Most Unique 4 Days in Paris Itinerary For 2024 (From a Paris Travel Addict!)

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Planning a 4 days in Paris itinerary can certainly be challenging! Between the glittering Eiffel Tower, the sprawling Jardin du Luxembourg, the delicious buttery cuisine, and all those stunning art museums, you could say that there are a LOT of things to do in Paris in 4 days!

If you are new to this blog, to say that I’m addicted to Paris is an understatement. I’ve lived in France and have traveled to Paris countless times. I love going to the popular and touristy museums as well as some hidden gems the ordinary traveler probably wouldn’t know about. 

I love people-watching at a cafe and shopping in Le Marais just as much as I love to nerd out at the Museum of the Middle Ages (aka the CLUNY Museum- it’s one of my faves!). There is truly something for everyone during a 4-day itinerary in Paris.

Paris Pantheon View

I actually also have another 4 days in Paris itinerary on my other blog all about couple’s travel, called World Wide Honeymoon. So if you want even more ideas, be sure to check that out! 

So why am I writing yet another four-day trip to Paris guide? Well, no two trips to Paris are ever the same, and this itinerary for 4 days in Paris has a great mix of hidden gems along with popular places. So whether this is your first trip to Paris or your 10th, you’re going to enjoy this 4 days in Paris itinerary. 

Okay, enough rambling about how to spend your 4 days in France itinerary. Let’s get into it! 

4-Day Trip to Paris Itinerary Overview

Spring in Paris

Before we dive into all the details of your perfect four days in Paris, I’m going to list out the itinerary so you can refer back to it during your planning and travels! 

Day 1: Explore the Big Sights of Paris Including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and More!

  • Jarden des Tuileries
  • Musee de l’Orangerie
  • Wander Along the Seine 
  • See the Eiffel Tower
  • Louvre End of Day Tour
  • Dinner at La Jacobine

Day 2: Swing by Notre Dame and Explore Le Marais (For Shopping and For the Food!)

  • Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame
  • Breakfast at Carette
  • Place des Vosges
  • Shopping in Le Marais
  • Food Tour of Le Marais
  • Eiffel Tower at Night
Building in Paris

Day 3: Day Trip to See More of France (AKA Choose Your Own Adventure)

  • Select a Day Trip and Choose Your Own Adventure in France!

Day 4: Souvenir Shopping (For the Foodies!), a Roman Amphitheater, and Montmartre

  • Breakfast at Les Deux Magots
  • CLUNY Museum
  • Food Shopping at La Grande Epicerie
  • Barthelemy Cheese 
  • Picnic at Jardin du Luxembourg or Arenes de Lutece 
  • Explore Montmartre
  • Dinner at La Boite aux Lettres

Without further ado, here is how to spend 4 days and 4 nights in Paris! 

Most Unique 4 Days in Paris Itinerary

Autumn in Paris

Okay, let’s talk about all the amazing things to see in Paris in 4 days so you can leave feeling like you really saw the City of Lights! 

Day 1: Explore the Big Sights of Paris Including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and More!

Kat sitting by the fountain at the Louvre in a wide angle shot

I highly recommend getting in the evening before to really enjoy this itinerary to its fullest. Today is the day you’re going to hit the ground running so to speak! 

However, if you get in early and get to your hotel early, chances are you could also do this the day you get in! You may need to alter some of this based on your time frame if this is the day you arrive.

Regardless, we’re starting out by wandering around the Jardin des Tuileries. This beautiful garden is full of greenery, flowers, and perhaps the occasional goat or two that is “trimming the grass” (sadly no petting the goats!). 

One Day in Paris | Tuileries Garden fountain

It is also the garden between the Louvre and Musee de l’Orangerie. So you can spend some time walking around this park before going to the first museum of your 4 days in Paris trip: Musee de l’Orangerie.

This museum is known for its Monet Water Lily paintings. And I’m not talking about some cute little paintings, there are 2 full rooms here with only 4 paintings each. Why? Because these are massive! 

