4-day itinerary for Paris: See the best of Paris in 4 days | 2022

A 4-day Paris itinerary allows you to visit the city’s most iconic monuments and art museums but also to soak up the atmosphere… and eat plenty of macarons. While two-day Paris itineraries seem to be very popular, there’s only so much you can see in just a weekend. So, either you miss out on a lot of Paris must-see sites, such as the Opera Garnier or the Garden of the Palais Royal, or your program will be so full that you won’t be able to stop and smell the roses… or should I say the croissants?

We’ve personally been to Paris over a dozen times, either for an extended weekend or as a day trip from Belgium, and still haven’t seen all its gems. That’s why we’d recommend you to spend at least three, maybe even four days in Paris.

Ready to find out what to do in Paris in 4 days? Here’s our take on the quintessential 4 days in Paris itinerary for first-time visitors. It will take the Hint: A visit to Versailles is included.

The best Paris itinerary includes the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Tuileries Garden, Louvre and Palais Royal and more
Be sure to include Palais Royal, the Eiffel Tower, Sainte Chapelle, Sacre-Coeur, Tuileries Garden and Arc de Triomphe in your 4 day Paris itinerary


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Map of this Paris 4 day itinerary

We’ve created a map featuring all Paris must-see attractions mentioned in this article. It will help you visualize this itinerary and decide which highlights you want to experience when you spend 4 days in Paris.

We’ve also included some restaurant options to make sure you won’t miss out on the best food in Paris. And if you’re still deciding on your accommodation, then check out our personal recommendations on where to stay in Paris.

Day 1: Classic Paris itinerary

On your first day in Paris, you’ll be spending the morning near the Eiffel Tower in the 7th arrondissement, the afternoon near the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement and the evening in Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement.

Let’s start this ultimate 4 days in Paris itinerary in the 7th arrondissement. This area of Paris is elegant and the streets are lined with elegant residential buildings. It’s not only home to the top attraction of Paris, the Eiffel tower, but also to a wide array of fascinating museums (Musée d’Orsay and Musée Rodin to name a few) and more Paris must-sees.

The 8th arrondissement is located on the opposite bank of the Seine river and within walking distance from the Eiffel Tower. You’ll only explore the southern part of this district as you walk to the Arc de Triomphe and the world-famous Champs-Èlysées Boulevard.

Your first of 4 days in Paris is concluded at bohemian Montmartre. To get here, you’ll have to take a metro (there’s a direct connection). It’s one of the most romantic places to watch the explore the cobbled streets as the sun sets over Paris. And if you’re not ready to call it a night, then you might want to catch a show at the Moulin Rouge.

Tips for the day ahead:

  • This Paris itinerary is based on an early morning visit to the Eiffel tower. Note that your time slot for the Eiffel tower needs to be booked well ahead of time.
  • No need to pack lunch, a light picnic blanket is all you need. Do make sure to leave enough room in your backpack.

Breakfast at Carette

A croissant from Carette is a great start of your 4 day itinerary for Paris

Depending on your chosen accommodation, breakfast may or may not be included in your reservation. If it’s not, then head to Carette, a renowned bakery located at the Place du Trocadéro. No need to overthink your order, just go for the almond croissants paired with a hot chocolate. The croissants here are finger-licking good, trust us.

Climb the Eiffel Tower

If a visit of the Eiffel tower is on your 4 days in Paris itinerary, then make sure to book your skip the line tickets ahead
Visiting the Eiffel Tower is one of the essential things to do in Paris in 4 days
Will you visit the Eiffel Tower during your 4 day itinerary Paris

Let’s kick off this ultimate 4 days in Paris itinerary with the most popular attraction: the Eiffel tower.

This iconic Paris monument has been putting its mark on the city’s skyline since 1889 when it was presented to the public during the World Fair. That was also a symbolic year, exactly 100 years after the French Revolution.

With a height of 300 m (1,000 ft), the Eiffel Tower became the tallest tower in the world at the time. Gustave Eiffel was in charge of the construction of this landmark, which was completed in just over 2 years.

The Eiffel Tower is one of Paris’ most visited sites, which means there’s no escaping the crowds. And if you or your travel companions insist on actually visiting then it’s essential to plan your visit waaaaay beforehand, especially when planning a trip to Paris in summer.

Are you up to climbing the 674 stairs to the second floor and maybe take the elevator from there to the top? Or will you go for the comfort of the elevator all the way?

You can buy your tickets with time slot via this site. Also, make sure to wait at the right pillar since the south one only offers stairway access. Guess how we found out…?

Should you prefer to join a skip-the-line guided tour, then here are some options:

You either love it or you hate it but it does, for a fact, have its place in the Paris skyline. The thing is, if you watch the skyline from the Eiffel tower then the views over Paris just don’t look the same to me. So, would I recommend adding a visit to this iconic monument to your Paris itinerary? Probably not… but I’m sure my little girls would disagree.

