7 days in France Itinerary

7 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Paris
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cannes
— 3 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport

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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.
Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Le Marais, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Paris. Traveling from Washington in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Cannes

— 3 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Take a break from the city and head to Lérins Islands and Plage Mace. Change things up with these side-trips from Cannes: Eglise St Pierre & Paul (in Cagnes-sur-Mer) and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild (in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of La Croisette.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cannes driving holiday website.

You can fly from Paris to Cannes in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cannes, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.