2 Days in Paris in April: A Springtime Romance

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Are you planning a Paris adventure this April?

Join us as we guide you through an unforgettable two-day escape from the summer crowds, showcasing the city as it blooms back to life.

Two days in Paris in April is the perfect time to explore, with cherry blossoms lining the avenues and fresh spring scents lingering in the air.

Whether you’re visiting for the first time or returning to this renowned romantic city, our insights will help you discover the best of Paris, —ensuring your visit is as iconic as the Eiffel Tower itself.

The iconic attraction not to miss in Paris, the Eiffel Tower ©Lifejourney4two

From the Heart of France to the Soul of Paris

Our motorhome adventure through France took us from the historical chateaux of the Loire Valley to the cultural richness of Brittany and Normandy. Each region offered unique insights into the diverse French landscape and heritage.

Our visit to Paris in spring was a true highlight, exemplifying the best of Paris spring travel. The city, bursting with historical grandeur and romantic allure, offers numerous things to do in April, making every moment unforgettable.

Paris, with its iconic landmarks and vibrant culture, was a captivating introduction to what would become a deeper exploration of France when we settled in Villars, a delightful village in the Dordogne region, for nine months. This experience allowed us to immerse ourselves fully in the local culture and lifestyle.

Map: 2-Days in Paris April Visit

Apart from the Parc Floral de Vincennes, all the attractions we visited are nestled within the 35 km-long Boulevard Peripherique, the ring road that circles the heart of Paris. This road traces where the old city walls once stood.

I’ve also included a few alternative attractions within this central area. Disneyland Paris, however, is the exception, located a bit further out, about 40 km to the east of central Paris.

How to Use This Paris in Two Days Map

  • To use this interactive map effectively, click the square icon in the upper right corner to expand.
  • A key will appear on the left, guiding you through various locations.
  • Day 1 Paris attractions are marked in PURPLE
  • Day 2 Paris attractions are marked in BLACK.
  • Optional Paris attractions are marked in ORANGE.

2 Days in Paris in April: Quick Guide

Paris in April: Day 1

  1. Bastille – Explore the historic site of the Bastille, where the seeds of the French Revolution were sown, now a vibrant area brimming with cafés and culture.
  2. Notre Dame – Witness the ongoing restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral and marvel at the resilience of this centuries-old icon. See rebuilding progress.
  3. Basilica du Sacre Coeur – Climb to the Basilica du Sacre Coeur and soak in one of the best views of Paris from its front steps.
  4. Montmartre Cemetery – Take a quiet moment in the Montmartre Cemetery, a lesser-known gem with the graves of many famous artists and writers… and lots of cats.
  5. Arc de Triomphe / Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – Pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, nestled under the majestic Arc de Triomphe.
  6. Eiffel Tower – No visit is complete without a stop at the Eiffel Tower. Consider a guided tour for direct access and fascinating insights.

Paris in April: Day 2

  1. The Louvre – Start early at The Louvre to enjoy the world-renowned art without the crowds. Book your skip-the-line ticket here.
  2. Tuileries Gardens – Wander through the Tuileries Gardens, an impeccable example of classic French garden design, right next to the Louvre.
  3. Place de la Concorde – Visit the Place de la Concorde, a monumental public square with a rich history from the French Revolution to today.
  4. Parc Floral de Vincennes – Venture a little out of the city centre to the Parc Floral de Vincennes, a tranquil botanical garden offering a natural retreat with stunning floral displays.

