On this self-drive tour, you'll get behind the wheel and take off into the south of France, discovering the highlights of the famed Provence region in just over a week. The tour will take you from the nation's oldest city, Marseille, to the markets and cafés of charming Aix-en-Provence. It continues to the historic city of Avignon, on the Rhône River, as well as into the Alpilles Mountains and over the valleys of the Luberon region. At the end of each day, you'll hang your hat in some of the most charming hotels and B&Bs in all of France.
France 8-Day Tours & Itineraries
Eight days in France is enough time to see several destinations or to take an in-depth tour of one region, like Provence or the French Riviera. Classic itineraries combine a few days in Paris with visits to the countryside in Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, or the Rhône Valley. You also have the option to get off the beaten path with an active trip, like a trekking adventure to the highest summit in Western Europe or a cycling tour of Corsica or the Dordogne.
Read more about your options below, or see 8 Days in France - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas.
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This culinary tour winds its way from gastronomic Lyon (with a food scene rivaling that of Paris) through the colorful countryside of Provence. Taste famous wines, relax in olive country, and fall in love with the ancient cities and sweeping flower-filled fields that make this region famous.
Circle the highest summit in Western Europe in just seven days of trekking with this summer itinerary. Start in the Chamonix Valley and hike through France, Italy, and Switzerland with iconic Alpine vistas throughout. Hike over high mountain passes and quiet meadows, see the Alps reflected in mirror-like Swiss lakes, visit the classic resort towns of Courmayeur and Chamonix, and spend each night sleeping comfortably in charming mountain huts and lodges.
Spend a week exploring Gorges du Verdon, the biggest canyon in Europe, on this family-friendly adventure. Hike, bike, and raft through the canyon, all while enjoying some of the most picturesque scenery in southern France.
A honeymoon to France is the stuff of dreams, but this real-life itinerary is ready and waiting for you! Spend four days in the City of Lights, browsing art museums and enjoying romantic strolls along the Seine. For the second half of your trip head to the south, where Roman ruins, luxurious beaches, and sunny weather await.
In just over a week it's possible to see all the highlights of southeastern France's most stunning region: Provence. This is a whirlwind tour that includes visits to its most beautiful cities, hill-top villages, national parks, and vineyards. You'll spend time in the oldest city in France, travel between the towns of the UNESCO-listed Luberon, and more.
Explore Eastern France in eight days of outings on this itinerary. Sip Champagne in Reims, scope out the Germanic influence in Strasbourg, and cruise the canals of Colmar before you end your trip, sampling Alpine cheese on the banks of Lake Annecy.
Ignite your senses — and taste buds — with this delicious tour of Paris and the picturesque Loire Valley, home to countless castles and gastronomic delights. Discover iconic Parisian highlights and delve into local flavor with wine tasting, a cooking class, and more. After, board a train through the magnificent French countryside to explore the Loire Valley's castles and vineyards, and sail through the sky on an unforgettable hot-air balloon ride.
Pack the family and hit the road for a self-drive trip through western France. Spend eight days seeing art in Paris, learning about history in Normandy, and vacationing on the seaside like the French. See Paris from the eyes of your kids with a treasure hunt at the Louvre, tour D-Day sites, and get an adrenaline rush when you try sand yachting
Luxury and culture meet on this eight-day getaway to the sunny French Riviera coast. Tour perfume workshops in Nice, spend a day tasting wine in Provence, and pay a visit to Monaco. Wrap things up with a driving tour of the coast and a private sailing trip.
Eight days is enough time to see the highlights of western France at a leisurely pace—and this road trip does just that. Spend three days in Paris, where you'll explore the city's history and secrets—both at street level and underground. Continue west to the Atlantic Coast for a vacation on Normandy's seaside, then head to Loire Valley, where 300+ castles line the peaceful country roads.
