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If you are looking for a getaway that ticks all of the boxes in 5 days, then France may just be the country for you. France in 5 days is perfectly feasible, allowing you to explore the capital of Paris, the central Loire region, and Normandy in the North with plenty of time to be able to take in the beauty of each destination to its fullest. See our top picks of France tours ranging from 4 days to 6 days in France below to find one with an itinerary to suit you.

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4 Days in France: World War I Battlefields

The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of Somme, France blooming in spring.
Thiepval Memorial is the silent echo of sacrifice and courage, honoring the fallen with enduring gratitude.

For a slightly shorter trip filled with history, a 4-day tour of the battlefields of World War I is a truly unforgettable experience.

  • Day 1: Flanders, and the Ypres Salient battlefields, with a rendition of The Last Post at the Menin Gate.
  • Day 2: The cemetery of Fromelles, Arras, and a trench tour at Vimy Ridge, followed by a free afternoon in Amiens.
  • Day 3: The battlefields of the Somme and their memorials followed by stops in Albert and Beaumont-Hamel. Free time in Amiens in the afternoon.
  • Day 4: The Australian National Memorial and the Franco-Australian Museum in Villers-Bretonneux, Le Hamel, and finally Pronne. The tour finishes with a Paris trip.

Although it may seem somber, or just reserved for military history buffs, a 4-day tour of World War I Battlefields can be an incredibly enlightening experience, as well as a way to see the beauty of North East France. Amiens is a particular highlight, with market gardens along the River Somme as well as UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Notre Dame Cathedral. Lille is also a gem of the region, with its historic old town and vibrant cultural hubs. As these locations are not too far from the capital of Paris, it makes them perfect for a day trip or an overnight stay if you are not going on a longer tour.

5 Days in France: Paris and Versailles

Intricately painted ceiling of Palace Versailles in Paris, France.
Palace Versailles is a regal masterpiece where history whispers through opulent halls, captivating hearts with its timeless splendor.

5 days is a great amount of time to explore the capital and its surroundings to take in the very best that it has to offer.

  • Day 1: Get picked up from your arrival airport of Charles de Gaulle or Orly to be taken directly to your hotel in the center of the city.
  • Day 2: Scenic bus tour and a boat trip around key Paris landmarks. Skip the queues at the Eiffel Tower.
  • Day 3: A visit to the Palace of Versailles, followed by free time in Paris in the afternoon.
  • Day 4: Choose between a trip to Disneyland Paris, a historical tour of Mont St. Michel, a visit to the chateaux on the Loire Valley trip, or the D-Day beaches of Normandy.
  • Day 5: Have your final Parisian breakfast at your hotel before enjoying free time until your private airport transfer ready to catch your flight.

Paris is a capital city packed full of attractions, history, and activities. As a result, trying to figure out what to see in Paris France in 5 days can be a little daunting! Thankfully, this tour manages to encapsulate the city perfectly, making sure that travellers see the very best sights of the capital and Versailles as well as making the most of their time by skipping the queues. Day 4 is also a way to personalize the trip to your own preferences, with a list of activities to suit every interest, from a family day out at Disneyland Paris to basking in the luxurious scenery of the Loire’s chateaux.

6 Days in France: Best of France Tour

Chambord Castle, France.
Explore the history and elegance of Chambord Castle on your trip to France.

If you can spend a longer amount of time in the country, 6 days is perfect to take in some of the best of France’s highlights.

  • Day 1: Get picked up from your arrival airport of Charles de Gaulle or Orly to be taken directly to your hotel in the center of the city.
  • Day 2: Scenic bus tour and a boat trip around key Paris landmarks. Skip the queues at the Eiffel Tower.
  • Day 3: Rouen and the Pont de Normandie suspension bridge in the morning. Visit Honfleur in the early afternoon for lunch before exploring the beaches of Normandy and their World War II Heritage. End the day in Caen.
  • Day 4: Explore the coastal walled city of Saint-Malo before heading to Mont St Michel, the day finishes in Angers.
  • Day 5: Tour Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau de Chambord, both picturesque locations on the river Cher. Return to Paris for 9 PM.
  • Day 6: Free time in Paris before making your return flight home.

This tour is a great option for those looking to make the most of what to do in France in 5 days in the central and northern regions. Rather than just sticking to Paris, travelers can experience Normandy and the Loire Valley, beautiful and history-filled locations that help to show a different side to France than the capital alone with a mixture of country, city, and coastal scenes. Although this tour doesn’t span the length and breadth of the country, it serves as a further enticement for a return trip, perhaps a 5-day trip in the South of France next time?

There is plenty to do on a France itinerary of 5 days, and the tours above showcase some of the fantastic options available. Reach out to one of our trusted operators to get your 5 days in France tour booked or take a look at other itineraries for a trip to France to suit your schedule and interests, such as exploring the South of France with Nice tours or craft your dream vacation in France by curating a private tour to France. You can also chat with our local travel experts and plan a customized France trip.

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