The Perfect 4 Days In Paris Itinerary + Tips

Paris is a city that never fails to impress with its charming streets, historic landmarks, and world-class cuisine. It’s no wonder that Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, drawing millions of visitors every year.

If you’re planning a trip to Paris, a 4-day itinerary can be the perfect way to see the best of the city.

The Perfect 4 Days In Paris Itinerary + Tips

Paris is a city that never fails to impress with its charming streets, historic landmarks, and world-class cuisine. It’s no wonder that Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, drawing millions of visitors every year.

If you’re planning a trip to Paris, a 4-day itinerary can be the perfect way to see the best of the city.

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I have visited Paris over 50+ times as I worked as a tour guide here for many years. I wrote this 4 days itinerary in Paris France to help you plan your visit to Paris better.

In this blog, I’ll cover a comprehensive 4 days in Paris itinerary for first-time visitors to Paris.

It includes the must-see attractions, the best food and dishes, and tips on using the Paris metro as well as the most common scams. I wrote this 4 days itinerary in Paris this year, so all information is up to date.

A quick overview of the sights included in this detailed 4 days in Paris Itinerary. 

  • Day 1: Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triumph, Place de Concorde, Tuliers Garden, The Louvre, Notre Dame, Latin Quarter
  • Day 2: Marais District, Opera Garnier, Galleries Lafayette, Place Vendome, Montemarte & Sacre Cour, Moulin Rouge Cabaret
  • Day 3: Musee D’ Orsey, Napoleons Tomb, Hotel des Invalids, River Cruise, See the Eiffel Tower sparkle
  • Day 4: Day trip from Paris: Versailles, Giverny, Normandy, and Loire Valley   

Please note, I recommend using the Paris Metro to get around Paris. It’s fast and convenient. More information on the metro for your 4 days in Paris is listed below. But let’s get started… 



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Day 1 of the 4 Days In Paris Itinerary: The Historic Landmarks of Paris

Eiffel Tower

On your first day in Paris, it’s best to start with the city’s most iconic landmarks. Better yet, if you’re staying at one of these hotels with views of the Eiffel Tower, then you won’t have far to go to begin your day.

Your first day of the 4 days in Paris includes the most attractions, so do start early and be ready for a big day of lots of walking and catching the metro (or a cheeky Uber ride if you need to) to seize the day.

Wear comfortable shoes. 

Begin your day at the Eiffel Tower, one of the most famous structures in the world. Climb to the top of the tower to enjoy stunning views of the city, you can see up to 30kms in the distance.

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Start with the Eiffel Tower on your 4 days itinerary in Paris

There are two options to access the Eiffel Tower, you can pre-book a time-specific entrance. I recommended doing so here up to 2 months before.

Or you can turn up and join the line without tickets. You’ll need to buy a ticket directly here at the Eiffel Tower to go up, but be prepared to wait – the lines get long.

How much does it cost to visit the Eiffel Tower?

There are two ways to go up the Eiffel tower: You can take the stairs or the elevators and there are 4 tickets or combinations available:

  • Ticket with access lift to the Second floor – from 18,10€ per person
  • Ticket with access lift to The top – from 28,30€
  • Ticket with access stairs to climb to the Second floor (674 steps) – from 11,30€
  • Ticket with access stairs 2nd floor (674 steps)+ lift to the top – from 21,50€


There are cheaper tickets available for Youth (aged 12-24), children (aged 4-11), and the disabled.

All prices can be found on the official website for Eiffel Tower.

MY TIP: There are two entrances in the gardens to reach the Eiffel Tower’s esplanade: Entrance 1 (South) and entrance 2 (East). You will pass through the first security checks at these entrances and Entrance 2 East is usually less crowded.

Arc de Triomphe

Next, visit the Arc de Triomphe, which honours the soldiers who fought for France during the Napoleonic Wars.

This is a really impressive 50-metre-tall structure that was ordered to be built by Napoleon. He has promised his army to march under the victory arch. However, by the time the arch was finished in 1830, Napoloean was long gone. 

You can come here to simply snap a few photos of Arc de Triomphe from the top of Champs Elysees, but I recommend getting closer. 

Do not attempt to cross the Arc de Triomphe roundabout to get to the monument. Take the underground passage (look for a sign for stairs near the end of the streets) that will lead you under the busy roundabout and you’ll arrive just underneath the Arc de Triomphe. 

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Arc De Triomphe is a must-see attraction during your 4 days in Paris France

Once you are here you can appreciate the moment better, and see the details and the eternal flame that burns underneath. 

If you wish you can also pay and climb the 280 stairs to the top of the Arch for views of the Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

There is an entrance fee of 13€ to do so. You would probably spend an hour altogether if you choose to do it.

Champs Elysees

From here, take a leisurely stroll down the Champs-Élysées, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. The avenue stretches for about 1.2 miles (2 kilometres) from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde and is lined with trees, gardens, cafes, shops, and historic landmarks.

