Paris, the City of Lights, art, history and amour. It has taken center stage in songs, movies and novels across the years, and often graces the top spot on travel wishlists. I think it’s safe to say that no one can ever be bored in Paris. With the endless museums, cathedrals, lush gardens and Parisian bistros to enjoy, your itinerary will be packed whether you’re spending a week or a weekend in Paris.
We’ve compiled some of the most amazing things you can do for the best Paris itinerary, and trust us, they’re good!
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Paris does have seasons. The summers are hot bringing sweaty days and long evenings. A lot of Parisians head for the coast in August although the influx of tourists make up for this. Winters get chilly and wet but snow is still relatively rare. The shoulder seasons (Spring and Autumn) are possibly the best times to visit.
The time of year you visit will effect what you need to bring. Our Paris Packing List will therefore come in useful.
|Average Temperatures||Chance of Rain||Crowds||Overall Grade|
|January||5°C/41°F||Average chance of snow||Calm||😐|
|February||6°C/43°F||Low chance of rain/snow||Calm||😐|
|March||9°C/48°F||Average chance of rain||Calm||🙂|
|April||11°C/52°F||Medium chance of rain||Calm||😀|
|May||15°C/59°F||High chance of rain||Medium||🙂|
|June||16°C/61°F||Average chance of rain||Medium||🙂|
|July||20°C/68°F||Average chance of rain||Busy||🙂|
|August||20°C/68°F||Low chance of rain||Busy/Gardens of Paris Blooming||🙂|
|September||16°C/61°F||Low chance of rain||Medium||🙂|
|October||12°C/54°F||Average chance of rain||Calm/Fall Foliage||😀|
|November||7°C/45°F||Average chance of rain||Calm||🙂|
|December||5°C/41°F||Average chance of snow||Calm||😐|
Paris is big and choosing where to stay in Paris an important consideration. The city has a unique layout, with the city being divided into the North and South Bank on either side of the Seine River. Then, there is the spiral of 20 arrondissements (districts), which start at the Seine and move out in a circular design.
While popular Paris monuments are sprinkled all over the city, the 1st to 7th arrondissements are the most central with the biggest variety of landmarks to enjoy. If you stay in one of these areas, it is also easy to fit more into your day as there is a reasonably short travel time between sightseeing spots.
However, there are amazing places to stay in every arrondissement, and as long as you’re close to a metro station, it is pretty easy to get around.
The 1st arrondissement is a great place to stay for visitors with big sightseeing plans because of how central it is. It is also the home of Avenue des Champs Elysées, the stunning Jardin des Tuileries and so many amazing museums. Paris is the old stomping ground of Ernest Hemingway, so why not pay a visit to Hemingway Bar at the Ritz-Carlton, where the atmosphere is warm and the bartenders are well-versed in the Hemingway classics.
The Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissement is full of “je ne sais quoi”, and is a great place to stay on your trip to Paris. Explore the surreal medieval streets that fill the town center, including Rue Mouffetard, which is lined by old-school shops, 16th to 18th-century homes, and filled with the sound of street musicians.
Accomodation in Paris ranges from the absymal to the exquisite. Our guide to the best hostels in Paris is therefore a godsend to which you are quite welcome.
Best Hostel in Paris – St Christopher’s Inn
On the edge of the idyllic Canal, St Martin is the award-winning hostel, St Christopher’s Inn. As one of the best hostels in Paris, it has an unbeatable vibe, as well as excellent security to keep your valuables safe. Enjoy breakfast on the waterfront terrace, then head off for the day knowing your belongings are safe. Just 3 stops away from the Gare du Nord station, St Christopher’s is in a prime location and a perfect home-away-from-home if you’re in Paris on a budget.
