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

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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.

5 Days in Paris - How To Spend Your Day


Paris In 5 Days - Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

A Slice of Quintessential Paris

Run Time

Eiffel Tower

Price

Musée de l’Orangerie & Musée de Orsay

Duration

Seine Dinner Cruise

Paris in 5 days-Eiffel Tower
Paris in 5 days - Orsay Museum
Paris in 5 days-Seine River Cruise
Day 1 in Paris is sprinkled with two must-see attractions and one must-try activity, giving you a true taste of the Parisien favorites. Kickstarting with the world-renowned Eiffel Tower, followed by a dose of contemporary art, and ending with a relaxing dinner cruise on the famous Seine makes for the perfect first day in the City of Lights!

Eiffel Tower

MORNING 9 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1-2 HOURS

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Historic Landmark

Walking Tours

There's no better way to start your day in Paris than at the 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.Check out the Eiffel Tower tickets available online and peruse your options.

Travel 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.

Orsay Museum & The Orangerie Museum

Noon 12 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 3-4 HOURS

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Art Lovers

Guided Tours

After consuming scenic views of Paris, head to Musee de L'Orangerie and Musee de Orsay. The Orsay Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art pieces that hold names of master artists Monet, Manet, Degas, Van Gogh, and many of their famous contemporaries. Acting as a permanent house for the eight Water Lilies murals, which is one of the most famous works of Claude Monet, The Musee de l'Orangerie is a must see attraction.

Travel 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.
Grab lunch near Orangerie/Orsay Museum
Cafe des Marronniers | Rosa Bonheur la Creperie | Flottes

Seine Dinner Cruise

NIGHT 8:30 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2 HOURS

Top Seine River Cruises

Ideal for Couples

Of all the Seine River Cruises, the dinner river cruise adds a special touch of class and sophistication to your Paris trip. 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.

Day 2

A Blast of Parisien History & Culture

Run Time

Arc De Triomphe & Champs-Élysées

Price

Paris Catacombs

Duration

Cabaret with Champagne

Paris in 5 days-Eiffel Tower
Paris in 5 days
Paris in 5 days-cabaret
Your second day starts on a relaxing note with a stroll through central Paris. After exploring the famous Champs-Élysées, explore the Paris Catacombs- an eerie take on the otherwise cheery "city of lights". Your night ends with a blast (a show and dinner) at a stunning Paris cabaret show.

Arc De Triomphe & Champs-Élysées

MORNING 10:00 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2 HOURS

Iconic Square

Must-Visit Neighbourhood

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Start your day with a relaxing walking tour of central Paris. Grab a scrumptious breakfast and walk along the Champs-Élysées,known for its theatres, cafés, and shops as well as the finish of the Tour de France cycle race. 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. Climb atop the Arc De Triomphe and witness splendid views of Paris and its many rues.

Travel Tip
  • Fancy a Louis Vuitton handbag? An Hermes scarf? The Champs-Élysées sidewalks are littered with stores: from designer label goods to French souvenirs, you'll find them all.
  • Most people prefer walking through Champs-Élysées, but you can also hop on a public bus or ride a taxi to get around.

Paris Catacombs

AFTERNOON 1:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1-2 HOURS

Underground Ossuary

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After the saunter, 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.

Travel Tip
  • 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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Cabaret with Champagne

NIGHT 9:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2 HOURS

Best Paris Cabarets

Vegas-style shows

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!

Day 3

A Delicate Contrast Between Class & Quirk

Run Time

Palace Of Versailles

Price

Centre Georges Pompidou

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Paris in 5 days
Paris in 5 days-center pompidou
Take a detour from Paris to Versailles (check out our day trips from Paris for more inspiration). Visit the iconic landmark here, the Palace of Versailles. Once you're back to Paris, spend some quality time exploring Centre Georges Pompidou, an intriguing museum frequented by many.

Day Trip To Palace Of Versailles

MORNING 9:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 4-6 HOURS

Top Versailles Attrtaction

World Heritage Site

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.

Travel Tip
  • If you do not have pre-purchased tickets to the palace, we recommend avoiding touring late in the morning or afternoon- this is when the crowds are at their peak.
  • If you do happen to visit in the afternoon, we recommend touring the gardens first.
  • Consider packing a picnic for yourself: the food options at Versailles are somewhat limited.

Centre Georges Pompidou

EVENING 4:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 1 HOUR

Vast Public Library

"Big Urban Toy"

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.

