Planning a trip to Paris and looking for an incredible four-day itinerary? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because I’ve put together this epic 4 Days in Paris travel itinerary to help you plan your visit to the wondrous City of Lights!  

No matter what time of the year you plan on visiting, Paris is the perfect European city escape. After all, it’s a city that offers anything and everything your heart could desire! 

A rich, detailed history. Indescribable art. Beautiful landmarks. Amazing food. World-class shopping. Cool locals. 

During the day Paris is superb and when night falls, it’s movie-worthy magic. If you have four days to spend in the French capital, you better believe I have the itinerary to guide you. From one Francophile to another.

Also, be sure to give a read through my article “Top 17 Music Festivals in Paris to Experience Before You Die” to see if you’re planning a visit during one of the incredible festivals that occur annually!

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Getting to Paris 

Paris has two passenger airports, the larger Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Orly, which is a further distance from the city. France’s National airline is Air France, but so many large and small airlines fly to Paris daily from all across the world.  I’d recommend looking up flights on EasyJet, RyanAir, and Vueling, as they a;; have flights to Paris (and you can find some really cheap deals)! 

You can take a look at this site for Paris Orly Airport transfers to the city center for a bit more information. The transfers aren’t too complicated and will be less expensive than booking a taxi. If you are traveling with a large family or do have a lot of luggage, then I’d recommend looking into a Paris airport mini-van transfer.

If you’re already in Europe (in a neighboring country), Paris is also serviced regularly by train and bus routes from locations across Europe. Gare du Nord is Paris’ major central train station that most long-distance trains arrive into. Rail Europe is a good source of information on getting the train to Paris. For budget bus travel, try Eurolines or Flixbus (previously Megabus).

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Getting Around Paris 

Navigating Paris is easy, straightforward and surprisingly enjoyable! They have a historical underground Metro that is reliable and mostly on time, and it runs from early morning until 1 AM on weekdays and 2 AM on weekends. There are tons of stops that will take you right where you need to go, and what’s cool is that, like a lot of European cities, Paris’ train stations are often named after their nearest major landmark. Stations with names like Bastille, Louvre, Notre-Dame-des-Champs and Opéra should at least help you get near to where you need to go. 

It goes without saying that walking or cycling in Paris will maximize what you can see and is a great way to find hidden gems along the way – or to stop off for copious French snacks, drinks (and lots of French wine) along the way. While I would definitely say that exploring by foot is always the best in a new city, to make the most out of your four days in Paris, I would suggest getting the hang of the public transportation system!

In addition, Paris has an extensive bus network or you can even take to the water and enjoy a river cruise from a range of tour providers that travel up the Seine. 

If you have a finite amount of time in Paris but want to see as much as you can, I’d recommend booking a Paris Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour. It’s a double-decker bus that has two routes covering the majority of the major city’s attractions and is a fantastic & time-efficient way of getting around. These are common all over the world, but Paris is one of the only places I’ve really found they work great and are worth the money!  

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Where to Stay for 4 Days in Paris

Choosing somewhere incredible to stay in Paris can be quite tricky, as there are dozens of awesome neighborhoods and a sea of epic AirBNB’s and hotels across the city. I’ve also written an article about the Best Hotels in Paris with Eiffel Tower Views, so give that a read if that interests you! Here are a few more options that I know would provide top-rated accommodation & experience for this Paris itinerary


A luxurious, magical and extraordinary view of the Eiffel Tower (Airbnb PLUS)

https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/22899891?s=51

Price: $250+ USD per night 

Guest review: “To summarise: This place is MAGICAL. So rarely can anyone find houses with this amount of effort and thoughtfulness. From the vast array of mood lighting in each room, the rainforest style bathroom with twinkly star lights on the roof, aquariums, THE VIEW OF THE EIFFEL TOWER!!! Sensor lighting, underfloor heating, even the coffee mugs were adorable. We were in heaven every single day. Thank you again Rudolphe!” – Julia 


Hôtel Balzac

https://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/balzac.en-gb.html

Price: $250+ USD per night 

The Hotel Balzac offers incredible value for money, especially for a 5 star hotel right in the heart of Paris with views of the Eiffel Tower. The staff here are friendly and attentive, the rooms are beautiful and the location everything. You’ll be right on the Champs Élysées, with the Arc de Triomphe two minutes walk away. This is a special gem in such a historic city. 

