Things to Do in Paris in 7 Days

Are you planning to spend a week in Paris? What a treat! Seven days in Paris is the perfect amount of time to get to know and really absorb all that this beautiful city has to offer: from gastronomy, historical monuments, art from all eras, in seven days you will see it all!

Katherine Betances

Katherine Betances

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Things to Do in Paris in 7 Days

View of the Arc de Triomphe at Night | ©Florian Wehde

Paris is a magnificent, gigantic city and one of the most visited destinations in Europe and the world, which is why the tourist and cultural offer can be overwhelming. If you do not know where to start planning your trip to Paris, I present a detailed guide with an itinerary covering seven full days. It will be like a starting point to know what to see and do in Paris and plan the perfect vacation in the French capital.

In a week's excursion in Paris you will have the opportunity to visit the main tourist attractions of the city and the surrounding area; additionally you will be able to discover the most charming neighborhoods.

Day 1: Visit the most emblematic monuments in Paris

Champs Elysées Avenue.| ©Josh Hallett
Champs Elysées Avenue.| ©Josh Hallett

Morning walking and shopping on the Champs Elysées.

Start your first day in Paris walking on what is considered one of the most beautiful avenues in the world: Les Champs Elysees. At 1.9 kilometers long, it is considered one of the most important avenues in Paris and is home to some of the most prestigious establishments in all of France.

It is the perfect place for a morning stroll, window shopping and a delicious snack. Some points of interest include:

  • Parisian restaurants and cafes: Café Di Roma, Fouquet's, Ladurée.
  • Boutiques and fashion brands: Boutique Lancôme, Sephora Paris, L'Occitane, Petit Bateau, Zara, DIOR Paris, Louis Vuitton and BOSS Store.
  • Art and entertainment: Cinéma Pathé, L'Atelier Renault and Galeries Lafayette on the Champs-Elysées.

Visit the Arc de Triomphe

The Champs-Elysées Avenue is also the connecting element between two important Parisian monuments, the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde, so somewhere along the way you must reach this destination.

The Arc de Triomphe is itself a small museum. Access to the interior and the opportunity to climb to the top of the arch have an entrance cost of approximately 15€, buying your tickets in advance, and from this last point you get a magnificent view of Paris but mainly of the Champs Elysees.

If you do not want to access the top of the Arc, take a moment to appreciate the outer walls containing four large sculptures. At the foot of the monument you will find the Tomb of the Anonymous Soldier.

  • Hours: from 10 am to 11 pm.
  • Admission fee: free access to the square. The entrance to the museum costs approximately 15€.
  • Duration of the visit: from 45 to 1,30 minutes approximately.

Book your tickets to the Arc de Triomphe

Lunch at the Eiffel Tower

Waiting to go up| ©gckwolfe
Waiting to go up| ©gckwolfe

Time to visit the Parisian icon par excellence. With this tour, you will arrive at the Eiffel Tower at lunchtime and if you book at the luxurious Eiffel Tower restaurant you will not only enjoy an authentic Parisian gourmet meal, but you will also be able to access the Eiffel Tower avoiding the long lines. Needless to say, the view from this point is absolutely spectacular, so don't leave without taking some nice pictures of the city!

  • Hours: from 9:30 am to 11:45 pm.
  • Entrance fee: from 10,7 € the price increases if you want to go up to the top and if you want to use the elevators.
  • Duration of the visit: set aside about 1.5 hours to visit the second floor and 2.5 hours if you want to climb to the top.

Book your ticket to the Eiffel Tower

Visit the Trocadero Square and Gardens

Just in front of the Eiffel Tower, crossing the Seine by the Pont d'léna, you will be at the entrance of the Trocadero Gardens and Trocadero Square, where you can make a visit to the Warsaw fountain, the main attraction is its gigantic fountain composed of a mirror of water and 12 sculptural fountains that launch jets up to 164 feet high.

I also recommend you stop at Trocadero Square, considered the best spot in all of Paris to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower because of its strategic location. The effect with the sunset at the end of the day is really dramatic, giving really beautiful pictures.

  • Hours: open 24 hours
  • Entrance fee: free of charge
  • Duration of visit: 20 to 30 minutes will be enough to walk around the garden and take pictures.

Tango night on the Seine

If you visit Paris during the summer, Fridays every week are for tango nights on the Seine. The impromptu dance party starts from 7 p.m. and lasts until dusk. Experienced dancers show off their talent to anyone who wants to watch, while promoting dance classes in Parisian schools all over the city.

Day 2: See Quartier Latin, museums and cruises

Entrance to the Musée d'Orsay.| ©Daniel Vorndran
Entrance to the Musée d'Orsay.| ©Daniel Vorndran

Tour of the Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter is known for its student life, lively atmosphere and fabulous bistros. It is home to a number of higher education establishments, such as the University of Paris and the Sorbonne University.