Originally, the Champs-Élysées was a marshy area outside of the city walls, but in the 17th century, it was transformed into an elegant promenade lined with trees and mansions. They say it was the road out of Paris towards Versailles, the summer residency of the French monarchs.

Over the years, Champs-Élysées has become a symbol of Parisian elegance and style, attracting visitors from around the world. 

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4 Days in Paris Itinerary Champs Elysees is the most famous avenue in Paris

Stop by Ladurée for their famous macarons and window shop at high-end boutiques like Louis Vuitton and Cartier. You can also have an easy and affordable lunch at Paul (baguettes and salads) or something fancier in one of the restaurants tucked just off the Champs Elysees. 

Either way, your stroll down on the Champ Elysees will be a moment of this 4 days in Paris Itinerary you won’t forget.

As you walk down the Champs Elysees, you’ll arrive at a roundabout and most of the avenue will be surrounded by greenery from here. You can catch the metro yellow line from here (metro stop: Franklin D. Roosevelt) for 2 stops and you’ll arrive at the Louvre in just 7 minutes if you prefer not to walk.

Or you can continue to walk down toward the Louvre for another 20-30mins.

Grand Palais and Petit Palais: These two palaces are located on the right side and you will see them pop out on the right as you walk down. The Grand Palais is a museum and exhibition hall, while the Petit Palais is an art museum. 

Keep walking until you arrive at Place Del Concorde. Your 4 days itinerary in Paris continues.

4 Days in Paris Itinerary Place Del Concorde
4 Days in Paris Itinerary Place Del Concorde

Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde is the largest public square located at the end of the Champs-Élysées in Paris and it connects it with Tuileries Garden and the Louvre. 

What makes Place de la Concorde special?

During the French Revolution in the late 18th century, the square was renamed Place de la Révolution and became the site of many public executions, including those of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. 

The square was also home to the infamous guillotine, which was used to execute thousands of people during the Reign of Terror. 

In the 19th century, the square was renamed once again to its current name, Place de la Concorde, as a symbol of reconciliation and harmony. The Louis XV statue was replaced with an Egyptian obelisk. The obelisk was gifted to France by the government of Egypt and it is one of the oldest monuments in Paris. It’s more than 3000 years old.

You will also see the Hôtel de Crillon, a luxury historic hotel. 

From here you could continue to the Louvre through the beautiful Tuileries Garden.

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Tuileries Garden can not be missed while in Paris

Tuileries Garden

The Tuileries Garden is one of the largest and most popular parks located in the heart of Paris. It connects Place de la Concorde and the Louvre.

The garden was created in the 16th century by Queen Catherine de Medici, who had a palace built on the site of the current Louvre Museum. The garden has expanded since then and it is free to enter for all.

There are geometrically arranged flowerbeds, gravel paths, and fountains to enjoy as you stroll toward the Louvre. You can relax here for a bit or enjoy a drink or snack at one of the park’s cafes. 

If you have a ticket booked for the Louvre for a specific time in the afternoon, this is a nice place to wait until you need to be there. But allow enough time to get to the Louvre Entrance as it can take some time.

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Paris in 4 days Itinerary – The courtyard of the famous Louvre Museum

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Louvre Museum

While many visitors come to the Louvre in the morning, I much prefer the afternoon visit. 

The Louvre Museum, or simply the Louvre, is one of the world’s largest and most famous art museums. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, a former royal palace that was constructed in the 12th century and expanded over the centuries.

The Louvre Museum is home to over 38,000 objects, ranging from prehistoric artifacts to contemporary art. Its collections include paintings, sculptures, and archaeological finds from around the world.

 Some of the most famous works on display at the Louvre include the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vincithe Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo. These are the 3 works of art that most people try to see during their visit as seeing everything is simply impossible. There are over 300 rooms and galleries spread across three wings and they say it would take you 9 months to see everything, 

It is open daily except on Tuesdays and is a must-see destination for art and culture enthusiasts spending 4 days in Paris.

I would suggest to pre-purchase the entry ticket to the Louvre online as early as possible. Or even better, consider doing a guided tour to get a better appreciation of the art here – I recommend booking this one:

Notre Dame

After Louvre, head to the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is currently under construction, but still worth a visit. It will only take about 20 minutes to walk there, which might be quicker than changing metro lines. 

Or you can choose to go back to the hotel to change and freshen up for the evening in the Latin Quarter.

Most of our first day of this 4 days Paris Itinerary was on the Right Bank of Paris, but we are about to cross over the island in the river Seine and then spend the evening on the Left Bank.

Notre Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral located on Île de la Cité, a small island in the centre of Paris, France. It’s believed Julias Cesaer once stood on this island.

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4 Days in Paris Itinerary Notre Dame before the fire

Notre Dame is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and has become a cultural icon of France. Construction of the cathedral began in 1163 and continued for over two centuries until it was completed in the 14th century. 

