With eight days in France, you have time to visit more than one region, or you could choose to focus on one area, like the French Riviera. Combine a visit to Paris with a few days in the wine-growing region of the Loire Valley or a tour of Normandy's historic sites, or go on a food-focused journey around the Rhône Valley or a hiking trip in the Alps. Learn more about where to go and what to do with these itinerary suggestions.

Itinerary #1: Highlights of the French Riviera: Nice to Saint-Tropez

See the best of the French Riviera, from Nice and Cannes to Monaco and Saint-Tropez, on this leisurely itinerary.

Luxury yachts in Monaco
Luxury yachts in Monaco
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 Private Tour of Monaco, Monte Carlo, & Eze Nice
Day 5 Transfer from Nice to Cannes Cannes
Day 6 Private Sailing Tour of the Lérins Islands Cannes
Day 7 Private Driving Tour of the Mediterranean Coast Saint Tropez
Day 8 Au revoir, France!  

Your trip begins on the French Riviera. Begin in Nice, where you'll stroll along the waterfront on the first evening, then take a cooking class and a perfume tour on day two. The following day, you'll head to Provence for a full-day excursion through wine country. Taste local varietals in the tiny wine-making region of Bellet, then go for an elegant lunch at one of the many restaurants in the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence

The itinerary takes you to Monaco—one of the world's smallest countries—next. Tour Monte Carlo and see Prince Rainier's car collection, then continue to the medieval village of Eze. Round out the trip with a private sailing tour around the Lérins Islands and a scenic drive along the Mediterranean coast to Saint-Tropez, where you'll spend the last night of the trip before flying out the next day. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Culinary Rhône Valley Tour

Eat and drink your way through France's Rhône Valley on this foodie adventure that takes you to wineries, marketplaces, lavender fields, and fine restaurants.

Sit down for a meal at a traditional Lyonnaise "bouchon"
Sit down for a meal at a traditional Lyonnaise "bouchon"
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Lyon: the cultural and culinary center of France Lyon
Day 2 Famous wines and unsuspected vintages of the Northern Rhône Valley Lyon
Day 3 At the gates of Provence: the Drôme Provençale Montélimar
Day 4 Relaxing moments in olive country Montélimar
Day 5 Avignon and the Pont du Gard Avignon
Day 6 The Roman treasures of Arles, between river and sea Avignon
Day 7 Exploring Aix-en-Provence and the old port of Marseille Marseille
Day 8 Departure  

The adventure begins in Lyon, considered a cultural and culinary center of France. Walk around the historic center and sample traditional Lyonnaise cuisine before side-tripping to the Northern Rhône Valley to taste local wines. Continue south through the lavender fields and olive trees of Montélimar and the Drôme Provençale, stopping in the hilltop village of Grignan with its impressive Renaissance castle.

The next day, you'll explore the region on a bicycle and taste local specialties like nougat in Montélimar, olives in Nyons, black truffles in Tricastin, and wine in Gigondas. Continue to Avignon and the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on day five, then see Roman ruins in Arles. Finish your trip in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, where you'll toast with a nice pastis (a locally produced anise-flavored spirit) and dine on fresh seafood near the port. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Tour du Mont-Blanc Trek

Trek to the highest summit in Western Europe, passing through the Chamonix Valley and the classic resort town of Courmayeur, on this outdoorsy itinerary.

Tour du Mont Blanc
Tour du Mont Blanc
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Chamonix Valley Les Houches
Day 2 Les Houches - Les Contamines-Montjoie Les Contamines Montjoie
Day 3 Les Contamines - Vallée des Glaciers Les Chapieux
Day 4 Vallée des Glaciers - Courmayeur Courmayeur
Day 5 Courmayeur - La Fouly / Champex Champex
Day 6 Champex - Bovines (Fenêtre d’Arpette option) - Trient Trient
Day 7 Trient - Argentière Argentiere
Day 8 Argentière / Le Tour - Chamonix  

Arrive in picturesque Chamonix Valley, where the adventure begins in the resort town of Les Houches. Catch a ride from the Bellevue cable car station to a trailhead, where you'll start your hike to Bionnassay glacier. Descend to Les Contamines Montjoie, the village where you'll spend the night. Trek for six hours the next day, past Col de la Croix-du-Bonhomme, offering a beautiful panorama of Mont-Pourri, before stopping for the evening in the hamlet of Les Chapieux. 

