8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
Fly

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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 8th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

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Lagos, Nigeria to Rouen is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Lagos in August, expect nights in Rouen to be much colder, around 14°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · 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 9th (Sun): admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

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Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paris

— 4 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.
Visiting Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, and explore the world behind art at Musee Marmottan Monet.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

France travel guide

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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.