9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Nice
— 1 night
Fly to Nantes, Drive to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
Fly
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Beaune
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris
— 1 night
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Nice

— 1 night

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, make a trip to Place Massena, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, and finally make a trip to Promenade des Anglais. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice and then see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip planning website.

New York City, USA to Nice is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Nice. Traveling from New York City in March, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 59°F and 47°F. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stop by Fantastic Attic, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip app.

Getting from Nice to Bayeux by combination of flight and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in March, things will get a bit cooler in Bayeux: highs are around 52°F and lows about 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Grand Aquarium and then make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In March, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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 29th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rouen journey planner.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Rouen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Beaune.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites

Beaune

— 2 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
On the 30th (Fri), do a tasting at Domaine Dominique Lahaye, do a tasting at Domaine LEJEUNE - POMMARD, do a tasting at JanotsBos, then do a tasting at Domaine Boyer Martenot, and finally see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Beaune visit planning app.

Traveling by flight from Rouen to Beaune takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in March, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Beaune

Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay and then admire the striking features of Louvre Museum. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

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

Traveling by train from Beaune to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Paris are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.