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5 Days Paris Itinerary – What To See If You Have 5 Days In Paris

Have 5 days in Paris and wondering how to spend it? Check out our exclusive 5-day itinerary designed to showcase the best of the city to any visitor making its way to the French capital. Go through this list to discover more.

Day 1 - Montmartre Walking Tour, Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge Dinner and Show

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Montmartre Guided Walking Tour
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Begin your Paris holiday with a peaceful walking tour of the beautiful Montmartre district. Explore the quintessential winding cobblestone streets and steep staircases in this unique area and unravel its history. When rents in central Paris skyrocketed in the early 1900s, artists, writers, and bohemians of all types flocked to the sleepy quartier, making it one of the most important centers for art and radical thought in the world. Experience the traditions, lifestyle, and bohemian character of this storied neighbourhood on this amazing 3-hour walking tour led by a historian.

Hours
9:30 AM and 2:00 PM every day

Address
Abbesses, Station de métro, Paris
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Montmartre Guided Walking Tour

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Plan to stay
3 hours

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Louvre Museum
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Visit the most famous museum in the world, the Louvre Museum after your tour. 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.

Recommended Experiences
Dedicated Entrance Tickets to Louvre Museum
Guided Tour of the Louvre Museum with Skip the Line Entry

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Plan to stay
2 hours

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Moulin Rouge with Champagne
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End your first day in Paris with a dinner and a show at the iconic Moulin Rouge cabaret show. Situated at the heart of the lively Montmartre district, the Moulin Rouge attracts over 600,000 spectators a year! Since the cabaret first opened its doors in 1889, it has played host to hundreds of actors, dancers, make-up artists, costume designers and stage decorators. To get the best seats, arrive a half hour before the show (10:30). Witness the French can-can come to life amidst a colorful explosion of costumes, decorations and dazzling set designs. An evening at the Moulin Rouge is without doubt a Paris bucket-list experience guaranteed to live on in your memory forever.

Hours
9:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Address
Moulin Rouge Cabaret, 82 Boulevard de Clichy, Paris
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Recommended Experiences
Moulin Rouge Late Night Show with Champagne
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Plan to stay
2 hours

Day 2 - Paris Catacombs, Notre Dame Cathedral, History & Treasures Tour

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History & Treasures Tour
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This packed, half-day tour will showcase the architectural splendors, history and magnificence of Paris. Prepared to be spellbound as you visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the breathtaking Tuileries Gardens, Arc de Triomphe, and also enjoy a stroll across Champs-Elysées. Once you have taken in the undeniable beauty of the City of Lights, you can drop by the Louvre Museum. The experienced guide will also introduce you to the architectural significance of the Louvre itself and also touch upon its enchanting history. This is Paris decoded!

Hours
Every day at 10:00 AM except Tuesday

Address
Cité Metro Station (Line 4), Rue Aubé, Paris
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History & Treasures Tour

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Plan to stay
2 hours

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Paris Catacombs
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After the tour, 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.

Recommended Experiences
Skip the Line Catacombs Tickets with Audioguide
Skip the Line: Catacombs & Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Access Combo

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Plan to stay
1 - 1.5 hours

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Île de la Cité - Notre Dame Cathedral
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After the Catacombs, head to the Île de la Cité, a historic island in the heart of Paris full of beautiful historic buildings. The most important of them all is the Notre Dame Cathedral. The iconic church that was built almost eight centuries ago is another monument that is considered the pride of Paris. This notable cathedral is located on a small island (Île de la Cite) in the middle of river Seine. The 800 year old church displays its tragic as well as glorious moments through the history of Paris. Through its phase of being almost demolished to being restored to its former beauty, a visit to Notre Dame is nothing less than taking a stroll down the valiant history of France. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the sparkling river Seine as well as historical artefacts housed within the Church once you’re in it.

Hours
8:00 AM to 6:45 PM Monday to Friday
8:00 AM to 7:15 PM Saturdays and Sundays

Address
6 Parvis Notre-Dame | Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
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Tips

  • While there is no entry fee for the cathedral, you may still face queues. Go as early as possible.
  • It is recommended to visit the bell tower inside the church that comes with a small fee.
  • Keep an eye on your valuables as the crowds can draw the attention of many-a-pickpockets.

Recommended Experiences
Notre Dame Cathedral Guided Tour
Notre Dame Cathedral Tour & Sainte-Chapelle Tickets
Notre Dame and Gothic Paris

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Plan to stay
1 hour

Day 3 - Palace of Versailles and Orsay Museum

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Versailles Priority Access - Full Day Guided Tour
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On your third 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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Versailles Priority Access - Full Day Guided Tour from Paris

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Plan to stay
4 - 6 hours

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Orsay Museum
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Once you're back from Versailles, head to the Orsay Museum. Located on the scenic banks of river Seine, the Museum of Orsay houses an impressive collection of impressionist (400 paintings) and post-impressionist (1,100 paintings) masterpieces of the world. Visitors can get a chance to view famous artworks from artists such as Monet, Degas, Sisley and Van Gogh as the Museum of Orsay is one of the largest art museums in Europe. Originally a railway station, you can still trace the origins of Gare d’Orsay in its opulent architecture. The museum also creates several temporary exhibits throughout the year and it tops on the list of Paris’s interesting attraction.

Hours
9:30 AM to 6:00 PM every day except Thursday
9:30 AM to 9:45 PM on Thursday

Address
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
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Tips

  • Make a list of the paintings you’d like to view before heading here, as that will save some time on your hands.
  • The museum is least crowded during the noons and off-season.
  • There are several lines for individuals, groups and professionals - make sure you save time by getting into the right queue.

