France in 5 Days Itinerary
How to spend 5 days in France
Welcome to our 5-day tour itinerary of France, where you will discover the highlights of Paris, the grandeur of Versailles, and the picturesque beauty of the Loire Valley. This tour is a perfect blend of history, culture, and nature, offering an unforgettable experience to travelers.
Get ready for a journey full of breathtaking scenery, rich history, and cultural experiences. We look forward to showing you the best of France over these five days!
Day 1: Paris
Welcome to Paris, the City of Light and Love! This itinerary will guide you through two days of private, guided tours of some of the most iconic and beautiful sights in the city. Get ready to discover the rich history, culture, and beauty of Paris with your personal guide.
Eiffel Tower & Champ de Mars
Start your first day in Paris with a visit to the Eiffel Tower, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.
Your guide will escort you to the entrance of the tower and ensure that you avoid the long lines often associated with visiting this popular attraction. Once you reach the top, your guide will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the city, pointing out notable landmarks and providing interesting historical and cultural insights.
At the top, you’ll have 360-degree views of the city, allowing you to take in the beauty and grandeur of Paris from a breathtaking perspective.
Afterward, descend the tower and accompany your guide as you Take a walk around the Champ de Mars, the vast public park that surrounds the tower, and soak in the sights and sounds of the city. Don’t forget to snap a photo or two to capture the memory!
The Latin Quarter & Sorbonne University
Next, head to the Latin Quarter, a charming and historic neighborhood in the center of Paris. Here, your guide will take you on a stroll through the narrow, winding streets lined with historic buildings, quaint cafes, and charming boutiques. You’ll learn about the history of the Latin Quarter, which was once home to some of the greatest minds and thinkers of the Middle Ages, including scholars and philosophers.
Your guide will then take you to Sorbonne University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. This historic institution was founded in the 13th century and has been at the forefront of education and research ever since. Here, you’ll see the beautiful neo-classical buildings and courtyards that make up the university and learn about its storied history and cultural significance.
As you explore the Latin Quarter and Sorbonne University, you’ll get a unique glimpse into the cultural and intellectual heart of Paris and gain a deeper appreciation for the city’s rich history and tradition of learning and innovation.
After exploring the Latin Quarter, your guide will take you to the Luxembourg Gardens, a beautiful public park located in the heart of Paris. This stunning park is a peaceful oasis in the bustling city, filled with well-manicured gardens, serene lakes, and charming sculptures.
As you walk through the park, your guide will point out the highlights and give you a history of the gardens, including the palace that serves as the official residence of the Senate of France. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the many monuments and statues that adorn the park, including the famous Medici Fountain and the bronze statue of Queen Victoria.
In the warmer months, the Luxembourg Gardens come to life with the sounds of live music and the smell of blooming flowers, making it a perfect place to relax and soak in the beauty of Paris. Whether you’re a nature lover or simply looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, a visit to the Luxembourg Gardens is a must.
Seine River Cruise
An evening riverboat tour on the Seine River in Paris is a unique and magical experience. The Seine River winds its way through the heart of Paris, providing a stunning backdrop for the city’s iconic landmarks and monuments.
As you board your riverboat, you’ll be greeted by the warm glow of the city lights and the twinkling lights that line the riverbank. Your guide will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the sights along the way, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum, among others.
As you glide along the river, you’ll be able to take in the sights and sounds of Paris from a whole new perspective. The riverboat tour provides a tranquil escape from the bustling city and a chance to see Paris in all its evening glory.
Day 2: The Louvre Museum
On the second day of your tour, your guide will take you to one of the most famous museums in the world, the Louvre Museum. This iconic institution is home to an unparalleled collection of art and artifacts, including some of the most famous works of art in the world, such as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.
Your private guide will escort you through the museum, providing you with a personalized and intimate tour of its many galleries and collections. They will share their expert knowledge and provide you with a deeper understanding of the art, history, and cultural significance of each piece.
In addition to the famous works of art, your guide will also take you to see some of the lesser-known gems of the Louvre, providing you with a unique and unforgettable experience. Whether you’re an art aficionado or simply looking to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of Paris, a visit to the Louvre Museum is a must-do.
Your guide will ensure that you make the most of your time at the museum, providing you with a well-rounded and informative tour that will leave you with a lasting appreciation for the art and history of Paris.
The next stop is the world-famous Musée d’Orsay museum. This stunning museum is housed in a former train station and is dedicated to the arts from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century.
At the Musée d’Orsay, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the greatest masterpieces of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, including works by Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, and many others. Your private guide will provide you with a comprehensive tour of the museum, sharing their expertise and knowledge of the art and artists on display.
In addition to the world-renowned collection of art, the Musée d’Orsay is also a stunning architectural landmark, with its magnificent glass dome and ornate clock tower. Your guide will take you on a tour of the building, showcasing its beautiful design and rich history.
A visit to the Musée d’Orsay is a must-do for art lovers and anyone interested in the cultural heritage of Paris. Your guide will ensure that you have a personalized and unforgettable experience, complete with rich historical and cultural insights and breathtaking views of the museum’s stunning collection.
