How to Spend 3 Days in Paris: Itinerary and Travel Tips

It didn’t take long for us to realize that Paris was going to be the most expensive part of our journey through Europe. Our Google searches went from simply “Paris itinerary” to “budget tips for Paris” as we started looking for the best (cheapest) way to travel through one of the most romantic cities in the world. While we considered putting Paris on hold until our next go round, we just couldn’t pass it up knowing we would already be so close. Instead, we decided to cut a day from our itinerary and fit in as much as we possibly could in just 3 days. Get in, conquer it, and then get the hell out. 3 days in Paris didn’t seem like such a hard task.

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That is, until we actually arrived and realized we didn’t do nearly enough planning. We were, after all, trying to plan for 8 cities in 4 countries within 3 weeks and only 2 weeks notice. Nearly impossible. Regardless, our first impression of Paris was “how in the world are we going to fit everything in within 3 days?” Paris is a massive city and on top of that, it is really spread out. It’s not exactly walkable, especially since we were on a time crunch, so we needed to figure out the most efficient way to see everything. And, like clockwork, the first morning we ventured into the city we stumbled upon another Big Bus Tour. We had great luck with the bus tours in Hong Kong and Munich, so we figured, why not? And this is how our 3 days in Paris played out…

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3 Days in Paris Itinerary

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Day 1: Get Acquainted with the City

Our first day we decided do the Big Bus Tour, a hop on/hop off bus that provided an audio guide and made stops at the most famous sights and attractions throughout the city. This was definitely the most efficient way to fit in a lot of stuff in a little bit of time and also got us acquainted with the city. Had we ventured out on our own, we probably would have spent the same amount of money using public transportation and wasted a lot of time trying to navigate it. This allowed us to hop off at the places we were interested in exploring and still be on our own schedule. We never waited any more than 10 minutes for the next bus. Additionally, we chose to go with the bus/boat combo ticket which included a one hour cruise on the river Seine. We planned on taking a cruise anyway and purchasing the tickets together saved us some money. So what did we accomplish on day 1 in Paris?

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  • Visited the Eiffel Tower for pictures and a quick breakfast while we walked the Champ de Mars
  • Champ de Mars: great spot for a picnic with views of the Eiffel Tower
  • In front of the tower, we jumped on the Big Bus Tour (you can buy your ticket here, too although its cheaper online)
  • Opera Garnier (Opera House)
  • Notre Dame & lunch in the Latin Quarter
  • Jardin du Luxembourg: beautiful gardens that house the Luxembourg Palace and second largest public park in Paris
  • Champs Elysees: one of the most famous avenues in the world known for its upscale specialty shops, cafes and cinemas.
  • Arc de Triomphe: one of most famous monuments in Paris
  • Trocadero: set on top of a hill with magnificent views of the city and the Eiffel Tower. Perfect spot for photographs.
  • Sunset cruise on the river Seine (last departure of the evening): taking the sunset cruise allowed us to see the real City of Lights in all its glory and the glittering Eiffel Tower at 11 pm (it only glitters after dark on the hour for 5 minutes)

The Big Bus Tour also included stops at the Grand Palace, Louvre, Orsay Museum, and views of the Place de la Concorde, and Hotel des Invalides. Another great option is to purchase The Paris Pass, which includes admission to over 60 attractions in Paris (Louvre, Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame, etc.), fast track entry (skip the lines!), as well as free tickets for the hop-on-hop-off Big Bus Tour.

~ 10% Off Big Bus Tours Paris If You Purchase Online ~

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Day 2: Palace of Versailles

Day 2 we set aside for the Palace of Versailles because we knew the Louvre and many other museums would be closed. However, we didn’t plan on the fact that because many museums are closed on Tuesdays and the Palace of Versailles is not, this is the most popular day for visitors. Since we had slacked on any planning for Paris, we did not purchase our tickets ahead of time and strolled up around mid morning. While we were prepared to wait in some sort of line (because everywhere in Paris is a line), we were not prepared for the length of the line and the insane amount of tourists that jumped off the train with us upon arriving in Versailles. We took one look at the line and decided we did not want to waste any of our time standing in lines. We had to choose our battles and we knew we would have plenty of lines to deal with at the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.

