Paris Travel Guide
The city of love. The city which is a fusion of fashion and art. The city with which people have time and again fallen deeply in love with. Paris. The capital city of France, which exudes culture, sophistication, class and style, always leaving you asking for more! Spend your time walking through the whimsical Parisian lanes, following the majestic Eiffel Tower, eat macaroons, baguettes and French pastries to your hearts fill from quaint bakeries along the way, and at the end of the day, clink your wine glasses and welcome a truly spectacular sunset from the banks of the Siene! Paris has so much to offer that it would take you a lifetime to see it all! But don’t let that bother you, because we have curated a Travel Guide to Paris which will help you plan the perfect trip to this beautiful city! So without further ado, let’s get started!
WHEN - The best time to visit is in May, early June, September, or October, when there are fewer crowds and the weather is still sunny and warm. This is a good season to stroll around outside without tons of layers on or the sweltering sun beating down on you. Prices for accommodation and activities also tend to be lower these times of year.
WHERE TO STAY - When it comes to accommodation, Paris has a variety of hostel and budget accommodations to choose from as well as numerous luxury hotels! Just take your pick!
WHERE TO GO-
1. Eiffel Tower
You obviously need to visit the Eiffel Tower to say that your trip to Paris is indeed complete! The Eiffel Tower is one of Paris’ most recognizable landmarks is indeed a sight to behold! The Eiffel Tower in the morning is quite different from the Eiffel Tower at night when it is entirely lit up. Definitely try to visit it both in the morning and evening. A point to note is that the line to visit the Eiffel Tower can be quite a long one, therefore do book your tickets well in advance, preferably right after you have booked your tickets to Paris.
2. Museum Hopping
Paris has a LOT of museums, and that too REALLY good ones! You for sure wouldn’t get bored of seeing them as all of them are so distinct and different from each other. The best, most affordable way to go museum hopping is to get a museum pass which could be a 2, 4 or 6 day pass. The museums that you definitely must visit include-
The Louvre, which is the world’s largest art museum and is where you can find the infamous Mona Lisa.
Musee D’Orsay that houses the largest collection of impressionist art in the world! You can see art created by artists such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gaugin and more!
The Pompidou Centre, which is the largest modern art museum in Europe! Take our word on this, Pompidou is a sight to see and is a must visit!
Paris Sewer Museum, which is quite an unusual place to visit, but hey, if you’re interested in getting under the streets of Paris and learning more about how Paris has developed over the years, there are many tours available!
Musee de l’Orangerie is another museum that features a collection of impressionist art from artists such as Monet, Picasso, Sisley and many more.
3. Walk along Champs Elysees
Champs Elysees is one of the most famous streets in the world, running from the Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe! This street has numerous luxury boutiques, restaurants, cafes and cinemas! It’s super touristy to walk down Champs Elysees, but is absolutely worth it. Walk along till you reach Arc de Triomphe from the top of which you can see gobsmackingly beautiful views of the city and the Eiffel tower glittering in the evening!
4. Ile De la Cite
Ile de la Cite is a small island situated in the center of Paris that is home to the iconic Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame Cathedral!
The Notre Dame cathedral is truly a grand and extremely beautiful cathedral with stunning stained glass windows adorned with intricate designs and paintings! The top of the cathedral offers breathtaking views of the city, the Siene River and the Eiffel Tower!
The Sainte Chapelle cathedral is just a short walk from Notre Dame and is another gorgeous cathedral which has one of the world’s best displays of stained glass!
5. Ride the Big Wheel on Place de la Concorde
From mid-November to early May a giant Ferris wheel sits in Place de la Concorde. Get a ticket to ride the Ferris wheel that offers spectacular views of the entire city!
6. Visit the Pantheon
Inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, the French built one in the Latin Quarter initially as a church, but has then been turned into a state burial site for France’s heroes, like Marie Curie, Victor Hugo, Voltaire and many more. The dome of the Pantheon is referred to as the “Balcony of Paris” because it offers a 360 degree view of Paris!
7. Picnic in Jardin du Luxemborg
Pack a picnic and head to the largest public park in Paris, the Jardin du Luxemborg. The garden has more than a hundred statues, monuments, and fountains, scattered throughout the grounds! Stroll around and enjoy the greenery!
Get up early and take the subway to the artsy little town called Montmartre. Montmartre has gained popularity because of the beautiful Sacre-Coeur Basilica that is located on a hilltop and offers beautiful panoramic viewsof the whole city. Make sure to be here at 8 AM or earlier if you want to avoid the massive groups of tourists! Montmartre has a number of cute, cozy looking cafes where you can grab your breakfast from and head over to Place du Tertre which is a square located in the center of the town, where every morning artists gather to paint beautiful illustrations! Walk around this colorful and artsy town and also visit the sinking house which is constructed in a way that it seems like the house is sinking into the ground!
The Palace of Versailles is like none other in the world! The chateau is stunning in every aspect and oozes royalty! Decorated with craved golden, blue and red ornamental designs from the outside and luxurious, glitzy chandeliers and paintings on the inside, this palace is definitely a must visit!
10. Seine River Cruise
Take a cruise in the serene Seine River that flows through the middle of the city and enjoy the landmarks of Paris drift by! The best time to go for the cruise is right before sunset, so that you can watch a mesmerizing sunset from the river and also watch the city light up around you!
Paris has a lit nightlife with a number of bars, elegant restaurants, modern clubs and even some classic jazz joints that you definitely must visit on one of the nights in the city! There’s so much to do and see in Paris, but the one thing that you absolutely must do is take some amazing pictures of your incredible vacation in the city of love and we recommend that you book your travel and vacation photographers from Travographer. Our photographers are the best at what they do and are locals; hence they’ll know all there is to know about the best locations for an incredible photo shoot!So go on and hire one of our photographers to follow you around as you create beautiful memories in the vibrant city of Paris!