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Coming to Paris for 4 days and planning your travel program ahead of time? Well, you are right to do so! Paris has many things to show as well as its many tourists. To see the most of the city during your trip, you need to prepare. Otherwise, you might waste your time waiting in line with everybody else! Discover our “4-day Paris itinerary” and contact us for additional information.
Day 1 – Explore Paris Streets
Start your day with a quick city walk in the historical area of Paris (Notre Dame cathedral, Ile de la Cité, Seine banks). Following your leisurely stroll, you can go on a 2 hour guided-tour by bus, bike, or electric or classic car. You will discover the old streets of Paris and see the main monuments, from the Eiffel Tower to Pont des Arts. Don’t forget to take many pictures.
For lunch, go to a café, brasserie or wine bar. After lunch, you may want to visit Paris’ most famous monument, the Eiffel Tower. Continue your day with another city walk through the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain where you can discover secret libraries, statues, and Paris’ classic buildings.
In the evening, have dinner in a typical brasserie: choose a three meal course, including starter, main course and dessert. It will give you a good experience of French cuisine. After dinner, go to a cabaret, such as Moulin Rouge or Crazy Horse and enjoy the show.
Day 2 – Visit the Louvre Museum
Start your day by visiting the world’s largest museum. If you can arrange a tour or find a guided tour, it might be better for you. Take time to see the masterpieces, such as the Mona Lisa, the Raft of the Medusa and the Venus de Milo, and just wander among the sculptures, paintings and artifacts.
After lunch, in or around the wonderful Tuileries gardens, take an hour cruise on the Seine and admire the main monuments from the river: Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, Pont des Arts, Pont Alexander III and much more.
For the afternoon, take a city walk in Montmartre neighborhood: go to the famous tiny Place du Tertre (where the painters are), visit the Sacré Coeur basilica, see the old streets and explore the Dali museum.
Day 3 – Artists and philosophers
Start with a city walk in the neighbourhood of artists and philosophers, Saint-Germain and the Latin Quarter. If you walk through some of the small, old streets, you might be able to find some of Paris’ secret libraries.
After you have explored the quarter, visit Musée du Rodin, to admire the work of the artist and sculptor, Auguste Rodin, in the beautiful 1730 Hôtel Biron – one of the most peaceful places in central Paris and a wonderful spot to contemplate his famous work, The Thinker.
In the afternoon, go shop on the Champs Elysées, also known as the most beautiful avenue in the world. Definitely visit La Durée to buy a couple of, if not a few, macarons. Walk further down the street to Avenue Montaigne to do some window shopping at stores such as Louis Vuitton, Channel and Yves Saint Laurent.
In the late afternoon, do something different and go to an original tour of the Père Lachaise cemetery. Yes, a tiny cemetery that will allow you to walk along graves of Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde, among others. A guided tour will lead you through the alleys and help you remember the famous people buried there.
Day 4 – go to Versailles and feel like a King
Go on a day excursion to Versailles. Spend the day visiting the castle and relaxing in the gardens. Château de Versailles is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. No surprise, it has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years. The site served as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge, before his son, Louis XIV, transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in the late 17th century.
Do not miss the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors), a 75m-long ballroom with 17 huge mirrors on one side and, on the other, an equal number of windows looking out over the gardens and the setting sun and the King’s Grand Apartments among others.
After a picnic (packed meal) or a lunch at one of the many restaurants, you will have plenty of time to stroll in the wonderful gardens, created by André Le Nôtre and admire the numerous fountains, such as The Apollo Fountain. If you visit in the summer, attend the Grandes Eaux show, a musical fountain show with water features spouting to the rhythm of music.
How much will it cost to do all this?
For 1 traveler, the starting price including: city walk maps and a printed guide, a bus tour, one dinner in a brasserie, a cruise on the Seine (Bateaux Mouches), a fast track ticket for the Louvre museum, a fast track ticket for Rodin museum and a fast track ticket for the Palace of Versailles (with a return trip ticket for public transport) will cost around €200.
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