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Ultimate Paris Experience: An 8-Day Itinerary Guide

Take the ultimate Paris experience with this 8-day itinerary through the captivating streets of Paris, where every moment is filled with history, culture, and allure. This detailed guide will walk you through a travel plan brimming with marvels, famous landmarks, delicious food, and unique moments.


With the In-depth Cultural Tour Paris Explorer (8 Days), you have an 8-day tour package that takes you through Paris and Versailles. This  includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport, and more.

This tour is currently 10% off from $3, 750 to $3, 375. (Disclosure: International flights, insurance, other activities, and services are not included).

Ultimate Paris Experience

Why an 8-Day Paris Travel Plan?

An 8-day Paris travel plan strikes the perfect balance between breadth and depth, allowing enough time to explore the city’s top attractions while also delving into its hidden gems.

Paris is not a city that reveals itself in a rush; it requires time to be truly appreciated. Over eight days, you can visit the world-renowned museums at a leisurely pace, savor the exquisite Parisian cuisine, and even take day trips to nearby historical sites.

This timeframe also gives you the opportunity to wander off the beaten path, discover local markets, and experience the Parisian lifestyle like a local. Moreover, a structured 8-day itinerary ensures that you can take advantage of the Paris city guide’s recommendations without feeling overwhelmed.

Planning your journey over a full week allows you to fully immerse in the Parisian culture tour, leaving with memories that last a lifetime.

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Ultimate Paris Experience

Day 1: Welcome to Paris

Paris is yours to explore on this in-depth City Explorer. Check in to your centrally located hotel and spend the afternoon getting to know your surroundings. Wander along the grand boulevards and admire the elegant architecture of the French capital, stopping for a leisurely café au lait while watching sophisticated Parisians go by. This evening, join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a quintessentially Parisian Welcome Reception.

famous arc de triomphe at sunset paris

Day 2: Paris Dive

Join your Travel Director this morning for a tour of this mesmerising city. View the grand Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe, built for Napoleon in the 19th century. Delve into the hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris’s most historic neighbourhoods and a favourite local haunt that remains a secret to outsiders. Enjoy aerial views of the city today when you embrace Paris on a different level as you rise from the base to the first floor of the Eiffel Tower for a memorable lunch with Paris at your feet, a truly iconic event.

Day 3: Consider an Optional Experience to the D-Day Landing Beaches

You may wish to experience a full-day Optional Experience on the Normandy coast to uncover the poignant history of the D-Day Landings. Alternatively, spend the day soaking up the sights and sounds of this elegant European capital. Your Travel Director will suggest activities and attractions that will ensure a memorable day spent discovering Paris. Spend your evening at leisure exploring the city’s glittering sights at night.

Explore Versailles

Day 4: A Day to Explore Versailles

Tread in the footsteps of French nobility and explore the opulence and splendour of Versailles. Join a Local Specialist who will guide you through the palace’s extraordinary Hall of Mirrors and Battles Gallery. Stroll through the picturesque Royal Gardens and visit the Petit Trianon to see first-hand how the French Royal Family lived in private, before discovering Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet. Return to Paris later for an evening at leisure. Immerse yourself in Parisian culture on the Optional Experience to a traditional cabaret performance.

Day 5: Experience the Marais and French Cuisine Dive Into Culture

Explore the intriguing and beautiful Marais district on a walking tour. See the mansions and courtyards of this delightful corner of Paris. Then, Dive Into Culture, savouring the exquisite flavours of French cuisine as you meet a Parisian chef for an unforgettable lunch experience. Delve into local culinary secrets, and delicious flavours and aromas, which you will have an opportunity to create yourself and then to enjoy.

Later, the included guided museum visit will either be the Louvre Museum or the Orsay Museum depending on availability. Before your tour begins, your Travel Director will send you a welcome email and confirm the included museum visit. They will also advise you how to book the other museum if you wish to visit it during your time in Paris.

Day 6: Enjoy Montmarte

A leisurely start to our morning sees us take a quaint little train back in time to the colourful hillside ‘village’ of Montmartre, home to the picturesque Sacré-Cœur. Dive Into Culture as we tread in the footsteps of Picasso, Dali and Van Gogh, as you discover the hidden squares, artists’ haunts and romantic hideaways along with ample time for shopping. Spend the rest of the day on your own embracing your inner bon vivant.

ying tonndorf in montmarte paris

Day 7: Connect with Locals in Paris

Perhaps admire the exquisite collection of modern art in the Centres George Pompidou or enjoy an Optional Experience to the inspirational gardens of Monet at Giverny. This evening, Connect With Locals during a memorable Be My Guest experience and Farewell Dinner at Chez Paul, bringing you back to the Paris of the early 1900s.

Day 8: Au Revoir Paris

After breakfast, it’s time to bid Paris au revoir as you prepare to return home after a memorable break in one of the world’s greatest cities.

To make the most of your Paris adventure, embrace the city’s culture with an open heart. Engage with the Parisian way of life by starting your day at a local café, sipping on espresso and watching the city awaken. Make time for the arts by visiting small galleries or attending a show. Learn a few phrases in French; even a simple “bonjour” can make a significant difference in your interactions.

Participate in a guided walking tour focused on literature, fashion, or history to gain deeper insights into Parisian culture. Don’t just observe; participate in workshops or classes, such as a cooking lesson to learn the art of making classic French pastries. These experiences allow for a richer understanding and a more profound connection to the enduring allure of Paris.
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