We ended up discovering a way to reach the park behind the palace which is open to the public at no charge, and no line. After a looong walk, we made it. It was really pretty and you could get some views of the Palace gardens, however, for us it wasn’t worth the trip to Versailles. So, learn from our mistakes. Plan ahead, buy your ticket online, don’t go on the busiest day of the week and get there early! You will likely spend most of the day there because the Palace and gardens are truly massive. Also, wear some good walking shoes! Ladies, my favorite are these. They are cute and casual but can also be dressed up with a sundress. They can go to the beach or city. And they never give my feet problems. My favorite travel shoes!

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Day 3: Eiffel Tower and the Louvre

We saved our last day for the two biggest attractions because we figured they would take up the most time. Again, we didn’t buy our tickets ahead of time and were kicking ourselves in the @$$ for it. We showed up to the Louvre 30 minutes before opening and the line really wasn’t too bad. We are not huge museum or art people, but the Louvre was still fascinating. We spent close to 5 hours exploring on our own with the help of an audio guide. Word of advice – if you are just going to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa, this is what you can expect.

mona lisa reality

You might be disappointed. We got in and out of this room as fast as we could, and enjoyed the rest much more. After 5 hours, we reached our threshold of paintings, sculptures and tourists and headed for some fresh air in the beautiful Tuileries Garden. This is a great spot to kick back, indulge in some treats and do a lot of people-watching!

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From there, we decided it was finally time to head up to the top of the Eiffel Tower. For this, we had prepared ourselves for a long line and knew we were going to wait no matter what. It was the Eiffel Tower, after all, and we could not leave without making it to the top. We read ahead that you could take the steps up to the second level and from there you could take the elevator to the very top, not only saving money but saving time because the line is usually much shorter from there. We are so glad we went this route! We managed to get in and out in less than 1.5 hours and the line from the second level was only about 15 minutes long. That being said, if you have a fear of heights or are not in great health for climbing over 700 steps, you might want to skip this option. Otherwise, it was a great experience and we would definitely recommend it.

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While 3 days in Paris was not nearly enough, our bank accounts told us it was so we were glad to be moving onto Belgium. There were some things we missed and wished we could have seen, like Montmartre and the Moulin Rouge, but that will just be more reason to go back one day (when our budget is bigger!).


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Paris Travel Tips

  • Accommodations in Paris are pricey! Rather than paying over $200/night for a mediocre hotel, opt for an alternative form of accommodations. We used Airbnb and had a fantastic experience! We paid under $80 USD/night for a private apartment, equipped with a kitchenette, WiFi and a private bathroom. It was in a residential neighborhood so it was quiet at night, and just a 15 minute walk to the metro to get into the city. Hostels might be a good option for solo travelers, but for couples or families, it really makes sense to Airbnb. Plus, for you first-timers, if you sign up through my referral link you get $35 credit when you book your first trip –>>sign up here!
  • Skip the restaurants and cafes for street vendors and supermarkets. The prices at the cafes were unbelievably priced in comparison. Yes, we did eat at two cafes and paid nearly $50 USD for a simple lunch because…well, we were in Paris. And neither meal was that memorable to be honest. After that, we discovered the supermarket near our Airbnb and had a true Parisian meal of wine, cheese, salami, olives, fresh French bread and pesto. It was not only our best meal, but our most memorable and least expensive ringing up at just under 13 euros!
  • Wear good walking shoes! For the ladies, my favorite are these.
  • Don’t make the same mistakes we did – plan your trip and purchase your tickets ahead of time (Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles, etc.). This will save you time and often money as well. The Paris Pass is a great idea if you are planning to visit multiple attractions and/or do the hop-on-hop-off bus.
  • If you are short on time or are looking for an efficient way to see the city’s most famous sights, check out the Big Bus Tour for a hop on/hop off style tour that lets you still be in control of your schedule. The audio guide that is included is awesome and includes a lot of interesting facts and tidbits of history that we probably would have never known otherwise. If you plan on taking a cruise on the Seine, it’s best to purchase the combo ticket through Big Bus Tours because it will save you a few euros. **Big Bus Paris ticket are 10% off if you purchase online!
  • Don’t feel the need to go to the top of every monument or you will spend a lot of time waiting in lines. We skipped going to the top of Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe since we knew we were going up the Eiffel Tower. This not only saved us time, but money.
  • BEWARE of pickpockets. There are signs all over Paris to watch out for them, especially around the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, and it is not something to ignore. The ladies that come up and ask “do you speak English?” in order to get you to sign a petition or something are all pickpockets. While you are reading over the document, their friends are scoping out the best way into your purse or pockets. Not only did we see this with our own eyes, but they managed to take advantage of a 12-year old kid. Luckily, he got his money back!
  • Freshen up on your French! Learn some key words and phrases that will help you better navigate the city. Check out our FREE French lesson on Vocabulix! Its a fun and visual way to learn new words while looking at pretty pictures of Paris  😉 Plus, the locals seem to appreciate the effort, even if you butcher the words completely like we did.
  • Want more info? Check out Protravelblog for a detailed guide to Paris, including where to stay, recommended itineraries, where to eat and free things to do in the city.