Depending on the type of ticket (stairs or elevator – individual or guided tour), a visit to the Eiffel Tower will take you around 2 to 3 hours. And like with all tourist hotspots, you’ll have had it after an hour or 2 anyway.

Applicable Paris city pass options: A visit to this monument is included in the The Paris Pass and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass. It’s also one of the available options of the Paris Passlib’ City, Explorer and Prestige and the GoCity Paris Explorer Pass.

Explore Rue Cler

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time to stock up on French food at Rue Cler. This convivial Parisian market street is jam-packed with artisanal shops. Whether you’re looking to buy baguettes, cheese, a bottle of wine or all of the above, there’s no better place to shop for a picnic.

Have a picnic at Champ de Mars

Visit the Champ de Mars on your itinerary for Paris France

You’ve earned yourself a break. And why not make it one with the best views of the Eiffel tower? Champ de Mars, the green space in between the Eiffel tower and the Military School, is an excellent location to spread out your picnic blanket and indulge in your Parisian lunch.

Pass by les Invalides

Use your Paris Museum Pass to visit  les Invalides Paris
Try to squeez in a visit to Les Invalides in your itinerary for Paris in 4 days

The Dôme des Invalides is a must-see Paris monument and one that’s easy to locate thanks to its shimmering golden dome. The Hôtel National des Invalides was built in the 17th century under Louis XIV and served as a hospital for veterans. Today it is part of the Musée de l’Armée or Military Museum and houses the Emperor’s tomb (Napoleon I).

Unfortunately though, a visit to this monument is not included in this 4 days in Paris itinerary. You could, of course, switch out this landmark with another one on this Paris itinerary. It’s included in the Paris Museum Pass and therefore also in the The Paris Pass and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass. It’s also one of the available options of the Paris Passlib’ (all versions).

Museum option 1: Musée d’Orsay

The perfect Paris itinerary 4 days includes the Orsay Museum a landmark but make sure to book a skip the line ticket or purchase a Paris Museum Pass

Housed in one of the most impressive buildings in Paris, the former Gare d’Orsay railway station, you’ll find the Orsay Museum. The collection of impressionist art it presents is unrivaled. You’ll find paintings of Monet, Cézanne, Degas and Manet to name a few.

A visit to the Orsay museum takes 2 to 3 hours.

Applicable Paris city pass options: A visit to this monument is included in the Paris Museum Pass and therefore also in the The Paris Pass and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass. It’s also one of the available options of the Paris Passlib’ City, Explorer and Prestige versions.

Museum option 2: Rodin Museum

When you plan a trip to Paris then make sure to include the Rodin Museum to your Paris itinerary 4 days, it's included with the Museum Pass
Evocateur via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

We’re no fans of huge museums but prefer admiring art in an intimate setting. That’s why the Rodin Museum is one of our favorites. The famous French sculpture’s collection of statues and drawings is housed in the Hôtel Biron, a gorgeous mansion in the heart of Paris where Auguste Rodin actually lived.

Several pieces, including the famous statue The Thinker, can be admired in the enchanting garden behind the mansion. This museum is a true gem and therefore definitely deserves a spot in this 4 day Paris itinerary.

A visit to the Rodin museum takes about an hour.

Applicable Paris city pass options: A visit to this monument is included in the Paris Museum Pass and therefore also in the The Paris Pass and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass. It’s also one of the available options of the Paris Passlib’ (all versions).

Cross the Pont Alexandre III

A two minute walk across the Alexander III bridge in Paris is all it takes to go from the left bank to the right bank and vice versa

Cross the Seine on the iconic bridge that connects the Rive Gauche or Left Bank and the Rive Droite or Right Bank while enjoying the gorgeous views of the Eiffel tower.

When you spend 4 days in Paris, crisscrossing the city from one landmark to another, you’ll be crossing many bridges. This one, though, is pretty special. It’s also one of the most romantic places to visit in Paris at night.

Stroll along the Champs-Élysées

Enjoy an afternoon walking tour along the famous Champs-Élysées all the way to the Place de l’Étoile, where 12 grand lanes meet. Look up to the Arc de Triomphe. It’s a symbol of victory, originally built to honor Napoleon’s triumph in Austerlitz in the early 19th century.

Visit the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe should be on top of your list, whether you're planning to spend 4 days in Paris

After the first World War, the French army proudly marched under the Arc de Triomphe and so it became their symbol. The Memorial Flame burns at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier who lost his life during World War I.

Climb the 384 steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and admire the spectacular view of Paris. Or witness the eternal flame being relit at 6.30 pm every evening.

Applicable Paris city pass options: A visit to the Arc de Triomphe is included in the Paris Museum Pass and therefore also in the The Paris Pass and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass. It’s also one of the available options of the Paris Passlib’ (all versions).

Have dinner at Montmartre

Hop on metro 2 direction Nation from metro station Charles de Gaulle Étoile to metro station Anvers and you’ll find this gem in a privileged location. The dishes are just as artistic as the Montmartre area and they’re packed with flavor.

An alternative could be restaurant l’Arcane, uphill Montmartre, where the chef will be happy to surprise you with the menu of the day.

