5 days in France Itinerary

5 days in France Itinerary

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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 23rd (Tue): take a stroll through Montmartre and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. On your second day here, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Paris planning 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. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, you will find days in Paris are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature


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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 25th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, 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 steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, Bayeux is a bit cooler than Paris - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mons.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

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Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): appreciate the views at Gorges d'Heric.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mons road trip planning website.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mons in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bayeux in July, with highs in Mons at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Mons

Nature · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carcassonne road trip planning app.

You can drive from Mons to Carcassonne in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries

France travel guide

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.