Last Updated: 5/13/23 | May 13th, 2023
Paris. It’s one of my favorite destinations in the entire world and a city that would take a lifetime to see.
I’ve been to the city more times than I remember — I even moved there for a while — yet I’ve barely scratched its surface.
Understandably, planning a trip to Paris is hard. Just when you think you’ve seen everything the city has to offer, you find new attractions, new cafés, or new markets to explore (not to mention visiting Disneyland Paris). There are layers to this city — which is partially why I love it so much.
Most travelers seem to visit Paris for around three days before moving on. They see the highlights, snap some photos, and move on.
While three days is better than nothing, I think you need more time than that. Ideally, I think you should plan on spending at least five days in Paris in order to see the bare minimum of what the City of Lights has to offer. There’s just too much to do.
To help you plan your trip to Paris and figure out what to see, what to do, where to stay, and where to eat, here’s my suggested itinerary for a five-day visit (and some other suggestions in case you decide to spend longer there!)
Paris Itinerary Highlights
Day 1: Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, the Latin Quarter, & more!
Day 2: Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Musée de l’Orangerie, & more!
Day 3: The Palace of Versailles, Père Lachaise Cemetery, & more!
Day 4: Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Holocaust Museum, & more!
Day 5: Paris Catacombs, Rue Mouffetard, Musée de Cluny, & more!
Where to Eat: My Favorite Restaurants in Paris
What to See in Paris: Day 1
Spend your first day walking around Paris. There’s a lot to see, and you can spend a good half day (or whole day) wandering the cobblestone streets, parks, and neighborhoods of the city. If you want to orient yourself with a free walking tour, New Europe runs regular walking tours that cover the highlights. Just make sure to tip your guide at the end.
For paid tours, check out Get Your Guide. They have all kinds of walking tours (as well as museum and food tours). There’s something for every interest!
However, if you want to follow my own walking tour, here’s my suggested route for an “orientation walk” around Paris:
Start at the Champs-Élysées and see the Arc de Triomphe. There isn’t usually a line, and you’ll get sweeping views of the city to start your day. Stroll down the Champs-Élysées and through Place de la…
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