4 days in London and Paris with kids

London and Paris are two of our favorite cities to travel with our daughter. There are so many options for families that we got to experience first hand, so we decided to put together this itinerary for 4 days in London and Paris with kids.

Please note that this itinerary is not meant to check things off a list of “must do’s”, but to enjoy both places leisurely. Also, this itinerary was put together based on our travels with our daughter when she was 5 and then 9 years old.

 

Day 1: London

The best day to start your visit to London is to take in the sights of Big Ben, London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. In our visits our daughter always wanted to see those places first, and since they can be made by bus, subway (underground) or walking, it is easy to cover a lot of ground in one day. While we never made it to London Eye with our daughter (during both of our visits in July the lines were big), just the sight of it is exciting for kids.

Start at Trafalgar Square…

Partial view of Trafalgar Square
Partial view of Trafalgar Square
Big Ben view from Trafalgar Square
Big Ben view from Trafalgar Square

 

Move on to Buckingham Palace…

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

 

Walk by the Big Ben…

View as you exit Westminster Tube Station
View as you exit Westminster Tube Station

 

And see the London Eye across the Thames River…

London Eye seen across the River Thames
London Eye seen across the River Thames

 

We’ve done this itinerary by foot, and you can see a lot of sights along the way, but most of all, you can take in the atmosphere of walking on a London sidewalk and seeing black cabs and double decker buses driving by.

 

Day 2: London

This is the day to visit the Natural History Museum.

You can plan to spend the whole day here, as it is a very engaging museum for kids and parents.

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I would recommend having lunch at The Restaurant, which has good food and good kid’s menu options.

The Restaurant entrance
The Restaurant entrance
My lunch at The Restaurant
My lunch at The Restaurant
The Restaurant menu, with July 2013 prices, including the Kid's menu
The Restaurant menu, with July 2013 prices, including the Kid’s menu

 

Day 3: London to Paris

Our family is a huge fan of train travel, and the Eurostar journey from London to Paris is one we always enjoy as a family. There is just something about the power of engineering that makes travel special, even more when you go on a super fast train and cross the Channel Tunnel. Getting on the early morning flights will give you a head start to your day in Paris.

Eurostar
Eurostar
Arrival at Gare du Nord in Paris
Arrival at Gare du Nord in Paris

 

This day will be all about the River Seine, where you can hop on the Batobus and have a river view and also transportation to the main tourist sights. Our suggestion is to start at Ile St-Louis, pay a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral and then hop on the Batobus towards the Eiffel Tower.

Notre Dame Cathedral
Notre Dame Cathedral
Ile St-Louis
Ile St-Louis
Stop along the River Seine on the Batobus route to get a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower
Stop along the River Seine on the Batobus route to get a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower

 

The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower

 

Day 4: Paris

For the last day of this itinerary, a visit to two of our favorite places in Paris to go with kids: the Pantheon and Luxembourg Garden.

The Pantheon was a nice find, as kids get impressed with the pendulum and the paintings.

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And the Luxembourg Garden is a great way to spend the afternoon playing with the boats.

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This is our 4 days itinerary to these 2 great cities! It is relaxed and takes into consideration the fact that kids want to enjoy the places they visit, not just check them off a list.

Have you been to London and Paris with kids? Which places have you visited in these 2 great cities?

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