It was here that Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France in 1804 and the cathedral also inspired Victor Hugo’s famous novel, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” which helped to raise awareness about the importance of preserving historic buildings.

In April 2019, a fire broke out in the cathedral, causing significant damage to the roof and spire. The incident sparked an outpouring of support from around the world, and efforts to restore and rebuild the cathedral are ongoing and should be completed in 2024

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4 Days in Paris Itinerary The fire demanded a huge part of the Notre Dame

The cathedral features intricate stonework, stunning stained-glass windows, and numerous sculptures, including the famous gargoyles that adorn the roof and you can still enjoy it from the outside. 

Latin Quarter

After you had a look around Notre Dame, it is time to relax and have a drink in the Latin Quarter which is literally just there. It’s most likely a later afternoon by now.

The Latin Quarter is a lively and historic district located on the Left bank of the Seine River in Paris. It is known for its bohemian atmosphere, charming narrow streets, and vibrant nightlife. The area is home to many universities, including the Sorbonne, and has a long history of intellectual and artistic activity. Of course, it has to be included in this itinerary for Paris. 

One of the highlights of the Latin Quarter is the Rue Mouffetard, a pedestrian street lined with cafes, restaurants, and specialty food shops.  

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4 Days in Paris Itinerary Latin Quarter is a great area for dinner or a drink

But you can stay closer to the river Seine near Notre Dame as there are many options there as well.

For dinner, you can try the traditional French dish of boeuf bourguignon (beef stewed in red wine), or perhaps a hearty cassoulet (a slow-cooked bean and meat dish) paired with a glass of red wine. 

Of course, you should try escargot (snails) while in France.

Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in a classic dessert like crème brûlée or tarte tatin. 

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4 Days in Paris Itinerary Boeuf Bourguignon – one of the dishes to try in France

4 days in Paris Itinerary – Recommended Restaurant for Latin Quarter: 

Le Petit Pontoise is a cosy and intimate restaurant that serves classic French dishes.

Le Comptoir du Relais, another famous French Bistro.

At night, the Latin Quarter comes alive with a variety of bars, clubs, and live music venues. You can enjoy a drink at a trendy rooftop bar for a more low-key evening, there are plenty of cafes and jazz bars.

My other suggestion is to go to the oldest cabaret in Paris: Paradis Latin. The show starts at 8 pm and it is a great way to spend an evening in Paris. Book a Show and Champagne Ticket here, or a Dinner & Show Ticket here.

Alternatively, you can go to the cabaret another night. Moulin Rouge in Montemarte is a popular option and you will be spending an evening there on the 2nd day of this Paris Itinerary. Read more about Moulin Rouge Cabaret Tickets & packages on Day 2, below. 


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Day 2: Exploring Parisian Neighborhoods 

On your second day in Paris of this 4 days in Paris Itinerary, it’s time to explore the city’s charming neighbourhoods. Begin your day in the Marais, one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods in Paris. 

Marais District

Here, you’ll find cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and trendy boutiques. Here are a few things to do in Marais this morning here:

  1. Shop and eat at the Marché des Enfants Rouges: This covered market is the oldest market in Paris and is a great place to pick up fresh produce, baked goods, and other food items. There are also several stalls selling clothes, jewellery, and other artisanal products.
  2. Stroll around Place des Vosges: This beautiful square is surrounded by elegant 17th-century townhouses. The square is a great place to relax and enjoy the morning sun, and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby where you can grab a coffee or a bite to eat.
  3. Explore the Rue des Rosiers: This street is known for its Jewish history and is lined with bakeries, delicatessens, and shops selling Jewish-themed items. A great place to grab a bagel or a falafel and to learn about the Jewish culture of Marais. Or join a tour here.
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Marais District – This Itinerary for 4 Days in Paris includes different districts of Paris

After lunch, head to the Palais Garnier, a stunning opera house that was the inspiration for the Phantom of the Opera. 

While you could walk across Paris through different districts, it’s easy to get there on a metro once again.

Opera Garnier 

The Opéra Garnier, also known as the Palais Garnier, is a historic opera built in 1875 by the architect Charles Garnier. This is one of the most famous opera houses in the world and a must-see on any Paris itinerary As soon as you arrive at the Opera, you’ll be amazed by the facade. 

4 Days in Paris Itinerary Opera Garnier 
What to see in Paris in 4 days – Opera Garnier facade is one of its kind!

The Opéra Garnier is known for its ornate and opulent decor, which includes marble columns, crystal chandeliers, and gilded sculptures. The auditorium features a large stage, six levels of seating, and a capacity of up to 2,200 spectators! 

In addition to opera performances, the Opéra Garnier hosts ballets, concerts, and other cultural events throughout the year. 

You can reserve a ticket to visit the opera on a guided tour here.

Galleries Lafayette

Just behind the Opera Garnier, you’ll find the famous department store of Paris, Galleries Lafayette. Even if you don’t love shopping, it’s worth checking this mall out, truly beautiful and so French.

