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How Many Days Should You Spend in Paris?

There’s no wrong answer to how much time you should spend in Paris, but for a solid itinerary, we recommend at least four days. This is enough time to accomplish some world-class attractions as well as some lesser-known arrondissements that are on the up and up—whether you choose to explore by foot, metro, bike, and/or electric scooter. Check out some possible itineraries, ranging from 24 hours to a week (and beyond).

Musée du Louvre
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Food & History in Paris - 9 Days

Explore the City of Lights on this exciting gastronomy and culture tour. You will visit all the Parisian highlights, including the Musée du Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Opéra Garnier, and more. Additionally, you'll go off the tourist trail at St. Ouen Market and the Parisian Catacombs. Food tours and classes are sprinkled throughout the trip, sweetening the experience even more. You will also get to explore the city's surroundings, with day trips centered around famous chateaus.

The Famed Iron Lady
Map of Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 7 Days
Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 7 Days

See Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, explore the fishing villages and beaches of the Atlantic Coast, and more on this luxurious 7-day itinerary to Western France. Learn to bake bread the authentic French way and visit the Opéra Garnier in the City of Lights, then enjoy fresh seafood in a typical brasserie in Saint-Malo and see the Bayeux Tapestry.

Chenonceau castle and grounds
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Road Trip through Western France: Paris & the Loire Valley - 6 Days

If you've got six days and want to explore Paris and the Loire Valley, consider this short road trip. Start in the capital city where you'll eat your fill of pastries, visit the Louvre, and learn about the city's history. Spend the second half of the trip in the Loire Valley, where magnificent castles dot the countryside and the stories flow like French wine. 

Cathedral of Our Lady of Bayeux
Map of Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 6 Days
Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 6 Days

Enjoy a quick getaway to Paris and the Normandy coast without sacrificing luxury on this 6-day trip. Start in the City of Lights, where you'll learn about Parisian history in the heart of the city, stroll the gilded halls of Versaille, and take a nighttime cruise on the Seine. Spend your last day on the Normandy coast to see the Bayeux Tapestry and tour Mont-Saint-Michel: the abbey on an island.

Vintage car in Montmartre
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Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris & Bordeaux - 6 Days

Savor six days amidst scenic and savory sights on this itinerary. You'll take in the beauty of Paris and the Bordeaux region while also ingesting the products of the local cheesemakers, artisan markets, and renowned vineyards to satisfy all of your senses.

Gilded halls of Versaille
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Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris & the French Riviera - 8 Days

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.

Cobblestone village streets
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Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris & Bordeaux - 8 Days

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.

Famous medieval castle Sully sur Loire at sunset
Map of Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley - 10 Days
Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley - 10 Days

This epic 10-day French adventure kicks off in Paris for three days of culture and cuisine in the 'City of Lights'. Then, drive yourself to the Normandy coast to visit Mont Saint Michel and other historical sites—spanning 900 years—between Bayeux and Omaha Beach. Next is the Loire Valley where you'll explore charming towns and gorgeous castles before returning to Paris (by train) for one more night on the town.

Drive along the Bay of Villefranche during your last day in Nice
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Paris & South of France - 7 Days

This weeklong itinerary splits its time between the French Riviera and the City of Lights for a great introduction to France. Starting in Nice, you'll explore on your own before a local guide shows you around Monaco, Cannes, and Antibes (to name a few). Then, fly to Paris where you'll cruise along the Seine, skip the line at Versailles, and summit the Eiffel Tower—at sunset!—to complete the adventure.

Spend a day in Cassis and Calanques National Park
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Paris & Provence Family Adventure - 7 Days

Perfect for first-timers, this weeklong itinerary kicks off in the French capital where you'll summit the Eiffel Tower, gain skip-the-line access at Le Louvre, and sample some of Paris's best bakeries and chocolatiers. Then, ride a high-speed train to Avignon—your base for exploring the Provence region with canoeing and biking tours as well as a trip to a national park along the Mediterranean to finish the adventure

Latin quarter in Paris
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Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris & the French Riviera - 9 Days

Head to France for nine magical days in the city of love—the perfect place for a honeymoon. Paris practically begs you to plan a romantic getaway, which is exactly what you'll do, from art viewing in the Louvre to day trips to storybook chateaus. Make sure to stop by the historic city of Avignon before wiling away the time on the sunny white-sand beaches of the south. 

