How to spend a perfect day in Paris?

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How to spend a perfect day in Paris?

Posted By Steve Forsing     October 6, 2018    

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It’s hard to resist the charms of Paris, a city where there’s something to see around every corner and you could easily spend weeks exploring. But if you find yourself with just a single day to explore Europe’s City of Light, there’s no need to worry. Here’s our guide to seeing Paris’ highlights in one day.

Morning — Icons and Art

Eiffel Tower

Begin your day with a cafe au lait (coffee with milk) and a perfectly buttery croissant or pain-au-chocolat at a Paris café, such as Carette or Le Peloton. Afterwards, head to the Eiffel Tower to begin your adventure with Paris’ most iconic must-see sight. The tower opens at 9:30am, and you can ascend to the top for a sweeping view of the city—your best bet is a guided priority-access tour that will allow you to skip the line, save time, and head up to the viewing platforms.

Eiffel Tower

Place de la Concorde

Once you’ve descended the tower, take a scenic stroll through Les Invalides, a complex of ornate, 17th-century buildings that opens up onto the Seine. Walk toward Place de la Concorde, the largest public square in Paris, to admire its ancient, gold-tipped obelisk from the Luxor Temple in Egypt, as well as the two ornate, neoclassical, 19th-century fountains.

Place de la Concorde

Louvre Museum

Continue on to see one or two of the most renowned museums in France. There’s the Louvre Museum (Musee du Louvre), with its extensive art galleries that include Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and the famous Greek “Venus de Milo” sculpture. Come armed with a skip-the-line pass to bypass the crowds. Or, if you prefer, check out the impressive Impressionist collection at the Musee d’Orsay. Be sure to prebook skip-the-line tickets here too, and admire the building itself—a converted railroad station—along with works by Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, and others.

Louvre Museum

Afternoon — Picnics and Parisian Chic

Luxembourg Gardens

Take a break from the sightseeing to enjoy a picnic lunch along the Left Bank of the Seine River or at the splendid Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg), an oasis of greenery in the middle of the city. With even the most typical of markets stocking delicious cheeses and baguettes, it’s easy to have an inexpensive and scenic meal outdoors. You can also book a food and wine tour that includes lunch to skip any guesswork.

Luxembourg Gardens

Saint Germain des Pres Quarter

Once you’re satiated, stroll through the perfectly Parisian neighborhood of St-Germain-des-Pres. This historically artistic and intellectual area, famous for an association with philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and writer Simone de Beauvoir, is characterized by charming cafes, chic art spaces, jazz clubs such as Cafe Les Deux Magots, and the famed Church of Saint-Germain-des-Pres. If you fall in love with the neighborhood and time permits, consider extending your time here with a 4-hour walking tour to dive deeper into its bohemian culture.

Saint Germain des Pres Quarter

Evening — Sunsets and Supper

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

As the sun starts to sink, catch the Metro or take a hop-on hop-off bus to the Montmartre neighborhood. The area is crowned by the epic hilltop Basilica of Sacre Coeur—linger up here as the sun sets for a vibrant view overlooking Paris, or ascend to the top of the basilica’s dome.

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

Le Marais

Rather not go it alone? Book a full-day guided Paris tour to follow a knowledgeable guide around the city—they’ll ensure you check off all the top sights in the French capital even with limited time. Head to TripAdvisor for more itineraries and travel inspiration!

Le Marais



Source: TripAdvisor

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