A holiday in Paris is everyone’s dream. The popular French city is synonymous with beauty, high style, romance, art, music and so much more. Whenever anyone plans their European vacation, chances are quite high that Paris is on the list! What is the hype about this city? What makes it special? Read on as we take you through our short weekend in Paris. We talk about the Top things to see and do in the Fashion capital of the world. This post is great for anyone who is looking for 3 days in Paris itinerary or who is wondering what to see in Paris in 3 days. However if you are in a time crunch, you can tweek the below itinerary a bit and still see Paris in 2 days. In addition, we also give you some useful travel tips to follow while in the city. Are you ready? Lets get started then.
Traveling to Paris
There are several ways to get to Paris. You can choose to fly down, take the train or even opt for a bus journey depending on how much time you have in hand and your port of origin.
If you are flying into Paris , the you can check here for more details on Visas for France . There are two major airports in France – Orly airport and Charles de Gaulle airport. So you would land in one of these airports. If you decide to touch down at Orly then we recommend you take the Orly Bus which will take you to Central Paris in about 30 minutes and the ride costs you approximately 7.50 Euros. And if you land at Charles de Gaulle Airport , then take the RER Train which will take you Gare du Nord in 35 minutes for 10 Euros. The train leaves from terminal 3 of the airport
If rail is your option, then its a good idea as there are several day trips by train to Paris. You can take the EuroStar train if you are in any of the European cities and travel to Paris in no time.
If you decide to take the road and commute by bus then we recommend you check out these service providers as they provide reasonable and comfortable rides. Our options for you are Flixbus ,Eurolines and GoEuro.
Exploring Paris/ How to travel around Paris?
The best way to see Paris is to explore the city is by foot. Just wear a good pair of comfortable shoes and get moving and discover the beautiful city. If you fancy a taxi ride, we suggest you take the Uber as its easier to pay using your card. Metro is another brilliant means of transport. Paris Metro is well connected with 16 lines and is a great option to move around within the city. Make sure to carry a metro map. You can buy the tickets from the ticket booth situated in the metro station. Buying 10 tickets at once is cheaper than getting the Paris metro all day pass. The single ticket can be used only by one person whereas if you get the 10 ticket pass, you can split it amongst other travelers and it is also works out cheaper. And if you are really on a tight schedule, then the best way to see the city’s most famous sights is by booking the hop on/hop off tour.Buying the ticket online is cheaper.
3 days in Paris – Paris Attractions to visit
– No trip to Paris
would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. One of the most iconic constructions in the World, the Tower was built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel. Every hour from 10 PM until 1 a.m. the Eiffel Tower shimmers and sparkles. Make sure you visit this beauty during the day and night 🙂 Unarguably , one can enjoy the best views of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower. You can book your tickets in advance by logging into their official website and save several hours of waiting time. To purchase your tickets click Eiffel Tower Official Website
. Eiffel tower , is one of the most popular Paris attractions and you must make sure you click some great selfies there for memory sake. On another note, did you know that Eiffel Tower was supposed to be in Barcelona, Spain?
2.The Louvre – is the world’s most visited and world’s largest museum . Its a Paris must-see. I.M. Pei was the architect behind the glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre. Some of the world’s finest pieces of art can be found here, including da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa (known as “La Joconde” in French). Other works include “Venus De Milo” (ca. 130-100 B.C.), Michelangelo’s “The Rebellious Slave” (1513), “The Seated Scribe” (ca. 2600 B.C.) and The Louvre Pyramid, designed by I.M. Pei (1989). You can buy your tickets online to skip the queue or you can also buy them from the counter at the museum for 12 euros ! If you or your spouse is an Accenture Employee, you can get free tickets to visit Louvre . All you have to do is take your Accenture Id card along 🙂 The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. Be ready to spend a couple of hours in there to really appreciate the art work displayed.
