well this is the list of things we want to see while in Paris for close to 4 days.
4)Arc de Triumphe
9)Hotel de invalides
10)Palais de chaillot
Im wondering if this many places works in 3-4 days. Also which places are best to see during the day when it is light and which places are best to see at night. Please let me know how many of these sights i should see per day and maybe a itenerary sample would be GREAT!! Thanks again for the help!!!Arrive in paris september 2nd at 12:00pm. Leave paris on the 5th at 7:00pm. thanks again so much. ive had this thread up before but i figured id make a new thread seeing as i hav a diffrent question in here.
Dang - you sure you can't fit the catacombs in there somewhere...?
You'll easily 'see' all of these in four days - although you're doing more like 3.5!
Anyway, it depends on your interests. If you're an art lover you could probably spend 3 days in the Louvre, but you might get sick of the crowds in half a day.
Similarly, if you want to go in/up the Eiffel tower, that could easily take half a day thanks to the queues. But if you just want to walk around it...
Paris is a fantastic city to walk around. It's layout is impressive and all the major landmarks are close enough together to get around in a good day's walk - which is what we did.
You can also use the excellent Metro to get around, particularly to Sacre Couer, which is a little out on a limb, but well worth it for the building and for the views.
Many of the mid-priced hotels are around the Arc de Triomphe area, but we found the Chatelet district better. This is the other end of the Champs Elysees, between the Louvre and Notre Dame, just across the river from the Royal Mint - which is a good building to use as a landmark - and right near that bridge that featured in the last episode of Sex and The City! We celebrated New Years Eve on the exact same spot, but before they'd screened that! How romantic!
If you have the time, I'd reccomend a walk arond the 5th arrondisement (5th district) which can easily be found on any map of the city's tourist points. It's somewhat south of the eiffel tower and is a really pretty area with outdoor markets and some of the oldest streets in the city. Enjoy!
Purchase a map of Paris before you depart and plot the sites you chose. Numbers 1,9 (including Napoleon's Tomb),10,11 and 4 are reasonably close. At #9 you are close enough to peek in the back courtyard of the Rodin Museum and see a few statues placed outside.
I always like to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower at dusk and watch all the lights in the city get illuminated but many tourists have the same idea. To avoid long lines at the Tower go very early.
I hope you're not too intent on seeing the Pantheon, its in Rome. But I'm taking a vacation to London and Paris in November and those other things are some good places I've looked into. I would also add to that list the Jardin du Luxembourg. Its a large public area with a palace in the middle from the 1600's.
[ Edit: Edited at Jul 17, 2006 7:13 PM by degpkt ]
ahh there is so a pantheon in paris bud, its very close to the notre dame.
You should think about buying a so called "museuum ticket".
Compared to the normal museeum fares it is not so expensiv and it allows you to enter the museeums without waiting (especially to visit the Louvre you can spend hours just waiting). We really enjoyed it when we were visiting Paris. You can get it at every museeum or in a lot of metro stations.
Wish you a great time in Paris.
Forget about buying a museum ticket, because on the first sunday of every month in paris all the tourist attractions like museums etc are free so try get in as much as possible on the sunday and ul save a fortune which you can spend on a nice meal out or something! We did that in feb and we got into the pantheon, the louvre, the arc de triomph and I dont know what else free so make that a busy day even if it is tiring! You will have plenty of time to do the things on your list as some of them are quiet close together. Buy a metro ticket, their very handy and it makes the city very easy to navigate. Id advise being at the louvre when its opening, we did that and waltzed right in, by the time we came out there was a queue a mile long! Also the eiffel tower is so beautiful at night it would be a shame not to go then! Enjoy Paris!
As a Parisian, i'll say the best way to experience Paris is the walk. I don't think you should try to see everything, to go everywhere because it's the best way to see nothing in the end.
Take your time, don't walk to fast, look up from time to times... You have to go for a stroll on the "Quais de Seine" on the "ile de la cité", next get an ice cream at berthillon on the other island (the best of paris, the most expensive too). Then you may want to go "place st michel" and enter one of the 10 "gibert" shops around the fountain, they sell every books ever printed on earth (or close ^^). Next, you can visit the Cluny abbaye and rest in the "parc du luxembourg", very nice park !
After that, you can just walk in the "rue des écoles" which host the medecine academy, the école des Mines, and the most prestigious high school in france (henry IV, louis le grand...) and enjoy the neighbourhood.
At the end of that day, you may eat in a restaurant on the "boulevard saint germain", they serve great food and it's not too expensive...