8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

Make it your trip
Train
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Paris
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
Drive
3
Hyeres
— 1 night
Drive
4
Saint-Raphael
— 1 night
Drive
5
Antibes
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Chatenay-Malabry to see Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris road trip tool.

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 changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud and then identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle online route 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, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Hyeres

— 1 night
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at La Route du Sel, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Almanarre, and then buy something for everyone on your list at L'Avenue 83.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hyeres travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Hyeres takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hyeres when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in August, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Saint-Raphael

— 1 night
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, then look for gifts at Catalan Bougie, then identify plant and animal life at Base Nature Francois Leotard, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Saint-Raphael vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hyeres in August: highs in Saint-Raphael hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Antibes.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Antibes

— 2 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, see some colorful creatures with Easy Dive, then enjoy the sand and surf at Juan les Pins Main Beach, and finally make a splash at Aquasplash. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes and then wander the streets of La Croisette.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Antibes sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Antibes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Antibes, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Antibes

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.