Best 4 Day Paris Itinerary – How to spend 4 days in Paris?
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Best 4 Day Paris Itinerary – How to spend 4 days in Paris?
I love Paris. I fell in love with Paris even before we met and after having spent a few days – this love affair continues to grow. Thomas Jefferson summed up my feelings on Paris. To quote, “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life”. Truly, when we explored Paris, we found beauty in the old charming lanes, the abundance of history and the everyday life in vintage – lovely neighborhoods, just straight out of postcards. Our 4 day Paris Itinerary was about getting lost in the city’s lanes, checking off the iconic landmarks and bringing back tons of unforgettable memories.
4 Day Paris Itinerary – How to spend 4 days in Paris?
Paris Itinerary 4 days – Planning a trip to Paris
There are three airports in Paris – Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Orly Airport and Beauvais-Tille Airport.
- Charles de Gaulle International Airport is the main airport in Paris and it is located about 45 minutes from the city center. You will most likely fly in to this airport if travelling from North America or Asia. We arrived at the Charles de Gaulle aiport and took the RER to reach the 15th arrondissement, where our hotel was. From the airport you pay 10 Euros to take the RER train to multiple locations in the city. You will always see a HUGE line-up at the ticket counter, but trust me, the lines move very fast. If in a hurry,
- Orly Airport is the second international airport in Paris, and is around the same distance as the Charles de Gaulle . From Orly, you can either take a taxi or a shuttle bus. The shuttle buses leave every 15 minutes.
- Beauvais-Tille Airport is for budget airlines only . It takes about 80 minutes to arrive to the city center from the Beauvais-Tille Airport. There are 2 options to get to Paris from the airport – airport transfer buses , by train .
Paris Accommodation Guide – Paris Hotels
Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements or boroughs. We narrowed down the areas to the and have provided with some hotel recommendations below. Keep in mind, Paris is home to some of the finest and luxurious hotels and it is well worth investing the money in a boutique hotel with great views. Most of the luxury hotels are located near the city centre There are also quaint Parisian neighborhoods that are well connected by Paris metro, which are great options to stay, if you are looking for mid to budget range hotels and do not mind the distance from the city centre. .
Luxury – Paris Hotel Recommendations
- – Hotel Plaza Athenee is the highest rated 5 star hotel in Paris. This hotel is a historic luxury hotel, with a Dior spa, elegant interiors and a cocktail bar
- Hotel Plaza Athenee has 154 rooms and 5- star restaurants on site. This hotel really pampers you – with 80 drinks to choose from your personalized minibar, options for 5 pillow types for a good night’s sleep, a shoe shine service and free access to the Dior spa – included as part of your stay.
- It is located on the 8th arr. which makes it so accessible to all the Paris tourist spots in minutes.
- was awarded the “Palace distinction” for being ONE of the finest luxury hotels in France.
- Stay at this hotel for its history, luxurious and one of kind treatment and of course Eiffel tower views!
- Check rates and book your stay
- – Park Hyatt Paris Vendome is a luxury hotel located on the 2nd arr.
- One of the finest hotels in Paris, brings in stunning interiors, an in house spa and 3 restaurants including a Michelin star restaurant.
- The 24-hour reception organizes a personal shopper for you, upon request.
- The prime location of this hotel steals the cake – Place Vendome, the Lourve and Palais Opera Garnier are located just minutes away
- Stay at this hotel to experience luxury, delicious breakfast at a convenient location.
- Check rates and book your stay
Mid Range – Paris Hotel Recommendations
- – Located in Montmartre , provides easy access to the charming Montmartre neighborhood, including the iconic landmarks – Moulin Rouge and the Sacre Coeur.
- Lots of shopping and restaurant options to choose from.
- Metro station is easily accessible. Stay at this hotel for a romantic vacation, access to sightseeing areas. Great value.
- Check rates and book your stay
- is a 3 star hotel, located only 10 minute away from the Eiffel tower.
- The location of this hotel is perfect and convenient to view Paris attractions like Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Porte de Versailles Exhibition and Dupleix Metro Station are just a few steps away.
- There are a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars near the hotel property as well. Stay at this hotel for its convenient location and good value for money.
- Check rates and book your stay
- – This is where we stayed. The hotel is located in the 15th arrondissement.
- Metro stations are located close by .
- The hotel was located in a residential area, not as vintage as some of other areas or hotels mentioned above. Rooms were spacious and clean. Staff were friendly too. There was a restaurants and bar on site, but had limited hours of operation
- As we were out and about exploring all day long the hotel neighborhood didn’t bother us. The room rates were of good value.
- Check room rates and book your stay –
Day 1 – The Best of Paris Itinerary
The first day of Paris Itinerary should include the BEST that Paris is known for. On this day, explore the Trocadero Gardens, then head to the stunning Eiffel Tower and more Paris tourist spots and finally finish the day at the Lourve. Before you start your day, it is worthwhile to check out a few ways to explore Paris.