But for many visitors, 4 days itinerary in Paris must include some shopping as well. 

The store occupies an entire block and features over 70,000 square meters of retail space spread across ten floors. It offers a wide range of luxury fashion brands, accessories, beauty products, and home goods.

The store is known for its stunning Art Nouveau architecture, which includes a magnificent stained-glass dome that is over 100 years old! Not just your average shopping mall! 

4 Days in Paris Itinerary Galleries Lafayette
4 Days in Paris Itinerary Galleries Lafayette

The rooftop terrace offers stunning views of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower and the Opera Garnier. But there is also the Créatures Galeries Lafayette Haussmann vegetarian restaurant where you can enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the views. 


In the late afternoon/ early evening, head to Montmartre, one of the most romantic neighbourhoods in the city. Visit The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the highest point in Paris, and enjoy stunning views of the city. 

Montmartre was once a village outside of Paris and became a popular destination for artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, it is a vibrant and bustling neighbourhood that attracts visitors from around the world. 

For me, it’s one of the neighbourhoods where you feel that French charm that you have been looking for. If you have seen the famous french movie of Amelie, you’ll be seeing a few places featured in the movie.

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Top things to do in Paris in 4 days – Explore the streets of Montmartre

Take the metro to the stop Pigalle or Blanche and head up the hill through the small streets towards The Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a stunning white church that sits atop the hill and offers panoramic views of Paris. It was built in the early 20th century as a symbol of the nation’s resilience after the Franco-Prussian War. 

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4 Days in Paris Itinerary The Sacred Heart on top of the hill offers great views of the city

While most people reach the top of the hill by taking the stairs through the garden below. But you can also take the funicular on the side. You’ll need to buy a metro ticket or if you have a daily metro pass, you can use it. 

Once you reach the top you’ll have breathtaking views of Paris, but do make sure you enter the church as well! The interior is incredible with stunning mosaics and stained-glass windows. 

From here continue to walk for 5-10 minutes to reach the picturesque square of Place du Tertre. There are street artists and many restaurants to eat early dinner if you choose so.

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4 Days in Paris Itinerary Place du Tertre – A cute square with artists and restaurants

Moulin Rouge Cabaret

Moulin Rouge is one of the most famous cabarets in the world, located next to the metro station Pigalle in the Montmartre region

The cabaret was opened in 1889 and has since become a symbol of Parisian nightlife and entertainment. The Moulin Rouge is known for its dazzling cancan dancers, extravagant costumes, and fun vibes! This is where the can-can dance was born!

The Moulin Rouge offers shows performed by a cast of talented dancers and musicians, who work together to create a memorable and entertaining experience for audiences. Generally, there might be two or three shows in the evening (7 pm, 9 pm, and 11 pm show)

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4 Days in Paris Itinerary Moulin rouge

Tickets for the Moulin Rouge vary depending on the show and the seating area. Prices can range from around 125 euros for a standard ticket to over 500 euros for a VIP experience (dinner, show and VIP seats). It’s important to book tickets in advance, as shows can sell out quickly, especially during peak tourist season.

In addition to the show, the Moulin Rouge also offers a dinner and show package, which includes a gourmet meal and priority seating for the performance. This package can be more expensive, but it is a great way to experience the full Moulin Rouge experience.

Overall, the Moulin Rouge is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the excitement and glamour of Parisian nightlife and this is why I include it in this 4 days in Paris Itinerary.

While tickets can be pricey, the unforgettable show and lively atmosphere are well worth the cost. I went first time when I was much younger and the ticket did break my budget but it was so worth it. 

Day 3 of 4 Days in Paris: Left Bank of Paris

On your third day in Paris, it’s time to experience the city’s culture on the Left bank. Begin your day at the Musée d’Orsay, which houses one of the world’s best collections of impressionist and post-impressionist art.

Musée d’Orsay

Start your morning with a luxury French breakfast and then head to the Musée d’Orsay. I highly recommend pre-booking your tickets online so you can skip the line when you arrive at the museum. It opens at 9.30 am and the ticket starts at 9.30 am.

Alternatively, you can also book this Skip-The-Line Guided Tour of Musee d’Orsay.

The Musée d’Orsay is housed in a stunning former railway station. Apparently, the rail tracks were too short for the trains so the building was abandoned. The collection here focuses on art from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century. It is all dedicated to impressionism.

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Itinerary 4 days in Paris – Musee D’Orsay is a highlight for any art lover

Here you can see works by Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cézanne, and many others. The museum’s collection also includes sculptures, decorative arts, and photography from this period.

There are two works of art not to be missed, Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and Monet’s “Water Lilies”. The museum’s architecture is also a highlight, with its soaring ceilings and intricate ironwork adding to the overall beauty of the space. Great place to spend the morning. 

Napoleon’s Tomb

After Musée d’Orsay strolls along the river Seine towards the resting place of Napoleon which happens to be an impressive church. You may choose to come and see the building from the outside. Or for 14 Euros you can visit the interior. 

