This post is for 5 day itinerary for Paris. It’s similar to the 4 day itinerary, but gives you more time to see a bit more of the city in a less rushed way.
- Morning: Arrive in Paris & check-in at the hotel
- Afternoon: Eiffel Tower → Montmartre (Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Place du Tertre, Moulin Rouge) → Quartier Opera (Opera Garnier, Galeries Lafayette, Printemps)
[Tip: To get to the Eiffel Tower, get off at M-6 Bir-Hakeim or RER C – Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel.
To get to Montmartre from the Eiffel Tower, get on the metro at M-6 Bir-Hakeim, transfer at Charles de Gaulle Etoile on to M-2, and get off at Anvers station.
From Montmartre to Quartier Opera, you can either walk or take the metro. If you are not going to be spending time shopping in the Opera area, you can also walk down to Place Vendome. Even if you’re not shopping, it’s worth checking out Galeries Lafayette as the interior of this department store is beautiful!]
- Evening: Pont Neuf → Pont des Arts → Bateaux Mouches
[Tip: Pont des Arts is a pedestrian only bridge across the Seine river. In the Spring/Summer/Fall, I highly recommend having a little Parisian picnic on the bridge in the evening.
For Bateaux Mouches, I recommend taking the boat near sunset time. The boat ride if for about an hour and when you board the boat, you will be able to see Paris at sunset and near the end of the ride, you will be able to see the Eiffel Tower light show which takes place every hour after the sun sets down.]
- Morning: Musee d’Orsay → Jardin des Tuileries→ Arc de Triumphe du Carrousel → Louvre (from the outside only)
[Tip: Musee d’Orsay to the Louvre is walking distance, so you can stroll along the Seine river past the Tuileries gardens and Arc de Triumphe du Carrousel and you will see the Louvre.
If the weather is nice out, you can grab a sandwich and have lunch in the Tuileries gardens :) ]
- Afternoon: Place de la Concorde→ Place Vendôme → Hôtel de Ville
- Evening: Centre Pompidou → Palais de Chaillot (to see the Eiffel Tower by night)
[Tip: To go from Centre Pompidou to Palais de Chaillot, take M-1 Hôtel de Ville, transfer at Charles de Gaulle Etoile to get to M-6, and get off at M-6 Trocadero station. There will be exit signs indicating which direction to go to Palais de Chaillot to see the Eiffel Tower]
- Morning: Chateau de Versailles
[Chateau de Versailles is located outside of Paris, about 1 hour away if you take the RER train.
I’ve included Chateau de Versailles in this itinerary as it’s one of my personal favourite near-by attractions from Paris. However, depending on your personal preference, you can go somewhere else – like Auvers-sur-oise or Giverny.
Also, it’s best to go to Chateau de Versailles in the morning when it opens. Otherwise, you will have to wait in a long line-up to get your tickets.
- Afternoon: Île de la Cité → Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
[Tip: Île de la Cité to Notre Dame to Quartier Latin are all within walking distance]
- Evening: Quartier Latin → Champs-Élysées → Arc de Triomphe
[Tip: To get to Champs-Élysées from Quartier Latin, take M-4 St.Michel to Chatlet, transfer to M-1, and get off at Champs-Élysées Clemenceau and walk along the Champs-Élysées towards Arc de Triomphe.
To get to Arc de Triomphe, you have to use the underground path (not above ground as there are too many intersections and cars crossing. Also, keep in mind that there are no elevators to go up and down Arc de Troiomphe, so you have to walk up and down 280 steps!]
- Morning: Quartier Marais → Place de la Bastille or Canal Saint-Martin
[Tip: If you’re going to Quartier Marais on a weekend, I recommend having brunch at one of the restaurants in Quartier Marais]
- Afternoon: Jardin du Luxembourg → Panthéon → Université paris-sorbonne → Saint-Germain-des-Prés
[Tip: From Jardin du Luxembourg to Saint-Germain-des-Prés is all walking distance. There are a lot of cafes, restaurants and shops around the area, so make sure to check them out!]
- Evening: Montparnasse area/ Tour Montparnasse
[Tip: There is a restaurant called ‘Ciel de Paris‘ at Tour Montparnasse. From the restaurant, you can see a beautiful view of Paris.]
- Morning: Louvre (see the museum)
- Afternoon: Check-out from hotel & leave for the next destination
Paris in 5 days – in photos: