In Part 1, we outlined a full day visiting such iconic attractions as the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Ile de Pompidou and the Eiffel Tower.
- Jardin du Luxembourg
- St. Michel
- Pont Neuf
- Musée du Louvre
- Jardin des Tuileries
- Place de la Concorde
- Champs Elysees
- Arc de Triumphe
- Opera Garnier
- Bastille, Place Monge, or Chinatown*
*Suggested, but not necessary
Jardin du Luxembourg:
Get to it on the RER B Luxembourg stop. Because it’s close to most universities there are many cheap places to eat around. It’s also a great place to people-watch.
The Pantheon is the resting place of some of France’s most celebrated minds. In my opinion, due to your limited time I don’t think it’s worth it to go in, but as you go out of Luxembourg you can see it, and even walk up to it. Afterwards walk down Boulevard St. Michel towards the Seine
Walk down Boulevard St. Michel towards the Seine. St. Michel is located in the student quarter –Quartier Latin– and offers an interesting diversity. You will find lots of good book stores, great crêpe and kebab stands, and some stores.
Once you reach the Seine, turn to the left (West) and walk along the river until you get to Pont Neuf, then cross the bridge. Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris and offers a beautiful view.
Musée du Louvre
Once you cross the bridge take a left on Voie Georges Pompidou and then a right at Place du Carrousel to get to the Louvre. You will find yourself right in front of the Pyramids of the Louvre. This is one of the most beautiful places in Paris since you have the Louvre on one side and the Tuileries on the other. The Louvre is gigantic and has huge entry lines, if you decide to go in think about maybe seeing the ouvres that interest you the most.
Jardin des Tuileries
With the pyramids to your back, you will see a small Arc de Triumph, directly aligned with the actual Arc de Triumph. Walk straight through the arc and into the Tuileries gardens. The Tuileries were the royal gardens when the Louvre was a palace; it is a beautiful garden with gorgeous sculptures. Though it is definitely better in the spring and summer, it is always a nice walk.
Place de la Concorde:
If you keep walking straight through the Tuileries you will inevitably get to Place de La Concorde, it is the largest square in Paris, from it you can see many of the city’s landmarks.
After Place de La Concorde keep walking straight and you will get to the famed Champs Elysees. This is where the most high-end shops in the city are. Champs Elysees is a big straight street full of shops, cafés, and restaurants. Although it is very touristy, I have eaten in some of the restaurants and they were actually pretty good.
Arc de Triumphe:
The culmination of this long walk is the majestic Arc de Triumphe, a monument with an extremely significant weight in French history. You cannot cross it through the street so you have to go through the underground passage. Once you are in front of the Arc you will see the eternal flame. In my opinion the Arc de triumph offers the best view of Paris, if you are able to I would definitely recommend going up to get a view of the city.
From the Charles de Gaulle-Etoile station take the RER A towards Marne-la-Valle-Boissy St. Leger and get off at Opera. Depending on what time of day it is you can enjoy either the inside or the outside of the Opera. If it is before closing time, it is worth it to go in and see the elegant Opera where The Phantom of the Opera takes place. If it is night time and the Opera is closed, admiring from the outside is an advantage since, like many places in Paris, it is more beautiful at night.
Bastille, Place Monge, or Chinatown
You have now covered the most important monuments in Paris. You could explore some of the neighborhoods that you haven’t seen yet, such as Bastille (11th), Place Monge (5th) or Chinatown (13th). Walking around the center and along the Seine would also be a great way to end your trip in Paris.