Best Airbnb in Paris – Cute flat near Eiffel Tower
You can’t get any closer. This Airbnb is located a few meters from the Eiffel Tower and many other attractions, like the Seine River. Surrounded by fine dining restaurants, cafes and the typical french shops, you will find yourself in the best area to live in. This home is definitely a great choice when travelling to Paris for the first time. You’re also very close to Bus-, Metro- and Train stations.Check on Airbnb
Best Budget Hotel in Paris – Hotel de la Tour
With a prime spot in the 14th arrondissement, this well-priced hotel is possibly just what you’re looking for. The Hotel de la Tour is close to a treasure trove of Paris landmarks including Notre Dame, the Luxembourg Gardens and Palais Garnier. With the metro station only 5 minutes away and free bicycle hire on offer, exploring Paris from your hotel is beyond easy.
Best Luxury Hotel in Paris – Hôtel Napoleon Paris
If you’re looking for the crème de la crème of Paris hotels, the Hôtel Napoleon Paris has it all. Located in the 8th Arrondissement, you can enjoy the stunning views of central Paris from your window as you relax in your plush room. The Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile Metro Station just minutes away so it is easy to explore nearby Paris attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysées Avenue.
Traveling through Paris is like having a treasure box with a secret compartment. There are so many things to do in Paris, along the canals and in the countryside. Just when you think you’ve seen it all though, you find a hidden gem, and Paris just gets even more amazing. Whether you’re walking, cycling, or zipping along on the metro, Paris is your oyster (and there are so many pearls inside).
With so much on offer, it can be hard to pick what goes on your ‘must-see’ list. If you’re planning a trip to the French capital, whether it is for a day or a week-long adventure, we’ve got you covered with the ultimate Paris itineraries.
- Why it’s awesome: As the Eternal Flame is lit every evening, veterans from all around Paris lay flowers under the torch to remember their fellow soldiers.
- Cost: 8 euro for adults, 5 euro for students between 18 – 25 years old, free for children.
- Food recommendation: Fanfan restaurant and bar is as fun as its name. With a cozy, minimalist setting, welcoming staff and classic French food, this hidden treasure is just a 5-minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe. Fanfan serves up meals with a unique blend of Franco-Asian flavors, making it the perfect spot for taking your taste buds out of their comfort zone.
Begin your first day in Paris at the Arc de Triomphe, which lies at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle at the western end of Champs-Élysées.
The monument is a stunning example of sculpture from the first half of the 19th century. It marks the sacrifice of French soldiers, especially those who fought during the Napoleonic Wars. Inside the arch and on top of the storied monument, is carved the names of generals and the wars fought by France.
The striking French landmark is also the home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, who lies beneath it. With just his date of birth accompanying the gravesite, the Unknown Soldier is an emotional reminder of the sacrifices made during World War I. Every evening at 18h30, the torch of the Eternal Flame is lit to remember the wars France has fought.
There is also the opportunity to walk up the stairs to a 30m-high walkway along the top of the arch, which is the perfect place to get an unbelievable panoramic view of Paris!
The historical sentinel representing the loss and triumph of war is unmissable on your trip to Paris.
Note that the Arc is free to look at and free to walk under. It is only climbing the platform that incurs a fee, and entails a bit of queueing. To complete this itinerary in a single day, you may wish to skip climbing the platform.
- Why it’s awesome: It is the setting of the Phantom of the Opera, and the stunning chandelier in the main auditorium inspired the climatic accident in the story.
- Cost: 14 euro for adults, 10 euro for 12 and 25-year-olds, entrance is free for children under 12 and people with disabilities.
- Food recommendation: Mon Paris! is a short 4-minute walk from the Palais. The gourmet brasserie offers a delicious seasonal menu, where you can choose from classical French dining and Gastropub fare. Enjoy your meal on the terrace where you can admire the statue of Edward VII and watch the world go by.
Peek into the immensely challenging and stunningly beautiful world of opera on a visit to the Palais Garnier. As a pillar of the Opera National de Paris, the opera house is a monument of French history and the development of ballet as an art form!
On your visit to the Palais Garnier, you can explore the Opera Library-Museum, where you can view fascinating set models and works of art. You will also be able to see features such as the Rotonde des Abonnés, Bassin de la Pythie, Grand Foyer, Avant-Foyer, Salons de la Lune et du Soleil, Rotonde du Glacier, intricate tapestries, and temporary exhibitions throughout the opera house.
