What to see in Paris and its surroundings in 7 days

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Joel Fulleda

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Defined as the most romantic city in the world, Paris has an incomparable charm that attracts, every year, more than 20 million foreigners from all parts of the planet. The French capital offers many attractions. And let's not forget the French cuisine, Unesco World Heritage since 2010.

Then there are some so iconic places, made known thanks to films, artists and photographers, which cannot fail to be visited at least once in a lifetime: the irreverent Montmartre district, the Lafayettes department store, the Champs Elisèes and a bateau experience -mouche on the Seine. Here's what to see in Paris in 7 days.


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  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week in Paris cost
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Start in one of the most characteristic and suggestive areas of Paris, the Butte (hill) of Montmartre, a favorite place for decadent artists that can be reached on foot (222 steps!) or by funicular. Go to the famous Café des 2 Moulins made famous by the movie "The fabulous world of Amelie", where you can choose to have breakfast. Stroll through some iconic places such as the Moulin Rouge and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
Before leaving, have lunch at Temptations rue Lepic (€ 30,00).

With metro 12 (from Abbesses, Notre-Dame des Champs stop, 32 ') you reach i Luxembourg Gardens, 224.500 m1621 of public gardens with fountains, monuments, rides ... created in 10. In minutes on foot (via Rue Soufflot and Rue Saint-Jacques) you are in Latin neighborhood whose heart is the famous Sorbonne University.
With metro line 4 (from Odeon) in 15 minutes you will reach the Montparnasse Tower (9: 00-23: 30, € 15,00), an elevator that in 38 seconds will take you almost 200 meters high for a spectacular view.

End the day with a dinner at Croccante, an Italian restaurant (€ 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 17,2 km / 1 h 15 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Monmartre (free), Moulin Rouge (free), Sacre Coeur Basilica (free), Café des 2 Moulins (free), Luxembourg Gardens (€ 11,00), Latin Quarter (free), Montparnasse Tower (€ 15,00, )
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • Sacred Heart and Montmartre: tour with an expert guide
  • Lunch at Temptations rue Lepic (Get directions), Dinner at Crunchy (Get directions)

2 day

Dedicate the morning to Marais district, where sites that make up the heritage of the city are concentrated such as the Hotel de Ville (Town Hall), the Hotel Carnavalet, Place des Vosges and, above all, the Louvre which will keep you busy all morning and early afternoon for its extension the myriad of works contained. Have lunch at Calife (€ 30,00).

After lunch, at the Louvre - RiFlights stop, take metro line 1 to reach the Champs Elysèes, one of the widest avenues in Paris, 1.914 meters long where restaurants, souvenir shops but also designer boutiques and offices follow one another. To the east you will find the Place de la Concorde with the Egyptian obelisk and the fountain des Fleveus.
At the Franklin D. Roosevelt stop, take metro 1 to reach another symbol of the city, the Arc de Triomphe, built in 1806 by Napoleon and where you can go up to the terrace 50 meters high to admire the city from above; a truly impressive show in the evening!

Dinner at Sir Winston's (€ 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,5 km / 1 h 49 min
  • Places visited: Marais district (free), Louvre (€ 8,50), Champ Elysèes (free), Arc de Triomphe (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Louvre Museum: timed admission ticket, priority access to the top of the Arc de Triomphe
  • Lunch at Calife (Get directions), Dinner at Sir Winston (Get directions)

3 day

Day for the joy of the little ones. And, even if you don't have children with you, step back in time and enjoy a whole day full of fun a Disneyland Paris, the most visited theme park in Europe.
Take the RER train at chateau Les Halles, direction Marne La Vallèe - Disneyland and get off at the terminus (about 40 minutes journey), € 7,60 each way.

Disneyland consists of 2 parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, as well as a large area with restaurants, shops and cinemas called Disney Village, a golf course and a number of hotels.

Disneyland Park is divided into 5 thematic areas: Main Street USA, the reconstruction of a typical American town of the early 900s; Frontierland, inspired by the American 1800s; Adventureland, on classic adventure themes such as exploration, Fantasyland, dedicated to the great classics such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Back in the city, have dinner at Champeaux (€ 50,00).

