6 Days in Paris: Itinerary & Best Tips by a Local

Visit Paris in 6 Days

What to see in Paris in 6 days? With 6 days in Paris, you’ve got plenty of time to see all the very best attractions at a very relaxing pace, get lost in the lesser-known districts of Paris, and explore other places nearby on a day trip.

If you’re planning to spend 6 days in Paris, this guide will help you. Follow this 6-day Paris itinerary step by step or simply use it as inspiration to create your itinerary. Whatever you decide to do, we are sure it will be a wonderful trip!

‘There’s nowhere that life feels more eternal, your dimwit youth more important, than Paris’ – Charles Finch

6 Days in Paris - Itinerary

6-day Paris Itinerary Our Proposal for Paris in 6 Days

What to do in Paris in 6 days? Here’s an overview of the perfect Paris itinerary 6 days.

  • Day 1 in Paris – Ile de la Cité and the Marais
  • Day 2 in Paris – Louvre Museum and the Historical Axis of Paris
  • Day 3 in Paris – Saint Germain des Prés and the Latin Quarter
  • Day 4 in Paris – Day trip to Versailles
  • Day 5 in Paris – Montmartre, and Canal Saint-Martin /Bassin de la Villette
  • Day 6 in Paris – Orsay Museum, Pont Alexandre iii, and the Eiffel Tower.

As you can see from the above, this Paris 6-day itinerary is made up of five days visiting the French capital and a day trip out of Paris (we suggest Versailles). To maximize your 6 day trip to Paris, each day of this itinerary is based on exploring a particular area of Paris or two areas that are close by. This minimizes your walking time between attractions as well as transportation costs.

Another option you may like to consider is to follow our 5 days in Paris itinerary (four days on-site + a day trip to Versailles) and use the extra day for another day trip out of Paris.

This 6 days in Paris itinerary comes with five different maps (one for each day spent in Paris) with our suggested points of interest.

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6 Days in Paris, Day 1: Ile de La Cité and Le Marais

Notre Dame | Ile de la Cité | Hotel de Ville | Le Marais

Paris is bisected by the River Seine, which divides the city into the Left Bank and the Right Bank. The small island in the center of the river is called Ile de la Cité, and it will be the starting point of this Paris 6-day itinerary.

Ile de la Cité has an important concentration of beautiful medieval buildings. This is because, in medieval times, Ile de la Cité was the heart of Paris. Here, the first Royal Palace stood as well as the city’s main religious and institutional buildings. As such, it is not surprising that some of the best places to visit from Medieval Paris are located on Ile de la Cité.

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Start this 6 days in Paris itinerary at Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris), a jewel of Gothic Architecture built between the 13th and the 15th centuries. Since the terrible fire in April 2019, the cathedral is closed to the public, but you still can admire its beautiful façade and follow its reconstruction works (there are some information panels with pictures).

Before leaving Notre Dame, be sure to find the plaque on the ground, which indicates France’s km 0 point. From here, all French roads (including French roads overseas) are measured from this point.


» Notre Dame opening hours: closed to the public until further notice

» Notre Dame Towers opening hours: closed to the public until further notice

» France’s km 0 point cannot be seen at the moment due to Notre Dame’s reconstruction works.


Sainte Chapelle Paris

Ile de la Cité was home to the Kings of France before moving to the Louvre Palace, and you can also find some vestiges of the Roman times on the isle. While strolling around Ile de la Cité, don’t miss the following sites:

  • Sainte Chapelle for the most beautiful stained-glass windows
  • Archaeological Crypt with its Roman remains
  • Conciergerie, formerly the King of France’s palace
  • Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris

Then head to Square du Vert Galant, a beautiful garden at the tip of the island, for a picnic while watching the boats sailing by. If the weather is not good, there are a couple of small restaurants at Place Dauphine.


» Save money and time! This combo ticket Sainte Chapelle + Conciergerie gives you skip-the-line access to these unique sites at a discounted price.

» The Sainte Chapelle opens every day, from 9 am to 5 pm in the winter and from 9 am to 7 pm during the summer. To get the full effect of its windows, try to visit on a sunny day.