On our trip to Paris, we utilized the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing tours to save time and changing RER trains in the city. These tours commence at the Trocadero gardens – so as long you arrive there, you can ride on one of these sightseeing buses for the day. Grab a map and then get down whenever you like to explore. These are not guided tours, it is more of a convenience in traveling from point A to B. Continue reading to find out what tourist spots you should cover. .
Paris Pass – Another great option for sightseeing is to purchase a – with the Paris Pass you can get access to over 60 attractions in the city , free public transportation and also 1 day of hop-on and hop-off tour. The Paris Pass can be purchased for 2, 3 or 6 days. We have highlighted some of the individual tours and entry fee for each tourist spot below as well. To save money on transport and get more of your four days in Paris, get the 3 day Paris Pass.
Start your day at the Trocadero Gardens. Jardins du Trocadero is a garden and along with the Palais de Chaillot provides excellent views of the Eiffel tower. This site was named after the Battle of Trocadero, 1878. Today, the Trocadero has 3 museums on site, along with the gardens. The garden also has fountains called the Fountain of Warsaw, whose still waters create perfect reflections of the Eiffel tower. Fountain of Warsaw are the largest fountains in Paris.
Most tours and sightseeing buses start at the Trocadero gardens. Trocadero is easily connected via Paris metro.
We arrived here at 7:30 am and the place was already filled with a lot of people. Still it wasn’t too too crowded. Entry to the gardens is completely free. We clicked some photos of the Trocadero Gardens and of course the Iron Lady. You can get awesome shots of the Eiffel Tower from here.
We also decided to have some breakfast at the Trocadero – watch the sun go up against the Eiffel Tower, whilst sipping some lattes, baguette fromage and croissants. There is a coffee and breakfast stall set up at the Trocadero, along with vendors selling Paris souvenirs.
Gustave Eiffel, the architect of the Eiffel tower, once said, “I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am“. Referring to the Eiffel Tower, and you might already know that the Tour Eiffel is an iconic symbol of France and romance. It is the WORLD’S most visited paid structure. Needless to say, you got to visit to see for yourself.
The Eiffel Tower was originally built as an entry gate to World Fair , had nothing to do with romance actually. If you compare the tower to some of the tallest buildings in the world, it is actually as tall as a skyscraper with 81 floors. However, the Eiffel is the tallest structure in the whole of Paris at 324 metres high, followed by the tallest skyscraper – Tour First at 231 metres.
From the Trocadero when you make your way to the Eiffel Tower, you will find ample opportunities to capture and admire the stunning structure. The streets, trees and the Carrousel de la Eiffel Tower makes for a charming, romanticized view.
To view the Eiffel tower closely, there is an entry fee and depending on how close, under or top you wish to go to the tower, the access fees are different. Technically to view the Eiffel or walk on the grounds is free, but to access the tower itself you pay a fee.
There are 3 floors of the Eiffel tower, where visitors are granted access.
- 1st floor – The 1st floor of the tower has a transparent glass floor.
- 2nd floor – 2nd floor provides you with mesmerizing views over Paris. View the sights of the Parisian iconic building like the Invalides, Notre Dame, Lourve, Grand Palais and the Seine river. There are restaurants and souvenirs shops located here as well. The second floor is most popular among tourists, also because of the options. .
- Summit – With 2 lifts, you will be taken to the summit of the Eiffel tower at 273 metres high and you can see the whole of Paris below you. There is an open air and indoor viewing areas. There is a champagne bar and a museum dedicated to Gustave Eiffel at the top floor. .
- Esplanade – This is the ground level, from where you can see the tower soaring on top of you. The hydraulic lifts located at the basement on either side of the tower operate the lifts to take you to the tower floors and summit. Ticket counters, information desk, souvenirs stores and other stores are located here.
- If you wish to access the 2nd floor or the summit of the Eiffel Tower, give yourself enough time. 2-4 hours easily. Most online access tickets are for 90 to 120 minutes , but Eiffel tower is notorious for LONG lines and wait times, even with a “skip the line” ticket. So give yourself time.
- The same applies for the Summit. .
- Whenever you book your ticket, choose a time slot and arrive 30 minutes ahead of time to line up and go through security checks.
- Booking tickets ahead of time will confirm your slot and save you money. You can also buy tickets at the tower, depending on availability, at individual cost.
- Eiffel Tower can also be accessed via stairs. Stair access tickets are only available at the tower, not sold online. You can only take the stairs up-to the 2nd floor.
- A romantic dinner at the Eiffel tower is a GREAT way to celebrate Paris and you!
