5 Days in Paris: The Perfect Paris Itinerary

Paris, known as the “City of Lights” is a destination that enamors all who visit. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture, it is a city that offers a unique experience. 

While it is true that Paris deserves much more than five days to be explored in its entirety, with proper planning it is possible to immerse yourself in its most outstanding charms in this time.

What to see in Paris in 5 days: An unforgettable experience

In five days, you can tour everything from its most iconic monuments to lesser-known but equally captivating corners. Imagine strolling along the banks of the Seine, discovering the masterpieces of the Louvre, getting lost in the cobblestone streets of Montmartre and feeling the palpable history in the Latin Quarter. Every district, every museum, every corner of Paris has a story to tell.

However, visiting Paris in 5 days requires meticulous planning to make the most of every moment. It’s a city that always has something to offer, from a show at the Moulin Rouge to a leisurely stroll through the Jardin du Luxembourg. 

But how do you make sure you don’t miss the best of Paris in just five days?

 

Paris’ districts and landmarks

The Historic Quarter

The heart of Paris The Historic Quarter of Paris is the original core of the city, where centuries of history, art and architecture are intertwined. Strolling through its streets is like traveling back in time, discovering at every corner a piece of Parisian past.

Notre Dame Cathedral 

Located on the Île de la Cité, this majestic Gothic cathedral is a testimony to the architectural splendor of Paris. Although it suffered damage in a fire in 2019, it remains a must-see. From its towers, you get a panoramic view of the city, and its interior houses priceless artistic and religious treasures.

Sainte Chapelle 

A few steps from Notre Dame is the Sainte Chapelle, known for its impressive stained glass windows that tell biblical stories. It is a jewel of Gothic art, and on sunny days, the light filtering through the stained glass creates a breathtaking spectacle of color.

Latin Quarter

Cradle of culture and knowledge The Latin Quarter is the intellectual epicenter of Paris. With its cobblestone streets and bohemian atmosphere, it has been home to students, artists and thinkers for centuries.

The Sorbonne 

One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Founded in the 13th century, it has been the center of academic and student life in Paris for centuries. Its architecture and courtyards reflect the rich history of education in France.

The Pantheon 

This imposing neoclassical building is the resting place of many of France’s national heroes, such as Voltaire, Rousseau and Marie Curie. Its dome offers a panoramic view of the city, and its interior is a tribute to those who have left an indelible mark on French history.

Luxembourg Garden 

An oasis of peace in the middle of the bustle of the city. Perfect for a relaxing stroll, admire its palace, fountains and sculptures, or just sit and enjoy the Parisian atmosphere.

Saint Germain des Prés: Elegance and art on every corner This neighborhood is synonymous with elegance and culture. With its art galleries, antique bookstores and historic cafés, Saint Germain des Prés is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the artistic atmosphere of Paris.

Saint Germain des Prés Church 

The oldest church in Paris, it is a testament to Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Its history dates back to the 6th century, and it has witnessed countless historical events over the centuries.

Saint Sulpice 

This imposing baroque church is known for its impressive organ and sundial. It has also gained fame in popular culture thanks to novels such as “The Da Vinci Code”.

Cour de Commerce 

A picturesque shopping passage that houses charming stores and cafes. It is the perfect place to pause and enjoy a coffee while watching the comings and goings of Parisians.

Montmartre: The bohemian soul of Paris

Montmartre, with its steep streets and artistic atmosphere, is one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Paris. Once a haven for artists and writers, it still retains the bohemian spirit that characterizes it.

 

Sacré-Coeur Basilica

Overlooking Paris from the top of Montmartre hill, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica is a masterpiece of Roman-Byzantine architecture. From its steps, you can enjoy one of the best panoramic views of the city. Inside, the golden mosaics and stained glass windows create an atmosphere of serenity and contemplation.

Moulin Rouge

The most famous cabaret in the world, the Moulin Rouge is a symbol of nightlife and bohemian Paris. With its cancan shows and iconic red facade, it is a place that evokes the Belle Époque and glamorous Parisian nights.

 

Picasso’s studio

In Montmartre, Picasso found inspiration and refuge during his younger years. His studio, where he created some of his most emblematic works, is a corner full of history that allows visitors to delve into the life and work of the brilliant artist.

Grand Boulevards: The splendor of the Belle Époque

The Grands Boulevards are wide and elegant avenues that reflect the splendor of the Parisian Belle Époque. With theaters, cafes and luxury stores, they are the testimony of the most cosmopolitan and sophisticated Paris.

Opera Garnier

This opera house is a jewel of neo-baroque style. With its majestic facade, its grand marble staircase and its ceiling painted by Chagall, the Opera Garnier is a temple of music and art.

Passage des Panoramas

One of the oldest covered passages in Paris, it is a place full of charm where old stores, restaurants and small theaters are mixed. A stroll through this passage is like a trip back in time.

Palais Royal

With its garden surrounded by arcades and its famous Buren columns, the Palais Royal is an oasis of peace in the middle of the bustle of the city. Once the residence of kings and seat of power, it is still a place full of history and elegance.

Le Marais: History and modernity

Le Marais is a neighborhood that combines history, art and fashion. With its private hotels, museums and designer stores, it is a place where past and present meet.

 

Hôtel de Ville

The Paris City Hall is an imposing Renaissance building that has witnessed many of the most important events in the history of France. Its facade, with its sculptures and architectural details, is a masterpiece.

Hôtel de Sens

One of the few surviving medieval buildings in Paris, the Hôtel de Sens is a testament to Gothic architecture. Today it houses the Forney Library, specializing in decorative arts.

Place des Vosges

This square, the oldest in Paris, is a perfect example of Renaissance architecture. With its symmetrical buildings and central garden, it is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Paris.

Museums: Artistic treasures of Paris

Paris, known as the “City of Light,” is home to some of the world’s most prestigious museums. These temples of art offer a deep dive into the history of art, from ancient to contemporary.

The Louvre: A Journey through the History of Art

The Louvre Museum needs no introduction. It is one of the largest and most visited museums in the world, and its collection spans more than 9,000 years of history.

Monalisa

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, is undoubtedly the crown jewel of the Louvre. Her enigmatic smile has fascinated generations of visitors and continues to be the object of study and admiration.

Venus de Milo

This ancient Greek sculpture is another of the Louvre’s treasures. It depicts Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, and is famous for her balance and grace, despite the absence of her arms.

Victory of Samothrace

This majestic sculpture depicts the goddess Nike, and stands at the top of a staircase in the Louvre, as if she has just landed. It is a symbol of victory and freedom.

Musée d’Orsay: The Cradle of Impressionism

Housed in a former train station, the Musée d’Orsay houses an impressive collection of 19th and 20th century art, with special emphasis on the Impressionist movement.

Monet, Manet and Renoir

These three masters of Impressionism have a prominent place at the Musée d’Orsay. Their works, which capture light and movement in a revolutionary way, are essential to understanding the evolution of modern art.

Palace of Versailles: Royal Splendor

A few kilometers from Paris, the Palace of Versailles is a testament to the power and opulence of the French monarchy. With its gilded halls, immaculate gardens and famous Hall of Mirrors, Versailles is a must-see.

Palace and gardens

The palace, with its lavishly decorated rooms, offers a glimpse into the life of royalty. The gardens, meanwhile, are a masterpiece of landscape design, with perfectly manicured fountains, statues and flowerbeds.

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