Napoleon’s Tomb is located in the Hôtel des Invalides, a complex of buildings in Paris that was originally built as a military hospital and retirement home for war veterans. Napoleon’s tomb is housed in a grand domed chapel, which was completed in 1861.

Although Napoleon died on Saint Helena Island, his remains were later on moved here.

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Itinerary for Paris 4 days – Napoleon’s Tomb

The tomb itself is an amazing work of art and architecture, featuring a large coffin made of red rock and resting on a green granite pedestal.

The coffin is surrounded by twelve colossal statues, each representing a different military campaign or victory in Napoleon’s career.

4 Days in Paris Itinerary Napoleon's Tomb
4 Days in Paris Itinerary Napoleon’s Tomb

The ticket for the tomb includes an entry to the Hôtel des Invalides complex. This complex includes museums, exhibits, and other historical artifacts related to France’s military history, so you can stroll through there as well. 

Montparnasse Tower

If you feel like seeing Paris from a different angle, I recommend going to the top of the Montparnasse Tower. The perfect 4 days in Paris Itinerary would not be complete without seeing Paris from above. 

The Montparnasse Tower is a skyscraper, in fact, the only one in this part of old Paris. The tower is made of concrete and glass, with a distinctive modernist design.

It was completed in 1973 and stands 210 meters tall, making it one of the tallest buildings in Paris. 

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4 Days in Paris Itinerary – Montparnasse Tower

If you ask me, the Montparnasse Tower has better views than Eiffel Tower as you can actually see the Eiffel Tower while here. Trust me, it will be a special memory from your 4 days in Paris.

The observation deck offers panoramic views of Paris and getting here is super quick. You can take an elevator to the 56th floor, and as soon as you step out you’ll be surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. And you can go further, one more level up to the open-air terrace. 

On a clear day, visitors can see up to 40 kilometres in any direction and can take in views of famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. And it’s never as crowded as the Eiffel Tower.

Evening Cruise on the River Seine

Evenings in Paris are magical. If you prefer to have a picnic under the Eiffel Tower tonight then why not. There is a big grassy area just next to it known as Champs de Mars and it is perfect for a picnic under the Eiffel Tower. 

4 Days in Paris Itinerary River Cruise
Itinerary for Paris France – River Cruise

You could also head up to the Trocadero Gardens to the platform known as Palais de Chaillot, a platform between two museums. Here you get a great view of the Eiffel Tower and this is a perfect spot to come after sunset for the first “sparkle of the Eiffel Tower”.

Why does the Eiffel Tower sparkle/light up?

The Eiffel tower lights up and sparkles each night for 5 minutes at each even hour after dusk. So if sunset is at 7.20 pm, it will start sparkling at 8 pm and each hour after until 11.45 pm which is the last sparkle of the night. 

If you prefer to see the city of lights from a different perspective you can also join the cruise, maybe at sunset, and then watch the first Eiffel Tower Sparkle, or choose the cruise later on in the evening to see it sparkling from the boat.

Reserve a Paris Seine River Cruise Ticket here.

It’s the perfect way to finish the 3rd day of your 4 days in the Paris Itinerary. 

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Day 4: Day trips from Paris

On your final day in Paris, it’s time to head out of the city of Paris on a day trip. Yes, Paris is amazing and you can easily allow yourself another day in the city on your 4 days in Paris itinerary, however, there are some amazing places to see just outside Paris. 

Here are the best day trips for your final day of these 4 days in Paris Itinerary: 

Best Day Trips from Paris: Palace of Versailles 

If you have an extra day in Paris, a visit to the Palace of Versailles is a must. Located just 20 kilometres outside of Paris, this stunning palace and its gardens are one of the most popular day trips from the city.

There are 2 options to get to Versailles, pre-book a Guided Tour to Versailles from Paris.

Or you can make your own way to Versailles on the train.

Getting to Versailles: 

There are several ways to get to Versailles from Paris. The easiest way is to take the RER C train from central Paris to the Versailles-Château Rive Gauche station. The journey takes about 45 minutes, and trains run every 15-20 minutes.

Make sure you get the correct ticket, your standard metro ticket won’t be valid.

What to see at Versailles: Once you arrive at the palace, there are several things you should see.

Begin with a tour of the palace itself, where you can see the opulent rooms and living quarters of Louis XIV and his successors. Highlights include the Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Apartment, and the Queen’s Grand Apartment.

After touring the palace, head outside to explore the gardens. The gardens of Versailles cover over 800 hectares and include fountains, sculptures, and groves. Don’t miss the Grand Canal, the Apollo Fountain, and the Neptune Fountain.

If you have time, you can also visit the Trianon Palace, a smaller palace located on the grounds of Versailles. This was the summer residence of the French monarchs and includes several smaller buildings and gardens.

