Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. From its iconic landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, to its charming winding streets and colorful bistros, Paris is a city that’s sure to impress even the most seasoned traveler. So what’s the best way to spend a week there? If you’re not able to stay for longer than five days, here are some ideas that will help make the most of your trip:
Day 1: Arrive in Paris
The first step in your journey is to arrive in Paris. If you’re taking an international flight, it’s likely that you’ll land at Charles de Gaulle Airport or Orly Airport. From there, it’s a short taxi ride (or train) to your hotel; if you’re staying near one of these airports and don’t want to splurge on a taxi fare, consider taking public transportation instead!
At this point in time there are still plenty of things happening around town: museums are opening their doors for business and restaurants are serving up breakfasts before they open for lunch service later on in the day. You can also check out Le Louvre if it’s open during this time–it doesn’t cost anything!
Day 2: Explore the City of Light
Today, you’ll be exploring the City of Light. Paris is small enough that you can walk everywhere, so why not take advantage of this? Start by walking along the Seine and stopping at cafes or restaurants along the way. Make sure you stop in at Notre Dame and see some art at the Louvre–it’s all free! If it’s nighttime when you go to see these sights, try going up to Montmartre for some amazing views of Paris (and maybe even catch some live music). Then head back down into town for dinner at one of those famous Michelin-starred restaurants like L’Astrance or Le Chateaubriand where they serve some amazing French cuisine.
Day 3: Visit Versailles and Take a Tour of the Palace
On Day 3, you can visit Versailles. The palace is a beautiful place to see and the gardens are also worth visiting. You can take a tour of the palace if you want to go inside, but it’s not necessary as there are many other things to see at Versailles as well as in Paris itself.
You need to book ahead for your visit though; tours often sell out quickly so it’s best not to wait until your last minute! There are many options available: you could opt for one of their popular guided tours or try something more unusual like an English-language audio guide narrated by members of the royal family (or even King Louis XIV himself). If French isn’t your thing then don’t worry – they have guides available in several languages including English, Spanish and Russian too!
Day 4: Spend the Morning at Montmartre and the Afternoon at Sacre-Coeur
- Visit Sacre-Coeur Basilica. This is a must-see for any traveler to Paris. It’s a beautiful church that offers sweeping views of the city from its terrace, and you’ll want to spend at least an hour there exploring its interior and gardens.
- Walk along Avenue des Champs-Elysees. You can’t miss this famous street with its high-end shops, restaurants, cafes and nightlife options (if you’re into that).
- Visit Louvre Museum (or skip it). We didn’t have time to visit this museum during our trip because we wanted more time at Montmartre, but if you do go here make sure you don’t miss Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting! It’s probably one of the most famous paintings in history so definitely check it out if possible!
Day 5: See the Eiffel Tower at Sunset, then Take a Romantic Boat Ride on the Seine at Night
- See the Eiffel Tower at Sunset: The Eiffel Tower is one of Paris’s most iconic landmarks, and seeing it lit up at night is a magical experience. If you’re lucky enough to be in town during sunset, get there early to secure your spot on one of its observation decks. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy dinner before heading back out for an evening stroll along La Seine or around Le Marais neighborhood (or both!).
- Take a Romantic Boat Ride on La Seine: After dinner, hop aboard one of Paris’s romantic riverboats for an hour-long cruise down La Seine River towards Notre Dame Cathedral and back again! This boat trip has been called “the best way” to see Paris by night–and we agree!
Get the most out of your time in Paris by following this itinerary.
If you follow this itinerary, you’ll be sure to get the most out of your time in Paris.
- Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before arriving so that you can fully enjoy the city and its attractions during the day.
- Eat well! French cuisine is world-renowned for its quality and variety. There are many restaurants where one can enjoy traditional French dishes such as steak frites (steak with fries), escargot (snails), crepes or fresh seafood platters at reasonable prices. If eating at home is more your speed, take advantage of all the markets around town where fresh fruits and vegetables are sold at very reasonable prices–you’ll be able to make delicious meals without breaking the bank!
- Have fun! Whether it involves exploring museums or taking in an outdoor concert under the Eiffel Tower during its annual Bastille Day celebrations on July 14th each year (or any other day), there will always be something new happening in Paris no matter how many times someone visits this cultural hub of Europe!
We hope you enjoyed reading this guide to spending five days in Paris. The city has so much to offer, and we want to help you make the most of your time there! Whether you’re planning a trip or just dreaming about it, we hope these tips were useful in showing how one could spend five days in this amazing city.