Eiffel Tower
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Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris & the French Riviera - 7 Days

If you're short on time but don't want to compromise on experience, this 7-day whirlwind honeymoon trip to France is the perfect fit. Browse shops and feast on Parisian pastries in the city, then head to the South of France for some quality time on the sunny Mediterranean coast. 

Explore Nice and Paris
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Nice & Paris: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting both Nice and Paris spend about 11 to 14 days in France, which usually includes some time in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille as well. If you're only headed to Nice and Paris, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in 7 to 8 days. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in 7 to 6 days for travelers with limited time. Read on for the best itineraries including Nice and Paris and beyond.

Sully sur Loire
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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. 

In front of the Louvre
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Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Normandy, & the Loire Valley - 7 Days

If you have a week and want to explore western France, this quick road trip is perfect. Begin your journey in Paris, where you'll spend equal amounts of time exploring the city's history and savoring pastries. Continue to Normandy to visit the preserved city of Bayeux and see D-Day sites. End the trip in the Loire Valley to discover its famed castles and châteaus.

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.

Cannelé pastries in Bordeaux
Map of Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris & Bordeaux - 7 Days
Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris & Bordeaux - 7 Days

Spend a full week savoring the food and wine of France on this itinerary. Sit in the sidewalk cafes and stroll the markets of  Paris before you catch the train to Bordeaux, where you'll cruise through historic towns and vineyards that date back hundreds of years.

Pont des Arts with Palais Royal and Musee D'orsay
Map of Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 12 Days
Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 12 Days

This 12-day luxury itinerary through three of France's regions is a feast for both your eyes and your stomach. From the museums and markets of Paris to the castles and vineyards of the Loire Valley there's always a new sensory delight to be found. End in your tip in Bordeaux, where historic villages, unparalleled hospitality, and renowned cuisine and wines await your exploration. 

Views over Paris
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French Panorama: Paris, Marseille & Nice - 10 Days

Spend ten days taking in some of the top treasures in France from north to south. You'll start off exploring Paris with local guides to see both its star attractions and secret spots, then head to the historic city of Marseille. Continue to the famed French Riviera and the seaside city of Nice to end your trip in the sun.

Chateau of Sully-sur-Loire
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Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 10 Days

If driving from Paris through western France for ten days sounds like a dream come true, this itinerary is for you. Start in Paris, where art at the Louvre, flaky croissants and a day trip to Versailles will capture your imagination and taste buds. Continue to the Loire Valley to see the famed castles and see where da Vinci lived, then end in Bordeaux for world-famous oysters and wine.

Young child enjoying autumn in Paris
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Family Road Trip in Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 10 Days

From the big city lights and historical museums of Paris to the quiet beaches of Western France, there's something on this 10-day road trip to delight everyone in the family, regardless of age. Start your trip in the capital city to explore highlights like the Louvre and Versaille, then rent a car and head west. Sample fresh seafood, try sand yachting and learn about D-Day history on the beaches of Normandy. 

Chenonceau at Sunset
Map of Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, & More - 10 Days
Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, & More - 10 Days

Dive into French culture and settle into a quieter pace of life on this 10-day luxury trip to Western France. Start in Paris, where you'll learn history in the l’Ile de la Cité and take a day trip to the gilded halls of Versailles. Head west to tour D-Day sites in Normandy and explore Mont-Saint-Michel: the abbey on an island. Round out the trip with two days in the Loire Valley, famous for castles and wine alike.

Water mill in the Old Town of Bayeux
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Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Normandy, & the Loire Valley - 8 Days

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.

Stars on the beach in Saint-Malo
Map of Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 8 Days
Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 8 Days

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.

Colorful French macarons
Map of Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, & More - 13 Days
Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, & More - 13 Days

Spend thirteen lucky days luxuriating in some of France's finest regions, from Paris to the Loire Valley. Kick things off in the City of Lights, where you'll explore history and take a day trip to Versailles. From there, head to Normandy on the coast, where small fishing villages and D-Day sites dot the landscape. End in the Loire Valley, where you'll relax in peaceful vineyards and tour elegant chateaus.

Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux
Map of Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 11 Days
Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 11 Days

Eleven days driving though the pretty countryside of western France—what could be better? Start your trip in Paris—land of espresso, world-famous art, and the gilded halls of Versailles. Hit the road for the Loire Valley, where 300+ castles, each one lovelier than the last, await exploration. End with three days in Bordeaux for a visit to the market and tasting of Arcachon’s oysters.

Quiet Streets in Le Marais
Map of Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, & More - 11 Days
Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, & More - 11 Days

From the Opéra Garnier in Paris to the quiet countryside of the Loire Valley, this luxurious 11-day itinerary covers the highlights—and much more. Walk through the gilded halls of Versailles, explore the fishing villages and beaches of the Atlantic Coast, and visit Mont-Saint-Michel: the abbey on an island. End the trip with wine tasting in the Loire Valley and see where Da Vinci spent his final years.

Bayeux at Night
Map of Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, & More - 16 Days
Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, & More - 16 Days

From the Paris Opera to the beaches of Brittany, explore Western France in luxury on this 16-day itinerary. Learn to bake bread the French way and stroll through Versaille's resplendent halls, then head to the coast to explore the fishing villages and beaches of the Atlantic Coast. Enjoy fresh seafood in a typical brasserie in Saint-Malo, then end the trip in the Loire valley, where fairytale castles and vineyards abound.

Wildflowers in Gironde
Map of Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 11 Days
Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 11 Days

France is the world's second-largest exporter of wine, but you can sample the bottles they keep for themselves on this 11-day itinerary. Start off in Paris, strolling the Palais Royal and covered markets, before you travel to the Loire Valley to relax under the vines where da Vinci spent the last years of his life. Then finish your trip in Bordeaux to compare the wines of the left and right river banks, just to make sure you've tried them all.

One of the famous perched villages in Dordogne
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Western France Road Trip - 14 Days

This spectacular road-trip adventure through Western France provides a subtle mix of history, culture, cuisine, wine, and outdoor activity—and plenty of picturesque landscapes between stops. Over the course of two weeks, you'll spend quality time in Paris, Normandy, Bordeaux, and the Dordogne region with a combination of tours led by English-speaking local guides and free time to explore on your own.

Dordogne perched village
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Discover France: Paris, Normandy, Bordeaux, the Dordogne Region - 14 Days

You will be delighted by this trip in Paris, Normandy, Bordeaux and the Dordogne region. This is a subtle mix of French history and culture, wine and flavors, and some bucolic landscapes such as the Atlantic coast and Dordogne perched villages. A great road trip adventure for the whole family!

Chenonceau castle and grounds
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Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 14 Days

Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to get away from it all, which is exactly what you'll do on this honeymoon itinerary. From Paris's busy streets to the quiet avenues of Aix en Provence, this itinerary has it all. Go wine tasting in the Beaujolais wine region, visit hilltop villages near Avignon, and immerse yourself in the luxurious atmosphere of Cannes and Monaco. 

Royal Chateau of Amboise
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Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, & Arcachon - 14 Days

Food isn't the only indulgence western France has to offer on this two-week itinerary. Lounge in the gardens of the Palais Royal, once the personal residence for Cardinal Richelieu; see through the eyes of artists like Degas and da Vinci in Montmartre and Amboise, and stroll through cobblestone village streets and seaside boardwalks as you sample the best the area has to offer.

Stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle
Map of Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, & More - 14 Days
Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, & More - 14 Days

If you dream of spending two luxurious weeks exploring history and cuisine in western France, this itinerary is for you. Visit the Louvre and Versailles and learn to bake bread the authentic French way. Continue to Normandy and Brittany on the coast to explore medieval abbeys and sample fresh-caught seafood. Wrap things up in the Loire Valley, where resplendent Châteaus and endless vineyards await.

Chateau du Moulin in Lassay-sur-Croisne
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Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 9 Days

Paris, the Loire Valley, and Bordeaux—when it comes to French history and wine, what more do you need? This nine-day road trip includes this and more: from world-famous art in Paris and the famed castles of Tours to the unparalleled Bordeaux wine and fresh-caught Arcachon oysters. Dive into the French lifestyle as you enjoy fresh seafood in a typical brasserie and haggle with burly vendors at an 18th-century market. 

