12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + train:  15​h
1
Bayeux
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h
2
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
3
Avignon
— 2 nights
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Paris
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Remains Mulberry Harbour and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Visit Omaha Beach and Cathedrale Notre-Dame for their historical value. Step out of Bayeux to go to Sainte-Mere-Eglise and see Airborne Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux driving holiday website .

Chicago, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chicago in August; daily highs in Bayeux reach 73°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Airborne Museum, Normandy American Cemetery
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

2
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne. On your second day here, Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent's Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in August, expect Carcassonne to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

La cité médiévale
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La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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 13th (Tue): trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Avignon attractions planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Avignon sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Roman Theatre of Orange, Le Sentier des Ocres
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Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Le Sentier des Ocres
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

2
nights
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. On the 15th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone and then steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then stroll through Tamaricciu Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Porto-Vecchio online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Avignon to Porto-Vecchio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Porto-Vecchio can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bonifacio
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Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu
Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Fly from Porto-Vecchio to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Porto-Vecchio in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 77°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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