3 Days in Paris: Things to See and Itineraries

If you’re only in Paris for 3 days, or a long weekend, you will want to have planned your time so that you don’t waste a minute debating where to go, or what to see first. With a city so rich in history, culture and heritage it’s best to try and schedule your days into an itinerary to make sure you see all the things to see in Paris in 3 days. 

From fascinating guided tours, to historic monuments and priceless art galleries, divide your time between them all to make sure you make the most of Paris.

Here is an example 3 day itinerary to give you an idea of how to spend your time when visiting the capital.

Day 1:

Morning: Start your day at the Île de la Cité, the old medieval hub of Paris, and visit the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral to admire its architecture, iconic gargoyles and huge ringing bells. You can even climb to the top of the towers for spectacular views over the city.

Attraction type: Historic Building

Visit length: 1 hour

Contact: +33 (0)1 53 10 07 07

Sainte-Chapelle is another breath-taking gothic church in Paris which sits beside La Conciergerie, Paris’ historic law courts. Sainte-Chapelle is famed for its ancient stained glass windows which date back to the 12th century.

Attraction type: Historic Building

Visit length: 1 hour

Contact: +33 (0)1 53 40 60 80

Lunch: Sit by the Square du Vert Galant for lunch, a great place in the summer to take a picnic and look out right over the Seine.

Afternoon: Spend the rest of the afternoon at the Louvre Museum and take in the thousands of priceless art works and sculptures, including the iconic glass pyramid in the courtyard. You’ll need a good few hours so make sure you’ve had a substantial lunch! Top tip: jump to the front of the busy queue by flashing your Paris Pass, a great benefit in the busy months!

Attraction type: Art Gallery

Visit length: 3-4 hours

Contact: +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

Evening: Climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe to catch the sun set over Paris. With unparalleled views down the Champs Elysees, it’s one of the most recognised viewpoints in all of Paris and a great way to end your first day in Paris!

Attraction type: Historic Monument

Visit length: 1 hour

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

Day 2:

Morning: Hop on a Paris Bus Tour to see the city from the comfort of an open top double decker bus and get a great perspective of the Paris. The best thing is that you can hop on and off as you please for the rest of the day!

Attraction type: Tour

Visit length: 1-3 hours

Contact: + 33 (0)1 42 61 24 64

Afternoon: Hop off at Opera Garnier and join in on a fascinating tour of this Beaux Arts building. As the inspiration to the Phantom of the Opera, it’s got a wealth of history and offers some of the most opulent design and décor in all of Paris.

Attraction type: Historic Building & Tour

Visit length: 2-3 hours

Contact: + 33 (0)1 71 25 24 23

Evening: If you want to kick back and relax with a glass of wine, why not learn something at the same time. At Ô Chateau you can enjoy a complimentary wine tasting course – and pair it with a cheese board, too!

Attraction type: Dining Experience

Visit length: 1 hour

Contact: +33 (0)1 44 73 97 80

Day 3:

Morning: Take in more of Paris’ art culture and visit Europe’s largest modern art collection at the Centre Pompidou. With masterpieces by Picasso to Ernst, as well as a huge library and a roof terrace, it’s well worth a visit! Top tip: here you can also jump to the front of the queue with exclusive Fast Track Entry priviledges!

Attraction type: Art Gallery

Visit length: 2-4 hours

Contact: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33

Lunch: We recommend you grab a bite at the restaurant on the top floor of the Pompidou Centre; it’s got views to die for, a delicious menu and really quirky décor.

Afternoon: Continue on the art trail and pay a visit to the Orsay Museum, another of Paris’ most esteemed art galleries. The building is another Beaux Arts beauty, and you can marvel at the high vaulted ceilings and clock from the days when it served as a train station at the turn of the 20th century.

Attraction type: Art Gallery

Visit length: 2-4 hours

Contact: +33 (0)1 40 49 48 14

Evening: You can’t leave Paris without a trip to Montmartre, one of the city’s most loved districts for its quirky cobbled streets and bohemian past. Once home to legendary writers and artists, it’s also a must-visit if you like good food and good wine with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. 

There are lots of alternative top Paris attractions you could fit into 3 days in Paris, such as a visit to Paris’ only skyscraper, Montparnasse Tower, which promises the highest viewpoint in Paris; or if you have kids, the Grevin Wax Museum is another family favourite to meet all your sporting and celebrity heroes in wax form. A trip on a Seine River Cruise is also one of the most romantic things to do if you have spare hour and if you time it to catch the sunset, it’ll be a spectacular way to experience Paris, too!

Paris is like no other city, so whatever you decide to do in your 3 days in Paris, you’ll be sure to enjoy it! All we recommend is that you plan in advance and work out where you want to go to make your sightseeing adventure simple and stress-free!

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