Psst… Book a table at either Signature Montmartre or l’Arcane through The Fork with our referral code 82798AFA and receive a €10 discount!

Watch the views over Paris from the Sacré-Cœur

A visit to the Sacre Coeur should be included when you spend 4 days in Paris
Sacre-Cooeur in Montmartre
Taking in the views over Paris from the Sacre-Coeur are a great way to end the first day of your Paris itinerary

The most eye-catching monument of Montmartre is theSacré-Cœur. This Roman-Byzantine style basilica is located up on the hill. It’s the place to be for the most panoramic views over Paris. The climb is steep but oh so rewarding. Or you could take the funicular all the way up to the Sacré-Cœur and take in the views of the City of Lights.

If you want to get an even better view (and you have some energy left), then take the 300 steps to the Dome. The entrance is located outside the basilica on the left. Closing time is 8 pm from May to September and 5 pm from October to April. We haven’t made it up there yet, unfortunately, but we hope to do so next time we’re visiting Paris.

Watch the artists at work at the Place du Tertre

4 days in Paris itinerary should include seeing the artists at work at the Place du Tertre

Explore the cobblestone streets behind the Sacré-Cœur to watch the artists at the open-air art gallery at the Palce du Tertre. Highly touristic but still a must-see in Paris. And why not have your portrait painted? It would make for a wonderful souvenir from Paris.

Take an stroll around Montmartre

Walk tour of Montmartre is one of the best things to do on your itinerary for Paris France

What better way to end this first day of your Paris itinerary than with a walking tour around bohemian Montmartre? You’ll find plenty of little streets to explore, including the Rue de l’Abreuvoir where you’ll find the famous pink house, and the uber-charming Place Dalida.

See (a show at) the Moulin Rouge

If you take a trip to Paris for 4 days then try to include a visit to the Moulin Rouge

When it’s time to head to your accommodation, you could opt to take the metro at the metro station called Blanche to see the iconic Moulin Rouge. Maybe you even bought tickets to experience the famous Moulin Rouge first-hand?

Day 2: Chic Paris itinerary

On the second of your 4 days in Paris you will visit the Louvre in the 1st arrondissement and the opera house in the 9th arrondissement. The late afternoon will be spent in the shops (department stores and covered passages) of the 9th and 2nd district. And what better place to spend the evening time in Paris than the Seine riverbanks?

The classy 1st arrondissement has the most central location of all neighborhoods in Paris. It’s well-serviced by public transportation but also very walkable. Even though this area is popular with tourists, there are still plenty of places that aren’t too crowded. Once home to the French royal residence, the First has an alluring appeal.

Your next stop on this 4 days in Paris itinerary is the 9th arrondissement. No need to take the subway, since it’s really close to the 1st. This Parisian neighbourhood is the one of the Grand Boulevards and centers around Palais Garnier, Paris’ most opulent opera house. This is also where to find the iconic department stores Lafayette and Printemps.

From there, you’ll be making your way to the Seine riverbank. Along the way, we’ll discover two of the most enchanting covered passages in Paris as well as the Jardin du Palais Royal.

Tips for the day ahead:

  • Day 2 of your 4-day Paris itinerary is based on an early morning visit to the Louvre. Note that your time slot for the Louvre needs to be booked well ahead of time.

Visit the Louvre Museum

Every Paris itinerary 4 days should include a visit of the Louvre with skip the line tickets
Painting at the Louvre in Paris that you can visit with a skip the line ticket

Start the second day of your 4-day Paris itinerary with a visit to the number one art museum in Paris: The Louvre. This stately building houses an incredible art collection, from French sculptures to Islamic arts and from Egyptian antiquities to the most iconic paintings. Among the most prominent works are the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

Again, it’s recommended to buy your ticket beforehand to avoid queuing. You also want to make sure that you decide on which collection to visit before your arrival. This art museum is so vast that you could easily spend all day there but, when you’re only in Paris for 4 days, that’s just not an option.

That’s why we’d recommend to create your own itinerary around the Louvre’s must-see masterpieces. Or, you could admire one collection and follow one thematic trail such as, for example, Masterpieces, In Search of Ideal Beauty.

After visiting the Louvre, take your time to admire the majestic 12th century building from the outside. It was originally built as part of a fortification along the Seine river but was transformed into a royal palace centuries later.

A visit to the Louvre takes a minimum of 2 to 3 hours.

Applicable Paris city pass options: A visit to this monument is included in the Paris Museum Pass and therefore also in the The Paris Pass and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass. It’s also one of the available options of the Paris Passlib’ City, Explorer and Prestige and of the GoCity Paris Explorer Pass.

Relax in the Tuileries Garden

The Tuileries Garden in between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre is the perfect place to relax during your 4 days in Paris itinerary

This majestic garden is located just across from the Louvre and stretches to the he Place de la Concorde. It’s a lovely place to stroll and relax.

Swing by for lunch

Why have lunch at a hotel while you have all these Parisian restaurants in the area, right? Well, just have look at The Westin Paris Vendôme Summer Terrace or the Winter Garden (same spot, different season) and you’ll understand our obsession. It’s not too formal, not too informal but just right. Make sure to check it out when you visit Paris and head straight to the table with the swings.

Get yourself a treat from Ladurée

Inside the Laduree store in Paris, the macarons are too hard to resist when you're spending 4 days in Paris

Heaven is located a little down the street, across from The Westin. And by heaven, I mean Ladurée, the iconic macaron brand. It’s a must-visit in this 4-day Paris itinerary. Don’t you just love-love-love the colors? Our little ladies sure do!

If no amount of macarons can satisfy your appetite, you should consider learning how to make these little bundles of flavor yourself. Check out this macaron cooking lesson with a chef or gift it to a loved one.

Shop till you drop at Galerie Lafayette

The ultimate 4 days in Paris itinerary includes some shopping time
Spending some of your time in Paris in the Lafayette department store

Macarons and eclairs, all in one afternoon? Time for some exercise, Parisian style: shopping. When you’re at the Boulevard Haussmann, you’re literally surrounded by department stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.

Admire the opera house Palais Garnier

A self-guided tour of the Palais Garnier is a must on any 4 days in Paris itinerary

One of our favorite buildings in Paris is Palais Garnier, breathing grandeur and opulence. The monumental staircase, chandeliers and mosaics are gorgeous and impressive. The Grand Foyer is truly stunning. Attending an opera or ballet performance in this iconic Paris Opera House ranks highly on our bucket list. Be prepared to spend some time in the gift shop as well, especially when you’re traveling with a little girl.

A visit to Palais Garnier takes about 1.5 hours.

None of the Paris passes include a self-guided tour of Palais Garnier. This is the ticket you need for your visit.

Explore Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne is one of the covered passages in Paris
Try to squeeze in a visit to Galerie Vivienne on your 4 days in Paris itinerary

Paris has numerous covered passages, a kind of shopping malls avant la lettre. Each passage Parisien one has its own unique charm. Our absolute favorite is Galerie Vivienne of which you can find the entrance in the Rue Vivienne. The gorgeous roof and mosaic floor are true eye-catchers. It houses a number of book shops, decoration boutiques and even a restaurant that’s known for its wine-tastings.

Relax at the Palais Royal’s Garden

The Palais Royal is the highlight of any Paris itinerary 4 days
Try to include a visit to Palais Royal in your 4 days in Paris itinerary, it's just a minute walk from Galerie Vivienne
You can find several covered arcades around the city

Sometimes overlooked but, in our opinion, an essential stop on this 4-day Paris itinerary is the Palais Royal. It is linked to some important names throughout history, such as the Cardinal Richelieu (who lived their), Molière (who performed in the Théâtre du Palais-Royal) and the Duc d’Orléans. Today, the Palais Royal still houses the Comédie Fançaise and serves as one of the prime locations of the Paris Fashion Week.

The Cour d’Honneur or Courtyard showcases the black and white striped Colonnes de Buren, designed by artist Daniel Buren. The Galerie d’Orléans leads to the Palace’s intimate garden, the Jardin du Palais Royal.

Visit Galerie Vero-Dodat

A second covered passage is Galerie Vero-Dodat. This small passage with its black and white tiles is lined with chic boutiques, an art gallery, a brasserie and a restaurant. On the corner you’ll find the shoe walhalla of Christian Louboutin.

Shop at La Samaritaine

Make time for a visit to La Samaritaine during your 4 days in Paris travel trip
La Samaritaine makes for a wonderful addition to your 4 days in Paris itinerary

We saved the best shopping experience in Paris for last. La Samaritaine is the newly reopened and truly majestic department store in the 1st arrondissement. It’s where you’ll find the most luxurious fashion brands united under one spectacular roof. Even if you don’t plan on buying, La Samaritaine is definitely worth a visit.

Take a Seine river cruise

Father and daughter strolling along the Seine river during their 4 days in Paris itinerary

Enjoy an evening stroll along the Seine while soaking in the atmosphere and enjoying the stunning views of Ile de la Cité. Or perhaps you plan on taking a Seine River Cruise to see the Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre?

Applicable Paris city pass options: A Seine River cruiseis included in the The Paris Pass and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass. It’s also one of the available options of the Paris Passlib’ (all versions) and of the GoCity Paris Explorer Pass.

If you don’t plan on purchasing a city pass, then this Seine river cruise from the Vedettes du Pont-Neuf is one that departs from the tip of the Île de la Cité.

Relax at the Square du Vert-Galant

Located at the tip of the Île de la Cité, one of two islands in the heart of Paris, is a romantic little park. It’s the perfect spot to reminisce about the second of your 4 days in Paris as you see the Seine River cruises pass by.

Cross the Pont des Arts

Cross the Pont des Arts when making your way from the Louvre to the Notre Dame de Paris

The Pont des Arts used to be full of love locks but those have been removed for safety reasons. Glass has been added now to discourage fixing new locks. But you’ll still be able to find some padlocks, especially around the lamp posts. We were lucky enough to see the original lock bridge during a previous Paris visit.

