9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Train to Paris St Lazare, Fly to San Francisco

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Paris

— 4 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Montmartre, and don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 60°F and lows about 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Appreciate the collections at Memorial de Caen and Airborne Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Normandy American Cemetery and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and examine the collection at Musee du debarquement.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip planning website.

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 April in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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.