If you have six days to spend in France, it's best to focus your time on one or two regions. Fall in love with Paris before road-tripping to the Loire Valley, get to know the charming villages and national parks of Provence, or cruise around the islands off the coast of the French Riviera. You can even cross the border and spend a few days in Spain. Learn how with these unique itineraries.

Itinerary #1: Best of the French Riviera

Live it up on the French Riviera on this glamorous trip plan that features a wine tour in Provence, a private sailing trip around the Lérins Islands, and a gourmet cooking class in Nice. 

A view of Cannes at night

The lights of Cannes at night

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nice Nice
Day 2 Cooking Class & Perfume Tour in Nice Nice
Day 3 Wine tour in Bellet & Saint-Paul de Vence from Nice Nice
Day 4 Transfer from Nice to Cannes Cannes
Day 5 Private Sailing Tour of the Lérins Islands Cannes
Day 6 Au revoir, France!  

Welcome to the French Riviera. You'll begin the trip in Nice. After settling in and going for a stroll along the seafront on the first evening, you'll take a cooking class the next day, stopping to buy produce first at Liberation Market. After a gourmet lunch, go on a perfume tour in the afternoon, visiting the local perfume museum and learning about Chanel's latest perfume collections. On day three, head inland to Provence, stopping to visit a family-run winery, then enjoying a leisurely lunch in the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence

You'll move onto Cannes, home of one of the world's most famous film festivals, on day five. Walk around the Old Port and Suquet, the oldest quarter of Cannes. On the last full day of the trip, you'll take to the water for a private sailing tour around the Lérins Islands, just a 15-minute cruise away from the port of Cannes. Relax over one last dinner before catching a flight out the next day. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Culture, Food, & History in Provence

This six-day itinerary leads you around the highlights of Provence, from national parks and vineyards to historic cities and charming hilltop villages. 

In the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence
In the medieval village of Les Baux de Provence
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Aix-en-Provence - Private cultural tour Aix en Provence
Day 2 Aix Cooking Class: From Market to Table Aix en Provence
Day 3 Avignon, the Luberon, and Villages Aix en Provence
Day 4 Explore Marseille, France's Oldest City Marseille
Day 5 Half-Day Cruise to Calanques National Park Marseille
Day 6 Departure  

Get ready to experience the best of Provence. From the moment you arrive in Aix-en-Provence and explore the city on a two-hour walking tour, you'll start learning about the region's history and culture. The next day, you'll go on a foodie tour of the city and pick up ingredients for lunch in the markets of Old Town. Travel to a country home, passing through Montaiguet Forest, where you'll take a cooking class and prepare food for a communal afternoon meal.

Move onto the medieval city of Avignon to see the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Le Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) and the Pont Saint-Bénézet medieval bridge. Then go into the surrounding Luberon region, known for its vineyards, orchards, and hilltop villages, like Gordes, arguably the area's most beautiful. Spend day five touring Marseilles, France's oldest city, before wrapping up the trip with a half-day cruise in Calanques National Park—you'll explore the limestone sea cliffs and hidden coves of one of the Mediterranean coast's loveliest stretches. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Paris & Loire Valley Road Trip

Enjoy the pleasures of Paris, then hit the road for a beautiful drive to the Loire Valley, known for its castles and vineyards, on this short but sweet adventure in France.

The Château de Chenonceau
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to France! Arrive in Paris & Evening Eiffel Tower Tour Paris
Day 2 Pastry Tour of Le Marais & Afternoon at the Louvre Paris
Day 3 Ile de la Cité & Paris Catacombs Paris
Day 4 Paris to Tours, Châteaux, & Wine Tours
Day 5 Day Trip to Châteaus de Chambord & Chenonceau Tours
Day 6 Au Revoir, France  

Kick off this whirlwind trip with a few days in Paris. You'll have an afternoon for sightseeing and a night out on the town, then spend a day strolling around the picturesque neighborhood of Le Marais and seeing world-class artworks at the Louvre. On day three, spend the morning exploring the Ile de la Cité, located on an island in the middle of the Seine River. You'll see the Notre Dame Cathedral—the 12th-century masterpiece of architecture is, of course, undergoing repairs—and visit the Catacombs in the afternoon.

Leave Paris behind on day four and drive through the Loire Valley, stopping to visit castles and vineyards, on your way to Tours, where you'll spend the night. Next up, enjoy a full-day tour to the ornate chateau of Chambord and the Château de Chenonceau, complete with a medieval dungeon, the Tour des Marque. Return to Tours for a relaxed meal and locally produced wine before you transfer to Lyon the following day to board a flight home. Learn more

Itinerary#4: Highlights of Spain & France

No need to choose between tapas and foie gras—this lively trip plan takes you to both Spain and France, with stops in seaside Barcelona and the foodie capital of Lyon.

Lyon Cathedral on Place Saint-Jean in Lyon, France
Lyon Cathedral on Place Saint-Jean in Lyon, France
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Barcelona & Self-Guided Afternoon Tour Barcelona
Day 2 Art Nouveau & Tapas in Barcelona Barcelona
Day 3 A Day With Salvador Dali Barcelona
Day 4 Flight from Barcelona to Lyon & City Tour Lyon
Day 5 Beaujolais, Bresse, & Perouges Lyon
Day 6 Depart Lyon—Au Revoir, France!  

The trip starts in Spain. After arriving in Barcelona, you'll have time to explore the city on your own. The next day, you'll visit the otherworldly Sagrada Familia cathedral and get lost in the winding cobblestone streets of the Gothic Quarter, stopping to try traditional tapas and vermouth along the way. Day three is devoted to art—Salvador Dali, specifically—as you travel to key destinations from the artist's life and career, including the Dalí Museum and Portlligat, where Dalí built a house in 1930. 

Catch a flight to Lyon, France to begin the second part of the trip. Walk around the city's historic center on a guided tour, then sit down to sample traditional Lyonnaise cuisine at one of the city's many family-owned restaurants. On the last full day of the trip, venture into Beaujolais, a historic wine-growing region just north of Lyon, and nearby Bresse, to taste local wines and visit colorful farmer's markets. End the afternoon with a fresh pastry in the medieval town of Pérouges. The next day, you'll fly home. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Luxury Getaway to Western France

On this lively trip through western France, you'll see Versailles, Mont-Saint-Michel—the abbey on an island—and take a nighttime cruise on the Seine.

The famed Mont-St-Michel, seen from a distance
The famed Mont-St-Michel, seen from a distance
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Bienvenue à Paris! Paris
Day 2 l’Ile de la Cité & Eiffel Tower Paris
Day 3 Day Trip to Versailles & Dinner Cruise Paris
Day 4 Private Transfer from Paris to Bayeux & City Tour Bayeux
Day 5 Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel Bayeux
Day 6 Au Revoir, France  

Begin in the City of Lights. After one evening on your own in Paris, you'll explore Ile de la Cité and go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower on day two. Then day-trip to Versailles before returning to Paris for a dinner cruise on the Seine River. You'll go out on the town in Paris before the next day's transfer to Bayeux

Tour the first town to be liberated after D-Day—Bayeux is also one of the only places to emerge from WWII nearly unscathed—and visit the Tapestry Museum. On the last full day of the trip, you'll go to Mont-Saint-Michel to see the picturesque abbey on an island off the coast. Have one last French-style meal before flying out the next day. Learn more 

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Map of 6 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 6 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas