7 days in France Itinerary

7 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux — 1 night

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 (Fri): view the masterpieces at Normandie Savoir-Faire, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Place Saint-Sauveur, take in the exciting artwork at Frac Normandie, and then admire the masterpieces at Espace Yvonne Guegan.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux journey builder.

Washington DC, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Bayeux due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Bayeux are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Etretat.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Etretat — 1 night

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Du Tilleul, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage-Baignade Yport.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Etretat tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Etretat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In March in Etretat, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Paris — 3 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.
Head to Champs-Elysees and Le Maraisfor some retail therapy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Île de la Cité. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, and contemplate the long history of Conciergerie.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paris online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in March, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.