9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Tours-Val-de-Loire Airport, Drive to Saumur
— 5 nights
Le Mans City
— 2 nights
— 1 night


Saumur — 5 nights

Pearl of Anjou

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau du Petit Thouars and Ackerman. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache (in Sache) and Musee Rabelais (in Seuilly). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Caves Louis de Grenelle, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay, enjoy the sand and surf at ile Millocheau, and see the interesting displays at Musee de la Cavalerie.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Saumur travel route planner.

Glasgow, UK to Saumur is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Saumur is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glasgow in June: highs in Saumur hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You'll set off for Le Mans City on the 1st (Fri).
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Beaches
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Le Mans City — 2 nights

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): delve into the distant past at Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans and then get engrossed in the history at Carre Plantagenet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musee de Tesse, get to know the fascinating history of La Nuit des Chimeres, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans.

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Traveling by car from Saumur to Le Mans City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Le Mans City sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll travel to Paris.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Paris — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ile Saint-Louis.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Getting from Le Mans City to Paris by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Paris sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.