Guest review: “The staff were excellent, very eager to help and our room was spectacular with a view of the Eiffel Tower. The location could not have been better, a few seconds from the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. I would happily stay at Hotel Balzac again on my next stay in Paris.” – Joseph, United Kingdom 

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Magnificent Loft Apartment in the Latin Quarter (Family/ Luxury Airbnb)

https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/22622799

Price: $800+ USD per night 

While this unit might be on the pricier side for most traveler’s budgets, it’s absolutely gorgeous! It’s a 3-bedroom/ 3-bathroom unit that comfortably sleeps 6 people, and will certainly be an incredible stay for your Paris trip!

Guest review: “This remarkably stylish, artful and gracious loft was the perfect setting to immerse in Paris with our friends and family . The value Edgar offers for this chic 3 bedroom residence is unparalleled. Every aspect of this space exceeded expectations and was everything the beautiful photos represented and more.” – Heather 


Generator Paris Hostel

https://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Generator-Paris/Paris/92198

If you’re a budger traveler / backpacker, than this is where I think you should stay! Situated in 10th district, Generator is by far the best location of all Paris hostels. Boasting free wifi, an in-house bar and with scenic views overlooking the city; you really can’t go wrong with this hostel. Also known for being the most solo-traveler friendly hostel in Paris, you are bound to meet some awesome new people to take on this incredible city with by both day and night. 

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Now that we’ve discussed a few important aspects for your Paris trip planning, let’s discuss the best things to do during your trip! While this itinerary is most well-suited for first-timers, it’s filled with tons of solid info for previous visitors! 

The Best 4-Day Paris Itinerary 


Paris Day 1: The Paris Tourist Trail

So it’s your first day in incredible Paris, and I hope you’re well-rested because the City of Lights has so much to offer! While Paris is a huge city, navigating your way around to its world-famous landmarks is pretty easy, as they are all located in relatively close proximity to the city center.

Paris is well organised into 20 compact “arrondissements” or districts. The 1st to the 7th arrondissements are where most of the major tourist magnets are located. A tour through these 7 arrondissements will take you to some of the biggest and best Paris sights. 


Trocadero & The Eiffel Tower

https://www.toureiffel.paris

Paris’ most iconic landmark, The Eiffel Tower stands proud against the city’s skyline, and draws in over 7 million tourists every year, and I think would be the perfect place to begin your Parisian vacation! 

Climb its 1710 steps or take the elevator to enjoy unrivalled views from what is arguably the best lookout point in Paris. Not keen on heights? Enjoy the view of the Eiffel Tower from the lush green expanse of the surrounding Trocadéro Gardens. If you take the metro to the Trocadéro stop, you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous view overlooking the Eiffel Tower, and then can walk down across the street to climb the steps to the top. 

Also, don’t miss the famous nightly light show, where the Tower glitters and shines magnificently, wowing spectators across the city. No visit to Paris is complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower during the day, and at night! 

Travel tip: The Eiffel Tower is pretty much always going to be busy (especially during the peak summer season), so I’d recommend looking into a tour/ package that includes a skip the line pass! For example, this Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower & Seine River Cruise is a pretty fantastic deal for first-time visitors to Paris!

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The Arc de Triomphe 

http://www.paris-arc-de-triomphe.fr

Another iconic monument that the French are truly proud of, the Arc de Triomphe stands at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle and creates a photo-worthy junction of twelve avenues that create a star effect with the Arc at the middle. Standing since 1836, the Arc de Triomphe and its incredible iconography is an ode to the patriotism and triumphs of Paris. 

