Paris 3-Day Itinerary: Lose Yourself in the City of Love

Check out this curated Paris 3 day itinerary for the best trip. Pictured: an excited woman jumping in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Check out this curated Paris 3 day itinerary for the best trip. Pictured: an excited woman jumping in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris, with its renowned landmarks, enduring charm, and unmistakable “je ne sais quoi,” consistently ranks high on the bucket lists of many travelers. A visit to the city of Paris has always been associated with luxury and romance, making it the perfect destination for those who appreciate the finer things in life and those seeking a taste of romance.

The city is renowned for its fashion and has subsequently been coined the fashion city of the world. Top designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Celine, Hermes, Chanel, Dior, and Givenchy, who have captured the hearts of fashion enthusiasts globally, all originate from this city. Even if fashion isn’t your passion, merely strolling by these high-end boutiques offers a glimpse into the world of French luxury, making you feel like you’ve arrived in this material realm.

Beyond the world of fashion, there is still so much to see in Paris. Paris offers a wealth of cultural and historical treasures. With its centuries-old history, the city is steeped in culture and heritage, providing ample opportunities for exploration. Given the multitude of options, it’s essential to make the most of your time while sightseeing and shopping in Paris.

While experiencing all that Paris has to offer could take weeks, this 3-day itinerary is designed to help you discover the must-see highlights for a whirlwind visit. From iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Louvre to historic neighborhoods overflowing with cafés, this guide will help you make the most of your precious time in the City of Light.

Getting Around Paris

Paris offers easy navigation with an excellent metro system, affordable taxis, and moderately walkable distances between major attractions. Buy a 3-day Paris Visite pass for unlimited rides on public transit. This a pricier investment but it ensures you will not be limited by the modes of transport available throughout the city. For sightseeing routes, hop aboard a Big Bus Paris open-top bus tour. The Hop On Off Paris bus tours offer a very touristy experience and are considered an efficient way to hit all the major sites without having to create your route and navigate the city. Alternatively, rent a Velib bike or e-scooter to zip around scenic streets.

Where To Stay in Paris

Stay centrally in neighborhoods like Le Marais, Latin Quarter, or Saint Germain des Prés to have major sights within walking distance or a quick metro ride. If staying in Le Marais, try staying at this affordable studio right in the heart of this stylish neighborhood. Or try this spacious apartment Airbnb right in the heart of the Latin Quarter that sleeps four if traveling with multiple people.

Boutique hotels provide charm while budget hostels cater to solo travelers. For apartment rentals, try Saint Germain, Luxembourg, or Montmartre. For those wanting to go all out for their experience, consider this grand apartment that sleeps five and resembles the interior of a palace in Saint Germain des Pres.

Day 1 – Icons of Paris

A full view of the Eiffel tower at night.
A full view of the Eiffel tower at night.

Start your first morning at the Eiffel Tower to beat the crowds and view the “City of Light” sparkling at dawn. Make sure to capture plenty of pictures but also take the time to soak up the experience of touring this historic landmark. After scaling the iconic tower, walk the regal Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Snap the perfect shot from the Trocadéro overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy an afternoon stroll through stately Jardins des Tuileries on your way to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. If the traveling excitement and adrenaline have not worn off yet, try going out and experiencing the Parisian nightlife.

Day 2 – History & Architecture of Paris

A worms eye shot of the Notre Dame Cathedral.
A worms eye shot of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Day Two begins by diving into Parisian history at the Notre Dame Cathedral and medieval Île de la Cité. Cross to Île Saint-Louis to simply wander the quaint side streets. Continue on to see the French Revolution sites at Conciergerie and Place de la Bastille. After lunch in buzzing Le Marais, view Paris from Montmartre including the white Sacré-Coeur basilica. Finish the evening on a dinner cruise along the Seine. Make sure this is an extra romantic experience if traveling with a partner. Paris is, of course, also coined the “City of Love.”

Day 3 – Day Trips from Paris

A wide shot of the Palace of Versailles.
A wide shot of the Palace of Versailles.

On your final day, take convenient day trips outside the city. Options include the elegant Palace of Versailles, the lavish gardens and impressionist art of Giverny, and the charming medieval town of Provins. Or simply enjoy more time in Paris’ neighborhoods, parks, and museums not yet seen. Make it a more leisurely day so you can soak up the last bit of the city and reminisce on your time there before traveling back home.

Extending Your Stay

If you have more time, top choices include climbing inside The Centre Pompidou, people-watching at lively cafés, discovering local markets and boutiques, visiting the Orsay and Rodin museums, day-tripping to Chantilly castle, taking a food tour of Montmartre or simply soaking up the Parisian ambiance.

Whether it’s your first or fifth visit, this city enchants. Follow this relaxed Paris 3-day itinerary to experience the City of Love like a true Parisian. You will leave with memories to last a lifetime and a longing to return to uncover more of Paris’ irresistible magic.