By Lorena Boanda
Is Paris, The City of Lights, on your travel wishlist and you’ve finally decided to spend a week there? If the answer is yes, check out our 1-week itinerary with the must-see attractions for the world’s most touristy city.
Day 1 – Montmartre and the surroundings
Located on the top of the highest hill in Paris, Montmartre is probably the perfect place to start your visit. Our best advice would be to just lose yourself in the crowded and sometimes romantic streets.
Stay away from typical gift shops and overpriced cafes and instead maybe opt to do some cheap Parisian-style shopping on various in-the-street shops from the area. The Basilica Sacre-Coeur, Moulin Rouge, and the Elysees Montmartre Theatre are other noteworthy points of interest in the area.
Day 2 – The Eiffel Tower and a scenic boat cruise
If it’s your first time in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is a must-see. It’s hard to describe the feeling of viewing the tower in all its glory from the bottom of one of its four platforms. You can climb up to the second floor for a decent view of the city, or you can opt to visit the third floor which is done only by elevator. If you’re not on a budget, then enjoying a meal at the 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant is definitely worth it.
End the day with a relaxing boat cruise, preferably within an hour of the sunset, so that you can get the best of both “worlds.” Just sit back and enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise while you smoothly pass near the most important landmarks of Paris.
Day 3 – Spend a day at Versailles
The palace of Versailles is the personification of grandeur and lavishness. Visiting its exquisitely glamorous and artful rooms will undoubtedly inspire a sense of “they don’t make them like they used to.” Located at a short train, bus, taxi drive away from Paris, the chateau is a true reflection of King Louis XIV’s power. Make sure to check out the Hall of Mirrors, the Chapel, the auditorium, Marie Antoinette’s apartment, and the Grand Apartment.
Once you’re done with the royal residence, take a stroll in the impressively grand estate and get lost in the unique gardens, have a relaxing picnic, and visit the Grand Trianon located nearby.
Day 4 – Spend a day watching art at Le Louvre
Regarded as the world’s most important museum, The Louvre Museum is well worth your time. More of a monument than an actual museum, it boasts some of the most important pieces of artwork from all of the major civilizations. Make sure to visit the famous Mona Lisa, yet we won’t judge if you won’t be impressed.
Day 5 – Visit some of Paris’ most important landmarks
You should really spend some time just strolling the streets of Paris and checking out some of the famous landmarks. Rent a scooter or a bicycle and go to see the Place de La Concorde where you can see the 23-meter, 3000-year old Egyptian obelisk. For a bit of glamour and high-end shopping, make sure to visit the Champs-Elysees boulevard. While you’re in the area, also visit the Arc de Triomphe, one of Paris’ most iconic symbols.
Day 6 – Notre Dame and the surroundings
Visit the most renowned gothic cathedral of all time, home of numerous legends and multiple fascinating stories. Visiting the Notre Dame cathedral is probably the closest you’ll ever get to feeling how it was to live in the 13th century. While in the area, also consider visiting the St. Chapelle.
Day 7 – Other interesting places
Your last day in Paris should be the day that completes the whole experience. Some noteworthy suggestions include visiting the Catacombs of Paris with their spooky winding tunnels that are home to thousands of human bones, the Pantheon, Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, Centre Pompidou, and the relaxing and gorgeous Jardin du Luxembourg.
Have a wonderful time in your week-long vacation in Paris. We hope this guide was useful!