» The Conciergerie opens every day, from 9.30 am to 6 pm.

» The Crypte Archéologique opens daily from 10 am until 6 pm (closed on Mondays).


Hôtel de Ville-Paris

Now leave the Ile de la Cité through Pont d’Arcole to visit the Marais. This area of Paris is perfect for simply wandering the streets, admiring the gorgeous buildings you pass, and stopping in at various art galleries or cafés you find along the way.

Before exploring this area, take the time to admire the Hotel de Ville, the city’s town hall, home to the local administration since 1357. However, the former building was burnt down during the Paris Commune in 1871, and the current facade is designed in neo-renaissance style.


This 6-day Paris itinerary continues at Le Marais, one of the most beautiful areas in Paris, which occupies part of Paris 3 and Paris 4. Le Marais is well known for its elegant mansions, gorgeous hotels, art galleries, and quaint little cafés.

During your stroll around Le Marais, make sure you check out Place des Vosges, one of the Royal Squares in Paris, with its stunning architecture and a beautiful central garden. We also recommend visiting the following sites:

  • Carnavalet Museum, a beautiful private mansion turned into a museum showcasing the art and history of Paris.
  • Centre Pompidou, for contemporary art lovers
  • Village Saint-Paul, for its picturesque character in the middle of Paris
  • Picasso Museum
  • The Pletz, home to one of the most important Jewish communities in Paris
  • Cloître des Billettes, the only cloister from Middle Ages that we can still see in Paris
  • Archives Nationales and Gardens

For the first dinner of this itinerary, you can stay at Le Marais. Le Marais has a good choice of restaurants and bistros, so just choose the one that tempts you most.


» Check out our Paris 3 Quick Guide to learn more about the area around Temple.

» Check out our Paris 4 Quick Guide to learn more about the area close to Hôtel de Ville.

» Carnevalet Museum is open daily from 10 am until 6 pm (closed Mondays).

» Picasso Museum is open daily from 9.30 am until 6 pm (closed Mondays).

6 Days in Paris, Day 2: Louvre Museum and the Historical Axis of Paris

Louvre Museum | Tuileries Garden | Place Vendôme | Concorde | Champs Elysées | Arc de Triomphe

Day 2 of this Paris itinerary 6 days is all about exploring the sites along the Historical Axis of West Paris, from the Louvre Museum to the Arc de Triomphe. There will be a small detour to visit the elegant (and unmissable!) Place Vendôme.

6 Days in Paris Itinerary Day 2 Made with Google My Maps

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Best Way to Visit the Louvre in 2 hours

Start the morning visiting the Louvre Museum, the world’s best museum and a must of any trip to Paris. The Louvre was home to the French Kings until King Louis XIV moved the court to the Palace of Versailles.

For 6 days in Paris, we recommend spending around 2 hours in the Louvre so you can see the museum’s main artworks and the remains of the Louvre Palace. Have a look at our tips for visiting the Louvre Museum in 2 hours or less to get the most out of your visit.


» The Louvre Museum opens from Wednesday to Monday from 9 am to 6 am. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the Louvre opens until 10 pm.

» The Louvre Museum sees long lines all year round. You can buy your Louvre skip-the-line ticket now or have a look at our Louvre skip-the-line tips.

» How to Visit the Louvre Museum in 2 hours or less.


Tuileries Garden in Paris

From the Louvre, take a short walk to the Tuileries Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris. Here, you will find a couple of guinguettes selling drinks and quick eats for a lunch break.

The garden’s name comes from the tile factory (tuiles in French), which once stood where the gardens are now. Built in 1564 as the garden of the Tuileries Palace, this is the oldest public garden in Paris.

Stroll through the garden or even better join this Tuileries Garden Quest (self-guided) to learn more about this beautiful garden while having fun.


Place Vendôme - Paris

From the Tuileries Garden, leave through rue de Rivoli in the north and walk around 300m along rue Castiglione. Here you will find Place Vendôme, considered to be one of the most elegant squares in Paris.

