France 5-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 15 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to France.

With five days in France, you could spend all your time in Paris or venture into another region—thanks, in part, to the network of high-speed trains that connect the country’s major cities. If you’re visiting for the first time, you won’t want to miss a day or two in the capital city. Provence, famous for its lavender fields, wineries, and charming villages, makes an easy side trip from Paris. Other great options include the French Riviera, known for beaches and nightlife, the wine-growing region of Bordeaux, and the coastline of Normandy, which is popular with history lovers.

See more options below, or check out 5 Days in France: 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas.

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La Grande Fontaine in Saint-Paul de Vence
Map of Ultimate French Riviera Road Trip - 5 Days
Ultimate French Riviera Road Trip - 5 Days

This relaxed, self-drive itinerary travels through some of the best coastal and countryside villages in the French Riviera. Starting and ending in Nice, you'll experience Mediterranean beaches, medieval architecture, local markets, perfumeries, and even hiking trails in the nearby mountains (if you so choose). Stay at a different scenic destination each night for a road-trip adventure you won't soon forget!

Mont Saint Michel dating back to the 8th century
Map of Normandy Coast Excursion - 5 Days
Normandy Coast Excursion - 5 Days

Ideal for history buffs, this Northern France itinerary spans an impressive timeline from the Norman invasion of England in 1066 to the D-Day landings of 1944. With the help of local guides, you'll experience the island monastery of Mont Saint Michel, pay respects at transfixing WWII memorials and museums, and enjoy free time in the evenings to explore the charming city of Bayeux—your home base for the trip.

Attend tours and tasting of some of Bordeaux's best vineyards
Map of Bordeaux for Wine Enthusiasts - 5 Days
Bordeaux for Wine Enthusiasts - 5 Days

This 5-day itinerary is the perfect introduction to Bordeaux—hub of the famed wine-growing region in southwest France. Known for its stunning architecture (both old and new), this lively UNESCO-listed city will be your base for a series of tours to markets, vineyards, beaches, and beautiful chateaux around the region which you'll explore with the help of friendly English-speaking guides.

Spend a day strolling through Aix en Provence
Map of Ultimate Provençal Road Trip - 5 Days
Ultimate Provençal Road Trip - 5 Days

Perhaps no other region encompasses France's exceptional beauty better than Provence. During this 5-day self-drive itinerary, you'll experience the highlights with stops in emblematic cities such as Marseille and Aix-en-Provence as well as traditional villages in the scenic countryside. Finish the adventure in medieval Avignon coupled with a wine tasting in nearby Chateauneuf du Pape.

Château d'Azay le Rideau
Map of Loire Valley Château Tour - 5 Days
Loire Valley Château Tour - 5 Days

This relaxing 5-day jaunt focuses on the Loire Valley, a fertile region south of Paris dotted with hundreds of opulent châteaux (many that are UNESCO-listed) that once belonged to kings, queens, dukes, and influential artists. Enjoy a series of full-day private tours where you'll explore the area's best estates, gardens, game reserves, vineyards, and charming towns, especially Amboise—your home base for the trip.

Rocky coastline of the French Riviera
Map of Highlights of the French Riviera: Nice & Cannes - 5 Days
Highlights of the French Riviera: Nice & Cannes - 5 Days

If you're short on time but won't compromise on your experience, head to the French Riviera for a 5-day getaway. Explore grand plazas in Nice, stroll the narrow shopping streets of Cannes, and set sail to the Lérins Islands on a private boat. From 5-star dining to white sand beaches, this trip has it all. 

Sully sur Loire
Map of Road Trip through Western France: Paris & the Loire Valley - 5 Days
Road Trip through Western France: Paris & the Loire Valley - 5 Days

If you're short on time and want to see Paris and western France, this five-day road trip is the perfect getaway. Start in the City of Lights to haggle with market vendors and view art at the Louvre, then hit the road for the Loire Valley to the south-west. Here, each château is more magnificent than the last, and an endless variety of French wines are waiting for you to taste them. 

Peaceful French Countryside
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Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris & Bordeaux - 5 Days

Find some of your new favorite spots with five days in western France. Stroll through the streets of Le Marais, ascend the Eiffel Tower, and experience the fabulous wine and food scene in Bordeaux to leave you feeling relaxed and refined.

Saint-Malo at sunrise
Classic Brittany: Saint-Malo & Quimper - 5 Days

Escape to one of France's most beguiling regions on this 5-day jaunt through coastal Brittany. A direct train ride from Paris takes you to the atmospheric walled city of Saint-Malo, where you'll sample local delicacies like crêpes and oysters and immerse yourself in Breton culture. Continue to the elegant resort of Dinard, explore the sweeping white sand beaches of Concarneau, then turn inland from the wild Brittany coast to end your journey among the half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets of Quimper.

Chateau de Ancy-le-Franc
Map of Eastern France Roadtrip: Paris & Burgundy - 5 Days
Eastern France Roadtrip: Paris & Burgundy - 5 Days

This short five-day trip is the perfect way to see highlights of Paris and the nearby countryside on a road trip tour. Start in Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, then head south to Dijon to see resplendent countryside chateaus and a medieval monastery.

Stroll through an Aix-en-Provence food market
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Gourmet Tour of Provence - 5 Days

This quick five-day getaway reveals the culture and flavors of Aix-en-Provence, the historic capital of the Provence region of southeastern France. You'll discover the secrets of "Aix" with a guided stroll through its ancient thoroughfares, sample regional gastronomic specialties, plus take a local cooking class. You'll even enjoy a bonus cooking class in a nearby village in the Alpilles Mountains.

A food market in Aix-en-Provence
Map of Aix-en-Provence Culinary Culture - 5 Days
Aix-en-Provence Culinary Culture - 5 Days

Experience the best of Provence in five days, with numerous guided cultural and gourmet experiences. You'll explore charming Aix-en-Provence and its surroundings via walking tours, a cooking class, and wine experience, all under the bright skies of southern France.

Calanques National Park between Marseille and Cassis
Map of Parks of Provence: Calanques National Park, Alpilles, & the Luberon Valley - 5 Days
Parks of Provence: Calanques National Park, Alpilles, & the Luberon Valley - 5 Days

On this quick itinerary, you'll spend five days seeing the highlights of Provence, including the charming village of Aix-en-Provence, the natural parks of Calanques, Alpilles, and Luberon, and a number of other historic and cultural sites. Take a cooking class, cruise around scenic coves on a boat tour, stroll down the streets of France's oldest city, and more: this trip plan takes you there.

Traditional Mussels with Cider
Map of Luxury Getaway to Western France: Normandy & Brittany - 5 Days
Luxury Getaway to Western France: Normandy & Brittany - 5 Days

Get away from it all on this luxurious 5-day trip to Normandy and Brittany. Fly in to Paris, then head to Bayeux on the coast. Check out the tapestry, tour Mont-Saint-Michel, and explore World War II history. At night, relax over fresh seafood dinners paired with chilled white wine at your neighborhood brasserie.

Bonnieux, a village in the Luberon
Food & Wine Tour of Provence: Avignon & Bonnieux - 5 Days

On this outdoorsy tour of Provence, you'll mix gourmet experiences with active pursuits. Start the trip in medieval Avignon, then take a tour of the Luberon on an electric bike before learning how to cook (and eat) like a local at a Provençal cooking class. You'll finish with a full-day tour of local wineries. Cheers!

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