8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner

Make it your trip
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Paris
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
Drive to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport

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Paris

— 2 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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Army Museum and Latin Quarter. Hotel de Ville and Île de la Cité will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, explore the world behind art at Petit Palais, take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah, and head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary maker.

Fresno, USA to Paris is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. When traveling from Fresno in September, plan for much colder days in Paris, with highs around 70°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Airborne Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Pointe du Hoc and Bayeux War Cemetery. Step out of Bayeux to go to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and see Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, and appreciate the history behind Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Bayeux attractions planner.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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 23rd (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen day trip site.

Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rouen

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites
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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.