Enjoying the views
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Family Road Trip in Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 9 Days

See the Eiffel Tower in Paris, explore tidal pools on the beaches of Normandy, and learn about pirates and seafaring history in the walled city on this packed 9-day family road trip. From delicious French pastries in the capital city to fresh-caught seafood in the neighborhood brasserie, there's no shortage of culinary delights. For young travelers, treasure hunts, sand yachting, and more up the adventure. 

Amid the vines
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Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 9 Days

A French lunch break can be up to two hours long, but you get nine full days to sample the country's food and wine on this itinerary. Visit the artsy alleys and markets of Le Marais and Montmartre, then travel to the Loire Valley and Bordeaux to tour the vineyards that made French wine famous.

Water mill in the Old Town of Bayeux
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Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, & Loire Valley - 9 Days

From the gilded halls of Versailles to the resplendent Châteaus of the Loire Valley, explore Western France in all its luxury on this 9-day getaway. Stroll the Champs de Mars under the twinkle of the Eiffel Tower, explore the fishing villages and beaches of the Atlantic Coast, and visit Mont-Saint-Michel: the abbey on an island. End the trip with a tour of the resplendent Châteaus de Chambord and Chenonceau.

Selection of French Cider
Map of Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, & More - 12 Days
Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, & More - 12 Days

Twelve days enjoying Parisian architecture, Normandy seafood, and Loire Valley wine—what could be sweeter? See the Eiffel Tower and learn to bake authentic French baguettes in the capital, then head to the coast for medieval ruins, fresh mussels, and World War II history. Wrap the trip up in the Loire Valley, where stately chateaus line the quiet country lanes and vineyards stretch out of sight.

The City of Lights at Dusk
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Luxury Getaway to Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, & More - 15 Days

Spend fifteen days exploring Paris and the western regions on this luxurious itinerary. Start in the City of Lights, where you'll stroll the Champs de Mars under the twinkle of the Eiffel Tower and eat your weight in croissants. Head to the coast for apple cider tours, fresh seafood, and the famed Normandy beaches. End the trip in the Loire Valley to go wine tasting and see where Da Vinci spent his last years.

Basilica of the Sacre Coeur, Paris
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Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, & Arcachon - 15 Days

Learn how to say important phrases like, "no more, thank you, I'm stuffed," on this 15-day itinerary through the epicurean delights of western France. Whether you're sampling cheese and pastries in Paris, the mushrooms and wines of the Loire Valley, cannelé pastries and even more wine in Bordeaux, or oysters in Arcachon, there's a new gastronomical adventure around every corner.

Finish this French adventure with a night in Nice
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Paris, Provence & the French Riviera - 10 Days

This itinerary covers a boggling number of must-see places and unique excursions for an authentic taste of French life. Over the course of 10 days, you'll enjoy the beauty of Paris with the help of a local guide before spending three nights in Aix en Provence. From here, tour the French Riviera's best seaside towns starting in Cassis and heading east to Cannes and Nice where you'll complete the adventure.

The elegant Cheverny Castle in the Loire Valley
Map of Paris, Bordeaux & the Loire Valley - 10 Days
Paris, Bordeaux & the Loire Valley - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary is ideal for those seeking the splendor of French wine, history, and gastronomy. Traveling by train, you'll start in Bordeaux for architecture—both old and new—and tastings at some of the best vineyards in the world. Next is the Loire Valley for a range of gorgeous castles surrounded by bucolic landscapes. Finish the adventure in Paris and experience top sites with the help of a local expert.

Amboise castle in the Loire Valley
Map of Paris, Bordeaux & the Loire Valley - 7 Days
Paris, Bordeaux & the Loire Valley - 7 Days

Traveling by train, this weeklong French adventure covers three destinations with a focus on history, architecture, food, and wine. Start in Bordeaux to experience the city's UNESCO-listed streets and world-renowned vineyards. Then head to Amboise for stunning castles and gardens surrounded by bucolic landscapes. Finish with two nights in Paris and let local experts show you the quintessential attractions.

Seine river bank
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Local Flavors of France: Paris & Loire Valley - 8 Days

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.

Lake Annecy
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Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, & the French Riviera - 10 Days

If you've got ten days and a heart full of love, head to France for the perfect honeymoon getaway. Start in Paris, where you'll stroll shops and galleries by day and indulge in French wine at open-air cafes at night. See the Alps and tour Avignon, then end your tour on the sunny southern coast.