“A key place of major national events. Wanted by Napoleon in 1806, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated in 1836 by French King, Louis Philippe, who dedicated it to the armies of the Revolution and the Empire. The Unknown Soldier was buried at the base of the arch in 1921. The flame of remembrance is rekindled every day at 18:30.”

 It’s located about a pleasant 2.0km stroll, (also easily reached by metro), but you can give a read through this Things to do between the Arc of Triumph and the Eiffel Tower for some more fun ideas!

Hours of operation vary per time of the year, and ticket prices cost 12 euro on the official website (cheaper for youth). Save some time though and book a Skip-the-Line Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets, as it’s actually cheaper to book-in-advance/ and you won’t have to wait in line. 

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The Champs-Élysées 

https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/walks-in-paris/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-champs-elysees

Paris’ most famous street, the Champs-Élysées, stretches almost 2km from the the Arc de Triomphe down to the Place de la Concorde! The avenue is marked by endless stores, cafes, restaurants and in the lead up to Christmas, traditional European Christmas markets and gorgeous twinkling lights. You could spend a day just wandering up and down this central hive of activity. 

It’s visited every day by nearly 300,000 people, and is one of the most picture-perfect streets you’ll encounter in the city! This is another place I’d recommend visiting once by day, and once by night. It’s truly magnificent, and you’ll get swept away by the glamourous shopping opportunities, boutique restaurants, and smaller souvenir stores. Even if you’re not looking to spend any money, a stroll along the 2km stretch is a must for any first-time visitor to Paris

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Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris at sunset


Place de la Concorde

http://www.paris.fr/accueil/culture/dossiers/places/place-de-la-concorde/rub_7174_dossier_59834_port_16597_sheet_11893

The largest public square in Paris, the Place de la Concorde sits at one end of the Champs-Élysées and covers 19 acres. During the violence of the French Revolution, this square saw many public executions, including the famous guillotining of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Robespierre and other historical figures. But the days of bloodshed at the Place de la Concorde are behind us – thankfully – and now it’s a visitor favorite thanks to its monuments such as the recognizable Obelisk, it’s fountains and its neighboring gardens. 

For the movie fans out there, you’ll recognize this place from The Devil Wears Prada, which is where the final scene Andy (Anne Hathaway) dumps her phone into the fountain here at Place de la Concorde)!    

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Notre Dame

https://www.notredamedeparis.fr/en/

The world watched as France’s most loved church Notre Dame burnt before our eyes in early 2019. Thankfully, much of the structure was saved and rebuilding is already underway. In the meantime, visitors can still marvel at this Gothic architectural icon from the outside.

From the Place de la Concorde, it’s a beautiful walk along the Seine River (passing by the Louvre which you’ll visit later), admiring beautiful bridges, museums, and scenery. 

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The River Seine 

https://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/walks-in-paris/paris-river-seine

The romantic River Seine winds through the center of Paris, alongside some of the city’s biggest landmarks.  While you’ll no doubt find yourself wandering alongside this famous river on your journey through Paris (if you walk along this itinerary), if the sun is out, why not grab a cafe latte or a picnic and enjoy the riverside view for the while resting your weary feet?

Travel tip: Parisians have a notorious reputation for being rude and unhelpful, but I can tell you this is simply not the case! My experience with locals while in Paris has always been great. Many speak English extremely well, so don’t be afraid to ask for directions. I’m positive they will be more than happy to point you in the right direction. Parisians have great pride in their city, their language and their history, so even learning basic greetings in French before arriving into Paris could go a long way towards ingratiating you to the locals when you need it. 

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Sacré-Cœur

http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com

Finally, head to the eternally cool Parisian suburb of Montmartre – famed for being the home of artists and writers throughout history – and challenge yourself to climb the 270 steps to Sacre-Coeur instead of taking the funicular up. Your legs may turn to jelly (if they’re not already from your long day of walking), but I guarantee the view from the top either during the day or at night is even better than the feeling of accomplishment at getting there.

