10 Day France Itinerary
Ten Days in France Tour Plan
Welcome to your 10-day tour of France, a journey that will take you to explore some of the most breathtaking landscapes, world-famous wine regions, and iconic cities in the country with your private driver and guide.
You’ll have the flexibility to explore at your own pace, stopping for photos, shopping, or leisurely meals along the way. So whether you’re a wine lover, a history buff, a skier, or just in the mood for a relaxing vacation, this itinerary has something for everyone. From the elegant boulevards of Paris to the sunny beaches of the French Riviera, get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Day 1: Arrival in Paris
Upon arrival in Paris, you’ll be greeted by your private driver, who will take you to your hotel. After checking in, take some time to freshen up and relax before setting out to explore the city.
In the evening, dine at a traditional French restaurant and sample some of the city’s renowned cuisine. Indulge in a multi-course meal with dishes like escargot, duck confit, or bouillabaisse, accompanied by a glass of local wine.
After dinner, enjoy a world-famous cabaret show at the legendary Moulin Rouge. With its dazzling costumes, mesmerizing performances, and lively atmosphere, the Moulin Rouge is a must-visit for anyone visiting Paris. Let the music, dance, and laughter transport you back in time to the Belle Epoque.
End the night with a stroll through the city’s illuminated streets, taking in the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Your first night in Paris will be a magical and unforgettable experience.
Stay overnight in your Paris accommodation.
Day 2: Exploring Paris with your private guide
Today, you’ll have the opportunity to delve into the rich history, art, and culture of Paris. Start your day with a visit to Notre-Dame Cathedral, one of the most famous landmarks in the city. Admire its intricate architecture and take in the breathtaking views of Paris from the top of the towers. Unfortunately, after the 2019 fire, the Cathedral isn’t set to open until 2024; currently, the cathedral’s parvis, archaeological crypt, and Pont au Double are accessible to the public.
Next, head to the Louvre Museum, home to one of the world’s largest art collections. Marvel at the masterpieces on display, including the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo. You can also explore the museum’s extensive collections of Egyptian antiquities, European paintings, and decorative arts.
In the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely lunch at a sidewalk café, savoring the flavors of French cuisine and people-watching. After lunch, visit the iconic Eiffel Tower, taking a ride to the top for breathtaking views of the city.
Later, stroll through the charming streets of the Marais neighborhood, admiring the beautiful architecture and historic buildings. Discover hidden gems such as the Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris, and the Picasso Museum, which houses an extensive collection of the artist’s works.
As the sun sets, make your way to the bustling Champs-Élysées, the main avenue in Paris and one of the most famous shopping districts in the world. Take a stroll down the avenue and take in the sights and sounds of the city.
Conclude your day with a visit to the famous Parisian cabarets, including the Lido or the Crazy Horse, for a night of glamour, dance, and music. These legendary shows offer a unique perspective on Parisian culture and are a must-see for anyone visiting the city.
Overnight in your Paris accommodation.
Day 3: Paris to Champagne Region
Today, you’ll leave Paris behind and make your way to the heart of the Champagne region. Your private driver will take you on a scenic 1hr 45-minute route through this historic wine-growing region’s rolling hills and vineyards.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel and relax before setting out to explore. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of the Champagne cuisine and pairing it with some of the world’s best sparkling wines.
Day 4: Champagne Tasting & Sightseeing
Today, you’ll have the opportunity to revel in the produce that the region gave its name to, the superlative sparkling Champagne from the bountiful vineyards found here.
Start your day with a visit to one of the many champagne houses, such as Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, or Pommery, for a tour and tasting of their finest wines. Discover the history and tradition of champagne-making, and learn about the process from grape to glass.
Next, visit the charming town of Reims, the historical capital of the Champagne region. Stroll through the city’s cobblestone streets, admiring the beautiful Gothic architecture and stopping at the famous Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral.
In the afternoon, take a leisurely lunch in a local restaurant, savoring the region’s flavors and its world-famous sparkling wines. After lunch, visit the nearby town of Epernay, known as the “Capital of Champagne.” Next, walk down the Avenue de Champagne, lined with some of the most famous champagne houses in the world, and visit one or two for a tour and tasting.
As the sun sets, return to your hotel and relax before dinner. End your day with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, enjoying one last glass of champagne and toasting to your amazing experience in the Champagne region.
Overnight in Champagne.
Day 5: Champagne to Burgundy
Join your private driver in the morning to make your way toward Burgundy, one of the most renowned wine-growing regions in the world. Your private driver will take you on a scenic route through the rolling hills and vineyards of this historic region.
The journey takes just over 3 hours so we will arrange for a lunch break in a town en route.
Burgundy is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in wine, food, and history. With a rich heritage dating back to the Roman Empire, the city is known for its premium red and white wines, as well as its delicious cuisine and charming villages.
Upon arrival in Burgundy, check into your hotel and relax before setting out to explore the region. In the late afternoon, visit the historic town of Beaune, known for its stunning architecture and vibrant wine culture. Walk through the cobblestone streets, admire the colorful buildings, and enjoy the ambiance of this charming town.
End your day with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, enjoying the flavors of the region’s cuisine and pairing it with some of the world’s best wines. Relax and soak in the ambiance of Burgundy, and prepare for another day of exploration in this beautiful region.
Day 6: Full-Day Wine Touring in Burgundy
We have designated day 6 of your itinerary to explore the best of Burgundy’s wine culture.
Start your day with a visit to the charming town of Chablis, known for its world-famous Chardonnay wines. Take a tour of one of the local wineries, learning about the wine-making process and the unique terroir that makes Chablis so special.