Interior of the Chenonceau castle
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Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 10 Days

There are enough French cheeses that you could eat a different one every day for a year. This itinerary only takes you as far as 10 days, so you'll have to eat a little faster than that. Start by consulting a cheesemaker in Le Marais, then ascend the Eiffel Tower to see Paris from the sky. You'll then head to the castles of the Loire Valley, followed by three nights in Bordeaux to sample vintages dating back centuries.

Bayeux
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Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 13 Days

If spending thirteen days driving from Paris through Normandy to Bordeaux sounds like your perfect getaway, this trip is for you. Get to know the sweet side of France on a pastry tour in Paris, breathe in the fresh ocean air in Normandy, and view castles (including da Vinci’s former residence) in the Loire Valley. End in Bordeaux to sample the best of France’s wine and cuisine.

Springtime on the Loire River
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Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, & Arcachon - 16 Days

Spend 16 splendid days savoring the western regions of France. Meet with a master cheesemaker in Le Marais, bake amidst Les Batignolles, and recline in the vineyards of the Loire Valley. You'll traverse the "Route des Chateaux” in the Médoc, then cruise down the Gironde estuary to sample all the riversides of the Bordeaux region before a relaxing end to your trip in the seaside resort town of Arcachon.

Cap d’Antibes
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Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 13 Days

Thirteen days may be unlucky, but there's nothing unlucky about this thirteen-day honeymoon itinerary to France's main regions. Spend some time in Paris, where a day trip to the fairytale Chambord & Chenonceau chateaus whisks you away to a story. Stop in Lyon for some wine and Avignon for small villages, then end in Nice, where white-sand beaches and breathtaking sunsets await. 

Vineyards near Bordeaux
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Luxury Food and Wine Tour: Paris, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, & Arcachon - 13 Days

See spots you've only heard referenced by your favorite sommeliers on this 13-day journey. Whether you're tasting wine in a Parisian covered passageway, lined with mosaic-tiled floors and glass ceilings, amidst the vines of centuries-old estates along sedate rivers, or overlooking villas on the Atlantic coast, you'll soon realize that the best pairing for any glass of wine is a good view.

Take the train to Lyon, France's 3rd largest city
Map of Paris, Lyon, Nice & Provence - 14 Days
Paris, Lyon, Nice & Provence - 14 Days

Ideal for food, wine, and culture enthusiasts, this trip travels at a relaxed pace from Paris to Nice over the span of two weeks. Start off with several days in the 'City of Lights' and the French culinary mecca of Lyon. Then pick up a car in Avignon to experience Provence's vineyards and lavender fields at your own speed. Finish the adventure indulging on Mediterranean views and fresh seafood in the French Riviera.

Chenonceau at Sunset
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Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 14 Days

Spend two weeks exploring the highlights of western France, from the City of Lights to the quiet villages of the Loire Valley. Sample pastries in Paris and head underground to see the catacombs, then hit the road for the beaches on the Normandy coast. End the trip in Bordeaux, where you’ll haggle with vendors for fresh seafood at an 18th-century market.

Colorful French macarons
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Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 11 Days

Leave it all behind and enjoy eleven magical days in France for your honeymoon (or any other special occasion!) Start in Paris, where romantic dinners at streetside cafes blend perfectly with relaxed strolls through the Louvre and a night at the Eiffel Tower. Wrap up your trip in Avignon and Nice, where history, nature, and wine await you and your sweetie.

Dancing in the Paris Sunlight
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Family Road Trip in Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 8 Days

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 

Colorful parasols on Deauville Beach
Map of Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, & More - 15 Days
Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, & More - 15 Days

Fifteen days is enough time to get off the beaten path in western France on this road trip from Paris to Bordeaux. Start in the capital city, where you'll visit the Louvre and enjoy afternoon walks along the Seine River. Head west along the Atlantic Coast to explore WWII history and explore small fishing villages and beaches, then continue south for countryside castles, Bordeaux wine, and the famed Arcachon oysters.

The Abbey of Notre-Dame de Sénanque
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 12 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 12 Days

Take a break from real life and immerse yourself in the city of love on this 12-day France honeymoon itinerary. You'll start in Paris—the perfect place for art museums, pastries, and a day trip to the resplendent Versailles. From here you'll head south to romantic Avignon and historic Lyon, ending in sunny Nice for plenty of beach time. 

Beach in Deauville
Map of Western France Road Trip: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 16 Days
Western France Road Trip: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 16 Days

Spend sixteen days exploring everything western France has to offer, from the metropolitan culture of Paris to the peaceful countryside of Bordeaux. See art at the Louvre, take a day trip to the gilded halls of Versailles, and vacation like the French on the Normandy seaside. Visit Mont-Saint-Michel—the abbey on an island—before continuing south to the land of resplendent châteaus and free-flowing wine.

A lavender field in Provence
Map of Paris & Provence Road Trip - 9 Days
Paris & Provence Road Trip - 9 Days

This scenic itinerary starts with a self-guided road trip through exceptional villages, cities, and wine regions in the heart of Provence. Over the course of 9 days, you’ll explore Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, and the Rhone Valley with visits to a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as hidden gems. Finish the adventure in Paris with a mix of private tours and free time to explore on your own.

Sunset on Chambord castle in Loire Valley
Map of Highlights of France in Paris, Bordeaux & the Loire Valley - 9 Days
Highlights of France in Paris, Bordeaux & the Loire Valley - 9 Days

Experience three of the major regions of France with this trip through Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, and Paris. Start off shopping in the morning markets and sipping wine in historic vineyards, continue to tours of Renaissance-era castles and classic châteaux, and end your trip amid the city streets and cultural institutions of the City of Lights.

Spend two leisurely days driving around the Brittany region
Map of Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley - 14 Days
Normandy, Brittany & the Loire Valley - 14 Days

This epic trip loops around three beloved regions in France with a nice mix of free time and guided tours. Start in Normandy to visit historical sites—spanning 900 years—between Bayeux and Omaha Beach. Next is Brittany where you'll have free time (and a car) to explore the wild, rugged coastline at your own pace. Then experience UNESCO-listed villages and castles in the Loire Valley before finishing with two days in Paris.

The French way to start the day
Map of Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris, Provence, & the French Riviera - 15 Days
Luxury, Art, & Food in France: Paris, Provence, & the French Riviera - 15 Days

If fifteen luxurious days in Paris and Provence sound perfect to you, look no further. With bespoke daily activities ranging from cooking classes to private sailing trips, there's no shortage of unforgettable experiences. Sample wine in Provence, soak in art and history in Marseille, and tour romantic Avignon and the old-world Luberon valley. 

Richelieu quay of Garonne river in Bordeaux
Map of Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 17 Days
Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 17 Days

From the streetside cafes of Paris to the fresh seafood markets of Normandy, this seventeen-day road trip through western France has it all. Spend a few days in the capital viewing art and eating your weight in pastries, then head west along the coast to vacation like the French on the Normandy seaside. Wrap the trip up in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux, famous for their countryside castles, 18th-century farmer's markets, and the freshest oysters in France.

Caen city skyline
Map of Family Adventure in Western France: Paris, Caen, Saint-Malo, Bordeaux, & More - 13 Days
Family Adventure in Western France: Paris, Caen, Saint-Malo, Bordeaux, & More - 13 Days

If you've got thirteen days off and a family that wants to head to France, consider yourself lucky. Start in Paris, where art museum scavenger hunts and delicious treats keep youngsters entertained, then head west to the windswept beaches of Normandy to see the D-Day landing site and tour the 1,000-year-old Mont-Saint-Michel, among other ancient castles.

Low Tide in Arcachon Bay
Map of Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, & More - 18 Days
Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, & More - 18 Days

If spending eighteen days driving from France's capital down the western Atlantic Coast sounds like the perfect getaway, this itinerary is for you. Start in Paris for flaky croissants and strong espresso, then hit the road for the coast. Vacation like the French on the Normandy seaside as you explore medieval and WWII history, then continue to the Loire Valley to see resplendent châteaus. End in Bordeaux, where the wine and oysters are unparalleled. 

Spend a day castle-hopping in the Loire Valley
Map of France Family Adventure - 14 Days
France Family Adventure - 14 Days

This exciting, yet easy-going itinerary is the perfect introduction to France—especially for groups and families (ages 10 and up). Over the course of two weeks, you'll spend quality time in Paris, the Loire Valley, Provence, and the French Riviera with a fun mix of educational tours led by local guides and free time to explore on your own.

