First Time in Paris: A 3-Day Art & History Itinerary

Paris is one of the world’s most popular destinations. And with good reason. As anyone who knows the city will tell you, there really is so much to see and do. If you are in the process of planning your first trip to the French capital, you have almost certainly already discovered this for yourself. With our years of experience, we have put together a three day package of activities and walks with first time visitors to Paris and lovers of art and history in mind.

The Pont au Change, bridge over river Seine and the Conciergerieis, a former royal palace and prison in Paris, France.
Viewing the Île de la Cité from a cruise boat on the Seine River. In the foreground is the Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation, with Notre Dame Cathedral in the background.

Paris for Beginners

Day One – Axe Historique

PARIS, August 4, 2014: Interior view of the Opera National de Paris Garnier, France.  It was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera house
The controversial ceiling by Marc Chagall was installed on a removable frame in 1964, above the original ceiling. The bronze and crystal chandelier that hangs from the centre weights 7 tons.

Day Two – Paris Along the Seine

La Sainte Chapelle
The truly breathtaking view from inside the upper level of Sainte-Chapelle. The stained glass windows are considered amongst the finest of their kind in the world.

Day Three – Day Trip to Monet’s Giverny & Louis XIV’s Versailles

Monets House Garden Spring
Tulips in full bloom in front of Claude Monet’s house in Giverny.

Three-day Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1 - Axe Historique

Day 2 - Along the Seine

Day 3 - Day Trip


Versailles Royal Courtyard
The first château of Louis XIII at Versailles, with its marble courtyard and ornate façades.

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Thomas Dowson

With a professional background in archaeology and a passion for travel, I founded Archaeology Travel to help more people explore our world’s fascinating pasts. Born in Zambia, I trained as an archaeologist at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and taught archaeology at the universities of Southampton and Manchester (England). Read More

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