There are many reasons why one would fall in love with a city like Paris, like for its architecture, art and romantic vibes, as well as the fact that it is just simply one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe (check out its most instagrammable street in Paris, the Rue Crémieux)! Many couples still visit Paris for a romantic weekend too, especially if a day like Valentine's Day falls on it!
From many different galleries to several natural attractions, such as these 3 parks in Paris, this city has been drawing visitors from all around the world in large volumes for centuries. If you have only 3 days to explore this city, you should be careful not to miss out on some of the important sites in this city as you might only end up regretting it later. Do your research before heading here as well, as there are many things that would be good to know before travelling to France, such as how transport works in the country.
So, if you are reading this itinerary, then it’s a good sign as you have taken a step towards doing your research and acquiring enough knowledge to allow you to be well-informed for your trip. So, let's not waste any more time and jump right into this thoughtfully devised travel guide that I have created for you to help you make the most out of your trip to Paris.
Let’s face it, ever since you booked your flight to Paris, you had one thing in mind: The Eiffel Tower. Going to Paris and not paying the Eiffel Tower a visit is like going to Sydney, Australia and skipping out on the Opera House.. You just don't do that! So, you MUST and should include this wonder of the world in your first day of adventuring in Paris.
In addition to going to the Eiffel Tower, you will also be visiting the Louvre and the Champs Èlysées. Bear in mind that you will be seeing some iconic places today, so keep an extra memory card with you just in case one maxes out.
What can be a better way to start your 3-day trip in the city of monuments than by visiting one of the 7 Wonders of The World! This is hands down the most symbolic landmark in all of France, if not all of Europe perhaps?
A way to see all of the iconic landmarks in Paris is to get on a Seine River cruise. This experience has been highly recommended by people that have been to Paris as you get a gorgeous view of the city from the comfort of a boat.
Head to the Louvre once you have grabbed some food because you are going to need a lot of energy to cover even just half of this museum. The Louvre is the biggest museum in the world and contains some of the most amazing artworks, such as the Mona Lisa and The Wedding at Cana. Be prepared to be amazed and do book your tickets in advance online so you can skip the long queues on the day of.
Visiting the Champs Èlysées is the most touristy thing you can do while in Paris, but it’s worth it! This is one of the most famous streets in Paris as it has amazing restaurants, theatres, shops and cafes that dot both sides of the street. If you have an appetite for desserts, then do stop by the Laduree to try out their macaroons.
Now that you have crossed off a few of the most important places in Paris off of your bucket list, it’s time to visit several other equally beautiful and important sites and attractions. Your second day will start at Sainte-Chapelle, which has an exquisite interior and stunning stained-glass work. From there, you will go on a short walk to the Notre Dame Cathedral where you will climb a tower to see a nice view of the city. After you have lunch, you will head to the Musee d’Orsay and finally, Sacre-Coeur and Montmartre.
The Sainte-Chapelle is well-known around the world for its stained-glass display. Once you walk inside, you will be blown away by its beautiful interior. Bear in mind though that this place is notorious for its long waiting lines, so if you want to avoid them, then arrive 5 – 10 minutes before the opening time.
The Notre Dame Cathedral, or Notre Dame simply, is a French Gothic cathedral that is not just a popular site among tourists, but also very symbolic for the French people as it continues to stand tall despite facing destruction several times... most recently a fire up high in its bell tower.
If it's open, there are two things you can do while here: take a tour of the cathedral or climb up the tower to soak in the beautiful view of the city. The latter was more impressive for me personally.
It is understandable if you don’t want to visit yet another art gallery after you have just literally visited the world’s biggest museum. However, I'd still recommend you check out Musee d’Orsay for the diversity of artists and their works that are displayed. In addition to the amazing artwork, the building itself is a work of art!
For a pleasant and leisurely stroll, head to the Sacre-Coeur and Montmartre as it offers some of the most breathtaking views of Paris from up high on a hill. Its hilly streets are not only medieval, but incredibly photogenic. Find painters on the street to get your portrait done, or relax at a laid-back café.
It is a sin to have three days in Paris and not pay your respects to Versailles Palace. So, for your third day, your main activity will be to explore this majestic building. You will start off by having breakfast at Claus, and then making your way to the Palace. Spend a significant amount of time at Versailles so that you don’t miss out on anything, and then head to a winery to relax after a busy day exploring. Put an end to your day by having dinner in Le Marais.
The idea of buffets was brought to Paris by Claus Estermann, which wasn’t well-perceived in the olden days because at that time, having breakfast at any time other than early in the morning was quite unusual. Now, however, the Claus restaurant serves breakfast throughout the day, so be sure to head there to make your breakfast a classy affair.
Your three-day trip to Paris would not be complete without a visit to Versailles. It is an amazing palace located a bit outside of the city centre. This grand palace has enough things to see and will take up your entire day, so head out there early and stay until at least dusk. It is far too big to cover and make suggestions in one little box in this itinerary, so keep your eyes peeled for future itineraries on just Versailles.
Now that you have spent a significant amount of time venturing around Versailles, you should relax with a drink in hand since wine tasting is a popular experience in Paris. Nearby the palace is BiBoViNo Versailles, which is a nice place to have a glass of wine with a charcuterie. It's great that you won't have to go too far to acquire this experience.
What better way to end your trip in Paris than by having dinner in the fashionable locality of Le Marais. Although this place is famous for its boutiques, there are tons of eateries here as well that you can choose from. If you are running low on budget, then there are some inexpensive restaurants too like the L’As du Falafel.
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