How to Spend 4 Days in Paris Itinerary for First-Timers

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Romantic and charming, the city of lights is among the most visited capitals in Europe.

Paris est toujours une bonne idee.”, said Audrey Hepburn in the movie Sabrina. She wasn’t wrong. And hence I spent 4 days in Paris in the winter, but I can’t get enough of it. So now I’m basically trying to convince Frank that we need to stay for 4 days in Paris, again, but this time in the summer. Let’s see, it might work 😉 

Anyway, Paris is a must for every person traveling to Europe as the city is jam-packed with exciting attractions. Excellent museums, architecture, wine, and food are to be found almost in every corner. And I’m not exaggerating.

Well, if you’re going to spend 4 days in Paris, this guide is exactly what you need to have a fantastic time in the French capital. I’ve listed a few tips for visiting Paris, my take on the Paris Pass, a printable travel planner, and your perfect Paris itinerary, including where to stay, how to get around the city, and a map with all locations here mentioned divided by day (you’re welcome).

Literally everything you need to get the most out of your trip to Paris.

Long Weekend in Paris Itinerary

This itinerary considers that you have four full days in Paris and maybe an extra day to visit nearby places, such as Versailles. However, if you don’t have an extra day but still want to go to Versailles anyway (so 3 days in Paris and 1 in Versailles), this itinerary can also serve you well. Just tweak it a little bit, and you’re ready to go.

Want to know what to do in Paris in 4 days? Read on!



Travel tips for your 4 days in Paris itinerary

  • Wrap up if you’re going on the top floor of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, or any high building as it is windy up there;
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will walk a lot;
  • Remember to have snacks and water in your purse;
  • Order preferably the menu of the day in restaurants as it *usually* is cheaper;
  • Enjoy plenty of gratuities in museums and churches if you’re a European citizen and under 26 years old or a Europe long-term resident (over three months);
  • Bring your student ID to get a discount on some attractions;
  • Beware of your surroundings as Paris is jam-packed not only with tourists but also with pickpockets;
  • Consider purchasing a Paris Pass to have free access to 60 museums and galleries, and some other discounts/ tours. I’ll explain more about it below;
  • If you don’t need the Paris Museum Pass, be sure to buy your digital skip-the-line ticket because queues in Paris are no joke. I’ll indicate those tickets below;
  • Some museums have discounts for those who are between 18-25 years old independent of their country of residence or nationality. Always check that.
View of the glass pyramid next to the Louvre Museum in Paris #travel #europe #paris #france
City of lights
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Is the Paris Pass worth it?

First, decide upon your itinerary using this travel guide and write down the places you want to visit in those 4 days in Paris. Put it all on paper. All museums, historic buildings, monuments, everything! If you’re not a European citizen under 26 years old, chances are you will have to pay for the full price for all attractions, and that’s expensive, especially if you’re staying 4 days in Paris and not only 1 or 2 days. You will also need a public transport card to get from one place to another, which can cost around 40 euros for that period.

To help you organize all of that, I’ve made a travel planner where you can put all this info organized on a paper; you just have to fill it in. Click here to have access to our free VIP library.

Anyway, the with the Paris Pass you get:

  • Skip-the-line Museum Pass to over 60 museums, monuments, and galleries, such as Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise, Arc de Triomphe, Versailles, Pantheon;
  • Travel Pass for public transport;
  • One day ticket to the hop-on-hop-off bus;
  • Wine tasting tour;
  • River Seine cruise, and much more!

*Unfortunately, it isn’t skip-the-line for Versailles.

Anyway, print the travel planner I mentioned above, write down all info regarding prices, check which one of those attractions are free when using the pass, and compare these two lists.

In a nutshell: the pass is worth if this is your first time in Paris and you want to go to lots of places, but don’t want to wait in line (The skip-the-line feature is a life-saver especially if you’re during the weekend in Paris or high season).

Click here to see the price and read more reviews about the Paris Pass.

Eiffel tower in Paris on a sunny day and clear sky. #travel #europe #paris #france
The one: Eiffel Tower

Where to stay in Paris

You might be wondering which arrondissement to stay in so you can have easy access to most attractions in Paris. Well, I’d say from the 3rd arrondissement (Le Marais) until the 6th (Saint German des Pres) is where you can find the hotels with the best locations.

Accommodations in Paris can be costly, but the Hotel Des Mines is a decent and affordable option in the 5th arrondissement. At a walk distance to the Luxembourg Gardens, to a supermarket, ATM, and the metro station, the area couldn’t be better at their price. It’s not costly for Paris. Rooms have free WiFi, hairdryer, and a TV.

Click here to see the price and read more reviews about the Hotel Des Mines.

If you want a little more comfort than the later, check out the Grand Hotel des Balcons in the 6th arrondissement. The location is also perfect: near the Luxembourg Gardens and a walk distance to the metro. This art nouveau hotel is surrounded by restaurants (and some good bookstores too). All rooms include TV, hairdryer, free WiFi, and wardrobe. Moreover, this area is safe for female travelers.

Click here to see the price and read more reviews about the Grand Hotel des Balcons.

Louvre Pyramid during the day #travel #europe #paris #france
View from Louvre



4 days in Paris Itinerary – Day 1

As I said, I’ve divided this guide into a 4-day itinerary Paris. Feel free to invert the days as it suits you.

Eiffel Tower

Gustav Eiffel had no idea how famous his last name would become when he designed and built the most recognizable tower in the world. Over 6 MILLION people ascend the structure every year to see Paris from another angle. Inspired by the design of the Latting Observatory in New York City, the Eiffel Tower in Champ de Mars was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.

So, there is no better way to start your Paris itinerary than here. The 1063-foot-tall tower (324-meters-high) has three levels that you can reach by stairs and elevator, except the last one. I will explain:

The first level has a glass floor, and you can ascend to it by either staircase or elevator. On the second floor, you can find a pricey 5-star Michelin restaurant (also reached either by stair or elevator). To achieve the summit, you must take the elevator. While on the top floor, you will have one of the most breathtaking views over Paris. Try to spot the Louvre and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

View of the street from the summit of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
Are you dizzy yet?

Fun fact: The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the world.

Admission: The ticket price to ascend varies depending on how you decide to go up – note that these prices aren’t for skip-the-line tickets:

  1. Staircase until the 2nd floor + elevator to the third costs around 19 euros
  2. Lift to all levels until the summit costs 25 euros.

Click here to buy a tour + skip-the-line tickets for the Eiffel Tower.

Regardless of the ticket you buy, note that you can stop at the intermediate floors to take pictures and try to spot famous attractions across the city.

Opening hours: From end June to beginning September 9AM-00.45AM. Rest of year 9.30AM-23.45PM (by elevator) and 9.30AM-6.30PM (stairs).

After you have ascended the tower, stroll around the Champ de Mars and Trocadero Gardens to take some good pictures of the tower. The view of the Eiffel tower from across the river is astonishing.

Eiffel Tower lit up in the evening #travel #europe #paris #france
Eiffel Tower in the evening: magical!
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Les Invalides

This 17th-century complex was first built to house a hospital for disabled war veterans. Today it is home to many other institutions and museums of the army, such as the Musee de l’Armee and the Dome des Invalides, which is the church that hosts the tomb of Napoleon, among other national heroes.

I didn’t go inside to see his tomb, and I regret it, so if you want to see the grave of one of the most famous men in the Western World, this is your chance.

Pssst: The view of Les Invalides from the Alexandre III Bridge is impressive.

Admission: 12 euros for the ticket. Click here to buy a skip-the-line ticket for Dome des Invalides.

Free entrance with the Paris Pass.

Opening hours Dome Church: Every day 10AM-5PM winter and fall, 10AM-7PM summer and spring.