Champs-Élysées & Arc de Triomphe
Now it’s time to visit two of Paris’s most iconic landmarks, the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. The Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous shopping and dining avenues in the world and the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely stroll and see the sights of Paris.
Your guide will lead you down the Champs-Élysées, providing you with a detailed history of this iconic avenue and pointing out the many landmarks and monuments along the way. They will also share their knowledge of the local shopping and dining scene, ensuring that you have a well-rounded and memorable experience.
Just a one-minute walk away, you will arrive at The Arc de Triomphe, one of the most recognizable landmarks in Paris. This magnificent triumphal arch is a symbol of French military victories and has been a site of national ceremonies and events for over 200 years.
At the Arc de Triomphe, you’ll have the opportunity to climb to the top for breathtaking views of Paris and the surrounding neighborhoods. Your guide will provide you with a detailed history of the arch and its significance in French history and culture, ensuring that you have a memorable and educational experience.
Sainte-Chapelle & Île de la Cité
The Sainte-Chapelle is a stunning example of French Gothic architecture.
Your guide will provide you with a comprehensive tour of the Sainte-Chapelle, sharing their knowledge of its history, art, and architecture. They will also give you the opportunity to admire the breathtaking stained glass windows, which are considered to be some of the finest examples of medieval glasswork in the world.
After visiting the Sainte-Chapelle, your guide will take you to the Île de la Cité, the birthplace of Paris and one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. The Île de la Cité is home to many famous landmarks and monuments, including Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Palais de Justice.
Your guide will take you on a leisurely tour of the Île de la Cité, providing you with a rich cultural and historical context of the area. They will also point out the many landmarks and monuments along the way, ensuring that you have a well-rounded and memorable experience.
Evening Luxury Dining Experience
To end your 2 days in Paris, your guide will take you to a luxurious French restaurant, where you’ll experience the best in classic French cuisine. From the moment you step into the restaurant, you’ll be treated to a warm and welcoming atmosphere, complete with elegant décor, soft lighting, and impeccable service.
You’ll be seated at a table that offers stunning views of Paris, allowing you to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city as you dine. Your guide will help you choose from the restaurant’s extensive menu, which features classic French dishes made with the freshest and highest-quality ingredients.
Whether you’re in the mood for a delicate bouillabaisse, a rich and hearty coq au vin, or a decadent crème brûlée, your meal will be a true feast for the senses. Each dish will be expertly prepared, showcasing the subtle flavors and aromas that have made French cuisine famous around the world.
To accompany your meal, your guide will help you choose from a selection of fine French wines, ensuring that your dining experience is truly unforgettable.
As you savor your meal, you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on the many sights and experiences you’ve had over the past two days in Paris as the next three days of your France in 5 days tour will be spent exploring the best day trips from the city.
Day 3: Driver-Guided Day Trip to Versailles Palace
Your driver-guide will meet you at your hotel in Paris as you prepare to make the 40-minute journey to Versailles Palace in our luxury air-conditioned vehicle.
Guided Tour of the Palace of Versailles
Upon arrival at the Palace of Versailles, your guide will lead you on a comprehensive tour of this magnificent and historic building. You will have the opportunity to learn about the history and significance of the palace, as well as the daily life and routines of the French monarchy during its heyday.
Guided Tour of State Apartments and Rooms
Your guide will take you through the stunning state apartments, including the King’s Grand Apartment, the Queen’s Grand Apartment, and the Hall of Mirrors, which is widely considered one of the most beautiful rooms in the palace. You’ll also have the chance to see the stunning artwork, furniture, and décor that adorn the palace, providing a fascinating glimpse into the grandeur of the French court.
Introduction to the Versailles Palace Gardens
The Palace of Versailles is not only famous for its grand and opulent interior but also for its magnificent gardens. The gardens, designed by the famous landscape architect André Le Nôtre, are a masterpiece of the French Baroque style and an iconic symbol of French royalty.
The tour begins with a stroll along the Grand Canal, a long and narrow body of water that runs through the center of the gardens. The canal is surrounded by manicured lawns, trimmed hedges, and pristine flower beds and is lined with a series of magnificent statues and fountains.
One of the highlights of the gardens is the numerous fountains and sculptures that dot the landscape. From the spectacular Apollo Fountain to the tranquil Fountain of Latona, each fountain tells a different story and is a work of art in its own right.
During our tour, we will learn about the symbolism and meaning behind the fountains and sculptures and appreciate the skill and creativity of the artists and artisans who created them. We will also discuss the technological innovations of the time, such as hydraulic engineering, that allowed for the creation of these magnificent fountains.
Finally, you will visit the Trianons and the English-Style Garden. These intimate and charming structures, surrounded by gardens in the English style, provide a contrast to the grandeur of the main palace and gardens.
Your driver will return you to your Paris accommodation in the evening.
