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. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris day trip tool.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris. In May, Paris is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Caen.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll through 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 5th (Tue): stroll through Promenade Marcel Proust, enjoy the sand and surf at Plages de Houlgate, then kick back and relax at Plage de Benerville sur Mer, and finally kick back and relax at Deauville Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Caen online vacation maker.

Drive from Paris to Caen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, then kick back and relax at Plage Du Tilleul, and finally kick back and relax at Plage-Baignade Yport.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Etretat online road trip planner.

Getting from Caen to Etretat by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Etretat can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car 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 7th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Jumieges, then identify plant and animal life at Caresse de Tigre, and then admire the masterpieces at Centre d'Art Contemporain Matmut.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rouen, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Etretat to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rouen are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can fly 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.