How to Make the Most of Your Three-Day Holiday in Paris
All right, you’ve made your mind up! You have only three days to visit Paris, one of the most famous, romantic and fascinating cities in the world.
It can sound daunting if you think of how large the metropolis is and how many things you could see if you only had time… But please do not lose hope! Try to make the most of the time you have to explore the city and bring home some delicious memories of your short stay.
I am here to help you out with some precious tips on what to see in Paris if you have only three days at your disposal.
First. Accept the fact that you won’t see all the things you would see if you had, let’s suppose, an entire week or more.
Second, a good way for me to approach a big city like Paris in a few days is to divide it into areas and plan a well-organized tour through the different districts you selected.
Depending on what time you arrive in Paris, the tour can take different paths.
Let’s say you arrive in the Ville Lumière around lunch time, you can stop in one of the many brasseries in the city where you can familiarize yourself right away with the French cuisine.
Personally, what I always do as soon as I land in Paris is get into a patisserie and enjoy a delicious baguette. Then you’re ready to start your tour. I would recommend a first stop in Place Charles de Gaulle where you can admire the Arc de Triomphe: the monument honours soldiers who fought and died for the country during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. From there you can take a pleasant stroll along the Champs Elysées up to Place de la Concorde.
If the weather is good, don’t miss the Tuileries Gardens, designed back in 1664. From there you can go on towards to the Arc du Carrousel and arrive in the area of the Louvre.
The visit to the museum is entirely up to you: I mean, the Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world and visiting all the areas departments can take days. My advice is to focus on your interests and just visit only the sections you are interested in. It could be reasonable to spend a couple of hours in the museum.
(tickets: €8.50, opening hours: 9-18).
After this cultural pause, get on the tube (metro) and stop at Trocadero to enjoy a magnificent view on the Eiffel Tower at sunset. If you are lucky, you won’t find a long queue and will have the chance to get on top of one of the most representative monuments in Paris. For dinner, why not stay in the area and enjoy the nocturnal lighting of the tower.
On your second day in Paris, you will love to visit Notre Dame, one of the best examples of French Gothic art. The entrance to the church is free; you have to pay if you like to visit the towers.
The day will continue with a stroll along the Seine, highly recommendable. You will come across lots of characteristic stalls selling all the stuff you can think of. Particularly famous are the bookstalls. Be careful not to get possessed by the shopping demon!
Not far from there, there is the Latin Quarter: I would recommend you to spend some time here being it one of the most lively areas in the city. It’s the perfect place to get lunch.
You could spend your afternoon in the magical atmosphere of Montmartre. You don’t need to schedule anything ‘cos the best thing to do in Montmartre is to get inspired by what you see around and go with the flow. Dinner here will be unforgettable.
You cannot be in Paris and not to pay a visit to Pigalle, the red light district of the city, including the Moulin Rouge. That could be the programme for the rest of your evening.
It’s your last day in the Lumiere City… There is still some time left …
Depending on when you have your flight back, you could either visit Versailles and realize what luxury meant for the French monarchy (bear in mind that the Palace is situated outside Paris) or, if you prefer to stay in the city, you could pay a visit to the Musée d’Orsay, where you can enjoy some masterpieces of impressionist artists, or to the place of Bastille, where the famous prison stood until 1789.
Where to sleep
When choosing an accommodation in Paris, you have plenty of choices.
The hotel’s location could be an essential feature to consider, if you are looking for a central starting point. On this regard, the Hyatt Regency Paris Etolle provides an excellent location being situated near the Champs-Elysées, between the business area of La Défense and the shopping district of the Golden Triangle. It is a luxurious 4-star hotel of 34 floors, with a modern design and over 900 elegant rooms. In virtue of its height, the hotel offers splendid views on some of the most famous monuments of Paris.