5 days in France Itinerary

5 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

Make it your trip
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Paris
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Fly to Toulouse, Train to Carcassonne Center
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Carcassonne Center
— 1 day
Train to Matabiau Gare SNCF, Fly to Paris CDG

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Paris

— 1 night

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.
On the 17th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

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If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. June in Paris sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and then brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

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You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in June: highs in Bayeux hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Carcassonne Center in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bayeux in June, expect Carcassonne Center to be somewhat warmer, temps between 79°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

France travel guide

4.3
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.