13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Fly
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Paris
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Giverny
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
5
Blois
— 1 night
Drive
6
Tours
— 4 nights
Train
7
Bordeaux
— 1 day
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Paris

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of La Madeleine, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker website.

Charlotte, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charlotte to Paris. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Charlotte in April, with highs in Paris at 60°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Giverny

— 1 night
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, then see the interesting displays at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Giverny trip planner.

You can drive from Paris to Giverny in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. April in Giverny sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 28:

Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 29th (Fri), appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux online trip builder.

You can drive from Giverny to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then stroll through Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel journey app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

Blois

— 1 night

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Escalier Denis Papin, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Chambord, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Blois trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Blois in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Blois can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

Tours

— 4 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tours: Chateau de Chenonceau (in Chenonceaux) and Amboise (Chateau Royal d'Amboise & Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, go for a walk through Place Plumereau, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tours trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Blois to Tours takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 5:

Bordeaux

— 1 day

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read Bordeaux travel tool.

You can take a train from Tours to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites
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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.