9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 1 night
Drive
2
Bayeux
— Few hours
Drive
3
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 1 night
Drive
6
Avignon
— Few hours
Drive
7
Marseille
— 1 night
Fly
8
Chambord
— 1 day
Drive
9
Versailles
— Few hours
Drive to Paris-Orly Airport, Fly to Yeager Airport

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Paris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris route tool.

Charleston, USA to Paris is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Charleston to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charleston in October, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are slightly colder, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 5th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Musee Baron Gerard and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux trip builder.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites

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Bordeaux

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, make a trip to The Water Mirror, and then admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin.

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Getting from Bayeux to Bordeaux by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. When traveling from Bayeux in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Bordeaux, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites

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night
Carcassonne Center

Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center tour itinerary app.

Drive from Bordeaux to Carcassonne Center in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in October, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Aix-en-Provence

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Carcassonne Center to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. October in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Avignon

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Avignon road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. You'll set off for Marseille on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Shopping

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Marseille

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Marseille online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Chambord.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites

1
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Chambord

Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): do a tasting at Domaine du Croc du Merle, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chambord, and then contemplate the long history of Domaine National de Chambord.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Chambord itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Marseille to Chambord in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Marseille in October: high temperatures in Chambord hover around 63°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Versailles.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

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Versailles

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Versailles trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Chambord to Versailles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Versailles, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 47°F at night. On the 10th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Versailles

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

France travel guide

4.2
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.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.

Carcassonne travel guide

3.9
Castles · Churches · Historic Sites
Medieval Heart of France
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.

For an interesting and fun ride, board a barge that moves along the historic Canal du Midi, leaving from just outside the main train station. Operators provide English commentary on the history of the canal and various sites in the Aude department of the Languedoc-Roussillon region along the way. When you get hungry, a culinary must for you to try is cassoulet, a local dish made from beans, sausage, and duck.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.