12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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Amboise
— 2 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
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Fly to Paris Orly, Bus to Gare Montparnasse, Train to Rouen
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Honfleur
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
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Amboise

— 2 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Change things up with these side-trips from Amboise: Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord) and Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, learn about winemaking at Caves Duhard, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Amboise holiday maker app.

Reigate, UK to Amboise is an approximately 7-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Reigate to Amboise due to the time zone difference. In February in Amboise, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 2 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
On the 2nd (Tue), make a trip to Vieux Sarlat, appreciate the history behind Le Badaud de Sarlat, see the interesting displays at Manoir de Gisson, then explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, and finally make a trip to Chateau de Commarque. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sarlat Market, explore the galleries of Lascaux II, and then Head underground at Lascaux Caves 4.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda itinerary planner.

Drive from Amboise to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Nature · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:

Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 4th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then don't miss a visit to Place du Vieux-Marche, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, steep yourself in history at Le Bucher de Jeanne d'Arc, get to know the fascinating history of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then steep yourself in history at Gros-Horloge, then make a trip to Vieux Rouen, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen online visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Rouen in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in March: highs in Rouen hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:

Honfleur

— 2 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin and then take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Le Hangar a Enigmes, enjoy the sand and surf at Deauville Beach, then examine the collection at Satie House and Museum (Maisons Satie), then don't miss a visit to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at Naturospace.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Honfleur trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Honfleur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Honfleur can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at Maison Lebrec, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, get outside with Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux trip planner.

Drive from Honfleur to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Bayeux are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel attractions planner.

You can take a train from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Tue).

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 10:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Dordogne travel guide

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Castles · Caves · Landmarks
Because this region has escaped overdevelopment, Dordogne is one of France's best kept secrets with historical châteaux, medieval fortresses, prehistoric cave paintings, and Roman remains sprinkled throughout. Legendary stone villages with golden stone houses make this region seem a little like a cross between a fairy tale and a movie set. Canoeing down the River Dordogne is a fantastic way to tour the region, and there are many areas where you can walk, hike, and do your sightseeing on foot. This region, which roughly corresponds with the ancient county of Périgord, remains quite rural and known for its wonderful pâtés.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.