Bucket list trip:
Paris 3-day itinerary
Reserve ahead for the Eiffel Tower. The views are unbeatable, but it’s always busy – so arrive between 9am and 11am when it’s quieter.
Hop on a boat cruise to see the glorious Les Invalides, Orsay Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral unfurl along the Seine. Then meander hilly cobbles around the Pantheon into Saint-Germain-des-Pres for dinner in quintessential La Cremerie (book in advance).
Away from the crowds, boat cruises along the Seine are the best way to see the highlights of Paris. Options range from hop on, hop off, to full dining experiences.
Adult price: £15
Best for ages 4+
Duration: 1+ hour
Spend the morning in the Louvre, admiring masterpieces galore including the world-famous Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. If you have time, walk a few minutes to the Orangerie Museum to see Monet’s Water Lilies.
Have lunch along rue Sainte-Anne in the Japanese Quarter, then wander up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe.
Finish your day with dinner at ultra-hip Mondaine, a posh boudoir-like eatery with a cabaret vibe and live music.
Rise early to take RER C to the magnificent Palace of Versailles. Reserve a guided tour and you’ll skip the waiting lines.
Return to the city centre after lunch and take the funicular up Montmartre’s hillside to the Sacré Coeur Basilica. The view from its base is stunning, but for wider cityscapes, climb to the top of its dome. End your day with some of the best roast chicken in town at Le Coq & Fils.
The sugary-white domed church of Sacre-Coeur crowns Montmartre. Built in 1914, the interior is a feast of glittering neo-Byzantine mosaics.
Min age 2
Best for ages 18+