3-DAY Paris, France | Europe ITINERARY
Paris, France's capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, per Google.
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Must do, must see, must try:
The Eiffel Tower was originally a statue for the World's Fair and meant to be torn down. Good thing it wasn't.
FOOD MUST: ESCARGOT
When in Paris, get outside of your comfort box and try snails that are cooked in butter. Yes, snails but delicious
À VOTRE SANTÉ
Cheers! Enjoy fabulous wine, champagne and everything else you possibly can.
The 3-Day Paris Itinerary
The winter months, December through February, are cheapest while milder times are April to June or October to early November. I visited in June and had perfect weather conditions just before summer heat.
Do not rent a car. You can get everywhere by foot, train, bus or taxi. Paris is made for pedestrians and great for walking.
Paris attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Besides the historical significance, Paris offers delicious food, fashion forward attire and beautiful as well as must see art work. A busy city with very active tourism that won't break your budget if you're cautious; this was a trip I saved for. The atmosphere is ideal for a friends reunion, romantic getaway or a family vacation.
9 AM - Check-in and drop off bags at the hostel
Cafes are along the side of the park - should you need a caffeine break
Photo moment at the Louvre Pyramid
10:30 AM - Visit the Louvre; time spent is 2 hours, $18
Sights to see: Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Dying Slave, Venus de Milo, Lamassus, Liberty Leading the People, Great Sphinx of Tanis, Venus with Three Graces, Law Code of Hammurabi, The Duchess of Villars, where the Pyramid comes through and the Dungeon
1 PM - Lunch at Le Fumoir around the corner ($$$, Modern European)
2 PM - A favorite museum of mine, Musée d’Orsay; time spent is 2-3 hours, $14
Can you find: Small Dancer Aged 14, Luncheon on the Grass, The Circus, Bal du Moulin de la Galette, Banquette de fumoir, Origins of the World, La rue Montorgueil, Fugit Amor, Starry Night and Polar Bear
4:30 PM - Walk down Champs-Elysées for shopping and arrive at the Arc de Triomphe
5:30 PM - Take the tour to the top; time spent is 1 hour, $14
6:30 PM Grab a quick dinner as you make your way to the Eiffel Tower
I had a crepe from a street vendor and it was the most delicious thing I've eaten - and had the luxury of eating it while waiting in line
Jump in line to venture to the top of the Eiffel Tower; time spent 1.5 hours, $20
Breakfast at La Crêperie ($$, Creperies)
9 AM - Visit the Panthéon; time spent is 1 hour, $11
Make sure to note who's buried beneath you
10:30 AM - Catacombs Tour; time spent is 2 hours, $92, there are 130 steps and it's cold so wear walking shoes and bring a jacket
Lunch at Contre Allée ($$$, French)
2 PM - Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris; time spent is 1.5 hours, free
Walk behind to the beautiful little garden
Visit the art market, musicians and other street performers around the area as you make your way to Shakespeare and Company bookshop
4 PM - Centre Georges Pompidou for awesome street performers
Back to the hostel to get ready for the evening festivities
7 PM - Moulin Rouge Dinner Show; time spent is 3+ hours, $110
8:30 AM - Big breakfast at Claus - La Table du Petit-Déjeuner ($$$, Brunch & Breakfast)
11 AM - Hidden Gems & Secret Paris Tour; walking tour - time spent is 1.5 hours, free but tips are appreciated
Since we rushed around a took in as much as possible, this walking tour is a perfect way to get a history lesson and see sights you may have missed
Check out of the hostel
Goodbye Paris. Head Home.
Or take a train to Rome or Paris if you can extend your trip
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I was lucky enough to have Paris as a stop while taking the train from Spain to Rome. My friends and I added an extra weekend to tried to see all the highlights possible. While it may have been a quick stop, Paris is set up to be foot-friendly so getting around to see everything, drank everything was very possible. During the day you might be jumping from stop to stop, but at night the whole city transforms into a magical lite up paradise that you will stop to stare at.
Favorite Moment was eating my crepe sitting on the lawn watching the Eiffel Tower light up at night for the twinkle show. Met a couple who live in Paris and come out once a month to see the lights. They mentioned that each night the show has been different which surprised me. How could something so lovely have been considered for demolition.
Least Favorite Moment was the subway/train stations, they were dirty to say the least. It smelled and was un-kept and over disappointing from most of Paris. Not sure why the stations were neglected in such a manner but it was nasty.
Paris was a great stop and I look forward to returning and seeing more than we could in a weekend. If you're planning a trip, add an outside city to your itinerary like Rome or Paris. It's a simple night train and you wake up in a new city to explore. That's ideal travel.