The beaches of Dinard
Map of Family Adventure in Western France: Paris, Caen, Saint-Malo, Bordeaux, & More - 14 Days
Family Adventure in Western France: Paris, Caen, Saint-Malo, Bordeaux, & More - 14 Days

Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to dive deeper into some of France's western regions with the family. Start in Paris to see the highlights like the Eiffel Tower and Louvre, then head off the beaten path in the west. Older kids will enjoy learning about history at the D-Day site and canoeing in Dordogne, before traveling back in time to explore the prehistoric Lascaux cave.

Beach in Deauville
Map of Family Adventure in Western France: Paris, Caen, Saint-Malo, Bordeaux, Basque, & More - 19 Days
Family Adventure in Western France: Paris, Caen, Saint-Malo, Bordeaux, Basque, & More - 19 Days

Spend nineteen days exploring Paris and western France with the family on this comprehensive itinerary. Start in Paris where a Louvre scavenger hunt will entertain kids of all ages, then head west along the coast. Follow your nose to the paella booths at small-town farmer's markets, visit the 1,000-year-old Mont-Saint-Michel, then end your trip near Bordeaux to see prehistoric caves and medieval villages.

Vieux Port in Honfleur
Map of Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Cognac, Bordeaux, & More - 19 Days
Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Cognac, Bordeaux, & More - 19 Days

Drive along the Atlantic Coast on this nineteen-day road trip through western France. Start in Paris to see world-famous galleries at the Louvre and walk along the Seine River, then head west to explore the fishing villages and beaches of the Atlantic Coast. Visit Mont-Saint-Michel, the abbey on an island, and enjoy fresh seafood in a typical brasserie. End the trip in Bordeaux to sample the best of France’s wine and cuisine.

Canoeing on the Dordogne River
Map of Family Adventure in Western France: Paris, Caen, Saint-Malo, Bordeaux, & More - 15 Days
Family Adventure in Western France: Paris, Caen, Saint-Malo, Bordeaux, & More - 15 Days

Your fifteen-year-olds might smell like Cro Magnon man, but they've never seen anything like the prehistoric Lascaux cave—a perfect recreation of the original. See this and more on this fifteen-day tour, including ascending to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, viewing a D-Day documentary film in Normandy, and learning to make Bordeaux caneles (the sweet cakes) as a family.

Aerial view of Amboise
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 15 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 15 Days

Fifteen days is enough time to dive deep into several of France's most popular regions (and understand why they're a favorite!) Start in Paris, where mornings of fresh-baked pastries and hot espressos meld seamlessly into evenings of red wine and charcuteries. See the Chateau Chambord, immerse yourself in Avignon's history, and end your trip on a sunny note—along the warm beaches of the French Riviera. 

Normandy Countryside
Map of Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Cognac, Bordeaux, & More - 20 Days
Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Cognac, Bordeaux, & More - 20 Days

Vacation like the French on the Normandy seaside on this 20-day road trip through western France. You'll walk through the gilded halls of Versailles, immerse yourself in history on the D-Day beaches, and sample the best of France’s wine and cuisine in Bordeaux. For a taste of authentic western France life, haggle with vendors for your lunch at an 18th-century market, then head to the beach to enjoy wine and seafood on the water.

Chenonceau at sunset
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 20 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 20 Days

With twenty full days to experience everything France has to offer, you're bound to come away with a bit more romance in your heart. On this honeymoon itinerary, you'll do everything from exploring Paris through pastries to bargaining with vendors for regional specialties at farmer’s markets. Stroll through historic Lyon, France’s third-most populous city, visit the hilltop villages of the Luberon, and stop by Aix en Provence for coffee and people watching on the plaza.

Dock at Concarneau
Map of Family Adventure in Western France: Paris, Caen, Saint-Malo, Bordeaux, Basque, & More - 20 Days
Family Adventure in Western France: Paris, Caen, Saint-Malo, Bordeaux, Basque, & More - 20 Days

Dive into history, culture, and nature on this comprehensive 20-day family itinerary of western France. Start in Paris for city highlights, like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, then head west to see the site of D-Day and tour medieval castles. Round your trip out with canoeing on the Dordogne, traveling back to the time of Cro Magnon in the Lascaux Caves, and sampling seafood on the Brittany coast.