Dome des Invalides in Paris. Napoleon's tomb. #travel #europe #paris #france
Dome des Invalides
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Lunchtime

If you want to have a decent lunch, be sure to stop by Cosi Restaurant at Saint Germain des Pres neighborhood. Food is affordable and delicious. The staff is also friendly, and you might find yourself going back to it for dinner.

Opening hours: 12PM-11PM.

Church of Saint-Sulpice

Have you ever read (or watched) the novel Da Vinci Code? In this fiction, they show the Church of Saint-Sulpice (in French: Eglise St-Sulpice), among other sites and art pieces in Paris.

Note that Dan Brown changed the meaning of all elements in the church to adapt to the story. The Catholic Church of Saint-Sulpice has nothing to do with paganism, nor the Priory of Sion, but it is nevertheless a beautiful place to visit in Paris. The interior is highly detailed, and it has a somber look. I like it.

Admission: Free entrance.

Opening hours: Every day 7.30AM-7.30PM.

Church of Saint Sulpice in Paris. The DaVinci Code church. #travel #europe #paris #france
Saint Sulpice

Luxembourg Gardens

These 17th-century gardens are split into French gardens and English gardens, which are divided by a large pond. Also in these gardens, other exciting things are to be found. Like greenhouses with a collection of stunning orchids and a rose garden, a farm with an array of rare apple and pear trees, and the Medici Fountain.

You don’t have to visit all of these areas inside the garden, but just so you know a little more about it. 😉

Nevertheless, the garden is well taken care of, and this is a pleasant place to relax a bit. In the summer months, locals enjoy sitting in the Luxembourg Gardens, talk to friends, play chess, tennis or just relax a bit.

Admission: Free entrance.

Opening hours: Every day 7.30AM-9.30PM in the summer and 8.15AM-4.30PM in the winter.

Luxembourg Gardens and Palace in Paris in a sunny day with clear sky. #travel #europe #paris #france
Relax a little and enjoy the nature
Luxembourg gardens in Paris, France. #travel #europe #paris #france
Wander through the Luxembourg gardens

Pantheon of Paris

Only those considered of some influence in the country’s identity are buried in a Pantheon. That’s no different with the Pantheon in the Latin Quarter of Paris.

Notable people are buried here, such as Rousseau, Voltaire, Alexandre Dumas, and Victor Hugo. The crypt also accommodates an interesting permanent exposition about their lives.

Architecture-wise, the Pantheon is genuinely breathtaking. You’ll feel tiny once you walk in. The tall columns and huge statues on pedestals make you feel like you’re walking into a remarkable temple.

Admission: 9 euros for the ticket.

Free entrance with Paris Pass.

Opening hours: Everyday 10AM-6PM.

Columns in the interior of the Pantheon in Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
Pantheon and its huge columns

Saint-Etienne-du-Mont Church

Just a few steps from the Pantheon, you’ll find Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, a beautiful gothic church. The first chapel built on this ground was in the 6th-century. As the centuries past, they created a new church, the bell tower, and all other elements to make it a gorgeous, gothic French church. Saint-Etienne was the patron saint of Paris.

Fun fact: The rood screen was carved in 1545.

Admission: Free entrance.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 8AM-7.45PM, Saturday 8.45AM-12PM and 2PM-7.45PM, Sunday 8.45AM-12.15PM and 2PM-7.45PM.

During school holidays: Tuesday-Sunday 10AM-12PM and 4PM-7.45PM.

Saint Etienne du Mont church facade in Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
The facade of Saint Etienne du Mont

Catacombs of Paris

Over 6 million people were brought to this ossuary from many cemeteries across Paris at the end of the 18th-century. The reason for this is that graves represented a sanitary risk to the population. So, throughout two years, all bones of millions of Parisians were transferred to this place.

A creepy and yet interesting attraction to visit in Paris, right? I have mixed feelings about it, mainly because the bones are arranged in what I would call “decorative” displays. Well, the tour takes around 45 minutes, and only 200 people can visit it at the same time.

Be sure to bring a coat even if you’re traveling to Paris during the summer. The temperature in the catacombs drops to 57 F/ 14-degrees Celsius.