The main auditorium in the opera house is the largest in Europe. With its exquisite design and a spectacular chandelier adorning the ceiling with a crown of light, you’ll wish you were on stage!
The stunningly opulent facade is only the beginning of how amazing the building is, and the historic location has become a major symbol of Paris itself. Just walking up the staircase into the Grand Foyer makes you feel fancy enough to be hanging out with a bunch of aristocrats!
- Why it’s awesome: It became an annex of the Musée du Luxembourg and was ridiculed for being too small but went on to house a wide collection of world-renowned artworks.
- Cost: 9 euro for adults, free entrance for children under 18 and young adults from the EU under 26.
- Food recommendation: After your visit to the Orangerie Museum, head to the Pavillon Ledoyen. At the 3 Michelin-star restaurant, you will choose a key ingredient and the chef will create a unique dish based on your choice.
Make the Musee de l’Orangerie your third stop of the day. It sits on the corner of Jardin des Tuileries in the 1st Arrondissement and was originally built to protect the orange trees belonging to the Tuileries Palace!
In this unique place of French art and history, there are a number of well-known artworks on display. The Orangerie Museum has quite an impressionist and post-impressionist flavor with paintings by Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse and Modigliani.
The museum is particularly famous as the home of the Nymphéas, eight stunning Water Lilies pieces by Monet. You don’t want to miss it!
- Why it’s awesome: It’s the home to some of the most well-known artworks in the world.
- Cost: 17 euro for adults, free for children under 16, young adults under 26 living in the European Economic Area, and people with disabilities.
- Food recommendation: Le Cafe Marly is perfectly situated inside the Louvre. Their menu covers everything from a delicious ala carte breakfast to top-shelf dinner options. The food is great, and the view is even better, as you can sit on the terrace and admire the Louvre Museum with a full view of the iconic glass pyramid!
You could easily spend hours exploring the cultured corridors of the Louvre Museum, which are lined with art from across the ages. The world’s largest museum is in a former royal palace, and it was the French Revolution that it was made into a museum to display the nation’s masterpieces.
The Louvre houses an amazing collection of artworks, which span several thousands of years! They are divided into 8 categories including Egyptian Antiquities, Near Eastern Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities and Islamic Art. Some of the most famous artworks are the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo!
The building itself is a work of art, with its golden roof created by a web of 9000 steel tubes, which almost appear to float above visitors to the Louvre.
Insider Tip: To avoid extra-long queues, enter near the Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre Metro Station or near the Carrousel du Louvre, instead of at the main entrance near the pyramid. It’s a good idea to book a guided tour and take advantage of the museum’s app to help you know what’s what.
In order to get through this itinerary, you will have to confine yourself to seeing only a few sections of the Louvre. The Mona Lisa (La Jaconde) is the most famous painting on display but there are much better works.
- Why it’s awesome: It was commissioned by King Louis IX to house the collection of Passion relics, from the time of Jesus Christ.
- Cost: 10 euro
- Food recommendation: Ze Kitchen Galerie is a former canteen turned culinary workshop which revitalizes French classics with a unique fusion of Asian and French cuisine. Enjoy some delicious food at this experimental spot only 7 minutes away from Sainte-Chapelle.
Finish off your first day in Paris with a memorable experience at Sainte-Chapelle!
In its prime location on the City Island, one of the only natural islands in the Seine, Sainte-Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is the perfect spot to round up your first day in Paris.
The cathedral pays homage to the stunning Rayonnant Gothic period of architecture. With its incredible collection of 1113 stained glass panels that fill the church with beautiful multicolor light, Sainte-Chapelle is unmissable!
If you’re a history buff and a fan of exquisite architecture, you will enjoy Sainte-Chapelle’s legacy as one of the earliest remaining buildings from the Capetian dynasty.
It is also the home of treasured Christian relics, as well as stunning depictions of the Old and New Testament which line the walls. The cathedral’s walls are also flanked with dignified stone statues representing the 12 apostles.
- Free Walking Tours
- Free WiFi
- Why it’s awesome: It was severely damaged during the French Revolution and Victor Hugo wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame to save the cathedral, and it worked!
- Cost: 10 euro for adults, 8 euros for under-18s and EU members between 18 and 25 years old.
