3 Days in Paris: The Ultimate Itinerary

3 days in Paris

There's no place quite like Paris. Its iconic landmarks, stunning architecture, delicious cuisine, and captivating culture make it a top destination for travelers from around the globe. If you've got just three days to soak in the city's magic, follow this itinerary to ensure you hit all the must-see attractions.

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Louvre, Paris, FranceThe Louvre // Unsplash

Day 1: The Heart of Paris

Morning: The Louvre

Start your Paris adventure at the world's largest art museum, the Louvre. Home to thousands of works of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, it's a must-see for art lovers. Arrive early to beat the crowds and enjoy the museum at a leisurely pace.

Lunch: Café de Flore

For lunch, head to the iconic Café de Flore in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This historical café has been a meeting spot for intellectuals and artists in the past. Enjoy a quintessential Parisian meal with a view of the bustling streets.

Afternoon: Notre-Dame Cathedral & Sainte-Chapelle

After lunch, make your way to Île de la Cité to visit Notre-Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Although it suffered a significant fire in 2019, its rehabilitation is a testament to the enduring spirit of Paris. Then, head to the nearby Sainte-Chapelle to marvel at its stunning stained glass windows.

Evening: Seine River Cruise

Conclude your first day with a relaxing Seine River cruise. As you glide under the historic bridges of Paris, you'll be treated to spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, and Notre-Dame. It's the perfect way to see the City of Lights come alive at night.

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Palais de Versailles, FranceVersailles // Unsplash

Day 2: Art and Elegance

Morning: Musée d’Orsay

Begin your day at the Musée d'Orsay. Housed in a beautiful Beaux-Arts railway station, this museum boasts an impressive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces by artists like Monet, Van Gogh, and Renoir.

Lunch: Le Procope

Enjoy lunch at Le Procope, the oldest café in Paris. Favored by figures like Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin, its historical ambiance and traditional French cuisine make it a memorable dining experience.

Afternoon: Palace of Versailles

Spend your afternoon at the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Just a short train ride from Paris, Versailles offers a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of French royalty. Don't miss the Hall of Mirrors, the exquisite gardens, and the Trianon estates.

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Evening: Montmartre & Sacré-Coeur

In the evening, explore the bohemian Montmartre district. Wander its quaint streets, visit the Sacré-Coeur Basilica for panoramic views of Paris, and maybe even catch a show at the legendary Moulin Rouge.

Eiffel Tower at sunset in ParisThe Eiffel Tower // Unsplash

Day 3: Iconic Sights and Hidden Gems

Morning: Eiffel Tower

No visit to Paris is complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Go early to beat the crowds and, if you're up for it, climb the stairs for breathtaking city views. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the tower's restaurant for an unforgettable experience.

Lunch: Local Market or Picnic

For lunch, explore one of Paris's food markets to sample local delicacies like cheeses, pastries, and wines. Alternatively, gather some treats for a picnic in the Champ de Mars or the Luxembourg Gardens.

Afternoon: Le Marais & Pompidou Center

Spend your afternoon in Le Marais, one of Paris's most vibrant and historic districts. Browse its boutiques, visit the famous Place des Vosges, and pop into the Pompidou Center to see its modern art collections and enjoy one of the best views of the city from its rooftop.

Evening: Farewell Dinner

For your last night, choose a memorable dinner spot. Whether it's a Michelin-starred restaurant or a charming bistro in the Latin Quarter, indulge in French culinary excellence. After dinner, take a final nighttime stroll along the Seine, reflecting on the unforgettable moments of your Parisian journey.

While three days in Paris can only scratch the surface of what this enchanting city has to offer, following this itinerary will ensure you experience its highlights and leave with a heart full of memories. Bon voyage!

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