9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

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9 days in France Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Paris
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
La Croix-Valmer
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cassis
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Paris

Paris ©
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.
On the 31st (Sun), head off the coast to Île de la Cité, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Le Marais, take a stroll through Montmartre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and finally stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Paris. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

1
night
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc ©
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Paris to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in June; daily highs in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc reach 83°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
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Caverne du Pont-d'Arc ©
Caverne du Pont-d'Arc
Gorges de l'Ardeche ©
Gorges de l'Ardeche
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac

1
night
La Croix-Valmer

La Croix-Valmer ©
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sylvabelle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Heraclee Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Cap Lardier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vergeron, and finally kick back and relax at Port Grimaud Beach.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Croix-Valmer trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to La Croix-Valmer in 4 hours. In June in La Croix-Valmer, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cassis.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Grimaud Beach
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Le Cap Lardier ©
Le Cap Lardier
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Port Grimaud Beach ©
Port Grimaud Beach

1
night
Cassis

Cassis ©
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bestouan Beach, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cassis road trip planning tool .

Getting from La Croix-Valmer to Cassis by car takes about 2 hours. In June in Cassis, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonifacio ©
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone, step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi, steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, then don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Cassis to Bonifacio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Bonifacio when traveling from Cassis in June, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Iles Lavezzi ©
Iles Lavezzi
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, take in the history at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, then get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bayeux trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Bayeux takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in June, things will get a bit cooler in Bayeux: highs are around 69°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Airborne Museum, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Normandy American Cemetery
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Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©

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