Locks or not, the Pont des Arts remains one of Paris’ most romantic bridges. It’s a gorgeous place to end the day in Paris.

Day 3: Authentic Paris itinerary

After two intensive days exploring the city, it’s time to discover a more relaxed side of Paris. You’ll start day 3 of this ultimate 4 days in Paris itinerary in the classy Saint-Germain—des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement. The afternoon will be spent in the Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissement. Both are located on the left bank. From there, you’ll be heading to some top attractions on the Île de la Cité before ending the day in lively Le Marais in the 4th arrondissement.

The 6th arrondissement is one of the fanciest in Paris. The most popular district in this arrondissement is Saint-Germain-des-Prés.Quaint boutiques, lively cafés, art galleries and antique shops dot the charming streets. It’s also where some of the most world-famous musicians, philosophers and painters gathered after World War II. Some of the iconic cafés and restaurants where they met up, are still in business today.

Your next stop on the third of your 4 days in Paris is The Latin Quarter. This is the oldest neighborhood in Paris, home to the Sorbonne university and other reputable educational institutions. It’s a lively area, during the academic year that is, with plenty of shops, cafés and restaurants.

From there, it’s just a short walk to the Île de la Cité where the Notre Dame de Paris is being rebuilt. The progress of this renovation can be seen from Ïle Saint Louis, that other little island in the Seine. Across the Seine from these island, lies Le Marais. Its enchanting streetscape is one of cobbled streets and picturesque architecture.

Have breakfast at Café de Flore or Les Deux Magots

This literary cafe is a must-visit when you spend 4 days in Paris
Some of the best hot chocolate around the city can be found at Cafe de Flore

Start your day at one of the oldest cafés in Paris, where – among others – Picasso, Sartre and Hemingway, once gathered. Both Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore are known to have welcomed theliterary and artistic elite after World War II.

On a sunny day, the terraces of these Parisian institutions are wonderful places to linger. And on a colder day, you’ll appreciate the classic interior where time seems to have stood still.

Psst… Book a table at Les Deux Magots through The Fork with our referral code 82798AFA and receive a €10 discount!

Visit the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church

The abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the oldest church in all of Paris and still the beating heart of this left bank neighborhood. It’s a prime example of Roman architecture, which is highly rare in Paris. The interior is quite colorful and eclectic. The choir, for example, is of primitive Gothic style. Another eye-catcher are the stained glass windows.

Tour the Saint-Sulpice church

The Saint-Sulpice church is a must-visit when you spend 4 days in Paris with family or as a couple

Visit this monumental church, one of tallest in Paris. It’s home to a statue of Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, mural paintings from the hand of Eugène Delacroix and a gnomon (the rod of a sundial which casts the sun’s shadow onto a plate).

On the parvis, you’ll find the Fountain of the Four Cardinal Points, which is just as impressive as the church itself.

Relax at the Luxembourg Garden

Luxembourg Garden is an essential stop on your Paris 4 days itinerary

Walk to the Jardin du Luxembourg or Luxembourg Garden, admire the monumental Medici fountain and smell the roses. Another majestic fountain, the Fontaine de l’Observatoire, can be found at the Marco Polo Garden, which is an extension of the Luxembourg Garden.

Applicable Paris city pass options: A visit to the Pantheon is included with the Paris Museum Pass and therefore also the Paris Pass, the Paris Passlib’ and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass.

Enjoy the view at the Pantheon

Take a self-guided tour of the Pantheon during your 3 days in Paris travel trip

End your stroll on the northeast side of the park and walk to the Pantheon. Visit the crypt, where the remains of Victor Hugo, Voltaire and other great minds are kept. Then, climb the 276 steps to the top from where you can enjoy the most panoramic view of Paris.

Applicable Paris city pass options: A visit to this monument is included in the Paris Museum Pass and therefore also in the The Paris Pass and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass. It’s also one of the available options of the Paris Passlib’ (all versions).

Explore the Latin Quarter

Paris itinerary 4 days should include a visit to the bouquinistes along the Seine river with the Notre Dame cathedral in the backdrop

The Quartier Latin or Latin Quarter is student territory, an informal yet uber-charming neighborhood that centers around the world-renowned Sorbonne university. It’s bohemian Paris at its best, a gathering place for students, artists and writers.

The Rue Saint-Jacques is not only the main street of this lively area but also one of Paris’ oldest streets.

Have lunch near the square René Viviani

This cute bakery in the Latin Quarter is known for its cream puffs so it's a necessary stop on your Paris itinerary 4 days

This charming little park is located along the Quai de Montebello. You’ll find some wonderful little shops, cafés and restaurants around the park. Make sure to pick up a treat at Odette, a cute little boulangerie known for their delicious cream puffs.

After lunch, go book-shopping at Shakespeare & Company, the most enchanting bookshop in Paris, or visit the bouqinistes along the Seine river.

