12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + train:  14​h 45​min
1
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Blois
— 2 nights
4
Paris
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 45​min
6
Avignon
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  14​h
End: Minneapolis

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get outside with Omaha Beach, then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, then admire the striking features of Notre Dame Cathedral, and finally look for gifts at Au Fin Gousier. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Memorial of Caen, then take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux online trip itinerary builder .

Minneapolis, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Minneapolis to Bayeux, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Airborne Museum, Memorial de Caen, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc
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Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

2
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): examine the collection at Ecomusee de Plouigneau, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Etienne de Plouezoc'h, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet, then make a trip to Sentier des douaniers, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Tregastel - la Greve Blanche, then stop by Biscuiterie Menou, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Theodore, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with L'imagerie.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Perros-Guirec trip builder site .

Getting from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Blois.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tregastel - la Greve Blanche, L'imagerie, Eglise Saint-Theodore, Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet, Eglise Saint-Etienne de Plouezoc'h
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Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h
Ecomusee de Plouigneau ©
Ecomusee de Plouigneau
Eglise Saint-Etienne de Plouezoc'h ©

2
nights
Blois

Blois
Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Blois, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mairie, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Domaine du Croc du Merle, then look for gifts at Poterie Agny, and then do a tasting at Plou Et Fils.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Blois itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Blois in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Blois sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Cheverny, Poterie Agny, Domaine du Croc du Merle, Plou Et Fils
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Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau de Cheverny ©
Chateau de Cheverny
Mairie ©
Mairie

1
night
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.
To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip tool .

You can take a train from Blois to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. You'll set off for Sarlat-la-Caneda on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife Tours Outdoors
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2
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee Zadkine, browse the fresh offerings at Cazals Market, then don't miss a visit to Le Chateau de Belves, then look for gifts at Kanovera, and finally explore the historical opulence of The Maison Forte de Reignac.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in April, you will find days in Sarlat-la-Caneda are somewhat warmer (66°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Chateau de Beynac, Musee Zadkine, Cazals Market, Le Chateau de Belves
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Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud

2
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, then admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes). On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Le Caviste de Maussane, take an in-depth tour of Site Archeologique de Glanum, and then view the masterpieces at Anne Virlange Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Avignon by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Arles, Site Archeologique de Glanum, Anne Virlange Art Gallery, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Le Caviste de Maussane
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Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Chateau des Baux de Provence ©
Chateau des Baux de Provence

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