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  1. Nice post! Thanks for giving all these ideas.

  2. Lovin’ this! gave me so much ideas. will be in Paris this Spring for 3 days as well! Thank you for the tips. Please tell me which apartment on Airbnb you stayed. Appreciate it.

    • Charlie and Brittany January 29, 2015 at 9:30 am · · Reply

      Yay how exciting! I’m ready to go back 😉 I’ll send you the listing to your email via Airbnb. Let me know if you have any other questions and have a great trip!

  3. This is very informative. Thanks. I know there’s a lot to see in Paris so I have been thinking what to do on our 3 days stop there. I’m so excited this April. First time for me, 4th time for my Aussie hubby.

    • Charlie and Brittany February 25, 2015 at 6:40 am · · Reply

      Glad you found the post helpful! It sounds like your hubby you should be a Pro at Paris by now 😉 That’s good you’ll have him to play tour guide. Have a great time!!

  4. Hi,

    Thanks for the info, my wife and I are heading out there in August. I enjoyed reading your post and found somethings to plan ahead for. We’ll be in Paris 3 days, hows the attitude towards Americans, from other places I’ve read people tend to portray them as rude but since Ive worked in the tourism industry i know tourists tend to stretch the truth from one bad experience. How did you find the common Parisian to be?

    When you say the Louvre was busy and crowded, are we talking black friday shopping crowded or something more do-able?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Charlie and Brittany April 24, 2015 at 6:11 am · · Reply

      To be honest, we had heard the same about the attitude towards Americans and kind of expected it, but can’t say we ever saw that first hand. I can’t say they were over-the-top friendly, but I don’t think that is the culture there (or big cities anywhere for that matter). They were friendly enough and we definitely never had any negative vibes. The Louvre itself was maybe not as bad as Black Friday, but getting a photo of the Mona Lisa was! It was craaaazy – definitely takes away from the moment. The rest of it (once you get in the door) isn’t so bad. Would just recommend getting your ticket ahead of time and/or getting there early. It’s definitely worth seeing and I’m glad we stuck out the line. It looked worse than it actually was!

      Enjoy your trip!! 🙂

  5. Hi!

    I really like how you laid out your itinerary. We might just steal this! 🙂 Is there any way that you could send me the listing to your airbnb? Were on a really tight budget and we might just take the apartment rental route! Hoping for a reply from you! Thanks!

    • Charlie and Brittany May 19, 2015 at 6:19 am · · Reply

      Hi Paula – thank you! Glad you found it helpful 🙂 I’ll send you an email with the Airbnb details!

      • Dax (SINGPAORE) July 24, 2016 at 3:46 pm · · Reply

        Hi, nice reading thru your post and thanks for the tips.

        I am heading in next year june and izzit possible if you could send me a list of AIRBNB that is near town and i am traveling alone most likely.

      • Hi,
        Hope your are doing great, i can see this post is a bit old, but i found it really interesting and useful.
        could you pleas send me details for a good Airbnb near to the touristic places and with affordable price, and can you please tell me any experience in Disney.