L'Orangerie Monet Exhibit

You walk in and go through a blank room before entering to see the two rooms with the most stunning water lily paintings you’ll ever see. Admire the paintings which display various times of day and parts of the garden. 

Also, the basement of the museum has a display of other paintings from the Walter-Guillaume collection featuring works by Renoir, Cezanne, Gaugin, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, and more!

This smaller museum in Paris certainly packs a punch and is perfect for your first day! 

Paris in a day | Ultimate 1 day in Paris itinerary | Seine River in Paris with Eiffel Tower on the left

After visiting the Musee de l’Orangerie, you can walk along the Seine for a bit. Only you’ll want to head west. Admire the boats passing by and enjoy the views.

You’ll pass by the Place de la Concorde, Les Invalides, Pont Alexandre III, and then, you’ll spot the Eiffel Tower

Pont Alexandre III

You can check it out here during the daytime if you wish, whether that is at the Jardins du Trocadero, the Champs de Mars, or other spots around the Eiffel Tower . 

Kat spinning on Rue de l'universite in Paris with Eiffel Tower in the background

After that, it is time to head back in the direction in which you came to go on an evening tour of the Louvre. Why a tour? Well, the Louvre is gigantic and can be super overwhelming. And most of the time, people are going to visit the Mona Lisa and a handful of other works. 

The Louvre is also jam-packed most of the time. So going on a tour does allow you to skip the line and you get to follow around an art historian who can tell you all the cool things about the famous works in the Louvre! 

Louvre at sunset

I also recommend an evening tour because this particular tour lets you see Mona Lisa at closing time- when she is at her most peaceful. 

On my last visit to Paris, I did this tour and it was fantastic! I learned so much about the famous works here, and yes, you do get to see the Mona Lisa without the crazy long lines because you visit it the last 15 minutes of the museum’s opening hours. 

Sphynx at Louvre

So book an evening tour here for the Louvre to enjoy it at its least chaotic time of day. 

After this, head to dinner at La Jacobine. This place serves amazing French cuisine and is tucked away in the cutest little covered passageway in Odeon. You’re going to love their onion soup and duck confit! 

Passageway with La Jacobine in Paris

Note: If your first day in Paris is on a Friday, know that the Louvre tour actually usually starts at 6:45 pm rather than 3 pm because the Louvre is open later on Friday evenings. This means you’ll likely want to go to dinner early. While many restaurants close between lunch and dinner (typically opening around 7 or 7:30 pm), some places are open all day. There are plenty of bistros that are open all day you can stop in near the Louvre for dinner before your tour.

Day 2: Swing by Notre Dame and Explore Le Marais (For Shopping and For the Food!)

Sainte-Chapelle in Paris

Today, you’re sticking a little more central in Paris, as you’ll be exploring the Ile de la Cite and Le Marais! 

Start out by visiting the Ile de la Cite where you’ll spot the iconic Notre Dame, and you can book tickets ahead of time to admire the stunning stained glass windows at Saint-Chapelle. I suggest booking a ticket for the 9 am visit, as that is the first visit of the day and less crowded. 

Roof of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris

Then head to Carette in Le Marais at Place des Vosges. I’ve tried many of the most popular hot chocolate spots in Paris, and I have to say, Carette reigns supreme.

So get their hot chocolate with a fancy little side of whipped cream and a pastry or eggs for breakfast here. 

Hot chocolate, coffee, and pastries at Carette

After breakfast, I suggest walking through Place des Vosges. This is a stunning square with beautiful trees and is surrounded by old houses, many of which are now shops, galleries, restaurants, and even a museum. 

Garden at Place des Vosges

The museum is fun to visit, as it is the Maison de Victor Hugo. Here you can admire the apartment of Victor Hugo, complete with original furniture and artifacts from his life. 

After exploring the Maison de Victor Hugo, it is time to wander through the Le Marais neighborhood. 

You’ll be going on a tour later, so you’ll see a lot, but you can spend the remainder of your morning and early afternoon strolling around the neighborhood, perhaps even doing a little shopping. 

