9 days in France Itinerary

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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.
Shop till you drop at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. Eiffel Tower and Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Paris is 6 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in April: high temperatures in Paris hover around 60°F and lows are around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Caen.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Caen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 30th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then witness the site of a historic battle 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. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetières Militaires, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Promenade Marcel Proust, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plages de Houlgate, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Cabourg.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Caen trip website.

Traveling by car from Paris to Caen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Etretat.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
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Etretat — 1 night

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, then 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.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Etretat tour builder website.

You can drive from Caen to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Etretat can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rouen.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Rouen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 3rd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Caresse de Tigre, then delve into the distant past at Abbaye de Jumieges, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Saint-Sever, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rouen driving holiday planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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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.