What to see in Paris in 3 days

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Joel Fulleda

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Paris is considered by many to be the most romantic city in Europe, probably thanks to its architecture and the atmosphere that reigns along the Seine. But it is also the capital of fashion and luxury, with its streets full of expensive boutiques.

In three days it will not be possible to visit it all, but we suggest the most important attractions, the unmissable ones, to understand that Paris is also and above all a city rich in history and art.

Here is our itinerary and our advice on what to see in Paris in 3 days!


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  4. How much does a weekend in Paris cost
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1 day

1 - Morning: Louvre Museum, Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde

Our three-day itinerary in Paris begins with a visit to the most famous museum in the world, the Louvre. We have breakfast from Happy Coffee, very close to the Louvre, known for its delicious crepes, starting from € 3,50, and then we enter the museum.

Due to the vastness of the works contained, we suggest start your visit to the Louvre with an already detailed program, as half a day will not be enough to admire them all. The Louvre Museum is immediately recognizable for its glass pyramid. It is open every day, except Tuesdays, from 9:00 to 18:00; on Wednesdays and Fridays until 21pm. The entrance ticket is included in the Paris Pass. Without the Paris Pass, the skip-the-line ticket with timed entry, purchased online, costs € 45, or € 20,00 if purchased at the ticket office. Admission is free for children under 15,00, for the disabled and for everyone on July 18th.

At the end of the visit, let's relax for a few moments walking through the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries, a French-style park adorned with majestic statues. The gardens are free and are open every day from 07:30 to 19:30; from April to May, it closes at 21pm, while from June to August, at 00pm. Crossing all the gardens, you come to Place de la Concorde, a very elegant square whose center is the Egyptian obelisk of Luxor. The square is free and always accessible.

2 - Afternoon: Champs Elysées, Place Charles de Gaulle, Arc de Triomphe, Trocadero, Tour Eiffel

We have lunch from Flottes, a restaurant that offers French cuisine starting from € 25,00 per person and we immediately start our walk on the Champs Elysées, one of the most famous and luxurious streets in the world, full of important shops (free street, always accessible).

The walk is just over a couple of kilometers long and, at the end, we reach Place Charles de Gaulle, where we can admire theimposing Arc de Triomphe, an arch built by Napoleon I and which houses the tomb of the unknown soldier inside. It is open every day from 10am to 00pm, from April 22st to September 30th, late closing at 1pm. Admission is included in the Paris Pass. Without the Paris Pass, the cost is € 30 for adults, free for children under 23 and for the disabled.

From here, we take the metro line 6, which runs every two minutes, and head towards the Trocadero: here we find the Palais de Chaillot, located on the homonymous hill and that it represents the seat, among others, of the Musée de la Marine. The museum is open every day, except Tuesdays, from 11:00 to 19:00, on Thursdays late closing at 21:00. Admission is included in the Paris Pass, otherwise the cost is € 8,00, reduced € 6,00.

Right in front of the building, we find the symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, which needs no explanation. It is possible to climb the tower to admire the view or to dine at the restaurant. It is possible at the following times: every day from 09:30 to 23:45; from 15 June to 1 September, from 09:00 to 00:45. The entrance fee is from € 16,50 for adults, with a lift to the 2nd floor; for young people aged 12 to 24, € 8,20 and for children aged 4 to 11 and for the disabled, € 4,20.

3 - Evening: Dinner and Cruise on the Seine

This evening we have dinner on board the boat that navigates on the Seine, for a navigation of about 2 and a half hours and which touches the main points of Paris, including Les Invalides, Notre Dame.

La cruise departs from the Eiffel Tower and follows a circular route. Dinner consists of two courses, dessert and wine and is enlivened by live music. Prices starting from € 99,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 9,4 km / 2 h
  • Places visited: Louvre Museum, Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysées, Place Charles de Gaulle, Arc du Triomphe, Trocadero, Tour Eiffel, Cruise on the Seine
  • Paris Pass - Free Entry to 60+ Attractions Louvre Museum: Timed Entry Paris: Seine River Cruise with Early Evening Dinner
  • Breakfast at Happy Caffè (Get directions), Lunch at Flottes (Get directions), Dinner on board the boat on the Seine

2 day

1 - Morning: Le Marais, Place des Vosges, Center Pompidou

The second day we dedicate it to some of the most characteristic neighborhoods of Paris and we start from the Le Marais district. We have breakfast from The Voltigeur, a coffee in an uncrowded street of the neighborhood, with a typical full breakfast starting from € 6,00 per person, and then we enter the streets of this neighborhood, also known as being the Jewish quarter. Walking in this area of ​​the city, we also arrive in Place des Vosges, completely surrounded by a series of buildings and with an enchanting garden in the center.

Walking for about a kilometer, we then arrive at Pompidou Center, a museum which houses one of the most important collections of modern art in the world. The Museum is open every day, except Tuesdays and May 1st, from 11:00 to 21:00. The entrance ticket is included in the Paris Pass, without the Paris Pass, has a cost of € 14,00 and allows the visit of the Exhibition + Gallery 3.4. The reduced ticket costs € 11,00.

2 - Afternoon: Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, Sorbonne

In the immediate vicinity of the Center Pompidou, we have lunch from Le Potager du Marais, a restaurant specializing in typical French cuisine, with prices starting from € 30,00 per person.