Aerial view of Saint-Malo
Map of Family Adventure in Western France: Paris, Normandy, Basque Country, & More - 21 Days
Family Adventure in Western France: Paris, Normandy, Basque Country, & More - 21 Days

From art museums in Paris and WWII history in Normandy to the pirate's haunt of Saint-Malo and the beaches of Southern Brittany, there's plenty for kids and young adults alike to do on this three-week adventure through France. And if your family likes to drink wine together, you'll especially look forward to the days in Bordeaux—one of the world's leading winemaking regions.

Cityscape of Blois
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 17 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 17 Days

This seventeen-day honeymoon itinerary has something for every couple (or non-couples!) Stop by Aix en Provence for coffee and people watching on the plaza, experience the magic of Paris at night, and wonder at the splendor of the Versailles estate. Explore the storybook towns of the Loire Valley and go wine tasting in the Beaujolais wine region before spending time in Cannes and Monaco. 

Old Town Square in Annecy
Map of Highlights of Eastern France: Paris, Reims, Strasbourg, Colmar, Annecy, & More  - 12 Days
Highlights of Eastern France: Paris, Reims, Strasbourg, Colmar, Annecy, & More - 12 Days

Keep Moët & Chandon in a pretty cabinet and eat cake just like Marie Antoinette on this 12-day itinerary fit for a queen. You'll sample the Parisian pastries of Le Marais, artworks in the glass of the Louvre, and elaborate architectural facades of Strasbourg, Colmar, and Alsace. Sip wine with cheese pairings in Annecy before ending the trip on the beaches in Nice. 

Chateau of Sully-sur-Loire
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 18 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 18 Days

With eighteen full days in the country, you'll get to experience the full variety of French cultures on this honeymoon trip. Learn about Parisian history in the heart of the city, search through the Louvre for hidden treasures, and explore the storybook towns of the Loire Valley. Stroll through historic Lyon, France’s third-most populous city, before stopping by Aix en Provence for coffee and people watching on the plaza. 

Coastal landscape near Etretat village in Normandy
Map of Normandy Discovery Tour - 7 Days
Normandy Discovery Tour - 7 Days

History buffs will love this Northern France itinerary, which 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, visit transfixing WWII memorials, photograph spectacular cliffs, and enjoy free time in the evenings to dine in a range of charming port cities.

Chambord castle
Map of Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 19 Days
Honeymoon Romance in France: Paris, Amboise, Lyon, Avignon, & the French Riviera - 19 Days

Leave your worries behind on this romantic 19-day honeymoon getaway to France. Experience the magic of Paris at night, bargain with vendors for regional specialties at farmer’s markets, and tour the fairytale Châteaus de Chambord & Chenonceau. Explore Roman ruins in Avignon and see the hilltop villages of the Luberon, before ending the trip in Cannes and Monaco. 

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.

Annecy's Palais de l'Isle, at dusk
Map of Lyon, Annecy & Chamonix - 10 Days
Lyon, Annecy & Chamonix - 10 Days

This 10-day adventure combines three of France's easternmost gems starting with its capital of gastronomy: Lyon. While here, you'll explore an outstanding dining scene, visit nearby vineyards, and meet farmers and artisans. Then train to Annecy, a beautiful medieval town nicknamed the 'Venice of France'. Finish in Chamonix, next to the tallest peak in France—Mont Blanc—with opportunities to hit the trails for stunning views.

Taittinger Champagne house vineyards in autumn
Map of Highlights of Eastern France: Reims, Strasbourg, & Colmar - 7 Days
Highlights of Eastern France: Reims, Strasbourg, & Colmar - 7 Days

Explore the highlights of Eastern France on this week-long itinerary. With Champagne tastings, wine routes, and historical villages galore, you'll get to experience the best of the region's offerings. Start in Reims to visit the famed Taittinger Champagne House, the head to the Alsace region to see the towns of Hunawihr and Riquewihr.

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.

Other popular travel destinations in France
Provence · French Riviera · Loire Valley · Normandy · Bordeaux · Rhône Valley · Lyon · Brittany · Marseille · French Alps · Verdon Gorge · Dordogne · Champagne · Alsace · Basque Country · Corsica · Burgundy