        TIA 🙂

        • Charlie and Brittany October 1, 2017 at 5:47 am · · Reply

          Hi Rana – thanks for your comment! It seems that the Airbnb we stayed in is no longer listed. There are so many options in Paris though so you really shouldn’t have any trouble finding one. Just be sure to read the reviews and check the location. Unfortunately, we haven’t been to the Disney in Paris so can’t offer any tips there. Hope you have a great time in Paris!

  6. Thank you for taking the time to lay this out for newbie Paris visitors. Its really great and helps a lot

  7. Cool to see your experience and to learn from it. Thanks for the post!

    My wife and I are headed there for our 1yr anniversary so I’ve been planning to make the best of this trip and your post gave me some things to think about.

    • Trading Traveler June 10, 2015 at 12:21 pm · · Reply

      Hey Taras,

      Glad you found the post useful. Paris definitely isn’t cheap, but you can still get a lot accomplished with a little planning. Let us know if you have any other questions. Otherwise, enjoy Paris!

  8. You two are awesome. I have never been to Europe before, and have my first trip to Paris planned in July for three days. Your tips are much appreciated, and will definitely help me experience the city more prepared and with less stress! I will be sure to look up other places you’ve been also, because I am planning another trip in the fall. Thanks again!

    • Charlie and Brittany June 25, 2015 at 1:36 am · · Reply

      Wow thank you so much!! Glad you found it helpful. Hope you enjoy your time in Paris! It really is such a beautiful city. Can’t wait to get back again one day 🙂

  9. Greetings from north FL! I knew Charlie must be a native when I saw him wearing a t-shirt with the word “mullet” on it, and it wasn’t referring to a hair style. I’m really enjoying your blog. The posts about Paris are great. I just went for the first time in 2013, and I never made it to many of the big sites or museums. I got sidetracked by wandering in different neighborhoods and seeing some amazing photography exhibitions. I went with a group, but it wasn’t a tour, and most of the travelers were couples. They spent a fortune on average (at best) restaurants . I never could figure out why. I went to supermarkets and cheese shops and had a ‘picnic for one’ every day with good food for a lot less. I’m trying to plan another trip to Paris this year for the week after Christmas, but even hostels are outrageous. Would you mind sharing information about your Airbnb location? Thanks!

  10. Hi Charlie and Brittany

    I will be visiting in OCt for 3 days too. Could you share the accommodation details and recommendation of the itinerary too?

  11. Detra Williams July 23, 2015 at 12:26 pm · · Reply

    Hi Charlie and Brittany!

    Thanks for the post. This just made my day! I was feeling overwhelmed by which hotel we should stay at that was close to transit. Could you please send me your listing to your airbnb? thanks in advance.

    • Charlie and Brittany July 27, 2015 at 8:03 am · · Reply

      It can definitely be overwhelming as there are so many options! We will send you an email with the link 🙂

      • Yamilet Alonso December 2, 2016 at 3:43 pm · · Reply

        Hi Charlie and Brittany,

        I will be visiting Paris in July for 3 days too. Could you share the accommodation details and any recommendations? Please. Thank you very much

  12. This is so helpful since I am planning to go with my family(hubs, 6yr oldand 2 yr old) this September! There are a few things I have in mind which I thought you could shed some light on
    -what location do you get the city tour bus from? Also their tickets, are they available online or can you buy in advance etc?
    -with two kids, which places ,that you’ve visited, should I omit in case I feel the kids have had enough? Or else what are the must go places out of all, according to you?
    Thanks a lot in advance 🙂 cheers!

    • Charlie and Brittany August 4, 2015 at 8:29 am · · Reply

      Thank you! Glad you found it helpful! The website ( has a map with all of the locations and you can start your tour at any of them – whichever is closest to your hotel or most convenient for you. The tickets can be purchased ahead of time on the website or you can buy them when you get on the bus. You might be able to purchase them from your hotel as well. I think you get a small discount for booking online ahead of time for a fixed day however.