The Vendôme Column, right in the center of the square, was erected by Napoleon I to commemorate the Battle of Austerlitz. Around the column, the Hotel Ritz and luxury jewelry shops complete the decor.


Place de la Concorde

Back to the Tuileries Garden, take the time to walk around Place de la Concorde. The current square was arranged in the 18th century to host an equestrian statue of King Louis XV to celebrate his recovery from a terrible illness. Years later, it was the witness of some of the most terrible chapters of the French Revolution, like the execution of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie-Antoinette.

Don’t miss the Luxor obelisk the oldest monument in Paris brought directly from Egypt! Today the obelisk is part of the biggest sundial in the city, and you will find the marks on the pavement.

Now, walk along the Champs Elysées, the most famous avenue in Paris, and enjoy its atmosphere and window shops up to the Arc de Triomphe.


Arc de Triomphe

Commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon I to honor the Grande Armée, this triumphal arch 55m high is inspired by the arches of Roman times. It also houses the tomb of the unknown soldier whose flame is rekindled every evening.

Climb up to the top of Arc de Triomphe for a unique panorama of the Champs Élysées and beyond.

6 Days in Paris, Day 3: Saint-Germain-des-Prés & the Latin Quarter

Saint-Germain-des-Prés | Luxembourg Gardens | The Latin Quarter

Day 3 of this Paris 6-day itinerary will see you exploring the Seine’s Left Bank, more specifically the neighborhoods of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter.

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Les Deux Magots Paris

Start with a coffee (+ people-watching) in one of the neighborhood’s beautiful cafes. Some of the most beautiful cafés in Paris are located in this area so you will be spoilt for choice!

Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Paris, very popular amongst tourists. It started out as a rural village in the 12th century that grew around the former Saint-Germain Abbey. 

After the second world war, this neighborhood became a common meeting place for intellectuals, and artists, who liked to discuss and debate in the beautiful cafes and bistros of the area. 

These days Saint-Germain-des-Prés has been profoundly transformed due to the tourism industry, and boutique hotels, art galleries, and luxury shops have replaced the small printers, bookstores, and some cafes.

After the coffee, stroll around the neighborhood. We recommend visiting the following sites:

  • Saint-Germain-de-Près Abbey
  • Church of Saint-Sulpice
  • Rimbaud’s poem “Bateau Ivre” painted on a wall near Saint-Sulpice

Once you’ve finished exploring Saint-Germain, take the short walk to the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens.


Luxembourg Gardens Paris

The Luxembourg Gardens was commissioned by Queen Marie de Médicis (the widow of King Henri IV) in 1612 and it was inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, the Queen’s hometown. The gardens surround the Luxembourg Palace, and they are great to explore, especially on sunny days.

The list of interesting things to see at Luxembourg Gardens includes the pond in front of the Palace, the Médicis Fountain (considered one of the most romantic places in all of Paris), the Orangerie, the collection of sculptures of French Queens around the pond, a rose garden, and the greenhouses with an orchid collection. There’s also a playground for kids with a carousel.

Feeling hungry? Look for a beautiful spot for a sandwich on a bench or head to the Latin Quarter, with plenty of restaurants and bistros.


Paris 5 - Place Contrescarpe

The Latin Quarter is another popular area in Paris. While it is known as the center of university life in Paris, it’s also where the Roman City was born in IC AD.  It is believed that Lutetia’s Roman Forum, the center of religious and civil life during the Roman times, was located at current rue Soufflot while today’s rue Saint Jacques was the former Cardo Maximus and one of the two main streets in Paris in Roman times.

The rest of the day is dedicated to exploring this area, with an interesting combination of historical sights, lively squares and streets, plenty of cafés, small bookstores, and independent cinemas proposing auteur films. While strolling around the Latin Quarter, don’t miss the following sites:

  • The Panthéon, with the tombs of the most notable citizens of France
  • The Sorbonne University
  • Cluny Museum, dedicated to Middle Ages
  • Rue Mouffetard
  • Place de la Contrescarpe
  • Grande Mosquée de Paris
  • Arènes de Lutèce, the Roman amphitheater (IAD)
  • Jardin des Plantes, the main botanical garden in France
  • Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, inside the Jardin des Plantes


Paradis Latin can can girls
Photo Courtesy: Paradis Latin Paris ©

For the third night of this Paris in 6 days itinerary, we recommend the cabaret show with dinner at Le Paradis Latin. This is one of the best cabarets in Paris, and also the locals’ favorite. You can buy your tickets here.

