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How to spend 48 hours in Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris on a sunny day

If you’ve only got 48 hours in Paris – you can still see and do a lot to give you a fabulous flavour of the City of Light and take in some of the world’s most beautiful monuments.

Paris Travel Advice

View over the Louvre and the Pyramid in Paris

Don’t waste precious time standing for hours in queues – book your tours and tickets online and skip right on in. Iconic visits like the Louvre, the world’s most popular museum, home to the Mona Lisa, can have very long queues but book Priority Access Entrance Tickets and avoid the wait time.

It’s the same with the Eiffel Tower, the world’s favourite Paris icon pretty much always has a long row of people queuing for tickets – but book ‘skip the line tickets’ and head on up to the second floor in a high speed elevator to enjoy magnificent views over the city.

What not to miss on a short visit to Paris

People sitting on a site seeing bus in ParisAfter the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, we recommend a walking tour of the city. There’s so much to fall in love with from the historic architecture, street art, the Latin Quarter, Le Marais district and romantic Montmartre. There’s heaps of choice and you could spend hours searching online for the right tour for you.

Just pick the tour that suits you – including by Big Bus hop on and hop off bus, Segway, open Bus, 2CV (what could be more Parisian?), bike, boat and even by jetpack! That’s a virtual reality tour by the way, we don’t really recommend you zip your way round Paris’s buildings with a jet pack, but it is a super fun way to see the city as you soar above the Eiffel Tower and over and around legendary monuments. You can however do a helicopter ride over the city. Private walking tours, groups, themes and more – there’s a whole heap to choose from.

The great and the good

View over the ground floor of the Orsay Museum, Paris

Get tickets for all the greats from the Picasso Museum to the Musée d’Orsay, Rodin Museum, and more. Take a tour of the Opera Garnier with an expert guide to discover the behind the scenes stories. Visit a French bakery and learn how to make croissants, take a macaron-making class, visit a market, enjoy wine and cheese tasting, chocolate and pastries tour and be wowed by Saint-Chappelle, a chapel that’s older than Notre-Dame and makes you feel like you’re inside a jewel box.

See the city from the Seine

Notre Dame Paris at dusk, reflected in the water of the river Thames

Paris owes its very existence to the River Seine; it was born on the Ile de la Cité, home to Notre Dame and the city grew up around it. When you see the sights from the river, you get a different perspective entirely. Day time trips by Bateaux-Mouches, lunch and dinner cruises and night-time tours – a boat tour is a must.

Night-time Paris

View over Paris from the top of Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower in the distance

The fun doesn’t stop after dark. Paris is famous for its night life. Why not experience a night at a famous cabaret. You could book the Lido de Paris with optional dinner, the Moulin Rouge or Crazy Horse. If you’re feeling like you’d like something romantic Bustronome (gourmet tours of Paris by bus) are fantastic. Or you could enjoy a musical dinner in arty Montmartre, a night of comedy and learn how to be a Parisian in one hour or perhaps a VIP Louvre highlights after hours and wine tasting and nibbles evening tour floats your boat.

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