Admission: Around 10 euros, but you have to wait in line. Buy skip-the-line tickets and save time in Paris.

Opening hours: Closed on Mondays. Tuesday-Sunday 10AM-8.30PM.

Skulls next to each other in a wall of the Catacombs of Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
Skulls in the Catacombs of Paris
Bones forming a wall in the catacombs of Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
Walls of bones

Dinner time

Have dinner in an affordable and typical French restaurant at the 5th arrondissement. Besides having excellent food, Bouillon Racine also has a great selection of wines. Try their duck confit and creme brulee.

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 12PM-11PM.



4 days in Paris Itinerary – Day 2

Louvre Museum

The world’s largest museum and one of the most beautiful ones, in my opinion, is also the attraction number 2 of tourists when in Paris. This means you should consider buying a skip-the-line ticket.

Located at the 1st arrondissement, the Louvre holds thousands of piece of arts of the Western world from the medieval period to the 19th-century. It also showcases art pieces from the Islamic and the Ancient World.

Some of the highlights of the exposition are Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Antioch’s Venus de Milo, Caravaggio’s Death of the Virgin, Pythokritos’ Winged Victory, and the Law Code of Hammurabi.

Pro tip: A visit to the museum in the evening might mean fewer crowds. The Louvre closes at 9PM on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Admission: Around 17 euros for tickets. Click here to buy skip-the-line tickets for the Louvre Museum.

Free entrance with Paris Pass.

Opening hours: Closed on Tuesdays. Wednesday and Friday 9AM-9.45PM. Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 9AM-6PM.

Brunette wearing red scarf smiling at the camera in front of the pyramid of the Louvre Museum in Paris #travel #europe #paris #france
Bonjour, mon amour!
Many tourists taking photos of the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum in Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
This photo isn’t motivating, but that’s how crowded it can get.

Lunchtime

After seeing so many beautiful art pieces, it’s time for a decent lunch. Not far from the Louvre you’ll find the old-fashioned Bistrot Victoires. If I may recommend a dish, try the delicious rump steak and the pudding creme brulee for dessert. Dishes and glasses of wine are both affordable in this bistro (or is it too early to drink? Well, it’s happy hour somewhere).

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-11.30PM. Weekends 10AM-11.30PM.

Musee d’Orsay

The Musee d’Orsay has the world’s most extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art, and most of its collection are French pieces from the second half of the 19th-century to the beginning of WWI.

Based in a former railway station, the museum has a unique decoration that resembles a large (but fancy) train station. Also, the museum’s restaurant is almost an art piece by itself.

Admission: 14 euros for the ticket. If you buy the tickets to the Musee lÓrangerie and Musee d’Orsay together, you pay around 22 euros for both. Click here to purchase skip-the-lines tickets. Free entrance on the first Sunday of the month.

Free admission with Paris Pass.

Opening hours: Closed on Mondays. Thursday 9.30AM-9.45PM. Other days 9.30AM-6PM.

Museum d'Orsay interior in Paris, France. #travel #europe #paris #france
The Museum d’Orsay is in a former train station
Shadows against the daylight passing through a clock-window in the Museum d'Orsay in Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
4 Days in Paris: Must-take picture!
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Orangerie Museum

Musee De l’Orangerie has beautiful artworks of the impressionism and post-impressionism movement. The highlight of the permanent collection is Monet’s “Water Lilies.” These are eight panels spread across 299 ft/ 91 meters in two rooms. A stunning painting and worth the visit.

Musee l’Orangerie isn’t a large museum, but you can still find some big names there, such as Renoir, Rousseau, and Modigliani.

Fun fact: The first building was built as a winter shelter for orange trees of the Tuileries Palace.

Admission: 9 euros for the ticket. If you buy the tickets to the Musee lÓrangerie and Musee d’Orsay together, you pay around 22 euros for both. Click here to purchase skip-the-lines tickets. Free entrance on the first Sunday of the month.

Free admission with Paris Pass.

Opening hours: Closed on Tuesdays. Wednesday-Monday 9AM-6PM.

