What to see in Paris in 5 days

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Martí Micolau

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When you think about a trip in a romantic, suggestive and full of charm one immediately thinks of Paris, the city of art and love. The French capital is visited every day by tourists from all over the world and in a few days it is impossible to discover all its most fascinating and mysterious sides. You have to know how to be satisfied, and enjoy the main attractions and promise to return.

Are you ready to discover this wonderful city? Here what to see in Paris in 5 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days in Paris
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

Wake up early and dedicate the whole morning to one of the most famous museums in the world, the Louvre. The works inside are many, as well as the emotions that will give you (open 9: 00-18: 00, Wednesday and Friday until 21:45, closed on Tuesday). In order not to waste time in the endless queues, we advise you to purchase priority entrance.

Eat something in the Cojean-Louvre restaurant, spending around € 10,00, and then visit the ancient church of San Germano, in flamboyant Gothic style.
Cross the Neuf Bridge and you will be on the islet on the Seine, the Ile de la Citè. Take a walk in Place Dauphine, the French Baroque-style square, where you can have a coffee in the many bars present. The next stop is the Sainte-Chapelle, one of the most important Gothic monuments in Paris (every day 9: 00-17: 00, from 1st April to 30th September until 19:00).
Continue the walk on the Ile de la Citè to the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral. The interiors and the surroundings are closed to the public due to the fire in April 2019, you can admire the intact facade and the exteriors, however wonderful.

For dinner, sit at the tables of Monville Paris, next to the cathedral (cost € 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,9 km / 24 min
  • Places visited: Louvre (€ 15,00), Church of San Germano (free), Ile de la Citè (free), Place Dauphine (free), Sainte Chapppelle (€ 11,50), Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris (free external)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • Louvre Museum: Skip-the-Line Ticket Orsay Museum: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Sainte-Chapelle: Skip-the-Line & Self-Guided Tour
  • Lunch at Cojean Louvre (Get directions), Dinner at Monville Paris (Get directions)

2 day

In Place Charles de Gaulle stands the monument inaugurated in 1836 by Napoleon: the Arc de Triomphe, which celebrates the victory of the French in the battle of Austerlitz.
Stroll along the elegant avenues of the Champs Élysées and reach the famous gardens. Admire the beautiful fountains, the Theater of the Rond-Point and pay a visit to the exhibitions of the Grand Palais, an imposing steel and glass structure from 1900 (10: 00-20: 00 daily, closed Tuesdays. Tickets from € 8,00 ).
You might be nearby visit the Palais de la Dècouverte, museum dedicated to science (Tue-Sat 9: 30-18: 00. Cost € 9,00).

Lunch at the Brasserie La Grand Palais, traditional dishes for around € 30,00.
Now stroll down the busy Rue Jean Goujon. Cross the nearby Pont de l'Alma and reach the Eiffel Tower. The ticket to go up to the top floor with the lift costs € 25,90, and once at the top you can admire the whole view of the city (every day 9: 00-00: 45). Even if it costs a little more, given the endless queues, here too we recommend the skip-the-line ticket

Dinner at Le Petit Suffren, where you can taste something typical (average cost € 28,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,1 km / 52 min
  • Places visited: Arc de Triomphe (free), Champs Élysées (free), Grand Palais (€ 8,00), Palais de la Dècouverte (€ 9,00), Tour Eiffel (€ 25,90)
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • Eiffel Tower: priority access to the second or top floor of the Eiffel Tower and cruise on the Seine
  • Lunch at Brasserie le Grand Palais (Get directions), Dinner at Le Petit Suffren (Get directions)

3 day

Dedicate the day to Montmartre district, the one that during the 800th century was frequented by penniless artists and today is a strong tourist attraction.
Visit the Montmartre Cemetery, where big names like Stendhal, Zola, Dumas, Truffaut are buried.
Get lost in the bohemian streets of the neighborhood, or choose a tour with an expert guide, walking along Rue Lepic, where you will also find the apartment in which Van Gogh lived for two years.

Have lunch in one of the best known places on Rue Lepic, Le Muolin de la Galette (average cost € 35,00).
Walks up to Montmartre Museum, with works by artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Steinlen, Utrillo and many more (every day 10 am-00pm, Mon and Tue until 18pm). From the inside of the museum you have a privileged view of the neighborhood vineyard, the last one left in Paris.
Continue your tour in the Saint-Pierre church, one of the oldest churches in the city, but more famous is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, located on the hill of the neighborhood (free, crypt and dome € 8,00).