3. Notre Dame de Paris – A beautiful Gothic styled Cathedral which is built in the 14th century. Make sure you are dressed appropriately to enter the church. Visitors in shorts, short skirts, bare shoulders are not entertained. To discover the true immensity of the cathedral, join the fast-moving queue to step inside.The church is beautiful inside. Make sure to take time to appreciate the beautiful stained-glass windows 🙂
4. The Arc de Triomphe – a symbol of the French nation and it quite resembles the India Gate 🙂 There is a tomb of an unknown soldier which remains under the arc. The walk on Champs – Elysees will lead you to The Arc de Triomphe. The glamorous Champs Elysées is home to huge stores including Cartier, Swarovski, Levi’s and Abercrombie & Fitch, don’t forget to indulge in a little retail therapy! ! Lots of eateries and pubs are situated in the pocket roads . You will find Ferraris and other pricey cars on the street! you can rent one of those cars by paying 90 euros for a 20 minute drive.
5. The Grand Magasins – Lafayette and Printemps Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are the two of the grandest shops in Paris – if not the world! Here you’ll find all of the world’s most glamorous brands, from Chanel and Dior to Yves Saint Laurent… Even if you don’t want to shop, the glamorous window displays, glitzy interiors and beautiful domes are well worth a visit. We highly recommend you visit it in the evening just so that you can experience the fascinating touristy vibe the place has to offer. If you are really into purchasing clothes, shoes, cosmetics and perfumes, then Paris is the place! Be sure to find the best of all in the grand malls and boutiques mentioned above.
6.The Sacré Coeur Cathedral -The beautiful church is located at the very top of the famous Montmartre district. Montmarte is a high range area and Therefore the view of paris from up is absolutely stunning To make the climb up to the Cathedral as easy as possible, you can take the funicular railway for the price of a metro ticket. For those with a little more energy, climb the stairs up to the church just next to the funicular. When you arrive at the top, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most beautiful views over Paris. The Cathedral is open from 6 am to 10.30 pm .There is no fee to visit this church. No need for reservation for group visits! However, the bell tower is not open to visitors! The interiors of the church are stunning and its very peaceful! We visited the church When it was pouring but still enjoyed climbing the stairs and getting on top 🙂 Also, in the little Rue de Steinkerque, you will find throngs of people. Follow them to find the street that has been infected by T-shirt shops and trinket peddlers. You are sure to find something for yourself to take back home 🙂
7. The Pont Alexandre III – This bridge connects the Champs Elysées quarter and the neighbourhoods around the Eiffel Tower. Built in the 19th century and is the grandest bridge in the city. In 2011, the famous English singer Adele shot her music video on this very bridge! People often rave about the Charles Bridge in Prague. Having visited both, we feel this bridge is more stunning 🙂 The beauty of the grand lamps is truly a class apart! Dont you think?
8. Rue Cler – Located near the Eiffel Tower, this street is filled with good Parisian eateries. It’s one of our favourite streets in the city. You ought to try the Crepes, Macarons, Eclairs ,Croissants and Baguettes while in Paris. Forget those diets and just indulge in some sinfully delish gourmet. If you are still calorie conscious, head onto Bastille Market and savour some fresh fruits. We bet you are going to love the experience.
9. Pont des Art / Love Lock Bridge -The beautiful bridge over the River Seine is full of colorful padlocks hung by the locals and tourists depicting their everlasting love. We were not sure if we would find a lock on reaching the bridge, so we bought one from a local store in Holland before departing to Paris. To give it a customised feel, i painted our initials on one side and drew a heart on the other side with my nailpaint! Uff..necessity is truly the mother of invention 🙂 Pretty sure the names got washed off in no time but who cares right? Its all about the experience and the beautiful memories we created. So we got our lock hooked onto the bridge and the husband flung the key.