Place de la Concorde

At this square, Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were beheaded in a public execution right before the end of the French Revolution. Despite this tragic historical moment of France, Place de la Concorde is quite beautiful and simple. Two stunning fountains and an Egyptian obelisk decorate square.

Fountain des Mers at Place de la Concorde in Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
The fountain and the obelisk at the Place de la Concorde

Champs-Élysées

Paris most prestigious avenue, Champs-Élysées, runs from Place de la Concorde until the Arc de Triomphe (around 1.2 mi/ 2 km). This avenue is famous for having costly stores, but some familiar brands are slowly opening retails stores there, such as H&M.

Anyway, this avenue is a place worth seeing while in Paris because it is one of the reasons people call it City of Lights. The lights shining everywhere here are inspiring. Champs-Élysées is so inspiring that the Elisabeta Boulevard in Bucharest was made after it. Actually, plenty of buildings in the Romanian capital have French architecture. There is even a triumphal arch very similar to the one below in Bucharest.

Fun fact: Champs-Élysées means Elysian Fields, the paradise for dead heroes in the Greek mythology.

Blue and green street bord of the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
The famous Champs-Élysées Avenue
Two men walking on the sidewalk of the Champs-Élysées in Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
The avenue is more glamorous in the evening when the lights shine

Arc de Triomphe

Time to head to the Arc de Triomphe, a 164-foot-tall monument (50-meters-high) that honors the people who fought and died during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.

Walk around and under the arch to read the inscriptions on the walls. You can find the name of the battles they won and general’s names (the underlined names belong to the men who died in the battlefield). Moreover, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers from the WWI is also underneath the arch, and it has an eternal flame on it. Be sure to take a leaflet to learn about the sculptures on the arch and their meanings.

Ascend the arch by elevator to reach the attic. There is a small exposition there. Then, take the stairs to have a breathtaking view of Paris. Yes, another one. If you have a zoom lens, you can take amazing photos from the Louvre, Sacré-Cœur, and the Eiffel Tower. The Arc de Triomphe is located on a roundabout that connects twelve avenues. As a result, you can take interesting photos of the roads.

Fun fact: The eternal flame underneath the arch inspired Jacqueline Kennedy to request an eternal flame for John F. Kennedy’s grave.

Admission: 12 euros for the ticket. Click here to buy a skip-the-line ticket for the Arc de Triomphe.

Free entrance with Paris Pass.

Opening hours: Every day 10AM-11.30PM from October to March, 10AM-11PM from April to September.

Eternal flame under the Arc de triomphe in Paris #travel #europe #paris #france
Eternal flame under the arch
Cars riding around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris #travel #europe #paris #france
Arc de Triomphe
View over Parisian houses and the Eiffel Tower #travel #europe #paris #france
Arc de Triomphe’s view

Dinner time

It might sound crazy that a restaurant near the Eiffel Tower might be affordable, especially if they serve traditional French food, but this place does exist. Les Cocottes is a cozy restaurant with great atmosphere and friendly staff. Be sure to try ravioli, it’s delicious.

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 12PM-11PM.

Watch a Burlesque show in a French cabaret

Burlesques shows have been part of the French culture for centuries. And don’t think for a second the show has anything to do with striptease or obscene performances. Even though some cabarets do have nudity, they are very professional. It’s a classy and artistry act.

Burlesque is a type of performance art that is connected to literature, music, and the empowering of women. And while this show was forbidden for years in several countries around the world, France was chilled out about it.

Anyway, the best places to watch a real French cabaret show are at Le Lido and at Moulin Rouge (Le Lido is usually a tad more affordable than Moulin Rouge). Either way, it’s a fantastic experience that you won’t forget.

Click here to book a ticket for Le Lido, or here to book tickets for Moulin Rouge.

Red windmill and facade of the Moulin Rouge in Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
Moulin Rouge in Montmartre

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4 days in Paris Itinerary – Day 3

Shakespeare and Co Bookstore

I don’t know you, but I’m a bookworm. So when I see cute bookstores like this one, I’m in heaven, and Shakespeare and Co. has new and old books for all tastes.