- Food recommendation: What better way to start off your second day in Paris than at Le Creperie du Cloitre? Make this your breakfast stop for the day, and enjoy amazing crepes of all flavors. You can also get the French delicacy to go and have a picnic on the lawns of Notre Dame.
Begin day 2 of your 2 days in Paris in the best way at Notre Dame as you take in the stunning Gothic architecture. The cathedral is located on the Île de la Cité, or City Island, and has become one of the most iconic monuments in Paris!
Entrance is free but if you would like to venture up to the Trésor de la Cathédrale (Treasure of the Cathedral, where all precious religious items are kept) or the Crypte Archéologique (which houses archaeological remains), you will need to buy tickets, but it’s more than worth it to venture into the top of the cathedral!
You can also see the iconic bell towers, which make a stunning sight! The artwork and atmosphere of reverence is stunning to witness, and it would be a sad day in Paris if you left Notre Dame off your list! Don’t forget to enjoy a stroll around the gardens, while you take a mental picture (or a real one) of the River Seine.
Insider Tip: The morning is the best time to go because it is quieter and you can attend a Mass service.
Update for October 2019. Notre Dame was of course, tragically badly fire damaged earlier this year. At the time of writing it is closed for repair. You can still admire the structure from the outside although of course, the famous turrets are no longer standing.
- Why it’s awesome: The unique building, and amazing art collection, make the museum a 5-star choice.
- Cost: 14 euro for adults, free entrance for under-18s, young adults and visitors with disabilities.
- Food recommendation: With a unique range of food including eclectic seafood dishes and incredible desserts, Les Climats is the perfect stop after a few hours soaking up French art. If you’re looking for some top-shelf Burgundy wine, this is definitely the place for you.
The Musee d’Orsay is a fantastic museum with an incredible collection of art. The location is the first memorable aspect of the museum as it is found in what used to be the Gare d’Orsay railway station and hotel, giving it a truly unique architecture! A complex design of galleries lies beneath the gleaming iron and glass barrel vault in one of Europe’s largest museums.
The museum is home to some truly iconic art collections including paintings, sculptures, photography and decorative art pieces. Some of the museum’s most famous works include The Artist’s Studio, The Gleaners, Dane at Le Moulin de la Galette, Dinner at the Ball and van Gogh’s renowned Starry Night Over the Rhone.
Visit the Musee d’Orsay to truly get your fill of artworks that will make you wax poetically for the rest of the day!
Insider Tip: Entrance is free on the first Sunday of the month but it gets very busy at these times.
You should allow 3 hours to properly explore the Musee D’Orsay.
- Why it’s awesome: There are often free photography exhibitions and concerts at the bandstand.
- Cost: Free entry to the gardens. Children’s area costs 2.50 euro per child and 1.50 euro per adult.
- Food recommendation: Just a 3-minute walk from the Luxembourg Gardens, Le Petit Medic is is a great spot for lunch with a tasty array of classic French cuisine including excellent duck foie gras and escargot.
Take a meander through the lush grounds of Jardin du Luxembourg, a tree-lined oasis in Paris. On the border of popular areas, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, a trip to the Luxembourg Gardens, on a clear day, makes for an amazing afternoon in the sun!
With a mixture of classic French gardens, including geometric flower beds, walkways and a stunning pond, as well as English gardens with their winding paths, Jardin du Luxembourg is the perfect place to breathe in the natural beauty of Paris.
Take it up a notch and explore the dreamy apple orchard and greenhouses overflowing with plant life! There are also 106 grand statues to spot, as well as the iconic Medici fountain and Pavillon Davioud. You could spend hours enjoying this garden in the heart of Paris’ Left Bank!
For an extra dose of museum culture, check out the Musée du Luxembourg inside the Palace (just a casual palace in the garden), but make sure to check which exhibition is being shown during your visit.
Insider Tip: This is the perfect place for kids in Paris as it has puppet shows, slides, carousels and pony rides.
- Why it’s awesome: One of the first photographs using artificial light was taken here.