10. Church of Saint Francis Xavier -A beautiful church dedicated to Francis Xavier. Again a must visit for the grand interiors. We can never get enough of the magnificent stained glass painting. If you love visiting old churches, then you ought to add this beauty to your list. The weekend mass schedule is as follows:
Sunday 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday 6:30 PM
11. Disneyland – No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to Disneyland. 🙂 Go and unleash the child within you :):) Its a great place if have one full day to yourself and wondering what to do. And if you have children accompanying you, then this is surely a must visit. There are several activities and shows, restaurants and bars, shops and spas. Options are just limitless. Even though the park is situated slightly away from the main city ,you can easily take one of the coach tours to Disneyland Paris. While you are here, if shopping is you thing then you maybe interested in the designer shopping village called La Vallee Village. They sell big brands like Burberry, Lancome etc at discounted prices.
When is the best time to travel to Paris?
Honestly there is no best time. It all depends on what you are looking out for. Paris is great in all seasons. But we think the Best time to visit Disneyland is during winter. We just love the total feel during Christmas season.
Summer (June to August)– Its great to visit the city in Summer especially in June and July. August can be too hot as temperatures rise rapidly and can leave you all sweaty and tired! The city is crowded during Summer with tons of tourists pouring in from different parts of the world. Also since it is “the season” to be in Paris, the hotel prices will be high. Events happening during Summer in Paris- Fete de Saint Denis (June) , Fete de la Musique (June), Tour de France (July), Bastille Day (July).
Fall/ Autumn (September to November)- Great weather during the day. Nights can be slightly cool yet pleasant. Since it is low season, you will find great deals when it comes to ticket booking for airlines and accommodation. Also, Paris during fall is a visual street. The notable festivals in Paris during Fall – Fete d’ Automne( September to December), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (October), Armistice Day (November)
Winter (December to February)– Cheapest season to travel. December can still be expensive due to the fancy christmas markets and holiday season. January and February would definitely be cheaper to travel but the weather is sure to be very cold. Fete de St Slyvestre (December) is a popular activity that happens during this period.
Spring (March to May)-Great time again as you get to see the city in full bloom. However, be prepared for some downpours. Hence we highly recommend you carry your umbrella. Foire du Trone( March), International Marathon of Paris ( April), French Open Tennis Championship (May) are notable festivals during this season.
Staying in Paris
There are multiple options available when it comes to staying in Paris. The closer you are to the city centre, the rates would be higher.The rates for accommodation purely depend on the season you are looking to travel. Be prepared to pay more during Summer months. However if you want a cheap stay, then travel during the colder months which are otherwise termed as the off season.We recommend you use the Airbnb
if staying in a hotel is just not your thing. If you have no clue on how to get started on booking through Airbnb then read my article on AirBnb tips for first timers
Things to buy in Paris
Perfumes, Cosmetics, Handmade soaps ,Cheese ,Souvenirs to take back home for your loved ones and Wine
Paris Travel Tips:
If you are looking to travel faster from Charles de Gaulle airport, we recommend the RER B Express service train for a faster ride
It is always good to learn a few basic phrases in French that would help you converse better with the locals while in the city. Not something elaborate but maybe some simple words like Merci, Bonjour, Au revoir, Etc. We recommend you download the DuoLingo app.
The weather in Paris is very tricky. We have been there twice and we felt the weather was unpredictable. So it is wise to check the weather before you step out and also dress appropriately. Pack a poncho or umbrella for the rainy days.
Beware of pickpocketers , they are there everywhere just like in other popular cities.
Tipping is an important part of french dining culture.
Most shops are closed on Sundays except for the big malls.
One hour Sundown Cruise on River Seine is highly recommended. Purchase the ticket as a combo with the Big Bus tour and save a few euros.
Do not purchase souvenirs from the local vendors near the Eiffel Tower for two reasons. Firstly, they are pricey and second they are illegal sellers. So as a tourist the least you can do is not promote the black market.
You can buy the Paris Pass if you are planning to visit multiple attractions.
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