PARIS ONE DAY ITINERARY
PARIS IN A DAY
PARIS ONE DAY ITINERARY
PARIS IN A DAY
Looking to come up with a Paris one day itinerary? Being married to an Australian/French husband means that we’ve taken a trip to Paris on a few occasions. We somehow always find ourselves drawn back to this beautiful city. Even if it’s one day in Paris or more, there are so many bucket list attractions/ landmarks. Discover the museums, cathedrals and not to mention the iconic Eiffel Tower & Lourve. Whether it’s falling in love with their cuisine, like frogs legs and snails, or simply the views from the top of the Eiffel Tower, there’s always a reason to return and discover more. Paris is no doubt the most visited city in the world. If you’re planning your first visit to the city of love, we’ve put together our top things to do and see in a day. Take your pick as you decide what to do!
TAKE THE HOP ON HOP OFF BOATS
There are a number of ways to get around Paris, such as walk, sightseeing buses and trains. However, we recommend a hop on, hop off boat through Batobus. We much prefer this over the double decker sightseeing tourist buses. The feeling of cruising on the Seine River makes it feel calmer and much more relaxed. Batobus tours offer various types of passes, including 24 hours. The pass includes 9 stops to popular attractions, giving you the freedom and flexibility to hop on and off as you please. Passes start at around 17 Euros, but you can find more information on their website.
VISIT EIFFEL TOWER
We all know you can’t visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. It is an iconic landmark after all. Of course once you’re there, you’ll have to make the decision as to how far you’re willing to climb. If you’re like my husband, you’ll keep both feet on the ground, but if you’re like me, you’ll at least attempt to climb up, even if it’s only to the second floor. The views are still stunning from this level. On a clear day, with sun and blue skies, it really is picturesque. From the second floor, you can take the lift all the way to the top.
From the Eiffel Tower, wander over to Trocadero, an area of gardens and fountains. The gardens are a popular location during the summer months with its stunning grounds. Offering the perfect spot to watch the sun go down or watch the Eiffel Tower lights turn on, later in the evening. After numerous visits to Paris, this is the best spot to take in the view of the Eiffel Tower, not to mention, all those selfie snaps for social media. This area has also been popular film locations for movies such as Mission Impossible and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.
ARC DE TRIOMPHE
Situated at a busy intersection, this monument is another famous iconic landmark. A must see when you visit this city for the first time. The monument honours those who fought and died for France during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Why not take the opportunity to admire the views from the top of the panoramic terrace and take those insta worthy selfies too.
This beautiful museum (which was originally a railway station) dates back to the late 1800’s – early1900 and is home to mainly French art dating from around 1848-1914. There are many stunning pieces from painters such as Monet and Van Gogh, as well as unique sculptures, furniture and photography. Take a step back in time as you discover and learn about the history behind the artwork. There is also a beautiful café located inside serving drinks, cakes and light food/snacks.
Also known as The Jardin du Luxembourg, these gardens cover an area of 23 hectares. Created in 1612, this landmark is known for its extensive grounds of lawn, tree lined promenades, flower beds and populated statues. It is no doubt an enchanting spot to visit and the local Parisians love it here too. The name Luxembourg comes from the name of the hill where the garden is located. Take a quiet stroll, sit and relax with a picnic or bring the family and let the children be entertained in the gardens. A beautiful spot not to be missed, especially because it provides a calm and soothing atmosphere.
Famous for its Gothic cathedral of the Middle Ages, the Notre Dame is a well known landmark in Parisian identity. With its magnificent architecture and stained glass windows, the historic church is definitely worth seeing. Inside boasts of catholic relics, paintings as well as statues and artwork. However, given the fire that ravaged most of the roof in April 2019, the Notre Dame is slowly going through a rebuilding process. Perhaps at this stage, it can only be admired from the outside.
A central landmark, the Louvre is the worlds largest art museum and historic monument in Paris. Beginning as a fortress in the 12th century, and later transformed into a public museum in the late 1700’s during the French revolution. The Lourve exhibits paintings, sculptures as well as drawings and is the world’s most visited museum. Definitely a must see when coming to Paris.
EXPLORE THE STREETS
With Paris being such a buzzing and active city, there is so much to explore. Why not take to the streets of Paris and discover the darling boutiques and wonderful cafes and restaurants, away from the main tourist hype. There really is something for everyone and so much to take in and discover.