Le Marais is a great place for shopping, especially for vintage clothing. There are great little boutiques everywhere to duck into. 

Perfume shopping in Paris

But I also love perfume shopping in this neighborhood. There are so many great perfumeries to go into to sample perfumes and find the perfect scent. 

So spend a lovely morning and early afternoon here enjoying the sights and shopping of Le Marais. 

Then, around 2:30 pm, it is time to begin a food tour of this neighborhood. Le Marias is definitely a foodie part of the city, with amazing bakeries, bistros, and even the famous Marche des Enfants Rouges. 

Marche les Enfants Rouges in le Marais

I love food tours of cities as you get to learn more about the city, see some great sights, and taste some delicious food. So explore Le Marais as you stop by a chocolatier, bakery, bistro, and more! 

Book it here!

This tour goes from 2:30 pm-6 pm, so after that, you likely won’t need dinner, or at least not a substantial dinner. 

So perhaps you may like to wander back over to the Eiffel Tower in the evening to watch it glitter at the top of the hour starting at dusk! 

You can either grab a bottle of wine and watch it from Champ de Mars or you could head to the Arch du Triomphe to admire the Parisian skyline and have a great view of the Eiffel Tower! 

Either way, it is the perfect way to wrap up your second day in Paris! 

And if you want to grab a drink, there are ample cocktail bars in Paris to explore! Some favorites include Castor Club, Prescription Cocktail Club, Little Red Door, and Velvet Bar Paris. 

Drinks at Castor Club in Paris - Paris in 3 Days

Day 3: Day Trip to See More of France (AKA Choose Your Own Adventure)

Chateau de Versailles with flowers in the foreground

Okay, on day 3 of your 4 day itinerary of Paris, you’ve seen quite a bit of the city. So why not get out of town to explore more of France?

I recommend a day trip on the 3rd day because, on your last day, you’ll likely want to enjoy Paris more and don’t want to have to worry about getting back to pack and get ready to leave the next day. 

So on day 3, it is time for a choose your own adventure! 

There are SO MANY day trip options when it comes to a 4-day Paris trip. So I’ll talk about some of the more popular options you can choose from! 

1. Versailles

Hall of Mirrors - Paris to Versailles Day Trip Itinerary

This is a great idea, as Versailles isn’t far from Paris, is easy to get to, and it is truly epic! 

I recommend going on a bike tour of Versailles if you can, as you get to see a lot more of the estate than you would by just walking. For starters, you get to see the town of Versailles and even visit the local market there.

Then, you get to see the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s hamlet, the gardens, and the palace itself. Oh, and you also get to have a picnic on the Grand Canal of the estate with things you picked up at the local market! 

Corridor in Versailles
Kat in front of a building at the Queen's Hamlet

I seriously loved this bike tour, which also includes train tickets to get there and back! 

Best For: Marie Antoinette history buffs and those who would love to see the Grand Palace of Versailles.

Book it here!

If you don’t want to do a bike tour, you can always just do it yourself as well! I have a whole guide about how to plan the perfect day trip to Versailles from Paris to help you out! 

2. Loire Valley

Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley with flowers in the front

This is another epic day trip idea from Paris. Visit the castles of the Loire Valley and perhaps have a wine tasting while there! 

I did a Loire Valley day tour a while back and really enjoyed it! I recommend going with a tour as they’ll handle the driving while you get to sit back and enjoy the views! 

This tour includes visits to three castles in the Loire: Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau de Chambord as well as Chateau de Cheverny.

Best For: Fairytale castle lovers.

Book it here!

3. Musee d’Orsay and Monet’s Gardens in Giverny

Monet's Gardens in Giverny 10

This is part day trip from Paris, part museum morning.

Start out with a skip-the-line visit to Musee d’Orsay in Paris to admire the famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. 

After that, you will head to Giverny to see Monet’s famous home and gardens for which the Water Lily paintings were inspired. 

Kat in Giverny 6

You also get a guided tour of the town of Giverny while there plus time to wander this smaller French village outside of Paris. 