      I would say the highlights for the kids would be the Eiffel Tower (obviously!), the Latin Quarter which is near Notre Dame, the parks (Tuileries Garden between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde as well as Luxembourg Gardens), and definitely stop at the Arc de Triomphe and take a stroll down Champs Elysees – lots of shops, restaurants and often street performers the whole family will enjoy. Also don’t miss the boat ride on the Seine. Things to skip? Honestly, I think the Louvre could be quite boring for kids and requires quite a bit of walking and at least a half day. I would also recommend getting tickets for things like the Eiffel Tower (or the Louvre if you plan to go) ahead of time to avoid having to wait in long lines. Hope this helps! Enjoy your trip!! 🙂

  13. Great info thanks!!!! I am heading there in late March with family. Heard so much about aggressive beggars and crime. I’m from NYC so used to watching for scams. Is it really that bad over there? Going with my kids so don’t want them to be upset by any nonsense. Thoughts?

    • Charlie and Brittany September 5, 2015 at 10:35 am · · Reply

      Hey Brian – thanks for the comment! We never felt unsafe in Paris but you do have to be aware of the pick-pockets and scams, especially around the main attractions (Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame). We saw a lot of that going on. Just keep your valuables secure, bags/purses zipped, and don’t let them suck you in to taking a survey on the street (first sign its a pick pocket!). Honestly, your kids would probably be oblivious so just make sure you are aware 🙂 Its a great city – have a wonderful trip!!

  14. Hi Charlie and Brittany ,
    Great post. Enjoyed reading it and it’s really a helpful one.
    Could you please share the airbnb listing for Paris and the itinerary details.?
    Planning to go this month. Will be spending 3 nights in Paris.And could you please recommend another city out of France (another country)to spend 2 nights..I am confused between Amsterdam, Belgium and Switzerland. So it would be helpful if you could suggest one.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Charlie and Brittany September 5, 2015 at 11:05 am · · Reply

      Thanks Ashrin! Two nights will give you only one full day of sightseeing. Bruges, Belgium might be a good option? It depends on what you are looking for though. Some people find it a little too Disney-like but we found it very charming and you can see it pretty easily in two days. We weren’t big fans of Brussels so can’t really recommend it, but everyone is different. We loved Amsterdam so that would be a good option as well but it is bigger so you might want to wait until you have a little more time to see it. We haven’t seen Switzerland yet so can’t comment there. That being said, I think you will enjoy any of these options.

      The link for our Paris BNB is

      Hope this helps!! Enjoy your trip!

  15. Really useful post…many thanks and I hope your budget continues to increase 🙂

  16. Very informative. Will be traveling for a medical consult with my boss and a very ill grandchild (doctors are in a closeby European country) After all is said and done I will have 3-4 days of in Paris as a layover. They will rest for the next leg of trip, I will get 2days and all 3nights to make the most of my time away from the hotel (I know it will be a very nice hotel) if you had to choose fewer place during the day and more places at night what would you suggest. Its a free trip for me but night will have to be my wonderland.

    • Charlie and Brittany October 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm · · Reply

      Paris at night is beautiful so you definitely won’t be missing out! Definitely take a cruise on the Seine River to take in the city lights and see the Eiffel Tower sparkling (I think it happens every hour for just a few minutes beginning 11pm until 1 or 2 am). Take a stroll down the Champs Elysees. Visit the Latin Quarter. I don’t think you will be short of things to do at night! Enjoy Paris and sending well wishes to your grandchild.

  17. Important fact I often forget to mention. ..I am deaf..they are hearing. I can speak english, spanish and a few words of french quite clearly however its exhausting therefore I chose my battles. The more visual the better (The Eiffel is a must see for me!)

  18. Michele Diaz October 19, 2015 at 8:32 pm · · Reply

    My husband and I are taking our daughter to London and Paris for a college graduation gift. We too can only afford 3 days so this itineraries is perfect for us. I would like to try Airbnb but would hate for us to get there and not have a place to stay. How do you know that it’s legit? Since I’ve never tried it before I’m not sure of exactly how it works. Would you mind sending me the info of the place you stayed at? Thanks!

