9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paris
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Chambord
— 1 night
Drive
3
Chartres
— 1 night
Drive
4
Avranches
— 1 night
Drive
5
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive
6
Etretat
— 1 night
Train to Paris St Lazare, Fly to Roanoke

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Paris

— 2 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.
Paris is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, make a trip to Place de la Concorde, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paris online attractions planner.

Roanoke, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Roanoke to Paris is 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Roanoke in May, with highs in Paris at 64°F and lows at 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chambord.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Chambord

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord, and then step into the grandiose world of Domaine National de Chambord.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chambord trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Chambord takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Chambord can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chartres.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

Chartres

— 1 night
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chartres Cathedral, explore the engaging exhibits at Musee de l'Ecole de Chartres et d'Eure-et-Loir, and then admire the masterpieces at Chapelle Saint Eman.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chartres visit planner.

You can drive from Chambord to Chartres in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Avranches.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

Avranches

— 1 night
Avranches is a commune in the Manche department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and then pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Avranches trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Chartres to Avranches takes 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Avranches

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bayeux day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Avranches to Bayeux takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 18th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat.

To find out how to plan a trip to Etretat, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Bayeux to Etretat by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:
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.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.