In this article, I have compiled everything you need to know for your first trip to Paris.
All of the following is explained, so this page alone will cover everything you need to know before going on a trip to Paris.
・A 4-day model course to visit photogenic tourist spots
・The best time to travel to Paris
・What to expect on your trip to Paris
・What to bring and what to wear for your trip to Paris
Paris is a really pretty city and a place that makes you feel happy. I hope you will visit there.
★I compared travel agencies and JTB has the best selection of cheap and high quality tours. There is an 8-day tour to Mont Saint-Michel for $1700. If you haven’t booked yet, please take a look. →Look at Paris travel at JTB
- A photogenic Paris sightseeing model course in 4 days
- I want to spend at least three days in Paris.
- Summer is the best season for sightseeing! June to October
- Be prepared to spend 2000 dollars for your trip to Paris
- Use the Metro & Buses well for sightseeing in Paris
- There are many pickpockets in Paris. Women travelers should be very careful
- Checklist of Things to Pack for a Trip to Paris
- Enjoy the photogenic city of Paris.
A photogenic Paris sightseeing model course in 4 days
This time, I have come up with a model course that takes you around photogenic Paris in four days.
I have actually been to all of these spots, and I recommend them with confidence.
Day 1: Admire the masterpieces at the Louvre & view Paris from the Arc de Triomphe
9:00 Day 1: Start at the Louvre Museum
Let’s start with the Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world. The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world, and it is recommended to visit early in the morning because the famous tourist spots in Paris get crowded.
The Louvre is so large that it is said to take a week to see it all.
But if you want to focus on the famous works you don’t want to miss, you can do it in a couple of hours.
Of course, the museum is full of wonderful works of art, so it’s best to take your time and look around. It’s a great way to get a feel for the city.
There are also food court-like places and cafes inside the Louvre, and I recommend visiting the museum until around 1:00 pm and having lunch afterwards.
▼ If you want to know how to get around the Louvre, check out the following article.
15:00 Tea time at Ladurée!
After leaving the Louvre, let’s move on to the Arc de Triomphe.
It’s time for tea at Ladurée. Ladurée is also very cute inside, so please take your time and enjoy the tea.
Have a relaxing time.
17:00 Climb the Arc de Triomphe for a spectacular view
Next, let’s climb the Arc de Triomphe. There are many places to climb in Paris, but the Arc de Triomphe is the best place to go.
The reason for this is because you can see the Eiffel Tower nearby.
Another reason I recommend it is that it is always easy to climb and not crowded.
It is often avoided because it is only accessible by stairs, but don’t worry, even I, who has no physical strength at all, was able to climb it.
The night view is also beautiful.
▼ For information on how to get to and climb the Arc de Triomphe, see the following article.
19:00 Shopping at Monoprix on the Champs-Elysées
The Monoprix on the Champs-Elysées is one of the largest and best places to buy souvenirs in Paris. Don’t miss it.
You can find anything from famous chocolates to general merchandise.
Ladurée, Arc de Triomphe and Monoprix are all close enough to walk to.
This is a great way to get a feel for the city.
▼ If you want to know more about Parisian souvenirs you can buy at Monoprix, check out the following article.
Day 2: Photo stop at the Eiffel Tower and on to the Palace of Versailles
8:00 Photo shoot at the photogenic Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is one of the places you must visit in Paris. If you want to take pictures, wake up early and go early in the morning.
We recommend arriving at Palais de Chaillot by 8:00am.
It is a spot where you can take many photogenic pictures.
It gets so crowded with people during the day that there are no gaps, so best to shoot in the morning!
9:00 Let’s actually climb the Eiffel Tower
Before 9:00am, head towards the Eiffel Tower. If it is early in the morning, you can go up without waiting in line that long.
During the day, you may have to wait for three hours, so it is recommended to arrive at the Eiffel Tower by 9:00. .
From the Eiffel Tower, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful city of Paris. Enjoy the beauty of Paris!
▼ How to climb the Eiffel Tower and recommended photo spots can be found in the following article.
13:00 Arrive at the Palace of Versailles
Let’s head to the Palace of Versailles in the afternoon. There are half-day tours departing from Paris, so head there on the afternoon tour.
You can go there by train on your own, but it’s easier to take a bus to take you there.
Enjoy the best palace in the world.
The Palace of Versailles and the Louvre Museum are also eligible for the Paris Museum Pass.
▼ For more information on the Paris Museum Pass, please refer to the following article.
Day 3: Musee d’Orsay
9:00 Musee d’Orsay
Day 3 starts with the Musee d’Orsay. The two major museums in Paris are not to be missed.
There are many beautiful Impressionist paintings that will soothe you.
Lunch is recommended to be eaten inside the Musee d’Orsay.
15:00 Opera House
Even if you don’t want to see the Opera House in Paris, you can visit the Opera House only.
The glittering and dazzling Opera House is one of the best places you can visit.
It’s a very elegant feeling.
Visit Madeleine, a city of gastronomy
We move on to the Madeleine neighborhood, close to the Opera. The Madeleine is one of the most gourmet neighborhoods in Paris, with many specialty food stores.
There are stores specializing in truffles, and Mariage Frères, the most famous tea shop in Paris.
If you are looking for a food-related souvenir of Paris, I recommend that you go to Madeleine.
Some of the specialty stores have simple cafes, so you can have a meal here as well.
Day 4: Sainte-Chapelle to Orangerie Museum
9:00 Visit Sainte-Chapelle Church with its beautiful stained glass windows
On the fourth day, go to the Sainte-Chapelle Society with its beautiful stained glass windows.
There is a luggage check and it takes time to get in, so it is recommended to get there early.
The Sainte-Chapelle Society has really beautiful stained glass windows.
My favorite church in Paris.
11:00 Stop by Notre Dame Cathedral
You can also stop by Notre Dame Cathedral, which is walking distance from Sainte-Chapelle.
Although the fire made it inaccessible, there were still many tourists who wanted to see its beautiful appearance.
14:00 Visit the Musée de l’Orangerie to see the beautiful impressionist paintings
After lunch, we went to the Orangerie Museum. This is the museum where Monet’s series of water lilies are displayed.
Although it is very impressive, it is much less crowded than the Louvre or Orsay, so you can take your time.
Monet’s water lilies are a sight to behold. You will be mesmerized by the painting, as if time has stopped.
15:30 Immerse yourself in the world of Amelie on Montmartre Hill
Let’s end the tour in Montmartre. Montmartre was the setting for the movie “Amelie”.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, watch it before you go.
It is recommended to take a break at the cafe where Amelie worked.
▼ For more information on sightseeing in Montmartre, please refer to the following article.
That’s how I managed to get around all the famous tourist sites in Paris!
▼ For a travelogue of my actual trip to Paris, click here.
I want to spend at least three days in Paris.
You should have at least three full days for sightseeing in Paris.
Since all of the museums are world-famous tourist spots, it can be very crowded to enter them.
It may take longer to visit than you expect.
Also, the Palace of Versailles and Monet’s house are located in the suburbs a little far from Paris. You will need to allow time for travel.
Therefore, it would be better to have three full days for sightseeing.
Summer is the best season for sightseeing! June to October
The best time to visit is from June to September
When is the best time to visit Paris? If you ask me, I recommend the summer period from late May to early October.
Winter in Paris is colder than in Japan. I felt that it was a little hard to do sightseeing.
Also, Paris is a city where greenery and flowers look great, so please try going there in the summer!
By the way, it is still cold in Paris during Golden Week. It rained and the temperature sometimes dropped to 10 degrees…
It’s not so cold that you can’t go sightseeing, but be sure to keep warm.
If you want to go cheaply, April and October are also recommended
For those who want to go to Paris as cheaply as possible, I also recommend April and October.
The temperature is close to that of March in Japan, which is a bit cold. However, it is not extremely cold, so you don’t have to endure that much cold to enjoy sightseeing.
I recommend the months of June through October, but if you want to go a little cheaper, April and October are also possible.
The prices in April and October are a little lower than in mid-summer, so you can save a lot of money.
Winter is colder and dimmer than Japan, so I do not recommend it.
Be prepared to spend 2000 dollars for your trip to Paris
I want to go to Paris, but how much do I need to spend? I’m sure some of you are wondering.
As it turns out, you need to prepare at least $2000 and preferably $2500
[Tour] The cost for 7 days and 5 nights is at least 2000 dollars, and the market price is about 2500 dollars
Cheap tours to Paris can often be found for around $1500.
