Paris 5-Day Itinerary: A Journey Through the City of Lights

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by Ariana

March 29, 2024 · 3 min read

Paris 5 Days Itinerary

Embark on a 5-day enchanting journey through Paris with Trip.com, starting with the majestic Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, where you'll spend an hour soaking in the historic grandeur. Stroll down the iconic Avenue des Champs-Élysées before cruising along the Seine River for a picturesque view of the city. Cap off your first day with a visit to the Eiffel Tower, ascending to its observation deck for breathtaking vistas. Day two is dedicated to the opulent Palace of Versailles, where the day will be spent exploring its lavish halls and gardens. The third day brings you to the Place de la Concorde, followed by an art immersion at Musee de l'Orangerie and the architectural marvel, Musee d'Orsay. Day four is reserved for the world-renowned Louvre Museum, housing masterpieces that span centuries. You'll also visit the Sainte-Chapelle, known for its stunning stained glass, the historic Hôtel de Ville, and the modern art hub, The Centre Pompidou. Your Parisian adventure concludes with a magical day at Disneyland Paris, where fairy tales and thrilling rides await. This itinerary promises a blend of culture, history, art, and fun, ensuring memories that will last a lifetime.

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Day 1: Parisian Panache - From Triumph to Twinkling Tower

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Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile

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Begin your Parisian adventure with a visit to the iconic Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile, a symbol of French pride and history. Standing majestically at the Place Charles de Gaulle, this monumental arch honors those who fought for France. Spend an hour marveling at its intricate sculptures and reliefs, and if you're up for it, climb to the top for a breathtaking view of the city's radiating avenues.

Attraction Info

  • Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open from 04/01-05/07,10:00am-11:00pm;Open 12:00pm-11:00pm on 05/08;Open from 05/09-07/13,10:00am-11:00pm;Open 12:00pm-11:00pm on 07/14;Open from 07/15-09/30,10:00am-11:00pm;Open from 10/01-11/10,10:00am-10:30pm;Open 12:00pm-10:30pm on 11/11;Open from 11/12-01/25,10:00am-10:30pm;Closed all day on 01/26,Fri;Open 11:30am-10:30pm on 01/30,Tue;Open 11:30am-10:30pm on 02/29,Thu;Open from 01/27-01/29,10:00am-10:30am;Open from 01/31-02/28,10:00am-10:30pm;Open from 03/01-03/31,10:00am-10:30pm,Opening hours may vary, please refer to the actual business status on the day

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Avenue des Champs-Élysées

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Stroll down the world-renowned Avenue des Champs-Élysées, a quintessential Parisian experience. This grand boulevard is a spectacle of luxury and charm, lined with theaters, cafés, and boutique shops. As you wander for an hour, absorb the vibrant atmosphere and witness the seamless blend of modernity and tradition that defines this characteristic neighborhood.

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  • 75008 Paris, France
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Seine River

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Next, let the romantic Seine River capture your heart. A two-hour cruise or walk along its banks offers a serene escape and a unique perspective of Paris's architectural splendor. Glide under historic bridges and past the city's landmarks, all while the gentle currents whisper stories of the past.

Attraction Info

  • La Seine, Paris
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  • Open 24 hours
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Eiffel Tower

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Conclude your first day with an ascent to the Eiffel Tower's observation deck. As the iron lady of Paris, the Eiffel Tower promises an unforgettable hour of panoramic views. As dusk falls, watch the cityscape transform with twinkling lights, and don't miss the tower's own dazzling light show, a fitting end to a day filled with the essence of Paris.

Attraction Info

  • Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, Paris 75007
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-3 hour
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Day 2: Royal Splendor at the Palace of Versailles

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Palace of Versailles

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Kicking off the second day with regal elegance, the Palace of Versailles awaits, a full day's exploration of opulence and history. Nestled in the city of Versailles, just a short trip from Paris, this grandiose chateau is a testament to the lavish tastes of French royalty. The palace, with its sprawling gardens, intricate fountains, and ornate decor, offers a glimpse into the life of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and his successors. As you wander through the Hall of Mirrors, the King's Grand Apartments, and the immaculately kept gardens, be prepared to be transported back to an era of unprecedented luxury and artistic expression. The Palace of Versailles is not just a sight to behold; it's an immersive experience that encapsulates the grandeur of French monarchy and leaves visitors in awe of its historical significance and architectural majesty.

