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 a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Le Marais and Champs-Elysees. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip app.

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. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in April: high temperatures in Paris hover around 60°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll the grounds of Cimetières Militaires, enjoy the sand and surf at Promenade Marcel Proust, then stroll through Plages de Houlgate, and finally stroll through Plage de Cabourg. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then kick back and relax at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Caen road trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Caen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Caen, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to 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 4th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Porte d’Aval, make a trip to Falaises d'Etretat, then kick back and relax at Plage Du Tilleul, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage-Baignade Yport.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Etretat day trip planner.

You can drive from Caen to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, then delve into the distant past at Abbaye de Jumieges, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Caresse de Tigre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Saint-Sever.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rouen online visit planner.

You can drive from Etretat to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Rouen sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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.