Time zone: France (GMT+2)
Best to visit: All year round
Paris is definitely a destination on everyone’s bucket list, and if not, it should be! One of the most popular capitals in the world, teeming with life, the City of Lights can be anything for anyone. Romantics will find it perfect, gourmands will indulge in the world-famous French haute-cuisine, history and art fans will find some of the best architecture and artwork in the world here.
Paris has it all, you name it! It is so versatile and enjoyable, it’s no wonder is one of the most visited destinations in the world. But don’t take our word on it, visit and see for yourself!
However, not anyone will have weeks on end to spend in Paris, France, so we decided to make things easier for those who have only a few days to spend in this show-stopper city. We’ve created the perfect itinerary on how to spend 3 perfect days in Paris and enjoy all the city has to offer.
Have no fear, we’ve kept things simple and haven’t added too many museums in just one day, as we know most people aren’t going to handle that. And we’ve also put in the extra effort to research the skip the line in Paris options that are going to save you many hours. Yes, you will have to book tickets in advance, but once you are in Paris, you will thank us for recommending it.
Day 1 of our 3-days trip to Paris
Let’s start with… bonjour! Yes, you’re in Paris, and for your first day, we’ve prepared la creme de la creme: the Eiffel Tour, the Louvre museum and the Arc de Triomphe.
The Eiffel Tower
We know, the Eiffel Tour is super touristy, but your 3-day trip to Paris will not be complete without having seen the city from above it, especially if you travel to Paris for the first time. And since everyone wants to visit it, we recommend you get here first, as early in the morning as possible.
Be advised, the line at the Eiffel Tour can be a thing of a nightmare, this is why you should best buy your tickets online, in advance, and arrive before opening hours. There are also Eiffel Tours skip-the-line tours which you can take.
We admit it might sound somehow overwhelming, but the view from the top, unobstructed by a large number of other tourists is worth it!
To have the complete experience, stop for a picnic in Champs de Mars after you get down from the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy France’s fine cheeses with fresh tomatoes, cured meats and fresh bread while you relax on the fresh-cut comfortable grass.
The Louvre museum
After you have relaxed, you can head down to the largest art museum in the world: The Louvre. The Louvre museum is massive and it can literally take days to see every art piece inside it. It is also usually overly crowded, but there are some tips you can use to see the world-famous art and get away with only a few hours spent.
First of all, you need to know that Mona Lisa, Venus of Milo and the Winged Victory are the main 3 attractions, so if you’re looking to cut your time, go straight to see those. To skip the line at the Louvre you can purchase your ticket in advance, opt for the museum pass or take a skip the line tour.
The Champs-Elysees boulevard
Leave the bustling Louvre museum behind and have a stroll on the famous Champs-Elysees boulevard. Admire the architecture of the shops and theatres on this famous street, or you can even go to one of its famous restaurants for a drink. However, keep in mind that without reservation in advance, you might not find a table.
At the end of the boulevard, you will find the Arc de Triomphe. Climb the stairs to the top and discover one of the world largest roundabouts, with no less than 12 avenues coming together in one knot.
Day 2 of our 3-days trip to Paris
We’ve reserved day 2 of the 3-days trip to Paris for cathedrals, as there are many in Paris, real architectural and cultural wonders.
Notre Dame cathedral
Unfortunately, the Notre Dame cathedral suffered a devastating fire in 2019 and it is currently in restoration. You will not be able to enter, but you can still see this gothic marvel from outside, and it’s worth it still! Plus, the historic point zero of France is found in front of the cathedral.
Take a walk along the river Seine before you head to your next attraction, you can also see here an artificial beach created during summertime for locals and tourists alike to relax.
The famous Sacre-Coeur ch=cathedral is found in the also popular Montmartre neighbourhood, known for its artistic vibe and for the fact that it housed all sorts of beloved artists. Montmartre’s narrow streets, with chic shops and small cafes, will have you sit down for a while, to catch your breath until you reach the cathedral.
The Sacre-Coeur basilica is built on the highest hill in Paris, and the view is breathtaking! You can also enjoy the perfect sunset from here, but for an even better view, you can climb the 300 stairs to the top of the dome.
Day 3 of our 3-days trip to Paris
The Palace of Versailles
We have reserved the entire day for one of the most impressive royal chateaus in Europe: Versailles. It is situated outside Paris, so the trip there will take up precious time from your itinerary, around 45 minutes one way. This is why you can take the entire day and stroll through the chateau’s fascinating gardens, and even have a light picnic on a bench. It will take you about 3-4 hours to visit it inside-out.
If you still have some time left after visiting the Palace of Versailles, you can go back to the city and have a more unusual adventure: visit the Parisian catacombs. Under the streets of Paris, there is an 18th-century labyrinth of tunnels, lined with human bones!