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Paris itineraries to help you plan your perfect trip

Beautiful autumn day with People enjoying themselves at Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, France.
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Owen Robinson
By Owen Robinson22 Nov 2022 4 minutes read

As one of the world’s most iconic and charming cities, Paris needs little introduction. The city is well-loved for its culture, food, nightlife, and iconic attractions. The Eiffel Tower and Louvre attract the biggest crowds, and Disneyland Paris is a wonder for all ages. And with plenty of hole-in-the-wall spots and characteristic neighborhoods, you’ll never run out of things to explore.

How many days do you need in Paris?

So how many days should you spend in Paris? While you can see the city’s most famous landmarks in a 2-day weekend trip, more time will allow you to veer off the tourist path and even squeeze in a day trip or two. If you’re a first-time visitor, you might want to spend at least four days exploring all the must-see arrondissements. If you’re a repeat visitor and have covered the historical 4th and blockbuster 1st arrondissements, use a second trip to get out to Pigalle or Pere Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th. Paris is a convenient stop on a longer trip to France, or even to other parts of Europe like London.

Our Paris itineraries are broken down by the number of days in the city, ranging from two up to seven. If you’re traveling as a family or as a couple, we have the best Paris itineraries to suit your trip too. Our itinerary for food lovers will also help you make the most of Paris’ culinary scene. The itineraries can be easily tweaked for your own needs and interests, complete with tour and hotel recommendations to help you skip the stress of planning and place you right by Paris’ best attractions.

2-day Paris itinerary

Our 2-day Paris itinerary will take you on a whistle-stop tour of Paris’ most idyllic districts and quintessential cultural landmarks. After all, what’s a trip to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre?

This is the best Paris itinerary for those on a weekend trip to Paris, or a longer tour of France. You’ll be able to see the French capital’s main sights and get a great feel for this magical city, all in just two days.


3-day Paris itinerary

Three days in Paris provides an exciting balance between visiting Paris’ most famous landmarks and also discovering some lesser-known attractions and districts. You can get a great overview of Paris, without needing to stay any more than a long weekend. This itinerary affords you enough time to explore the city’s Latin Quarter, one of the oldest parts of the city, and the city’s trendy and youthful Le Marais.


4-day Paris itinerary

Paris is a multifaceted city, with a wide variety of attractions, from architecture to culture to food. Four days gives you the chance to dig into all that the city has to offer, without feeling rushed for time. Highlights of this itinerary include the Musée d’Orsay, which is a must for all art lovers, and the 11th arrondissement, an enclave of gastronomy and history.

The best part of a 4-day trip to Paris is being able to dedicate a whole day to visiting Versailles, located just 9 miles from the city. Famous for its grandeur and beauty, the palace is a must for its culture, history, and stunning gardens.


5-day Paris itinerary

Whether you’re already familiar with Paris’ main sights, or you want to explore some of the city’s more non-touristy spots, this 5-day itinerary will take you off the beaten path to some true Parisian delights. You can experience more of Paris’ varied districts, which are just not possible to see on a weekend trip.

The Opéra, or 9th arrondissement, is a must for admiring typically Parisian Haussmann architecture, while Pigalle provides a look into a more gritty and trendy Paris away from the postcard photos. You can even spend a whole day ambling around Versailles, without feeling like you rushed inner Paris.


7-day Paris itinerary

If you’re not sure about how many days to spend in Paris, a full week in the city will never disappoint. Seven days will afford you plenty of time to immerse yourself in the city, visit some little-known spots, and venture out of the city center. Versailles is a great day trip option, while a visit to Bois de Boulogne will take you off Paris’ central tourist path and into the city’s most beautiful outside space.


Paris itinerary for food lovers

French gastronomy is revered around the world, and where better to sample the best food on offer than in Paris? Our 3-day food lovers itinerary provides a diverse tour of Parisian cuisine catering to a range of budgets, showing off the best of the city’s culinary culture and food districts. From Michelin-starred fine dining to café-hopping in Le Marais and street food in Little Tokyo, this is a great way to have a taste of Paris’ pleasures.


Paris itinerary for families

Paris is a great destination for a family holiday, with plenty of green spaces, interactive museums, and Europe’s most-visited theme park.

And you’ll just need five days for the family to cover all the main highlights. A visit to the Eiffel Tower and the Tuileries Garden should definitely be on your list and, naturally, a visit to Disneyland Paris is in order to create family memories that will last a lifetime.


Paris itinerary for couples

Paris, the city of love. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your partner, where better than this charming and beautiful city? We’ll take you on a meandering tour of Paris’ most dreamy sights and districts, as well as some wonderful restaurants and parks for making memories that will last a lifetime.

The highlights include the Mur des Je t’aime, the glistening Eiffel Tower, and the views from the Pont des Arts.


Ready to start planning your Paris trip?

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Owen Robinson
Owen Robinson is a British writer, with interests in travel, culture and languages. You’re unlikely to find him in one place for too long. When not writing, he can be found exploring new cities, working on his language skills, or practicing yoga.