If local meals and sightseeing are not included in the price, you should think about an additional $700 or so.
Considering the cost of the tour and the money you need to spend there, the market price will be around $2500.
If you want to apply at a travel agency, I recommend you to apply at either JTB or HIS. I compared several travel agencies, but none were cheaper than these two companies.
JTB is the one with the best price
I found a tour to Paris with a direct flight on Air France, a French airline, starting at $1500.
JTB has the advantage that you can apply for a high quality tour at a low price.
If you are considering a trip to Paris, take a look at the JTB website. There are some surprisingly inexpensive tours available.
I found an 8-day tour to Mont Saint-Michel for $1700!
If you want to go cheaply, go with HIS
HIS has a good selection of cheap tours. The only thing is that it may take 20 hours to get to Paris one way, or you may have to leave early in the morning…
If you want to go cheaply, HIS offers cheap tours. If you are looking for a cheap tour, please check carefully.
However, there are cheap tours anyway, so it is recommended for those who want to go cheaply.
Prices in Paris are higher than in Japan
Prices in Paris are higher than in Japan. Eating out is especially expensive, and 20 euros ($25) for lunch is the norm.
If you are looking forward to eating out, it is best to estimate your food expenses in advance.
If you don’t care about food so much, try to make good use of bakeries, delicatessens, and supermarkets.
The prices at bakeries and supermarkets are not that different from those in Japan, so you can save money on food.
Price Guide for Paris
・A croissant from a bakery: 1 euro
・A quiche from the supermarket: 2.5 Euros
・Lunch at a restaurant: €20
・Dinner at a restaurant: 30 to 50 euros
・Espresso at a cafe for 2.5 euros
Use the Metro & Buses well for sightseeing in Paris
Paris is such a small city that it can fit inside the Yamanote Line.
It is very convenient to go anywhere by metro and bus.
Metro in Paris
It’s not a complicated line, so don’t worry too much about it.
Paris has a lot of traffic jams, so if you don’t have much time, the metro is the way to go.
▼ For more information on how to buy tickets and ride the metro, please see the following article.
Buses in Paris
If you want to take the bus, please rent a pocket WiFi from Japan.
If you have internet access, you can easily search for bus stop locations and routes on Googlemap.
The metro is a bit dimly lit and there are many pickpockets, but the buses are full of elderly people and I didn’t find the atmosphere that dangerous.
If you are a female traveler, I recommend taking advantage of the buses.
▼ For more information on how to ride the bus in Paris, please see the following article.
There are many pickpockets in Paris. Women travelers should be very careful
Pickpockets and scams are common in Paris.
It can ruin a fun trip, so please be very careful.
Pickpockets and Scams in Paris
・They will ask you to sign a document, and when you do, they will ask you for money.
・They will ask you to be their friend, and then ask you for money. Then they ask for money.
・Pickpocketing on the Metro and in the Louvre
What you can do
・Don’t respond to strangers when they call out to you.
・If you are in a crowded place such as the Louvre, do not be afraid to ask for money.
・Do not get carried away taking pictures in crowded places such as the Louvre.
▼ For more information on how to prevent pickpockets in Paris, click here.
Checklist of Things to Pack for a Trip to Paris
I have compiled a list of things I want to bring with me on my trip to Paris.
You can check the boxes on the far left and use them to help you pack.
List of essentials for a trip to Paris
Form that shows the contents of your travel insurance coverage
C plug (because the shape of the outlet is different from Japan)
Camera, phone charger
Shampoo, conditioner, body soap
Lotion, Emulsion, Body Cream
Changing Clothes, Underwear, Socks
Rain Gear (Folding Umbrella)
Carry-on bag for liquids
Winter warm clothes for November to March
What to bring for your trip to Paris
Rental wifi (Global WiFi)
Coolant, Cooler Bag
Larger bag to hold souvenirs
Disposable plates, chopsticks, forks, spoons, etc.
Hair iron that can be used overseas
▼ For a detailed explanation of what to bring to Paris, click here.
Enjoy the photogenic city of Paris.
Paris has a number of famous tourist attractions and is undoubtedly the most visited city in the world.
It is a city with a mysterious charm that makes you want to go back no matter how many times you visit.
I hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip.