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.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. For shopping fun, head to Le Marais or Champs-Elysees. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

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Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in April, with highs in Paris at 60°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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 29th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Pegasus Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Promenade Marcel Proust, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plages de Houlgate, and finally see the world from above with Norman'Air.

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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 April, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Etretat.
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Etretat — 1 night

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 1st (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, don't miss a visit to Falaises d'Etretat, then stroll through Plage Du Tilleul, and finally kick back and relax at Plage-Baignade Yport.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Etretat takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the galleries of Fondation Claude Monet, explore the ancient world of Abbaye de Jumieges, and then identify plant and animal life at Caresse de Tigre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever.

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You can drive from Etretat to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight 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.