4 Days in Paris Itinerary Versailles
4 Days in Paris Itinerary Versailles

Tips for Visiting Versailles:

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4 Days in Paris Itinerary Versailles Gardens

Normandy D-Day Day Trip 

Normandy is a beautiful region known for its picturesque coastal towns, historic sites, and natural beauty. Enjoy an intimate historical look at the D-Day landings on this full-day trip to the beaches of Normandy from Paris.

Visit Omaha Beach, German bunkers, and more.

Mont Saint-Michel Guided Day Trip from Paris

Explore the UNESCO-listed Mont-St-Michel on a Full Day Tour from Paris.

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How to spend 4 days in Paris – Mont Saint-Michel is a great place to visit.

Giverny + Monet’s House

Located about 80 kilometres northwest of Paris, Giverny is a charming village that was home to the famous impressionist painter Claude Monet. Visitors can tour Monet’s house and gardens, which inspired many of his most famous paintings, including the Water Lilies series.

Once again, you can take the train to Giverny and join this tour once there to see Monet House and the gardens.

Alternatively, you can do a half-day tour from Paris that includes return transportation, an audio guide, and an entrance fee.

Or if you want a more private and inclusive tour from Paris, you can join this Half-Day, Art-Historian-Led VIP Tour, from 385€ 

4 Days in Paris Itinerary Giverny
4 Days in Paris Itinerary Giverny

Loire Valley Castles with Wine Tasting 

Leave the city of Paris that will take you to Château de Chambord-the inspiration for Disney’s `Beauty and the Beast’ for a guided tour.

The next stop is the town of Blois, home of the Château de Blois for some free time, and the last visit to the elegant Château de Chenonceau with wine tasting included here. Book it here

4 Days in Paris Itinerary Château de Chambord
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4 Days in Paris Itinerary Château de Chambord

Food tour in Paris on the last day of your 4 days in Paris Itinerary?

Why not taste Paris instead? Paris has some fabulous food tours and even cooking classes you can join. Here are four food experiences that I highly recommend.

No matter which day trip you choose, be sure to plan ahead and make the most of your time outside of Paris during your 4 days in Paris Itinerary.

4 Days in Paris Itinerary metro sign
4 Days in Paris Itinerary metro sign

How to Get Around Paris

Getting around in Paris can be easy and affordable with the city’s extensive public transportation system. 

Here’s what you need to know about transport for your 4 days in Prais:

Paris Metro: 

The Paris Metro is one of the most efficient and affordable ways to get around the city. With 16 lines and over 300 stations, it’s easy to get anywhere you need to go.

You can purchase single tickets for €2.10, a package of 10 tickets, a carnet [“car-nay”] costs €19.10 (paper tickets) or €16.90 if put on Navigo Easy, or a day pass is €7.50.

You can also use contactless credit or debit cards to pay for your fare, which is very convenient.

4 Days in Paris Itinerary metro
4 Days in Paris Itinerary metro


Electric scooters have become a popular way to get around Paris in recent years. Companies such as Lime, Bird, and Tier operate fleets of scooters that can be rented using a smartphone app.

Just locate a scooter on the app, scan the QR code, and you’re ready to ride. Be sure to wear a helmet and obey traffic laws.

4 Days in Paris Itinerary scooter
4 Days in Paris Itinerary scooter

Uber and Bolt

Uber is a popular ride-sharing service in Paris. Just download the app, enter your destination, and a driver will pick you up. You can pay using a credit or debit card, and there are various ride options to choose from, including UberX, UberPOOL, and UberBLACK.

Bolt has a similar concept. Download the app, set up your profile and you’re good to start ordering rides!

Hop-on Hop-Off Paris Bus 

Paris has two major hop-on-hop-off bus tour companies: L’Open and Les Cars Rouges (Big Bus Tours). The large double-decker, open-top buses drive around the city on a set route with multiple stops.

This can also work really well for your first one of two days of your 4 days in Paris as you also get to see a lot of Paris.

The 24-hour ticket cost €37.80 and 48 hours €46.80 per person. Book your tickets online here.

4 Days in Paris Itinerary Hop On Bus
4 Days in Paris Itinerary Hop On Bus can be a great way to see the city and get from A to B

Tips for Getting Around in Paris:

  • Check the metro map before your trip to get an idea of the lines and stations. Use Google Maps to get from A to B – just tap the transport option and it will tell you what to take.
  • Keep your ticket or pass with you at all times, as there are random checks on the metro.
  • Be aware of rush hour times when the metro can be extremely crowded.
  • Look out for bike lanes when using a scooter or riding a bike.
  • Consider walking for shorter distances, as Paris is a beautiful city to explore on foot.
4 Days in Paris Itinerary Eiffel Tower and Montparnasse
4 Days in Paris Itinerary Eiffel Tower and Montparnasse

Which Area to Stay in Paris for First-Time Visitors?  

Paris is a city with many distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own charm and personality. For first-time visitors, it’s important to choose a neighbourhood that is centrally located and offers easy access to the city’s main attractions. 