- Cost: From 13 to 29 Euro, 11 euro for 18 to 26-year-olds and 5 euro for children.
- Food recommendation: Paul, just like its name, is simple and easy. For a tasty light lunch of pastries or sandwiches, just 1 minute away from the Catacombs, this little French bistro is just what you need.
Experience the Les Catacombs de Paris, for an emotional and historical afternoon in Paris. The Catacombs are a labyrinth of underground quarries, which were created to eliminate the city’s overflowing cemeteries, and became one of the largest ossuaries in the world.
While officially named the Paris Municipal Ossuary, it was nicknamed the Catacombs after the Roman Catacombs created so much public fascination. The Catacombs are a place of great reverence, but also hugely informative!
It was carefully arranged as an underground museum, with monuments such as steles and tombs, as well as ‘cabinets of curiosities’, which offer information on mineralogy and pathology. You can also view plaques with poignant religious and poetic texts, which explore the nature of mortality.
Insider Tip: You can’t take a large bag or suitcase with you because they can damage the fragile interior. It is also not wheelchair accessible because of the many stairs.
Note that the lines are very long. We suggest paying to skip the queue if you want to keep up with the itinerary.
- Why it’s awesome – The Eiffel Tower has had a significant influence on the arts, and has been celebrated through song, film, art and poetry.
- Cost – 10 to 25.50 euro for adults depending on your ticket access, 5.10 to 12.70 euro for visitors between 12 and 24-years-old, 2.50 and 6.40 euro for children under 11-years-old and people with disabilities; Climbing up onto the second platform is also possible with special guided tours.
- Food recommendation – The 48 Tour Eiffel Restaurant is perfectly situated on the first floor of the tower. The eatery caters for a fun picnic-style lunch or an evening soiree, accompanied by champagne and a starlit view of Paris.
A trip to Paris is incomplete without a visit to the worldwide symbol for the city of love. It is a site rich in history, as it was built for the world fair in 1889 and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution!
With three extraordinary levels, and sights to match, the Eiffel Tower has the best view in Paris. Its top level sits at 906 feet high, which gives visitors an unbelievable view of the Paris cityscape, so it’s no surprise that the tower is one of the most visited monuments in the world.
Take in a panoramic view of popular Paris attractions, including Montmartre, Notre Dame, Les Invalides, and the glimmering waterways of the River Seine. There’s no better way to finish off the day than to watch this spectacular tower light up under the Paris sky!
Note that if you are visiting in Autun or Winter, it may get dark a early as 6pm. Your view of Paris will of course be impacted by this so you may wish to get this one out of the way earlier in the day.
If you’re wondering how you can spend more than 3 days in Paris, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for things to see in Paris in 4 days, or you’re not sure what to do in Paris for a week, we’ve found some of the most interesting, unmissable and photo-worthy options for you.
- You can take a leisurely stroll along the banks.
- Choose to travel it on a memorable boat ride.
- Best ‘highway’ in Paris.
The highway next to the River Seine recently went car-free, making it a walker’s paradise. Feel like you’re in a movie as you discover the sights and stop at some of the great Parisian eateries along the way! The Seine takes you all the way from the lush Tuileries Garden to the site of the Bastille, with the chance to see amazing Paris landmarks in between!
One of the best ways to explore the Seine is on a Paris Illuminations Cruise. Experience stunningly lit monuments in the ‘City of Lights’ as you glide along on an evening cruise! You can enjoy an informative commentary about historical places and events along the way, while you watch the world go by to the sound of live music.
Set sail beneath Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower and enjoy the city by night as twilight sets in!
- Fascinating artistic history.
- Featured in popular movies.
- It is the home and namesake of Saint Pierre de Montmartre.
This bohemian town in the 18th arrondissement is a surreal place to visit. The timeless village gets its name from the large hill it sits in the shadow of, and is a place with an amazing history.
Don’t miss out on a view of the breathtaking Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, a sentinel in Montmartre’s landscape. Montmartre is also well-known for its incredible relationship with art and the careers of prominent artists. Many famous painters, including Modigliani, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Picasso and van Gogh lived in the town.
