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How to Plan the Perfect 3-Day Stay in Paris

There is so much to experience in Paris that a year wouldn't be enough to see it all. However, 3 days in Paris puts you in a comfortable spot to check out all the main highlights and popular attractions in Paris. Check out our 3-day travel itinerary to help you plan your stay in Paris. From the Catacombs and Louvre Museum to the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles, 3 days should provide you with enough time to experience the magic of Paris.

3 Days in Paris Under €260


Day 1 : Eiffel Tower, Sightseeing Seine Cruise, Centre Georges Pompidou
€64
Day 2 - Palace of Versailles, Paris Cabaret
€130
Day 3 - Louvre Museum, Arc De Triomphe, Paris Catacombs
€64

Total

€258

Book your Paris Attractions tickets on Headout, and spend just €258 on your one day vacation in Paris! Hit up all the prime attractions in the city and save more while you explore more. Read on to see our detailed 3 day Paris Itinerary and learn more about visiting each of these attractions.

Day 1 - Eiffel Tower, Seine Sightseeing Cruise, Centre Georges Pompidou

1

Eiffel Tower
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Paris is almost synonymous to the Eiffel Tower, so it is only right to begin your day here. The world famous Eiffel Tower definitely does not need an introduction unless you’ve been living under a rock. Built by Gustave Eiffel in the year 1889, the tower has become a symbol of France and is recognised world wide as a defining moment of the industrial era in the country. Today, this glorious work of art attracts as many as 7 million visitors annually, making the Eiffel Tower the most visited monument around the world. Comprising of three levels, you are greeted to a unique panoramic view of the city and the glittering skies during nighttime. In fact, the beautiful tower is also a renowned stage for numerous international events as well.

Hours
9:30 AM to 11 PM Monday to Thursday
9:30 AM to 12 AM Fridays and Saturdays

Address
Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
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Tips

  • The Eiffel Tower displays a marvellous view during the day as well as the night. Make sure to visit both these times for a different experience.
  • It is advisable to take the stairs to cut down on the long waiting queues at the elevator.
  • Consider reserving a prepaid ticket to skip the tiring ticket line.

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2

Sightseeing Seine River Cruise
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This Seine river cruise begins at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and is hence the perfect experience after you are done visiting the Eiffel Tower. This leisurely, hour long cruise takes you past some of the most iconic Parisian monuments afloat. Admire prestigious landmarks such as Assemblee Nationale, Musee d'Orsay, Institut de France, Pantheon, Cite de la Mode, Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, and more. The mesmerising cruise also allows you to enjoy an exhilarating experience from on top of the boat’s terrace and passageways.

Hours
10:00 AM to 10:30 PM during Apr to Sep (every 30 minutes)
10:30 AM to 10:00 PM during Oct to Mar (every 60 minutes)

Address
Port de la Bourdonnais, 75007, Paris, France
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Tips

  • Opt for the audio guide provided in the tour for better understanding.
  • Choose a seat at the front if you wish to capture the beauty within your camera.
  • Keep in mind that the narration and commentaries are only conducted downstairs.

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1-1.5 hours

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3

Centre Georges Pompidou
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Some may recognise this museum as the oddly structured building placed near the Beauborg area in Paris. However, Centre Georges Pompidou is most importantly known for its vast collection of modern art that will leave you inspired and intrigued. The quirky building also boasts of a humongous library (with almost 500,000 books) that can easily accommodate around 2,000 readers at once. The museum contains over 50,000 works of art including paintings, sculptures, drawings as well as photography. And while you enjoy contemporary art, don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the surreal panoramic view of the city from its rooftop terrace.

Hours
Monday & Tuesday closed
11:00 AM to 9:00 PM Wednesday to Sunday

Address
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
Get Directions

Tips

  • Buy your tickets online since the museum tends to draw crowd on a daily basis.
  • The best time to visit Centre Georges Pompidou is after 5pm if you wish to spend some relaxed time within the premises.
  • Don’t miss out the Le George restaurant on the 6th floor that promises a meal with a view.