Unfortunately, the place is a victim of its popularity, and there’s often a queue to get in. Regardless of the crowds, this bookstore is still worth a visit. Also, have a coffee at their cafe on the corner to do some people watching.

Pssst: Be sure to go up to the 1st floor in the bookshop to spot their cat.

Opening hours: Every day 10AM-10PM.

Green facade of the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
Shakespeare & Co Bookstore

Explore the Ile de la Cite

The heart of Paris, Ile de la Cite, houses essential and historical buildings, such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Hotel Dieu, the Palace of Justice, Conciergerie, and the St. Chapelle. So, wander through the streets of the island before you visit these constructions. Also, stroll around the Square du Vert-Galant, an adorable park by the water’s edge.

Notre-Dame of Paris

Possibly one of the most beautiful churches I’ve visited in Europe, the 13th-century Notre-Dame Cathedral is a characteristic French gothic building that will give you goosebumps. The interior is barely illuminated, and the stained glass windows add some mysterious air to this sacred place. Have you watched the Hunchback of Notre-Dame? It’s exactly like the movie (♥).

Anyway, all decoration elements have a meaning – all the gargoyles, the facade, and the statues. Grab a leaflet at the entrance to learn more about them. Furthermore, don’t forget to climb the bell tower just outside the cathedral on the left side when you face the building, the view is also.

Admission: Free entrance to the church. Crypt: 5 euros. Bell tower: 10 euros.

Opening hours: Every day 7.45AM-6.45PM (7.15PM on weekends).

Pssst: Looking for a quiet place to admire the Notre Dame? While facing the church turn left, you’ll see a blue door. This is the Hotel Dieu, the oldest hospital in Paris. The hospital is still functioning but not entirely, so you can explore a few inhabited halls and the balcony, above a garden, which is a peaceful place to eat your lunch maybe.

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Notre Dame facade
Candelabras in the Notre Dame in Paris #travel #europe #paris #france
Dark and mysterious halls
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Sainte-Chapelle

Impressive stained glass windows and a starry ceiling are the main aspects of the Sainte Chapelle. I don’t really have words to describe it. It’s remarkable. The royal Sainte-Chapelle, also built in the classic Gothic style, has one of the most extensive stained glass collections in the world.

Well, they’re not just impressive, they’re actually telling a story which you can learn about by scanning it with the camera of your phone. To discover what the stained glass windows mean, download the free app Sainte-Chapelle stained glass (available for Android and iPhone).

Admission: 10 euros for a ticket. If you buy the tickets to the Sainte-Chapelle and Conciergerie together, you pay 15 euros for both. Click here to buy the skip-the-line tickets.

Free entrance with Paris Pass.

Opening hours: Every day 9AM-5PM from October to March and 9AM-7PM from April to September.

Purple stained glass windows in the Saint Chapelle in Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
Look at those stained glass windows

Conciergerie

A former royal residence that became a prison around 1392, the Conciergerie was the place where they kept the infamous French Queen, Marie Antoinette, and her husband, King Louis XVI until they were beheaded at the Place de la Concorde.

So, to learn more about the French Revolution and the history of this macabre building, the Conciergerie is a must-stop. Not to mention that the French Revolution is a crucial part of France’s history. Moreover, this building is part of the Palace of the City.

The Palace of the City (Palais de la Cite) is a complex composed by the Sainte-Chapelle, Conciergerie, and the Palace of Justice.

Admission: 9 euros for a ticket. If you buy the tickets to the Conciergerie and Sainte-Chapelle together, you pay 15 euros for both. Click here to buy the skip-the-line tickets.

Free entrance with Paris Pass.

Opening hours: Every day 9.30AM-6PM.

Dark halls at the Conciergerie in Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
Conciergerie

Stroll around the Pompidou Center Area

This artistic complex houses the most significant modern art museum in Europe (Musee National d’Art Modern). Just so you know, the exhibitions and artworks are fantastic here!

