3 Days in Paris: Must-See Sights in 72 Hours!

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Key Highlights

  1. Marvel at the Eiffel Tower‘s iconic silhouette and panoramic city views.
  2. Cruise the Seine River for a relaxing journey past Parisian landmarks.
  3. Explore the awe-inspiring Notre Dame Cathedral and its exquisite stained glass.
  4. Immerse yourself in art at the Louvre Museum, housing masterpieces like the Mona Lisa.

Introduction to 3 Days in Paris

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Paris, also known as the City of Lights (or the City of Love), is a dream destination for many travelers. But, as you might’ve heard some former travelers say it’s dirty or overrated we are here to debunk that theory. With its iconic landmarks, world-class museums, charming neighborhoods, and delicious cuisine, Paris has something for everyone.

No matter if you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, spending 3 days in Paris is the perfect amount of time to explore the city’s most famous sights and get a taste of its breathtaking atmosphere. Our travel guides will take you through an adventure filled 3 day itinerary to the historic streets of Montmartre to the grandeur of the Louvre Museum, all within a mere 72 hours! So pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready for a perfect trip to the City of Lights or again the City of Love! 🙂

What to do in Paris for 3 days?

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There’s a plethora of activities and attractions to see when in Paris, especially for your first visit. Since we only have a short but sweet 72 hours you’ll want to make the most of your time and see the more important parts of the city.

We suggest starting your trip with a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower. Here you’ll be able to enjoy panoramic views of the city while possibly having a little picnic on the grass. Next, explore the historic neighborhood of Montmartre and visit the stunning SacrĂ©-CĹ“ur Basilica. Here you admire the artistic history and experience one of the most iconic monuments found in Paris. To note there are plenty of guided tours available for these attractions.

After admiring the historic and iconic French monument you can fully immerse yourself in art at the Louvre Museum, home of the Mona Lisa. It is truly breathtaking to see this painting in person and not on a screen. We won’t just stop exploring there! A nice way to cap off the day will be by taking a leisurely stroll along the Seine River and boarding a scenic sunset cruise. What can get better than ending your trip in Paris indulging in delicious French cuisine while cruising off into the sunset. This is the perfect time to enjoy views of Paris with your loved ones.

Paris Museum Pass

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Before we get started on your itinerary for 3 days in Paris, we should go over an essential museum pass for a hassle free trip. The Paris pass is a combination pass that you can purchase and gives you entrance to over 35 attractions in Paris. We highly suggest spending the $140 flat fee for this pass. Also, if you aren’t staying in Paris for 3 days, there are a few different duration options to choose from with this pass. The best part? this pass allows you to skip the normal lines/allows early and free entry to a select few attractions! This is a great way to save money and experience some perks. Although we highly suggest this pass, be sure to price out the actual cost of the attractions you plan on visiting verse this pass because it might end up costing more for the pass. The official website for the pass can be found here.

3 Days in Paris Itinerary

Day 1: The Heart of Paris – Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Seine River

On your first day of your Paris adventure, make sure your ready for an action packed day! We’ll first start with a trip to the iconic Eiffel Tower where you can experience the best views of the city. We suggest bringing a little picnic to enjoy in Champ de Mars which is the little park in front of the Eiffel tower. If you choose to climb up to the top floor of the Eiffel Tower, you can use the stairs or elevator.

After admiring the breathtaking views of the city, it’ll be time to head to the Louvre Museum. Although the Eiffel tower isn’t too far from the Louvre we suggest getting a taxi, or hoping on the metro since the walk could take close to an hour. We suggest getting tickets for the museum before hand since THEY will sell out fast! Once you step foot in the Louvre you’ll immediately get lost in the beautiful art and history. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to see masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo!

As the day comes to an end, your next stop and final one will be at the river Seine. Head on over to the Seine River to take a leisurely sunset dinner cruise. While cruising along the river on the Seine River cruise, you’ll be able to indulge is some of the finest French cuisines. This experience is truly a magical one no matter if you’re going solo or with your loved ones. During the summer months this experience is even a little more magical. I mean who else can say they ended the day on the Seine River at sunset?!

Day 2: Historical Marvels – Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, and Latin Quarter

Day two is all about exploring the historical marvels of Paris. First on our list is a visit to the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. While at this cathedral it’s important to take in the gothic architecture and stunning stained glass windows. This cathedral is definitely breathtaking in our opinion. It is important to note that Notre Dame is temporarily closed until further notice at this time. It does suck that if your visiting Paris for the first time soon because this is an iconic landmark. You can still take in the breathtaking architecture outside but no one is allowed in. Next, visit the nearby Sainte Chapelle, known for its intricate stained glass panels depicting biblical scenes. Although this can’t be in your control, we suggest visiting Sainte Chapelle on a bright sunny day to really admire the dazzle the stained glass gives off.

After exploring some of the most wonderful Cathedrals and Chapelle, you will definitely be starving. With only a 10 minute walk away, you’ll step foot into the charming streets of the Latin Quarter. These streets are known for its lively atmosphere, little cafes, and bookshops. Our favorite little cafe to stop into has to be A. Lacroix Pâtissier. This patisserie is known for their sweet pastries and savory treats while being able to view the first stop of the day, Notre Dame. And for your last stop of the day and a literary adventure, stop by the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore. A trip to Latin Quarter wouldn’t be complete without a stop in to the oldest bookstore.

