France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   France Travel Planner
Plan your trip to Paris and travel in France: when to go, money & costs, best itineraries, airport transport, hotels, restaurants and cafés, even how to do your laundry.

by Tom Brosnahan
& Jane Fisher

Eiffel Tower at night, Paris, France


Planning your trip to Paris and France, first you should decide when to go, then money & costs, and then...


How long is your trip? One, two or three days, 4 to 5 days, a week or more? Here are the best day-by-day itineraries.

Then go on to learn about airport buses and trains, Paris hotels, how to find your way around, Paris sights, museums, churches, parks and gardens, cruises on the Seine, Paris shopping, Paris with children, how to save time climbing the Eiffel Tower, even how to do your laundry. More...

Excursions from Paris

Using your Paris hotel as your base you can visit Versailles, Chartres, Disneyland Paris, the Château de Fontainbleau, Monet's garden at Giverny, even the châteaux in the Loire Valley.

Normandy & Brittany

Even if your time is short you can take trips to Normandy, the D-Day beaches, Mont St-Michel, Brittany, and Champagne, some of them on a day-trip from Paris! More...


Only 2-1/2 hours from Paris by fast TGV train, Alsace is France with a touch of Germany: medieval half-timbered houses and halls straight from the Brothers Grimm, sauerkraut and sausages, but quite French at its heart, with excellent wines. More...


Everyone knows Burgundy's fine wines, but this region 300 km (186 miles, 3 hours) southeast of Paris has lots more to offer: châteaux, medieval towns, superb natural beauty, and fine cuisine to go with its fine wines. More...

Lyon & Rhône-Alps

Lyon, the second-largest conurbation in France at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, is a city of history, of industry, and of cuisine—think Chef Paul Bocuse. More...

French Riviera, Monaco & Provence

The Côte d'Azur (French Riviera), Monaco and Provence are France's most famous destinations after Paris, offering sun, sand and celebrities at all times of year. More...

The Dordogne

France's most beautiful region? Many people say "Yes!" Gorgeous countryside, quaint villages crowned with castles, the pre-historic caverns at Lascaux, excellent cuisine, hiking, bicycling and boating. This is the France of the fairytales. More...

Bordeaux & Médoc

Bordeaux is France's most celebrated wine region, especially the châteaux and vineyards of Médoc, and the charming historic town of Saint-Émilion. You can zoom from Paris to Bordeaux on a comfortable TGV high-speed train in only a few hours. More...

Pyrenées & Basque Country

Lourdes in the Pyrenées and Carcassonne in Languedoc-Rousillon should also be on your itinerary if you get to southern France. The Basque Country and its posh resorts of Biarritz and St-Jean de Luz are great for beach time. More...

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Start planning your trip to Paris with Paris Travel Planner. More...

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Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

Above, the Arc de Triomphe, Paris.

Below, Château de Beynac, Dordogne.

Château de Beynac, Dordogne, France