How to Spend a Perfect Day in Paris with Itinerary Map (Arc de Triomphe – Louvre Museum)

Arc de Triomphe

Paris

【City description】

It is the capital in France. Because there are so many sightseeing spots, we made 3 tour routes. In this route, we begin the sightseeing at the Arc de Triomphe. Then, we walk on the Champs-Elysées Avenue to go to the Louvre Museum. The route is simple but there many sites on the way.

【Overall rating】

 ★★★★★

【Time required】

 8 h ~

【Budget】

 40.50 euros
(if you dont’s have the Paris Museum Pass)

【Fatigue】

 ★★★★☆



Itinerary Map

Navigation

【Start】
Charles de Gaulle Étoile Station

★To visit the Arc de Triomphe, it is necessary to go down the stairs.

①Arc de Triomphe

★Go to Champs-Elysées Avenue.

②Champs Elysées

★Go straight the avenue and turn right when you arrive at Clemenceau Square.

③Grand Palais

★Go to another palais in front of the Grand Palais.

④Petit Palais

★Continue to walk on Champs-Elysées Avenue for 5 minutes.

⑤Concorde Square

⑥Tuileries Garden

★Go to a building on the right hand from the garden’s entrance.

⑦Orangerie Museum

★Walk in the garden.

⑧Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

★Go out from the garden.

⑨Louvre Museum

★When you finish the visit, turn right at the exit. Then, turn right at Rivoli St as far as Palais Royal Square.

【Goal】
Palais Royal Louvre Museum station



【Start】

Charles de Gaulle Étoile Station

It’s the subway station of the line 1, 2 and 6. It’s also the RER station of the line A.

★To visit the Arc de Triomphe, it is necessary to go down the stairs.


①Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Time required: 60 min

Admission fee: 13 euros
(Paris Museum Pass is available)

Opening hour: 10 am- 10h 30 pm

Close: national holidays

One of Paris’s most emblematic tourist attractions, it was completed in 1836 on the orders of Napoleon. Although it is called a gate, you can enter the middle part, and there are exhibits and souvenir shops inside, and if you go to the rooftop, you can see a panoramic view of Paris, including the Champs-Elysées. It is also called Etoile (Star) because the many street intersections look like shining stars. Once you go underground, there is always a long line to buy same-day tickets, but if you use the Paris Museum Pass (PMP), which is an admission pass to major tourist attractions in Paris, you can skip the line and get in right away.

【Paris Museum Pass (PMP)】

If you buy PMP, you can enter over 50 museums and monuments in Paris and in the region for free. In addition, you needn’t wait in line to buy a ticket. The price depends on the dates of PMP. So, we recommend you to buy the PMP at the beginning of the stay.
https://www.parismuseumpass.fr/t-en


★Go to Champs-Elysées Avenue.


②Champs Elysées

Champs Elysées

Time required: 30 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

It is the most famous street in France, running from the front of the Arc de Triomphe. The street is lined with brand-name stores such as Louis Vuitton and Dior, as well as Laduree, famous for its macarons. During Christmas time, a Christmas market is held on the street.


★Go straight the avenue and turn right when you arrive at Clemenceau Square.


③Grand Palais

Grand Palais

Time required: 60 min

Admission fee: it depends on the exposition

Opening hour: 10 am- 8 pm
(until 10 pm on Wednesday)

Close: Tuesday, national holidays, the period without exposition

It is a building with a distinctive domed roof that was built during the Paris World’s Fair, and is currently open for tours when special exhibitions are held. It was also recently used in the movie “Fantastic Beasts”. You can save money by purchasing tickets online.


★Go to another palais in front of the Grand Palais.


④Petit Palais

Petit Palais

Time required: 90 min

Admission fee: 0 euro
(the exposition is not free)

Opening hour: 10 am- 6 pm

Close: Monday

Like the Grand Palais, this palace was built during the Paris Universal Exposition. Currently, the permanent exhibition is open to the public for free, but there are so many things to see that it’s hard to believe it’s free. The courtyard surrounding the building is also a highlight.


★Continue to walk on Champs-Elysées Avenue for 5 minutes.


⑤Concorde Square

Concorde Square

Place de la Concorde

Time required: 10 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

This square is located at the end of the Champs Elysées and is home to an obelisk gifted from Egypt. The guillotine was placed here during the French Revolution, and many nobles were executed here. In winter, a large Ferris wheel is installed here.


⑥Tuileries Garden

Tuileries Garden

Jardin des Tuileries

Time required: 20 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

The gardens beyond Place de la Concorde lead to the Louvre Museum. It was designed by the same people who designed Versailles. The garden also has a fountain and restaurants, making it a place of relaxation not only for tourists but also for locals. A mobile amusement park is set up during the summer.


★Go to a building on the right hand from the garden’s entrance.


⑦Orangerie Museum

Orangerie Museum

Musée de l’Orangerie

Time required: 40 min

Admission fee: 12.50 euros
(Paris Museum Pass is available)

Opening hour: 9 am- 6 pm

Close: Tuesday

This museum is located in the Tuileries Garden, and although it is small, you can see works by artists such as Cezanne and Renoir. The main attraction is Monet’s “Water Lilies,” and when you enter the room prepared for this work, you feel like you are reliving the scenery he saw.


★Walk in the garden.


⑧Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Time required: 5 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

This is a small Arc de Triomphe at the edge of the Tuileries Gardens. It was also built for Napoleon. The three Arc de Triomphes are connected by a straight line: the Arc de Triomphe, the Arc de Triomphe of the Carrousel, and the new Arc de Triomphe, La Défense, located far beyond the Arc de Triomphe.


★Go out from the garden.


⑨Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum

Musée du Louvre

Time required: over 3 h

Admission fee: 15 euros
(Paris Museum Pass is available)

Opening hour: 9 am- 6 pm
(until 9 h 45 on Wednesday)

Close: Tuesday

It is the most famous museum in Paris. Three buildings surround the glass pyramid: Sully, Denon, and Richelieu. The pyramid is the entrance, but the entrance under the arcade on the right side is relatively empty. Famous works include the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Victory of Samothrace, but there are also many other works on display that you may have seen in history textbooks. In addition to works of art, there are a variety of other exhibits on display, including Egyptian mummies, Moai statues, and a reproduction of Napoleon’s mansion, so much so that you won’t be able to see them all in one day. It’s best to pick out the works you want to see beforehand, or if you have time, split your visit into several parts. Also, admission may be restricted depending on the season, so it is best to purchase tickets in advance online.

You should buy a ticket in Internet before the visit. In particulier, if you have Paris Museum Pass, you need reserve a special ticket with the visit hour in the site.
https://www.louvre.fr/en/homepage


★When you finish the visit, turn right at the exit. Then, turn right at Rivoli St as far as Palais Royal Square.



【Goal】

Palais Royal Louvre Museum station

Palais Royal Musée du Louvre

It’s the subway station of the line 1 and 7.

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