it here and have a picnic while watching people pass by.
Did you know that the Louvre Museum is thought to be haunted by a mummy called Belphegor. That name sounds real scary. Whilst, the nearby Jardin Des Tuileries is also believed to be hunted by a man in red. Spooky!
Pont des Arts
After having a relaxing afternoon, head over to the Pont des Arts.
Pont des Arts is the pedestrian bridge where you can hang your locks, well at least used to.
I think about 2015 when the city council removed all the locks in the Pont des Arts and changed its railings.
There are, however, some vendors who will try to sell you locks but I think tourists are forbidden to put their locks anymore in any bridge in Paris as the city council said that it causes degrading damaged on the historic bridges.
The last stop for your first day Paris Itinerary is the Eiffel Tower.
Aside from seeing Eiffel tower during the day, it is equally beautiful to see it during the night when it is all lit up.
The whole atmosphere in the area changes.
It becomes more romantic to walk with your loved ones and watch people; locals and tourists who is enjoying the same atmosphere as you, Paris is the city of love after all.
While you are on it, you can walk to Champ de Mars and sit on the grass and get fascinated with the colorful lights of the Eiffel Tower.
What a great way to end your first day Paris Itinerary right?
PARIS ITINERARY: 2ND DAY
Eiffel Tower seen from Trocadéro
I know. I know. Why Eiffel Tower again? Because why not? 😂
Trust me on this one that this is the best way to start your 2nd day Paris Itinerary. I swear you need to see Eiffel Tower twice!
You have to see the Eiffel Tower twice, once during the day and once during the night.
So you have seen the Eiffel tower at night, now it is time to see it during the Sunrise. And the best place to do that is in Trocadero.
Trocadero is located in the 16th arrondissement in Paris where you will see the Palais de Chaillot.
There are tons of things that you can do in Trocadero but the best thing to do here is to watch the sunrise overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
When you reached the Palais de Chaillot walk to the stairs and head over to the Trocadero Square.
The view from this square is amazing. Believe me.
This place has become so famous among the tourists because of those beautiful Eiffel Tower photos from the stairs.
Be careful though if you want to have your own photos from the stairs because its a bit slippery. I was actually a little scared that I will fall on the other side.
The Trocadéro was named after the 1823 Trocadéro battle in Spain when the fortified Isla del Trocadéro was captured by French forces.
Next stop Musee d’Orsay.
This museum is not only the home to the work of arts of the most famous artists of the history like Van Gogh and Monet, but the building itself is quite an attraction.
It is famous for the big clock on the top floor that provides an awesome view of Paris.
It is a heaven for photography enthusiasts as there are a lot of places and angles that you can play around to get some snaps.
Musee d’Orsay is set in a former train station built at the end of the 19th century and it was almost demolished to build a hotel in the area. Luckily, a guy named Jacques Duhamel kicked against it so it did not happen. Thanks to him we still got this amazing place.
After Musee d’Orsay your next destination will be Sainte-Chapelle, however, if you intend to walk along the Seine River to get there you will pass by this another beautiful bridge in Paris called Pont Neuf.
I don’t know about others, but Paris seems to have an overflowing of beautiful bridges everywhere whether it is for cars, bikers or pedestrians.
It is just picture-perfect and worth a stop every time.
This bridge particularly is the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine.
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Okay, now that you have finished marveling through the beautiful seine river across the Pont Neuf your next stop for your second day Paris Itinerary is this beautiful chapel; Sainte-Chapelle.
It is a royal chapel in the gothic style. Never knew that combination can exist and will be such a lovely sight.
Though when you enter this chapel, you might think that there is nothing special about it.
Don’t go out so quickly, instead climb up to the second floor for a show.
There you will see high walls of elaborately decorated stained glasses which is just mesmerizing.
I have never seen such a grandiose chapel like the Sainte-Chapelle.
Sainte-Chapelle is made up of 2 chapels. The upper chapel was meant for the king and the royal family and the relics that the king Louis ix collected. Whilst, the lower chapel was meant for common people that worked in the royal palace.
Notre Dame Cathedral
After Sainte-Chapelle, head over to your next church; Notre Dame Cathedral.
As of today, I am writing this post, Notre Dame is still undergoing reconstruction after it suffered from a devastating fire last April 2019, so depending on when you go, you will probably not be able to go inside just like me.
According to what I have read, Paris City plans to finish the reconstruction and open the cathedral to the public again by 2024, just in time for the Summer Olympics.
I hope they make it, I would very much love to see it again.
However, even though I knew beforehand that it will be closed I still opted to see it up close and somehow I still appreciate its beauty.
Shakespeare and Company
Next Stop is Shakespeare and Company.
This is probably the most famous bookstore in the world.
It celebrated its 100 hundred years this 2019 and continue to draw attraction from the tourists.
Why this bookshop so popular?
Well, it used to be the gathering place of the most important authors in the world of literature like Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce.
So if you are a bookworm, you have to see this.
But even if you are not, it’s still worth visiting because the inside of the bookstore is just magical as if it is going to transport you into some enchanted place like in Harry Potter movie 😂
Did you know that Paris France also has a building called Pantheon? Yes just like in Rome Italy.
It is a mausoleum of remains of the most important people of french history such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire, and the power couple Pierre and Marie Curie.
If you go inside, do not miss out on the pendulum that was used to demonstrate the earth’s rotation.
Jardin de Luxembourg
This garden is one of my favorites. It covers 23 hectares of land and there are so many things that you can do here.
It was created in 1612 on the order of the mother of King Louis XIII to construct a new residence for her.
Now, this garden houses the Luxembourg Palace and the Luxembourg Museum which you need to pay a fee to enter.
However, if you are looking for some free stuff, the best thing to do here is strolling the 23 hectares land and along with the Parisians.
It is a great way to end your 2nd Day Paris Itinerary, just relaxing in this beautiful garden.
PARIS ITINERARY: 3RD DAY
Now we finally arrived on your 3rd day in Paris and I am sure you will want to end it with a blast.
And what else can be a great way to do that but see these two amazing places in Paris in just one day; Versailles and Montmartre.
The Palace of Versailles used to be the royal residences of France.
“To the public imagination, Versailles is the epitome of opulence,” said Louise Boisen Schmid and it is so true!
It is so extravagant and ostentatious that will give the feeling that you are always underdressed 😂
Well, Versailles was built to impress because in its architecture lies the message of the ultimate power of the Sun King, King Louis XIV.
It depends on how much you wanna see, you will spend 3 to 4 hours exploring the area.
This is so big though so it is easy to get lost. Here are some of the sites that you do not want to miss;
Hall of Mirrors
Hall of Mirrors is the central gallery of Versailles that used to be the war room during the time of King Louis XIV.
Without a doubt, it is the most famous spot to visit in Versailles.
A wall of mirrors on one side and windows on the other side, so when the sun is up imagined how magnificent it is when the whole room is light up!
Versailles Garden is one of the biggest gardens in the world.
It accounts for a total of 1,976 acres with a total of 210,000 flowers and 200,000 trees planted annually.
I can’t imagine how many gardeners they need during the old times to maintain it. 😂
Royal Opera of Versailles
It is the official theatre and opera house of Versailles and was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel.
What is amazing with the room?
The entire interior looks like marble, but the whole interior was actually decorated with wood but painted to look like marble.
This old technique is called faux marble and was made by Augustin Pajou.
Montmartre has the prettiest neighborhood in Paris.
I don’t know if the locals ever complained about having their houses being a backdrop of tourist pictures, but probably they just got used to it. 😂
As I have said in my other blogs about Paris, this one is my favorite. You can stroll the whole day here and discover a lot of amazing places.
Some of the known places that you can see here are;
Sacre Coeur is a Roman Catholic Church sitting on top of the hill of Montmartre.
This is a rather famous church so expect that there will be a lot of people lining up to go inside.