You can book a half-day guided tour of the Quartier Latin. These usually include visits to important tourist attractions such as: the Pantheon of Paris, the Jardin du Luxembourg, Shakespeare & Co, the Sorbonne de Paris and much more.

Book your tour of the Latin Quarter

Orsay Museum

If you are an art and painting lover or are interested in expanding your knowledge, a visit to the Musée d' Orsay is a must on your week-long trip to Paris. You can spend the afternoon of your second day admiring some of the most important works of impressionism and early modern art. At the Orsay you will find original frescoes by Matisse, Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas.

  • Hours: From 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Admission fee: Approximately 16€.
  • Duration of the visit: You should book between 2 to 4 hours.

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Seine river cruise at sunset

End the evening of your second day in Paris with a cruise on the Seine aboard a splendid boat. During the evening, the city's most important sights offer a dramatic light show that can be enjoyed on a cruise along the waters of the Seine; you will see the lights of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral and more. Additionally, you can book a dinner reservation on the Seine River cruise and enjoy the show while savoring a delicious Parisian meal.

Book a Seine River Cruise

Day 3: See the city of Versailles

Flowers and Trees in Versailles| ©Gary Todd
Flowers and Trees in Versailles| ©Gary Todd

Enjoy an excursion to the Palace of Versailles

Versailles is a city located just outside of Paris, world famous for being home to the Palace of Versailles and its fabulous Versailles Gardens. The trip from the French capital is a quick one-hour drive, so the rest of the day can be spent exploring the beauty of the interior of the Palace of Versailles and its surroundings.

The Palace of Versailles was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and is one of the most popular attractions in Europe. It was built in 1623 and transformed and enlarged by Louis XIV. Until the fall of the monarchy during the French Revolution, the palace was the main home of the King.

The richly decorated interiors in the purest Rococo style, the perfectly preserved structure despite the years and the majesty of its outdoor gardens covering an area of 2,000 acres, are very surprising. An excursion to Versailles from Paris is the best way to see the Palace.

Book your excursion to the Palace of Versailles

Day 4: Spend the day in Quartier Le Marais

Bastille Square| ©Pierre Blaché
Bastille Square| ©Pierre Blaché

Day four of your seven-day itinerary in the French capital can be spent exploring the Marais neighborhood, located in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of the city.

Visit the Place de la Bastille

After having a coffee in one of the many establishments that you will find on your tour of Le Marais, I recommend you take a moment to visit one of the oldest squares in the city: the Place de la Bastille.

For centuries this place symbolized the power of French royalty and, therefore, was taken by an armed mob of Parisians during the early days of the Revolution.

Visit the Place des Vosges and the house of Victor Hugo

The Place des Vosges is another of the oldest squares in Paris, as well as one of the most beautiful and also a favorite of Parisians living in Le Marais.

Located just 5 minutes from the Place de la Bastille, visitors stroll under the arches and paths and sunbathe in the gardens on spring days. The stores, stores and cafes in red brick contribute to the vitality of the place with their beautiful facades. Le Maison de Victor Hugo, located just off the square, was converted into a museum after the writer's death in 1885.

  • Opening hours: the Victor Hugo museum is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
  • Admission fee: the museum's permanent collection is free to the public. There is a charge for access to the temporary collections.
  • Duration of the visit: one hour or less will be enough to visit the different areas of the house.

Visit the Picasso Museum in Paris

Picasso Museum in Paris| ©commons
Picasso Museum in Paris| ©commons

The National Picasso Museum in Paris presents the work of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and houses his personal collection of sculptures. Today it is also an important center for research on the life and work of the Spanish artist. The tour through the museum usually takes about 2 hours in total.

  • Hours: from Tuesday to Sunday the entrance hours are from 10 am to 6 pm.
  • Admission fee: from 40 € the entrance ticket for adults.
  • Duration of the visit: approximately one hour for the interior tour.

Get your tickets to the Picasso Museum

Visit the Pompidou Arts Center

Finish your tour of Le Marais with a visit to the Pompidou Center. It is open to the public every working day of the week from 11 am to 11 pm. The building itself is a work of art and one of the most important architectural landmarks of our era.

The center offers its visitors 6 different collections: a modern art collection, a contemporary art collection, an art photography collection, the design collection, and the New media collection.

  • Hours: from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Admission fee: adult tickets at the general rate cost approximately 18€.
  • Duration of the visit: reserve approximately two hours to tour the facilities, appreciate the architecture and see the exhibitions.

Book your ticket to the Pompidou Center

Day 5: The Maison Monet and Quartier Montmartre

Sacre-Coeur Basilica| ©Superchilum
Sacre-Coeur Basilica| ©Superchilum

Half day excursion to Giverny and the Monet House

Giverny is a small French town located 1.5 hours from Paris in picturesque Normandy. It was the place where Monet and other impressionist artists of the 20th century set up their residences and art studios. In Claude Monet's residence, a love for the beauty of nature is evident and the lush garden covered with purple lilies under large shade trees stands out.

