How To Spend One Week in Paris

Paris is a large city comprised of 20 arrondissements

[arr.], or districts. Each district is different and each one is known for something different.

With such a wide array of things to do in Paris, travel planning might become overwhelming when thinking about what you can squeeze into a period of a couple days. I took my time during my six day trip to Paris and I saw things that were important to me.

Guidebooks and travel blogs always list different things to do around the city and it can be hard to settle on exactly what you want to do. Here is a list of the things that I did and hopefully they can provide a foundation in helping you to plan your trip.


Day 1: Figure out the Layout of Paris

Paris bridge

Take A Walking Tour

To get your bearings on the layout of the city, it is always a good idea to take a walking tour. I took a free tour with Sandeman’s New Europe and got a great feel for the city.

Stroll down the Champs-Élysées

Located in the 8th arrondissement, the Champs-Élysées is one of Paris’s most famous streets. While strolling down the street, I popped into the famous Ladurée (75 Avenue des Champs-Élysées) for some delicious macaroons!

Visit the Arc de Triomphe

Witness the beauty of Paris by overlooking the city from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. In the distance, you can see the Eiffel Tower

Location: Place Charles de Gaulle right off of the Champs-Élysées

Directions: (RER A) station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile (Metro) Lines 1, 2 and 6, Station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile


Day 2: Explore the Parks

Jardin du Luxembourg boat Paris

Visit Le Jardin du Luxembourg 

At a size of 25 hectares, the Luxembourg Garden is a gorgeous park with manicured lawns, beautiful statues, and a lot of botanic biodiversity.

Location: 6th arr. 

Directions: (RER B) Luxembourg station Senate (Bus) 21, 27, 38, 58, 82, 83, 84, 85, 89 (Metro) Odéon (lines 4 and 10), Mabillon (10), Saint-Germain-des-Prés (4)

Visit Parc de la Villette

Ride a bike or walk along the Bassin de La Villette at night to the Parc de la Villette. It is absolutely beautiful. In addition to being able to lie down in the park by the river, the park had various gardens, events, and places to eat.

Location: 19th arr.

Directions: (Metro) Line 5 – Porte de Pantin / Line 7 – Porte de la Villette  (Tram): Line 3b – Porte de Pantin, Ella Fitzgerald or Porte de la Villette (Bus) Lines 75, 151, PC2 and PC3 – Porte de Pantin / Lines 139, 150, 152 – Porte de la Villette


Day 3: Cemeteries, Secrets, and Biking

La Petite Ceinture Paris

Visit the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise 

Located in the 20th arrondissement, the Père-Lachaise cemetery houses legendary individuals such as Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. 

Location: 16 Rue du Repos

Directions: (Metro) Line 2 – Père Lachaise / Line 3 -Père Lachaise or Gambetta

Walk along the La Petite Ceinture

La Petite Ceinture is an abandoned railroad track hidden in plain site in the middle of Paris. It is a little tricky to get into, but using my clues will help you to discover it for yourself (if you dare).

Visit the Bois de Vincennes

Located near 12th arrondissement on the edge of the city of Paris is Bois de Vincennes, the largest park in the city and that is absolutely stunning.

While in the park, grab a Vélib bike and ride the perimeter of the park for beautiful views. In addition, you could rent a boat to ride around the park’s Lake Daumesnil for an hour or two.

Directions: (Metro) Line 8 – Porte Dorée (Bus) 46, 87, 111, 112, 180, 281, 325

See the Eiffel Tower glitter at night

Every night for the first five minutes of each hour, the Eiffel Tower sparkles. It is a truly magnificent sight to behold, and one that should not be missed during your trip to Paris.

Location: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France [7th Arr.]

Directions: (Metro) Line 6 – Bir-Hakeim /  Line 9 – Trocadéro (RER C) Champs de Mars – Tour Eiffel station (Bus) 42,69, 82, 87


Day 4: Museums & Churches 

The Louvre Paris

Visit the Louvre

The Louvre is one of Paris’s most famous museums, and one that you can easily spend an entire day in.

If you want to avoid the long line to get into the museum, try to enter through the Porte des Lions, which is open most days of the week.

If you must enter through the pyramid, it is highly recommend to get your ticket in advance, which will let you skip both the security and the ticket lines. 

Location: 1st arr.

Directions: (Metro) Line 1 – Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station (Bus) 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95

Visit Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

The Cathedral of Notre Dame is arguably the most famous church in all of Paris

In addition to being beautiful on the outside and the inside, it is FREE to enter!

Location: 4th arr.

Directions: (Metro) Line 4 – Cité or Saint-Michel / Line 1, 11 – Hôtel de Ville / Line 10 Maubert-Mutualité or Cluny – La Sorbonne / Lines 7, 11, 14 – Châtelet (RER B or C) Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame (Bus) 21, 24, 27, 38, 47, 85, 96, Balabus


Day 5: Palaces & Boat Rides

Versailles

Visit the Château de Versailles

Located outside of Paris in the town of Versailles, France, the Château de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) has a lot of history and beauty.

Arrive when the palace opens, and spend the entire day on the grounds riding around the property by bike, having lunch, and visiting the palace.

Location:  Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles

Directions: (Bus from Paris ) 171 – Chateau de Versailles (RER C) Versailles-Rive Gauche

Take a Night Boat Cruise down the Seine River

I took a night boat cruise down the Seine River with Bateaux Parisiens and had a wonderful time.


Day 6: Fashion, Museums, and Wandering

Basilica of the Sacré Cœur Paris

See Chanel

No, not me silly!

Visit the first couture house of Chanel and see her famous apartment on 31 Rue Cambon.

I missed out on seeing the apartment as I was overly excited to find her first shop on 21 Rue Cambon. While you are at the first shop, you might as well buy something! I only purchased a simple eyeliner, yet I was treated like royalty. While my bill was being handwritten by the store manager (you won’t find any cash registers here), I was given free juice and was seated on a plush chair.

Location: 31 Rue Cambon [1st arr.]

Directions: (Metro) Line 1,8,12 – Concorde

Visit the Musée d’Orsay 

A former railway station turned art museum, the Musée d’Orsay now holds art from great artists such as Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, and Cézanne.

Location: 1 Légion d’Honneur Street [7th arr.]

Directions: (Metro) Line 12 – Solférino (RER C) Musée d’Orsay (Bus)24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94

Visit Montmartre

Montmartre is my absolute favorite neighborhood in Paris.

Home to the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur (35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre), and the Moulin Rouge (82 Boulevard de Clichy), this hilly neighborhood overlooking the city of Paris is where you will find many of the city’s artists.

Location: 18th arrondissement

Directions: (Metro) Line 12 – Porte de la Chapelle-Mairie d’Issy / Line 2 – Porte Dauphine-Nation




Have you been to Paris before? What did you do in the city? Share below!

By | 2017-07-30T01:10:14+00:00 September 9th, 2013|Paris, Travel Guides & Itineraries|14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Tish Sep 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Hi Chanel, I am heading to Paris the end of this month. I am making plans to visit Versailles. Did you go in the morning?

  2. Melissa Pezza Sep 20, 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to visit Paris. It’s so beautiful there. If I ever get the chance to go, I’ll definitely be following up on this post. Bookmarked.

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Sep 20, 2015 at 9:50 am - Reply

      I am glad you found some useful tips Melissa! Have a wonderful trip to Paris when you go, it really is a lovely city 😀

  3. Esme Sy Sep 20, 2015 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    My sister left for Paris with a friend the other day. I hope she is exploring all these places.

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Sep 20, 2015 at 11:12 pm - Reply

      I hope she is as well, and if she misses anything, she can look at this list for inspiration for her next trip! 😀

  4. Tracy Iglesias Sep 20, 2015 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I have not yet visited Paris, but hope to someday, this is a great list, I had no idea about the abandoned train tracks!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Sep 20, 2015 at 11:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks Tracy! Yes, I love discovering and writing about things not often talked about, and the railroad track is certainly one of those places 😀

  5. Jeannette Sep 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    If I ever get the chance to go to Paris, I’ll spend my week exactly as you suggested! It looks like you’ve got so many amazing places covered and I so long to see them in person.

  6. kristin Sep 21, 2015 at 12:42 am - Reply

    Sounds amazing. How id love to visit someday soon.

  7. yonawilliams Sep 22, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Wow, that is a lot of features in a city to explore. I think the Palace of Versailles would definitely be a special place to visit in Paris. Gorgeous photo.

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Sep 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      Paris does have quite a lot to explore Yona. The Place was a wonderful place to visit, especially wandering off into the forest to escape the crowds!

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