Attraction Info

  • Place d'Armes, Versailles 78000, France
  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-1 day
  • Open from 11/01-03/31,Tue-Sun,9:00am-5:30pm;Closed on Mon;Open from 04/01-10/31,Tue-Sun,9:00am-6:30pm;Closed during Christmas,Closed on December 25th and January 1st. The opening hours of the Palace, Garden and Estate may vary. Palace opening hours: 09:00-17:30, Garden opening hours: 08:00-18:00, Estate opening hours: 12:00-17:30 The above opening hours are for reference only and are subject to change. For details, please refer to the official website: https://en.chateauversailles.fr/plan-your-visit/practical-information#opening-times

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Day 3: Artistic Marvels and Historical Splendors

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Place de la Concorde

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Begin your third day in Paris with a visit to the grand Place de la Concorde, a monumental square brimming with history and elegance. As the largest square in the French capital, it offers a glimpse into the nation's past with its majestic fountains and the towering Luxor Obelisk. Spend an hour soaking in the atmosphere of this iconic Parisian landmark, where the city's heartbeat can be felt amidst the sweeping views of the Champs-Élysées and the Tuileries Garden.

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  • 75008 Paris, France
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open 24 hours

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Musee de l'Orangerie

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Just a stone's throw from the Place de la Concorde, the Musee de l'Orangerie awaits as your next stop. This intimate art gallery, nestled in the serene Jardin des Tuileries, is a sanctuary of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Devote around 1.5 hours to marvel at the beauty of Claude Monet's Water Lilies murals and works by other renowned artists. The gallery's elegant, light-filled spaces offer a tranquil retreat from the bustling city.

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  • Jardin des Tuileries,Place de la Concorde,75001 Paris
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Musee d'Orsay

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Conclude your day's cultural journey at the Musee d'Orsay, a temple of art housed in a former railway station. This museum is not just about the masterpieces it holds but is also a masterpiece of architecture itself. Allocate 3 hours to explore the vast collection of French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. The museum's awe-inspiring interior, with its grand clock and sweeping galleries, is as much a work of art as the treasures it displays.

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  • Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing 75007 Paris
  • Suggested tour duration: 3-5 hour
  • Closed on Mon;Open on Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun,9:30am-6:00pm;Open on Thu,9:30am-9:45pm;Closed during Christmas,Closed on May 1 and December 25
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Day 4: Cultural Treasures and Architectural Gems of Paris

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Louvre Museum

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Begin your fourth day in Paris with a visit to the world-renowned Louvre Museum, a majestic repository of art and history. As you step into this former royal palace, you'll be greeted by the iconic glass pyramid, a modern contrast to the classic French architecture. Allocate a full day to explore the endless galleries, where masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo await to leave you in awe. The Louvre isn't just a museum; it's a journey through time and creativity.

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  • 75001 Paris, France
  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-1 day
  • Closed on Tue;Open on Mon, Wed-Thu, Sat-Sun,9:00am-6:00pm;Open on Fri,9:00am-9:45pm

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Saint Chapel

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After immersing yourself in the artistic wonders of the Louvre, take a short stroll to the Sainte-Chapelle, a jewel of Gothic architecture. This historic building may only require half an hour of your time, but its stunning stained glass windows, depicting biblical scenes in vibrant colors, will capture your imagination for a lifetime. The light filtering through the chapel's glass paints a mesmerizing picture that embodies the divine.

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  • 10 boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris
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Hôtel de Ville

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Next, make your way to the Hôtel de Ville, Paris's city hall, standing as a symbol of the city's governance and public spirit. Although a brief visit of half an hour suffices, the building's intricate façade and the bustling square it overlooks are a testament to Parisian life and culture. The Hôtel de Ville is not just a political hub; it's a centerpiece of civic pride and historical significance.

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  • Place de l'Hôtel de Ville,75196 Paris
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The Centre Pompidou

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Conclude your day with a visit to The Centre Pompidou, a cultural heartbeat of Paris. Set aside two hours to experience this high-tech architectural marvel. Inside, a world of contemporary art and thought-provoking exhibitions will challenge your perceptions. The Centre Pompidou is more than a museum; it's a vibrant cultural center where the pulse of modern creativity is palpable.

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  • Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
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Day 5: Enchanting Finale at the Magical Kingdom

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Disneyland Paris

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Concluding our Parisian adventure, we embark on a day-long escapade to the whimsical realms of Disneyland Paris. Nestled in Coupvray, this iconic theme park is a world of its own, promising a full day of enchantment and thrill. From the moment you step through the gates, you're transported into a universe where fairy tales and fantasies come to life. With its diverse array of attractions, ranging from adrenaline-pumping roller coasters to the mesmerizing parade of beloved characters, Disneyland Paris is the perfect finale to our unforgettable journey. Whether you're seeking the nostalgia of childhood dreams or the excitement of new adventures, this magical kingdom leaves you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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  • Boulevard de Parc, Coupvray 77700,France
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Eiffel Tower
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·Climb the Eiffel Tower-a cultural symbol of France and one of the landmark buildings in Paris

·Overlook the beautiful city scenery of Paris, the whole Paris is at your feet, like a huge map in front of you

·Learn about the tower’s more than 100-year history through objects, posters, photos, sculptures, paintings and videos at the observation deck on the ground floor


△ A new cultural path(1st floor): Screens, touch screens, displays, digital albums, reproductions of items, etc. allow you to find out about all aspects of the Eiffel Tower, many little known.