    • Charlie and Brittany October 19, 2015 at 9:19 pm · · Reply

      Hi Michele, what an excellent gift to your daughter! Congrats to her! We’ve never had a problem with Airbnb but I do know things like that probably do happen sometimes. My best advice is to spend some time on the site getting comfortable with it before committing to anything. Read through the listings thoroughly to see what amenities are included, their “house rules”, and read each and every review so you know what to expect before arriving. Also, pay attention to location. It is time consuming but it can save you disappointment. We always go with a place that has plenty of reviews and all positive (for the most part, some people complain about silly things) and we’ve never been disappointed. And especially for your first time, I wouldn’t choose a place that doesn’t have any reviews yet. This may not 100% guarantee you but even some hotels overbook sometimes and things happen. Honestly, Airbnb has changed the way we travel and I hope you give it a try. I’m sending you the link to the place we stayed but don’t think it will work for you as it only sleeps 2 ( Also, you can always send the host a message through the site with any questions you have if you are unsure before you book. Hope this helps and that you have a great first experience and wonderful trip!

  19. Very good tips. Thank you. Will definitely follow this as we plan for a 4 day trip in December. Can you also share details of the Airbnb?

  20. Hi Charlie and Brittany,
    thank you for the tips. I am planning a trip in June for my daughter’s first trip to Paris and a surprise birthday celebration. I looking for a nice bnb in walking distance and I really like the tip on the bus tour. Do you have any other suggestions that kids will enjoy? She’ll love the experience and will always remember it. Thanks.

  21. Thank you for sharing your experience. This’s was super helpful! Do you know the website to purchase tickets ahead of time for Eifel Tower, etc.?

  22. all those great tips you mentioned are true…i am going to paris in May and did all the things you suggested: plan plan plan….my friend who lives there said the same (his place is tiny he cannot accommodate me, LOL) i found a good place to stay via Airbnb for 50 canadian per night, close to the metro station, 30 mins away from louvre….thanks for for being so generous with tips and ideas! arfel

  23. Thank you so much for sharing this, I’m so excited on my first trip to Paris and around Europe next week.
    Should I get tickets in advance for Eifel tower, Museums, etc?

    Thank you!
    -Rafa, Philippines

  24. Hi Charlie and Brittany,
    My wife is travelling solo to Paris and Amsterdam in about a months time for about 3-4 days at each place. I am the one doing all the homework for her as its her first solo trip whereas i ve travelled a lot (though Paris has been only for a day trip!)
    I would like to seek your recommendations for the Airbnb places in and around, preferably in safe localities/ proximity to hop on/ off bus stations.
    What do you recommend her plan should be like….for about a 3/4 night stay at Paris and then she travels onwards to Amsterdam
    Thanks in advance
    P.S I have put her email id here so she gets the mail directly. Me being posted in a non family station at the moment (I am a Navy Pilot), i can only guide her through emails/ whatsapp

    • Charlie and Brittany April 27, 2016 at 12:56 pm · · Reply

      So sorry for the delayed response! But your wife is traveling to two AMAZING places! I have only stayed in one Airbnb in Paris ( but there are so many options out there, she is sure to find something great. Just pay close attention to the location and reviews from others when booking. The hop on/hop off bus tour is a great way to see a lot in Paris because there is so much to see and it is very spread out (not exactly walkable). It is great for getting around from place to place and then going off to explore on your own. Amsterdam, on the other hand, is very walkable. There is a free walking tour that was about 3 hours by Sandemans that we really enjoyed. They also offer the red light district and “coffee shop” tours that were very interesting as well. The best parts of those cities are just walking around the streets and admiring the architecture and..of course…the food 😉

  25. Hi there,
    I found your post very informative and would appreciate if you can share the list of our airbnb, we are planning to spend 3 days in Paris and of course we would love to do as much as possible without spending a fortune 🙂
    Have a wonderful day

    • Charlie and Brittany April 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm · · Reply

      Hi Paula, we stayed in a studio apartment attached to a family home There are so many options on Airbnb in Paris though so you should have plenty of choices! My biggest advice when booking an Airbnb is to pay close attention to location, what is included, and read through others’ reviews. Have fun in Paris!!

  26. Sonny Davies May 5, 2016 at 7:35 pm · · Reply

    Hi Charlie and Brittany,

    We will be visiting Paris in July for 3 days. Could you please share the details of the itinerary?

