Paris in One Day Itinerary

Are you going on a one day trip to Paris? Then you'll probably want to make sure you don't miss any of the highlights of the City of Light. This one day itinerary includes the main Paris sights and attractions and offers some tips on how to make the most of Paris in just one day.

Once in Paris, start off your one day trip at the Triumphal Arch. Then take a stroll along the fancy shops of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées making your way to the Eiffel Tower. Take a while to admire Paris from above. The Concorde square follows up on your itinerary. Walking along the Seine river, you soon end up in front of the Louvre. You don't have time to go inside, but you can still take a while to adore its greatness. Cross Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, and end your day at the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Day 1: Paris in One Day Itinerary

Triumphal Arch

This arch measuring 50 meters is dedicated to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Located at the end of the Champs-Élysées, it is one of the finest neoclassical monuments in Paris. The top terrace is accessible and it offers magnificent views of the city.

Champs-Élysées Avenue

Stretching across two kilometres, this avenue claims to be the world's most beautiful one. Paris' famous landmark - Arc de Triomphe - is located at the western end of the street. This area is the mecca for shopping lovers. Champs-Élysées is packed with stores of luxurios brands, both French and international. Besides posh boutiques, there are also some fancy cafés and nice bistros around here.

Eiffel Tower

The most iconic sight in all of Paris. Do not miss this iron lady known all around the world. The views from the top are breath-taking. Built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair, Eiffel Tower became the world's tallest man-made structure until the Chrysler Building in New York was finished in 1930. Although it is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions now, it was not accepted well by the French at the time. Also, it was supposed to be taken down after 20 years since it was meant to be only a temporary exhibit. Fortunately, Gustave Eiffel convinced the government to keep the construction and use it as a radiotelegraph station. There are 1,665 steps leading to the top, but you can take the stairs only to the second floor. A lift takes you to the top floor. Originally, only the second floor was open to the public, but now all three levels are accessible and boast award-winning restaurants. In the evening, Eiffel Tower is illuminated with 20,000 light bulbs. Please note that there are no locker rooms, so do not bring large baggage or pushchairs if you cannot fold them.

Concorde Square

Concorde is the largest square in Paris and is close to many important Parisian sights. What once used to be an execution site, now marks the beginning of the city's famous avenue, Champs-Élysées. The main attraction of the square is the historical Luxor Obelisk, which is more than 3,300 years old.

Louvre Museum

The largest art museum in the world located inside the Louvre Palace which was once a residence of the French kings. It began its existence as a 12th century fortress and its parts can still be seen in today’s Louvre. The palace was turned into a public museum during the French Revolution and it was opened for the first time in 1793. Nowadays, its most admired piece of art is Mona Lisa by Da Vinci. The museum is one of the locations featured in the Da Vinci Code – both the book by Dan Brown and the film based on it. It also appears in one episode of the British TV series Doctor Who (episode: City of Death). The museum is very large and seeing all of its parts can be both time consuming and exhausting. The multilingual maps provided in the museum for free might prove handy while picking the best route that would include all of the things that interest you. Also, you might spend some time queuing for the tickets. Louvre is easily reachable by metro (lines 1, 7).

Seine River

A stroll along Seine's waterfront is a must while in the city of lights, no matter if you have a sweetheart or not. You can enjoy the river on tours boats or the hop on hop off boats, some operators offer even private dining experiences. On the riverbanks there are floating restaurants, cafés and discos. There are also many benches, where you can sit with your picnic and admire the views. The riverbanks are also popular among sunbathers, cyclists and joggers.

Pont Neuf

Admire the oldest bridge in Paris constructed between 1578-1607. See the sculptured faces of people and the statue of King Henry IV, too. The bridge became a popular meeting place very soon after it was built, since it was the first bridge in Paris with pavements and without houses built on it. After it was opened, an equestrian statue of the King was erected there, but it was knocked over during the French Revolution. It was replaced in 1818.

Holy Chapel

Situated a short walk from the Notre-Dame Cathedral, this whole chapel is lined by 13th-century stained glass, as an example of Gothic art jewel. The best visit is on a sunny day when you'll marvel at the spectacular lightshow.

Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame is probably one of the most well-known churches in the world and is a true masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. Both the outside and the inside is worth exploring and the reliquary holds many first-class relics. Higlights of this historical gem are definitely stained glassed windows and its western facade depicting the Last Judgement.

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