7 days in France Itinerary

7 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive
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Etretat
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 3 nights
Fly

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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 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, take an in-depth tour of Musee Baron Gerard, then view the masterpieces at Normandie Savoir-Faire, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and finally stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Frac Basse Normandie and then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux holiday builder website.

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 in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 8th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, then get great views at 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 find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Etretat trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Etretat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Etretat are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Île de la Cité are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Paris visit 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. March in Paris sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.