How to see Paris in 4 days: The city of love

Recognized as the city of love, being the childhood dream of so many girls to walk the streets, hand in hand with their future significant other, kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower, and have a picnic with freshly baked baguettes in the garden of Notre Dame.

Pop that bubble, single ladies! Go on a girl’s trip, a solo trip, or with your family. Don’t wait!

Make Paris yours. Explore Paris in 4 days if you can. Minimum. If you have already met your significant other, then absolutely bring him or her to create memories. But if you haven’t, just don’t wait.

I’ll tell you one thing. I had to go to Paris 5 times (or more, I might have lost count) before I could say I fell in love with the city and wanted to go back.

It might have something to do with me getting overly overwhelmed by big cities. I totally prefer smaller places where I can navigate more easily, so in general, it takes a while for me to like a bigger city.

What I really love about Paris now, is that after seeing all the major sights several times, climbing the Eiffel Tower on foot twice, even after swearing I wouldn’t do it again (Vertigo speaking), and getting lost more than once, I can relax in Paris.

It’s a great city! I’ve been there on school trips, girls trips, couple trips, and solo trips. And not to mention accidental trips. Now I can relax. And I probably won’t want to go there with a first-timer ever again. Secretly because I really don’t want to climb that tower again.

I have made this 4 day Paris itinerary so that you can navigate the city and make sure you get a relaxed yet wonderful time in the city of love whether it is your first or fifth visit. Remember, love can be for yourself, your friends, and the city itself.

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Paris in 4 days
Views from Sacre Cœur


How to get to Paris

Paris is one of the big hubs in Europe and you can easily get there by plane from all parts of the world.

The main airport is Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) where there’s frequent bus and train connections into the heart of Paris.

You can also take the train or bus from major European cities and make your way to Paris. There are direct buses and trains from London, Brussels, Madrid, and numerous other cities.


Colorful bike in Paris

Best time to visit Paris in 4 days

Paris is really great all year round, but depending on your preferences, I’ll go through the seasons with you so you can find the best time for you to go on your 4 day trip to Paris.

Every season is different, so make sure you plan your trip to Paris accordingly. With great planning, even if you travel to Paris for the first time, you’ll have a blast in the city of love either season.

The winter months in Paris can become pretty cold with temperatures down to 3 degrees Celsius, making it colder than other winter destinations in France. However, it is just as nice to walk around this marvelous city with your winter coat and scarf and you’ll see the city in a whole different way as other times a year.

Especially Paris in December is magical with all the Christmas lights covering the city.

The shoulder seasons between April and June and September to October are mild and usually not too hot. These months you can get nice, sunny days that are perfect for walking the city.

In the summer months between mid-June and August, temperatures are normally in the mid-20s and mostly sunny.

Visit Sacre Cœur on a Paris 4 days trip
Sacre Cœur

Where to stay in Paris

Elysées Union

Just a few minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, this hotel is centrally situated. They offer airport shuttle and facilities for disabled.

Additionally, they offer WiFi, bar, breakfast, and a 24-hour reception.


Hotel OFF Paris Seine

For a unique hotel experience, stay at this floating hotel in the Seine River. They have a swimming pool and probably the best river views in the whole city. Airport shuttle, WiFi, facilities for disabled, bar, and breakfast.


Things to do in Paris in 4 days - climb up for amazing city views
City views

4 day Paris itinerary

Day 1 – Montmartre and Seine boat trip

Start your first day of your 4 days in Paris by exploring the charming Montmartre district.

Sacre Cœur

Am I bold to say Sacre Cœur is one of the most beautiful structures in Paris? The Roman-Byzantine building sits elegantly on top of the highest point in Paris, Butte Montmartre, with its 130 meters.

Not only is the basilica spectacular from the outside but the architecture and incredible ceiling inside is breathtaking.

Make sure you climb the 300 steps up the dome for some of the best views of Paris.

Paris itinerary 4 days - visit Sacre Cœur
Sacre Cœur

Place du Tertre

Just a few streets down from Sacre Cœur, you find the artistic square, Place du Tertre. If any square screams Paris and all the clichés we see in movies, it’s this square. But in a romantic, relaxed, and down-to-earth kind of way.

Packed with local artists creating beautiful pieces of paintings and drawings, this is the perfect place to stroll around and maybe even buy some art. Or check out the options if you want your portrait drawn.

There are numerous super cute cafes and restaurants in the surrounding streets for lunch or a coffee.

The Moulin Rouge cabaret is also just a few minute’s walk away.

Artist at Place de Tetre, make sure you go there on your 4 days in Paris itinerary
Local artist at Place de Tetre

Musee de Montmarte

Musee de Montmartre is one of the must-see museums in Paris, yet it’s usually not very crowded. The museum shows the history of Montmartre through photos and artwork. There is also a part of the museum showing temporary exhibitions which are changed regularly.

This was the house of the French artist, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and you can walk in the beautiful garden that inspired a lot of his artwork.

Boat trip along the Seine

End the day either before or after dinner, with a boat trip along the river Seine. Some might say that this is one of the things to avoid in Paris, but to be honest with you, I think it’s fully worth the clishé. It is a perfect tour to do at sunset when the colors change on the horizon to orange and pink.

Boat trip along the Seine is a must during 4 days in Paris

Day 2 – Notre Dame and Louvre

Day 2 of your 4 day Paris itinerary you’ll visit some of the most famous landmarks in France, like the Louvre and Notre Dame.

Notre Dame

After the 2019 fire of Notre Dame, it is still not possible to enter the medieval cathedral. Constructions are expected to last until 2024, but in the meantime, you can still admire the amazing structure from the outside.

Notre Dame
Notre Dame


The Pantheon is another amazing landmark that should be included when exploring Paris in 4 days. It was actually the first landmark in Paris, built between 1764 and 1790, before both the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

The Pantheon is the burial site of many famous French citizens like Victor Hugo, Voltaire, and Émile Zola.

Find ticket information here.

Visit Pantheon with 4 days in Paris


Get ready to visit the world’s largest art museum. There is no way you can get through it all when visiting Paris in 4 days. It might even be a bit too much for any person who isn’t a total museum affectionate. Nevertheless, you’ll want to spend at least 2-3 hours.

Mostly known for holding the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa, there are so many more things to see in the Louvre. Worth mentioning are Venus de Milo, Michelangelo’s Dying Slave, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

Make note that the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, so if you’re in Paris on a Tuesday, make sure you visit the museum one of the other days. Find ticket information and opening hours on their official site here.

Lovre Paris itinerary

Grand Palais

Depending on how much time you want to spend in the Louvre, you might have time to visit the Grand Palais too. Another great historical monument of Paris and worth while to check out the exhibitions and the museum.

Sitting along Champs-Elysée, the Grand Palais is easily recognized by the massive glass ceiling and the French flag towering on top.

Make space for visiting Grand Palais on a 4 day trip to Paris
Grand Palais – Image by David Mark from Pixabay

Day 3 – The Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe

Your 3rd day of your 4 days Paris trip is going to be a grand one. Make sure you get started early as the Eiffel Tower can take half a day alone. You might want to find a place to have lunch in the back streets around the tower, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes.

Eiffel Tower

No Paris in 4 days trip is complete without climbing the Eiffel Tower. In fact, for many, Paris is one of the top places to visit at least once in a lifetime, just to climb the famous building.

You can either take the elevator up most of the tower or walk the whole way. The last bit isn’t accessible by elevator, so you’ll have to walk up the rest.

I warn anyone with vertigo. It’s scary! You see straight down through the metal bars of the tower and it’s not fun if the dizziness takes over. If you are persistent you’re going to climb it anyway, just focus on looking up. I did it twice, so you can do it too!

The views that meet you at the top, though! Paris Perfect! There is nothing like it, and a must while in the city of love. There is no doubt climbing the Eiffel Tower is one of the most romantic things to do in Paris.

There are also a few spots around the Eiffel Tower where you get nice views of the tower itself for pictures, so spend some time walking around and enjoy the iconic structure.

Eiffel Tower: Paris in 4 days
Eiffel Tower

Arc de Triomphe

Another of the must-see monuments during any Paris itinerary is the Arc de Triomphe. Honoring the French lives lost during the French Revolution and the Napoleon War, their names are all engraved in the inner walls.

There is also the burial of an anonymous soldier beneath the structure and a museum.

Though not as spectacular views as from the top of the Eiffel Tower, it is surely worth climbing to the top of Arc de Triomphe too.

Arc de Triomphe Paris
Arc de Triomphe


If you want to fit shopping (or window shopping) into your Paris itinerary 4 days in the city is enough to make it happen! Champs-Elysées is the shopping street, lined up with the leading fashion brands.

However, if shopping isn’t your thing (it definitely isn’t mine!) then make note that the 1,9 kilometer avenue and iconic Paris landmark is one of the world’s most beautiful avenues.

