8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

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Laon — 1 day

Laon is the capital city of the Aisne department in Hauts-de-France, northern France. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon and then get in on the family fun at Center Parc Aisne.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Laon trip maker tool.

Stanford-Le-Hope, UK to Laon is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Stanford-Le-Hope to Laon is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dijon.
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Dijon — 1 night

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, then steep yourself in history at Maison Milliere, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dijon vacation planning site.

Getting from Laon to Dijon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Dijon are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lyon.
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Lyon — 1 night

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Dijon to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Lyon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez — 3 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Port Grimaud, then brush up on your military savvy at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, and finally go for a stroll along the water at St. Tropez Harbor.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Tropez trip planner.

Getting from Lyon to Saint-Tropez by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lyon in August: highs in Saint-Tropez hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 1 night

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 25th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, then make a trip to Place de la Bourse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip planner.

Getting from Saint-Tropez to Bordeaux by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in August, expect nights in Bordeaux to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Blois.
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Blois — 1 night

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stop by La Maison des Parapluies and then steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal de Blois.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Blois tour itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Blois in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bordeaux in August, Blois is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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France travel guide

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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.