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Paris Itinerary: What to Do With Less than 12 Hours in the City of Light

by Claire DeVoe
Group of college students at the Louvre in Paris, France | AIFS Study Abroad

Bonjour! If you’re taking a day trip in France or are craving an adventurous site-seeing crash course of the City of Light, I have the Paris itinerary for you! Your Parisian grand tour starts now!

Stop 1: The Louvre

I definitely recommend ordering your tickets online as it will save you ample time waiting in line! I mean who wouldn’t want to see the wonderful masterpiece of the Mona Lisa up close?

College student at the Louvre in Paris, France | AIFS Study Abroad

Stop 2: Jardin des Tuileries

Just a short walk over from The Louvre, you can take a stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries and enjoy the little slice of heaven right in the middle of the city. You’ll find beautiful green grass, gardens full of blooming flowers and fountains for what seems like miles. Also, there is a huge Ferris Wheel right along the Jardin des Tuileries. Hop on for amazing sights of the city!

Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, France | AIFS Study Abroad

Stop 3: Musée d’Orsay

Take a short stroll over the bridge just next to the Jardin to find yourself at the amazing Musée d’Orsay! You can get tickets ahead of time or the day of at the window! This museum, which is actually an old converted train station, is captivating. You can walk through multiple floors full of every type of modern and classical art. My personal favorites: Monet, Degas, and Van Gogh are on the 2nd and 5th floor. A must-see!

Stop 4: Arc de Triomphe

A few stops later on the metro you can find yourself standing in front of the Arc de Triomphe. You can even go to the top of the Arc for a fantastic view of the Champs-Élysées below you.

Stop 5: Champs-Élysées

Right after you soak in the sights at the Arc de Triomphe, walk down the Champs-Élysées and enjoy any one of the delicious delightful sidewalk cafés, amazing shopping, and the most scrumptious dessert spot, Ladurée, for the macaron of your DREAMS!

Stop 6: Eiffel Tower  

Save the best for last, right?! Take the metro on over to see La Dame de Fer! I have to say… pictures truly don’t do it justice! The Eiffel Tower stands so tall, strong, and grand. I loved just sitting on the lawn enjoying a delicious crepe, soaking in the Parisian day. If you go at night, you can see her light up and twinkle!

College student at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France | AIFS Study Abroad
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