7 days in France Itinerary

7 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Head to Normandie Savoir-Faire and Frac Normandiefor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Omaha Beach and Normandy American Cemetery. When in Bayeux, make a side trip to see les etangs du val de See in Saint-Georges-de-Livoye, approximately Saint-Georges-de-Livoye away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux trip itinerary builder site.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Bayeux. In December, daytime highs in Bayeux are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Paris.
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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.
Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Île de la Cité, stop by Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris road trip planning app.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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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.