Paris in April: Additional Places and Experiences

  1. Champs Élysées —Explore the prestigious Champs Élysées, which connects the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. It is known for shopping, dining, and culture.
  2. Sainte Chapelle – Visit the breathtaking Sainte Chapelle, home to over 1,000 stained-glass windows illustrating world history. Located in the Palais de la Cité. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in April.
  3. Moulin Rouge – Experience the Moulin Rouge the birthplace of the modern can-can dance, filled with Parisian nightlife and glamour. Note: Photography of the theatre or show is strictly prohibited.
  4. Segway Tour in Paris – Enjoy a unique Segway tour around Paris, gliding past landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. A thrilling way to see the city.
  5. Disneyland Paris – Delight in the magic of Disneyland Paris, a dream destination for kids, with beloved Disney characters and dazzling parades.
  6. Foire du Trône Fair – Join the fun at the Foire du Trône, France’s oldest traditional fair, in the 12th arrondissement. Enjoy rides, games, and treats from late March through April. Open 12 midday to 11 p.m.
  7. Free Walking Tour – Discover Paris with a free walking tour. Explore at your pace and tip the guide based on your experience.
  8. Seine River Cruise – Set sail on a Seine River cruise for a romantic view of Paris. See famous landmarks and historic bridges, experiencing the city’s charm unfold around you.

Note: We booked online tickets for only one attraction, the Louvre Palace, as we wanted to get an early start to beat the crowds.

A quaint Paris cafe ©Lifejourney4two

🌸 Discover Paris in Spring: A Season of Beauty and Culture

Spring in Paris casts a magical spell with its mild weather and stunning floral displays, making it an ideal time for exploration.

Here’s why spring is a great time to visit Paris:

Mild Climate – Embrace the comfortable spring temperatures, usually between 12°C and 18°C, perfect for leisurely city walks and experiencing the famous outdoor café culture.

Cherry Blossom Viewing – Experience the breathtaking cherry blossoms at Parc du Champ de Mars or the gardens of Petit Palais. These picturesque scenes offer perfect photo opportunities and peaceful moments in nature.

Lower Tourist Numbers – Spring offers a respite from the high tourist seasons of summer and winter. Enjoy shorter queues and more intimate visits to top attractions like the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay.

Vibrant Street Markets – Stroll through bustling outdoor markets such as Marché Bastille or Marché des Enfants Rouges, where fresh seasonal produce and local wares abound. These markets are ideal for picking up ingredients for a delightful picnic along the River Seine.

Floral Splendour – The Jardin des Tuileries and Jardin du Luxembourg are alive with vibrant blooms and lush greenery, perfect for a day of relaxation or a scenic stroll.

Cultural Festivities – Participate in local events such as the Foire du Trône, Paris’s oldest fair, or the Nuit des Musées, where museums across Paris open late at no charge.

Sidewalk Café Culture – Soak in the Parisian lifestyle at an outdoor café; enjoy a croissant and coffee as the city pulses around you. This is quintessential Paris.

Visiting Paris in spring allows you to see the city rejuvenated with life and colour, offering unique experiences that combine natural beauty with rich cultural offerings.

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Day 1: Exploring Paris in April

Start your Paris in spring journey with a day filled with iconic sights and discover the timeless attractions that make Paris a world-renowned destination.

I’ve also included where the major attractions offer free things to do in Paris, such as free entry.

1. Bastille

Once the site of the infamous fortress and prison, the Bastille is now celebrated with the Place de la Bastille, a tribute to the spirit of the French Revolution.

Although the original structure was destroyed in 1789, the vibrant square now hosts the annual Bastille Day festivities every July 14th.

⭐️ Visitor Tip: The monument is surrounded by busy streets, and when we visited mid-morning, the traffic was thick, so be cautious when approaching for a closer look.

Place de la Bastille ©Lifejourney4two

2. Notre Dame

Though currently closed for restoration following a fire in 2019, Notre Dame’s rich history continues to intrigue. The cathedral’s architecture and the recently discovered archaeological finds can still be appreciated through a virtual tour.

Explore virtually: Virtual Tour of Notre Dame

Notre Dame is an exemplar of French Gothic architecture, taking more than 300 years to build. Located on the Ile de la Cite, it offers spectacular views of the Latin Quarter.

We strolled down the nearby Rue d’Arcole and fell victim to the charming cafés with delicious French pastries and coffee.

⭐️Visitor Tip: Once Notre Dame is re-opened, access to its cathedral is free; however, you’ll need a ticket to access the towers.