Alternatively, there are many small restaurants around Place de la Contrescarpe and rue Mouffetard.


» Check out our Paris 6 Quick Guide to learn more about Saint-Germain-des-Près.

» Check out our Paris 5 Quick Guide to learn more about the Latin Quarter.

6 Days in Paris, Day 4: Day Trip to Versailles

After three days of exploring Paris, it’s time to leave the city for a beautiful day in Versailles. Located west of Paris. Versailles is world-known for the Château de Versailles, a jewel of French architecture and home to King Louis XIV, King Louis XV, King Louis XVI, and Queen Marie-Antoinette until the French Revolution.

There’s a lot to see and do in Versailles so take the time to plan this day trip. To help with the organization, check out our Versailles Quick Guide, which includes things like when to go, how to travel, what to see, and our best tips.


Visit Versailles Gardens

The State of Versailles is spread out across more than 800 hectares, and it includes the Palace of Versailles and the Trianons.

After visiting the Château de Versailles click here for our best Versailles skip-the-line tips stroll around the magnificent French-style Versailles Gardens, with 200,000 trees, 50 fountains, and the Grand Canal, making it well worth a visit during your 6-day Paris itinerary.

6 Days in Paris, Day 5: Montmartre, Canal Saint-Martin and La Villette

One of the most pleasant things to do in Paris when the sun shines is a stroll around Montmartre or down the Parisian canals. Day 5 of this 6 days in Paris itinerary will cover both areas, so forget museums and monuments for a day and put on your walking shoes!

6 Days in Paris Map Day 5
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Street of Montmartre - Paris

Day 5 starts exploring the neighborhood of Montmartre. Take the metro to the Anvers station (line 2) and then take rue Steinkerque up to the Sacré Coeur.

For your stroll around Montmartre, we suggest following this Montmartre Walking Tour (self-guided). It starts from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and explores the main sights of Montmartre while learning the history of this picturesque neighborhood.

If you want to go beyond the main sights, and you have the time, check out our Secret Map of Montmartre with our favorite spots off the beaten path.

For lunch, there are many boulangeries proposing sandwiches or quick eats to eat something on the go. If you prefer to take your time, check out the list of favorite restaurants in Montmartre.


Paris 10 - Canal Saint-Martin

From Pigalle or Anvers metro stations, take metro line 2 to Stalingrad for a stroll through the Bassin de la Villette or Canal Saint-Martin.

Where to go? Canal Saint-Martin is a cultural hub and one of the most popular places in Paris while Bassin de La VilletteCanal de l’Ourcq has a more local feeling, with more things to do along the canal.

A fun thing to do at Bassin de la Villette is sailing an electric boat along the canal (no boating license required), perhaps with a bottle of rosé wine onboard.

For dinner, both areas have some bar restaurants for a casual dinner in the neighborhood.

6 Days in Paris, Day 6: Paris 8 and Paris 7

Orsay Museum | Alexander iii Bridge| Grand Palais & Petit Palais | Eiffel Tower | Seine River Cruise

On the last day of this Paris itinerary 6 days, you’ll take a closer look at some of the famous landmarks in the city, as well as spending some time admiring the brilliant architecture of the city’s buildings.

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Orsay Museum

Start early in the morning with a visit to the Orsay Museum. This beautiful and interesting museum is set in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station that was built between 1898 and 1900.

The Orsay Museum holds mainly French art from 1848 to 1914 and includes artworks of Van Gogh, Gauguin, and the Impressionists. Even if you’re not into art galleries, a visit here is well worth it, just to see the train station, which looks like a palace!


Pont Alexandre III - Paris

After visiting Orsay, follow the Seine River to the west, to the Alexander iii Bridge. Built between 1896 and 1900, the Alexander iii Bridge is said to be the most romantic bridge in all of Paris, and it features Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs, and winged horses at either end.

As you walk across it, you’ll have brilliant views of the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais and Petit Palais on the other side.

Even if day 6 is dedicated to the 7th district of Paris, both buildings deserve a slight detour to the Seine’s Right bank.


Petit Palais - Paris

From the Alexandre iii Bridge, continue onto Grand Palais and Petit Palais to admire these two impressive buildings constructed for the World’s Fair of 1900.

The Grand Palais (on the left) is a large site that houses an exhibition hall and museum, recognizable by its large glass dome. Just in front of the Grand Palais is the Petit Palais, housing the City of Paris Museum of Fine Art.

If you did not have lunch yet, the Petit Palais is free to enter, and it has a beautiful garden with a café perfect for enjoying a set menu or tea + cakes surrounded by stunning decor.


Eiffel Tower Paris

We have kept the Eiffel Tower for the last moment of this 6 days in Paris itinerary. Climb up to the Eiffel Tower to learn more about France’s most iconic monument and for an awesome view of Paris from above.

The Eiffel Tower lits up at night, and it is truly magical. Did you know that while the Eiffel Tower is lit up, it sparkles for the first five minutes of every hour?

Remember to book your Eiffel Tower tickets well in advance! With only six days in Paris, it’s essential to secure the date and time slot as soon as possible. If you book with Get Your Guide, you can cancel up to 24 hours in advance and receive a full refund.


Seine Cruise in Paris

After your Eiffel Tower experience, what better way to finish off your trip to Paris than taking a dinner cruise down the River Seine. During this cruise, you will see many of the most famous Paris landmarks, magically illuminated, including the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, the Conciergerie, and more Click here to compare the best Seine River Cruises in Paris.

How to Get from / to the Airports of Paris

Train Paris CDG Airport
Gare du Nord or Châtelet
30-40 min
4:50 am – 11:50 pm
Your hotel
30-40 min
60€ approx
Taxi CDG Airport
Your hotel
30-40 min
Flat rate: 62€ to Left Bank /55€ to Right Bank (without pre-booking)
Roissy Bus (CDG Airport-Opéra)
11 Rue Scribe (Paris 9)
60-75 min
6:00 am – 0:30 am
Orly Bus Paris ORY Airport
Denfert- Rochereau
30-40 min
6:am – 0:30 am
Your hotel
30-40 min
50€ approx
Taxi ORY Airport
Your hotel
30-40 min
Flat rate: 35€ to Left Bank /41€ to Right Bank (without pre-booking)

My personal recommendation is to pre-book with Welcome Pickups, a reliable and top-rated private transfer service. Your driver will wait for you outside of the arrivals hall with a sign bearing your name, plus a bottle of water and a map of the city. Welcome Pickups has introduced strict safety protocols to protect drivers and guests.

Where to Sleep in Paris for 6 Days

Haven’t decided where to stay during your six days in Paris yet? Check out our hotel suggestions perfect for your 6-day Paris itinerary.

I recommend Booking.com for booking your hotel in Paris. They have a wide variety of accommodation of all kinds and good rates. In addition, they propose the option to cancel for free, most of the time up to 24 hours.


If you have the budget, why not treat yourself to the pleasure of waking up at an amazing hotel with an Eiffel Tower view? Some of the best hotels in Paris also have awesome views of the Eiffel Tower, which is especially beautiful during its night show! – Check out the best hotels with Eiffel Tower Views


Le Marais is a central neighborhood in the Seine’s Right Bank, perfect to set your base in Paris, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. It is beautiful, well connected by the metro, and with many beautiful cafes and restaurant options – Click here for the best hotels in Le Marais


The neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, on the Left Bank, is a great place to put your luggage down in Paris, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. It is picturesque and central, with many entertainment, beautiful cafes, and restaurant options – Click here for the best hotels in Saint-Germain

And there you have it, a comprehensive Paris 6-day itinerary for your next trip to Paris. Follow this itinerary step by step, or change it up to suit your own individual preferences.

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