Making the most of a week in Paris
So you're travelling independently, planning your own trip to Paris,
and wonder how best to pass the time while you're there?
About-France.com takes the difficulty out of deciding what visitor
attractions to see, and when to do so, with this suggested programme
for visitors spending a Week in Paris.
We presume that like most
week visitors, you are arriving and departing on a Saturday; but if
this is not the case, just adapt the days in function of your own
holiday period. Take care with museum opening days. Details of this can
be found on the Paris
tourist attractions page.
Visit the Paris hotel guide
for tips on where to stay in the French capital city.
morning: get your bearings, wander round the central area, enjoy a cup
of coffee at a sidewalk café
entrance is free of charge on the first Sunday of each month. You may
need more than an afternoon to visit this very rich museum
a hop-on hop-off bus tour
of the city, and get a guided tour of the city. Or choose a
more leisurely rickshaw tour or guided bicycle tour, or even a tour in
a classic French "2CV"
Paris: Visit the Marché
Puces (world's largest flea market) at Porte de St Ouen;
then visit Montmartre;
here you can visit the Sacré
basilica, and enjoy the views over the rooftops, then the narrow
streeets of "Montmartre village", with its artists, little galleries
and cafés and restaurants. Plenty of atmosphere here.
Finally, wander down and see
quarter, Paris's famous night-life area. Return to your hotel by metro,
taking in at least part of the overhead
metro line no. 2 (metro aérien) that passes
Paris: north of the Seine. Visit the Arc de
Triomphe, wander down the Champs
Elysées and enjoy a drink in a café.
Admire the jardins
Paris, south of the Seine. Visit the Eiffel
tower and, if you then have time, visit the Musée
d'Orsay nearby (see the great Impressionists
which is open on Tuesdays.
(If you want to visit more museums & monuments, take the Paris
Museum Pass or the Paris
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). With the pass, you'll avoid having to
lines or queues for each museum ; it is important to understand that the queues can – and in holiday periods will – be long for the
central Paris; Visit the free Musée
Carnavalet, the museum of Paris, and discover the old
quarters of the Marais.
Paris; After lunch, see Notre Dame
cathedral, go up the tower. Also on the Ile de la Cité are
the Conciergerie (a historic prison with museum of the French
Revolution) and the Sainte Chapelle. If you don't have a Paris
Pass , visit the Conciergerie first and buy a
double ticket Concièrgerie/Sainte Chapelle, as
Concièrgerie queues tend to be shorter. Then either visit
quarter close by, or wander along the banks of the Seine
(upstream) and visit the Jardin de
Plantes botanical gardens
out: take a day out and visit either the Royal château at Versailles,
or the older royal château at Fontainebleau.
Either trip can be organised as an all inclusive guided trip, or for those who prefer to visit at their
own pace can be done independently by taking the RER "C" suburban
express train for Versailles, or a suburban train from Gare de Lyon for
Fontainebleau (and bus from train station to the château).
Or check out other inclusive day-trip excursions from Paris
in another museum: either the Pompidou
Center, or the Army Museum at Les
Invalides, or the Paris
Sewer Museum underground experience
your last afternoon, take a boat trip
on the Seine ("Bateau Mouche"). Many trips depart from the
which is the bridge in the photo at the top of this page, or from the
Quai de Montebello, opposite Notre Dame. Finally,
leave time for some shopping.
And to make a particularly memorable last day in Paris, choose from a
range of lunch or dinner cruises on
the Seine or in the Eiffel tower.
farewell to Paris.
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