As I update Land of Marvels (you’ll start to see some layout changes in the next few weeks!), one of the things that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time is offer more information here on the site for how to lay out perfect escapes for you as readers. I’ve always had an Itineraries section on LOM but from here on out, I’m going to be doing more specific day by day itineraries for trips we take or places I love and visit often so that you guys can use them to plan your own adventures! And from now on, all itineraries and guides on Land of Marvels will be free to download! So as I continue to update a bunch of guides and itineraries for upcoming trips, watch for future posts like this one where I’ll include a fully downloadable and printable guide for you to take this very same trip with ideas of what to do per day. The downloadable guides will have more detailed information than shown below so be sure to download the actual guide as well as going through the post below!
Today, we’re starting my new itineraries with one of my all time favorite cities, Paris! I can’t even count anymore how many times I’ve been to the French capital city and since Nick and I got married 7 years ago, we’ve made it a yearly ritual to spend time in Paris every single year, sometimes more than once a year because we love it so much. Paris is one of those cities that you could visit a hundred times and never see everything, so in my opinion, the best way to see one of the world’s most famous cities is to simply just wander it, to take everything in and not worry so much about seeing every single tourist site.
If you’re looking for a specific itinerary of what to do in the city, here’s the perfect Fall itinerary (my favorite season in France) for 4 days in Paris!
DAY 1 : EXPLORE THE LEFT BANK
Arrive in Paris!
Take the train from the airport to your hotel on the RER Blue line and get off at the St. Michel/Notre Dame stop.
Check into Le Notre Dame Hotel.
Do a quick outfit change, freshen up and head out to explore, starting with lunch at St. Regis on the Île St. Louis.
Head back across the river and spend your first day just wandering the Left Bank.
Don’t miss stops at Jardin du Luxembourg, Panthéon, and the St. Germain neighborhood.
Just before sunset – jump on the metro from wherever you are on the Left Bank and head to the Eiffel Tower to take in the light show as the world goes dark. I prefer the views from the Trocadero, but find a spot to take it all in!
DAY 2 – SEE THE SIGHTS
Start early with a croissant from a local boulangerie on the Île St. Louis.
Grab a crossiant and an Orangina from local shops in the neighborhood near your hotel to start the day off right.
Head off to see the sights!
Start at Notre Dame Cathedral and St. Chapelle Chapel. Then make your way to the Right Bank and wander past the Hotel de Ville. Walk or catch the metro to the Louvre and spend your afternoon wandering the museum, followed by a wander through the Tuileries Gardens on the Louvre Grounds.
Spend your evening shopping and eating on the Champs Élysees.
After your day of seeing the sights, head to the famous Champs Élysees and wander until you see the Arc de Triomphe at the end. For a more authentic Parisian meal, try to venture off the Champs Élysees down the side streets.
DAY 3 – EXPLORE THE RIGHT BANK
Have a leisurely breakfast near your hotel, then catch the metro to head over to the Right Bank.
Start by wandering around the Palais Garnier Opera Building, then shop for a while with some of the best shopping in Paris right around the corner!
Then make your way toward the Montmartre neighborhood and the famous Sacré Coeur Basilica, where you’ll have panoramic views all over Paris. This spot is amazing at sunset!
DAY 4 – TAKE IN A QUIETER PARIS + WANDER
Spend your final day in the City of Light just wandering neighborhoods and seeing less popular sights.
Begin in Le Marais neighborhood and stop for a leisurely breakfast in the many restaurants in this area of the city. After your French omelet wander to the Place des Vosges and take a seat on one of the many benches, taking in a beautiful Parisian day.
Head back toward the Left Bank by crossing the Seine through the Île St. Louis and take in this old section of the city and tiny narrow alleyways.
At twilight, jump on the metro and head to the Tour Montparnasse to spend your last evening in Paris with incredible views of the city from the top of this tall building. As the city lights up, you’ll be overwhelmed by the magic of Paris!
AND DON’T FORGET TO DOWNLOAD THIS FREE ITINERARY FOR YOUR OWN TRAVELS AT THE LINK BELOW THIS PDF!