Ah, Paris! Just saying the word conjures up images of romance, beauty, and intrigue. You have to be careful though or Paris can overwhelm you, and you definitely don’t want to waste any of your valuable vacation time being overwhelmed! To help you not succumb to this, we have created our incredible 4 day Paris itinerary! Our 4 day Paris itinerary for couples outlines Paris airport transfers, which arrondissement to stay in Paris, and what to see and do in Paris in 4 days! So grab your loved one and head for one of the most romantic cities on Earth.
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To help save time and money while in Paris, you may want to consider purchasing the Paris Pass.
This pass will give you access to a lot of Paris’ top attractions and allow you to skip the line! Skipping the line priveledges alone is worth the money. It also includes free access to the entire public transportation system and a 48-hour Hop on Hop off bus ticket.
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4 Day Paris Itinerary
I will say that this itinerary is by no means inclusive of all of the fabulous places in Paris. In order to do Paris justice, you have to visit several times. You have to pause long enough to take in the city. You know, don’t rush through everything just to get to the next tourist attractions. With that in mind, we have only included a few attractions each day in our 4 day Paris itinerary. For the rest of the time, stop and smell the roses, hang out in cafes, enjoy a beautiful park. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did!
Getting from Paris Airport to the City
First things first, you have to get from the Paris airport to the city before you can get started on our 4 day Paris itinerary. In order to accomplish this, you have three options for Paris airport transfers, the train, a bus, or a hired car. Which option you choose to get from Paris airport to the city is a personal preference and will probably be contingent upon budget and time.
The RER train is a cheap Paris airport transfer costing around 10 euros, but it takes 30-50 minutes to get to the city center (depending on the stop you choose) and is not a good option if you are traveling with a lot of luggage. Another cheap option is to take the bus. Bus tickets cost about 12 euros but take a whopping 70 minutes to get you into the city. The exception to this is the Le Bus Direct which offers faster service but is a bit more expensive costing 17 euros. Of course, the fastest way to get to the city center is to hire a car. Whether you choose a shuttle, a taxi, or a rental car, all of these will cost more than the previous options, but you will have the ease of someone taking care of everything for you.
For more detailed information about each of these options, check out our post dedicated to Paris airport transfers.
Find Paris airport cars for hire here.
Which Arrondissement To Stay in While in Paris
Choosing where to stay in Paris can be daunting. I mean there are so many different arrondissements (districts), each with their own unique style and personality. That’s why it’s important to choose research which arrondissement to stay in while in Paris.
We will touch on a few of the most popular with tourist here. If you would like more detailed information about what to do in each arrondissement, check out our post outlining how to choose which arrondissement to stay at in Paris.
1st and 2nd- Paris’ 1st and 2nd are the oldest and most central arrondissements. This is where you will find a large collection of Paris attractions like the Louvre, Palais Royal, Tuileries Gardens, and Place de la Concorde just to name a few. Some hotels to consider:
3rd and 4th- The 3rd and 4th district, The Marais, is said to be one of the oldest and most charming in Paris. Here you will find trendy shops, Paris City Hall, and Place de Vosges. Hotels to consider include:
5th- Latin Quarter is the 5th district and dates back to Roman times. It is here you will find the Pantheon, cobblestone streets, and busy street markets. Hotels include:
6th- Paris’ 6th district, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, is home to Jardin du Luxembourg and the church of St-Germain-des-Pres. Hotels to consider:
7th- The 7th arrondissement is home to some little landmark called the Eiffel Tower? (LOL!) It also boasts the Musee d’Orsay and Les Invalides. This area is very wealthy and can be pricey to stay in. Hotels include:
8th- Paris’ 8th district is home to the Champs Elysees, luxury hotels, and the Arc de Triomphe. This is another expensive area to stay in. You might consider:
4 Day Paris Itinerary for Couples-Day 1:
If you are traveling from the United States, then your flight will probably be an overnight flight, meaning you will arrive in Paris early in the morning. I know you will be tired and jet-lagged, but you can’t afford to waste a single day in Paris. Besides, hitting the ground running and acclimating to the local time as quickly as possible is the best way to recover from jetlag.