City and countryside combine on this relaxed 8-day journey from Paris to the Loire Valley. Starting in the French capital, you'll take a glittering dinner cruise down the Seine and sample local cheeses in Le Marais before catching a train east into the heart of the Loire Valley. Explore the medieval city of Tours, then settle into the riverside town of Amboise—the perfect base as you tour the grand châteaus and world-class wineries of this spectacular French region.
From the big city lights of Paris to peaceful countryside chateaux, this eight-day road trip itinerary through Eastern France has it all. Start in the capital city, then make your way to Dijon for art, culture, and history. Continue to Annecy for some time on the lake, then end in historic Lyon for time in the medieval city center.
Perfect for active travelers who want a more off-the-beaten-track experience of Europe, this Corsican cycle trip winds along windswept coastlines and into the island's hilly interior. Experience rich culture and gastronomy while pedaling your way through the best that this charming French island has to offer.
Eight days is the perfect amount of time for a quick getaway to see the Mediterranean and Provence. Sample tapas and learn about Salvador Dali's life in Barcelona, then head to Carcassone in France to tour ancient ruins and see the incredible Cathar Castles. Drive to Lyon, stopping to visit Roman ruins and Avignon along the way.
Discover the countryside towns and historic landmarks of the Dordogne River region as you bike along its banks on this eight-day itinerary. You'll pass by prehistoric dwellings, Roman ruins, medieval castles, and some of France's officially designated most beautiful villages, accompanied by picturesque natural landscapes and rich cuisine.
Enjoy eight days of epicurean indulgences against the backdrop of two of France's most famous cities. In Paris, you'll hear from cheese masters, market vendors, and expert cooks as they impart their wisdom to you. Then travel on to Bordeaux to sample the region's famous food and wine amid historic architecture.
From the buzzing nightlife of Paris to the quiet charm of Provence's hilltop villages, this eight-day luxury trip delivers a wealth of experiences. Experience the magic of Paris at nighttime and see the city from the Eiffel Tower, then head south for postcard-worthy villages, regional farmer's markets, and family-owned wineries.
Cover the highlights of Provence at your own pace on this eight-day cycling tour. You'll start and end in the medieval walled city of Avignon, wheeling your way through the vineyards of the Côtes-du-Rhône, historic fortresses, charming villages, and mountain landscapes of the Provence region.
Provence was once the first Roman territory beyond the Alps, and while you won't be riding in as a conqueror, you'll see why they wanted it for their own after this eight-day self-drive trip. Craft your own soap, cruise around the coast of Marseille, cook with ingredients from local markets, and more as you explore the region.
Enjoy eight days of adrenaline with this adventurous itinerary. After exploring the streets of Marseille, you'll head into the mountains to meet the Verdon Gorge from all angles via horseback rides, river rafting, climbing, and canyoneering.
Eat and drink your way through the South of France on this 8-day itinerary that blends culture and cuisine. Start in beautiful Aix-en-Provence, where you'll learn to cook Provençal fare and tour the hilltop villages of the Luberon. Head to the coast to stroll the colorful neighborhoods of Marseille, sample the best rosés in Cassis and Bandol, and visit the famous vineyards of Château de Berne. After exploring the forests and waterfalls of the Provençal Alps, hop over to the glittering Riviera for a gastronomic journey through Nice's bustling open-air markets.
Stroll the Champs de Mars under the twinkle of the Eiffel Tower and vacation like the French on the Normandy seaside on this luxurious 8-day getaway. Walk through the gilded halls of Versailles and cruise along the Seine at night, then head west along the coast for medieval abbeys, fresh seafood, and World War II sites.
Discover Provence by E-Bike: Grignan, Vaison, Sault, Roussillon, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Avignon, & More - 8 Days
If you've got eight days to spare and want to explore the South of France in a creative way, this itinerary is perfect for you. You'll ride along quiet countryside roads on an electric bike, so you can let the bike do most of the work! Experience the Provence way of life as you follow the lavender roads at the heart of the Provence hinterland.