Recommended Experiences
Skip The Line Tickets to Orsay Museum
Guided Tour of the Orsay Museum with Skip The Line Entry
Dedicated Entrance to the Louvre and Orsay Museum

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Plan to stay
2 hours

Day 4 - Disneyland Paris and Seine Dinner Cruise

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Disneyland Paris
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Dedicate your fourth day to a bit of fun and frolic at Disneyland Paris. At Disneyland Paris lies a magical kingdom where classic Disney heroes and heroines and where fairy tales come true! Come aboard and experience the magical world of Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park or both. At Disneyland Park, experience your favorite Disney Lands just as you remember them in classic Disney stories where fairytales. Endless attractions and thrills that come in all sizes and shapes - Space Mountain Mission 2 that takes you to the edge of the universe and It's A Small World. Right next door to Disneyland Park, discover the magical world of cinema and television at Walt Disney Studios Park - 4 cinemagical 'lots', featuring thrilling attractions and spectacular shows with your dreams centre-stage. Get behind the scenes with the never seen before Parade and tours and experience the magic that makes the world of Movies.

Hours
Disneyland Paris - 10 AM - 11 PM
Walt Disney Studios Park - 10 AM - 9 PM

Address
77777 Marne-la-Vallée, France
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Recommended Experiences
Disneyland Paris Skip the Line Tickets

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Plan to stay
6 - 8 hours

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Premium Dinner Cruise
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End your day with a wonderful dinner cruise on the Seine River. If what you’re looking for is some quiet time afloat the enchanting, class encased boat — don’t miss out on the premium dinner experience along with live music aboard the Bateaux Parisiens. With an indulgent dinner spread, arranged meticulously during your tour, this cruise ride will definitely give you a taste of the authentic Parisian experience. Set sail aboard Bateaux Parisiens for a vivid tour of the City of Lights like never before.

Hours
8:30 PM every day

Address
Port de la Bourdonnais - 75007 Paris
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Bateaux Parisiens Premium Seine Dinner Cruise

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Plan to stay
2 hours

Day 5 - Eiffel Tower, Lunch Cruise, Arc De Triomphe and Champs-Elysees

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Eiffel Tower
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We've saved the best for the last. Begin your final day at the iconic Eiffel Tower. 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.

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.

Recommended Experiences
Skip The Line: Eiffel Tower Summit Tickets with Host
Skip the line: Eiffel Tower 2nd Floor Tickets
Dinner at the Eiffel Tower

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Plan to stay
1-2 hours

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Seine River Lunch Cruise
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After your Eiffel experience, head for a lunch on the Seine River. Experience the wonders of Paris aboard the Bateaux Parisiens along with a scrumptious 3-course meal prepared by the chefs on board the cruise. Curated using the season’s freshest produce, you may seat yourself and enjoy the panoramic views of the city bathed in lovely, morning light. What sets this cruise apart is the presence of a skilful live band that adds to the soulful ambience of the cruise.

Hours
12:45 PM every day

Address
Port de la Bourdonnais - 75007 Paris
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Recommended Cruise
Bateaux Parisiens Seine Lunch Cruise with Live Music & Audio Commentary

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Plan to stay
2 hours

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Arc De Triomphe & Champs-Élysées
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End your final day with a relaxing walking tour of central Paris. Eat and drink whatever your heart wishes as you soak in your final day in Paris. The Arc de Triomphe, located in the center of the city is one of the top attractions in Paris. Taking inspiration from the ancient Roman triumphal arch style, this structure stands tall in the center of Paris. Leading out of the Arc is the famous avenue, Champs-Élysées. It is known for its theatres, cafés, and shops as well as the finish of the Tour de France cycle race.

Hours
10 AM to 11 PM every day

Address
Champs-Élysées, Paris
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Recommended Experience
Skip The Line: Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets

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Plan to stay
3 hours

Extending Your Itinerary to 7 Days in Paris

Now, if you're in Paris for not just 5 days but 7 or more, you can add the following attractions to your 7 day Paris travel itinerary:

1. Dine at the Eiffel - Ensconced in the Eiffel Tower’s spectacular metal structure are two pockets of culinary heaven - Eiffel Tower restaurants Le 58 Tour Eiffel and Le Jules Verne. With exquisite views, these unique eateries provide guests with the rare opportunity to dine atop one of the world’s favorite landmarks. Sip on a glass of wine as you watch the sunlight bounce off the metallic lattice of the Eiffel Tower, savor a traditional French meal, and witness the City of Lights sparkle in the night sky.



2. Picasso Museum - Musee Picasso hosts an extensive collection of the artist’s most popular works. More than 400 of his best work are exhibited in this museum, which was in the 17th Century, better known as Hôtel Salé. Imagine a 40 roomed stately building dedicated entirely to exhibiting a permanent collection of more than 5,000 work including paintings, sculptures and drawings; this place speaks grandeur.

3. Crazy Horse - Located across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, Crazy Horse is Paris’s most avant-garde cabaret with a rich 65 year-old culture. The iconic venue, originally a wine cellar, was transformed to a nightclub thanks to Alain Bernardin. Since then, it has one of Paris’ top cabarets, along with the Moulin Rouge and Le Lido. Putting women and creative expression at the focal point, Le Crazy Horse de Paris exudes artistic femininity and charms by putting sophisticated and flawless dancers into the spotlight.

4. Paris City Passes - A good way to explore Paris is with the help of a city pass. The two most popular passes in Paris are the Paris City Pass and the Paris Museum Pass. Both these passes have been designed to help you keep the expenses down while you explore and experience Paris with ease. Check out our guide in which we go through the details of each card, outline the difference between them them and offer tips on how you can purchase these cards and get the most value for your money.

Comments (2)
  1. Xexilia says:

    Great common sense here. Wish I’d thgouht of that.

  2. Bhoty says:

    Very useful Paris destination information and tips

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