1 day in Paris

Many of us don’t have all the time in the world, and we try to distribute it as good as possible, to live intense and memorable experiences.

So if you are thinking of spending a day in Paris and you want it to be an amazing trip and day, this information will come in handy.

I am not going to give you a strict plan to follow, but flexible tips and suggestions. Because that is the one of the failures that I see in many blogs: they suggest, for example, seeing the Louvre on the first day, but if you arrive in Paris on a Tuesday, you will find that the museum is closed, and immediately the whole plan falls apart.

I wrote this article thinking that this could NOT happen to you 😉

How to organize your one-day itinerary in Paris.

These are the steps I follow to organize myself every time I go on vacation:

  1. I choose my places of interest
  2. I look at their schedule and how much time it will take me to visit them
  3. I spot them on the map
  4. I create my route for the day

And it is the same thing that I am going to do here, so here I recommend 10 places that you can see or visit in one day, covering a large part of the City.  

To be noted! In all of them I could give you a guided tour of two hours and, instead of a day, it would take you 3. Let’s be clear: this is a standard tour.

What to see in one day in Paris


The Latin Quarter, the students' quarter.

Best time to visit it: in the morning or at night.

Visit duration: 1 hour.


The Cathedral of Notre Dame

Schedule: closed to the public since 2019.
Best time to see it: in the afternoon.
Visit duration: only what it takes you to admire the façade.  


The Sainte Chapelle

Schedule: open every day from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
Best time to visit it: first thing in the morning or at noon.
Visit duration:: 1 hour.


Paris Opera

Schedule: open every day from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
Best time to visit it: at noon.
Visit duration: 1 hour.


The Eiffel Tower

Schedule: open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Best time to see it: at night, at o’clock every hour.
Visit duration:1 hour (2 if there is so much people)

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The Louvre Museum

Schedule: open from Wednesday to Monday (closed on Tuesdays) from 9 a.m to 6 p.m.
Best time to visit it: right when it opens, at 9 in the morning.
Visit duration: 2-5 hours.


Galeries Lafayette

Schedule: open every day from 11 a.m to 8 p.m.
Best time to visit: at noon or in the evening.                                            Visit duration: 1 hour.


The Alexander III Bridge

Best time to cross it: at noon or during the evening.
Visiting duration in the neighborhood: 1 hour.


Montmartre, the artists' quarter

Best time to visit it: from 5:00 p.m.

Visit duration:  1 hour.

Arc Triomphe Guide Paris

Arch of Triumph

Schedule: open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Best time to visit it: during the evening.
Visit duration: 1 hour.

Create your route for a day in Paris

This part depends a lot on where you are staying, because to trace the route it is necessary to have the starting and ending points. For the example, I will pretend that you are staying in the Latin Quarter, but you do your own route with your starting and ending point.

Final aspects to take into account to organize your day in Paris

Before putting together your plan, there are 4 basic factors to consider. It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many travelers don’t take them into account and end up taking a trip that could have been much better. They are:

  1. Your interests.
  2. The time you can be hanging around on the street.
  3. The location where your accommodation is.
  4. Your budget.

If, by taking these 4 factors into account, and following the 4 steps that I shared at the beginning, I am sure that your day in Paris will be the most intense and memorable experience that you are looking for.


I’m a History & Art lover and I am very much in love with Paris…I studied Art History at the Louvre School and I became a professional tour guide because I want to share with you my passion and my love for this city. Get my FREE guide on «How to plan your trip to Paris»  now.

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