3-Day Tour in Paris
All Paris must-see sights!
Sometimes a destination calls you.
With this 3 days in Paris tour you will certainly not miss your call. Close your eyes and taste the romantic city, its abundant history, delicious ice-cream, magnificent architecture and intimate spirit of art. You like the taste?
Here is what your 3 days Paris package will look like:
*The tour can be modified to meet your preferences.
- Place de la Concorde
- Champs Elysees
- Arc de Triomphe
- Eiffel Tower
- Champs de Mars
- Pont Alexandre III
- Sacre Coeur
- Moulin Rouge
- Opera Garnier
- Place Vendome
- Place de la Bastille
- Ile St Louis
- Ile de la Cite
- Notre Dame
- Latin Quarter
- Luxembourg Gardens
- St Germain des Pres
- 3 days of exploring Paris with your friendly local guide;
- Experience the main Paris attractions and best things to do;
- See the legendary Red Mill of Moulin Rouge;
- Take pictures of Tour Eiffel from the best view points;
- Taste the most delicious ice-cream (not included in the cost);
- Chill out at green Luxembourg gardens and Tuileries Park;
- Explore student’s life in Latin Quarter;
- Go up to the most bohemian hill in the world;
- Feel yourself a real Germainopratin;
- Wander through picturesque streets of atmospheric Marais Quarter.
Place de la Concorde
Let’s start our Paris tour in one of the most beautiful squares. Place de la Concorde is the 2nd largest square in France. All its elements make harmonic and picturesque scene. In the center of the square you will see Egyptian obelisk of Luxor which is almost 3500 years old and was a gift from Egyptian authorities to France. The obelisk is surrounded by two huge fountains made of marble and gold, and decorated with majestic statues.
The most significant buildings here are too luxurious Hotel de Crillon and French Naval Ministry both built in pure classicism style. During French revolution the square was a place for public executions. King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Robespierre were executed here. The square took its name to signalize the end of revolutionary terror in 1795.
Place de la Concorde is the beginning of the legendary Champs Elysees. This Paris avenue beats all records: the most expensive, the most fashionable, the most luxurious, the most elegant and the most famous. Almost 2 km of trendy restaurants, clubs, boutiques of world-known brands, offices of big international companies. Champs Elysees is a symbol of prestigious life. No matter how much money you will spend there – this place will not leave you indifferent. It has unique Parisian charm which you can feel only here.
If you are looking for famous monuments you will find a lot here: Elysees Palace with presidential residence, Grand Palais which is the world cultural center and Petite Palais with a great collection of fine arts.
Arc de Triomphe
After walking the most wonderful street it’s time to remember some historical events. Champs Elysees will lead you to the greatest historical monument of Napoleon’s times. A great French Empire Napoleon wanted everybody to remember his victories, that’s how the idea to build the Triumphal Arch appeared in 1806. The monument looks majestic is the largest in the world: 50 m high and 25 m long.
To see amazing city views you need to go up to the top of Arch – we promise you will not regret! Wonderful Paris scenes with the best view of Champs Elysees – sounds tempting, isn’t it?
Trocadero quarter is located on a hill. It’s considered a “very French” area, here you will hear mostly French speech and see many locals. The first must-see place here is Trocadero square with Chaillot Palace built in neoclassicism style. Don’t expect to see a masterpiece of architecture: this Palace is popular due to large observation deck with extremely spectacular views of Eiffel Tower.
Time to take photos with the main French attraction! Taken from this point your photos will be as impressive as postcards. Another place in Trocadero to catch your attention is Trocadero Park with green area of 100 000 sq. m and the huge beautiful fountain. Trocadero is a perfect place to visit before you go closer to the Eiffel Tower.
No doubt that you have been waiting for this moment for a long time! The most exciting moment during any Paris tour. We cross Seine by Pont d’Iene and now we are standing right in front of the Eiffel Tower so we can see it in all its majesty. Breathtaking moment! Built for World Fair 1889, it wasn’t expected to become popular.