Next, head to the town of Meursault, located in the heart of the Côte de Beaune region. Take a tour of a local winery, learning about the history and tradition of Burgundy’s wine culture. Enjoy a tasting of some of the region’s finest wines, and learn about the different grape varieties, soils, and climates that make Burgundy’s wines so unique.
After your visit to Meursault, enjoy a leisurely lunch in a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of the region’s cuisine and pairing it with some of the world’s best wines.
In the afternoon, visit the town of Pommard, known for its premium red wines. Take a tour of a local winery, learning about the wine-making process and the unique terroir of the region. End your day with a visit to the town of Beaune, known for its stunning architecture and vibrant wine culture.
This full-day wine touring guided tour of Burgundy will provide you with a unique and unforgettable experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the rich history, culture, and flavors of this iconic wine-growing region. From the charming villages and historic wineries to the delicious cuisine and world-famous wines, this tour will give you a taste of the best that Burgundy has to offer.
Day 7: Discover Lyon
On day 7, you will be driven from Burgundy to your accommodation in Lyon, the third largest city in the country. The journey will take approx 2 hours.
The first stop of the day is the Fourvière Basilica, one of Lyon’s most iconic landmarks. This magnificent cathedral, located on a hill overlooking the city, offers breathtaking panoramic views of Lyon and its surroundings. The basilica was built in the 19th century and is known for its elaborate frescoes, stained glass windows, and stunning architecture. The guided tour will take you inside the cathedral for a closer look at its beauty, and you will learn about the history and significance of this important religious site.
Next, you will take a stroll through the picturesque Old Town (Vieux-Lyon), one of the largest Renaissance neighborhoods in Europe. This charming neighborhood is lined with narrow, cobblestone streets and is dotted with quaint bouchons and traditional Lyonnaise restaurants serving delicious local cuisine. The guided tour will take you to one of these restaurants, where you will get a chance to taste some of Lyon’s famous dishes, including Quenelles, a fish dumpling dish, and the famous Lyonnaise salad.
The silk district (Soie) is one of the most famous neighborhoods in Lyon, known for its long history of silk production. During the guided tour, you will get to explore this fascinating neighborhood and learn about its history and significance. You will visit some of the local silk workshops, where you can see the traditional techniques used to produce high-quality silk, for which Lyon is famous.
Spend the evening in Lyon.
Day 8: Discovering Modern Lyon & its Attractions
Day two of the guided tour of Lyon will take you on a journey to discover the modern side of the city. You will visit some of the city’s most innovative and contemporary attractions and learn about the unique character of Lyon.
The first stop of the day is the Confluence district, a modern neighborhood located at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. This vibrant neighborhood is known for its innovative architecture, including the striking Cité Internationale and the Lyon Opera House. During the guided tour, you will have the opportunity to explore this cutting-edge neighborhood and learn about its history and significance.
Next, you will visit the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the largest and most important art museums in France. This museum is home to a vast collection of artworks, including masterpieces from some of the world’s most famous artists. The guided tour will take you on a journey through the museum’s many exhibitions, where you will learn about the history of art and the significance of each piece on display.
After visiting the Museum of Fine Arts, you will take a walk along the banks of the Rhône and Saône rivers. These two rivers have played a significant role in the history of Lyon and continue to shape the city’s character today. During the walk, you will learn about the city’s river trade and its impact on the development of Lyon. You will also have the opportunity to take in stunning views of the rivers and the cityscape.
The final stop of the day is the famous Place Bellecour, one of the largest public squares in Europe. This square is located in the heart of Lyon and is home to a bronze statue of King Louis XIV, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. During the guided tour, you will have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the square and learn about its history and significance.
Before departing from Lyon, you will have a final tasting of Lyonnaise specialties. This final taste of the city’s delicious cuisine will provide a fitting conclusion to an unforgettable two-day tour of this beautiful city.
Day 9: Lyon to the French Alps
The French Alps are a must-visit destination due to their stunning natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. The Alps offer a unique blend of alpine scenery, mountain sports, and charming villages, making it a popular tourist destination for those seeking adventure and scenic views.
On the way to the French Alps, consider stopping in the picturesque town of Le Puy-en-Velay for lunch. Here, you can enjoy traditional French cuisine and visit historic landmarks like the Le Puy Cathedral.
Once you arrive in the French Alps, there are many activities to enjoy in the late afternoon. You can go for a scenic hike, visit local markets and shops, or take a dip in one of the many natural hot springs.
Day 10: Skiing or Sightseeing in the French Alps
The French Alps offer an array of activities for visitors, including skiing and sightseeing. If you’re a winter sports enthusiast, there are numerous ski resorts to choose from, each offering a unique experience. From the beginner slopes to the challenging black runs, the French Alps are a ski paradise.
For those who prefer to stay off the slopes, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy. You can go on a scenic hike and admire the breathtaking alpine scenery, visit quaint mountain villages, or simply relax in a local spa.
One of the most popular sights to see in the French Alps is Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe. Visitors can take a scenic cable car ride to the top of the mountain and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding alpine scenery.
Another must-see destination is the iconic town of Chamonix, known for its stunning mountain scenery and vibrant après-ski scene. In Chamonix, you can explore historical landmarks, visit local markets, and enjoy the famous cuisine of the region.
The French Alps are also home to several natural hot springs, providing a unique way to unwind after a day of skiing or sightseeing. One of the most famous hot springs is Les Bains du Montana, located near the resort town of Les Gets. Here, you can soak in the warm thermal waters and admire the stunning mountain views.
Whether you prefer to hit the slopes or take a more leisurely approach, the French Alps have something to offer everyone.
With its breathtaking scenery and diverse range of activities, it’s easy to see why this region is one of the most popular tourist destinations in France and the perfect destination to end our 10-day tour itinerary.
After spending the day in the Alps, your driver will either deliver you to the airport, or you can choose to remain in the Alps.
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