Travel Tip
  • 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.
Day 4

A Day of Fun, Frolic & Sightseeing

Run Time

Disneyland Paris

Price

Paris By Night Bus Tour

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Paris in 5 days
Paris in 5 days-paris by night
Day 4 calls for a chance of pace: give yourself a break from all the history and mystery of Paris and throw on your Mickey ears for a visit to the world's happiest place- Disneyland! At night, if you're still up for it, consider a Paris by Night sightseeing tour upon a bus, giving your feet the rest they clearly deserve, while drinking in remarkable views of Paris by night.

Disneyland Paris

MORNING 9:00 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 6-8 HOUR

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World-Famous Entertainment Resort

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.

Travel Tip
  • Research the rides you want to ride before visiting so you can hit them first. The most popular rides include Peter Pan's Flight, Big Thunder Mountain, Phantom Manner & Indiana Jones Temple of Peril.
  • Disneyland Paris is very easily accessible by public transportation. In fact, there is a metro station right at the entrance of Disneyland Paris and trains run throughout the day.
  • If you wish to dine at Disneyland Paris, make sure you make dining reservations ahead of time.

Paris By Night Bus Tour

NIGHT 9:15 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2 HOURS

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Double-Decker Buses

This extensive tour of Paris at night on an open-top double-decker bus is the ideal way to sightsee the city of lights. With front-row seats, notice the city’s famous landmarks illuminated in the evening and be dazzled by the aesthetic. Since it’s a bus tour, be sure to make use of the free Wi-Fi on board and stay connected with your friends even on vacation. As soon as you board, make sure to pick up your free rewards voucher booklet, which comes with many exciting offers and discounts on various Paris attractions and restaurants. Sit back, relax, and plug in your audio guides to help navigate you through the tour and give you quips and anecdotes about the various attractions you pass by.

BigBus Paris: Panoramic Night Bus Tour with Audio Guide

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Day 5

An Exciting Day On Your Feet

Run Time

Louvre

Price

Sainte Chapelle and Conciergerie

Price

Montmartre Guided Walking Tour

Paris in 5 days-Louvre
Paris in 5 days- Saint Chapelle
Paris in 5 days-montmarte district
Saving best for last, your final day in Paris is packed with must-visit attractions in Paris. You'll be on your feet for the majority of the day, so we highly recommend you don your walking shoes. Take to the world-famous Louvre, Saint Chapelle, and the Montmartre District.

Louvre

MORNING 9:00 AM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2 HOURS

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Historic Monument

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.

Travel Tip
  • If you cannot make it at 9 AM, we suggest you visit during the nighttime to avoid crowds.
  • 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 in French.

Sainte Chapelle and Conciergerie

Noon 12:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 2 HOURS

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Historic Monument

When modern Paris has overwhelmed you with its boutiques, bicycles, and baguettes, step back in time at two of its most interesting and historical landmarks in medieval Palais de la Cité - once the residence of the Kings of France. Sainte Chapelle with its mesmerizing stained glass windows was home to Christ's Crown of Thorns, while the Conciergerie was home, or rather prison to Marie-Antoinette! This ticket gets you priority access to both. See two stunning monuments from France's past - a 13th century church with brilliant stained glass windows, and a medieval royal palace that was formerly home to French royalty.

Travel Tips
  • If you wish, you can switch up the order: visit Sainte Chapelle before you visit the Louvre. This depends entirely on which attraction you'd rather visit uninterrupted.
  • Sainte Chapelle is a must-visit for appreciators of ancient architecture and church tourism.

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Montmartre Guided Walking Tour

Evening 4:00 PM || RECOMMENDED DURATION: 3 HOURS

Iconic District

Walking Tours

End 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.

Travel Tips
  • If you're visiting Montmarte on your own, we highly recommend checking out the Museum of Montmartre and Renoir Gardens.
  • For a break, head over to Le Refuge Café for a true Montmartre café experience.

5 Days in Paris Under €420


Day 1 - Eiffel Tower, Musée de l’Orangerie & Musée de Orsay, Seine Dinner Cruise
€119
Day 2 - Arc De Triomphe, Paris Catacombs, Cabaret With Champagne
€122
Day 3 - Palace of Versailles and Center Pompidou
€59
Day 4 - Disneyland Paris and Paris By Night Bus Tour
€78
Day 5 - Louvre Museum, Palais Garnier, Walkabout Montmartre
€32

Total

€410

Book your Paris Attractions tickets on Headout, and spend just €410 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 5 day Paris Itinerary and learn more about visiting each of these attractions.

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Comments (3)
  1. Mandm says:

    Helped me plan Paris a lot, thanks much for great article

  2. Bhoty says:

    Very useful Paris destination information and tips

  3. Xexilia says:

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

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