Here are some of the best areas to stay in Paris for first-time visitors:

  1. Le Marais: Located in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, Le Marais is a trendy and lively neighbourhood with a rich history. It’s home to many museums, art galleries, and fashion boutiques, as well as some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. It’s also conveniently located near popular attractions like Notre Dame and the Pompidou Center.
  2. Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Located in the 6th arrondissement, Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a chic and sophisticated neighbourhood with a long history of intellectual and artistic life. It’s home to many historic cafes, bookstores, and boutiques, as well as some of the city’s best museums and galleries, including the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre. It’s also well-connected to the rest of the city by public transportation.
  3. Latin Quarter: Located in the 5th and 6th arrondissements, the Latin Quarter is a historic and bohemian neighbourhood with a lively student population. It’s home to many historic landmarks, including the Sorbonne and the Panthéon, as well as some of the city’s best restaurants and cafes. It’s also a great place to explore on foot, with winding streets and hidden alleyways to discover.
  4. Montmartre: Located in the 18th arrondissement, Montmartre is a picturesque and historic neighbourhood known for its artists, musicians, and cabarets. It’s home to the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica, as well as many cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops. It’s also well-connected to the rest of the city by public transportation, including the metro and the funicular.
4 Days in Paris Itinerary hotel
4 Days in Paris Itinerary hotel

Best Places To Stay in Paris France

Luxury Hotels in Paris:

  • The Peninsula Paris: This luxurious hotel is located near the Champs-Elysees and boasts a rooftop restaurant, indoor pool, and spa.
  • Four Seasons Hotel George V: This iconic hotel is located near the Arc de Triomphe and offers opulent rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and a beautiful courtyard garden.

Mid-Range Hotels in Paris:

  • Hotel Les Bulles de Paris: This boutique hotel is located in the Latin Quarter and offers elegant rooms and a champagne bar.
  • Hotel Eiffel Turenne: This modern hotel is located near the Eiffel Tower and offers comfortable rooms and a cozy lounge area.

Budget Hotels in Paris: 

  • Grand Hôtel de Clermont: Simple, clean and comfortable hotel in an excellent location.
  • Hotel Audran: This charming hotel is situated in the artistic neighbourhood of Montmartre, one of the oldest districts in Paris. It offers rooms with private bathrooms with Wi-Fi access, just 202 m from Abbesses metro station.
4 Days in Paris Itinerary Bridge
4 Days in Paris Itinerary Alexander’s Bridge crossing the river Seine

The Best Food and Dishes to Try in Paris

Paris is famous for its delicious food, and there are many dishes and specialties that you simply must try when you visit the city. Here are five of the best food and dishes to try in Paris:

  • Croissants: A quintessential French breakfast pastry, croissants are made with buttery layers of flaky pastry that melt in your mouth. You can find them at any bakery or café in Paris, but some of the best are at the famous bakery, Boulangerie Patisserie Au Kouign Amann.
  • French Onion Soup: A hearty and warming soup made with caramelized onions, and beef broth, and topped with a layer of melted cheese. The best place to try it is at Les Halles, one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Paris.
  • Steak frites: A classic French dish that consists of a juicy steak served with crispy, golden fries. One of the best places to try it is at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, a restaurant that specializes in steak frites.
  • Macarons: These delicate and colourful French cookies are made with almond flour and filled with a variety of delicious flavours, such as raspberry, chocolate, or pistachio. Ladurée is one of the most famous and beloved macaron shops in Paris.
  • Crème Brûlée: A classic French dessert made with rich custard that is topped with a layer of caramelized sugar. One of the best places to try it is at the legendary Café de Flore, a historic café that has been serving customers since 1887.
  • Baguette: The quintessential French bread, baguettes are crispy on the outside and soft and airy on the inside. The best place to try them is at any local boulangerie, such as Eric Kayser or Poilâne.
  • Escargots: A French delicacy of cooked snails, usually served with garlic butter and parsley. You can find them at many traditional Parisian brasseries, such as Le Petit Zinc or Le Comptoir du Relais.
  • Bouillabaisse: Enjoy a steaming bowl of bouillabaisse, the famous seafood soup. Enjoy it with a basket of freshly cut baguettes and a glass of wine by the port. This soup is famous in the port city of Marseille France – in fact, indulging in this dish is one of our Top 5 Best Things to do in Marseille.
  • Coq au Vin: A hearty stew made with chicken, red wine, and vegetables, served with crusty bread or potatoes. A great place to try it is at Le Bistrot Paul Bert, a classic Parisian bistro.
  • Cheese: France is known for its wide variety of delicious cheeses, such as Brie, Camembert, and Roquefort. You can find them at many fromageries (cheese shops) in Paris, such as Fromagerie Barthélemy or Fromagerie Quatrehomme.
  • Ratatouille: A vegetable stew made with eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and peppers, flavoured with garlic and herbs. You can find it at many traditional Parisian restaurants, such as Chez Janou or Le Jules Verne.
  • Tarte Tatin: A classic French dessert made with caramelized apples and a buttery pastry crust, usually served with vanilla ice cream or crème fraîche. You can find it at many patisseries in Paris, such as Pâtisserie des Rêves or La Pâtisserie Cyril Lignac.

