3 Days in Paris Tour Itinerary

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How to spend 3 days in Paris with your private guide

Our itinerary planning specialists have meticulously crafted this 3-day tour to enable you to experience the highlights of Paris in a whistlestop tour with your private guide.

Experience the City of Lights like never before, whether cruising the Seine, exploring opulent palaces, or savoring the flavors of Parisian gastronomy; this tour promises a captivating exploration of Paris’s timeless allure.

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Day 1: Classic Parisian Icons

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Begin your Parisian adventure in the true historic heart of the city, where the story of Paris unfolds on the enchanting Île de la Cité.

Notre Dame Cathedral

This island in the Seine River is home to the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral, an emblem of French Gothic architecture. As you approach, the cathedral’s intricate façade, with its flying buttresses and menacing gargoyles, evokes centuries of history and artistry.

A guided tour inside reveals breathtaking stained-glass windows and awe-inspiring vaulted ceilings, each telling tales of medieval spirituality and ingenuity.

Strolling through the island, you’ll wander along narrow, cobblestone streets that whisper secrets of the past. The area is dotted with quaint boutiques, cozy cafes, and serene squares, inviting you to immerse yourself in the daily rhythm of Parisian life. Your guide will lead you to hidden gems such as the Sainte-Chapelle, renowned for its stunning stained-glass panels, and the Conciergerie, a former prison with a pivotal role during the French Revolution.

Louvre Museum

Louvre, Paris

Your private guide will lead you on a journey through the corridors of the Louvre, the world’s largest and most visited art museum.

This former royal palace houses an unparalleled collection of artworks spanning thousands of years, from ancient civilizations to the 19th century. Your guided tour will navigate through the museum’s vast galleries, unveiling the stories behind iconic masterpieces such as Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic Mona Lisa, known for her mysterious smile, and the graceful Venus de Milo, an emblem of ancient Greek beauty.

Marvel at the intricate details of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, standing majestically atop a marble staircase, and delve into the rich tapestry of history represented in paintings, sculptures, and artifacts.

A Seine River Cruise to the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower, Paris. View from river seine.
Eiffel Tower, Paris

End your first evening in Paris with a magical journey along the Seine River, where the essence of Paris unfolds before your eyes from the unique vantage point of the water.

As you glide beneath the city’s historic bridges and past its iconic landmarks, the panoramic views offer a serene yet spectacular perspective of the City of Lights. The highlight of this cruise is the approach to the majestic Eiffel Tower, Paris’s enduring symbol of romance and architectural ingenuity.

Upon docking, you’ll be whisked away on a guided exploration of the tower, learning about its fascinating history, from its controversial beginnings to its celebrated status today.

The ascent to the summit is an exhilarating experience, with the cityscape of Paris sprawling beneath you. From this unparalleled height, the panoramic views are simply breathtaking, offering a moment of awe that encapsulates the beauty and grandeur of Paris in a single, unforgettable vista.

Day 2: Bohemian Rhapsody and Montmartre Mystique

Guide showing guests the Sacre Coeur, known as Sacred Heart of Montmartre church.
Sacre Coeur, Paris

Day 2 transports you to the artistic soul of Paris, where the Bohemian spirit of Montmartre awaits. Delve into this hilltop haven of artists and writers, uncovering its hidden corners, vibrant street art, and the iconic Sacré-Cœur, all while basking in the mystique and creativity that define Montmartre.

Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Immerse yourself in the Bohemian spirit of Montmartre, a historic enclave perched atop Paris, known for its artistic legacy and vibrant street life. As you meander through its winding, cobblestone streets, you’ll be transported back to a time when illustrious artists like Picasso and Van Gogh roamed these very lanes, drawing inspiration from the area’s eclectic charm. Your guide will lead you through the bustling Place du Tertre, where modern-day artists set up their easels, capturing the essence of Parisian life.

The journey culminates at the breathtaking Sacré-Cœur Basilica, an architectural marvel offering serene respite and stunning panoramic views of the city below. Its gleaming white domes stand as a beacon of hope and beauty, inviting you to reflect on the rich tapestry of art, history, and spirituality that intertwines to create the unique ambiance of Montmartre. This experience not only reveals the artistic heart of Paris but also connects you to the soulful rhythms that still pulse through its streets.

