Oh, Paris. The city of lights, love, romance, and most importantly, croissants! This iconic city has been at the very top of my bucket list since I can remember, so I'm thrilled to finally be able to put together an itinerary for you all. I understand! How can you spend only three days in this magical place?! As you all know, Paris is a vast city with a wide range of sites to see and things to do, but if you plan it just right, 72 hours can be the perfect amount of time to explore. Traveling to Paris can be overwhelming for first time visitors. (At least I know I was)! I was worried that I wasn't going to be able to see and do everything I wanted in three short days, so I've put together this itinerary to settle any doubt or worry you may have.
Included in this itinerary are three separate Paris itineraries for each day. Therefore, if you are in Paris for more or less time, you can follow each day individually!
The first day is all about seeing those iconic sites and attractions that you’ve seen on the big screen. My friend and I started out at Notre Dame, and worked our way up the Seine River. But you'll want to map out the order to see everything depending on your hotel/airbnb/hostel accommodations, and where it's located! We got to Notre Dame around 11 am, and it was bustling with tourists. Going inside the cathedral is free so make sure you take advantage of it. The famous stain glass windows and Gothic architecture make for an astounding walk through the church.
Next stop was the Louvre Museum! We walked along the Seine River and crossed the Pont du Carrousel Bridge and then arrived at our destination. The Louvre is obviously a must, but be sure to carve out a good chunk of time to explore the museum. You could easily spend an entire day there, so once you arrive grab a map and prioritize what you want to see. Side note, if you have a student visa entry is free! If not, regular admission is 17 euro.
We were only interested in seeing certain pieces so we were on a mission as soon as we stepped inside the Louvre! After the museum we set out towards the gardens in front of the Louvre. It is the perfect spot for a picnic or just to take a second to relax. It has open grass, several fountains, beautiful statues, and an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower.
Café de Flore
The next plan of action was to enjoy some tasty treats from the famous Café de Flore. When in Paris, it’s a must! Café de Flore is is one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris, and is well known for serving famous clientele throughout its history. Its charming French flare continues to attract tourists from all over the world, as well as Parisian locals!
Take a look at their website! cafedeflore.fr/?lang=en
Once we filled our bellies with pastries, we were ready to set out to the Eiffel Tower!! It was a beautiful walk, and it was nice to use that time to explore every crevice we could.
Regardless of eating an hour prior, we were in the mood for a little picnic under the Eiffel Tower. I mean who wouldn’t be?! We found the nearest grocery store, bought some wine, olives, croissants, and French cookies, found an open spot on the grass and just had ourselves an afternoon! In my opinion, a casual picnic under the Eiffel Tower is a right of passage when traveling to Paris!
Dinner Cruise on the Seine
After relaxing and enjoying our picnic, we ran back to our hostel to change for our dinner cruise! The dinner cruise was something we had been really looking forward to. We had heard high praise, so squeezing it into our weekend was important. The cruise we went with picks you up right on the Seine near the Eiffel Tower, and takes you down the river to see about a dozen of the most famous attractions by water! Along with the views, you get a delicious 3 course meal, wine, and optional photographs.
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While walking to our cruise we came across this stunning view, so we had to snap a few pictures.
To book the same dinner cruise go here: www.viator.com/tours/Paris/Bistro-Style-Seine-River-Dinner-Cruise/d479-6557DINNERCRUISE
Brunch at Café le Bistro
The following day, we let ourselves sleep in a bit to be fully rested for another day! We came across a darling little café on our walk towards the train station. It’s quite far from all the main attractions, but if you find yourself near this area I highly recommend sitting down for a yummy meal, and ordering the brunch - believe me it’s more than enough and quite delicious.
Palace of Versailles
After we, quite literally, devoured our meal, we set off to the Palace of Versailles. We figured out that we were able to take the metro all the way there so we decided to navigate the trains rather than spend €50+ on a bus package. Depending on where you’re leaving from, the train takes about 45 minutes to a little over an hour to get you to the palace, and the ticket was only €10! The metro is actually quite simple to navigate once you get the hang of it. So don’t hesitate to take advantage of it.
Be sure to carve out a good amount of time to visit the palace, especially if you’re going on a weekend. We bought our tickets online once we arrived, and stood in line for about 45 minutes before going in. Don’t freak out if the line looks never ending, it moves fast and you have time to take in the beauty of the palace from the outside. But if I could give one piece of advice, try to avoid going on weekends to steer clear of big crowds, and to experience the palace with ease!
To purchase a ticket for full access to the Palace of Versailles and Gardens for only 20 euro go here: www.getyourguide.com/paris-l16/palace-of-versailles-full-access-passport-ticket-t59565/?referrer_view_id=b42a9abf2ce0e9cc68588bfb578fe4f8&referrer_view_position=1
The detail and intricacy of the palace is incredible, and everyone who takes a trip to Paris has to include this in their itinerary. The way in which it has all been preserved and looks exactly how it did when Louis XIV lived there, truly makes it feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
I’ll be the first to admit that it’s hard for a museum or historical attraction to keep my attention for very long. But your ticket includes an audio guide that takes you through each room and describes its significance. It was the perfect way to learn the history of Versailles on your own terms!
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The world famous “Hall of Mirrors”
After walking through the palace and soaking in all its history, we headed to the gardens. A lot of people who have visited Versailles have told me that you don’t quite understand the vastness of it until you see it for yourself - and they were right! The gardens are huge, and there are so many different aspects of the property to see. If you have the time, I recommend grabbing some food on the grounds and having a nice picnic to take a little break from all the walking!
Arc de Triomphe
Once we arrived back in Paris we made our way to see the Arc de Triomphe - a historical monument which honors those who fought and died in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It stands at the west end of Champs-Élysées, a famous street in Paris.
A Sparkling Eiffel Tower
After walking along Champs-Élysées, we hopped back on the train towards the Eiffel Tower. Once the sun sets and the city becomes dark, the Eiffel Tower sparkles every hour on the hour for 5 minutes. We had seen it the night before briefly, but we wanted an up close experience! Snag a spot next to the Pont D’lena (the bridge directly in front of the tower) for the perfect view to see it sparkle!
Dinner at Café Ribe
After walking around, we had worked up an appetite. We wanted something close to the Eiffel Tower, so we could enjoy some delicious food and wine next to the world famous monument. We came across Café Ribe, and after a quick glance over the menu, we concluded it was the perfect fit. Stefani ordered onion soup with a salad and mashed potatoes, and I got the cheeseburger and French fries! (Don’t judge me I was needing a little taste of home)! Haha! But all in all, it was a fabulous restaurant and the service was impeccable. Even though it was right next the Eiffel Tower it definitely wasn’t a tourist trap!
Marché des Enfants Rouge
We started out our last full day in Paris by exploring Marché des Enfants Rouge, an amazing food market selling everything from fresh fruits and veggies to organic crêpes. One can come to the market to pick up fresh meat for dinner, or even sit down and have a fresh meal. It was beautiful to see all of the locals and tourists all in one place, seamlessly enjoying the market as one!
Jardin des Plantes
The next destination on our list was Paris's botanical gardens. This isn't something that normally comes to mind when you think of the city of lights, however, it's extremely beautiful, has little bistros to grab a snack, and even has a zoo attached! It's the perfect place to sit and relax to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Paris. It's also great for kids!
See Paris by Scooter
After our relaxing walk through the gardens, we hopped on the metro to get closer to the main attractions. All weekend we had been seeing people on lime green scooters all over Paris. We jokingly mentioned how we would love to rent one, but was hesitant on the idea of navigating Paris traffic. However, ealier in the day, as we were eating some delicious quiche and croissants there were a few directly in front of us, so we thought we would give them a go! We downloaded the "Lime" app, punched in our payment info, and hopped on! And let me tell you something, it was the best decision we had made all weekend, haha! Seriously, so much fun!
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Pont Alexandre III
As we were zooming along on our scooters (lol) we came across the famous Ponte Alexandre III bridge. It's known as one of the most ornate and extravagent bridges in the world, and I definitely understand why! We took a few minutes to snap some photos and enjoy the view of the Seine before heading to our next destination.
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Sunset at Tuileries Garden
We wanted to watch the sunset with a beautful view, so we chose to have another picnic at the gardens next to the Louvre museum. We grabbed some snacks and found the perfect spot to spread out and witness a sunset with a view of the Eiffel Tower. We turned on some music to create the perfect scenario, and truthfully I wish it could've lasted a lot longer than it did!
Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
To conclude our weekend, we wanted to make the trek up the Eiffel Tower for a panoramic view of the city at night. We went around 8 pm, and the line wasn't terrible. If you're a student a ticket is only 12 euro, and a regular adult ticket is 25,50 euro. You can buy cheaper tickets if you want to take the stairs to the second floor, but we wanted the luxury of the elevator for sure!
Once we made it to the top, it’s easy to see why they call it the "City of Lights". It was the perfect ending, to a perfect day, to our perfect weekend! I hope this guide is helpful and informative, because I had so much fun putting it together for you all. I truly hope you can use these itineraries if and when you decide to travel to Paris. Because after all, "Paris is always a good idea". -Audrey Hepburn
Emma Kay’s Must See’s in Venice:
Venice is an enchanting and mysterious place, and if you ever find yourself in Italy, you absolutely have to see it for yourself. Everything that you’ve heard about Venice is true. The tiny canals that wind through the city, the delectable wine and pasta, the cobblestone streets that hold centuries of secrets, and the gondolas that take excited tourists through the beautiful architecture cut by canals. I truly felt like I was walking through a movie set as I wandered through this fascinating city. So, if Venice is not yet on your bucket list, read this post and hopefully by the end, it will be!
Venice is a little over a 2 hour train ride from Milan, so my roommate and I were determined to see it in one day. We woke up at the crack of dawn to catch our train, and we started to make our way to the “floating city”. By the time we got there it was about 9 am and we were starving! The the goal was to find a restaurant not far from the train station that serves American-ish food for breakfast. (We were really craving pancakes and bacon!) We found a restaurant named "Al 133" online, and it had decent reviews so we thought we would give it a shot. You can definitely wander the streets and find a restaurant by exploring, however, we were eager to see the city so we resorted to the internet and the many reviews! The food was delicious, and we were ready to set out and explore the city. Our first call to action was to make it to Piazza San Marco, which is the main public square of Venice. We went during Carnival, so we knew there would be events taking place! It was quite the walk through the winding streets, but it was a wonderful way to see the city, also cabs aren’t a thing in Venice, so wear your walking shoes! We walked through the tiny streets, and gawked at all the amazing canals as we headed towards the square.
Once we made it to the square we definitely knew we were in the right place. Hundreds of people were dressed up in their Carnival costumes and masks, and there was a huge stage in the center with magicians and entertainers performing. We stopped to take some photos, and then headed towards the water. We walked along the Grand Canal for quite some time just taking it all in. The view, the restaurants, the boats, the people! There was constantly something to see, learn, and appreciate.
I recommend visiting Venice during Carnival because it truly is an event you don't comprehend until you experience it for yourself. Carnival takes place February 16th to March 5th in Venice. According to tradition, Venice’s Carnival got its start in 1162, and by the 16th century, Carnival was a large annual event that many looked forward to. Now, people come from all over the world to dress up in masquerade ballgowns, Venetian masks, and attend extravagant balls along with other events. Masquerade balls in Venice during Carnival require tickets that are usually very expensive, however, there are many other events tourists can take part in that cost close to nothing! If you are interested in visiting Venice during Carnival be sure to check out this website before you set out on your adventures! www.walksofitaly.com/blog/venice/all-about-carnival-in-venice-venetian-masks-and-more
After all that walking we had worked up an appetite, so we set out to find a restaurant. We ended up stumbling onto a darling restaurant with outdoor seating, so it was an easy decision to stop and get a bite to eat! We ordered pizza and an Aperol Spritz to fill our belly’s and quench our thirst! I don't remember the name of this specific restaurant, but I urge you to roam the canals and little streets to find a restaurant on your own! There are a lot to choose from, and it can be quite overwhelming, so you can always whip out your phone and look up reviews!
Once we were done eating, we decided we wanted to do some shopping! But are we surprised? Venice is known for having little hole in the wall stores that sell genuine leather bags, and we had been seeing them all day. We came across another leather store, and decided to let ourselves indulge. We each found beautiful bags at a great price. (I’m already regretting not buying two)!
Being in Italy and all, we started to crave some gelato. We passed probably half a dozen gelato shops before agreeing on one that sat right on the main canal. The sun was setting, and the wind was calm, so we decided to buy our gelato and sit right on the side of the canal, and dangle our legs over the water. It was honestly my favorite part of the whole entire day. We weren’t in a hurry, and we had nowhere to be. We were still, and just taking in our surroundings. Soaking in every aspect of our environment, and being able to think about how thankful I am for all of these opportunities is something I’ll never forget. (Sorry to get sappy on you guys)! Nevertheless, while you're traveling it's important to let yourself be still every once in a while. Running from one attraction to the next, it's easy to forget why you're traveling in the first place.
We sat by the canal for about an hour before deciding we were going to walk around a little more, grab a snack for the train, and then go to the station! Stefani and I walked across the Ponte degli Scalzi bridge to make our way towards our final destination. We then came across an interesting street named "Rio Terà Lista di Spagna" that had several bakeries, restaurants, and stores. We meandered around before stepping into a beautiful chocolate store called "Cioccolateria Dal Mas". The employees were super friendly and gave us close to a dozen free samples! So if you love chocolate, don't leave Venice before visiting this store! After we made our purchases, we grabbed some (more) pizza and made our way to the station for our trek back to Milan!
By the end of the day we were exhausted and our feet were throbbing. Nonetheless, Venice exceeded all of our expectations and I'm already excited to go back during warmer months. You can't go wrong with this city and all it has to offer.
I'm Emma Kay
A girl from Kentucky with high hopes and big dreams. I love all things fashion, travel, and long sessions of retail therapy.