Paris is a beautiful city, and it has a lot to discover, but sometimes due to costs or the number of days we have little time to devote to it. In this post, we propose an itinerary to see the most important of Paris in 2 days.
Tips to fully enjoy your trip to Paris in 2 days
It is essential to take advantage of the time to visit in Paris, to have a plan of what you want to see. Paris is a large city, which at rush hour has a lot of traffic and can cost you very expensive to move by taxi.
For this type of itinerary, you have to choose well what to see in Paris in 2 days to enjoy the city. This is why we do not recommend visiting big museums such as the Louvre or the d’Orsay. There you have a lot to see and you lose no less than 1 day. It is simply a tip, but if you really want to visit any of them, select the pieces of art of your interest and directly go to them or take a guided tour.
Another relevant point to save time is to have the tickets purchased in advance before arriving, in this case you avoid lines. The cheapest way is always to do it through the official pages. But if there is no longer for your date, you have two options: one is to buy through agencies like Civitatis that have tickets available, the other one is bought a guided tour to see the most important.
Do not forget to get your tickets for public transport, a good option is to buy the daily ticket to use it all day. Another good option to move between tourist spots is to use the Big Bus Paris, or a hop-on hop-off bus for 24 or 48 hours. These buses allow you to get off and on without paying again at the stops you want. Ideal if you go with little time, or with people with mobility problems or children.
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What to do in Paris in 2 days? Day 1: Eiffel Tower and surroundings.
Arc de Triomphe
You can start this first day of Paris in 2 days at the Arc de Triomphe. This monument is located in Place Charles de Gaulle. It was built to commemorate France’s military victories and symbolizes the greatness and power of the nation.
The Arch is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and access is free. However, if you want to go up to the terrace to see the panoramic views, you have to pay an access fee. You can also see it from the opposite sidewalk, but be careful to cross the street by the tunnels for that purpose.
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Continue from there to the Champs-Élysées to Place de la Concorde. This square has in its center an obelisk from Luxor. In addition, it was for a long time the place where the executions of those condemned to death were carried out, among the list of judges are Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI and Robespierre.
The route continues through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens. These parks have large areas of lawns, fountains, and monuments. They were created in the seventeenth century and have some of the most impressive monuments in Paris, including the Tuileries Palace and Grandes Eaux Show.
Finally, at the end of the gardens, you will find the famous Louvre Museum. We recommend you take some time to take some pictures with the glass pyramid. This seventeenth-century museum houses some of the most important and famous works of art in the world, such as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Remember that if you really want to visit it, it is the best option to buy a guided tour or select only the works that interest you and limit yourself to seeing those.
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Take a cruise on the Seine River
Follow your visit in Paris in 2 days with a navigation on the Seine River. Get to know the city of lights from a different perspective, with a guided tour and without suffering traffic. Also, if the day is with you, you can enjoy a ride from the deck of the ship knowing Paris.
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You will finish the first day of Paris in 2 days at the icon of the city, the Eiffel Tower. It is an exponent of railway and iron architecture in the so-called Belle Époque. It was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 and symbolizes the spirit of the Industrial Revolution and French engineering. From the beginning it brought controversy, but finally its creator Gustave Eiffel managed to make it remain in landscape.
It offers panoramic views from the top of Paris, including some of its most famous monuments, such as the Notre-Dame Basilica and the Arc de Triomphe. For this, you have to pay a ticket to climb stairs or take the elevator to the top to enjoy the panoramic views of the city.
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Last day of the 2 days in Paris itinerary
This last day in Paris, we start at the Ile de la Cite to get to know the Saint Chappelle. This is one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in the world and almost hidden from the common eye.
It is a small building with more than 1100 multicolored stained-glass windows almost 15 meters high. These relate 15 scenes from the Old and New Testaments. At the bottom is the chapel where relics of the crown of thorns of Jesus Christ are kept. We recommend you go on a sunny day to see the stained-glass windows in all their splendor with sunlight.
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Basilica de Notre-Dame
The church of Notre-Dame is one of the oldest cathedrals in France and an exponent of Gothic architecture. It is known for its impressive interior decoration, including its stained-glass windows, frescoes, and sculptures. The terrace of Notre-Dame offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of Paris. Currently, it is closed for renovations, but it deserves to know the façade with its great Gothic decoration with gargoyles and rosettes.
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
Crossing the Seine River to the south, you will find this small Shakespeare and Company bookstore that has mainly English-speaking copies that have been operating since 1951. On the ground floor they have shelves full of books in English and French, on the first floor there is space to read set in Victorian style.
Continue on your way to the Pantheon of Illustrious Citizens, a place that was born as one of the first important monuments of Paris. It has a neoclassical style inspired by the most relevant pantheons in the world. Although it began as a church, since the death of Victor Hugo it was decided to dedicate it to the key characters of the history. Some of the significant characters that rest in pace here are Voltaire, Rousseau, Jean Monet, Pierre, and Marie Curie.
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In the afternoon of this last day of visit to Paris in 2 days, come to know the iconic neighborhood of Monmartre, located on the hill with the same name. It was born as a suburb and during the nineteenth century was the home of Bohemian art artists such as Picasso and Van Gogh.
In its streets, you will find artists making drawings or paintings that can be bought as souvenirs. Cafés, colorful walls and graffiti decorate this neighborhood. It is an area where there are also several theaters dedicated to dance or contemporary art.
Be sure to visit the amazing Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the church is at the top of the mountain. Its façade with hemispherical domes and the imposing white color of its materials contrast with the sky of Paris. Access is free, and we recommend you use the funicular or use one of the buses that leaves you near the area to get on or off.
Other points of interest are the Mouling Rouge, the wall of the “I love you”, the Café de los Molinos, the Maison Rose and the Marcel Ayme square. The Monmatre district is ideal to close a trip to Paris in 2 days.
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