Pay a visit to the Musée de Montmartre, which used to be the home and studio of a number of artists. You could also take a walk through the town and enjoy the idyllic surroundings that once inspired some of France’s greatest painters. Then, get your own portrait painted at the bustling Place du Tertre!
Enjoy a day finding the secret gems in this artistic hub from days gone by, which was featured in famous poetry, paintings and the hit film, Moulin Rouge!
- Learn about chocolate.
- Eat chocolate.
- Make chocolate!
Enjoy a museum experience of a different kind at Choco Story, the museum of chocolate in Paris. Begin your visit with a history of over 400 years of chocolate, how it’s made and where it came from.
Learn about the origins of chocolate and its journey through the centuries, including the museum’s impressive collection of 17th-century chocolate cups. Then, enjoy a chocolate tasting session, where you can dig into some of the best chocolate in France.
End it all off by making your own blend and become the chocolate connoisseur you’ve always dreamed of! For everyone from little children to the kid at heart, the Choco Story is a great way to get a taste of Paris (and some amazing chocolate)!
- See more of Paris from a local’s perspective.
- Get a unique look at Parisian street art.
- Learn more about the influence of classical art on Montmartre street art.
For a unique look at art in Paris, enjoy a fun and informative street art tour. Head out on a walking tour through the eclectic art hub of Belleville, then experience the Vitry-sur-Seine, the street art capital of France. The riverside Paris commune maintains the policy of bringing art to everyone!
Discover the incredible hidden gems of Murals XXI in the 13th arrondissement and finish off your street art journey with a walking tour along the Canal de l’Ourcq. Enjoy this amazing and informative tour that blends Paris’ storied artistic past with the emotive street art movement of the 21st century!
Paris officials have even gotten involved and commissioned murs d’expression, or street art walls in every district. With stunning artworks popping up overnight and filling Parisian streets with spray-painted masterpieces, this tour is the perfect way to see art from a new perspective!
- Historic architectural feature.
- Represented in major films including A View to a Kill.
- It was featured in Adele’s Someone Like You music video.
Perhaps, one of the most recognizable bridges in Paris is the Pont Alexandre III. With a stunningly ornate design to match its name, the bridge has become an iconic landmark on the Paris landscape.
It connects the area around the Avenue des Champs-Élysées with the area around the Eiffel Tower on the Left Bank. The bridge is adorned with exquisite Art Nouveau lamps, winged horses, nymphs and cherubs. They are accompanied by 4 gilt-bronze Flames, who stand gazing over walkers.
Taking a relaxed stroll over the bridge (and about 100 pictures) is a great way to truly feel like you’re in Paris.
Insider Tip: The Pont Alexandre III is the most beautiful at sunset.
- Some of the canal runs underground.
- The canal was influenced by two Napoleons: Bonaparte and his nephew, Napoleon III.
- Home to some fantastic Parisian locations, including the Hôtel du Nord.
Visit the idyllic waterways and trendy streets of Canal Saint-Martin. Take a stroll along the Jules Ferry Boulevard, which takes you all the way along the canal and ends at the iconic clock at the rue du Faubourg-du-Temple. Pop into one of the many brasseries or enjoy a picnic on the tree-lined banks of the canal.
You can also choose to go on a very unique canal boat ride! Sail along the canal and then head underground as you travel beneath the Voltaire Boulevard and all the way until you glide underneath the storied Place de la Bastille, and see beautiful Paris again.
For a memorable walk along the stunning canal or the most eclectic canal boat ride in Paris, visit the Canal Saint-Martin!
While ol’ Paris is pretty safe , you can never be too cautious. Here are the best tips for keeping your trip problem-free.
Pickpocketing can be fairly common, especially in large crowded areas such as the metro stations, major tourists attractions, and shopping hubs.
Money belts are the ideal way of keeping yourself safe from pickpocketing and staying aware of your surroundings will never hurt while traveling abroad. It’s also a good idea not to carry too much cash on your person. You should also be on the lookout for people who try to get you to sign a petition while their partner pickpockets you.
There are areas that can be unsafe at night or when they are especially empty, including Chatelet, Les Halles, Gare du Nord, Stalingrad, Jaures, Saint-Denis, Aubervilliers, and Saint-Ouen.