In summary:

  • Places visited: Disneyland Paris (€ 87,00 one park, € 107,00 two parks)
  • Daily shopping: € 190,00
  • Disneyland Paris: flexible day ticket Disneyland® Paris: express ticket for train and parks Disneyland Paris Express: transport and entrance to the park
  • Dinner at Champeaux (Get directions)

4 day

Morning at the Orsay Museum, housed in an old station, it houses the most famous masterpieces of Impressionism such as Degas's Little Dancer. In order not to waste too much time in the queue, we suggest the ticket with reserved entrance or the guided tour with priority access.
Then treat yourself to a few relaxing hours at the nearby Tuileries Gardens. The oldest garden in Paris it is a wonderful square and geometric French-style garden from the th century. Inside there are two museums: the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume (contemporary art and photography) and the Musèe de l'Orangerie (impressionism and post-impressionism).
Have lunch in the gardens at La Terrasse de Pomone (€ 25,00).

After lunch enjoy a romantic panoramic cruise on the Seine. You will be able to admire glimpses of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Bastille arches (navigation about 2 and a half hours, from € 20,00).
You will disembark at La Villette, a park so large that it is considered a small town in its own right where there are folies, 26 futuristic buildings and numerous areas dedicated to music: Philarmonie, Cité de la Musique, Zènith, Trabendo and the Grande Halle de la Villette.

Dinner at Paname Brewing Company (€ 22,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 11,3 km / 2 h 25 min (with boat ride)
  • Places visited: Musée d'Orsay (€ 12,00), Tuileries gardens (free), cruise on the Seine (€ 20,00), La Villette park (free admission, you pay only if you attend concerts or events)
  • Daily shopping: € 95,00
  • Cruise on the Seine with audio guide and tour of the lights by bus Ticket with reserved entrance to the Musée d'Orsay
  • Lunch at La Terrasse de Pomone (Get directions), Dinner at Paname Brewing Company (Get directions)

5 day

Half day trip to Versailles.
Take RER line C to Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche, around € 4,00 each way or with a package that includes transfers from Paris, skip-the-line ticket and audio guide (around € 59,00).
The Palace of Versailles, Unesco World Heritage, is 63.154 square meters large and contains over 2.300 objects of art and furniture. During the visit, not to be missed, the Hall of Mirrors, the Grand Trianon annexe, and the Rococo-style Petit Trianon. The visit is completed in the immense gardens which occupy an area of ​​815 hectares.
Lunch at Le Bistrot Du 11 (€ 40,00).

Return to the city in the afternoon and visit theOpera Garnier, theater designed by Charles Garnier in 1861. The furnishings are in the Second Empire style and the exterior is full of statues and columns.

At this point, take metro line 8 (from Opéra - 7 stops and get off at École Militaire) to reach the symbol of the symbols of Paris, the Eiffel Tower. Visited by an average of 6 million people every year, to admire the breathtaking panorama of the Ville Lumière, the tallest building in the city houses the chic 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant (€ 75,00) where we recommend that you treat yourself to a starred dinner.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 33,3 km / 1 h 7 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Palace of Versailles (€ 25,00), Opera Garnier (€ 14,00), Tour Eiffel (from € 10,00 to € 25,50)
  • Daily shopping: € 180,00
  • Versailles & Trianon: Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Ticket & Audiopen, Evening Cruise with Audio Guide & Eiffel Tower Bus Tour: 2nd Floor Skip-the-Line Access
  • Lunch at Le Bistrot Du 11 (Get directions), Dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant (Get directions)

6 day

It may seem macabre, but in Paris you have to visit the Père Lachaise (8: 00-18: 00), the most visited cemetery in the world where a large number of historical and famous personalities rest: Jim Morrison, Maria Callas, Edith Piaf, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, Gioacchino Rossino, just to name a few (guided tour from € 20,00).
Go back to the center (Metro line 3 or 11 from Gambetta) and visit another symbol of Paris, the majestic Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Have lunch at Le Petit Châtelet (€ 40,00) and then take the RER C from Saint-Michel Notre-Dame and get off at Invalides to admire theLes Invalides, a huge complex of Baroque buildings, built in the th century to house disabled soldiers. Today it houses the Museum of Arms.
On the back of the Invalides, find the Rodin Museum (10: 00-18: 30), dedicated to the sculptor-painter Auguste Rodin and located in a splendid palace with a park-garden.

Dine at Da Zagara (€ 23,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 12,5 km / 49 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Pére-Lachaise (€ 5,00), Notre-Dame Cathedral (not open to visitors), Hôtel national des Invalides (€ 11,00), Rodin Museum (€ 12,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 105,00
  • Ile de la Cite Walking tour with Notre Dame historic Notre Dame tour
  • Lunch at Le Petit Châtelet (Get directions), Dinner at Da Zagara (Get directions)

7 day

Dedicate the last day of your Parisian stay to two castles outside the city.
Start from Vaux le Vicomte castle (50 km from the city accessible by shuttle (Paris - Castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte - Castle of Fontainebleau), by train (from Paris-Gare de Lyon to Melun and from Melun shuttle to the castle) or with a guided tour from Paris of both Castles (from € 80,00 transfer included).

It is, to date, the largest private property existing in France. Fascinated by such opulence and envious of such a masterpiece, the young Sun King sentenced his minister to life in prison and was inspired by this castle to build Versailles.
Have lunch at Le Relais de l'Ecu reuil (€ 25,00).

Continue the day of the castles and, with the shuttle bus, reach the Fontainebleau Castle (9: 30-18: 00), the residence that hosted all the greatest sovereigns of France such as François I, Henry IV and Napoleon who enlarged and embellished it over the centuries. The castle is surrounded by 30 hectares of gardens, extended by a park of 80 hectares.
Return to town on the Transilien train and dine in the area in the luxurious Le Train bleu (€ 70,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 24,7 km / 30 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Castle of Vaux le Vicomte (€ 16,50 + € 3,00 audio guide), Castle Fontainebleau (€ 11,50)
  • Daily shopping: € 150,00
  • Castles of Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte: tour from Paris
  • Lunch at Le Relais de l'Ecureuil (Get directions), Dinner at Le Train bleu (Get directions)

How much does a week in Paris cost

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Paris is certainly one very expensive city especially for eating and sleeping.
The only consolation is that, with Ryanair and Easyjet, you can get good deals on flights, an expense that, therefore, allows you to rebalance your budget.
Entrance fees to museums and various attractions are also quite expensive, the most convenient and optimal solution is to buy one of the many passes (which can already be booked online) choosing, if possible, the one that includes public transport. Means of transport are in fact indispensable in Paris; the city is really huge and it is unthinkable to move without using it.

Thanks to the very efficient metro you can decide to sleep and stay even in areas a little out of the way to save a little something.
To eat, even if you are satisfied with a bistro, do not think to go below an average of € 25,00 (just think that a bottle of water costs around € 3,90).

NB Under the age of 25 there are free admissions to all attractions and "skip the line" fast track.

  • starting from € 26,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • bus tour, cruise and lunch on the Eiffel Tower Louvre Museum: timed ticket Versailles and Trianon: skip-the-line ticket and Audiopen
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 1.050,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Paris: in general always, but from mid-May to mid-September the weather tends to be better - for more info
  • the closest airports are Charles de Gaulle (25 km from the center, 35 min by train line b + metro, € 8,00 or Roissybus bus, € 13,70), Orly (15 km, 40 min by shuttle + train line b , € 12,00 or Orlybus bus 35 min, € 8,00). Some low cost airlines land in Beauvais Tillé (108 km, 1 hour and 15 min by bus, € 15,90 per single ride) - Private transfer from / to airport from € 20,00 per person
  • the city is well connected, but there are neighborhoods in a very strategic position: Le Marais, Latino, Opèra / Grands Boulevards, Bastille, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Montmartre, Passy - Hotels and b & b from € 60,00 per room -
  • Getting around: the most practical and fastest way is the subway, 16 lines running from 5:30 am to 1:20 am. The price varies according to the areas. We recommend purchasing ticket booklets or, even better, cards - for more info
  • Recommended cards and passes: Paris Pass free access to 60 attractions excluding Effeil Tour + unlimited transport on public transport (€ 230,00, 6 days) - Paris City Pass (plus attractions, € 209,90, 6 days) - Paris passlib is the only one that includes the tour on the Seine (€ 165,00, 5 days)

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