This is my sample travel itineraries for 3 days in France. It’s very unconventional. Most people would suggest to stay in Paris for all 3 days. While I agree that there are so many things to see and wonderfully experience in Paris, I believe that there are two other great attractions which are better than seeing more of the attractions in Paris.

If you’ve been reading my posts, you’d know that the one of the days would be spent in Versailles visiting the Château de Versailles. Then, one of the days would be spent in Mont St Michel and possibly in other cities such as Rouen, Bayeux or Caen. This sample travel itineraries will discuss the complicated plans and alternatives for you to travel in France for 3 days.

Now, there are so many alternatives to travel in France if you have at least 3 days to spend. Because of that, I will only give one sample and one alternative per post at most. I will give a quick preview and review of the itineraries in the beginning of the post.


Paris, Château de Versailles, Mont St Michel & Bayeux / Rouen in just 3 days
Night view of Mont St Michel

Best 3 Days in France (mandatory car rental)

Quick Summary

Number of Days


Countries Covered


Cities Covered

Paris, Versailles, Beauvoir, Mont St Michel (Bayeux/Rouen)

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Versailles (Details)
Day 2: Mont St Michel, Bayeux/Rouen (Details)
Day 3: Paris (Details)

Attractions Covered

Day 1
Château de Versailles

Day 2
Mont St Michel, Bayeux Tapestry Museum, Cathedralé Notre-Dame de Bayeux / Musée des Beaux-Arts, Cathedralé Notre-Dame de Rouen 

Day 3
Louvre Museum, Cathedralé Notre-Dame de Paris, d’Orsay Museum, Arc de Triomph, Eiffel Tower (Champs-Élysées)


Day 1

9:00-11:00 Château de Versailles
11:00-12:00 Walk through the garden up to the La Venise Restaurant
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:30 Marie-Antoinette Estate
15:30-16:30 Rest
16:30-18:00 Garden
18:00-19:30 Dinner
19:30 Leave Versailles
23:30 Mont St Michel
00:00 Beauvoir

Estimated Travel Times

Paris to Versailles: 45 minutes
Versailles to Mont St Michel: 4 hours
Mont St Michel to Beauvoir: 10 minutes

Day 2 (Bayeux)

9:00-12:00 Mont St Michel
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Mont St Michel
14:00 Leave Mont St Michel
16:00-18:00 Bayeux (1.5 hours in the Tapestry Museum, 30 minutes in the Notre-Dame)
18:00-19:30 Dinner
19:30 Leave for Paris

Estimated Travel Times

Mont St Michel to Bayeux: 2 hours
Tapestry Museum to Notre-Dame: 5 minutes
Bayeux to Paris: 3 hours

Alternative (Rouen)

9:00-12:00 Mont St Michel
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30 Leave Mont St Michel
15:30-18:00 Rouen (1.5 hours in Musée des Beaux-Arts, 30 minutes in the Notre-Dame)
18:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00 Leave for Paris

Estimated Travel Times

Mont St Michel to Rouen: 3 hours
Musée des Beaux-Arts to Notre-Dame: 10 minutes (walking)
Rouen to Paris: 2 hours

Day 3

9:00-12:00 Louvre
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:45 Notre-Dame
14:45-18:00 d’Orsay
18:00-20:30 Dinner
21:00-21:30 Arc de Triomph
22:00-00:00 Eiffel


9:00-12:00 Louvre
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Louvre
14:00-15:15 Notre-Dame
15:15-18:00 d’Orsay
18:00-19:30 Dinner
19:30-20:30 Arc de Triomph
20:30-21:45 Champs-Élysées (1 hour)
21:45-00:00 Eiffel

Estimated Travel Times

Louvre to Notre-Dame: 15 minutes
Notre-Dame to d’Orsay: 15 minutes
d’Orsay to Arc de Triomph: 30 minutes
Arc de Triomph to Eiffel: 30 minutes 
Champs-Élysées to Eiffel: 20 minutes

This is my sample travel itineraries for 3 days in France. There will be other recommendations of course, such as going to Caen instead of Bayeux or Rouen. It’s also possible to go back to Paris earlier or spend the whole day in Mont St Michel. It’s also possible to spend 2 days in Paris and one day in either Versailles or Mont St-Michel. It’s also possible to spend all 3 days in Paris.

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