8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bourges
— 1 night
Drive
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Amboise
— 1 night
Drive
4
Dinan
— 1 night
Fly
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Giverny
— 1 night
Drive to Paris-Orly Airport, Fly to Cincinnati

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Paris

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris online tour planner.

Cincinnati, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Cincinnati in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bourges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

Bourges

— 1 night

Gem of the Lorraine Valley

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bourges itinerary app.

Drive from Paris to Bourges in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Bourges, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 48°F at night. You'll set off for Amboise on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Bourges

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:

Amboise

— 1 night
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ZooParc de Beauval. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, then contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and then contemplate the long history of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Amboise driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bourges to Amboise takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Dinan.

Things to do in Amboise

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 28:

Dinan

— 1 night
Dinan is a walled Breton town and a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in northwestern France.GeographyIts geographical setting is exceptional. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, enjoy breathtaking views from Les Remparts de Dinan, and then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Dinan trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Dinan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Dinan sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly to Giverny.

Things to do in Dinan

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 28 — 29:

Giverny

— 1 night
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Giverny travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Dinan to Giverny takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Giverny

Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.