8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

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Train
1
Paris
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
Fly
3
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Chamonix
— 1 night
Bus to Geneva, Fly to London

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Paris — 2 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Paris are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.
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Historic Sites
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Nice — 3 nights

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kids will enjoy Marineland and TakSea. When in Nice, make a side trip to see Waterworld lake of gaudrade in Puget-sur-Argens, approximately Puget-sur-Argens away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, contemplate the long history of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nice online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chamonix.
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Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Chamonix — 1 night

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 19th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier des Bossons, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Chamonix day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Chamonix takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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France travel guide

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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.
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