Visit the Sainte Chapelle

Stunning stained glass windows at the Sainte Chapelle near the Notre Dame
Mysterious Sainte Chapelle is a must-see when you visit Paris 4 days and located just a two minute walk from Notre Dame

This is one of the highlights of day 3 of your 4 day Paris itinerary. Admire the impressive architecture surrounding the lovely flower market at the Ile de la Cité. This tiny island in the heart of Paris actually used to be an entire royal residence. In spring, the cherry blossoms add some magic to the Ile de la Cité.

The Sainte Chapelle, once housing the most exclusive relics of Christianity, is well worth a visit. Follow the spiral staircase and you’ll soon be admiring the 5 stained glass windows showing 1 113 scenes from the bible’s old and the new testament. The detailing is incredible.

Applicable Paris city pass options: A visit to this monument is included in the Paris Museum Pass and therefore also in the The Paris Pass and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass. It’s also one of the available options of the Paris Passlib’ (all versions).

Hop over to the Conciergerie

The Conciergerie is the place where Marie Antoinette and hundreds of other enemies were imprisoned during the French Revolution. You can visit the dungeon where the Queen was held captive as well as the he Hall of the Soldiers where the employees used to dine.

Insider tip: Pass by the Tour de l’Horloge to catch a glimpse of the oldest clock in Paris. What’s truly amazing is that this 14th century masterpiece is still fully functional.

Applicable Paris city pass options: A visit to this monument is included in the Paris Museum Pass and therefore also in the The Paris Pass and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass. It’s also one of the available options of the Paris Passlib’ (all versions).

Pass by the Notre Dame Cathedral

When you take a trip to Paris for 4 days then the Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the top attractions
A visit to the Notre Dame is a must during your Paris itinerary 4 days

This gothic cathedral has been witnessing almost 7 centuries of Parisian history and had been standing proudly in the heart of the city… until that fatal day of 15th April 2019 when the heart of Paris caught fire.

Untill this wound will be healed and this magnificant landmark restored, you won’t be able to take the 387 steps to the gargoyles. Nor will you be able to visit the towers and the treasury.

Get yourself a treat at Berthillon

A classic on every Paris itinerary, this tea house is most renowned for its delicious ice cream. It’s located on the charming Saint-Louis en l’ile which is connected to the Ile de la Cité by a pedestrian bridge. This is such a lovely little place for a pleasant stroll.

Do take note that it’s closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and during peak summer season (especially in August). Luckily, many of the eateries nearby sell their ice cream as well. I loved the pink grapefruit and cassis combo. What’s your favorite?

Soak up the atmosphere in La Marais

Strolling around the city in the Marais neighborhood during a 4 days in Paris itinerary
Le Marais is a must-visit on your Paris itinerary 4 days

Saving the best for last on this third out of four days in Paris: Le Marais, a slice of Jewish heritage. It’s a place where old and new coexist and where you’ll find art galleries, elegant boutiques, trendy restaurants.

Enter this picturesque Parisian neighborhood via the Rue des Barres, one of the most enchanting streets in Paris. Cross the Rue de Rivoli and discover the Pletzl, which is the Jewish neighborhood, with its charming Rue des Rosiers.

Relax at the Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges is one of the highlights of every Paris itinerary

End the day at our favorite park, the picture-perfect Place des Vosges, named after the first region that paid taxes after the French Revolution. At n° 6 Place des Vosges you’ll find the Maison de Victor Hugo, where the author of Les Misérables lived for 16 years.

Have dinner at the Place des Vosges

We love the soft-toned interior in this little restaurant, located just steps from the Place des Vosges.

Pass by the Centre Pompidou

A visit to the Centre Pompidou is included in the Museum Pass

If it’s modern art you’re looking to admire, then the Centre Georges Pompidou is where you need to go. The contemporary construction alone deserves a visit. Plus, it offers some pretty good views from the 6th floor, accessible by the escalator in the exterior transparent tube. Don’t forget to take a look at the Stravinsky fountain, the Centre Pompidou’s outdoor water sculpture.

Applicable Paris city pass options: A visit to this monument is included in the Paris Museum Pass and therefore also in the The Paris Pass and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass. It’s also one of the available options of the Paris Passlib’ (all versions).

Day 4: Wider Paris itinerary

Visit the Palace and Gardens of Versailles

A day trip to Versailles with its iconic Hall of Mirrors is the perfect addition to your Paris itinerary 4 days

On the final day of this 4-day Paris itinerary, we suggest to take a Paris to Versailles day trip. Versailles is located just outside of the City of Lights but it’s very easy to get there by public transportation.

Discover the Palace of the Sun King with its world-famous Hall of Mirrors, the meticulously manicured gardens and Marie Antoinette’s estate.

Oh, and while you’re there, you should try the afternoon tea at the Bar Galerie of the Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles or at Alain Ducasse’s Ore.

Applicable Paris city pass options: A visit to this monument is included in the Paris Museum Pass and therefore also in the The Paris Pass and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass.