The design of the complex is a bit peculiar though. The Pompidou Center building has huge pipes running vertically on its facade as well as iron wires and staircases. It has a bit of industrial feeling.

Admission:14 euros for the ticket. Click here for the skip-the-line ticket.

Free entrance with Paris Pass.

Opening hours: Closed on Tuesdays. Friday-Monday and Wednesday 11AM-10PM. Thursday 11AM-11PM.

Children playing at the Pompidou center area in Paris #travel #europe #paris #france
Children playing next to the Pompidou Center
White graffiti of man holding his finger in front of his mouth at Pompidou area, Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
Graffiti near the Pompidou Center

Cruise the Seine River

This 4 days in Paris guide had to have a Seine river cruise. Paris is exceptionally charming, and at night the city of lights gets a new appeal.

You can either take a simple cruise or a cruise + dinner at the Seine River. At Bateaux Parisiens, they serve a decent 3-course meal. If you choose for the 8PM dinner, which lasts longer, there will be live music too. I must be honest, it’s a bit pricey, after all, this is Paris. The city is pricey.

If having dinner in the cruise will break the bank, stop by Fermier Gourmet. A barbecue restaurant with great options of vegetables too.

Fermier Gourmet Opening hours: Monday-Friday 11.30AM-2.45PM and 7PM-10.30PM. Weekends 12PM-3.30PM and 7PM-10.30PM.

* A River Cruise without dinner is included in the Paris Pass.

View over the Seine River in Paris. #travel #europe #paris #france
Sunset in the city of the lights



4 days in Paris Itinerary – Day 4

Le Louxor Cinema

A renovated 1921 cinema in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, Le Louxor is a remarkable historical monument. It has 3 rooms beautifully decorated of which the first one, the larger, is a masterpiece of Egyptomania. The facade also resembles the Egyptian design.

Well, if you have time, why not watch a movie here?

Explore Montmartre, the 18th arrondissement

Montmartre is perhaps the most romantic area of the city. If you’re traveling for 4 days in Paris, you must spend some time wandering through the cobblestone streets of the neighborhood. The area has excellent and also cozy cafes where you will want to have some coffee and do some people watching.

A few windmills here and there, an artistic atmosphere and even a vineyard, Montmartre is a lively neighborhood you won’t want to miss.

Old man wearing black clothes walking in a narrow street in Montmartre #travel #europe #paris #france
Sacré-Cœur at the end of the street
Bike parked next to a staircase in Montmartre #travel #europe #paris #france
Streets of Montmartre

Basilica of Sacré-Cœur

Imposing. The white basilica watches over the city from the summit of Montmartre. The Romano-Byzantine style contrasts with the other churches in town, such as the Gothic Notre-Dame.

One interesting thing about the Sacré-Cœur is that the stone used on the exterior, Chateau-Landon, exudes calcite on contact with rain, making it white. This is interesting because many churches around Europe are turning black due to pollution, but this Parisian lady remains neat and clean.

Anyway, a visit to this basilica is a must, and maybe you’re lucky enough to witness the choir of nuns. It’s beautiful! Remember: No filming or photographing is allowed inside the church. Moreover, the bell tower isn’t open to visitors. However, you can climb the 300 steps to the dome under a small fee.

Pro tip: Download the free app Tupuy for an audio guided tour in the basilica (and many other spots in Paris). Click here for Android or here for iOS.

Pssst: There is a grassy hill in front of the Sacré-Cœur where you can picnic. Before that, stop by Boulangerie Raphaëlle to grab some delicious sandwiches or croissants.

Admission: Free of charge.

Opening hours: Every day 6AM-10.30PM.

Sacré-Cœur in Paris on a sunny day with clear sky #travel #europe #paris #france
Sacré-Cœur watching over Paris

Place du Tertre

Trinkets, postcards, and artists selling portraits and illustrations. At Place du Tertre, you can find an exciting street market or just a handful of fantastic artists (depends on the day) where you can stroll around and maybe buy a souvenir.

