9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

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9 days in France Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
Fly + train + foot + train:  14​h 45​min
1
Rouen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Amboise
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Chartres
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Washington DC


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1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Gros-Horloge, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then make a trip to Vieux Bassin.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rouen day trip planning site .

Washington DC, USA to Rouen is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Rouen is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect Rouen to be slightly colder, temps between 63°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fondation Claude Monet, Vieux Bassin
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

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night
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 13th (Wed), get outside with Norman'Air, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bayeux tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Norman'Air, Normandy American Cemetery
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

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Amboise

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. On the 14th (Thu), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise, stroll through Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then browse the exhibits of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and finally learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Amboise trip maker .

You can drive from Bayeux to Amboise in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chartres.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums Wineries
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Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Plou Et Fils ©
Plou Et Fils

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night
Chartres

Chartres ©
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.
On the 15th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Chartres Cathedral, then explore the engaging exhibits at Musee de l'Ecole de Chartres et d'Eure-et-Loir, and then explore the world behind art at Chapelle Saint Eman.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chartres attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Chartres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Chartres, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral
Chapelle Saint Eman ©
Chapelle Saint Eman

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nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Chartres to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
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