Transportation, however, is not included in any of these Paris cards. Also, do note that these passes allow you in the Gardens of Versailles EXCEPT during the Musical Fountains Shows and the Musical Gardens shows.

Watch the sunset from the Montparnasse Observation Deck

Watching the sunset over the Paris skyline from the Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck is a must during your Paris travel trip

We end this 4-day Paris itinerary in style, with the most spectacular view of the Paris skyline from the Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck. All it takes is an elevator to the 56th floor and 3 sets of stairs. We would prefer this view over the one from the Eiffel tower anytime. The observation deck is open daily and you can visit until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday and until 10.30 pm on other days. It’s recommended to buy your tickets in advance.

Applicable Paris city pass options: A visit to this monument is included in the The Paris Pass and the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass. It’s also one of the available options of the Paris Passlib’ City, Explorer and Prestige and the GoCity Paris Explorer Pass.

If you just can’t get enough of these views the you can opt to dine at Le Ciel de Paris, at the 56th floor, right below the observation deck. No tickets required, just a dinner reservation. The food is certainly good, although not mindblowing, so it’s up to you to decide if the views are worth the price tag.

Psst… Book a table at Le Ciel de Paris through The Fork with our referral code 82798AFA and receive a €10 discount!

Alternative day trips from Paris

Have you’ve been to Versailles before or do you feel like exploring another region near Paris? Then here are some alternative suggestions for a day trip from Paris on the fourth day of your Paris itinerary:

Paris City Vision is a one of the most trusted brands for organized day trips from Paris within France. Should you prefer to go out and about on your own, or if you’re heading to any of the Belgian cities mentioned, then you can check train timetables and rates on Eurail (non-EU passport holders) or Interrail (EU passport holders).

Discover Cars is our go-to European car rental comparison site. The prices are highly competitive, the booking process is effortless and you can even select a “pay later’ option that comes with free cancelation. 

Visit the Loire Valley on a day tour from Paris France

Practical tips when traveling to Paris for 4 days

As you can see, our itinerary for Paris allows you to see all major monuments plus some hidden gems. Of course, when you travel to Paris for 4 days, you’ll want to cover all your bases. That’s where the our tips for visiting Paris come in.

Best time to visit Paris

Whether or not you’ll be able to follow our ultimate 4-day Paris itinerary it to a t will depend on the crowds. If you can avoid the peak summer months, then we’d suggest you do so. If not, then your trip to Paris will be just as amazing but you may have to queue a bit more.

Do note that, during the month of August, many businesses such as restaurants and shops may be closed for the holidays.

As for all destinations, try to avoid visiting the most popular landmarks on Saturdays and Sundays. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays tend to be less busy. Do note that some of the attractions in Paris might be closed on Tuesday, the Louvre for one, which brings us to the next point.

Museum closing days

Most museums close on either Monday (Orsay Museum, Rodin Museum, Palace of Versailles) or Tuesday (The Louvre Museum and Centre Pompidou). Take that into account when you’re planning this four day itinerary in Paris.

You can check the full schedule of closing days via this link.

Getting around Paris

Hop on hop off boat is a perfect way to organize your Paris itinerary

A 4 day Paris itinerary means you’ll be criss-crossing the city. As you can see on the map that goes with this article, we’ve tried to bundle the must-see sites as much as possible per day of exploration.

Still, depending on your preference, at some point you’ll need some form of transportation. Several options exist to explore the City of Lights.

RER (Airport to Paris city center & Paris city center to Versailles)

When arriving in Paris on an international flight, you’ll most likely arrive in the Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). From there, you can take the RER train B to the Paris city center.

If your flight doesn’t arrive inCharles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) bur rather in Orly Airport (ORY) then, unfortunately, there’s no direct train to the city center and you’re better off taking a taxi.

By metro

The Paris metro is a very convenient way to explore the city. Here’s a link to the official website. On weekdays, it operates from 5:30 AM to about 1:15 AM and on Friday and Saturday night until around 2:15 AM.

You could purchase a separate Paris Visite travel pass for a set number of days (1, 2, 3 or 5) from one of the vending machines. Children pay half price. Or, you could opt for one of the Paris city passes which include access to some Paris must-see sites. Continue reading to find out more.

On foot

When we visit a city, we tend to walk as much as we can. Why? Well, because hopping from one landmark to the other also means missing out much couleur locale in between. Plus, I always like to get a sense of the districts in a city.

On our last day trip to Paris, we walked 22 km (over 13 mi) with the kids. That was pushing it, I admit, but still we had a wonderful day. We did hop on the metro to get to Montmartre.

By hop-on hop-off bus or boat

The Batobus River Seine Shuttle Boat is a great option to visit the highlights of this 4-day Paris itinerary that are located along the river. It’s a Seine river cruise in a hop-on hop-off concept.

Of course, the traditional hop-on hop-off busses also crisscross Paris.

Paris city passes compared

You may have noticed that, for every landmark mentioned in this itinerary for Paris, we’ve indicated if a visit is included with any of the Paris city pass options.

