A  Week  in  Paris

About-France - home Guide to Paris French route maps Travel and tourism 
A Week in Paris - the thematic guide to France

Paris index
Paris airport connections Budget Paris Paris transport 
Main Paris tourist attractions The Velib bike hire system The quarters of Paris

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? 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 ofyour 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.

Using a pass?
It certainly saves time as you can fast-track into most places, avoiding the queues. But if you take a pass, use it sensibly. For the week plan below, you may want to take a full six-day pass  or you may prefer a two or three day pass, for Tuesday, Wednesday and maybe Thursday. (The best rates are with the  Paris city pass ).

A sample week plan for Paris
Lazy morning: get your bearings, wander round the central area, enjoy a cup of coffee at a sidewalk café
Visit the Louvre; 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
Take 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"
Northern Paris: Visit the Marché aux Puces (world's largest flea market) at Porte de St Ouen; then visit Montmartre; here you can visit the Sacré Coeur 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 the Pigalle 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 through Pigalle
Western 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 des Tuileries.
Western 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 collection), which is open on Tuesdays.
(If you want to visit more museums & monuments, take the Paris Museum Pass or the  Paris city pass  for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).
The City pass from Turbopass is the best value of the Paris visitor passes: just 119€ for 3 days, compared to 160€ for three days on the heavily advertised "Paris Pass".  With a pass, you'll avoid having to stand in lines or queues for each museum ; it is important to understand that the queues can – and in holiday periods will – be long for the best museums.
Note: you'll need to buy Eiffel tower tickets separately. None of the passes include the tower.
Eastern central Paris; Visit the free Musée Carnavalet, the museum of Paris, and discover the old quarters of the Marais.
Central 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 city pass , visit the Conciergerie first and buy a double ticket Concièrgerie/Sainte Chapelle, as Concièrgerie queues tend to be shorter. Then either visit the Latin quarter close by, or wander along the banks of the Seine (upstream) and visit the Jardin de Plantes botanical gardens
Day out:
If you have a Paris city pass, note that it includes entry to several sites outside Paris, including Versailles and Fontainebleau. No need to buy a separate tour... though you'll need RER C train tickets for Versailles, and to buy regular train from Gare de Lyon for Fontainebleau. Passes include travel, but only within Paris.

If you haven't taken a pass, check out trips to  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
Take in another museum: either the Pompidou Center, or the Army Museum at Les Invalides, or the Paris Sewer Museum underground experience
For your last afternoon, take a boat trip on the Seine ("Bateau Mouche"). Many trips depart from the Pont Neuf, 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.
Bid farewell to Paris.
If you plan to visit other parts of France or Europe by car, check out car hire options in France.

Return to About-France home page Full site index

To contact this website, send an email to info "at"

France is Europe's No.1 holiday destination; but with classic exceptions such as Paris and some resorts on the French Riviera, tours to Disneyland Paris, tours to the Loire Valley and  holidays in the French Alps (skiing or summer), it is a country for individual tourism rather than package tours.
paris Pass
The Best value Paris pass.
The new Paris City pass is the cheapest of the full Paris visitor passes - up to 24% cheaper than other passes for adults, and up to 50% cheaper for children. Prices start at just 19,90 Euros for a two day pass for children and 99.90 Euros for a two day adult pass
Check it out now !

►► Site guide
Full site index
►► Most popular pages :
The regions of France
Maps of France
Climate and weather
Doctors and emergencies
School holiday calendars 
Weekly Holiday planner
►► Main travel pages
Preparing a trip
Routes south from Calais
Driving in France - road travel
Route map & distance calculator
French rail travel
Flights to Paris and provincial French airports
Visiting Paris
►►Leisure and tourism
Tourist attractions in France
France for music lovers: festivals, places, events
Guide to French wines
Food & eating
Opening and closing
►►Tourist accommodation
Guide to French hotels
Staying in Paris
Self-catering gites in France
Chambres d'hôtes (B&B) in France
Camping in France
Rural campsites in France
Independent hotels in France

European data protection notice. does not collect personal data. We use cookies solely to enable audience statistics, social media and some ads. To continue using this site, click or else request more information.