8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

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Le Havre
— 3 nights


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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take a stroll through Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then steep yourself in history at La Sorbonne. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Île de la Cité, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

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Rome, Italy to Paris is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in August, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 16°C. You will leave for Tours on the 16th (Tue).
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Tours — 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 16th (Tue), take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, and then do a tasting at Chateau de l'Aulee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and then stop by La Savonnerie du Zebre.

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You can take a train from Paris to Tours in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tours can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

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Getting from Tours to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Tours in August, expect nights in Mont-Saint-Michel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Le Havre.
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Le Havre — 3 nights

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
On the 19th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Joseph. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and then stroll through Deauville Beach.

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You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Le Havre in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Le Havre can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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France travel guide

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.