Who knew that years later this 320 m tall elegant iron structure would become the most recognizable building in the world! Not to see Eiffel Tower means not to visit Paris. Eiffel Tower should be seen both by day and by night with its fantastic illumination.
Champs de Mars
And now how about some rest in a lovely green park? After you saw the Eiffel Tower the best place you can go to is Champs de Mars. Located between the Tower and Military school it occupies a territory of 25 ha. What can you do here? Of course admire great views and take pictures with Eiffel Tower.
Local Parisians like to come to Champs de Mars for a picnic. You can enjoy spectacular scenes here at night. Champs de Mars is a hotspot for lots of events including concerts, national celebrations and exhibitions.
Les Invalides is a big complex consisting of many buildings. Founded in 17th century, it meant to provide accommodation to soldiers who took part in wars and were disabled or poor. At those times House of Invalides could accommodate 4000 guests. Invalides was like “the city inside the city” with its own rules. Nowadays some veterans live here but it also attracts many tourists.
Why it’s so popular? Firstly, it’s a real pleasure to see these baroque buildings with golden ornaments. At night the view is even more impressive. Inside you can see great frescos and paintings. Visitors can come to museums, the most famous here is Museum of Army. And the highlight here is the tomb of Napoleon. Imagine how exciting it is to stay near the tomb of such a great historical person.
Pont Alexandre III
During our Paris tour you will see many bridges crossing Seine but this one will take a special place in your heart. Pont Alexandre III was built to honor the union of Russian Empire and France and became a piece of Russia in Paris. It is not just a bridge to cross the river: it is historical monument and a real masterpiece of architecture.
It is 160m long and along all the bridge there are beautiful lanterns lighting the bridge and reflecting at Seine. Pont Alexandre III has a plentiful ornamentation including marble and golden statues of fames, nymphs and winged horses. The best way to explore all details of bridge is to take a boat trip along Seine.
Start you day at the highest point of Paris - Montmartre hill. Climb the stairs instead of funicular to enjoy great city views. For centuries Montmartre has been a synonym of bohemian life, freedom and art. The atmosphere here is highly spellbinding. Montmartre is a favourite place for artists, musicians and other representatives of bohemia. For many years talented people were getting inspiration in this magical place.
Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, Degas… the list of famous people lived here is endless. Cozy cafes, flea markets, vintage shops, studios and (of course!) cabarets – you can find everything in Montmartre. Wander through lovely streets, listen to street musicians and take a cup of coffee in a local café – feel like a real Parisian bohemian.
Montmartre hill is 130 m high. And on the highest point the Incredible Sacre Coeur church rises above Paris. Here the whole city is on your fingertips! Built in 1914, it is one of the most significant churches in France. It dazzles with its beauty. The church is made of unique travertine stone which becomes whiter after contact with water.
You will also see many interesting things inside: the largest collection of mosaics in France, amazing stained glass windows, Grand organ and the crypt. Sacre-Coeur is surely a place to see and admire.
One of the most recognizable places in Paris is the intriguing Red Mill of Moulin Rouge cabaret. Opened in 1889, it immediately became popular among people of all classes, professions, nationalities. It’s the birthplace of French Cancan. The shows here are always spectacular so tickets should be booked in advance.
Moulin Rouge is an endless feast and amusement! Near Moulin Rouge you can find a unique mill in Paris – Moulin de la Galette built in 1622. Mouilin Rouge is located in Pigalle area which is known as Paris Red Light district.
National Opera (Palais Garnier)
Built in 1875, Paris Opera became one of the most significant and influential opera theatres in the world. It accommodates 2000 spectators. It is built in Beaux-arts style and standing out by its beauty. If you have enough time in Paris you simply must check out this place.
The majesty of Opera leaves everyone speechless: Grand Foyer, Grand Staircase with marble, gold and numerous paintings and Auditorium made in red and gold colors. Just inside Palais Garnier you can visit trendy Opera restaurant with stylish interior, delicious French cuisine and large terrace with city views.
From Palais Garnier we will walk along fashionable Rue de la Paix which is paradise for shopping lovers. This street leads to Place Vendome. In the center of this square you will see the column with statue of Napoleon in honor to his victories. But this square is famous not for historical events.
