Paris – The Most Popular Program Ideas for 2 days

Paris, the City of Love, Lights, and endless possibilities. The mere mention of this enchanting metropolis conjures visions of iconic landmarks, delectable pastries, and romantic strolls along the Seine. If you find yourself with just two days to savor all that Paris has to offer, don’t worry; this travel blog is your compass to maximize every moment. Get ready to immerse yourself in art, culture, and culinary delights while making the most of your 48 hours in the French capital.


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Day 1

A Morning in Montmartre

Begin your adventure in the charming neighborhood of Montmartre, home to the renowned Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacre-Coeur). Start your day early to beat the crowds and enjoy the breathtaking sunrise view from the basilica’s terrace. It’s a moment of serenity amidst the bustling city.

After leaving the Basilica, wander through its cobbled streets, where artists have thrived for centuries. Take a stroll along Place du Tertre, where painters display their works, and don’t hesitate to get a caricature or portrait as a souvenir.

You’ve got to visit Le Taverne de Montmartre! It’s this charming little gem tucked away in the heart of Montmartre. The cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and mouthwatering French cuisine make it a must-visit. You’ll love their escargot, boeuf Bourguignon, fondue, and, of course, the divine crème brûlée. It’s the perfect spot to unwind, savor delicious food, and soak in the artistic vibes of Montmartre.

Tip : Download the “Paris Metro” app for hassle-free navigation. A Paris Visite pass allows unlimited rides on the city’s efficient metro system.

Afternoon: A Cultural Experience at the Louvre

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in art and history at the Louvre Museum. Home to thousands of masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa, Liberty Leading the People, and Venus de Milo, this museum is a treasure trove for art enthusiasts.

As you stroll through the museum’s grand halls, let the artistry of the ages transport you through time. Be sure to explore the architectural wonders of the Louvre itself, a former royal palace.

You absolutely have to check out the garden next to the Louvre, called Jardin des Tuileries. It’s like a hidden gem in the heart of Paris. The place is so peaceful with its neat lawns, impressive statues, and soothing fountains. You can take a leisurely walk and enjoy some history, art, and nature all in one place. It’s the perfect spot for a calm escape right in the midst of Parisian beauty. Don’t miss it!

Tip: Purchase your Louvre tickets online in advance to skip the long lines.

Evening: Seine River Cruise and Eiffel Tower Sparkle

As the sun sets, embark on a romantic Seine River cruise. Witness Paris’ landmarks illuminated, including the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Musée d’Orsay. It’s a picture-perfect way to experience the city’s magic.

After the Seine River Cruise Experience, wrap up your day by marveling at the Eiffel Tower’s dazzling light show, which occurs every evening from dusk until 11:45 PM. You can enjoy this spectacle from various vantage points throughout the city.

Tip: Book your Seine River cruise in advance through the “Bateaux Parisiens” website for a memorable evening.

Sipping Cocktails at Le Marais

After watching the Eiffel Tower light show, discover the ultimate Parisian nightlife experience in Le Marais! Cocktail bars like Little Red Door, Candelaria, and BrewDog Le Marais are some of the most popular in the district. Enjoy inventive mixology and a lively atmosphere, making it the perfect way to wind down your Paris adventure.

Day 2: A Journey Through History and Luxury

Morning: Versailles Palace Extravaganza

On your second day, venture outside Paris to the Palace of Versailles, a short train ride away. Visiting the Palace of Versailles is a journey back in time to the grandeur of the French monarchy. You should go to marvel at the opulent architecture, intricate gardens, and the famous Hall of Mirrors. It’s a glimpse into history, art, and culture that’s truly unforgettable, offering a unique perspective on France’s past.

Spend your morning exploring this grandeur, and don’t forget to admire the mesmerizing fountains in the gardens. They come to life with music on weekends in the summer.

 Tip : Purchase a “Versailles Passport” online, which includes access to the palace, Trianon Palaces, Gardens, and Gallery of Coaches, bypassing the lengthy ticket lines.

Afternoon: Luxurious Shopping on the Champs-Élysées

Return to Paris in the afternoon and head to the iconic Champs-Élysées. Here, you’ll find world-renowned fashion boutiques like Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Even if you’re not planning a shopping spree, the Champs-Élysées is a cultural experience lined with theaters, cafes, and cinemas.

For an extraordinary lunch, indulge in a „formule déjeuner” (starter + main course or main course + dessert) or the menu at “Le Fouquet’s,” a historic brasserie frequented by celebrities and politicians.

After lunch, don’t forget to visit a pastry shop nearby. One of the most popular is Ladurée, a paradise for pastry and chocolate enthusiasts. Known for its delectable macarons, Ladurée also offers exquisite pastries and chocolates that are a must-try. Their elegant boutique and delightful treats make it a charming stop.

Champs-Élysées and its surround also boast renowned pastries like Pierre Hermé, La Maison du known for his inventive and high-quality pastries and chocolates. Exploring these shops along this iconic avenue adds an extra layer of sweetness to your Parisian experience.

Evening: Paris by Night – The Moulin Rouge Experience

You absolutely must experience the magic of Moulin Rouge! This iconic Parisian cabaret offers an unforgettable night of dazzling performances. Picture breathtaking can-can dancers, mesmerizing acrobats, and sensational musical acts. From the moment the curtain rises, you’ll be transported to a world of glamour. I’ve had the pleasure of attending this amazing show twice, and my enjoyment was even greater the second time. I can confidently assert that this experience is a must in anyone’s life, at least once.

 Tip: The Moulin Rouge show is a spectacular fusion of music, dance, and art that encapsulates the spirit of Parisian entertainment. It’s an evening you’ll remember for a lifetime. Book your Moulin Rouge tickets well in advance through their official website for the best seats.

A Parisian Farewell

Paris, a city of timeless elegance and endless charm, has a way of calling you back again and again. Though a mere two days may seem short, this exceptional adventure has provided a glimpse into the very soul of the City of Love. Paris has shared its stories, flavors, and artistry with you, from iconic landmarks to hidden gems.

As you bid farewell to Paris, remember that the memories you’ve created will forever hold a special place in your heart. Whether it’s sipping coffee in a Montmartre café or gazing at the sparkling Eiffel Tower, Paris will always be the place where dreams come true, even in just two days’ time.

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