Day 3: Artistic Exploration – Montmartre, SacrĂ©-CĹ“ur, and Versailles

On your last day, venture to the artistic neighborhood of Montmartre. While also spending half the day getting out of the city and traveling to Versailles. Your morning will start with strolling through this Bohemian district and taking in all the vibrant art surrounding you. As you stroll through these streets, you’ll have to stop to visit SacrĂ©-CĹ“ur Basilica. In order to get to the top of the astonishing views, you have to climb the stairs or take the funicular (known as a cliff railway) to the top of the hill. At the top of the hill you’ll be able to see panoramic views of the capital from over 100 meters above ground. Be sure to take in all these view before traveling back down the hill.

Once the afternoon comes around, it’ll be time to head over to the Palace of Versailles. The best and also the quickest way to travel from Sacre Coeur Basilica to the Palace of Versailles is by one of the “RER” trains. The train that runs directly from Paris to Versailles is the RER C Train, and it’s impossible to mess up this transport! Once arriving at the Versailles Train Station, you’ll just follow the crowd since everyone is heading to the same place as you.

The Palace of Versailles is like nothing seen before. It should be know that this attraction can fill up a full day of your itinerary but, you’ll be able to experience all this attraction encompasses with only a half day. Upon arrival, you’ll will step into an art and architecture haven. You can explore the stunning gardens and the Hall of Mirrors with a walking tour. This is an amazing way to learn about the history of this iconic palace. Also, a fun fact for those looking to splurge a little is that you can stay over in the Palace of Versailles. For a pretty penny of course. These experiences encapsulate the essence of Paris—an exquisite blend of art, history, and culture that leaves a lasting impression on every visitor.

Once your all set admiring and experience The Palace of Versailles, head back into Paris and end your day with a stroll through the beautiful Place de la Concorde. This is one of the major public squares located in Paris and you’ll be able to take in the stunning architecture and reflect on the rich history. After all, it is best known for its ties to the French Revolution. Ending your trip at an important historic location is just the icing on the cake.

What to Pack for Paris

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The best travel guides suggest packing light when preparing for a long weekend trip to Paris. There will be a lot of walking!!

  1. Essential items include a sturdy pair of walking shoes for exploring the city’s charming streets and comfortable clothes for long days of sightseeing.
  2. Don’t forget a versatile scarf to add a touch of French flair to your outfits and protect against any unexpected chills.
  3. A compact umbrella or a stylish hat can come in handy for unpredictable weather in the City of Light.
  4. It’s advisable to carry a small backpack to keep your hands free while carrying essentials like a water bottle, snacks, and a guidebook to navigate the city efficiently.
  5. Pack a universal adapter to charge your devices and a portable charger for staying connected throughout your travels.

Where to Stay in Paris

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For a memorable 3 days in Paris, it’s crucial to select ideal accommodations. Consider staying near a metro station, such as the Paris Metro, for convenient transportation around the city. Hotel Europe Saint-Severin is a great option. Or if you want to be close to main attractions, consider hotels close the Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower like, Hotel Gustave or for a more luxurious option with stunning views of the Eiffel tower choose the Pullman Pairs Tour Eiffel. If you prefer a quieter ambiance, quaint boutique hotels in charming neighborhoods like the Latin Quarter could be perfect, like Hotel MINERVE.

Additionally, staying in the city center ensures proximity to major sights and vibrant nightlife. Research each area to match your preferences and budget to find the best place to stay during your 3 days in Paris. Enjoy your trip to the City of Light to the fullest with the perfect accommodation choice.


In conclusion, this 3-day Paris itinerary offers a perfect blend of iconic landmarks, historical wonders, and artistic marvels. By following this itinerary, you can immerse yourself in the essence of Paris and create unforgettable memories and experience a great trip. From witnessing the sunrise at the Eiffel Tower to exploring the grandeur of Versailles, each day promises a unique experience. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, Paris never fails to captivate with its charm and beauty. Prepare for your trip by packing essentials and choosing the right accommodation. Get ready to fall in love with the magic of Paris in just 72 hours!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to see all of Paris in 3 days?

Exploring all of Paris in 3 days is ambitious but possible with meticulous planning. Focus on key landmarks each day, like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame, and Montmartre. Prioritize must-see sights to make the most of your trip.

Can I Visit Versailles on a Day Trip from Paris?

Yes, visiting Versailles on a day trip from Paris is possible. The best time to go is early in the morning to explore the palace, gardens, and Trianon estate. Use public transport like the RER train for a quick journey. Enjoy the opulence of Versailles before heading back to Paris.

Are Three Days Enough to See the Highlights of Paris?

With a well-planned itinerary, three days in Paris are sufficient to cover the major highlights. Each day is packed with iconic landmarks and cultural experiences. Make the most of your time by exploring the diverse attractions Paris has to offer.

What Are Some Must-Try Foods in Paris?

Indulge in Paris with must-try foods like croissants, escargot, macarons, and coq au vin. Explore the city’s culinary delights at bistros and patisseries for a true taste of French cuisine. Bon appĂ©tit!

What can I do for 3 days in Paris with family?

Explore Paris with your family in 3 days: Day 1 – Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Seine River. Day 2 – Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, Latin Quarter. Day 3 – Montmartre, SacrĂ©-CĹ“ur, Versailles. Enjoy iconic landmarks, historical sites, and artistic gems with your loved ones.

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