There were of course some high profile terror attacks in Paris over the last few days and it is true that terrorists may try again. However, there is nothing to suggest that Paris is particuarly at risk and no need for fear or any hysteria.
Paris is still one of the safest European metropoles but backpacking through any country needs some safety precautions. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for any trouble, and try not to go through isolated areas, especially on your own. Safe travels!
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For the perfect day trip out of Paris, take a look at our list of Palace tours and countryside adventures you can enjoy on a fun-filled 7 days in Paris.
Palace of Versailles
Approximately an hour out of Paris, this monument of French history is unmissable. Experience the ultimate Versailles tour as you explore the State Apartments, the King’s Bedroom and the Hall of Mirrors.
On your guided tour of the palace, you will get to know the main characters in the French monarchy saga including King Louis XIV and his ill-fated wife, Marie Antionette. After your guided tour, you have the liberty to explore the palace and its stunning gardens.
This is one trip you won’t want to miss! However, if you are visiting Paris on the weekend, it can be busy.
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Take a trip through history on this beyond-memorable tour of the Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte. Journey to the stunning estate under an hour away from Paris and experience the grandeur of the chateau, which inspired the creation of Versailles. Enjoy a tour of the fascinating and rather surreal carriage museum, where you can view carriages from across the years.
The gardens at Vaux-le-Vicomte also made history with their iconic Jardin à la française design and they are just as exquisite today. After a 3-course dinner at the Chateau restaurant, take an unforgettable stroll through the immaculate gardens, while they are filled with the light of 2000 candles!
Pay a visit to this historical home, filled with French cuisine, amazing scenery and the promise of an amazing day trip!
Abbey at Mont St Michel
Take a day trip to the gorgeous island of Mont St Michel in Normandy. While the travel time to get there from Paris is a bit hefty, the experience is worth it!
The island and its abbey have an amazing history throughout the wars France has fought, and it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the technical and artistic feat it achieved. The ‘Wonder of the West’ makes for a breathtaking sight, which you can explore on the tour, accompanied by an informative guide.
Take a stroll through the quaint bay-side village and take in the unique beauty of Mont St Michel and its abbey!
Château de Fontainebleau
Explore the regal halls and stunning grounds of the palace that served as the home to many a French royal.
The Château de Fontainebleau is the only royal home to have been lived in continuously for 8 centuries. Explore iconic rooms and attractions including Napoleon’s Throne, and visit the site of Napoleon Bonaparte’s abdication. The palace was built in the hope of making it a ‘new Rome’ and its decor is a melding of Renaissance and French artistic styles. Explore the historic relics in the Napoleon I Museum while you take in every inch of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Then head out into the exquisite gardens, which are surrounded by a lush forest and palatial park. There is an array of stunning gardens to be explored, ranging from the French Renaissance to a stunning English landscape garden!
Take in another piece of French history, only an hour out of Paris, and nestled away in the French countryside!
You can’t beat a Disney experience in one of the most dreamy countries in the world. With access to the Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios Park, you can enjoy a day of animated rides, colorful characters and endless Disney fun, just 40 minutes outside of Paris.
Enjoy a peek behind the curtain at 5 incredible film lots, as well as great rides with some familiar faces. Have the ultimate fairytale experience at Disneyland in the city that makes fairytales seem real!
A conclusion to your Paris itinerary
For anyone seeking history, fantastic cuisine, sublime scenery and an endless supply of things to be amazed by, Paris is the place to visit! There are boundless opportunities to experience everything from world-renowned French monuments to hidden Parisian gems.
With everything on offer and every possible mode of transport available, Paris is a backpackers paradise (so read on for the best tips on experiencing Paris for backpackers)!
As the queen of class, Audrey Hepburn said, “Paris is always a good idea”. Need I say more?
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Writer and Editor, Ana Pereira is a California native, inspired by Earth exploration and introspection. Recently, she spent several months exploring Africa and South Asia. She spends most of her “down-time” out in the wilderness, climbing, hiking, and beyond, and is feverishly passionate about travel and health.