Notre Dame, prior to the fire of 2019 ©Lifejourney4two
Rue d’Arcole – one of the boulevards to Notre Dame ©Lifejourney4two

3. Montmartre Cemetery

This serene cemetery is known not only for its ornate 19th-century graves but also for the community of over 40 cats that roam its grounds. We tried to approach the cats for a pat but they seemed nervous and ran off into other parts of the cemetery.

Montmartre cemetery was built below street level in an old quarry. It’s a place for quiet reflection, and despite its sombre surroundings, we found it really interesting.

⭐️ Visitor Tip: The only entrance to Montmartre cemetery is on Avenue Rachel, and entry is free. For above-ground views of the cemetery, walk Rue Caulaincourt and cross the metal lattice bridge.

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Montmartre old headstones ©Lifejourney4two
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Some of the many cats of Montmartre ©Lifejourney4two

4. Basilica Du Sacre Coeur

Steeped in history, Montmartre has served as a sacred site since the Druids worshipped here in ancient Gaul.

The majestic Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur, constructed from striking white limestone, began its rise in 1875 and reached completion in 1914. It is home to one of the world’s heaviest bells, an impressive 19-tonne marvel.

⭐️Visitor Tip: In April, the basilica is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to enter. For the most picturesque views of Paris, head to the verdant Square Louise Michel, nestled at the basilica’s base.

This is where we also enjoyed the best views of the Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur.

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Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur ©Lifejourney4two

5. Arc De Triomphe and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Arc de Triomphe, standing as a monumental tribute to the valour of the French armies during the Revolution and the Empire, was ceremoniously inaugurated by the King of France in 1836.

Beneath this impressive structure lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the remains of a soldier from World War One are interred. Each evening at 6:30 pm, the eternal flame is rekindled, honouring the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

⭐️ Visitor Tip: Opening hours in April, if you want access to the Arc de Triomphe roof, are from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; otherwise, it is free to walk around its base and observe the tomb.

To ensure a safe visit to this iconic monument, we used the underground pedestrian walkways to avoid crossing the chaotic traffic on the road around it. Enter through the underground tunnel on the Avenue de la Grande Armee side. Follow the tunnel until you reach stairs leading directly up to the Arc.

The obligatory selfie at the Arc de Triomphe ©Lifejourney4two
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©Lifejourney4two
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Arc de Triomphe inscriptions ©Lifejourney4two

Eiffel Tower

Globally recognized, the Eiffel Tower emerged from a simple architectural contest. It was designed as the grand entrance for the 1889 Paris International Expo to mark the French Revolution’s centenary. The tower’s design not only won the competition but also captivated the world.

Rising to 324 meters, the height of an 81-story building, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in Paris. Interestingly, it was originally intended as a temporary exhibit, slated for demolition in 1909.

However, it was spared and repurposed as a massive radio antenna, securing its place as a permanent, beloved landmark.

Today, it stands as a symbol of French ingenuity and has become Paris’s defining icon on the global stage.

⭐️ Visitor Tip: The Eiffel Tower is open between 9:30 a.m. and midnight in April. If Easter falls in April, there is an organized Easter egg hunt on the first floor of the tower. Consider booking a tour.

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When we visited Paris in April, we found some wisteria along the Seine River, which perfectly framed our Eiffel Tower photo. ©Lifejourney4two

Day 2: Exploring Paris in April

7. Louvre Palace

The Louvre Museum, nestled within the grandeur of the former royal palace, is a treasure trove of artistic masterpieces. To maximize our visit, we booked tickets online for an early entrance, and it was well worth it.

We enjoyed a quiet moment with Leonardo Da Vinci’s legendary ‘Mona Lisa’—a rare opportunity to see the painting without the usual crowds.

As you wander through the expansive halls, it’s not hard to be captivated by the vast array of art, sculptures, paintings, and drawings from civilizations across the globe.

The striking glass pyramid at the museum’s entrance also acts as a skylight, adding to its allure.

⭐️ Visitor Tip: In April, the Louvre is free for all visitors on the first Friday of the month after 6 p.m.
We visited during the day and booked online for the early bird entry. We suggest you do the same so you can enjoy some intimate moments.

