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What are the best things to do in Paris for first time visitors? What are the must-see attractions? Paris is a large city, you don't have a month, what can you leave off? How do you see it all without exhausting yourself? How do you tour Paris the smart way?
If you're looking for suggestions on the best things to do in Paris, we can help you based on experience with the many visitors we've talked to before and after their trip.
You may also be wondering where to stay for your first time in Paris. We have our favorite magical neighborhoods, of course!
Because we're all on such tight schedules, some people wonder how many days are absolutely necessary? Well, it's Paris, stay as long as you can, but we explain why 4 nights is a minimum for people flying from North America.
And, Annie's hobby horse: What do you need to prepare in advance and what can you leave to chance? You need to know these things to make your first trip to Paris a great experience so you'll want to come back time and time again!
Things to Do in Paris for First Time Visitors, Highlights and Time Stamps
#1 Take a Boat Ride!
[06:55] Our #1 is Take a Ride on the Seine River.
#2 Île de la Cité
[10:00] Our #2 is the Île de la Cité. Île de la Cité, Episode 2
#3 Le Marais
[12:52] Our #3 is Le Marais. Le Marais Neighborhood in Paris, Episode 27.
#4 The Louvre Museum
[15:47] Things to Do in Paris for First Time Visitors, Our #4 is the Louvre Museum. The Louvre Museum, Episode 21.
#5 The Eiffel Tower
[18:01] Things to Do in Paris for First Time Visitors, Our #5 is the Eiffel Tower. Should You Go to the Eiffel Tower? Episode 12.
#6 The Opéra Garnier
[20:06] Things to Do in Paris for First Time Visitors, Our #6 is the Opera Garnier. The Opéra Garnier in Paris, Episode 127.
#7 A Walk in the Jardin des Tuileries
[21:28] Things to Do in Paris for First Time Visitors, Our #7 is the a walk in the Jardin des Tuileries.
#8 The Orsay Museum
[24:28] Things to Do in Paris for First Time Visitors, Our #8 is the Orsay Museum. The Orsay Museum, Episode 15.
#9 A Walk in Montmartre
[26:25] Things to Do in Paris for First Time Visitors, Our #9 is a walk around Montmartre. Montmartre in Paris, Episode 134.
#10 Discover Saint-Germain des Près
[29:20] Things to Do in Paris for First Time Visitors, Our #10 is a walk around Saint-Germain des Près.
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If you enjoyed this episode, you should also listen to related episode(s):
- Île de la Cité, Episode 2
- Le Marais Neighborhood in Paris, Episode 27
- Strategies for Visiting the Louvre Museum, Episode 21
- Should You Go to the Eiffel Tower? Episode 12
- Opéra Garnier in Paris, Episode 127
- How to Prepare for Your Visit to the Orsay Museum, Episode 15
- The Lure of Montmartre, Episode 134
Discussed in this Episode
- Cruise on the Seine River
- Ile de la Cité
- Le Marais
- The Louvre Museum
- The Eiffel Tower
- Opéra Garnier
- Jardin des Tuileries
- Orsay Museum
- Montmartre Neighborhood
- Saint Germain des Près Neighborhood