We then continue to the Ile de la Cité, less than a kilometer. L'Ile de la Cité is the islet in the center of Paris and is the heart of the city. At its center, there are both the Conciergerie, or the royal palace of the Capetians which today still houses the prison that belonged to Marie Antoinette, and the Notre Dame church. Unfortunately, following the fire in April 2019, the church can only be visited from the outside.

At the end of our walk, we head towards the Latin Quarter, passing in front of the Sorbonne, the oldest university in France, which we observe only from the outside, as entry is allowed only to students with a booklet.

3 - Evening: Latin Quarter, Boulevard Saint Germain

We spend the evening between the Latin Quarter and the Boulevard Saint German, an area of ​​the city full of shops and restaurants. The district is so called because it reflects its ancient origins as a district dedicated to studies: it was the first district, in fact, to host a university.

For dinner, let's stop by Huitrerie Regis, a restaurant specializing in typical French cuisine and raw fish. Prices start from € 35,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,8 km / 1h and 14 min
  • Places visited: Le Marais, Place des Vosges, Center Pompidou, Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, Sorbonne, Latin Quarter, Boulevard Saint Germain
  • Le Marais district of Paris: guided walking tour Paris: Center Pompidou Private Guided Tour
  • Breakfast at Le Voltigeur (Get directions), Lunch at Le Potager du Marais (Get directions), Dinner at Huitrerie Regis (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Musée d'Orsay, Les Invalides

Another museum, in our three-day itinerary, this morning that of d'Orsay. We sap breakfast from Coffee Cuppa, very close to the museum, with prices starting from 15,00 per person for a full breakfast.

Let's head then visit the Orsay Museum, housed in an old railway station and which houses very important works, especially of the Impressionist current. The Museum is open every day, except Mondays, from 09:30 to 18:00; on Thursdays, it closes at 21pm. The entrance fee is included in the Paris Pass, alternatively, the cost of the ticket is € 45 for adults and € 14,00 for those accompanying a child under 11,00; admission is free for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month, for children under 18, for young people aged 18 to 18 resident in a European Union country and for the disabled.

At the end of our visit, we continue to Les Invalides, a vast Baroque architectural complex, built to assist the disabled in the time of Louis XIV. The structure and the Museo de l'Armée inside can be visited every day from 10:00 to 17:00, from 1 April to 30 September, the closing is postponed to 18:00. The Museum is closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th; admission is included in the Paris Pass, otherwise the cost is € 12,00 for adults, free for under 18s and for the disabled.

2 - Afternoon: Montmartre, Basilica of the Sacred Heart

When it's time for lunch, let's stop at L 'Angle Babylone, a typical and informal place, with a very familiar atmosphere and with prices starting from € 20,00 per person.

We then take metro 8 to Madelaine and continue with line 12, up to Montmartre. We spend the afternoon in this neighborhood, very famous for being the artists' quarter, characterized by many painters who either choose as a background for their paintings. With the Paris Pass, then, we take the funicular that takes us to the Montmrtre hill and visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, accessible for free every day, until 22:30 pm.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Moulin Rouge

Montmartre will also be the location of our evening even if we choose for dinner one of the symbols of the city: the Moulin Rouge. We attend the show of the "Féerie" and enjoy a typical French dinner. Everything lasts 4 hours, with a cost starting from € 185,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,4 km / 1 h and 52 min
  • Places visited: Musée d'Orsay, Les Invalides, Montmartre, Sacré-Coeur Basilica, Moulin Rouge
  • Reserved admission ticket to Musée d'Orsay Sacre Coeur and Montmartre: tour with expert guide Paris: evening tour and show at the Moulin Rouge
  • Breakfast at Cuppa Caffè (Get directions), Lunch at L'Angle Babylone (Get directions), Dinner at Moulin Rouge (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Paris cost

Paris, as well as other cities in central and northern Europe, it is not a cheap destination, both as regards the overnight stay and lunches and dinners in the restaurant. However, it is possible to optimize costs by purchasing in advance the cards dedicated to the use of means of transport and those that include admission to museums.

Here how much a weekend in Paris will cost based on the suggested itinerary:

  • Costs to eat: at least € 140,00 per day per person (for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant). For a low cost weekend, opt for packed lunches or in traditional boulangeries, spending around € 50,00 per day
  • Costs for museums and attractions: We suggest purchasing the Paris Pass, which includes most of the suggested attractions as well as public transport. Cost for 3 days of € 155,50
  • Transportation: included in the Paris Pass
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel & BB starting from € 75,00 per room per night in the Montmartre area -
  • Fun: from € 25,00 per person per day
  • Total cost of a weekend in Paris: from € 530,00 per person (flights excluded)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Paris: for its wealth, Paris is a capital that can be visited all year round; we especially suggest the month of December, to experience the Christmas atmosphere thanks to the magnificent lights and decorations; if you don't like cold temperatures, spring is also a beautiful season
  • Paris has three airports. Charles de Gaulle airport and Orly airport are served by the main national airlines and are connected to the center by very frequent shuttles and buses. The Beauvais airport, on the other hand, is about 80 km from the city and is mainly considered a stopover for low cost airlines; prices from Rome starting from € 65,00 per person round trip
  • Paris is very large and each arrondissement (districts into which the city is divided) is close to one of the capital's attractions. However, due to its centrality, we recommend staying overnight in Montmartre, the bohemian district
  • Getting around: we have said that Paris is a very large city but, at the same time, it is perfectly connected by subway and other public transport, such as the bus. We recommend buying a Transport Card, to be able to take the various rides in peace. Alternatively, you can buy single tickets at a cost of € 1,90, or the block of 10 tickets at a cost of € 14,40

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