Louvre Museum ©Lifejourney4two
The three of us … yes, it really is the Mona Lisa, Louvre Museum ©Lifejourney4two
Inside the Louvre Museum ©Lifejourney4two

8. Tuilieries Gardens

Nestled between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries Gardens are a splendid example of French formal garden design.

This meticulously maintained oasis features manicured landscapes, dramatic backdrops of iconic Parisian landmarks, and winding pathways that invite leisurely strolls past various attractions. We spent hours here, enjoying not only the gardens but also the many intriguing sculptures.

One of the best perks? Admission is free.

Situated in the vibrant heart of Paris, the Tuileries Gardens offer a peaceful retreat to enjoy the beauty of nature amidst the bustle of the city.

⭐️ Visitor Tip: It is free to enter and during April, the Tuileries Gardens are open between 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tuileries Gardens is the neighbour to the Louvre Museum ©Lifejourney4two
Main boulevard within Tuileries Gardens 
Main boulevard within Tuileries Gardens ©Lifejourney4two

9. Place De La Concorde

Place de la Concorde is bordered by the majestic Tuileries Gardens, which are full of colour in spring.

This historic square is adorned with statues and fountains, each corner marked by a statue representing a different French city, adding a touch of national pride to its grandeur.

Central to the square is a stunning ancient artifact: a 3200-year-old obelisk from the Temple of Ramses II in Thebes, Egypt. Erected here in the early 19th century, it adds a layer of ancient history to the square.

However, this spot also holds a darker historical significance. It was here, during the Revolution, that a guillotine once stood. Notoriously, it was used to execute King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

⭐️ Visitor Tip: Ride the ‘Roue de Paris’ Ferris wheel in the Place De La Concorde for birds-eye views of Paris.

Place de la Concorde ©Lifejourney4two
Place de la Concorde – Egyptian Obelisk with the Roue de Paris Ferris wheel ©Lifejourney4two

10. Parc Floral De Paris

Looking for a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city? Just 10 kilometres east of central Paris, the Parc Floral de Paris stretches over 34 hectares of lush botanical gardens.

The park also features a mini-golf course for those who enjoy a bit of playful competition. Convenient bus stops near the entrance make it easy to access.

We’re always enchanted by the gardens of the cities we visit, and Parc Floral is no exception, especially viewing it in spring.

If you’re touring Europe in April and adore flowers, don’t miss the spectacular Keukenhof gardens in The Netherlands—it was undoubtedly a highlight of our European adventures.

⭐️ Visitor Tip: The entry fee is reduced in April because it is the off-peak period. We only saw a few people in the park. But there were lovely spring blooms, including daffodils and tulips, in the gardens.

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Parc Floral de Paris ©Lifejourney4two
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Parc Floral de Paris – acres of beautiful flowers ©Lifejourney4two

Additional Attractions & Activities to Consider for Your Paris 2-Day Itinerary

11. Champs Élysées

Explore the Champs Élysées, a prestigious 1.9-kilometer stretch that connects the Place de la Concorde at its lower end to the Arc de Triomphe at its upper end.

Renowned as one of the most famous commercial streets globally, the Champs Élysées offers a vibrant mix of shopping, dining, and cultural experiences.

12. Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle is a breathtaking royal chapel renowned for its collection of over 1,000 dazzling stained-glass windows that vividly illustrate the history of the world. This architectural marvel is within the medieval royal residence of the Kings of France, Palais de la Cité.

Opening Times in April: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

13. Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge, located in the vibrant Montmartre district of Paris, is famed for its rich history as the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Moulin Rouge provides not just a glimpse into a key piece of Parisian nightlife and culture but also an experience filled with glitz and glamour.

It is strictly forbidden to take photos or movies of the theatre or the cabaret show.

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14. Segway in Paris

Why not explore Paris by Segway in April? What a thrilling way to soak in the sights of Paris by gliding through the charming streets and along the scenic riverbanks as you navigate between iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.

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15. Disneyland Paris (great for kids)

Disneyland Paris is a magical escape where children can step into a world of enchantment and adventure! Meet your favourite Disney characters and enjoy the dazzling parades.
Disneyland Paris is a dream-come-true destination for kids on an April 2-day Paris holiday.