Best For: Impressionist/Post-Impressionist painting lovers.

Book it here!

4. Mont St Michel

Mont Saint Michel 34

Head to Mont St Michel on a day trip, where you get to wander through the Medieval tidal island and visit the Mont Saint-Michel abbey at the top! 

Enjoy views of the surrounding area, and learn all about the history of this stunning architectural marvel. 

Best For: Architecture and cathedral lovers.

Book it here!

5. D-Day Beaches Tour

Omaha Beach Memorial

Want to learn more about D-Day and visit the D-Day Beaches? You’ll love this tour that visits places like the Utah Beach Museum, Pointe du Hoc, and the Normandy American Cemetery to pay your respects. 

American Cemetery in Normandy 5

Also, enjoy time tasting a Normandy specialty- cider and calvados at a local producer. 

Best For: WW2 history buffs.

Book it here!

6. Champagne

Champagne Tasting in Reims - Ruinart tasting

Love bubbly? Then you’re going to want to take a day trip to Champagne! 

You could do this on your own by either catching a train to Epernay or Reims, but be sure to book your wine tastings ahead of time. I have a whole article about the best Champagne tastings in Reims and a list of things to do in Epernay

And if you decide to extend your trip to France and want to spend a weekend in Champagne, you can do that too. 

Champagne tasting at Moet & Chandon -

But if you want to let someone else handle the logistics and arrange tastings during your day trip, then you’re going to enjoy this tour

This stops at 2 different Champagne estates including a big name house like Moet & Chandon, or Veuve Cliquot, etc., and a smaller family-run estate. Admire the vineyards of the region and even learn about the art of opening a Champagne bottle with a saber.

Best For: Champagne fans and bubbly aficionados. 

Book it here!

7. London

London England - Best Weekend Trip From Paris

Yes, you can zip up to London for a day via the Eurostar train if you wish! I suggest leaving on the earlier train to London, exploring the city, and then heading back in the evening. 

Some things you can explore in London include the Tower of London, Westminster, Borough Market, and stopping to see the front of Buckingham Palace. 

Just be sure to arrive at the train station well ahead of time, like 90 minutes beforehand, as you’ll have to go through security. 

Best For: Those who want to add London to their Paris trip but don’t have much time.

8. Bruges

Bruges in late fall

You can also take a day trip to Bruges. Take a guided tour of the beautiful city of Bruges in Belgium. 

Admire the canals and Medieval architecture in the city, and see the art at the Groninger Museum as you venture to Bruges for a day. 

Book it here!

Best For: Those who want to explore dreamy Bruges but don’t have time to spend more than a day there. 

9. Deauville

Deauville Beach Lifeguard stand

For another DIY day trip from Paris, if it is summertime and you’re dreaming of splashing and swimming rather than boiling while walking around downtown Paris, you could head to Deauville in Normandy. 

Take the train here and enjoy the beautiful sandy beach for the day as you get some sun and enjoy the water on a hot summer day. 

10. No Day Trip- Stay in Paris Another Day!

Where to Stay in Paris - Visit Parc des Buttes Chaumont

And if you don’t want to leave during your 4 days in Paris, then that’s okay too! There is always something to do in the city! 

You could explore some lovely parks like Jardin du Luxembourg or the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. You could visit some smaller museums in the city like the Eugene Delacroix Museum, the Musee de la Vie Romantique, or even the Gustave Moreau Museum. 

Stairs at Gustave Moreau Museum

These smaller art museums are so charming and worth a visit if you have time! 

You could also check out the Musee Carnavalet, which is the museum of the history of Paris! It is located in 2 mansions in Le Marais and is super interesting. 

Or, you could spend this day during your 4 day itinerary of Paris pampering yourself. 

Head to one of the many hammams in the city like O’Kari and have a relaxing spa day! 

After your day trip or an extra day in the city, it is time to grab a casual dinner somewhere near your hotel (depending on when you get back to Paris) and head to bed.

