Ultimate 4 Days in Paris Itinerary (With a Map!)

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Romantic and charming, the City of Lights is among the most visited capitals in Europe, and we’ll show you how the perfect 4 days in Paris itinerary.

Paris est toujours une bonne idee.”, said Audrey Hepburn in the movie Sabrina. She wasn’t wrong. Paris is a unique and inspiring place where something so simple as having a cup of coffee while people watching feels enough.

Four days in Paris are by no means enough to feel the real local energy and atmosphere of the city as there are lots and lots of things to do in Paris, but you gotta start somewhere, right?

Moreover, 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 we’re 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. We’ve listed a bunch of information to make your planning easy peasy.

Here you’ll find: a few tips for visiting Paris, our take on the Paris Pass, a free travel planner, where to stay in Paris, best time to go, how to get to the city and around it, an interactive map with all locations here mentioned divided by day (you’re welcome), day trips, and your Paris itinerary, of course.

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

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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. But know that Paris is a big city and as said packed with people and great attractions.

Therefore we’ll tell you our secret to making the most out of your 4 days in Paris itinerary: Paris Pass. With it, we had fast track entry in the main museums and free entrance to lots of places. Almost them all, to be honest. But we’ll talk about it later.

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

Travel tips for your 4 days in Paris itinerary

  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will walk a lot.
  • Consider purchasing a money belt as Paris has lots of pickpockets.
  • 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).
  • Some museums have discounts for those who are between 18-25 years old independent of their country of residence or nationality. Always check that.
  • Consider purchasing a Paris Pass to have free access to 60 museums and galleries, and some other discounts/ tours. We’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. We’ll indicate those tickets below.
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How to spend 4 days in Paris: Try not to fall in love with it

Practical planning tips for your 4 days in Paris itinerary

This Paris itinerary is for reference, but you can copy it if you want. However, we can imagine that a few attractions don’t appeal to you, so feel free to tailor it to your needs.

So to organize all this information, download for free our travel planner. There you can write down all the details you need for your trip as well as things to do, etc.

Also, be sure to pack light and click here if you want to create your own Google My Maps itinerary as our map below.

Where to stay in Paris

You might be wondering which arrondissement is the best to stay in so you can have easy access to most attractions in Paris. Well, we’d say from the 3rd arrondissement (Le Marais) to 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 hotel with 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.

Is the Paris Pass worth it?

We think it’s fair to say that Paris is one of the most touristy cities in Europe, which means you’ll see crowds in all attractions. No joke.

Remember Da Vinci’s Monalisa? It’s almost impossible to see it because of the number of people standing in front of it.

So if you’re spending 4 days in Paris chances are you’re going to visit lots of places and could use a skip-the-line-ticket for this and other museums. It saves a ton of time!

It’s also fair to say that Paris has lots of interesting, exciting, and beautiful places to visit spread across the city. For those reasons, you can’t spend your time waiting in line. Queues get to a whole new level in Paris.

Oh, and if you’re not a European citizen under 26 years old, 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. 

Besides, with the Paris Pass you have a public transport card to get from one place to another. No need to walk long distances or spend unnecessary money on lots of single tickets.

So in our honest opinion, the Paris Pass is a great option to save time and money in a city like Paris. It wouldn’t be worth if you like to travel really slow and don’t mind missing most of the major attractions in the city.

With the Paris Pass you get:

  • Skip-the-line ticket for the Louvre, Orangerie, and Musée d’Orsay, and free admission to over 60 museums, monuments, and galleries, such as the Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe.
  • Go on a river cruise, take a guided tour of Montmartre, the Opera Garnier, and go wine tasting.
  • Travel Pass for public transport.
  • Discount for Lido, Hop-on Hop-off bus, Montparnasse, and more.

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

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The Louvre Museum at night
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How to get to Paris to begin your 4 days in Paris itinerary

If you’re arriving in Paris by plane chances are you’re arriving at the Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) or the Orly Airport (ORY).

The fastest way to get to the city center from Charles de Gaulle is by train. Take the RER line b. It’s a 35-minute trip and it costs €11.40.

If you arrive at Orly, take the RER line C labeled GOTA or NORA. It’s a 35-minute trip and it costs €6.40.

How to get around Paris during your four days in Paris itinerary

Metro is hand down the best way to get around Paris. Don’t underestimate the size of the city, especially if you’re spending four 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 major attractions mentioned below, 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.

Four days in Paris, visit Montmartre
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. That’s why we wrote an article on what are the most common travel scams, and what you can do to avoid them.

Best time to do this 4 day Paris itinerary

January – February: Perfect to avoid long queues as tourism slows down and kids are at school. Also, great chance to find good deals on airfare and hotel prices. The weather is chilly and damp.

March – May: Best chances of good weather and fewer crowds than in high-season. We would say that May is the best month to visit Paris in the first semester.