Explore the gorgeous basilica of Sacré-Coeur and afterwards, treat yourself to a sweet pastry and a fabulous French coffee in one of Montmartre’s achingly hip artist haunts. Get lost in all the art, enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants, and watch the sunset dip beneath the horizon.  

Tour Options: Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre Tour with Expert Guide: “Visit the inside of Sacré-Coeur, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart with an expert guide. Marvel at the world’s largest mosaic then enjoy an amazing walk around the village of Montmartre.” Price: $17.28 

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Paris Itinerary Day 2: Palace of Versailles (or Disneyland) Day Trip

No trip to Paris is complete without making the pilgrimage to the former residence of the ill-fated French Royal Family, the majestic Palace of Versailles.

http://en.chateauversailles.fr

The official royal residence from 1682 until the French Revolution of 1789, Versailles is only 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the center of Paris. Spend the day exploring the incredible Gardens of Versailles, the historical Hall of Mirrors and so many other features of this massive palace and its surroundings. Almost 8 million visitors a year walk in the footsteps of royalty at Versailles – will you be next? 

  • The Palace is open every day except on Mondays from 9:00 am, but the estate of Trianon and the Coach Gallery only open in the afternoon. The last admission is at 6.00 pm.
  • The Park and Gardens are open every day. Access to the Versailles Gardens is free except on days of fountains shows.

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How to get from Paris to Versailles

Train: Getting to Versailles by train is the cheapest option, and a round trip ticket will only cost 7.10€ per person, and takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes on average. 

All you’ll need to do is get to the nearest metro stop that intersects with the RER Line C, and then book tickets to “Versailles Château Rive Gauche” station. It’s pretty simple really, and you could always ask staff at the metro for assistance.

Uber: If you’re traveling with a group of friends, it might just be easier to hop in an uber. It’ll save you time for sure, and might not cost THAT much more if you divide it evenly. A one-way uber cost should cost around 35-40euro.


Versailles travel tip: Skip the line at Versailles and pre-book tickets! Summertime at Versailles is peak tourist season, and who wants queues cutting into your precious time in Paris? If you’re traveling to Paris during the busy months, I recommend booking ahead for most major activities and landmarks that require tickets. 

Ultimate Versailles: Skip-the-Line Guided TourEnjoy an exclusive guided tour of one of the largest palaces in the world. See the State Apartments, the King’s Bedroom, the Hall of Mirrors, and more.

No matter what you do though, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with Versailles! It’s truly one of the most beautiful buildings and gardens I’ve experience in all of Europe, and you could spend all day there! I’d personally recommend renting a row-boat for an hour and sailing along the Grand Canal! I’ve done that a few times, and it’s such an awesome experience. 

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Disneyland Paris

Are you traveling with kids or simply a big kid at heart and don’t want to miss a trip to Disneyland Paris on your short getaway to the French capital? The flagship European instalment of the American mega-brand, Disneyland Paris is just as captivating and fun-filled as its other global locations. 

https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-int/

Disneyland Paris travel tip: Disneyland Paris is only 20 miles (or 32 kilometres) from the center of Paris on the RER (Regional Express Network) train network. While it’s a great time and not far from central Paris, it’s actually recommended that you spend 3 days at Disneyland Paris. If your trip to Paris is limited to 4 days, I recommend leaving a visit here until you have more time. If you’re happy to spend 1 day at Disney though, go for it!

“Immerse yourself in the world of Disney stories and soak up the Disney magic at our Theme Park. Over 50 attractions, breathtaking parades and shows offer families magical experiences and exciting adventures.”

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Paris Itinerary Day 3: The Louvre + Musée d’Orsay + SO MUCH ART  

What city in the world is more synonymous with art than Paris? Besides Italy, it’s the home of more famous art than any other place in Europe and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these priceless creations for yourself. Spend your third day in this magnificent city taking in some of the world’s most important – and beautiful – art. 

The Louvre is the most famous (and most visited) art gallery on the planet, and you’ll need to spend at least a few hours or half a day here to see even a fraction of the entire galleries contents. Paris has so many great galleries and museums, but my recommendations will put you up close and personal with some of the greats of the art world.

Don’t miss out on visiting these Paris galleries and museums…

Louvre Facts


The Louvre 

https://www.louvre.fr

The French Revolution saw the end of the Louvre’s run as an aristocracy and royalty only zone, and 10 million annual visitors to the museum can thank the revolutionaries for giving Paris’ art back to the people. Over 200 years on, the Louvre houses 36,000 artworks and 380,000 objects all on display to the general population. Some of its most famous pieces include Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the mysterious Venus de Milo. For film buffs, the Louvre featured as a central character in The Da Vinci Code, and the museum gave unprecedented permission for its interiors to be used in the film. 

Did you know: If you spent 1 minute looking at each and every piece of art and every object in the Louvre and kept this up for 8 hours per day, you’d wrap up the task of seeing everything in the museum in 75 days. That’s a lot of art! 

Take a quick read through this article “Paris: 7 tips for surviving the Louvre” for some solid tips and tricks for visiting the Louvre. A few of the tips include visiting it at night, using a separate entrance, having a game-plan, and lots more!  Also, check out this article “10 Secrets of the Louvre, The World’s Most Visited Museum” for some more awesome facts and interesting insights!

Paris Travel Tip: The Louvre can get ridiculously busy, so I’d highly recommend booking a Louvre Museum: Timed Entrance Ticket (SKIP THE LINE) pass to take the stress out of your visit. 

Louvre Facts - Paris


The Musée D’Orsay & L’Orangerie 

https://www.musee-orsay.fr/en | https://www.musee-orangerie.fr

Second only to the Louvre in terms of popular galleries and museums in Paris, the Musée D’Orsay welcomes over 3 million visitors a year, who come to see its many exhibitions and events. If you’ve ever dreamed of experiencing a Degas, Monet, Renoir or Van Gogh masterpiece in person, the Musée D’Orsay does not – and will not – disappoint. 

As well, head to the L’Orangerie gallery in Paris next and see Monet’s artistic masterpiece in the flesh. You’ll be surprised by how massive the entire Water Lilies piece is. It has its own room! 

You could book Orsay and Orangerie Museums Skip-the-Line Ticket Combo to save some time as well…

The Musée D’Orsay - Best Paris 4 Days Itinerary


Monet’s Home in Giverny 

http://giverny.org/monet/home/

If you’re a fan of impressionist artist Claude Monet and your trip to Paris falls during the warmer months, don’t miss a chance to visit the great artist’s home in the town of Giverny.

It’s about a 40-60 minute journey from central Paris to Giverny, where you can see the water lillies that inspired Monet’s greatest work and wander through the home the artist resided in for almost 50 years. Monet’s home is open to visitors from late March to November 1st each year. 

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Paris Itinerary Day 4: Shopping & The Moulin Rouge 

It’s your final day in Paris and I’m sure you are really sad to be leaving. Don’t worry! I’ve got a day planned for you that will see you kiss the city goodbye in truly Parisian style! 

Today is all about treating yo’self like any true Parisian always makes time for. And that means hitting some of the cities best stores and shopping streets to indulge in a little retail therapy to make the folks back home green with envy.

Stop by these Paris shopping hotspots and have your Euros at the ready… 


Galeries Lafayette

https://www.galerieslafayette.com

If you’re feeling fancy, head to the Galeries Lafayette, the city’s most posh shopping experience. Standing since 1912, the Galeries Lafayette and its eye-catching Art Nouveau design is located near the Paris Opera and spans 70,000 square feet. It sells a huge range of upmarket brands including Balenciaga, Bulgari, Parisian icon Chanel and Hermès. 

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Shakespeare & Company 

http://shakespeareandcompany.com

You’ve probably seen this charming little Paris bookstore pop up on your Instagram feed (or TV) more than once. After all, it’s a magnet for photo ops due to its place in pop culture.

Located on Paris’ Left Bank, Shakespeare & Company has been operating since 1919, despite moving locations once as a result of the Second World War. What makes it so special was that it was the hangout of iconic writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound and James Joyce during their years in Paris. Since then, Shakespeare & Company has been immortalized in films such as Midnight in Paris and Before Sunset. 


Paris Flea Market 

http://www.paris-flea-market.com

“The Paris flea market is the largest antique market in the world. It comprises some 2,500 stores, spread across 15 markets. 

If you’re all out of Euros or prefer a more thrifty shopping experience, the Paris Flea Market is where it’s at.

Open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, this market is a Mecca for locals and tourists looking for a bargain. It’s the biggest antique market in the world and has 2500 stalls. It’s a bit of a hike from the centre of Paris to get there, but well worth it for a vintage luxury label treasure for just a few gold coins… 

“The Paris flea market is the largest antique market in the world. It comprises some 2,500 stores, spread across 15 markets. 


The Moulin Rouge

http://www.moulinrouge.fr/?lang=en

Hopefully, you picked yourself something fancy along the way on your Paris shopping spree because tonight is all about seeing out your Paris vacation with a visit to the high-kicking home of Parisian culture – the Moulin Rouge!  

The real Moulin Rouge (“Red Windmill”) goes back way further than the film of the same name. To 1885 to be exact. Since then, it’s been a cultural staple of Paris, where the most skilled cabaret performers in the world put on multiple high-energy shows per night. Located in artistic Montmartre, a night at the Moulin Rouge is an experience you won’t ever forget. 

Moulin Rouge Show with ChampagneRevel in the sumptuous settings of the Moulin Rouge, the world-renowned cabaret in Paris, with a ticket to the spectacular show “Féerie”. Sip on sparkling Champagne as you savor international performances filled to the brim with feathers and rhinestones.

Complete with wine, feathers, lights, and sequins, there really is no other place than the Moulin Rouge.

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More Fun Things to Do in Paris in 4 Days

If you’ve found yourself with a bit more time in the city, or you’re not interested in a few of the items and places I’ve mentioned on this Paris itinerary, here are a few more of my favorite things to do while you’re in the City of Lights!

Picnic at the Eiffel Tower

Perhaps, one of the best and simple activities you can do while you’re in Paris is enjoying a spread of delicious bread, cured meats, cheese, and wine while soaking up the atmosphere around the Eiffel Tower! I do this EVERY time I go to Paris, and it’s awesome. You’ll see tons of people doing the same thing (and could be easy to meet new people), drink wine, and watch the Eiffel tower sparkle every hour at night.  

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Watch the sunset at the Tour Montparnasse Viewing Deck

“Want to see everything in Paris from one spot? Searching for an incredible panoramic view overlooking the Eiffel Tower and all the other iconic monuments in Paris? Located right in the city center, the Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck gives you a unique, breathtaking view by day or by night!

At 210 meters tall, the Tour Montparnasse will provide one of the best views in Paris that will impress everyone! Tickets cost 12 euro, and I’d recommend heading up there around sunset so you can admire the views both during sunlight and nighttime. 

Tour Montparnasse - Best Things to do in Paris in 4 Days 2020

Image provided by The Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck press team – Photopoint.com


The Paris Catacombs Tour

A veritable labyrinth in the heart of underground Paris, the Catacombs were installed in the tunnels of former quarries.

The Catacombs of Paris (Les Catacombes de Paris) are an underground network beneath the streets of Paris, and the final resting place of over 6 million people! Over half a million visitors head down to the darkness of the Catacombs each year, whereupon entry, they are greeted with a sign reading “Stop. This is the empire of death”. 

A guided tour through these underground tunnels is truly fascinating, and would be a fantastic addition to your 4-Day Paris itinerary!  

