The first time I went to Paris, it was on the occasion of a great weekend that I will never forget. I thought that being well organized, I will be able to see everything in 2 days. But Coco still has eyes bigger than the belly because, of course, it’s impossible to discover all the treasures of Paris in just 2 days of visit. I had to make a choice to optimize my 2 days in Paris and plan an itinerary that includes the most interesting sites in my eyes.
If like me, you go to Paris for the first time and you want, above all, to see the most beautiful places, here are my favorite places, monuments and museums that I selected for my 2 days in Paris.
For this 2 days of visit, my tours (see maps) must be done on foot to enjoy the Parisian atmosphere of the streets, nice little bistros and other surprises that you can not see in the metro! But for those who do not like walking, they can take a taxi for the longer distances or for the return to the hotel …
Paris in 2 days – Day 1
Paris in 2 days – Walking route from day 1
- Champ de Mars
- Eiffel Tower
- Invalides National Hotel
- Orsay Museum
- Restaurant Les deux Magots
- Pont des Arts
- Louvre Museum
- Orangerie Museum
- Tuileries Gardens
- Grand Palais
- Champs Elysees
- Arc de Triomphe
- Cruise on the Seine with diner
Paris in 2 days – Map of my itinerary of the day 1
Paris in 2 days – Advantages of my itinerary of day 1
This first day is quite busy but allows to see the surroundings of the Eiffel Tower, the Esplanade des Invalides, the gigantism of the perspectives of the Trocadero, the Champ de Mars … Then we continue into the cultural Paris, with beautiful museums, the Grand Palais, the Louvre … And finally this 1st day ends with the Paris shopping, the Paris prestige with the Avenue des Champs Elysées which leads to the Arc de Triomphe on the Place de l’étoile.
My tour gives pride of place to the Seine, a magnificent river that will be overlooked from the Pont des Arts (the bridge of lovers) and that will run from the Louvre to the Grand Palais.
Paris in 2 days – Tips
Not all the monuments and museums in my itinerary can be visited in one day, it’s totally impossible. However, it’s interesting to discover them from the outside if only to admire the majestic architecture.
According to your tastes, desires, rhythm, you can select 1 or two to devote a quick visit. For my part, it was the museum of the Orangerie that I had selected for a complete visit because my favorite painter Claude Monnet painted there the most beautiful frescos of the world (it’s just my opinion): the Nymphéas. But those who prefer the smile of Mona Lisa will be able to make a small tour in the immense Louvre Museum …
Paris in 2 days – Day 2
Paris in 2 days – Walking tour of day 2
- Sainte Chapelle
- Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral
- Picasso Museum
- Centre Pompidou
- The Pharamond Restaurant (24 Rue de la Grande Truanderie)
- Grevin Museum
- Basilica of Sacré Coeur
- Evening at the Moulin Rouge
Paris in 2 days – Map of my itinerary of the day 2
Paris in 2 days – Advantages of my itinerary of day 2
This day is less busy than the first but equally interesting. My walking tour takes us to Paris from the Middle Ages with the Sainte Chapelle and its 15 stained glass windows and 1,113 stained glass windows and of course the Notre Dame Cathedral, which has resisted the flire and still stands proud in the heart of Paris. The tour also goes through the Pantheon which houses the remains of the greatest men of the political and cultural history of France but especially by a series of museums for all tastes (Modern Art with the Pompidou Center, Cubism and Surrealism with the Picasso Museum and entertaining with the Grévin Museum). In France, we always say that we keep the best for the end. And for me, the best of Paris is Montmartre, its hillock, its typical neighborhoods, its streets, its bistros and its Basilica of Sacré Coeur … not to mention a night of celebration in the mythical cabaret of the Moulin Rouge!
Paris in 2 days – Where to choose your hotel?
The ideal for sightseeing is of course to stay in a hotel close to tourist sites. However, in Paris they are numerous and it is difficult to choose. For my part, I stayed at the Ibis Montmartre. I love this area but it is especially in a concern of savings that I opted for this cheap hotel in Paris (98 Euros per night). See this hotel on Booking
On the other hand, for those who have a more flexible budget, I advise them a 5 star very well placed in the heart of Paris: the Hotel Juliana!
This is one of the best 5-star hotels located right next to the Eiffel Tower and only 10 minutes walk from the Seine cruise departures. In a quiet street but with restaurants around, this hotel offers high quality services (hammam, sauna, sports hall, nice bar …). In addition to its proximity to the Eiffel Tower, the Champs de Mars and the Champs Elysees, its main advantage is to have a beautiful terrace on the 7th floor. See this hotel on Booking
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