One Week in France Itinerary: the Very Best for First Timers


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Below is our suggested itinerary for the first timers who have one week in France. We hope this rough itinerary can be of help for you to plan an unforgettable trip!

Now… let’s be honest for a moment:

One week isn’t a lot for a country so vast where every region is special in its own way, with so many things to see and do.

That said, a week is typical vacation time for most of us, so let’s think how to make the most out of this (unfortunately) limited holiday and travel France as hard and wide as possible!

If you will be arriving at and departing from Paris, the following itinerary will help you experience different regions of the country in a fairly relaxed order!

1. Two Days in Paris

Two days in Paris sounds quite short — however, it’s long enough to see what you want if you plan your itinerary in advance. You’ll definitely want to devote some time to the most iconic attractions — the Louvre, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Latin Quarter, Arc de Triomphe, Musee d’Orsay — what else is on your “can’t miss” list? Perhaps, a day trip to Versailles? Or, if you are not very familiar with the city, you’ll have a lot of fun just soaking up the vibe of Paris, simply walking down Rue Saint-Antoine, strolling along the bank of the Seine, resting in the shady parks. Even if shopping Hermes and Louis Vuitton is not your piece of cake, you’ll probably want to check out some of the countless department stores and boutiques for fashion/beauty items and souvenirs, so reserve a few hours for that as well. And, of course, you don’t want to miss your chance to indulge in world-famous pastry in the iconic cafes such as Café de Flore, Café de la Paix, Les Deux Magots — and so many more. Quiches, macaroons, and fresh croissants await!

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