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Ticket with Audio Guide: “Discover a world beneath the streets of Paris and see tunnels and rooms decorated with the human bones and skulls of around 6 million Parisians. The Paris Catacombs were originally a quarry with hundreds of kilometers of tunnels burrowed beneath the streets of Paris. When the cemeteries of Paris became overfilled, the city started moving the dead into the Catacombs.  Avoid lengthy lines and the hassle of ticket counters – simply show your voucher, start your self-guided tour and explore the “City of Lights” at your own pace.”

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What to Eat During your 4 Days in Paris 

Paris is impressive enough on its own, but if you’re a foodie, Paris is an unmissable degustation experience as well. French food is diverse, unique and satisfying, and has something for everyone. 

I highly recommend trying these iconic French foods during your 4 days in Paris… 

Snails (“escargot”)

Probably the appetizer we most associate with France, you’ll be surprised by just how delicious and mouth-watering snails cooked traditionally in garlic really are. 

Frogs legs (“grenouilles”)

They may be small and relatively meatless (and not at all filling), but frogs legs are a French food bucket list item – so you have to give it a try. 

Cheese (“fromage”)

There are between 1000 and 1600 French cheeses, depending on who you believe. And while a short trip to Paris isn’t long enough to sample them all, you can try your best. Pass the Camembert please… 

Croissants 

We all love croissants, but these freshly baked, buttery pastries taste so much better when eaten in their native Paris alongside a coffee in a beautiful French cafe. 

What to Eat in Paris - 4 Day Itinerary


Bouillabaisse

This hearty French fish stew can be found on almost any menu in Paris. Bouillabaisse is best enjoyed with a crusty French baguette in a warm and cozy Paris restaurant on a cold winter day. 

Steak-frites

Essentially the French version of steak and fries, steak-frites is the perfect meal choice when you can’t make sense of that French menu but you’re ravenous. Just don’t tell the Belgians you ate it in France. After all, they lay claim to this filling dish.

 Macarons 

These colorful and delicious pastry cakes are simply to die for, and are widely sold all over Paris! If you find your way over to Pierre Herme (which are known for being the best Macarons in Paris), you’ll be able to find unique flavors, unbeatable taste, and can buy a full box to bring home to friends and family. 

 Champagne

I know champagne technically isn’t a food, but is there really any excuse not to drink the bubbly stuff in its country of origin? Cheers! 

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Champagne Bar at the Montparnasse Viewing Deck


Basic French Words & Phrases to Learn for 4 Days in Paris

French people are very proud of their language, and while many folks in Paris do speak English, I’d strongly suggest learning and speaking some basic French when you’re in Paris. Here are 10 words to get you started, but I’d also suggest downloading DuoLingo or another language learning app! 

  1. Hi! – Salut! (Sal-oo)
  2. Hello – Bonjour 
  3. Do you speak French? – Parlez vous français? (Formal) (parlay voo fronsays)
  4. How are you? – Ça va? (Informal) (sa va)
  5. Goodbye – Au revoir  (oh revwa)
  6. Thanks a lot – Merci beaucoup (mersee boocoo)
  7. Please – S’il vous plait (see voo play)
  8. Excuse me – Excusez moi (excusay mwa)
  9. Where is – Ou est (oo – eh)
  10.  Yes / No – Oui / Non – (wee / no)

Remember: French is a unique language in that there’s a lot of different unwritten “rules” for how to speak to some people versus others. Talking to strangers or elders follows a more formal language structure, while talking to friends or peers is more informal. If you’re visiting France, it’s usually best to revert to the formal when speaking to locals – just to be safe! One of the best things about the French is that they are happy even if you just try to speak their language!


Am I Missing Anything from this 4 Days in Paris Itinerary?

While I think this is a pretty amazing itinerary filled with incredible places, museums, day-trips, and lots more – if you think I need to add any specific bar, restaurant, or attraction in Paris – please do let me know! I’d love to keep this 4 Days in Paris itinerary up-to-date with the best information to help people plan their travels!  

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I hope that my itinerary for four days in Paris helps you explore and enjoy all that this amazing city has to offer and maybe even discover a hidden gem amongst the Parisian hustle and bustle. 

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