Day 4: Souvenir Shopping (For the Foodies!), a Roman Amphitheater, and Montmartre

Arenes de Lutece in Paris

Alright, now it is your last day in Paris. So it is time to explore another great area of the city: Saint-Germain and the Latin Quarter. 

Begin your morning with breakfast at Les Deux Magots. This is one of the famous cafes in Paris that prominent authors and artists used to visit back in the day. But it is also a great place for people-watching during breakfast and for tasting their ancient hot chocolate. 

Les Deux Magots

So if you want to know which hot chocolate is better between here and Carette, you’ll have to try this one too to see for yourself! Get some coffee, an ancient hot chocolate, and some tartine (baguette with butter/jams) for breakfast to kick off your day. 

From there, you can wander around and perhaps stop by one of my favorite churches in Paris: Eglise de Saint-Germain-des-Pres for a quick visit, and then head over to the CLUNY Museum

The CLUNY Museum, of the Museum of the Middle Ages, is super fascinating. For starters, the building itself is the 15th-Century Hotel de CLUNY. Also, part of the museum is a Roman bath from around the 1st or 2nd century AD. 

This museum is full of art and artifacts from the Middle Ages, as well as the iconic The Lady and The Unicorn tapestries which are outstanding! 

It is well worth visiting this unique museum in Paris! 

Lady and her unicorn tapestries at Cluny Museum
Bathhouse at Cluny Museum

After the CLUNY Museum, wander over to one of my favorite places to go souvenir shopping in Paris: La Grande Epicerie

No, we’re not talking about magnets or postcards, we’re talking about food. And this giant market is full of amazing French products as well as other items from around the world! 

My favorite thing to do is shop for things like French candies and snacks, mustards, and butter. 

Grande Epicerie de Paris

And you can even have them shrink-wrap your butter so you can take it home in your checked luggage! You may want to run it back to your hotel and put it somewhere cold like the refrigerator if you wish to get some butter.

Note: While everyone raves about the Buerre Bordier butter here, I think it’s way overhyped. Instead, grab the Paysan Breton butter with Guerande salt crystals. This butter has beautiful chunky salt crystals with salt from the Guerande marshes and it is amazing. 

So grab some foodie souvenirs here and perhaps pick up some things here like butter, a baguette, a bottle of wine, and some fruit to make a lovely picnic lunch after food shopping! 

After this, you’re going to want to walk up to Barthelemy. This cheese shop is full of some of the best French cheeses you can find! You can taste different cheeses to find the ones you love, and then add them to your makeshift picnic bag and head to a park for lunch. 

Neauchatel Cheese at Barthelemy cheese

Now with all your picnic stuff, I suggest strolling over to the Jardin du Luxembourg for a fantastic picnic lunch. This garden is stunning with flowers, trees, monuments, and so much space for a picnic in their little green chairs. So people watch and enjoy sipping some French wine with your deliciously French lunch. 

You can also wander through this park after lunch to see the Medici Fountain, and the mini Statue of Liberty, and watch people playing tennis, basketball, petanque, and other games! 

Sailboat at Jardin de Luxembourg
Kat in front of the Medici Fountain

Or, if you want to see more of the hidden history in Paris, check out Arenes de Lutece. This is a 1st-century Roman Amphitheater that was part of the old city of Lutetia before it was Paris. 

It is very well-preserved and is now a park. You can even walk through the center part where there were once gladiatorial games. 

Pick a spot to settle in for lunch and enjoy the ability to have lunch amongst ancient ruins. 

Hidden Gem - Arenes de Lutece

After that, it is time to head to another amazing neighborhood in Paris: Montmartre

I recommend spending the rest of the late afternoon and evening in Montmartre. This amazing neighborhood is full of great sights including the Sacre Couer, the Love Wall, Moulin Rouge, and more! 

Kat and Chris kissing in front of the Love Wall in Paris

You may also very well spot the man who plays the accordion with his cat sitting on his shoulders! He is an iconic figure in Paris! 

Plus, this neighborhood is stunningly romantic to stroll through on its own- especially if you wander up the Rue de l’Abreuvoir. 

