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1. Posted by j_voyager (Budding Member 33 posts) 7y

Hi all,

Do you think 4-5 days are enough to see Paris - I've never been there and I do enjoy seeing places at my own pace.

also, which are the main tourist attractions I should have on my list ??


2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

I think 5 days would be just enough, depending on what you'd like to see and at what pace. The Louvre alone can take up a whole day, if not more. Make a list of must-sees and try to see how you can visit ones in the same area on the same day. Always a good way to save some time. And remember to leave time just to wander around. Paris is a great city for that!

As for things to see, I always suggest Pere Lachaise cemetery and the Catacombs. Beautiful and haunting. My favourite places.

Enjoy your trip!

3. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

I'd second tway's comment, five days is fine. Certain attractions like the Eiffel Tower are a bit away from the centre and you will need to budget a bit of time for queueing as well. To get to Montmartre you will most likely need to use the metro and funicular. I have yet to visit the Louvre as it was closed on the day that I had planned to go there :(

4. Posted by j_voyager (Budding Member 33 posts) 7y

Thanks all :)

I do intend to spend an entire day at the Louvre !
any suggestions on how the weather might be ? - I'll be there in the 2nd week of July...


5. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Quoting j_voyager

Thanks all :)

I do intend to spend an entire day at the Louvre !
any suggestions on how the weather might be ? - I'll be there in the 2nd week of July...


The weather? Not much different to southern England. Northern France has the same changeable climate. It may be a degree or two warmer, that's all. If you're going to spend all day in the Louvre, it won't really make much difference!

6. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 7y

I prefer to go through the city by feet - off the main tourists routes. It's not so far as it seems to get from Eiffel Tower to Monmartre so don't be lazy and have a walk :) But in case if you get tired the metro is very well organized in Paris - it only takes 5 minutes to find the station in any place.
Besides the main tourists attractions and museums in the center - don't miss Jardin de Luxembourg, passages in Monmartre, small patisseries at Pont Neuf and Catacombes (as tway has already recommended).
And I strongly recomend to have the one-day trip to the valley of Loire to see the royal palaces there - must-sees

7. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 7y

My advice on Paris would be to make at least a little bit of a plan to group things together by area and ease of transport from one to another. Some things may not be too far from each other, but due to the way the metro is layed out could be a bit difficult to get to, where as farther away things could be a pretty straight shot.

Personally I LOVE the Musee d'Orsay and the Jardins (Gardens) de Rodin (both inside and out) - and you can actually get a pass to combine the two (go to the Jardins de Rodin first to avoid the lines at the Musee d'Orsay.) Another interesting thing is the Memorial de la Deportation, which is a monument to those who died during the Holocaust - it's right behind Notre Dame, so a nice detour if you have time.

Good luck!

8. Posted by tgrove (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

5 days in Paris is a good start. You can hit a lot of the highlights of the town.

Our first trip to Paris we spent 4 days, and we are heading back in May for another 4 full days there. The museums are wonderful. We had planned on spending a day at the Louve, and ended up spending a day and a half, and will be going back for another full day on this trip.

I do agree with galka_mak that walking around in Paris is the best way to see it. There are great markets and wine bars just off the beaten path.

On thing that no one has mention is you can take the train out to Versailles for the day. In July, the gardens should be in great shape. too.

I never thought Paris would be one of the cities I would want to go back to over and over, but after our first trip, I am looking forward to going back.

Have a great trip!

9. Posted by j_voyager (Budding Member 33 posts) 7y

Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions !
Now that I have my tickets sorted... I need some help on accommodation. Since I'm going there with my family I don't think hostels would be ideal.

Any tips on which hotels I should be looking at. Don't want something that's very expensive, but don't want to be very far from the city centre either..



10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

We've always stayed here in Paris. It's about 45 Euro per night, and less if you stay a full week. It's not fancy, but it's clean--and about a 10-minute walk to the Metro (which will take you anywhere).