Place Vendome is the most elite and luxurious square in Paris. It’s world-known by first-class hotel Ritz where Princess Diana spend her last hours before the car accident in 1997. Many deluxe boutiques are located here. By the way, Place Vendome is the heart of the fashion world and the headquarters of Chanel fashion house.
Tuileries Park is one of the most popular attractions in Paris. The explanation is simple: this place is wonderful! Huge green area with straight alleys – excellent photo-ops everywhere! It’s a real masterpiece of landscape art. Since 16th century it was a favourite place of kings and queens and nowadays it meets thousands of people every day.
Art-lovers will like the great collection of statues made by such masters as Rodin. There also two big beautiful ponds: the Bassin Octogonal and the Bassin Rond. Wherever you go in Tuiliries a great emotions are guaranteed. A nice addition here are scenic views of Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Tour Eiffel. If you are interested in photography and have enough time you will enjoy visiting Gallery of Jeu de Paume located in Tuileries.
Even if you are not fond of museums it would be a crime to be in Paris without seeing Louvre, the largest museum in the world. The collection of Louvre amazes with its variety – from ancient artifacts to contemporary art. The history of the building began in 1190 when it was founded as a fortress. After being a Royal Palace in 1793 it opened its doors to public. In 20th century the stylish glass pyramid became an entrance to the museum. Louvre meets millions of tourists every year and keeps about 400 000 exhibits. Great, majestic, a real treasury of art – Louvre is must-see for everyone.
Finish your day in the most wonderful quarter of Paris. Enough words can’t be found to describe this magical place. Being a Jewish neighborhood Marais is multicultural, democratic and at the same time very stylish. Wander through the maze of narrow streets and scenic courtyards, visit numerous workshops and small galleries, taste French or international cuisine in a restaurant and just enjoy your life! Walk to Place des Vosges which is the oldest in Paris. One of notable places here is Ma Bourgogne bistro with typical French cuisine which is considered the best bistro in Paris.
Place de la Bastille
It’s time to visit one of the most significant places from French history – Place de la Bastille. Right here the storming of Bastille prison (the first and the most important event of 1st French Revolution) took place in 1789. The prison was removed by revolutionaries and nowadays you can only see the perimeter of Bastille paved with stones. In the center of the square the July column with the golden Statue of Liberty on the top is rising. It was built in honor of July revolution of 1830.
Another highlight here is Bastille Opera – a large contemporary construction built in 1989. This opera theatre is less famous than Palais Garnier. However, it is bigger (2700 seats) and has a conception of “opera for people”: more democratic in prices and in dress-code.
Ile St Louis
After walking along Boulevard Henri IV we will cross Seine by Pont de Sully and find ourselves in one of Seine islands – St Louis. This island is not very popular among tourists which makes it an ideal place to see a real Parisian life. This island was always considered to be aristocratic and elite. Nowadays rich Parisians still prefer to live here. The population of the island counts about 2460 inhabitants.
Picturesque streets, artists, cozy French cafes and quiet sophisticated atmosphere – it’s all about St Louis island. A significant place here is Hotel Lambert which was political salon and home for many famous people such as Balzac, Delacroix, Chopin. Nowadays it’s a private property owned by Prince of Qatar.
If you want to taste the most delicious ice-cream and sorbet – visit legendary Berthillion café which has been producing the best ice-cream for about 100 years.
Ile de la Cite
Can you imagine that a small island of Seine with a little tribe would become home to a megapolis? Cite island is highly popular among tourists because you can see here many significant places. Must-see here is St Chapelle which was built in 1248 and now is an example of great gothic architecture and stained glass art.
Another interesting place is Palace of Justice with Conciergerie – the gloomy castle which for many years has been a prison. Here every detail tells you its history!
There is no person in the world who hasn’t heard about Notre-Dame. Since 1163 it has been one of the symbols of Paris and the most recognizable monuments. Its gothic architecture is really impressive: due to spiritual ornaments it looks like the cathedral it is going to rise above the city. The inside atmosphere is mystical and inspiring at the same time. You will see the Crown of Thorns inside, what makes this place a real treasury. Just in front of the cathedral you can find Point Zero – the place where all the roads in Paris start.
