4 Days in Paris: Things to See and Itineraries

Spending any length of time in Paris is something to be savoured and it’s not a city to be rushed. Famed for its history, heritage, art and culture, there are so many top Paris attractions to be explored, whether it’s your first time or third.  

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting for a while, you might be looking for things do in Paris, to make your time count. Thankfully the Paris metro is a blessing and getting from A to B is relatively simple, so we’ve come up with a four-day itinerary to keep you busy from morning till night, and to show you the best Paris has to offer.

Day 1:

Morning: Kick off your 4 days in Paris with a Paris Bus Tour! There’s no better way to get acquainted with the city than aboard an open top bus. Get your bearings, decide where you want to go and hop on and off at leisure. Don’t forget to pick up your ticket at Avenue de l’Opéra before you board the bus!

Attraction type: Tour

Visit length: 1-3 hours

Contact: + 33 (0) 1 42 61 24 64

Lunch: Hop off in Le Marais where you’ll find one of the city’s most famous places to eat, L’As du Falafel. It might not be your typical French food, but it’s one of the city’s best kept secrets.

Afternoon: Take a stroll along the River Seine and cross Paris’ oldest bridge, Pont Neuf, onto the Île de la Cité. This medieval island is home to the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral as well as the stunning Sainte-Chapelle, two of the city’s oldest French Gothic churches famed for their architecture and stained glass windows. South of the River Seine is also one of Paris’ most loved bookshops, Shakespeare & Co, where you can find all manner of antique books and enjoy a pick-me-up coffee surrounded by classic literature.

Attraction type: Historic buildings

Visit length: 2-4 hours

Contact: +33 (0)1 53 10 07 07

Evening: Hop on the Metro Line 4 from Saint-Michel to Montparnasse-Bienvenüe and head up Paris’ tallest building and only skyscraper, the Montparnasse Tower. On the 56th floor, you can walk around the terrace and viewing platform for breath-taking views over Paris. On a clear day you can see up to 40km away and it’s one of the best vantage points to see Paris and the Eiffel Tower.

Attraction type: Monument and viewpoint

Visit length: 1-2 hours

Contact: +33 (0)1 45 38 53 16

Day 2:

Morning: If you like your art, Paris is not short on world-class museums and galleries, showcasing everything from the pre-historic to the 21st century. If you get up early, head straight to the Louvre and start your day among the priceless works, from the Venus de Milo to the Mona Lisa. Make sure you show your Paris Pass to skip the lines!

Attraction type: Art gallery

Visit length: 3-4 hours

Contact: +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

Afternoon: Carry on your art trail through Paris and cross the River Seine to the Orsay Museum. An old railway station, you can admire the Beaux Arts building and stunning art within – not to mention the old station clock and views over Montmartre.

Attraction type: Art gallery

Visit length: 2-4 hours

Contact: +33 (0)1 40 49 48 14

Evening: End your day with a show at the Lido – one of Paris’ most famous cabaret nights. It’ll certainly give you a taste for French dancing and entertainment!

Attraction type: Show/entertainment

Visit length: 2-3 hours

Contact: +33 (0)1 40 76 56 10

Day 3:

All day: Make the most of your third day in Paris and hop on the RER C from the city centre out to Versailles. You’ll need a full day, or at least you’ll want one when you get there, to really explore the historic Palace of Versailles and everything it has on show!

This opulent 18th century building has been named one of the most luxurious palaces in the world and since it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll know it’s a must-see French landmark. Take a walk around the hundreds of rooms, including the stunning Hall of Mirrors, the room in which the Treaty of Versailles was signed. 

Fingers crossed for good weather as there are 250 acres of garden, woodland and park to explore, from manicured lawns, to exotic flowers, as well as huge regal fountains and statues. You’ll be charmed and enamoured with this extravagant palace and can imagine Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette strolling through the grounds.

Attraction type: Historic buildings

Visit length: all day

Contact: +33 (0)1 30 83 78 00

Day 4:

Morning: Make the most of your last day and climb up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for a spectacular panorama of Paris. It’s one of the most important landmarks in Paris and any visit to the triumphal arch is memorable. From the names engraved under the arch, to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the viewing platform, it’s a great monument to tick off your list.

Attraction type: Monument

Visit length: 1-2 hours

Contact: +33 (0)1 55 37 73 77

Afternoon: Get your fix of contemporary art at the Centre Pompidou, Europe’s largest museum of modern art – rivalled only by New York’s award-winning MOMA. This impressive 6 floor gallery not only houses museums, exhibitions and libraries, but is also renowned for its original colour-coordinated façade with all of its electrics, plumbing and cables on the outside of the building!

Attraction type: Art gallery

Visit length: 3-4 hours

Contact: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33

Evening: If you’re visiting Paris with your loved ones, there’s nothing better to finish off your 4 days in Paris than on a romantic Seine River Cruise. This 1 hour tour will take you past iconic landmarks, such as Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and under the Pont Neuf. If you catch the sunset too, there’s no better way to end your trip! 

Attraction type: Tour

Visit length: 1 hour

Contact: +33 (0)1 76 64 14 45

Any visit to Paris will leave you in love with the city. With historic buildings, monuments and landmarks to learn about, as well as art galleries to explore and viewpoints to climb, there are many alternative attractions to see depending on your interests and company. With plenty of family attractions like the Grevin Wax Museum, or even the Châteaux further out of Paris if you want to travel, the options are endless!

Make sure you tailor your visit to your tastes – the Paris Pass is only here to help! Whether it’s skipping the lines at busy attractions, or saving money on entry fees and travel, it makes getting around and seeing all your favourite Paris sights that bit easier!

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