Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world. And so romantic in every season! That’s why I now unfold you my masterplan for a 4 Day trip in Paris 🙂
To know before reading: – My starting point was Montmartre, it is a nice, vivid quarter with lot’s of entertainment.
– Because 4 days are a very short time make sure to book your flights well. Arriving early and leaving late or in the morning of a 5th day spares you the most time.
- Day 1 Arrival, Breakfast, Montmartre, Le centquatreThe easiest way from the airport into the city is the train, it takes about 45 minutes to Gare du Nord.
From there it is only a short walk to the Village Hostel in Montmartre. I can absolutly recomend this Hostel. The staff is nice and speeks English. Breakfast is included and it was clean and remotely quiet.
To start your day in France with a blast, go and get some breakfast. The bakery Coquelicot has milk coffee in a bol (big bowls) and a nice little breakfast with baguette and jam for a really good price. It was the nicest and cheapest coffee I had in Paris!
You can watch the quarter slowly waiking up. Around here the shops don’t open until 11 am. When they did you can stroll around Montmartre maybe look into some of the most bizarre shops or walk up to Sacre Ceur. From here you have a great view over the city and when you peek around the corner you can have your first look onto the Eiffel Tower.
Then you can visit the Place du Terre, where artists display their work or offer to paint you. If you then walk down the mountain again you find a buisy area with lots of nice restaurants for lunch.
Even though Montmartre is not so big, it is so winding and wonderous that you could stroll around for a week. If you however want to see something else this day, go to the Centquatre. This artcenter has exhibitions you can see or you just watch the dozens of street artists dance, sing or paint. There is also a café if you get hungry. Also because of its remote location you get a glimpse of the “real” Paris.
- Day 2 Free walking tour, Sainte Chapelle, Ile de la cite, Latin quarters, Shakespeare and Company
Today get ready for a long day with a lot of walking.
In Paris there is this fabulous thing called Free walking tours. A local (mostly university students) takes you around the city on foot and tells you all about the important buildings (Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Love lock bridges,…) as well as Paris’ history. The tour is outlined to be 2 1/2 hours long but can extend to 3 hours. At the end you can pay your guide what ever amount you see fit or not at all.
After that you should be hungry. The tour ends at the Louvre and along the Palait Royal and the Comédie Francais nice restaurants line up. If you go deeper into the street jungle here, you find nice and cheap coffee shops for lunch.
After that you can go into the shoping area around Les Halles or take a nice walk back along the Seine to the former private church of a French King Sainte Chapelle. Even for people who normaly stay out of churches, this one is special. It has two stories and the upper one is compleatly out of coloured glass. But you have to wait rather long to get in. Alternatives are Notre Dame or the Louvre. Depends in which you are interested.
Either before or after the tour in the morning you can also stroll through the Latain Quarters, one of the oldest parts of the city. Close by you also find the bookshop Shakespeare and Company. This shop is amazing. There are books everywhere! Squeezed into the tiniest space and way up to the ceiling you can read yourself through every time period and topic. Upstairs is a little libary and even an appartment that is rented to writers or other restless souls winding up in Paris.
For the evening you could go to a theatre, listen to a concert or take a boat trip along the Seine. Up to you 🙂
- Day 3 Versaille
Versaille is one of the biggest and splendid palaces in Europe. The mirrorhall is famous and of course it’s builder the sun king. So it is imaginable that the line up is enormous! But if you leave Paris early and take the train, you can go first into the gardens. They are even more gorgeous than the palace. From spring to fall they have fountain shows and classical music playing in the gardens. If the weather is nice you will be breathtaken by the beauty and the size. A nice visit is also the house of Marie Antoinette. For lunch you can eat a crêpe and then in the afternoon visit the palace. It is rather full in there so be sure you don’t get claustrophobic.
Plan the whole day for Versaille so you have enough time to enjoy this must have seen place!
- Day 4 Montmatre, Tuileries Gardens, Museé de l’Orangerie, Champs d’Elysee, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower
You could start your day with a good bye visit of Montmatre, maybe buy some Souvenirs or drink a nice coffee before the day starts.
Then head for the Louvre. From here you can either first eat lunch or take a walk through the Tuileries Gardens. Here with a nice view over the two Arc de Triomphes and the Eiffel Tower a lot of people relax on a good day. Close by is the Museé de l’Orangerie with the water lilies from Monet, beautiful, huge paintings. It is a small museum and not so overcrowded like the Louvre. Maybe take a little break in the gardens before you get going again.
After that you can walk down the Champs d’Elysee, marvel about all the high society boutiques and go window shopping.
Then with the last daylight go up the Arc de Triomphe and watch the sunset over Paris. It is one of the most beautiful views of the city. From here you can go through the city at twilight and end up at the Eiffel Tower when night fell over Paris. The tower sparkles every hour and of course you can join the endless line to go up. Tip: Take the stairs to the second platform, it will be faster than the elevator.
There are nice restaurants in the streets around the Eiffel Tower where you can end your hopefully amazing time in the city of lights.
Some tips: If you are under 26 and from the EU you can go into all national museums for free (including Versaille and the Arc de Triomphe)
Also get one of the 10 trips subway ticket packages. You can either split them or use them on different days, when ever you need to take the Métro.
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