Be mindful of the dress code if you plan to go inside because it’s still a church and they can be conservative especially for girls.
You can climb to the top of the basilica for some amazing views but I think there should be an entrance fee.
We did not have the chance to do this because we were very satisfied with the views we got outside just in front of the church.
This is the famous cabaret in Paris. But why is it so famous, you may ask? Well, it is known for Champagne-filled parties and the most famous French Cancan dance.
Moulin Rouge consume champagne so much that it is the holder of the world’s largest consumer of the Champagne! It served 240,000 bottles of champagne every year! That’s a hella lot of bubbles!
This is a historic coffee house sitting in the small village of Montmartre and probably the most photograph too.
There are just so many people that take pictures inside and outside of the coffee shop that you do now know if you can enjoy some real coffee there 😂
This coffee shop has been in Paris for ages and has witnessed a lot.
It was frequented by a lot of artists who go to Montmartre to take inspiration like Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso.
La Maison Rose
This is another coffee shop that literally translates as “The Pink House”
Just like Le Consulat, it has been in the village of Montmartre for a long time serving coffee.
But it did not only serve coffee during old times, but it also served as a boarding house for local writers where they could eat inexpensive food.
WHERE TO STAY IN PARIS ON A BUDGET?
A budget hotel located near the City Center.
If you are looking for just a simple hotel in Paris that is near to the Republique metro station and all the major attractions in Paris then this place is a good choice.
The room price starts with 46 Euros per night and each room is equipped with a private bathroom and a shower and a flat-screen TV which I think is a good deal!
Located in 10th Arrondissement Gare Du Nord, this is another budget hotel that you can choose if you are looking for a cheap place to stay and near the city center of Paris.
It is also located near the metro stations so it will be easier for you to hop to the major attractions of Paris in no time.
Hôtel de l’Alma is 10 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower.
If you are looking for a beautiful place in Paris near the Eiffel Tower, this is the best place to stay.
The place may be a little outdated but it is clean and the proximity of the hotel in Eiffel Tower makes it a good deal.
The room rates starts at 120 Euros per night.
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MORE THAN 3 DAYS? SEE THESE OTHER PLACES
Montparnasse is another busy area in Paris that is known for its creperies, chain stores and historic bistros that are once visited by some of the famous authors like Hemingway.
You can also climb up the Montparnasse observation deck and enjoy the very best view of Paris.
This museum opened in 1919 and was dedicated to the arts of Augustin Rodin.
Some of the sculptures of Rodin are on the garden so be sure to check out the backyard.
It even gets better during the spring and early summer when the followers are blooming.
This is an underground ossuary that holds more than 2 million people.
It was the solution for the troubling epidemic of literally overflowing dead bodies in Paris during the old times.
Who would have thought by then, that this place will be one of the most spooky tourist attractions in the world?
If you are interested in reading more about the Catacombs of Paris, check out this great article I found that talk about interesting facts about Catacombs.
Pere Lachaise Cemetery
Pere Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris and holds about 3.5 million people.
I do not understand why visiting a cemetery in Paris is so popular but Pere Lachaise Cemetery is the most visited necropolis in the world. Guess people like to get spooky so much!
To get inside the Opera Granier you need a guided tour that will give you access to all parts of the opera like the auditorium, gilded balconies and even up close to the stage.
Opera Garnier is probably the most famous opera in the world.
It is where the Phantom of the Opera movie took its inspiration from the real like events that happened in the Opera.
Palace de la Bastille
This is a famous square in Paris with a big tower monument in the center with a gold statue on top.
Palace de la Bastille is one of the historic places in France that has an important contribution to how France has changed for the better after the French Revolution.
Ever wondered where those colorful houses in Instagram photos you see in Paris located?
Well, it is in Rue Cremieux; it is a one-block pedestrian street in 12th arrondissement in Paris that has become famous over time because of the quaint painted house fronts that are used for filming and social media photos.
There you go, my 3-Days Paris Itinerary.
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