To quote Thomas Jefferson: “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” The gleaming Eiffel tower, the chilling Catacombs, the fascinating Louvre … there is so much to see and discover! But is it possible to visit all the unmissable must-see in Paris monuments in a short vacation? The answer is a big oui!
Paris’ beauty will lure you in the second you set your foot in it. The City Of Lights represents its name well and is overflowing with history and culture. If you’re on a short vacation, you may not have the time to wander all the small streets or dine in all the cozy cafés of Paris. However, you can still have the full French experience if you plan your trip in advance.
We gathered the perfect guide to help you to discover all the iconic spots of the city if you’re on a five-day vacation. Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of the city!
Day 1: Answer The Call of The Eiffel
Visit the Eiffel Tower first. You will need to get it out of your system ASAP so you can enjoy the other attractions without having the constant image of the tower in the back of your mind. This most obvious must-see in Paris needs no introduction. With more than 7 million people visiting it annually, and an average of 25,000 people ascending the tower every day, it’s one of the most popular attractions in the world, and the most crowded.
In order to see this standing beauty, make sure to check the hours of operations and the admission costs. In order to avoid the two-hour ticket queue, you may consider planning your visit in off-peak season. You can check the Eiffel Tower’s calendar for peak and off-peak visiting periods.
Ater climbing the 1,710 steps of the Eiffel Tower, you will need a well-deserved rest. Head to Champ de Mars, a large public green space that extends to the Tower – basically the Central Park of Paris!
After a good walk, your last stop and must-see in Paris will be Hôtel des Invalides, a complex of buildings containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France. Originally, Hôtel des Invalides was a hospital and retirement home for war veterans. If you like military art, you will bebe well-served. Make sure to pay a visit to the Dôme des Invalides, a large beautiful church where rest some of France’s war heroes, most notably Napoleon Bonaparte.