Last week I promised to share our itinerary for 4 days in Paris – and here it is, as promised!
We left Washington, DC for Paris on a Thursday evening, arriving early afternoon on a Friday. We were scheduled to be back at the airport to get the rental car on the following Tuesday morning. That left 4 days and nights of Paris to plan for!
As I mentioned last week, we took time before we left to discuss our priorities for the trip. There were a few landmarks we wanted to see, and so we started with a wish list and then grouped the sights by location to hopefully maximize our time.
This itinerary generally worked well for us, but I recognize it may not be ideal for everyone. But if it is helpful as you plan your trip, I’m happy to help! I should note, our hotel (which I’ll review here soon, because it was wonderful) was located near Les Invalides in the 7th Arrondissement.
Friday – arrival
– Flight arrival
– Cab to hotel for naptime!
– Late dinner in neighborhood
– Eiffel Tower at night
– breakfast on Rue Cler
– Rodin Museum
– Musee D’Orsay
– cab to Birthday Dinner for my husband in Saint Germain
– cab to French market and cooking lessons in the Latin Quarter
– Odeon Theater and walk through Jardin de Luxembourg
– walk to Bonne Marche
– metro to Paris Opera House
– Printemps and Galeries Lafayette
– Champs Elysees shopping (walk by The Madeline church)
– Pont des Arts, seeing Notre Dame
– picnic dinner at the Eiffel Tower
You’ll notice a few typical Paris Attractions missing from this list:
– The Louvre (see last week for our rationale.)
– Arc de Triomphe (We felt satisfied driving through it on our way in/our of Paris to to Charles de Gualle airport.)
– Sacre Coeur (While this was a highlight for my 2007 visit, we never made it during this trip.)
– Versailles (We had planned this for Sunday morning, but instead I surprised my husband with cooking lessons for his birthday.)
– …. and on, and on. Obviously 4 days isn’t enough to see ALL of Paris! But through careful planning we were able to see a lot of Paris. And for these Travel Tuesday posts I’ll continue by sharing a bit more detail about some of these sights, and what we learned during our trip that might make your visit to Paris even more enjoyable.
I should note: this itinerary assumes you will be walking. A lot. We were definitely tired at the end of each day because of all the walking, but it also allowed us to indulge in more croissants and nutella-filled crepes without too much guilt! But if you plan to follow this, you should note that we walked the whole thing except where Metro and cabs are noted.
Speaking of food, I only noted the significant meals on this itinerary. Beyond those meals noted on this itinerary, we dined at the ubiquitous Parisian Cafe. I found most of them to be similar in style – though prices did vary significantly so shop around! – and were our go-to solution for a satisfying meal with local flair.
Bon Voyage, mes amis!