    Thanks in advance,


  27. The most informative post I have ever seen. 🙂 Thanks a lot for the detailed info.

  28. Very informative. Thank you! will visit paris soon (in 3 days ). God Bless you guys!

  29. Thanks so much for such a down to earth post! It is rare to find someone willing to admit their mistakes…thanks for sharing, and we will definitely use your advice when we’re in Paris…for 3 days, no less 🙂


  30. My wife and I are planning to spend 3 days in August, sort of our 40th Anniversary celebration. Your post is very helpful. I am also thinking of going to Mouline Rouge. Any suggestions? I don’t believe you covered that.

    • Charlie and Brittany August 7, 2016 at 1:19 am · · Reply

      Wow congrats on 40 years! Unfortunately we never made it to Moulin Rouge because we ran out of time so can’t really offer much insight there. It’s definitely on our list for when we return though. Hope you have an incredible time celebrating your anniversary!

  31. Thank god I found this!
    May I know which airbnb listing you stayed in?

  32. Vaneshree Lucas November 6, 2016 at 4:49 am · · Reply

    Dear Charlie and Brittany

    I will be accompanying the South African athletes to a bodybuilding event In Poland and I said why not stop in Paris and take advantage of a 3 day Tour??? Thank goodness I came across your tips and advise… Thank you guys… my first time traveling…and alone too…. U have made me feel a bit more comfortable and now looking forward to the trip. Will.certainly stop at supermarkets and have already purchased a 2 day bus ticket. Much appreciated.

  33. video of Paris encouraged me to follow, your forwarded links without hiding helped me. can i be privileged with your suggestion to visit interlaken for 2 days,Lucerne 2 days, Innsbruck 2 days, and lastly Munich for 2 days if you find I need to edit please suggest

  34. Me & My wife are traveling to Paris in July for 3 days. (Arrival 9 AM on day 1 and departure 7 AM on day4), found your itinerary very helpful and planning to follow the same (day 2 & day 3 I need to reverse as my days fall on SUN,MON & TUE :-().
    But I was suggested on TA forum not to include Palace of Versailles in such short visit of just 3 days. As we are not frequent traveler and NOT sure we visit Paris again so do not want to miss and must do site/activities. Can you please suggest and provide your opinion about the same I mean should we include Versailles in our plan or not. same applicable for Louvre as well.
    As we will reach early in hotel and may not be able to check in so need to check how can we plan Big Bus tour on our Day 1. We will be staying near to Gare Du Nord station.

    • Charlie and Brittany March 9, 2017 at 4:44 am · · Reply

      Honestly, it really is a matter of preference. We never made it inside the Palace of Versailles and I don’t really have any regrets. But for us, it wasn’t something that we were really dying to see (although I’m sure its lovely). If it is something you really want to do or see, then definitely make the time. But if its something you just feel like you should see, I wouldn’t prioritize it. Especially if there are things you would much rather do and your time is short. The Louvre was definitely cool to see and we aren’t usually museum people. But again, that’s really a matter of opinion. The Louvre is much more central so you could include it in your day among other things. The Palace really will take a large majority of a day though.

      As for your first day, I would check with your hotel and see if you can leave bags there and then catch the bus. Your hotel should be able to help you find the closest stop from there and how to get there.

      Hope this helps and wishing you safe travels!

  35. Hi, i really liked the way you planned for 3 days paris trip. i would follow the same too 🙂 would you mind sharing me the hotel details where you stayed ..

    • Charlie and Brittany October 1, 2017 at 5:48 am · · Reply

      Hi Girish, thanks so much for the comment. It seems that Airbnb we stayed is no longer an active listing. However, there are so many options available you shouldn’t have trouble finding a place. Just be sure to read through the reviews and check the location before booking an Airbnb!

  36. I spent very little money when I was in Paris just because I was hosted and I chose to do the free activities only. But I think I should visit Louvre next time! Thanks for this post x

  37. Thank you for yout post! It helped me a lot planning my trip to Paris, I decided to come with only a few days in advance.

  38. Nice post very informative.
    Would surely follow the tips.I wish I could most of this in 3 days.
    Let me know what I shouldn’t miss in case I couldn’t make all of it?

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