Here’s an overview of all city cards for Paris and an overview of what major landmarks are included and which are not.

Here are the city passes that are available for visiting Paris:

Paris Museum Pass

  • Includes entry to Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin, Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, Pantheon, Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie, Centre Pompidou, Palace of Versailles and an array of other day trips from Paris.
  • To be ordered online but you need a physical copy. It can be sent to your home address, to your hotel or you can pick it up in Paris.

Paris Passlib’:

  • Combine 3, 5 or 6 museums and attractions.
  • Mini (3 attractions): Seine river cruise, entry to Musée Rodin, les Invalides, Pantheon, Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie and Centre Pompidou and more.
  • City (5 attractions): All of the above plus access to the Eiffel tower (second floor), Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Montparnasse Tower and more.
  • Explore (6 attractions): All of the above plus hop on/off bus and more.
  • Prestige (6 attractions): All of the above plus Entry to Disneyland + Macaron baking class + Bistronome culinary bus tour and more.
  • 100% digital. Reserve your pass online, receive your QR code, and download the mobile app.

The Paris Pass:

  • Comes in a 2, 3, 4 and 6 consecutive-day version.
  • Includes the Paris Museum Pass (see description in the first block of this section).
  • Plus, entry to a number of attractions such as the Eiffel tower (second floor by stairs), Seine river cruise, Montparnasse tower, Versailles palace and hop on/off bus.
  • To be ordered online. The app gives direct access to the additional attractions but the Museum Pass needs to be picked up at the Avenue de l’Opéra in the 9th arrondissement.
  • Very similar to the GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass.
GoCity Paris France explorer pass

GoCity Paris Explorer Pass:

  • Combine 3, 5 5 or 7 museums and attractions and visit those within 60-days from activation.
  • Options include access to the Eiffel tower (second floor by elevator), Seine river cruise, skip-the-line ticket to the Musée du Louvre, Montparnasse tower, Disneyland, macaron baking class, 1 day of hop on/off bus and more.
  • 100% digital. Reserve your pass online, receive your QR code, and download the mobile app.
The GoCity Paris All-Inclusive pass is perfect if you're spending 3 days in Paris or more

GoCity Paris All-Inclusive Pass:

  • Comes in a 2, 3, 4 and 6 consecutive-day version.
  • Includes the Paris Museum Pass (see description in the first block of this section).
  • Plus, entry to a number of attractions such as the Eiffel tower (second floor by stairs), Seine river cruise, Montparnasse tower, Versailles palace and 1-day hop on/off bus.
  • To be ordered online. The app gives direct access to the additional attractions but the Museum Pass needs to be picked up at the Avenue de l’Opéra in the 9th arrondissement.
  • Very similar to The Paris Pass.

Note that many Paris museums and monuments can be visited for free during the first Sunday of the month during fall and winter season. Also, several popular landmarks are free for people under 26. Click here to find out more.

Spending more than 4 days in Paris?

Sure, you can stay even longer and add the Catacombes, The Invalides museum and cryps, the Jardin des Plantes, the Atelier des Lumières and the Fragonard museum to this Paris itinerary. But let’s keep that for a next trip to Paris.

Oh yes, there will be a next time in Paris, trust us. There’s just so much to see that we keep going back for more. We visit Paris about every year and the city never ceases to amaze us.

Where to stay in Paris

Two little girls jumping on the bed during their 4 days Paris itinerary

Since we’re lucky enough to live near Paris, we mostly take day trips. But occasionally, we do splurge.. and so should you! When you spend 4 days in Paris, you need a good bed to recover from all those impressions and explorations. Here’s a selection of our favorite boutique hotels in Paris:

If you’re traveling to Paris with kids and you want to keep it affordable or simply don’t want to split up, then booking an apartment is the way to go.

While you could book your apartment in Paris on Airbnb or Booking.com, we prefer Plum Guide for that home-away-from-home. Their selection of impeccable apartments is highly qualitative and the booking process effortless.

But most of all, and unlike Airbnb, they don’t leave you hanging when the hosts cancels your stay last-minute. Plum Guide will look for an alternative and even add in an upgrade if inventory allows. 

Here’s our personal selection of quintessentially Parisian apartments:

Put this 4-day Paris itinerary to the test

Well, there you have it, our take on how to spend 4 days in Paris. We’re pretty confident that this perfect 4 days in Paris itinerary will be a solid starting point for anyone visiting this fabulous city for the first time. It includes all must-see Paris monuments and museums as well as the very best of things to do in Paris and beyond.

We can’t wait to find out what you think about our 4-day Paris itinerary. Any thoughts, suggestions, additions or tours in Paris to add? The comment box is all yours!

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Eiffel Tower, Seine river cruise, Opera Garnier, Palais Royal, Sacree-Coeur and Places des Vosges are just some of the places when visiting Paris for 4 days
Notre dame, Eiffel Tower, Sainte Chapelle, Alexandre III bridge, Seine River and Arc de Triomphe are must-sees on every Paris itinerary


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