Photo of Kat in Montmartre

For an epic way to see Montmartre, I recommend going on a tour that starts at 4:30 pm. It goes until 7 pm and includes stops at the Montmartre Museum, the Clos Montmartre Vineyard for a wine tasting, the Sacre Coeur, and more!

Book it here!

Sacre Coeur church in Montmartre

This is a great way to see Montmartre with a local guide, making stops and learning more about why this neighborhood is so amazing. 

After your tour, it is time for one last meal in Paris in Montmartre. I recommend Les Boites aux Lettres. 

Chickpea mash at Les Boites Aux Lettres

This is such a great restaurant and well worth the hike up the hill to get to! This lovely spot serves delicious French cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy your last meal with some delicious French wine to wrap up your 4 days in Paris itinerary! 

After this, you can pack and head to bed before leaving tomorrow! 

If You Have More Than 4 Days in Paris

Eugene Delacroix Museum

Have even more time in Paris? Well, I’ve listed a whole bunch of day trip ideas above for Day 3! You can certainly take another day trip, or use this extra time to explore more of Paris including visiting a spa/hammam, heading to some smaller museums, going shopping, finding more hidden gems in Paris, and more! 

I also have a guide on how to spend 5 days in Paris!

If you have a week in Paris, I’ve got a whole blog post dedicated to all the things to do in a week in Paris

If You Have Less Time in Paris

Where to Stay in Paris Near the Eiffel Tower

Don’t worry, I have you covered there too! I have itineraries for 1-3 days in Paris you can follow instead:

These all share how to get the most out of Paris in your limited time frame! 

Where to Stay in Paris

Pigalle in Paris

During my collective time visiting Paris, I’ve stayed anywhere from Montmartre and Pigalle to Saint Germain and Le Marais. So I’ve got plenty of ideas.

So much so that I have an entire blog post dedicated to where to stay in Paris based on your travel style! You’ll find that each of these arrondissements has its own personality, and it is fun to stay in one that fits you! 

But overall, here are some favorites:

Hotel Des Artes- Montmartre: This is a great hotel in a perfect location for exploring near Montmartre. It is close to many great restaurants, shops, and the metro to get out and explore more of Paris! 

Book it here!

Hotel Jeanne d’Arc: Located in the heart of the Le Marais neighborhood, this is a great place to stay that is clean and cozy and great for exploring the area. 

Book it here!

Hidden Gem Places to Stay in Paris

Le Temple de Jeanne: Also in Le Marais, this place has lovely rooms and is right across the street from the metro! 

Book it here!

Hotel des Atmospheres: Located around the Latin Quarter, this is a great hotel that is steps from amazing sights, restaurants, and shops. 

Book it here!

Maison Souquet: If you have some money to spend, you’ll love this 5-star hotel complete with Napoleon III and Arabian-style decor, a relaxing spa, a reading room, and indulgent rooms. 

Book it here!

When to Visit Paris

Paris in the Fall

Honestly, Paris is a place you could visit year-round! I have visited Paris in January, in the height of summer, during the autumn months, and in the middle of spring. 

It really depends on what you want to do! I even have a whole guide on the best time to visit Paris to help you figure out when to go.  

I will note that in the winter months, it can be chilly and overcast, with rain and rarely some snow. Days are also much shorter this time of year. But this is the least busy time to be here (except for around Paris Fashion Week in some places and during the Christmas markets). 

Springtime in Paris trees

Summer, in contrast, has very long days and it can be very hot in July and August. The summer is also a popular time to visit for tourists around the world. If you want to avoid the heat and crowds, you may want to skip the summertime.

However, even in the summer, you can find ways to get away from the crowds! 

I personally love the spring months. There is something about Paris in April that is magical. The flowers are blooming all over the city, the birds are chirping, and it is warm enough to enjoy sitting outside at a sidewalk cafe or having a picnic lunch at the park. 

Getting Here For Your 4 Days in Paris Itinerary

Vrai Paris

This depends on where you’re coming from, but if you’re flying from further away, chances are you’ll end up at the CDG (Charles de Gaulle) airport. From here, you can take the RER B train into the city. 