Dine now in full relaxation at the tables of Au Soleil de la Butte (spending around € 30,50).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,3 km / 33 min
  • Places visited: Montmartre Cemetery (free), Rue Lepic (free), Montmrtre Museum (€ 9,50), Saint Pierre Church (free), Sacre Coeur Basilica (€ 8,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 83,00
  • Sacre Coeur and Montmartre: tour with an expert guide 2-hour walking tour of Montmartre
  • Lunch at Le Muolin de la Galette (Get directions), Dinner at Au Soleil de la Butte (Get directions)

4 day

Dedicate the whole morning to the Musée d'Orsay: here you will find thousands of works of art, from those of Van Gogh, to those of Manet, Gauguin, Monet (Tue-Sun 9: 30-18: 00, Thursday until 21:45). Also in this case, to save time, we recommend purchasing priority access to skip the queue.

Lunch at Savarin la Table (lunch cost around € 55,00).
In these parts it deserves a visit to the basilica of Santa Clotilde and Valeria, built in neo-Gothic style with spectacular interiors, where the ashes of Santa Clotilde are found, also present in the Pantheon.
Then reach the National Pantheon on foot, walking for about 35 minutes. The imposing building stands on the Sainte-Geneviève hill, in the Latin Quarter, and celebrates the great personalities of the French nation among scholars and writers, such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Pierre and Marie Curie, Zola (every day 10: 00-18: 30, ticket € 11,50).

To end the day, have an excellent aperitif at Cafè de la Nouvelle Marie, a typical bistro, spending around € 25,00 and then stroll through the lively Latin Quarter.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,9 km / 1 h 3 min
  • Places visited: Orsay Museum (€ 12,00), Basilica of Santa Clotilde and Valeria (free), Pantheon (€ 11,50)
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • entrance to the Pantheon and self-guided tour
  • Lunch at Savarin la Table (Get directions), Dinner at Cafè de la Nouvelle Marie (Get directions)

5 day

Last day guided excursion to Versailles or on your own by RER C SARA16St-Quentin-en-Yvelines train from Gare d'Austerlitz (ticket € 4,20, 40 min). The Palace of Versailles was built by Louis XIV, the Sun King, who wanted a spectacular place away from the plots against the monarchy in Paris. The visit to the immense palace lasts a whole day and the ticket costs € 18,00.

Lunch in a refreshment point in the park, at the tables of the La Girandole brasserie (around € 30,00). The main entrance, the Coeur d'honneur, has astonishing dimensions. One of the most visited areas is the Gallery of Mirrors, 73 meters long, 12,30 meters high and 10,50 meters wide, in which to witness magical plays of light. Another very sumptuous room is that of the apartments of Queen Marie Antoinette.
Not least are the King's apartments, located in the oldest part of the building. Outside the building you can stroll through the gardens, among the best known in the world, covering an area of ​​800 hectares. You will walk among fountains, flowers, statues, all studied in detail.

Dine now in the La Petite Venise restaurant, in a real and unique setting (around € 45,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,3 km / 15 min
  • Places visited: Palace of Versailles (€ 18,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • Versailles & Gardens: Entrance & Audio Guide Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour from Paris Full-Day Private Tour of Versailles and Marie Antoinette
  • Lunch at La Giradole (Get directions), Dinner at La Petite Venise (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days in Paris

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

Paris is a city with possibilities for all needs and budgets.
The low cost airline Ryanair arrives at the Beauvais Tille airport, 80 km from Paris, but connected with shuttles from around € 15,00.

Obviously, as in all big cities, the accommodations in the center are quite expensive, but moving to more peripheral districts such as Beneville or Pigalle, it is possible to find hotels and B & Bs at much cheaper prices. To move, the Paris Metro is among the most efficient in Europe, and booklets of tickets can be acquired if deemed necessary. One of the expenses that must be dealt with is certainly the cost of the various museums and palaces, whose entrance is always subject to a fee. In this regard, the purchase of the Paris Pass is useful.

  • starting from € 60,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • Louvre Museum: Timed Entry Ticket 2-Hour Seine River Cruise with Eiffel Tower Lunch, Dinner, Cruise & Champagne at the Moulin Rouge
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 596,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Paris: the best and sunniest period is from May to September. In winter it often rains and the days last less, however at Christmas it is filled with lights and markets - find out more
  • the two main airports are Charles De Gaulle and Orly, at 80 km there is also Beauvais Tille. All three are well connected to the center by shuttle buses (€ 7,70 / 30 min, Beauvais € 15,90 / 90 min), bus and taxi
  • Arrondissement 1 is the district of the Louvre and the most beautiful attractions, but the accommodations are very expensive. Montmartre is the most historic area, with hotels and B & Bs with spectacular views. The low cost districts are Beneville, very popular with artists, and Pigalle, very lively in the evening
  • Getting around: on foot and by public transport. The metro is certainly the most efficient way, with 16 lines indicated by a color and a number. Line 1 passes through the major attractions. Single ticket € 1,90 - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: The Paris Pass is the best known in the city. It includes free visits to 60 attractions, unlimited use of transport and other discounts in restaurants and shops. The cost varies according to the duration (eg: 3 days € 155,00).

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