△ Your arrival on the 2nd floor is marked by amazement: Paris in all her splendour greets your incredulous eyes. You will enjoy clear views of all of the French capital's monuments: the Louvre, Gran Palais, the bends in the Seine, Montmartre, Invalides, Notre Dame, etc.


△ After a spectacular ascent in glass-walled lifts, you're finally here. 276m up with only the antennae above you, Paris lies at your feet. The noise of the boulevards can't reach you here, but the wind catches you and your heart begins to race.

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Louvre Museum
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·Enjoy the charm of the locations where the movies "Phantom of the Louvre" and "The Da Vinci Code" were filmed

·Appreciate the gorgeous treasures of ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient Egypt and other civilizations

·Visit the giant glass pyramid that combines classical palaces with modern architectural styles


The Louvre Museum was founded in 1204. The castle has undergone many expansions and was converted into a museum after the French Revolution. It is also known as the three major museums in the world together with the British Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Today, the Louvre Museum has a collection of 400,000 items spanning more than 1,500 years. The Louvre Museum usually displays 10% of its total collection which will feast your eyes.

"Three Treasures of the Louvre": "Venus de Milo", "Mona Lisa" and " The Winged Victory of Samothrace".


△ The Louvre’s gallery of antiquities, which replaced the royal apartments, displays masterpieces of Greek sculpture – including the famous Venus de Milo. You would need a heart of stone not to be moved by her grace!

Aphrodite or Amphitrite?

When she first arrived at the Louvre, it was suggested that her missing arms should be restored, but the idea was eventually abandoned for fear of changing the nature of the work.

The lack of arms made it hard to identify the statue. Many depictions of Greek gods and goddesses contain clues to their identity in the form of ‘attributes’ (objects or natural elements) held in their hands, so this sculpture poses a problem: is she the sea goddess Amphitrite, particularly worshipped on the island of Melos? Or is she Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, as might be suggested by her sensual, half-naked body? This second argument, and the jewellery she once wore, tipped the scales in favour of Aphrodite (‘Venus’ for the Romans). Another possible clue was found near the statue: a hand holding an apple – an attribute of Aphrodite – carved from the same Parian marble.


△ This is the most famous portrait in the world. It shows Lisa Gherardini, wife of the Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo – hence her Italian name La Gioconda and her French name La Joconde. Painted against a distant landscape, she stares out at us with her famously enigmatic smile...

The theft of the century

On 21 August 1911, panic broke out at the Louvre…the Mona Lisa had disappeared! The news spread like wildfire and generous rewards were promised for her return – but all in vain. Nothing was heard of the painting for over two years. Then one day, Vincenzo Peruggia, a glazier who had worked at the Louvre, tried to sell the world’s most famous painting to an Italian art dealer...who alerted the authorities. So the Mona Lisa was recovered – and her fame was all the greater.


△ She seems to float through the air! Placed at a height, people could see her from afar. It was made as an offering to the gods for a sanctuary on the Greek island of Samothrace. Placed at a height, people could see her from afar. That is why, in a nod to her original lofty home, she now adorns the top of the Daru staircase. Nike, the winged goddess who heralds victory, is seen just as she is about to alight on a ship.

A monumental staircase

The Daru staircase is the perfect setting for this extraordinary display. It is one of six grand staircases built during the Second Empire in the 19th century by the architect Hector Lefuel.

During the 1850s and 1860s, major works were underway to expand the Louvre and make it more modern. The former palace had already been partially transformed into a museum. The emperor Napoleon III had a new wing built to make more room to showcase more art. The old staircase built by his uncle Napoleon I was no longer adequate to access all the galleries. The only things left from that time are the ceilings leading to the Italian painting collections and the name Daru, a minister under Napoleon I.

Hector Lefuel took up the challenge to design a new monumental space on three levels leading in four different directions. Visitors could choose themselves which way to go!

The Winged Victory of Samothrace was placed in her new home on the upper landing in 1883, some 20 years after the statue was discovered.

