1 day in Paris tour - 1 day itinerary and map to visit Paris on foot with tips

1 day in Paris tour – 1 day itinerary and map to visit Paris on foot

Visit Paris in 1 day ? Of course this will not be enough but with a good organization, a good itinerary and a good program, it’s possible to make a nice touristic tour to enjoy the most beautiful places of Paris in one day. It was during a professional internship that I extended by one day that I was able to experience this tourist itinerary. But beware, this 1-day Paris tour that I did entirely on foot was a really too sporty tour! That’s why I’ve arranged it below to make it more pleasant and less tiring.

Paris in 1 day – List of sites on my tour

  • Champs-Elysées
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Pont des Arts
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral
  • Louvre Museum
  • Orangery Museum
  • Montmartre
  • Basilic of Sacré Cœur
  • Moulin Rouge Cabaret

Paris in 1 day – Map of my route

Paris in 1 day – Stages of my itinerary

My visit of Paris starts with the most beautiful avenue in the world (forgive my chauvinism…) : the Avenue des Champs Elysées.
champs Elysées Stage of my Paris circuit in 1 day

1 day in Paris tour – Eiffel Tower

Enjoy a 30-minute walk to the Eiffel Tower. To get there from the Champs-Elysées, take the avenue Montaigne to the place de l’Alma. Then it will be necessary to follow the Seine river by the Avenue de New York until the Place de Varsovie. You will have to cross the pont de Iéna and you will arrive at the Eiffel Tower, emblem of Paris ! Inaugurated during the 1889 Universal Exhibition, at a height of 324 metres, the Eiffel Tower overhangs the banks of the Seine and the Champ-de-Mars.
An essential stop on my Paris circuit LA TOUR EIFFEL

1 day in Paris tour – Pont des arts

Now, sure it’s shame not to walk, but as this tour takes a long day of visits, I advise you to take the bus to go from Eiffel Tower to th Arts Bridge (the lovers Bridge of Paris). You have to go to the middle of the Champs de Mars at the bus stop Rapp – la Bourdonnais. Take the bus 69 in the direction of Gambetta Mairie du 20ème. Allow about 15 minutes and ask the driver (at 11èmestop) to stop at the Pont des Arts. After a few photos, take the quai de Conti and walk along the seine river until you reach the bridge  Pont Neuf.

1 day in Paris tour – Sainte Chapelle

Now you are on the “Ile de la Cité” and will be able to go in 10 minutes to the Sainte Chapelle which I advise you to enter to admire the magnificent and gigantic stained glass windows. Paris in 1 day walking itinerary visit to LA SAINTE CHAPELLE

1 day in Paris tour – Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral

Then take the Quai du Marché Neuf to reach the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris in a 10-minute walk. Emblem of Gothic art, this magnificent Cathedral still stands proudly in the centre of Paris despite the flames it has withstood….

1 day in Paris tour – Louvre Museum

From Notre Dame de Paris walk 10 minutes to the Metro station Pont Marie by crossing the bridge Pont Saint Louis and the bridge Pont Louis Philippe. Take the Metro line 7 towards the metro station called 8 May 1945. Get off at the station Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre. It is one of the largest and most beautiful museums in the world (I remind you that I am French !!!), with the Mona Lisa, the Raft of the Medusa, the Venus de Milo and more others… But, there is no need to take tickets to visit the Museum. It is so huge that you will not have enough time to enjoy a quick visit. I advise you to take pictures of this magnificent Palace and then walk along the Quai des Tuileries to the Orangerie Museum (15 minutes).
Another must-see stop in Paris at the Musée du Louvre

1 day in Paris tour – Orangerie Museum

It’s one of my favorite museums in Paris because at the entrance the walls are beautifully painted by Claude Monet who created the superb frescoes of the Nymphéas.
Nymphéas at the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris in my 1 day tour

1 day in Paris tour – Montmartre

To go to my favorite district of Paris on the Butte Montmartre and its picturesque little bistros, you will have to take a taxi or the metro. To get there by subway, it takes about 30 minutes. From the Orangery Museum, go to the Concorde Metro station (5 minutes) then take the metro 12 (Front Populaire line). It is a direct line that will take you to Abbesses station where you will have to get off.

Montmartre walking tour

From there, you can make a small tour on foot that will allow you to visit the most beautiful places of Montmartre: Located 50 meters from the Abbesses metro station, go through the Mur des Je t’aime and then head towards the Place du Tertre to admire the painter artists of Montmartre. From Place du Tertre, take the street rue Novrins and then rue Du Mont Cenis. You will turn into the rue du Chevalier de la Barre to reach the Basilic of Sacre Coeur. You can access it by the Funicular or by climbing the large stairs that lead to the Basilic.

Dinner in Montmartre

Then, you will have the choice between a good dinner in Montmartre or a show dinner at the Moulin Rouge. If you choose the restaurant option, I recommend the restaurant le POULBOT which offers a wide selection of traditional beers and a carefully selected wine list. In this restaurant, you can taste typical French dishes in a very Parisian atmosphere! If you prefer the flan flanks of the French Cancan parisian girls, the famous cabaret of Montmartre le Moulin Rouge awaits you. Here is the link to book your evening: Moulin Rouge.

Paris in 1 day – Which hotel in Montmartre

Only 10 minutes walk from the Sacre Cœur, I recommend my favorite hotel in Paris: la Maison Lepic Montmartre (Rue Lepic). With its garden-terrace in the heart of Paris and its romantic atmosphere, it is a hotel of dream for a stay in Paris. Its rooms are comfortable, clean and very comfortable, well equipped and breakfast is hearty and delicious. See this hotel on Booking
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  7. Ruwanthi says:

    Love your blog on Paris. I’m planning to travel with my husband and 2 friends. Can you help me with the 2 day itinerary we have planned.


    1. Karine says:

      2 days in Paris is a good length of stay to discover our capital. Here is an idea of an itinerary and program:

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