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Day 2 - Palace of Versailles, Paris Cabaret

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Versailles Priority Access - Full Day Guided Tour
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On your second day, head out on a day trip from Paris to the exquisite Palace of Versailles. The Palace of Versailles is one of the most extraordinary achievements in 17th century European art. Situated just 30 minutes outside Paris, in the village of Versailles, this elaborate complex once thrived as an epicenter of political power for the Kingdom of France. Begin your guided visit outdoors as you stroll along the cobblestone grounds, through the beautiful French gardens, and pass by the gorgeous Versailles fountains. Your guide will then escort you to the Castle entrance, where you will get to bypass the tediously long queue and make your way directly into the Palace. Once inside, enjoy access to the most famous places within the Castle. Explore the ornate King and Queen's State Apartments. Next, make your way to the glittering Hall of Mirrors before ending the tour.

Hours
9:00 AM every day except Monday

Address
Tour begins at your hotel

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5

Cabaret with Champagne
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End your day with a dinner and a show at one of the many cabaret venues in Paris cabaret show. You can choose from Moulin Rouge situated in the heart of the lively Montmartre district, Crazy Horse - one of Paris’ racier cabarets, Le Lido - located at Champs-Elysees best know for its burlesque and cabaret shows or Paradis Latin, the oldest cabaret in Paris and a temple of the performing arts. To get the best seats, arrive a half hour before the show and witness the French can-can come to life amidst a colorful explosion of costumes, decorations and dazzling set designs. Cabaret in Paris is a bucket-listed experience and there's no missing out on this!

Hours
9:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Address
Moulin Rouge Cabaret, 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Paris
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Plan to stay
2 hours

Day 3 - Louvre Museum, Arc De Triomphe, Paris Catacombs

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Louvre Museum
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Start your last day in Paris at the biggest and arguably most famous museum in the world - The Louvre Museum. Here, you will be able to enjoy the collections of the museum in relative peace. Considered as an iconic landmark, the Louvre is often on every tourist’s list while visiting Paris. This famous monument is best known for a plethora of art exhibits as well as collection from around the world. It witnesses a crowd of people who visit from across the globe to catch a glimpse of the famous Mona Lisa — painted by Leonardo da Vinci. The timeless glass pyramid that has now become a symbol of sophistication and elegance is also one of the most photographed monument of the city. Apart from a myriad of paintings, the museum also hosts intricate sculptures within its premises.

Hours
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Fridays
Tuesday closed

Address
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
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Tips

  • Visit during the nighttime to avoid crowd.
  • It is best to chart your visit according to a map of the museum, as it is nearly impossible to cover every exhibit of the Louvre.
  • Consider picking the audio guide if you’re not fluent with French.

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7

Arc De Triomphe
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Your next stop for the day is Arc de Triomphe. Another well known monument of the city, the Arc de Triomphe stands tall at the western end of the famous Champs Élysées. The arch honours those who fought valiantly and died during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. With names of military soldiers engraved on its walls, the magnificent centrepiece is one of the biggest arches of the world. Visitors can benefit a panoramic view of Paris from atop this monument during the day and night. There is also a museum within the arch that retraces the history of Arc de Triomphe which is a must-visit for those interested to delve deeper into the roots of Paris.

Hours
10:00 AM to 11:00 PM every day

Address
Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
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Tips

  • There is no queue for those only visiting the exterior of the monument, so do not confuse yourself with the same.
  • It is best to book a museum pass or an online ticket to cut the queues.
  • The Arc de Triomphe has one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower, so make sure to carry your camera for plenty of photo ops.

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Plan to stay
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8

Paris Catacombs
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For a spooky end to your time in Paris, head to the legendary Paris Catacombs. Although often referred to as the city of lights, there is a dark, almost enigmatic past of the city that is retold within the Catacombs of Paris. The underground ossuaries hold the remains of more than 6 million people. These ancient quarries were built as an effort to eliminate city’s overflowing cemeteries. Although slightly twisted, the catacombs have now begun gaining importance and is recognised as museum in Paris. The catacombs makes a perfect destination for those vying for an eerie, yet a curious story of the elaborate city.

Hours
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Tuesday to Sunday
Monday closed

Address
1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
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Tips

  • Keep a flashlight handy as the tunnels can be dark.
  • It is advisable to wear covered shoes or boots as the quarry is prone to muck during the rains.
  • Show up at least 20 to 30 minutes before they open as the museum is prone to long queues.

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Plan to stay
1 - 1.5 hours

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