12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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Start: Cincinnati
+4
Fly + Train + Subway + Foot + Train:  17 h
1
Amboise
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Nice
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
4
Calvi, Corsica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  4 h 15 min
6
Albi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  4 h
8
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Cincinnati

1
day
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and then see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Amboise day trip planning tool.

Cincinnati, USA to Amboise is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Amboise due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in October, you will find days in Amboise are slightly colder (63°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amboise

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de Chenonceau
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Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau

1
night
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
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 3rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then kick back and relax at Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bayeux tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Amboise to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery

1
night
Nice

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nice sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bayeux to Nice takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bayeux in October; daily highs in Nice reach 70°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain ©
Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain

1
night
Calvi, Corsica

Calvi ©
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Aregno Beach, explore the striking landscape at Punta Spano, then steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi, and finally head outdoors with Wild Machja.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Calvi tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nice to Calvi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Aregno Beach
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Citadelle de Calvi ©
Citadelle de Calvi
Aregno Beach ©
Aregno Beach
Punta Spano ©
Punta Spano

2
nights
Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonifacio ©
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, and finally kick back and relax at Plage de Stagnolu. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Santa Giulia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Palombaggia.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bonifacio online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Calvi to Bonifacio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Albi.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Porto-Vecchio
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Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio
Plage de Palombaggia ©
Plage de Palombaggia
Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel

1
night
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 8th (Mon), admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and then examine the collection at Musee du Saut du Tarn.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Albi trip maker website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Bonifacio to Albi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October in Albi, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Albi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Musee du Saut du Tarn
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Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
Musee du Saut du Tarn ©
Musee du Saut du Tarn

1
night
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then don't miss a visit to Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center trip planner.

You can drive from Albi to Carcassonne Center in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Albi in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Carcassonne Center, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal
Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne ©
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

3
nights
Paris

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Paris online route planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Carcassonne Center to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in October, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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