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Are the kids bored in Paris? Check out this post for more interesting things to do in Paris with kids.

16. Foire du Trône Fair (great for all the family)

Step right up to the oldest traditional fun fair in France, held in the vibrant Pelouse de Reuilly in the 12th arrondissement!

This beloved fair kicks off in the last week of March and whirls into a full month of fun, running through the first three weeks of April. It’s a funfair of thrilling rides, classic carnival games, and sweet treats that have been delighting visitors for generations.

Don’t miss this annual celebration of joy and excitement—it’s the perfect spring outing for the whole family! The festival is open from 12 midday to 11 p.m.

17. Free Walking Tour

If you still can’t decide, then join a free walking tour. There is no fixed price. At the end of the tour, you basically tip the guide for what you feel the tour was worth. Here are some free Paris walking tours to get you started.

18. Seine River Cruise

Set sail on a romantic Seine River cruise and see Paris from a whole new angle! Glide past iconic landmarks and under historic bridges while the city’s romantic charm unfolds around you.

Whether it’s the glittering lights at night or the lively scenes during the day, a cruise along the Seine offers a magical and unforgettable way to experience the heart of Paris.

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Getting Around Paris in April

If you want hassle-free travel around Paris using all of the public transport networks, then consider the Paris Visite travel pass. It’s value for money and great for people on a budget like us.

We purchased a 48-hour Paris Travel Pass to use all the public transport networks (metro, tramway, bus, RER, and SNCF) because we were staying on the outskirts of Paris.

Discover Paris Effortlessly with the Paris Pass

Purchasing a 2-day Paris Pass or a two day museum pass, which will provide free access to many of Paris’s must-see attractions.

We didn’t do this as we were content to enjoy the free attractions (except for our skip-the-line paid Louvre Museum entry); however, this is something for you to consider.

Paris Accommodation


When we’re not in camping or housesitting, we use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

Click here to find deals available in Paris.

Paris Motorhome Campervan Campsite

We booked a campervan site at Paris Est, via a third-party booking site. At €43 a night, it wasn’t the cheapest option, but we felt it was worth it.

We chose this site because of its reasonably central location—only about 15 kilometres from Paris—making it convenient to access the city via public transport.

2 Days in Paris in April … That’s A Wrap

And just like that, your couple of days’ adventure through Paris in April is complete.

From major landmarks to lesser-known spots, Paris has plenty to offer. Hopefully, you’re already thinking about your next visit to explore more of the city.

And remember, Paris is always a good idea—any season, any time!

Until then, au revoir, Paris!’

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Lars, grew up in the Australian countryside and discovered his love for nature early on. Leaving Australia at 20, he began a life of travel and exploration. As a co-owner of Lifejourney4two with Shelley, Lars captures their journeys through his photography. Join him here and see the world through his lens.

8 thoughts on “2 Days in Paris in April: A Springtime Romance”

  1. Great blog post! I love Paris and I go there at least once a year; I feel it’s my second home. You were lucky to get a photo of Notre Dame without scaffolds; it seems to me that they are always doing construction work on that church…
    Beautiful photo of the Eiffel Tower! I can never get enough of that.
    I didn’t know about Parc Floral de Vincennes; I’ll definitely go there next time I go to Paris (during spring or summer). I usually run around the lakes in Bois de Bologne; maybe I will run in Vincennes next time. 🙂

    • So glad you liked our Paris Post and we found somewhere new for you to visit.:) I think Paris is one of those cities you can go back to over and over, each time giving you new experiences. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, it’s really appreciated.

  2. Paris is always such a good idea any time of the year! You have curated a very good itinerary here. I hope to put it to use sooner rather than later.

  3. A very comprehensive itinerary! I love Paris and I go back whenever I can. And still there are plenty of sights I have not been to. Thanks for all the great tips!

  4. I would love to visit Paris someday with my hubby too. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. This post is a very helpful guide esp to first-time travelers to this country ? A lot of places included in your itinerary are the attractions we want to see in the future.


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