Paris in two days
Read on if you want some advice on what to do if you only have 2 days to spend in Paris and you want a taste of a little of everything. Check out what to do in Paris in two days.
Day One – Morning: West Paris
– On your first morning start by the Eiffel tower
To visit Paris in 2 days, start by the Eiffel Tower. It opens at 9.30 am. Visit the Eiffel Tower at the opening to avoid long queues. You really can’t miss this iconic monument of Paris. Go to the top to get a very good view over the whole city! Built in 1889 for a world fair, the Eiffel tower was to be deconstructed after some time, but the city of Paris later changed its mind and decided to keep it. Count about an hour to visit the Eiffel Tower.
– Then, head for the “Arc de Triomphe”
After visiting the Eiffel tower, continue your visit of Paris in 2 days by going to the Arc de Triomphe. Commissioned by Napoleon I but finished long after his reign, this Arc commemorates the victories of the French Army and the death of French soldiers. Beneath this monument, an unknown soldier is buried. Count about half an hour to go there. If you plan on going to the top of the Arc, which is good to get a glimpse of the avenue of the Champs-Elysées and the Louvre at the end of it. Plan about an hour for the Arc de Triomphe.
– After the Arc, walk down the Champs-Elysées
Stroll down the Champs-Elysées avenue. This is probably one of the most famous avenues in Paris. The shops there are quite expensive, and even if you don’t like shopping it is always worth it to take the time to look at the showcases. You will spend about an hour of your visit of Paris walking down the Champs Elysées. But if you want to go fast and you really are not a fan of shopping, just take the bus to go down the avenue to reach the Place de la Concorde, with its Ancient Egyptian obelisk in the Centre. From there, cross the Seine river, pass in front of the National Assembly, and take the Boulevard Saint-Germain to the left. Head for the Orsay Museum. Having lunch in the café of the museum can be a good plan.
Day One – Afternoon: Famous Museums And Boat Tour
– After Lunch, visit the Orsay Museum
To continue your visit of Paris in 2 days after lunch, you can visit the Orsay Museum. The museum is quite large and since you only have two days, I would recommend you to focus on the main collection: the impressionist paintings. Also, take the time to look around at the beautiful building, it used to be a station! Count about an hour or an hour and a half to enjoy all the Impressionism works of Orsay Museum.
– Then, get a glimpse of the Louvre museum’s most famous pieces of art
As you come out of the Orsay Museum, it should be around three or four o’clock in the afternoon. You still have time to hit the Louvre museum. The best way to go there is on foot, by the Tuileries gardens. On the side of the garden, you might get a glimpse of the Vendome square with its bronze column.
Of course, the Louvre Museum is so large you will not have time to see everything. Nevertheless, spending two days in Paris kind of seems a short amount of time but you can definitely focus on the “musts”: such as the Mona Lisa painting by Da Vinci and the Ancient Egyptian collection. Count at least two hours inside the Louvre Museum to admire the most famous pieces of art and history. My most valuable advise for you to get inside the museum without waiting too long is to enter by the entrances others than the Pyramid one.
– End your first day by a night boat tour on the Seine
As you exit the Louvre, it should be time for dinner. A good place to go is Place Dauphine, on the nearby “Ile de la Cité”. It is the Island on the river Seine, located in the heart of Paris. From there, you can jump aboard an evening boat tour: the opportunity to do a cruise on the Seine at night, to really understand why Paris is nicknamed “City of Light”, while resting from the first of your visit of Paris in 2 days.
Day Two – Morning: Latin Quarter, Notre Dame And The Marais
– For your Second day, start by the Latin quarter
Start the second half of your visit of Paris in 2 days by visiting the Pantheon, built in the XVIIIth century, and where famous French people like Victor Hugo are buried. After this visit, which should last approximately 30 minutes, stroll around the Latin Quarter, which is the student quarter of Paris. Head north towards the “Ile de la Cité”. If you feel like it, take a small detour by the Luxembourg gardens, it will give a good insight on a typical Parisian garden. After walking for 30 minutes to an hour, you will reach the “Ile de la Cité”, and be in front of the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
– Visit the Notre Dame cathedral
Notre Dame is really symbolic of Gothic medieval architecture. It is an impressive landmark and your visit of Paris in 2 days would not be completed if you miss it! Before entering the cathedral, notice the flying buttresses, typical of Gothic architecture. Once inside, take the time to admire the beautiful stained glasses. Going up the roof not only gives you a view over Paris but allows you to have a close up of the gargoyles. Visiting Notre Dame takes time, as the queue to enter is usually quite long. Count at least an hour and a half.
– Lunch in the Marais
Then, to continue with your visit of Paris in 2 days, go to the Marais neighbourhood. Take the opportunity to have lunch there and don’t miss the famous Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris along with Place Dauphine. In addition to lunch, count about an hour to visit the neighbourhood.
Day Two – Afternoon: Montmartre And The Sacred Heart Basilica
– Afternoon in Montmartre
After Le Marais, head to the hill of Montmartre, in the north of Paris. If you are leaving in the evening, this will be the last stop of your visit of Paris in 2 days. In Montmartre, you can of course visit the Sacred Heart Basilica and go to the famous square called Place du Tertre, where many street painters will make a portrait of you if you wish. But don’t hesitate to step away from the crowd and wander around the small streets to discover the village atmosphere of Montmartre, making it a neighbourhood very different from the rest of Paris. A guided tour can be a good idea. In total, count about two hours and a half in Montmartre.
– Evening in the Opera house
If you still have a last evening to spend in Paris, you might consider going to the Opera house. If this is not your cup of tea, you can also wander in the neighbourhood around the Opera house. The small streets hiding behind the boulevard have many good restaurants. This could be a nice way to spend the few hours left of your stay in Paris.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my recommendations for you to fully enjoy Paris in two days and that they will be useful! You can definitely see the most important landmarks in two days in Paris, you just need to be kind of organized and to have a clear idea of what are the main things to be seen! But if you want to fully experience Paris without worrying about whether you will get to see everything or not, you can count on us and let us show you the way!