8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Paris

— 4 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Avant-Garde Gallery. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Le Marais, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Paris is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in September, things will get cooler in Paris: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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Lyon

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Musee des Confluences. There's lots more to do: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, shop like a local with La Place Bellecour, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and stop by Epsilon Vega.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.