Day 4: Giverny & its Importance in the Art World
Giverny is a small town located in the region of Normandy, France. It is best known as the home and inspiration of the legendary Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Monet lived and painted in Giverny for over 40 years, creating some of his most famous works in his gardens and surroundings. Today, Giverny attracts thousands of visitors each year, eager to see the places that inspired one of the greatest artists of all time.
As a starting point for our guided day tour, we will explore the significance of Giverny in the art world and understand why Monet chose this idyllic village as his home and source of inspiration.
Your journey time will take either approx 1 hour and 20 minutes in a private car, or approx 55 minutes by train.
Claude Monet's House and Gardens: A Stroll through the Artist's Inspiration
One of the highlights of our guided day tour of Giverny is, naturally, a visit to Claude Monet’s house and gardens. The house, which has been preserved and restored to its original condition, offers a glimpse into the personal life and artistic vision of the master painter. Here, we will explore the rooms where Monet lived and worked and see how his love for nature and beauty is reflected in his home décor.
As we step outside, we will enter Monet’s stunning gardens, which were the main source of inspiration for many of his iconic paintings. The gardens are divided into two parts: the flower garden, filled with vibrant blooms and sweet fragrances, and the water garden, with its iconic Japanese bridge and lily pond. As we stroll through these peaceful and picturesque surroundings, we will understand why Monet was so captivated by the beauty of nature and how it influenced his art.
The Water Lily Pond: A Study in Light and Color
One of the most famous and recognizable elements of Monet’s gardens is the water lily pond. This tranquil body of water served as the subject of many of Monet’s paintings and is considered one of the defining works of the Impressionist movement.
As we approach the water lily pond, we will see why it was such a powerful source of inspiration for Monet. The pond, surrounded by lush greenery and dotted with water lilies, provides a harmonious balance of light and color. Monet was particularly interested in capturing the changing moods of the water and the way it reflected the sky and surrounding landscape.
During our visit, we will discuss the techniques and methods used by Monet in his water lily series and how he sought to convey the ephemeral beauty of nature through his paintings. This is an opportunity to appreciate the masterful use of color, light, and brushwork that made Monet one of the greatest artists of all time.
As we stand by the pond and soak in its peaceful atmosphere, we will understand why Monet referred to it as his “supreme work of art.”
The Japanese Bridge and Its Symbolism in Monet's Work
Another of the most striking features of Monet’s water garden is the Japanese bridge. This delicate wooden bridge, covered in ivy and surrounded by water lilies, provides a picturesque view that Monet captured in many of his paintings.
During our guided tour, we will explore the symbolism and significance of the Japanese bridge in Monet’s work. The bridge was not only a functional element that allowed Monet to cross the pond but also a visual symbol of the connection between the two halves of the garden and a representation of the balance between nature and art.
Monet’s use of the Japanese bridge in his paintings is also representative of his interest in Eastern culture and the influence of Japanese art on the Impressionist movement. We will discuss how Monet’s innovative use of color, light, and composition transformed the simple wooden bridge into a powerful expression of his artistic vision.
As we walk across the bridge, we will see the view that Monet captured in so many of his paintings and appreciate the beauty of the water lily pond from a new perspective.
Day 5: Driver-Guided Tour to Loire Valley Wine Region
Just over 2 hours away from Paris in our executive vehicle with your private driver, you will arrive at The Loire Valley in France is a region famous for its revered wine estates and vineyards, rolling hills, picturesque villages, towering castles, and often referred to as the “Garden of France.”
During our guided day tour, we will explore the beauty and history of this remarkable region and discover why it is considered one of the most important wine regions and cultural landscapes in France.
The Villages of the Loire Valley
As we travel through the Loire Valley, we will stop to explore some of the region’s charming and picturesque villages, such as Amboise and Blois. These villages are known for their half-timbered houses, picturesque streets, and rich cultural heritage, and they are the perfect place to experience the local way of life.
The Royal Château de Blois
The Royal Château de Blois is a magnificent castle in the center of the town of Blois and one of the most important historical sites in the Loire Valley. From its grand halls to its intricate stonework, Blois is a fascinating example of French Renaissance architecture and a testament to the power and wealth of the French monarchy.
Private Wine Estate Tour
A vineyard and private wine estate tour in the Loire Valley typically include a visit to a local winery, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the wine-making process and sample the various wines produced on the estate.
The tour will also include a visit to the vineyards, where you can see the grapes growing and learn about the various methods used to cultivate the vines.
During the private tasting session, a knowledgeable guide will lead you through a guided tasting of the estate’s wines, explaining the flavors, aromas, and history of each wine. The experience is typically intimate and tailored to your specific interests, making it a unique and memorable way to discover the wine culture of the Loire Valley.
The Gardens of Villandry
The Gardens of Villandry are considered one of the finest examples of French Renaissance gardens in France and are a must-see destination for anyone interested in gardens and horticulture. From its intricate knot gardens to its magnificent water features, the gardens are a feast for the eyes and a peaceful oasis in the midst of the Loire Valley.
At the end of the tour, you have the option of remaining in the Loire Valley for the evening or returning to your Paris-based accommodation.
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