Palais Garnier Opera House

Palais Opera Garnier tour
Opera Garnier, France

Step into the opulent world of the Palais Garnier, Paris’s crown jewel of opera and ballet. This architectural masterpiece, with its grand marble staircase, magnificent chandeliers, and intricate ceiling paintings by Marc Chagall, simply epitomizes elegance.

A behind-the-scenes tour reveals the lavish auditorium, resplendent with velvet, gold leaf, and the mesmerizing grand chandelier. Explore the opulent foyers and salons, each a testament to the extravagance of the French Second Empire.

Discover hidden nooks, the enchanting library-museum, and hear tales of phantom lore, making your visit to the Palais Garnier an unforgettable dive into Parisian cultural heritage.

Gastronomy and Glamour in Le Marais

Enjoy a flavorful journey through Le Marais, a district renowned for its historical charm and gastronomic wonders.

This guided tour intertwines the rich tapestry of history with the vibrant culinary scene that defines the area.

Stroll through picturesque streets lined with medieval architecture and trendy boutiques, stopping to savor an array of gourmet treats from artisanal bakers, cheese shops, and traditional Jewish delis.

Le Marais offers a unique blend of old-world elegance and contemporary chic, providing an immersive experience that tantalizes the taste buds while enriching your understanding of Parisian culture and history in this dynamic neighborhood.

We can confidently say Luxury France Tours is the team to trust for your French vacation. Debbie tailored the itinerary to the group’s specific interests and went above and beyond to make sure everyone saw and did everything they wanted. Guides were friendly & knowledgable. All in all a 5-star experience.

Day 3: Royal Legacies and Artistic Treasures

Day 3 unfolds amidst the splendor of royal legacies and artistic treasures, transporting you from the opulent halls of Versailles to the impressionist masterpieces in Musée d’Orsay and concluding with the intellectual charm of the Latin Quarter.

Experience the pinnacle of French heritage and creativity on this unforgettable journey.

Guided Tour of Palace of Versailles

Versailles palace private tour
Versailles, France

Step beyond Paris’s city limits to explore the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles, a symbol of royal absolutism and architectural magnificence.

This guided tour leads you through the palace’s opulent halls, including the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, ending World War I. Each room tells a story of power, intrigue, and opulence, from Louis XIV’s lavish state apartments to Marie Antoinette’s private chambers.

Outside, the sprawling gardens designed by André Le Nôtre invite you to wander among perfectly manicured lawns, ornate fountains, and grand canals, embodying the height of French formal garden design.

Artistic Revelations at Musée d'Orsay

couple looking through glass clockface in Musée d'Orsay,
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Dive into the revolutionary world of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art at the Musée d’Orsay, housed in a Beaux-Arts railway station transformed into one of Paris’s most beloved museums.

Your guided exploration uncovers the stories and techniques behind masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, and many others. The museum’s airy, light-filled galleries provide the perfect backdrop for these vibrant works, highlighting the artist’s fascination with light, color, and everyday life.

The Musée d’Orsay is not just a museum but a testament to the avant-garde spirit that reshaped art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, offering a profound insight into the evolution of modern art.

A Stroll through the Latin Quarter

Your Parisian journey concludes with a stroll through the Latin Quarter, the historical heart of intellectual Paris.

This guided walking tour meanders through narrow lanes lined with centuries-old universities, bookshops, and cafés that have been the haunt of scholars and writers for generations. The vibrant street life, eclectic shops, and the Panthéon resting place of France’s intellectual giants make this district a melting pot of culture and history.

We are having a fabulous time and the tour of the Loire Valley was amazing! We too adore Bruno and Flor. They are perfect ambassadors of France who shared their history and culture with us so eloquently! We give our highest plaudits to Flor for her insights into French history. And to Bruno, easily the best driver we could ever want. The Loire Valley is so beautiful we wanted to stay forever! We had a wonderful time at Versailles too. Our guide was a delightful and expressive soul who made the ages of Louis XIV, XV, XVI, Madame DuBarry, and Marie Antoinette truly come to life! We made a connection with her too: she hails from Catania, Sicily, and my ancestors are from nearby Cefalu, Sicily. A singularly unique and privileged day in Versailles! Many thanks to you for going the extra mile to make all of these arrangements for us! We truly hope we can return again! And we no doubt will call on you for help! Thank you so much!
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Having developed into a Francophile on a trip to the French Alps many years ago while still in school, I moved to France after a career traveling the world led to me meeting my (now) French Husband in Johannesburg. I created Luxury France Tours as a way of sharing my love of France & igniting this passion in others.

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