So…..let’s get going! (Don’t worry, we are going to take it kinda easy today)
If you’re like Marty and like to “get your bearings” for a city, then you will first want to grab tickets for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. We totally recommend using Big Bus Tours for this. As you might have read in our 3 Days in Paris post, we did not choose Big Bus Tours and totally regretted it! Learn from our mistakes!
This bohemian Parisian neighborhood is a must do, even for a 4 day Paris itinerary!
Stroll along the beautiful cobblestone streets and pop into one of the quaint cafes for breakfast (you need your stamina). After breakfast, head to Place du Tertre to watch the street artists perform they talent for the curious visitors.
You can almost imagine the Montmartre of the past where Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Renoir just had to be among these great street artists. I mean we can imagine, right?
Take time to explore some of the jewels of this artistic neighborhood including:
- Museum of Montmartre- where Renoir lived and painted
- Lapin Agile- one of the oldest Parisian cabarets
- Le Bateau-Lavoir- where Picasso lived and worked
Admire the Sacre-Coeur
While you’re in the Montmartre area, you have to visit the beautiful Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur. This gorgeous Catholic Church is one of Paris’ most famous landmarks. Be sure to pop inside to see the fabulous ceiling mosaic and grand interior architecture.
If you’re feeling up to it, you can climb up the 3000 steps to the top of the dome and admire the scenic views of Paris.
See a Show at the Moulin Rouge
Montmartre is most famous for its nightlife and fabulous cabarets, most notably the Moulin Rouge.
Made famous by songs, movies, books, painting, and photographs, the Moulin Rouge is a cabaret show not to be missed! Even if you don’t want to see a show, it’s still fun to take a picture of the Moulin Rouge all lit up at night.
Get your tickets to the Moulin Rouge here.
4 Day Paris Itinerary-Day 2:
Opening Hours: Daily 7:45 am- 6:45 pm
No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the beautiful Notre Dame cathedral. One glance at this amazing church allows you to see why it is said to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world. The gorgeous 12th-century church will have you mesmerized with its flying buttresses, enormous stained glass windows, and incredible rib vault roof.
Keep in mind that Notre Dame is one of the most visited sites in Paris, so plan accordingly! I’ve made this the first stop of the day so that you might be able to beat some of the crowds.
You can access Notre Dame easily by using your Hop-on, hop-off tour, or taking the purple line to the Saint-Michel stop. Plan on arriving as close to 8 am as possible so that you can get inside before the crowds get too bad. After visiting the inside, head around to the side by 10 am to get in line to go up the bell tower. It’s worth it for the great views of Paris and to get up close and personal with the gargoyles.
If you want a guided tour, there are plenty available here, or you can come back at 2 pm when they give the English speaking tour.
Seine River Cruise
After leaving Notre Dame, now is a great time to take a Seine River Cruise. A cruise down the Seine River is so relaxing and allows you to see Paris from a whole new perspective.
For a truly romantic experience, opt for a champagne tasting Seine River Cruise, or a cruise with lunch. Either way, I’m sure that you and your loved one will love floating down this lovely river with the beauty of Paris surrounding you.
OK, we’ve kept you waiting long enough. It’s time to see one of the most iconic landmarks on Earth, the Eiffel Tower.
I must admit that I dreamed of seeing the Eiffel Tower in person ever since I was a little girl. Just the thought of standing in front of the Eiffel Tower in all of its French glory and having someone take my photo made me giddy!
What I didn’t think of as a little girl is all of the other people who dream of doing this also. This place was crowded! LOL! Despite that, visiting the Eiffel Tower was one of the highlights of my time in Paris and will be a memory I will always cherish. You will probably find yourself visiting this famous landmark several times. I know we did. We went during the day to take photos and then back in the evening to see the tower all lit up. It was fabulous.
Word to the wise though, don’t spend your valuable vacation time waiting in line. If your heart is set on going up the tower, buy your tickets well in advance. Here are some great options:
Eiffel Tower Gourmet Dinner– A great evening combining fabulous French food and the iconic Eiffel Tower. Amazing food with amazing views.
