8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

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8 days in France Itinerary

Start: Paris
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Paris
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
2
Vincennes
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 45 min
3
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Saint-Malo
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
5
Dinan
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
La Rochelle
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Nice
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Paris

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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.
On the 7th (Sat), head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paris online vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Paris. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Vincennes.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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Vincennes

Vincennes ©
Vincennes is a commune in the Val-de-Marne department in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. On the 9th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Louis de Vincennes, take in nature's colorful creations at Square Carnot, don't miss a visit to Fresque Vincennes, contemplate the long history of Chateau of Vincennes, then pause for some photo ops at Monument aux Morts, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville de Vincennes.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Vincennes trip planner .

Vincennes is just a short distance from Paris. In December in Vincennes, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Vincennes

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Eglise Saint-Louis de Vincennes ©
Eglise Saint-Louis de Vincennes
Chateau of Vincennes ©
Chateau of Vincennes
Fresque Vincennes ©
Fresque Vincennes

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest, admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, then don't miss a visit to Grand Degre, and finally don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord.

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Drive from Vincennes to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vincennes in December, with highs in Mont-Saint-Michel at 12°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

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Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
On the 11th (Wed), hike along GR 34, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, then expand your understanding of the military at Fort La Reine, then don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, and finally pause for some photo ops at Bastion de la Hollande.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Malo online route planner .

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Malo takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Dinan.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Plage du Sillon ©
Plage du Sillon
Les Remparts de Saint-Malo ©
Les Remparts de Saint-Malo
Bastion de la Hollande ©
Bastion de la Hollande

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Dinan

Dinan ©
Dinan is a walled Breton town and a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in northwestern France.GeographyIts geographical setting is exceptional. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Saint Maudez Eglise, steep yourself in history at La Grande Vigne, then enjoy breathtaking views from Les Remparts de Dinan, then stop by Julieva en Bretagne - Decodinan, and finally make a trip to Centre Historique.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dinan itinerary planner.

Dinan is just a stone's throw from Saint-Malo. In December, daily temperatures in Dinan can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Dinan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Julieva en Bretagne - Decodinan ©
Julieva en Bretagne - Decodinan

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La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
On the 13th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, look for gifts at Cognac Only, then don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Dinan to La Rochelle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in La Rochelle are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Towers of La Rochelle ©
Towers of La Rochelle

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Nice

Nice ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and finally make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from La Rochelle to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

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