Paris is a food lover’s paradise, and there are many delicious dishes and specialties to discover and savour during your 4 days in Paris itinerary. These foods are just a few of the many reasons to indulge in the culinary delights of Paris.


Scams in Paris – Avoid them!

Don’t get scammed during your 4 days in Paris itinerary!  

As with any major tourist destination, there are unfortunately some scams to watch out for in Paris.

Here are a few of the most common:

  1. Pickpocketing: This is a common problem in crowded areas like the metro, tourist sites, and outdoor markets. Be sure to keep an eye on your belongings at all times and avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuable items.
  2. Street vendors: Some street vendors, particularly those selling souvenirs, may try to pressure you into buying something or distract you while someone else steals your wallet or purse. Be cautious when approached by vendors and keep your belongings close.
  3. “Gold ring” scam: In this scam, a person will approach you on the street and ask if you dropped a gold ring. They will then try to sell you the ring at a discount, claiming they can’t use it themselves. The ring is usually fake, and the scammer will try to take advantage of your kindness to get you to pay an inflated price.
  4. “String” or “bracelet” scam: In this scam, a person will approach you on the street and offer to make a bracelet or necklace for you out of string. Once they’ve finished, they’ll demand payment and may become aggressive if you refuse to pay.
  5. “Clipboard Scam”: The clipboard scam is a common scam that occurs in Paris, and it typically targets tourists who are walking in busy areas. In this scam, a person will approach you on the street holding a clipboard, and they may ask you to sign a petition or to make a donation to a charity. While you are distracted, another person may come up behind you and steal your wallet or purse.
4 Days in Paris Itinerary pickpocketing
4 Days in Paris Itinerary pickpocketing

To avoid falling victim to these or other scams in Paris, be sure to stay alert and aware of your surroundings, keep your belongings secure, and don’t engage with strangers who seem overly pushy or aggressive.

RELATED POST – How to Avoid 6 Common Tourist Scams in China

Best Time to Visit in Paris

The best time to visit Paris largely depends on your personal preferences and what you want to experience during your trip. 

Here’s a breakdown of each season to help you decide:

  • Spring (March to May): Springtime in Paris is beautiful, with mild temperatures, blossoming trees and flowers, and fewer crowds than in the peak summer months. However, it can be rainy and unpredictable, so be sure to bring an umbrella.
  • Summer (June to August): Summer is the peak tourist season in Paris, with warm weather, long days, and plenty of events and festivals. However, it can also be crowded and expensive, and many locals go on vacation during this time.
  • Fall (September to November): Fall in Paris is another lovely time to visit, with cooler temperatures, beautiful autumn foliage, and fewer tourists. However, it can also be rainy and some attractions may have reduced hours or close for the season.
  • Winter (December to February): Winter in Paris can be cold and damp, but it also has its charms, such as Christmas markets, holiday lights, and fewer tourists. Plus, you can warm up with some delicious hot chocolate or mulled wine.
4 Days in Paris Itinerary Paris in winter
4 Days in Paris Itinerary Paris in winter can be magical time

Overall, the best time to visit in Paris is in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall when the weather is mild and the crowds are thinner.

However, each season has its unique advantages and disadvantages, so it ultimately depends on what you’re looking for in your trip.

4 Days in Paris Itinerary from above
4 Days in Paris Itinerary Paris from above

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My Final Thoughts on 4 days in Paris Itinerary

It’s a common question, how many days in Paris do you need? If  you have time, then spending 4 days in Paris is the perfect amount of time to see the main attractions, eat some delicious French food and enjoy some of the Parisian vibes the city is known for.

You can never really see everything in Paris, but this detailed itinerary for 4 days covers a lot. Let me know if the comments if you have any questions about this Paris itinerary or if you have visited the city of love. 

While you’re in France, and only 3.5 hours away by car, why not visit Beaune in Burgundy? This is a beautiful part of France and these top 5 things to do in Beaune will keep you busy.

Travel Tips for Europe

We have many travel guides and tips for Europe— an incredible continent!

Are you travelling on a budget? These ten cheapest European countries will help you plan an itinerary that lets you see as much as possible while there.

Furthermore, if you plan to travel long-term (or at least until the money runs out), these 21 cheapest countries to visit will help you make your hard-earned dollars stretch a bit further.

Delicious cuisine can be enjoyed across Europe, and our food map of Europe will inspire your culinary journey.

For food lovers, don’t miss our top 10 best countries for foodies, a couple of them are located in Europe.

Here are 8 things to know about travelling to Eastern Europe and it’s good to know these 7 misconceptions about Eastern Europe too.

These top 6 travel hacks to save money are great to read when planning your travels.

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