Latin Quarter is one the most atmospheric and unique areas of Paris. A lot of students, universities and schools, bookstores, cafes and bistros for all tastes. Feel like a real Parisian having lunch in Polidor bistro – the oldest cafe in Paris built in 1845.
Simply strolling around Latin Quarter will give you unforgettable feelings! Besides just walking and eating you can find many interesting places here. For example Pantheon were many famous people such as Victor Hugo are buried, Cluny museum with medieval artifacts, amazing St Severin and St Julien le Pauvre gothic churches.
No doubt that the main treasure of Latin Quarter is legendary Sorbonne. Founded in 1215, it is the first university in France. During all the times Sorbonne has been extremely popular among students from all over the world. Nowadays the situation didn’t change: every year it meets thousands of French and foreign students. Contemporary Sorbonne consists of 13 universities located in different parts of Paris.
In Latin Quarter you can see the oldest building – real Sorbonne and its church built in baroque style. You can enter the courtyard of this university and take a look at its everyday life.
Luxembourg gardens are located in the heart on Paris on the left bank of Seine. This fabulous place will amaze you at first sight. Its aesthetic appearance with lots of green plants, beautiful flowers, ponds, baroque fountains and sculptures will not leave anyone indifferent. Luxembourg Palace which is an example of great combination of baroque and renaissance is a must-see here.
A great variety of entertainment for both children and adults including horse riding, driving a toy sailboat in Grand Basin, riding a carousel will brighten up your time. Or you can visit numerous open-air exhibitions and concerts or just enjoy chilling atmosphere of calmness and happiness.
St Germain des Pres
St Germain des Pres has a reputation of the “most French” area in Paris. This quarter is the best place for wandering through lovely streets, shopping and eating. Buy local cheese and wine at a local food market or just relax in one the numerous cafes. One of the most famous places here is Café de Flore which was a meeting point for writers and philosophers in 20th century.
Many celebrities visit this place, who knows who you can meet there? For history lovers a must-see here is St Germain des Pres Church which is the oldest in France and remains the spirit of many centuries of its history.
- * The itinerary is subject to change
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What you get:
- + A friend in Paris.
- + Private & customized tour.
- + An exciting pastime, not just boring history lessons.
- + An authentic experience of local life.
- + Flexibility during the tour: changes can be made at any time to suit individual preferences.
- + Amazing deals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the very best cafes & restaurants.
- + A photo session amongst spectacular Paris scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
- + An expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time.
*This Three Days in Paris tour can be modified to meet your preferences.
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Ethan, Monaco, Sep 21, 2016
- My wife and I booked this tour after talking to some of our friends. One of them have recently booked the tour by the Friendly Local Guides Company and was of a high opinion about it. So, we decided to give it a try, and it was really well worth the money. We met our private tour guide in an estimated time and went straight to do the sightseeing. All the places in our itinerary, like Champs Elysees, Louvre, Opera Garnier, Notre Dame…have impressed us greatly. We’ve used to see them all in TV, but seeing it in real was a completely different experience. My wife is highly impressed by the experience. Do yourself a favor, and book this tour.
Onni E, Finland, Sep 21, 2016
- Upon my second day of staying in the charming Paris, I eagerly booked the 3 days tour, as I had an innate feeling that it’s going to turn out great. Well, my intuition didn’t lie. I really enjoyed it. This tour is an overview of the main attraction in Paris. Your private local guide will tell you everything about the history, culture and many more in those 3 days. So, prepare yourself to listen in a way that will make you thrilled. All in all, it was a great tour which I Highly recommend.
Ben M, Germany, Sep 21, 2016
- This experience was simply Charmant! Our tour guide took us to see all the pearls of the city. In three days we have explored Paris in all directions – thanks to our private local guide. He was fantastic: amiable, talkative, smart, charismatic. We know that there are other tours Friendly Local Guides offer, and we are looking forward exploring them all.
Arthur M, Belgium, Sep 21, 2016