  • Hours: from 9:30 am to 6 pm.
  • Admission fee: the entrance ticket for adults is from 9,50€.
  • Duration of the visit: a tour from Paris will take at least 5 hours including the round trip.

Book your excursion to Giverny

Sacre Coeur

This jewel of French architecture exhibits a Roman-Byzantine style. Perched imposingly on a hill in the Montmartre district of the 18th arrondissement, the basilica overlooks all of Paris from a privileged location.

Sacre Coeur is considered one of the most beautiful and iconic churches in the city, so I recommend taking the afternoon of your sixth day, after your return from Giverny, to leisurely explore Montmartre. It highlights its dome placed at 83 meters high and which you can access by climbing a staircase of 300 steps.

  • Opening hours: the basilica is available for visits from 6 am. Access to the dome is from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm, with variations in certain months.
  • Admission fee: free of charge.
  • Duration of the visit: reserve about 45 minutes to visit both the dome and the crypt of Sacré Coeur.

Book a tour of Sacre Coeur

Dali Museum in Paris

Entrance to the Dali| ©Florian75018
Entrance to the Dali| ©Florian75018

Just 5 minutes from Montmartre is the Dali Museum or Dali Space in Paris, a necessary stop for all those who admire the work of this eccentric artist or are curious about his work. Some of his best pieces can be found in this small museum, which can be visited in just 1.5 hours.

  • Hours: from 10 am to 6 pm.
  • Admission fee: the entrance ticket costs from 13 € for adults.
  • Duration of the visit: it is a small museum, in about an hour or less you can make the complete tour.

Montmartre Square

Near the Dali museum is the Place du Tertre, one of the most important meeting points of the 18th arrondissement. Here Parisians go to shop, hang out and have a coffee with friends. If you want to see a bit of the authentic Parisian day with a much less touristy approach, you'll love this place!

In former times this space functioned as a public area where artists and aspiring artists held exhibitions of their work, so don't be surprised if you find on your walk real talents with a lot of potential.

  • Hours: from 10 am to 8 pm.
  • Admission fee: free, the square is open to the public.
  • Duration of visit: you can spend as much time as you want, you will find many activities to do and cafes to eat something.

Book a tour of Montmartre

Day 6: Enjoy the French Gothic and the Louvre

Facade of the Museum at night| ©Lonni Besançon
Facade of the Museum at night| ©Lonni Besançon

Visit the Ile de la Cité

The morning of your sixth day is to move to the 4th arrondissement of Paris and visit the Ile de la Cité, a small island located in the middle of the Seine where you will find some of the most important buildings of the Gothic architecture of Paris:

  • Notre Dame Cathedral: closed to the public since the fire of 2019 can only be seen from the square.
  • La Sainte Chapelle: has the largest collection of 13th century stained glass windows on the planet.
  • La Conciergerie: a 14th century palace later converted into a prison and was the place where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned until her death by guillotine.

The tour to appreciate the interiors will take about 30 minutes. The entrance fee is from 11,50€ and the Saint Chapelle is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm. Touring the interiors will take about 30 minutes.

Book a tour of Ile de la Cité

Spend the day at the Louvre

Getting to the Louvre from the Ile de la Cité will take you a short 10-minute walk along the boulevard George Pompidou on the banks of the Seine. Considered one of the most famous museums in the world, it was once a palace and home to the royal family until Louis XIV moved his home to the Palace of Versailles.

One of the best ways to avoid the long ticket lines at the Louvre is to buy your ticket in advance. This way you will have more time to enjoy the Louvre' s spectacular collection of works including: incredible sculptures such as the Venus de Milo or the sculpture of Artemis, famous paintings such as the Mona Lisa, the French Crown Jewels, an average of 2000 textiles and almost 3000 pieces of furniture.

  • Hours: from 9 am to 6 pm.
  • Admission fee: the entrance fee is around 15€ for adults.
  • Duration of the visit: to see the main works you should set aside at least two hours of itinerary.

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Day 7: Explore beyond Paris

Entrance to the Chateau Cheverny| ©amanderson2
Entrance to the Chateau Cheverny| ©amanderson2

Full day tour to the Loire Chateaux

Award-winning vineyards, fairytale castles, stunning landscapes declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.... The Loire Valley is one of the most enchanting regions in all of France and a destination not to be missed if you are in the French capital for several days.

Excursions depart daily from Paris to take tourists and locals to the Valley to spend the day exploring the area and return to the capital at nightfall. Although the itinerary can vary greatly depending on the excursion you choose. The most visited castles on a trip to the Loire Valley are:

  • Chenonceau (Château de Chenonceau).
  • Château de Cheverny (Château de Cheverny)
  • Château of Chambord (Château de Chambord)

Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes that allow you to walk, dress according to the weather conditions and charge your camera's batteries, but above all, enjoy yourself!

Book your excursion to the Loire Valleys