10 days in Paris & Nantes Itinerary

10 days in Paris & Nantes Itinerary

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Petit Palais and Latin Quarter. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Step out of Paris to go to Saint-Denis and see Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, and pause for some photo ops at Pantheon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning tool.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 77°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Nantes.
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Nantes — 5 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Chateau de Tiffauges. Get some cultural insight at Cite Medievale de Guerande and Village de Trentemoult. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee du Vignoble Nantais (in Le Pallet), Parc Animalier et Botanique de Branfere (in Le Guerno) and Ocearium du Croisic (in Le Croisic). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Le Grand Blockhaus, wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nantes trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Nantes in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. September in Nantes sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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