Detailed France tour itinerary

1st Jul 2018
Photo of Detailed France tour itinerary by Shaunak Bhattacharjee

If I were to visit only one city in Europe, I would visit Paris. And here are the ten reasons why.

Day 1

Louvre Museum. The Louvre Museum is the largest art museum in the world. Famous for having the Mona Lisa, about 38,000 objects from prehistoric era to modern history are on display at this museum. Opened in 1793, this is spread over 73,000 square meter area. Annually, the Louvre museum attracts 8.1 million visitors.

Eiffel Tower. Once used to be the tallest building in the world, the Eiffel Tower stands tall at 324 meters, i.e. close to five times the height of Qutb Minar in India. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the world, attracting over 7 million tourists annually.

Day 2

Notre dame de Paris. Translated to ‘Our Lady of Paris’ in French, Notre dame is a Catholic cathedral built during the medieval times. The cathedral is one of the finest examples of the French Gothic architecture. Built in 1260, this cathedral is 128 meters tall and consists of two towers, 10 bells. It is the most visited monument in Paris with 13 million visitors annually.

Arc de Triomphe. One of the most famous monuments in Paris, this 50 meter tall structure was inaugurated in 1850. Built as a triumphal arc type of structure and inspired by the Arc of Titus in Italy, this arc honors those who fought and died for France in the wars.

Arc de Triomphe

Photo of Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France by Shaunak Bhattacharjee
Day 3

Petit Trianon. This small chateau was built during the reign of King Louis XV of France. This was built in 1768 at the site of a botanical garden. This chateau attracts more than 1.5 million tourists annually.

Garnier Opera House. This opera house has a seating capacity of 1,979 people at a time. It was inaugurated in 1875 and costed 36 million francs to build. With a height of 56 meters from the ground, this opera house was the primary home of the Paris Opera. In 2016, it had 91% seats filled up on an average with 554,274 visitors in the year.

Day 4

Orsay Museum. Also known as Musee d’Orsay locally, the museum holds French art mainly from the period 1848 to 1914. One of the largest museums in Europe, it houses paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. Ranked 3rd nationally and 10th globally, this museum attracts 3.18 million visitors per year.

Quai Branley Museum. This museum mainly features indigenous art and culture from the continents of Africa, Asia, Oceania, North America and South America. They have a collection of over 450,000 items from which 3,500 are on display at a time. This museum serves both as a museum as well as a center for research. Opened in 2006, this museum attracts 1.15 million visitors annually.

Day 5

Sainte Chapelle. The Saint Chappelle was built in 1248 and is a royal chapel built in Gothic style of architecture. Although damaged during the French Revolution, the chapel was repaired and restored in the 19th century. Construction of this building was commissioned by King Louis IX of France, it now attracts around 2 million visitors each year.

Montaparnasse Tower Observation. This observation center is located on the roof of a 210 meter tall building. Built over 58 floors and opened in 1973, this was the tallest skyscraper in France when it was built. The view from top covers an area with radius of 40 kilometers. This observatory tower attracts over a million visitors a year.

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