10 days in France Itinerary

10 days in France Itinerary

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Train
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Calais
— 1 night
Drive
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Etretat
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ouistreham
— 2 nights
Drive

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Calais

— 1 night

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
On the 1st (Fri), pause for some photo ops at The Burghers of Calais, then learn about all things military at Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Calais Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at La Cite De La Dentelle Et De La Mode De Calais.

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London, UK to Calais is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Calais. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Calais

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

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Etretat

— 3 nights
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Musee des Pecheries and Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Les Plages Etretat and Cote d'Albatre. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Porte d’Aval, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage-Baignade Yport, tee off at Golf d'Etretat, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption.

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Traveling by car from Calais to Etretat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Etretat

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Mont-Saint-Michel

— 3 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel and Beach of Genets. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee de la Mer et de l'Ecologie and Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel. Take a break from Mont-Saint-Michel with a short trip to L'Aigrette, Pauses Natures en baie in Saint-Jean-le-Thomas, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Grand Degre, steep yourself in history at Maison de Bertrand du Guesclin, and trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel travel planning website.

Drive from Etretat to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ouistreham.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Ouistreham

— 2 nights
With fine, sandy beaches on the English Channel, Ouistreham is a small port town with fishing boats, leisure crafts, and a ferry harbor.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stop by Maison des Produits Regionaux-Les Vergers de la Passion, contemplate the long history of La Flamme, and then examine the collection at Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Samson and then explore by horseback at Centre Equestre de Ouistreham.

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Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Ouistreham takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. April in Ouistreham sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouistreham

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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France travel guide

4.3
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.