8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

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Drive to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Fly to Fresno


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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Army Museum and Musee Nissim de Camondo. Latin Quarter and Hotel de Ville will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Petit Palais, take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, and see the interesting displays at Atelier des Lumieres.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip builder site.

Fresno, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Fresno in September, expect nights in Paris to be a bit cooler, around 53°F, while days are much colder, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Pointe du Hoc are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Omaha Beach and Bayeux War Cemetery. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, browse the exhibits of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, and examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Bayeux sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen day trip site.

Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.