- Safety: Eiffel Tower is a major attraction in Paris and there is heightened security in and around the structure. Be careful and aware of your surroundings. Travel light and don’t carry additional bags or camera .
- Hours: Eiffel Tower is open all year around. Depending on the season, there are different .
It is a wonderful sight to see the Eiffel tower shining bright at night.
> Did you know that the Eiffel Tower has a furnished apartment? Gustave Eiffel built the apartment/office for himself – third floor. You can take a peek at it while on your way to the Summit.
From the Eiffel tower, make your way to another Parisian popular spot – Champs-Élysées. Champs Elysees is a stretch of lane extending from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde.
Take a quick stroll and admire the gardens and vintage buildings. Champs Elysees is popular as a shopping street as well. The most Instagrammable Laduree store and one of the largest Louis Vuitton stores are located here. Shop or window shop here and grab a bite to eat before heading to the Arc de Triomphe.
> We went in to the Laduree store here to try out some macaroons and get souvenirs back home. The place was packed – took us almost 15 – 20 minutes to get our macaroons. But they were DELICIOUS.
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is a stunning neoclassical archway located at the west end of Champs Elysees. The construction of the archway was ordered by Napoleon to honor the brave-hearts from the Napoleonic wars and the French Revolution. Today it attracts tourists from all over the world.
Visiting Tips for Arc de Triomphe
- From the west end of Champs Elysees, you can see or view the Arc de Triomphe. In between Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe is a busy roundabout and heavy traffic. Pro tip: Do not attempt to cross the road. There is an underground pedway available to access the archway.
- If you are taking pictures from Champs Elysees , look out for oncoming traffic and stay on the walkway.
- That area is super crowded with people and street artists – be careful and stay alert. Careful with your belongings.
- You can access the top of the archway, to get some breathtaking views of Paris.
- For less then $15 USD, you can capture some amazing views.
From the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees, head to Grand Palais. Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees or the Great Palace is a large historic site, an exhibition hall and museum. If you are not interested in exploring the museum displays, we would still recommend visiting the complex and admiring the beautiful architecture. The Grand Palais is open everyday except Tuesday and an entry fee costs about 15 euros.
Close to the Grand Palais, is a smaller art museum – Petit Palais. Petit Palais is less crowded than the Great Palace. You should be able to explore the museum is an hour or so. There is a statue of Sir Winston Churchill located at the Petit Palais grounds.
Winston Churchill Statue, Petit Palais, Opera House
Both Grand and Petit Palais were built as part of the 1900 Universal Exposition. Another stunning structure built during this exhibition was the beautiful Pont Alexandre III built over the river Seine. The Pont Alexandre iii is located close to the Grand Palais, so definitely stop by to admire the bridge architecture.
Paris’s Opera House or the Palais Garnier is the State Opera and the seat of Paris Opera Ballet. The stunning Opéra Garnier was built by Charles Garnier by winning the opera house design competition. The Opera House is beautiful to look at. And we have heard and seen amazing details of the interiors. You can book a 90 minute .
We finished our first day of sightseeing in Paris by visiting the Lourve. There are many ways to spend evening in Paris, we chose to spend it at the Lourve. Arrive late afternoon before the museum closes and explore the art displays. It takes 2-3 hours to completely enjoy and explore the Lourve, so give yourself enough time. But stay there until the end when the museum closes to see the lights on the pyramid, capture images and then head to the Arc de Triomphe Carrousel to take a stroll. From the Arc de Triomphe Carrousel, you will see the Eiffel Tower illuminated in all of night’s glory.
The Lourve Palace originally served as the royal residence of the French monarchy. This is where the WORLD FAMOUS Lourve museum is housed. Lourve museum opened its doors in the late 18th century, with royal exhibitions. Over the years, the Lourve complex and the museum displays grew in size. When the Palace of Versailles was built by Louis IX, the Lourve no longer served as a prime royal residence.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Monalisa is displayed at the lourve museum, along with more then 350,000 other historical and arts items. The Lourve is the world’s MOST visited museum. If you are an arts museum lover, then plan for 2-3 hour stay here. The historical elements of the displayed items and the structure comes from the royal family , the painters and the art history.
Don’t forget to spend sometime at the Arc de Triomphe Carrousel after to watch the Eiffel Tower glow in night lights. There are a lot of restaurants and cafes by the Lourve museum for dinner.
If the Eiffel Tower and the Lourve Museum are your prime sightseeing items, allot 3 hours for each . Trocadero, Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe will not take a lot of time. You can explore the Opera House, Grand Palais/Petit Palais from outside – as they are in the same vicinity. But in dept exploration might be too tight for a day, but not impossible.
Day 2 – More of Paris Itinerary
The day 2 of your Paris Itinerary is filled with more sightseeing and experiences. Today we will cover some of the other popular Paris tourist landmarks.