Champs-Elysées is a must on a 4 day Paris itinerary
Champs-Elysées seen from the Arc de Triomphe

Stroll along the Seine

If you didn’t spend the rest of your evening shopping, take a stroll along the Seine and enjoy the river and all the beautiful bridges. Alexandre III Bridge is the most beautiful bridge in Paris and definitely picture worthy.

But you also get to see the Eiffel Tower from the Seine which is pretty magical. Just another reminder you’re actually in Paris!

The perfect Paris trip
Looking out on the Seine

Day 4 – get out of the city to Versailles Palace

On the last day of your 4 day in Paris itinerary, you should get out of the city and head to Versailles Palace. It’s a great day trip from Paris by train. Depending on when you get back, you can spend some time strolling around the streets and eat good food and drink wine or coffee. Let these 4 days in Paris sink in and be present before you leave this wonderful city.

Versailles Palace

Among the things to do in Paris in 4 days, you should make the trip to see the Versailles Palace. It’s easy to get there by train as it only takes about an hour. Take the PER C train to Versailles-Château-Rive-Gauche station.

Spread over 63 154 square meters, Versailles Palace has a total of 2300 rooms. The World Heritage site is a masterpiece of French art from the 17th century and an amazing experience. It also features some of the most astounding gardens in France.

NOTE! Book tickets in advance here so you are sure to get a time slot.

Visit versailles on your 4 days Paris trip
Versailles – Image by AdamKinnwall from Pixabay

4 days Paris responsible travel advice

When exploring Paris in 4 days, make sure you travel responsibly so you leave no negative impact on the locals or the environment.

A good thing to start with is to bring your own reusable water bottle so you avoid single-use plastic bottles.

If you’re a coffee junkie and need one on the go, then take a reusable coffee cup with you so you can avoid those disposable ones.

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Try, as long as possible, to shop from local artists and in smaller locally owned shops to support the locals in Paris instead of the large brands, often foreign-owned.

Learn a few phrases in French before you go, so that you show that you’re trying when communicating with the locals.

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26 thoughts on “How to see Paris in 4 days: The city of love

  1. Emily says:

    So many iconic sites! There’s no city like Paris 🙂 I think I could easily spend 4 days just walking along the river and browsing the book stores!

  2. Elina says:

    I have only been twice to Paris and there are still so many things to do in the city! I would love to get up the Arc de Triomphe and see the view from there.

  3. Paula Martinelli says:

    Oh la la! How not to love Paris! I love your guide, and I agree with you that the SACRE CŒUR is the most beautiful site in Paris. Also, my first time was in January, and it was so cold that it would hurt. Paris is gorgeous and when the weather is nice, just get lost and walk the whole city is magical and it never gets old.

    • Linn Haglund says:

      Glad you agree! Yeah, my last time was in the beginning of February and it was pretty cold, but luckily we had sun a couple of days so that helped.

  4. Alessia says:

    Such an incredible itinerary for 4 days in Paris!! Can’t wait to come back in this romantic city <3

  5. gerry says:

    Excellent round up of the perfect 4 day itinerary for Paris! You nailed the top spots 🙂

    • Linn Haglund says:

      Me too! I was about to look for flight when I was writing it haha

  6. Ophelie says:

    As a Parisian I can tell you picked the best of the city! Well done! I still haven’t climbed on top of the Arc de Triomphe though, still on my list 😀

    • Linn Haglund says:

      Thank you! I hope you get to the top of Arc de Triomphe soon, it’s pretty nice:)

  7. Shay says:

    I only had two days in Paris and it definitely was not enough! I think 4 days would be the perfect amount of time.

    • Linn Haglund says:

      Yeah, I know! two days might seem like a lot but there is just so much to explore.

  8. Shalzmojo says:

    What a lovely post- it refreshed my memories of my trip there. Its indeed a city of love and I would love to come visit again!

  9. Nina says:

    Such a great itinerary! Paris is high on my list, I’m saving this for later 🙂

  10. Charlotte says:

    Jeg kan ikke tro jeg fortsatt ikke har vært i Paris! Etter å ha lest dette fikk jeg bare enda mer lyst til å dra 😀 I’ll definitely save this for when it’s safe to travel again!

    • Linn Haglund says:

      Then it’s time to plan a trip to Paris as soon as travel is an option:) It’s such a great city!

  11. Linnea says:

    This is a great guide! I would love to get back to Paris one day! You definitely covered all the major highlights

  12. Nina Out and Aboutt says:

    I got too sick to do more than the Louvre and the Eiffel tour. I need to get back to see the Siene!

    • Linn Haglund says:

      Oh no! I hope you get to go back and see more of the city, and feeling well:)

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