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Itinerary Advice?

My boyfriend and I will be in Paris this coming January for just three days and want to see as much as possible. Can someone have a look at this itinerary and tell me if it’s OK? I know it’s a lot but we want to see as much as we can in a very short time.

Day One:

See the Louvre – Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and whatever else looks good.

Walk through the Tuileries Gardens, cross over the Solferino Bridge and see the Musee d’Orsay.

Walk back along the Seine to the Ile de la Cite and see the Conciergerie and Notre Dame if we have time.

Day Two:

Start out in the Latin Quartier at the Jardin du Luxembourg. See the Medici Fountain and the Senate.

Head over to the Pantheon and climb to the top to see the views.

Walk over to the Musee de Cluny and see that.

Get on the metro and head to Pere Lachaise.

See the Bastille where the Revolution took place.

Back to the Latin Quarter and rue Mouffetard for dinner.

Day Three:

Head to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Get on the Metro and head to the Opera and take that tour.

See Galeries Lafayette and Printemps in the same neighborhood.

Heat up to Montmartre and see the Sacre Coeur.

Is this doable?

Paris (France)

2 Answers
answered first by
Courtney from Los Angeles

Well, it depends what you mean by doable. Yes, you can get to these places each day but whether you can really see them is another story. I think you’ve got a little too much packed in here. Also, remember that although they’ll still be beautiful, the gardens won’t be in bloom when you go. I love gardens, too, but I think I’d cut a few out of the schedule.  Also, it can get very cold there in January so you may not want to do quite as much walking as you think you’ll want to do.

On the first day, I would choose either the Louvre or the   Musée d'Orsay . Personally, I’d go for the D’Orsay without question unless there’s something you really want to see at the The Louvre. I’d also cut out the La Conciergerie . It’s very interesting, but there’s not that much to see there (you’re really going for the history). There are also a couple of wonderful restaurants in the D’Orsay that will save you some time.

On day two, I would skip either the Panthéon Panthéon or the   Musée de Cluny . Personally, I don’t think either of these is among the city’s most interesting museums, but regardless, I wouldn’t try both plus Cimetière du Père-Lachaise Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in one day. Pere Lachaise is really, really interesting—I never manage to leave less than three hours after I arrived. I always go meaning to just hit a few graves but always end up exploring longer.

Day Three is a little more do-able but again, it depends on how long you’re going to spend at each place. The lines at the Eiffel Tower Eiffel Tower can be long and on the wrong day that can literally eat up an hour, although since you’re going in January that probably won’t be much of a problem.  Personally, I’d just pop in to the department stores so you can say you’ve seen them and then get going. There really isn’t much there that can’t be bought anywhere so I wouldn’t waste too much time with them, personally.


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Kevin from Edmonton

You will want to double check if the Panthéon dome is still under restoration. Very beautiful mix of secular and non-secular decoration. Visit the crypt and say Hi to Victor Hugo.

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