About the portraits, be sure to agree on a price for your portrait beforehand. 😉

Also, enjoy a glass of wine in one of the cafes around the square and do some people watching. This area is excellent for that.

Spot some windmills

From the thirteen windmills in Montmartre, two of them still remain standing: the Le Moulin Radet and Le Moulin de la Galette, the latter is onto a French restaurant. These 16th-century windmills are in private property. However, you can see both from the street level.

Moulin de la Galette produced flour for galettes centuries ago, but later it was converted into a dance hall which inspired Renoir’s Dance at the Moulin de la Galette.

Windmill Moulin de la Galette in Montmartre #travel #europe #paris #france
Moulin de la Galette

Montmartre Vineyard – Vignes du Clos

The last vineyard in Paris, Vignes du Clos is a charming garden among Parisian houses. The vineyard is always closed to the public, but you can still see it from the street. Of course, how beautiful the garden is will depend on the season you visit Paris.

Regardless of the season, the streets around the vineyard are lovely, and this region is worth the stroll.

A la bière comme à la bière

Paris is all about wine, I know. But what about some good beer? This beer cafe has an excellent selection of craft beers (and some bites too!). Order some bottles and finish your 4 days in Paris in style. After all, you deserve it.

Opening hours: Closed on Mondays. Tuesday-Friday 3PM-10.30PM. Saturday 12PM-10.30PM. Sunday 3PM-9PM.

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Day trips from Paris

Versailles

After 4 days in Paris, you can go to the Palace of Versailles where the French royalty used to live. Some people spend 3 days in Paris and in the 4th day, they go on a day trip to Versailles, which is also a good option if you aren’t staying for 5 days in the region.

To reach Versailles, purchase a return ticket for the train. It costs around 7 euros.

Click here to buy the entrance ticket to Versailles and skip the line.

I’ve also a whole post about the best and most exciting day trips from Paris. Be sure to let yourself be inspired by it.

How to get around Paris

Metro is hand down the best way to get around Paris. Don’t underestimate the size of the city, especially if you’re spending 4 days in Paris because you’ll walk a lot even taking the metro.

After the first use of your metro ticket, this one will be valid for 1:30 hour, which means you can transfer from one metro line to another for free in that period (without exiting the station). Week-Ticket costs around 40.

If you purchase the Paris Pass, besides having free entry and fast track to most attractions mentioned above, you also get an unlimited travel card for metro, train, and buses in area 1 and 3 (most attractions are in area 1).

Click here to see the price and read more reviews about the Paris Pass.

Things to do in Paris on a rainy day

Don’t worry! Rain won’t ruin your 4 days in Paris! They’re terrible when we are on vacation, that’s true, but there is still a way to enjoy those days.

  • Become a history buffer, if you’re not already one, and spend your day in the city’s museums;
  • Enjoy a good cup of coffee (or tea) in the bohemian cafes throughout the city and watch the rain fall outside;
  • Tasting at Les Caves du Louvre and learn about French wine in a historical cellar (included in the Paris Pass).

WiFi in Paris

In the internet era, no one wants to spend a day without WiFi. Even worse if that means spending four days without it. But luckily, Paris has a good network of public WiFi (and cafes, restaurants, bars also have WiFi) so you will have plenty of connection spots there.

Montmartre neighborhood in Paris #travel #europe #paris #france
4 days in Paris? Reserve one day to wander through the streets of Montmartre

Things to watch out in Paris

Such a jam-packed city, Paris is also jam-packed with pickpockets. No reason to fear though. Just be careful in the streets as you would typically be in any town and you should be fine.

The Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur, Louvre, all of these areas where most tourists are, are also where the pickpockets most act. Remember to keep your belongings in sight at all times and close to your body. The United States Embassy has valuable advice on avoiding being scammed in Paris.

Other scams that are also common in Paris are the petition scam, the bracelet or golden ring scam and so on. Read up on it, Google is your friend.

Some Paris tours worth seeing

Map of Paris

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