Four Day Paris Itinerary
Following is a Paris itinerary for four days that lists the best things to do in Paris along with some historical facts. For example, in Montmartre visit the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Place du Tertre, and the Salvador Dali Museum. On the Right Bank is the Musée du Louvre, Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Elysées, and Arc de Triomphe. When you explore the Left Bank check out Les Invalides, Rodin Musée, the Eiffel Tower, and the 6th Arrondissement. Also, look for the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Ile de la Cité.
Most importantly, when we visited Paris in July, not only did the sun appear at 6:14 a.m., but it didn’t set until 9:38. For this reason, we enjoyed plenty of daylight for exploring, and we were able to pack a busy Paris itinerary into four days.
Additionally, the 6th Arrondissement is my favorite because it’s artsy and there’s so much to see and do. It’s full of restaurants where you can dine outside, and watch people stroll by. Additionally, you can find numerous bakeries, galleries, and clothing and accessory boutiques in this district.
Paris Itinerary Day One
Right Bank of La Seine
Musée du Louvre
As part of your Paris itinerary, take a half day guided tour of Musée du Louvre. Definitely, check out Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa who became famous when someone stole her in 1911. Moreover, she was missing for two years.
Walk through the Tuileries Gardens that was created by Catherine de Medicis in the 16th century.
Place de la Concorde
Visit the Place de la Concorde where many faced the guillotine during the French Revolution. Today, the 3,300-year-old Obelisk Luxor marks the guillotine location.
Arc de Triomphe
You can’t have a Paris itinerary and miss the Champs-Elysées. While you walk this famous street duck in and out of the stores, and lunch at one of the cafes. Then work your way to the Arc de Triomphe that Napoleon built.
Paris Itinerary Day Two
Left Bank of La Seine
For the second day of your Paris itinerary, visit Les Invalides that was formerly a military hospital. You can also find Napoleon’s tomb, and don’t miss the World War II wing of the building.
Tour Musée Rodin and find The Thinker and The Gates of Hell that was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. The Thinker initially represented Dante positioned over The Gates of Hell pondering the chaos of the damned.
Head to the 6th Arrondissement and relax at one of the many sidewalk cafes and people watch while you sip wine.
Paris Itinerary Day Three
Paris Open-Air Markets
Begin day three of your Paris itinerary exploring the open-air markets like Raspail organic market. You can buy fresh bread, desserts, a variety of cheese, fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, and more. Noteworthy, Raspail is only open on Sundays, but you can find additional markets and hours here.
Left Bank Shops and Restaurants
Peruse the multitude of shops and eateries on the Left Bank. Stop in one of the bakeries for a pastry and a café au lait.
Les Deux Magots
Add Les Deux Magots to your Paris itinerary. Dine at one of the oldest Paris cafes, where Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, and many other renowned figures frequented. Also, if weather permits reserve a table outside.
Visit the Eiffel Tower at night when it shimmers in gold.
Paris Itinerary Day Four
Ile de la Cite
Notre Dame Cathedral
For the fourth day of your Paris itinerary, take a half-day tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral and then hop in a cab to Montmartre.
Visiting Montmartre is one of the best things to do in Paris. It’s one of my favorite neighborhoods because its full of artists, and it has a seedy side since it’s not too far from the red-light district. You should walk Montmartre where Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gough, Auguste Renoir, and many other famous artists had lived.
Another Paris tip is to add the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre to your Paris itinerary. It’s known as the “Mount of Martyrs,” because in the 3rd century the first Parisian Christians faced martyrdom where the Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur stands today. Walk up the 270 steps to the top for panoramic views of Paris.
Place Du Tertre
Another Paris tip is to hire an artist to sketch your portrait at Place Du Tertre. Then browse through the local artwork.
Salvador Dali Museum
Explore the Salvador Dali Museum that “holds the largest collection of Dali’s art in France.”
To sum up, though there is much more to see, these are my best things to do in Paris during a four-day stay. If you don’t have time to do it all, I would definitely see the top tourist places like the Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Elysées, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, Tuileries Gardens, the Eiffel Tower, and the Musée du Louvre. However, I hope that you can use some of my Paris tips and explore some of the other places too.
What are your best things to do in Paris? Do you have a favorite Paris itinerary?