Alternatively, you can also take a taxi (from the official taxi stands only!), Uber, or the RoissyBus into downtown Paris.

If you’re flying from closer within Europe, especially on a discount airline, you’ll likely end up at the Orly Airport. From this airport, you can catch the Orlyval to the Antony station and get the RER B into the city. 

Alternatively, you can take the Orlybus from the airport to downtown, or take a taxi or Uber.

For flight prices to Paris, I love checking Skyscanner

And if you’re coming from closer in Europe or in France, you can take a train to one of the many train stations in the city. 

For train schedules, I like checking The Trainline.

Getting Around Paris in Four Days

Metro-sign-in-Paris

Now that you’re in Paris, there is ample public transportation to use to get around! 

For the metro, it is a good idea to download the Bonjour RATP app to map out public transportation including the train, tram, bus, etc. schedules. 

Also, regular Google Maps helps with navigating the metro system too. Metro tickets cost €2.15 per trip, and you can buy multiple tickets to navigate the city that work for the metro, RER trains within Paris, and buses. 

You can also get the Paris Visite Travel Pass which includes unlimited travel in Paris from Zones 1-3 starting at €13.95 per day. I wouldn’t recommend this unless you plan to use the metro a ton.

Aside from using the metro, most areas of Paris are walkable if you’re up for getting your steps in! I walk most of the time while I’m in Paris, only using the metro to get across the city like to/from Montmartre, etc. 

There is also the option to rent bikes at bikeshares around the city to get around. 

Other Tips For Your 4 Days in Paris Trip Planner Guide

Fountain in Paris

Here are just a few more tips to consider before you embark on your amazing 4 days in Paris itinerary! 

  • Reservations are a must! Whether it is a place you want to try for dinner that is popular (i.e. most of the restaurants for dinner I mentioned above), or popular museums like the Louvre, having reservations ahead of time is best. For restaurant reservations, you can either make it online if that option is available, or you can reach out to your hotel to make them for you! For busy museums, I recommend booking timed entry tickets or tours for things like the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, etc. 
  • Be vigilant. I hate to say it, but Paris isn’t the place to sling your purse over the back of the chair or set your phone on the table without paying attention to it. Pickpocketing can and does happen. I keep my small belt bag in front of me at all times and don’t have my phone out a lot-especially near the metro doors. And in crowded areas, I usually keep a hand on my bag. Also, keep your extra cash, extra credit cards, and your passport in the safe in your hotel. That way if you do get pickpocketed, you still have cash, credit cards, and your passport on hand safely locked at the hotel. For more tips on avoiding scammers and pickpockets, check out my Paris Solo Travel Guide
  • How much does 4 days in Paris cost? Luckily, I have a whole guide on how much to budget for a trip to Paris based on your travel style, whether that be budget, mid-range, or luxury. It is for a 5-day trip, but it is broken down so you can calculate it for 4 days in Paris too. 
  • What to wear in Paris? I have a guide about that too! Check out all the things to pack and what to wear in Paris (plus what NOT to wear)!
  • Learn a little French! You don’t need to be fluent, especially as many people in Paris speak English. However, knowing a little helps. Learning how to say “hello”, “goodbye”, “please”, “thank you”, “yes/no”, etc. is a good idea. Check out my 17 useful French phrases to know before visiting France.
  • Always say “Bonjour/Bonsoir”! It is seen as rude to not say “hello,” in French to the people working there when you enter a shop, cafe, etc. This is also a reason why servers and shop workers may be rude to travelers. I’m not saying it’s the only reason, but you’ll find people to be far friendlier if you say “bonjour” or “bonsoir” first thing. I typically say “bonjour” until either 5 pm or when it is clearly evening/dark outside. Then, I’ll switch to “Bonsoir.” 
  • Want more Paris first-timer tips? Check out this guide!  

This is the most unique and fun 4 days in Paris, France itinerary! I hope you have the best time exploring Paris and that this itinerary makes you fall head-over-heels for the City of Love! 

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