9 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Etretat
— 1 night
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Paris — 2 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Le Marais, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris attractions website.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Paris reach 64°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

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 4th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, take in the history at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Promenade Marcel Proust, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Ornithologique Du Gros Banc, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Juno Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bayeux road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Etretat.
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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 6th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, then take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, then kick back and relax at Plage Du Tilleul, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage-Baignade Yport.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Etretat trip site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Etretat in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rouen.
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Rouen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Jumieges, then identify plant and animal life at Caresse de Tigre, and finally explore the world behind art at Centre d'Art Contemporain Matmut. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rouen itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Etretat to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Rouen, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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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.
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