Best Itineraries

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If You Have 1 Day

Start early with coffee and croissants at a cafe. Then begin at Point Zero: All distances in France are measuredfrom the square in front of Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cite. The cathedral, with its flying buttresses, stands in the center of Paris, and it’s a great starting point. It’s a short walk to the Ile’s other Gothic masterpiece, Sainte Chapelle. Then cross the Seine to the Louvre. Select a few rooms in a particular collection for your first visit—it would take months to see everything. From the museum, stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries to place de
la Concorde, with its Egyptian obelisk. Walk up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe; there are several budget restaurants near the Champs Elysees where you can have lunch. Metro line 1 runs in a straight line from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe (Metro: Charles de Gaulle–Etoile). You can also climb aboard bus 73 at Concorde and ride up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. From the Arc de Triomphe, walk down avenue Kleber to place du Trocadero for splendid views of theEiffel Tower (bus nos. 22 and 30 also go to Trocadero, as does Metro line 6). Visit the tower and then head forthe Left Bank. You can catch anexpress subway (RER) at Champ de Mars, southwest of the Eiffel Tower on the Seine (a short walk), to the St Michel station in the Latin Quarter. Bus no. 63 from Trocadero runs along the Seine and drops you at the St Germain des Pres church, next to the Cafe des Deux Magots and Cafe de Flore. Stroll down the boulevard St Germain des Pres to place St Michel and soak up the atmosphere on the boulevard and its maze of side streets. This is an excellent
area for dinner.

If You Have 2 Days

On the first day, follow the above itinerary from Notre Dame to the Arc de Triomphe, but take a little more time in the Louvre. From the Arc de Triomphe, either walk south on avenue Marceau or take bus no. 92 to place de l’Alma next to the Seine and stroll along the quais toPont des Invalides. Walk up posh avenue Franklin D Roosevelt past the Grand Palais to the Champs Elysees and take Metro line 1 to St  Paul, in the Marais. Walk east on rue St Antoine and turn left on rue de Birague to see Paris’s oldest square, the place des Vosges, bordered
by 17th century town houses. After refreshments at a neighborhood bar or bistro, wander the lamplit streets built just wide enough for a horse and carriage. Explore the Left Bank on your second day. Start at the Eiffel Tower and follow the Seine to the Museed’Orsay to spend a few hours with the Impressionist masters, or head past the Invalides and take in the Musee Rodin. Either way, afterward go east toward St Germain des Pres and the Latin Quarter. You’ll pass through the Faubourg St Germain, a district of 18th century mansions. Relax in Parisians’ favorite park, the Jardin du Luxembourg near boulevard St Michel.

If You Have 3 Days

Add visits to the Pere Lachaise cemetery, Montmartre, and Sacre Coeur. Explore the Right Bank’s Parc Monceau.

If You Have 5 Days or More

Five days is a sensible amount of time to stay in Paris. You will have time to see the Centre Pompidou in the Marais; explore more museums; and visit Versailles, Fontainebleau, Chartres, or Giverny.  (Text Source: ‘Frommers‘)

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