There is simply so much to see and enjoy in Paris, to the extent that there’s really no way that you can see and admire everything this city has to offer over the course of a regular holiday. But if this is your first time in the city, you’ll certainly want to see as much as you can. With that in mind, we’re offering a concise itinerary that will introduce you to Paris’ best monuments, finest architecture and most talked-about museums.
Even if you only have 4 days in Paris, you can still see a great deal if you stick to this itinerary:
- Bus Tour of Paris
This is the best way to orient yourself in the city. Take in the Paris skyline and see where each of this city’s iconic sites is in relation to the others. See anything you would like to explore up close? That’s not a problem, because the sightseeing buses in Paris allow you to hop on and off as you please.
- Louvre Museum
This is a must-see attraction, and it makes a comfortable midday diversion. The artwork on display here spans several millennia and features crowd-favourites including the Mona Lisa!
- Notre Dame Cathedral
French gothic architecture at its finest! You’re read about it in stories and seen it on film, but nothing compares to admiring Notre Dame Cathedral in person.
This neoclassical building is the final resting place for some of the most famous people in French history. Admire the fine marble work inside.
- Musée d’Orsay
With artwork spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, this museum is one of Paris’ most-celebrated.
- Palais Garnier
This historic venue has featured in the likes of Phantom of the Opera and other productions. Join a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera house whilst here.
- Montparnasse Tower
This is Paris’ only true feat of high-rise construction. Head to the observation deck on the 56th floor of the building for fine views over Paris.
- Centre Pompidou
This is the largest, most-celebrated modern art gallery in Paris. It has more than 50,000 works of art on display, covering a range of styles and media.
- Picasso Museum
Set in the Hotel Salé, this museum is wholly dedicated to Picasso and his life’s work. Many of his most famous works are found here.
- River Cruise
You’ve seen the city by bus. You’ve ascended to the high perch of Montparnasse Tower. Now take to the River Seine and enjoy the view that greeted ancient visitors. Many of the city’s most iconic sites, including the Eiffel Tower, are right on the banks of the river.
- Arc de Triomphe
After seeing the Eiffel Tower from the river, it’s time to visit Paris’ other iconic monument – the Arc de Triomphe. First commissioned by Napoleon, this monument honours the fallen soldiers of France. To complete your visit, climb to the viewing platform for panoramas over the Etoile.
Don’t worry if you aren’t able to see as much as you’d hoped during your time in Paris. This is, after all, a city worth visiting over and over again.