June – mid-September: High-season, expensive hotels and airfare, and crowds. Crowds everywhere. Even though the weather is awesome, we don’t recommend Paris in summer. It’s just too crowded. You can’t really feel the atmosphere.

Mid-September – November: Same as before summer, good chances of decent weather and fewer crowds. Your best bet is late-September for good weather and fewer tourists.

December: The first half of the month is much less crowded than the second half. The weather is chilly and you can visit lots of Christmas Markets all month long, but around Xmas Eve the city is packed again.

Four Days in Paris Map

Click here to access the interactive map of Paris.

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Map of Paris

What to do in Paris in 4 days Summary:

Day 1:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Les Invalides
  • Church of Saint-Sulpice
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • Pantheon of Paris
  • Sant-Etienne-du-Mont Church
  • Catacombs

Day 2:

  • Louvre Museum
  • Musée d’Orsay
  • Orangerie Museum
  • Place the la Concorde
  • Champs-Élysées Avenue
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • French Cabaret

Day 3:

  • Shakespeare and Co Bookstore
  • Ile de la Cite
  • Notre-Dame
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Conciergerie
  • Pompidou Center
  • Cruise Seine River

Day 4:

  • Le Louxor Cinema
  • Montmartre
  • Sacré-Coeur
  • Place du Tertre
  • Windmills
  • Vignes du Clos

Four days in Paris Itinerary – Day 1

As we said, we’ve divided this guide into a 4-day itinerary Paris. Feel free to invert the days and tailor it to your preferences.

Photograph the 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 this 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. We 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.

4 days in Paris, visit the Eiffel Tower
Are you dizzy yet? View from the Eiffel Tower

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 9 am – 00.45 am. Rest of year 9.30 am – 23.45 pm (by elevator) and 9.30 am – 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.

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The Eiffel Tower at night is magical
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Visit 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.

We didn’t go inside to see his tomb, and we deeply 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 10 am – 5 pm winter and fall, 10 am – 7 pm summer and spring.

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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. The food here is affordable and delicious. The staff is also friendly, and you might find yourself going back to it for dinner.

Opening hours: 12PM-11PM.

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Audrey Hepburn

Stop by the 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. We like it.

Admission: Free entrance.

Opening hours: Every day 7.30 am – 7.30 pm.

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The Saint-Sulpice church

Chill out at Luxembourg Gardens

These 17th-century gardens are split into French gardens and English gardens, which are divided by a large pretty pond.

Also in these gardens, you can find other interesting things, such as 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, Luxembourg Garden is well taken care of, and if you were wondering what to see in Paris in 4 days, 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 7.30 am -9.30 pm in the summer and 8.15 am – 4.30 pm in the winter.

4 days in Paris, visit the Luxembourg Gardens
The pretty Luxembourg Gardens are a must in your Paris itinerary

Admire the 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 10 am – 6 pm.

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The Pantheon is so impressive

Stop by the 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 8 am – 7.45 pm. It might differ in school holidays and weekends.

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The facade of Saint Etienne du Mont

Visit a dark tourism site during your 4 days in Paris: The 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? We have mixed feelings about it, mainly because the bones are arranged in what one 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 10 am – 8.30 pm.

Four days in Paris, visit the Catacombs
The Catacombs of Paris

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 12 pm – 11 pm.

What to do in Paris in 4 days – Day 2

Visit the Louvre Museum

The world’s largest museum and one of the most beautiful ones, in our 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.

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The Louvre is huge! Prepare to walk a lot.

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 9 pm 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 9 am – 9.45 pm. Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 9 am – 6 pm.

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This is what you see at the Louvre Museum

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 we 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 9 am – 11.30 pm. Weekends 10 am -11.30 pm.

Visit the 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.

This alone would make it an interesting place to visit in Paris in 4 days, but the museum is based in a former railway station, giving it 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.

Free entrance on the first Sunday of the month.

Click here to purchase skip-the-lines tickets.

Free admission with Paris Pass.

Opening hours: Closed on Mondays. Thursday 9.30 am – 9.45 pm. Other days 9.30 am – 6 pm.

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Clock at Musee d’Orsay
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Stop by the 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.

Free entrance on the first Sunday of the month.

Click here to purchase skip-the-lines tickets.

Free admission with Paris Pass.

Opening hours: Closed on Tuesdays. Wednesday-Monday 9 am – 6 pm.

Check out the 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, Place de la Concorde is quite beautiful and simple. Two stunning fountains and an Egyptian obelisk decorate the square.

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Place de la Concorde is where Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were beheaded.

Wander through 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. (While others call it the City of Love.) The lights shining everywhere here are truly 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.

Four days in Paris, wandering through the Champs-Elysees
Wandering through the Champs-Elysees

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. This is a must during you four days in Paris.

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.