Hike through the alpine pastures and farms of the Ville des Glaciers to Courmayeur, an Italian resort town known for its gourmet dining scene and mountain views. After a laid-back day, you'll overnight in Champex, then trek through the Swiss meadows of Bovines, one of the most famous cheese-producing regions in the Alps. On the last full day of the trip, continue to the French border at Col de Balme and catch the ski lift down to Le Tour, where you'll connect to Argentière. Spend one last night relaxing and dining on traditional Alpine cuisine in the Chamonix Valley. Learn more

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Itinerary #4: Local Flavors of France - Paris & Loire Valley

Wine, cheese, chocolate, repeat: this gourmet journey through Paris and the Loire Valley is a dream trip for foodies.

Vineyards in Loire Valley, France
Vineyards in Loire Valley, France
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Paris Paris
Day 2 A day in Le Marais Paris
Day 3 Stroll & wine around the Palais Royal Paris
Day 4 Cook & lunch like a Parisian Paris
Day 5 Train to the Loire Valley Amboise
Day 6 Organic wine and lunch in the vineyards Amboise
Day 7 Loire Valley outdoors Amboise
Day 8 Departure day Amboise

Work up an appetite before you hit the ground in Paris, where the trip begins. You'll walk around Le Marais on day two, sampling the neighborhood's best chocolates and buttery pastries. Day three is devoted to the pleasures of wine—you'll explore the Palais Royal, once the personal residence for Cardinal Richelieu, before enjoying a leisurely lunch with wine pairings in a 19th-century wine cellar at the Galerie Vivienne, one of the city's famed covered passageways.

Finish up the Paris portion of the trip with a visit to the district of Les Batignolles in the 17th Arrondissement for a hands-on cooking class and lunch in a private home. Then catch the train to the Loire Valley, where you'll learn about the production of organic wine and have lunch in the vineyards. Taste more red wines in Bourgueil and spend the last day of the trip outdoors—with plenty of wine offered along the way, of course—on a bike tour and hot air balloon ride over one of France's top wine regions. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Western France Road Trip

After a few days in Paris, hit the road for a self-guided adventure through the beautiful landscapes of Normandy and the Loire Valley.

The castle of Chenonceau
Castle of 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 Drive from Paris to Bayeux & City Tour Bayeux
Day 5 Tour of D-Day Sites Bayeux
Day 6 Bayeux to Tours, Châteaux, & Wine Tours
Day 7 Day Trip to Châteaus de Chambord & Chenonceau Tours
Day 8 Au Revoir, France  

Your trip begins with an iconic experience in Paris: on your first evening in France, you'll go on an after-dark Eiffel Tower tour and have the chance to see the City of Lights from above. Go on a pastry tour of Le Marais, followed by a visit to the Louvre, on day two. You'll explore pretty Ile de la Cité and descend into the Paris Catacombs on your last day in the capital.

On day three, you'll drive from Paris to Bayeux, the first French town to be liberated after D-Day. After a city tour, you'll venture to other relevant landmarks in Normandy on day five, including Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery. Switch gears the next day, visiting castles and wineries around Tours, then day-tripping to Chambord, one of France's most extravagant chateaus, and the Château de Chenonceau, the second-most visited chateau in France (after Versailles). Return to Tours for a relaxed meal with wine pairings before flying out the next day. Learn more

Itinerary #6: Highlights of Eastern France

On this whirlwind tour of eastern France, you'll sip Champagne in Reims, learn about Germanic influence in Strasbourg, and cruise the canals of Colmar.

Famed Champagne house Moët & Chandon
Famed Champagne house Moët & Chandon
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Paris, Transfer to Reims & Champagne Tasting Reims
Day 2 Champagne Tasting and Olfactory Workshop in Epernay Reims
Day 3 Reims to Strasbourg & Discover Petit France Strasbourg
Day 4 Train to Colmar & River Cruise of the Canals Colmar
Day 5 Villages of Alsace Tour Colmar
Day 6 Drive from Colmar to Annecy Annecy
Day 7 Alpine Cheese & Savoie Wine Annecy
Day 8 Travel to Geneva & Depart  

After arriving in Paris, you'll be whisked off to Reims for a champagne tasting. You'll sip a variety of bubbles on day two as you travel along the so-called Avenue of Champagne, stopping at Moët & Chandon and Perrier Jouët along the way for tastings and tours. Then take the high-speed train to Strasbourg, where you'll tour the historic center before moving on to Colmar, where you'll board a boat for a cruise along the Lauch River.

On day five, enjoy a guided tour through the picturesque villages of Alsace. The following day, you'll drive to Annecy and relax on the lakefront and rent a bike to pedal through the streets of the old city. You'll explore the alpine region and its gourmet products, including local cheeses (like Tomme and Reblochon) and white wine, on the last full day of the trip. Stop at four historic vineyards—Parc de Chartreuse, the Chaîne de l'Epine, the Parc des Bauges, and the Combe de Savoie—before heading to the village of Talloires for dinner. You'll fly out the next day. Learn More

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Map of 8 Days in France - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 8 Days in France - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas