9 days in France, Raleigh & Rome Itinerary

9 days in France, Raleigh & Rome Itinerary

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Raleigh, United States
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Versailles, France
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights


Raleigh, United States

City of Oaks

For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets.
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Durham to Raleigh is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. October in Raleigh sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F at night. You'll set off for Paris on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Raleigh

Parks · Nightlife · Fun & Games · Outdoors
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Paris, France

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice.

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You can fly from Raleigh to Paris in 13.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Raleigh to Paris is 6 hours. Traveling from Raleigh in October, you will find days in Paris are little chillier (62°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

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Versailles, France

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Temple de l'Amour and then view the masterpieces at The Royal Chapel.

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You can drive from Paris to Versailles in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Versailles sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Colosseum and Pantheon will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at St. Peter's Basilica and Palatine Hill. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, wander the streets of Trastevere, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro.

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Traveling by flight from Versailles to Rome takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Versailles in October; daily highs in Rome reach 73°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Side Trip

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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.