Four days in Paris, visiting the Arc de Triomphe is a must
Visiting the Arc de Triomphe is a must during your four days in Paris
Four days in Paris, visiting the Arc de Triomphe is a must
View from the Arc de Triomphe

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 a great atmosphere and friendly staff. FWIW – Their ravioli is delicious.

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 12 pm – 11 pm.

Watch a Burlesque show in a French cabaret

Burlesque 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 to include in your 4-day Paris itinerary.

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

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4 days in Paris Itinerary – Day 3

Buy a book at Shakespeare and Co Bookstore

Bruna is a bookworm, so whenever we see cute bookstores like this one, she runs into them.

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 cute cat.

Opening hours: Every day 10 am – 10 pm.

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Shakespeare and Co Bookshop

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. You’ll love the area. Also, stroll around the Square du Vert-Galant, an adorable park by the water’s edge.

Sit for a while in Notre-Dame of Paris

In April 2019, the Notre-Dame Cathedral was severely damaged by a fire. As of now, the church is closed to the public, but when it’s open again, we’ll update this post.

Possibly one of the most beautiful churches we’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 – 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 7.45 am – 6.45 pm (7.15 pm on weekends).

Pro tip: 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 maybe have your lunch with a view.

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Paris 4 day itinerary: The Notre Dame is a must-visit
Paris 4 day itinerary, visit the Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s interior
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Take a self-guided tour at Sainte-Chapelle

Impressive stained glass windows and a starry ceiling are the main aspects of the Sainte Chapelle. We don’t really have words to describe it. It’s one of the most remarkable things to do in Paris in 4 days.

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 smartphone.

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 9 am – 5 pm from October to March and 9 am – 7 pm from April to September.

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Look at those stained glass windows!

Visit the 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.

Therefore, to learn more about the French Revolution and the history of this macabre building, the Conciergerie is a must-visit spot to add to your Paris itinerary. 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 9.30 am – 6 pm.

Four days in Paris, visit the Pompidou Center
Kids playing next to the Pompidou Center

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 11 am – 10 pm. Thursday 11 am – 11 pm.

Four days in Paris, graffiti near the Pompidou Center
Graffiti near the Pompidou Center

Cruise the Seine River

This four days in Paris itinerary 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 8 pm dinner, which lasts longer, there will be live music too.

We must be honest, it’s a bit pricey, after all, this is Paris. The city is pricey, but hopefully, you can save some money with the Paris Pass.

If having dinner on 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 11.30 am – 2.45 pm and 7 pm – 10.30pm. It might differ on the weekends.

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

4 days in Paris, cruise the Seine River
One of the most romantic things to do in Paris is cruising the Seine River in the evening

4 days in Paris Itinerary – Day 4

Stop by the Le Louxor Cinema

A renovated 1921 cinema in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, Le Louxor is a remarkable historical monument.

It has three rooms beautifully decorated of which the first one, the larger, is a masterpiece of Egyptomania. The facade also resembles 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 wondering how to spend 4 days in Paris, know that you must spend some time wandering through the cobblestone streets of this neighborhood.

The area has excellent and cozy cafes where you will want to have a cup of coffee while doing 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.

4 days in Paris, wander through Montmartre
View of the Sacré-Couer

Let the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur impress you

Imposing. The white basilica watches over the city from the summit of Montmartre. Its 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 during your Paris 4-day itinerary, 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, but 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 6 am – 10.30 pm.

4 days in Paris, visit the Sacre Coeur
The Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre

Stop by the Place du Tertre

Trinkets, postcards, and artists selling portraits and illustrations, at Place du Tertre you can find an exciting street market where you can stroll around and maybe buy a souvenir.

Depending on the day, you might find a handful of fantastic artists. But 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.

Fun fact: 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.

Include a self-guided tour in Montmartre in your Paris itinerary
Montmartre is ridiculously mesmerizing

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, we know that. 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 3 pm – 10.30 pm. Saturday 12 pm – 10.30 pm. Sunday 3 pm – 9 pm.

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Day trips from Paris

Versailles

After 4 days in Paris, you could go on a day trip to the Palace of Versailles, where the French royalty used to live.

Some people spend 3 days in Paris and on the 4th day, they go on a day trip to Versailles, which is also a good option if you aren’t staying for 5 full 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.

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

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4 days in Paris, visit the Palace of Versailles

Some Paris tours worth seeing

Other things to do in Paris in four days (if it’s rainy)

Don’t worry. Rain won’t ruin your 4 days in Paris. They’re terrible when we’re 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.
  • Explore the secret covered passages of Paris.
  • Go wine tasting at Les Caves du Louvre and learn about French wine in a historical cellar (included in the Paris Pass).

Wrapping up on this Paris itinerary 4 days

Paris is a big city with lots of things to do, see and eat, but if you plan it in advance you can see most of the main attractions in four days in Paris.

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