Let’s kick start the day 2 of Paris Itinerary with a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Notre Dame Cathedral is a beautiful Catholic church located in Paris’s 4th arrondissement neighborhood. It is considered as one of the finest Gothic architectural landmarks and its beautiful architecture is characterized by stained glass windows, statues and bells.
Notre Dame Paris – 4th arrondissement
The Notre Dame Cathedral was built between the 12-14th centuries as the seat of Archbishop of Paris. It is a living museum and mass are held regularly.
It is FREE to view and enter the cathedral. If you wish to access the cathedral wing tower, there is an entry fee of 8.50 Euros. – this tour covers the history and the interesting stories of the cathedral .
By now, you have must realized that there is a river that flows through Paris and has been a significant contributor to the French history. The word Seine is derived from the Latin word Sequena – the goddess of river. The earliest mention of the Seine river is from the 800’s. Since then the Seine has witnessed Olympic games, murders and massacres , trades and commercial activity and history and literature on its river banks.
There are over 35 bridges built over the river Seine – some are more stunning then the others and some historical and some very functional. Just like the Pont Alexander III , the Pont Neuf is another popular bridge attraction. The river flows throughout the city of Paris, so you will see different versions and stories of the Seine.
The Seine river area, close to the Notre Dame Cathedral is worth exploring. Île de la Cité is a natural island in the river Seine – this is where medieval Paris was founded. If you take a walk across from the cathedral, you will be able to view it. Continue walking to see some green colored book stalls. Seine has been also popularly described as the “river between 2 book shelves”. The Bouquinistes of Paris sell used and antiquarian books along the banks of the river Seine. These stalls have been located here since the 16th century.
Home to the Paris Sorbonne University, the Latin Quarter, in the 5th arrondissement is filled with multi-cuisine cafes, bars and student areas. This is a perfect lunch stop for the day. The history of the Latin Quarter dates back to 52 BC, and had been a centre of education and learning for centuries.
Latin Quarter is on the left bank of the Seine river. Start your exploration by taking a stroll along the Quai St Michel. You will see some book stores and restaurants along the banks.
Explore the vintage buildings, lanes and the Sorbonne University area, before setting down for a good lunch. After lunch, explore the Luxembourg Gardens which is located on the cusp of 5th and the 6th arrondissement . The Luxembourg Gardens are popular for its lawns, beautiful flower beds and the picturesque Medici Fountain. To make the most of your time, you can also take a 2 hour guided tour of Latin Quarter, that covers all of the above mentioned areas, including the Pantheon and the Musée d’Orsay . .
The Pantheon, from a distance looks like a city hall, but it is was originally a church dedicated to Saint Genevieve, patron saint of Paris. Today it is the burial ground of some of the Paris’s famous personalities. Admire the architectural of this building, built in neo-classical style.
Catacombs of Paris is slowly becoming a popular tourist attraction, but we do understand not everybody might want to visit this on their first trip to Paris. It is however, good to know. The Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuaries in the 14th arrondissement – Montparnasse neighborhood.
Catacombs houses the remains of more than six million people in a small part of a tunnel network. The reason for building this ossuary is not very “grave” as it might seem. In the late 18th century, many cemeteries were falling apart and there was an urgent need to dispose of the dead bodies. As part of town planning, the remains were moved to a mine shaft. Years went by and this place was almost forgotten, until excavations were done. The streets of Lourve to the Eiffel Tower and beyond form a part of this dark tunnel.
From Pantheon to the Catacombs of Paris, it is a 6 minute drive or a 25 minute walk. You can explore the catacombs only is for small groups only. It is for 2 hours. The inside of the tunnels are dark, uneven and could be claustrophobic .
Hope you have some energy for one last item of your Day 2 Paris Itinerary. Whether you visit the Catacombs or not, this SEINE river cruise should not be MISSED. We have taken quite a few day and evening cruises and we loved them all.
With the Seine River Cruises, ranging from 1 hour to 2.5 hours, you can capture and see MOST of Paris’s iconic landmarks, whilst sailing on the Seine. Bateaux Parisiens is the starting point for Seine River Cruise and it is FREE with the Paris Pass. You can take this cruise anytime , it has a 1 day validity. .We prefer doing this in the evening, so we reached there at 08:45 pm. Whatever time of day it is, bring a scarf or a light cardigan, as it could get chilly.
If you have not made any dinner plans, consider taking . It is so romantic and will definitely make a great Paris memory.
Day 3 – Montmartre Tour – What to do in Montmartre neighborhood
On your third day in Paris, pick a neighborhood and spend the entire day there – get lost in their lanes, try out some local cafes and cuisines and just fall in LOVE! We picked the Montmartre district to explore. Of course, there are other areas that you can visit too like – Marais or the Latin Quarter, but we hope you fall in love with Montmartre like we did.