Skip the Line Eiffel Tower Tour at Night– Skip the line and ride up the Eiffel Tower with this 1.5 hour guided tour.
Skip the Line Small Group Eiffel Tower Tour– Bypass all the lines and head to the second floor for a small group tour.
4 Day Paris Itinerary- Day 3
Today we are going to get out of the city, so you have several options. You can take a day trip to Versailles, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Mont Saint Michel, or visit the Champagne region. Let’s look at each in more detail.
Day Trip from Paris to Versailles
Located about 45 minutes outside of Paris, Versailles is an easy day trip to get out of the city. Just know that this is a hugely popular tourist attraction, so plan on it being crowded. With that being said, you have a couple of options if you are choosing Versailles. You can take the RER C that leaves from central metro stations in Paris and then walk a few minutes to the castle or you can book a guided tour to the palace.
No matter which one you choose, plan on arriving early. Versailles opens at 9 am. The sooner you get there, the more people you get to avoid. LOL! You can purchase your tickets in advance online if you are choosing to go on your own, or you can book a day trip here.
Day Trip from Paris to Chateau Fountainbleau
If you want to avoid the crowds of Versailles but still see an opulent French chateau, then Chateau Fountainbleau is for you. Hey, that rhymes. LOL!
Chateau Fountainbleau is the day trip that Marty and I chose during our time in Paris. We loved the history connected with this fabulous chateau that includes Napolean and Marie Antoinette. Wander the gorgeous grounds and tour the beautiful chateau before grabbing lunch in the cute little town of Avon. Read all about our time at Chateau Fountainbleau here.
Mont Saint Michel Day Trip from Paris
Head to the UNESCO World Heritage Island of Mont Saint Michel. Here you can learn all about the islands medieval history. You can tour the famous abbey and then walk the cobblestone streets before grabbing lunch in a romantic little cafe. I would suggest taking a guided tour for this excursion so that you can just relax and enjoy.
Wine day Trip from Paris to Champagne
Any wine lover would swoon to visit the French Champagne region. On this guided tour from Paris to Champagne, you will visit three wineries and enjoy tasting at each one. Learn all about the bubbly drink while touring vineyards, entering cellars, and enjoying lunch at these fabulous estate wineries.
4 Day Paris Itinerary- Day 4
Visit the Louvre
Today we are going to spend the majority of our day visiting the Louvre. The Louvre is one of the most famous museums in the world and home to priceless works of art, including the infamous Mona Lisa. Did you know that the Louvre served as a royal palace until the 17th century? Just an interesting little fact.
Take the Metro to Palais-Royal-Musee du Louvre, and take the time to enjoy the inside and outside of this beautiful museum.
Keep in mind that the Louvre is a vast museum that is packed with exhibits. You won’t be able to see everything. So research and plan for your visit in advance so that you don’t miss the exhibit that you have your heart set on.
Buy your Louvre tickets in advance as the lines can get long!
Arc de Triomphe
Just outside of the Louvre, you will find the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, one of three arcs commissioned by Napoleon to celebrate his military accomplishments.
If you want, you can go to the top of the arc. Whether you go to the top or not, be sure and grab a photo in front of this famous monument.
Spend some time leisurely strolling the Champs Elysees. This beautiful street is definitely famous for its high-end shops! Think Rodeo Drive in California!
If these are out of your price point, that’s ok. It doesn’t cost anything to window shop or browse without buying! I mean, this is where the flagship Louis Vuitton store is located. You have to at least go inside!
Tours in Paris
Here is a trusted site that has tons of TOURS AND TICKETS FOR PARIS ATTRACTIONS. You can book walking tours, day trips, food tours, wine tastings, show tickets, river cruises, skip the line tickets, and much more! There are so many activities to choose from! Below are the some of our favorites that were mentioned in this post.
So, there you have it, our 4 Days in Paris itinerary. What did we miss? Comment below and let us know! While you’re here, don’t forget to subscribe so that you don’t miss a minute of the action from our blog! I promise we won’t spam you!
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