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TOP 3
Seine River
Seine River
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Highlights:
Dividing Paris into the right bank and the left bank, the Seine is the city's main river. The majority of Paris's most interesting historical sites are all located on the banks of the Seine. You can take a tourist boat for a short cruise up the Seine to enjoy the scenic beauty of both banks, including many places of interest such as the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, Notre Dame de Paris and the Eiffel Tower.
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TOP 4
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
Avenue des Champs-Élysées
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Highlights:
Avenue des Champs-Élysées is one of Paris's most famous avenues. It is also the heart of French fashion. Countless famous international brands are gathered here, from Disney to Louis Vuitton. Paris is the fashion capital of the world and this is the fashion capital of Paris. No matter what style, visitors are sure to find something for them. As you slowly stroll along the Champs Elysées, you will eventually come to the Arc de Triomphe. The windows facing the street are filled with elaborate displays of the most fashionable brands' newest product lines. If nothing else, you can meet your heart’s desires by going window shopping!
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TOP 5
Musee d'Orsay
Musee d'Orsay
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Highlights:

·In the "Palace of Impressionism", appreciate the Impressionist masterpieces of many art masters

·Visit the noble and elegant architecture of the Orsay Museum and the six bronze statues representing the six continents in the Museum Square

·Admire paintings in natural light under the large glass dome of the Musée d'Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay, located on the left bank of the Seine, has a large collection of Impressionist works and is known as the "Palace of Impressionism". Here you can admire the masterpieces of many masters of art. The palace of art, the "Impressionist" Holy Land Orsay Museum is across the river from the Louvre Museum. There are more than 4,000 art collections, which have been displayed for nearly half a century from 1848 to the beginning of the rise of Cubism (1848-1912). works of art, including paintings, sculptures, furnishings, etc. Locals often say that if you want to appreciate the art treasures before 1848, go to the Louvre; if you are interested in modern art after 1912, go to the Pompidou National Cultural and Art Center; and Orsay The museum is the transition between the two. Europe's most beautiful museums may wish to take a good look at the architecture and museum square of the Orsay Museum. It is one of the most beautiful museums in Europe. Its predecessor was the Orsay train station built by a well-known Italian architect for the Paris World Expo in 1900. Converted to National Museum. The exterior wall of the museum is decorated with white marble, which is noble and elegant. Some exquisite sculptures are also displayed on the square in front of the museum, among which the six bronze statues representing six continents are not to be missed. The gorgeous golden bell used in the railway station has also been well preserved and is still in use today, which is worth seeing. Entering the museum, you will find that there are still traces of the railway station. The railway tracks on the first floor of the railway station, the VIP lounge on the second floor, and the hotel on the third floor have been converted into exhibition halls. The large glass dome of the Musée d'Orsay is also impressive, so visitors can admire the paintings in natural light. At present, the Musée d'Orsay has more than 80 exhibition halls on five floors, open to the public on three floors. The three floors display the treasures of the collection in chronological order. The first floor hall mainly exhibits paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from 1850 to 1870, including many masterpieces by masters. When visiting, you may start from the sculpture avenue in the center of the hall, stop by the exhibition halls on both sides of the avenue, and then visit the famous model of the Paris Opera House. #Don't Miss# LaSource in Hall 1, Desglaneuses in Hall 4, Bergèreavecsontroupeau in Hall 4, Gypsy Camping Caravan in Hall 9, Olympia in Hall 14 and more. Visit the Middle Floor The middle floor displays works from 1870 to 1914, including official art from the Third Republic period, symbolism, academic paintings, and decorative arts from the Art Nouveau period. Works can be viewed in chronological order. #Don't Miss# Hall 71 displays many masterpieces, such as "Self-Portrait" (Portrait del'artiste), "Lanuitétoilée" (Lanuitétoilée), "L'églised' Auvers-sur- Oise, vueduchevet), etc. In addition, at the end of the corridor on the 2nd floor, you can also see the "Gate of Hell" (Portedel'Enfer). Visit the upper floor The upper floor mainly displays the works of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters, known as the "Palace of Impressionism". #unmissable# "Ledéjeunersurl'herbe" (Ledéjeunersurl'herbe), "Blue Water Lotus" (Nymphéasbleues), "Larousseàl'ombrelle" (Larousseàl'ombrelle), "Danseàlacampagne", "Pancake Mill" The Ball" (Baldumulindela Galette), "Bronze Age" (L'Aged'airin), etc. DRINK COFFEE IN THE MUSEUM After your visit to the upper floors, sit down for a drink at The Café Campana, at the end of the Impressionist Gallery, where you can get a close-up view of the Musée d'Orsay's iconic clock, as well as a panoramic view of Paris City views and authentic Parisian cuisine. In addition, the museum has also set up restaurants and cafes on the second floor and the first floor halls, which are convenient for visitors to rest. The restaurant on the second floor has been in business since 1900, focusing on traditional French cuisine, which is very sentimental. In addition, there are bookstores and sales points at the entrance of the Musée d'Orsay and along the tour route. There are a series of books such as guidebooks and picture books, items based on the museum's collection, and postcards.


△ Entering the museum, you will find that the traces of the train station remains here. The tracks on the first floor of the train station, the VIP lounge on the second floor, and the hotel on the third floor have all been converted into exhibition halls.


△ Take a close look at the iconic clock of the Musée d’Orsay


△ The numerous Impressionist paintings are dizzying

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