How To Enjoy Your 4 Days in Paris
Visiting Paris has always been my dream. So I got very thrilled the moment I was finally able to finally make my dream become a reality. I just love how romantic, sophisticated and cultured this city is. Even if I would have loved to stay longer than 4 days in Paris, I still had a whirlwind of travel planned.
If you’re someone like me, I’m sure you will be tempted to rush around and try to squeeze in almost everything in short span. So today, I would like to share with you how to experience the best that Paris has to give to make sure you won’t be missing any of the significant attractions and landmarks.
Are you ready to get charmed by the city of love? Then please keep on reading below.
Things You Should Do In Paris for Four Days
When I made this itinerary for my 4 days in Paris, I focused on the best sights as well as the famous landmarks. Of course, I have to make sure I won’t be missing any must-see attractions. Though you might notice that my itinerary does not include several Paris’ museums, this is because I am not a big fan of art.
Well, this itinerary is just a suggestion; you can change it according to your personal interest.
Day 1: Visiting Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides
After I have settled in my hotel, can you guess what’s the first iconic landmark I visited? Well, you got it right, the Eiffel Tower.
Of course, who could miss one of the world’s biggest tourist magnets? But I have to warn you, the crowds and lines have terribly grown. I even opt to take the stairs on my way up rather than the elevator. This has allowed me to spend more time to enjoy the gorgeous view of the city and to reduce time waiting in line. Anyway, I suggest you’d check out some tips for seeing the Eiffel Tower before actually heading out.
After getting down from the tower, I spent some time walking through the Parc du Champ de Mars. I took a moment to just lounge on the grass. There are so many tourists having a picnic under the shade of the tower and just drinking their wine.
I also dropped by The Wall For Peace, just opposite the Ecole Militaire military school before I finally went to my next destination, Les Invalides. I’m sure you’d love the stunning Golden Dome Of The Hôtel Des Invalides. You can then watch the sunset at Pont Alexandre III and cross the river to Place de la Concorde.
Don't forget to treat yourself to some nice French dinner to for your first night in Paris.
Day 2: Exploring Historic Landmarks and Visiting Louvre
I started my second day with an exploration to Paris'Latin Quarter. I like how artsy the place is especially that it is the heart of Parisian café culture ever since the 1920s. I enjoyed just wandering around the area and get my dose of caffeine in one of the beautiful cafes. You can also drop by at the Pantheon and La Sorbonne, the most popular university in France.
Other places you can visit during the day is Montmartre where you will see the famous sites like Sacre-Coeur Basilica, Moulin Rouge and Place du Tertre where you can also purchase some awesome masterpiece. Just be careful as the maze of steep streets can be confusing that you might get lost.
During the night, I visited the Louvre which has been considered to be the greatest art museum in the world. I suggest you make your visit during Wednesday or Friday evening since the museum will be open until 9:45 PM. Trust me, your visit will be more pleasant if there are lesser crowds.
Also, I just have to warn you that there can be so many ways to get lost in this famous museum and we can't absolutely afford to lose time in this very short span of travel. This is why it is important to know how to visit Louvre.
Day 3: Visiting Île de la Cité
While it was still bright and early, I head on to Île de la Cité for my third day. This place is definitely on top of my Paris go-to. I find this island very interesting so I made sure I will be able to spend a good amount of my visit on this historical part of town. Île de la Cité has remained to be the heart of Paris ever since the city has been founded here.
I also went on to Notre-Dame Cathedral. I did my best to visit the cathedral just after it opens by 8 AM so I can still be able to avoid the crowd. I also went to Sainte-Chapelle and see on my naked eye how it was wonderfully made just by using stained glass windows. I also visited the Conciergerie before ending my trip to a short way to the tiny, peaceful Île Saint-Louis.
Day 4: A trip to Palace of Versailles
I spend my last day in Paris at Palace of Versailles and I must say it was all worth it! There are so many things you can do in Versailles. If you have extra money, I highly recommend hiring a tour guide. Yes, you can purchase audio guides, but it is a whole lot different experience to have a real person in front of you telling you all the fascinating stories.
Don’t miss Le Petit Trianon, Le Grand Trianon as well as Marie Antoinette’s Estate too. However, they are quite far from one another so you should consider how to get from one place to another. For instance, you can ride a mini-train from Palace of Versailles to Le Grand Trianon; this will take you up to 45 minutes.
Other Helpful Travel Tips
1. Where is the Best Place to Stay
Whether this is your first time in Paris or it is your tenth time, the question of where to stay in Paris will still be an important one. To help you out with your choices, I’ve listed down below the best places to stay in Paris.
- Montmartre. This is the most romantic place to stay in Paris since the neighborhood provides breath-taking views. You can even have a picnic on the Sacre Couer’s steps and you will get to see the most magical views.
- 11th Arrondissement. This is the best place for food lovers. You will find almost everything here, from Michelin star establishments to the hippest natural wine bars.
- 1st Arrondissement. This place is highly recommended for anyone who intends to do a lot of sightseeing since it the most famous landmarks are just within the district. It is also a good starting point to getting to several other attractions. I highly recommend Hotel Massena, Citadines République Paris, and Richmond Opera Hotel
- Marais. This place is for everyone who loves to party at night and enjoys bar hopping. It is also recommended for those who love to shop since it is being surrounded by chic boutiques and even international brands for upscale shopping. The luxurious hotel of Le Pavillon de la Reine and Spa is highly recommended.
- Latin Quarter. If you are someone like me who enjoys quitter nights then you can stay at Latin Quarter. This is another great to place to stay especially if you want to be in the central location with classic Parisian charm. The best hotels are Hotel du Levant, Hotel Belloy Saint-Germain by HappyCulture and Hotel Parc St. Severin - Esprit de France
2. Be cautious of pickpockets
Be careful when going around the metro, especially ones near a tourist attraction. If possible, tuck your bag into your body. Don't leave your valuables unattended too.
3. Bring the appropriate shoes
Believe me; you will be surprised how much walking it needs to see the city. Don’t make the same mistake most of the tourist do who learn the lessons of bringing poor shoes the hard way, they end up soothing the blisters they got in the public fountain. So make sure to pack a comfortable footwear.
4. Save money during your travel
There are several ways to save money in Paris, like taking the public transportation too or you can take advantage of Paris’ bike share program. It will only take about €1.70 and is available in Paris for 24/7.
If there’s one city I would not mind visiting whatever the season or the length of stay, it would absolutely be Paris. I just can’t help but fall in love with the city’s old artistic soul, perfect for an introspective like me.
Honestly, I don’t think 4 days in Paris would give it justice but I hope this Paris itinerary has helped you plan your trip. If you still have any more questions, don't hesitate to drop in the comment section below. I would absolutely love to hear from you.
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