13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Bordeaux
— 1 night
Train
3
Amboise
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tours
— 1 night
Drive
5
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
6
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive
7
Paris
— 4 nights
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Nice

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nice holiday builder.

Charlotte, USA to Nice is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charlotte to Nice. When traveling from Charlotte in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Bordeaux

— 1 night

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 28th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, look for gifts at Fromagerie Deruelle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux travel route planning tool.

You can fly from Nice to Bordeaux in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bordeaux when traveling from Nice in April, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Amboise.

Things to do in Bordeaux

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

Amboise

— 1 night
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, then examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, and then learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Amboise day trip planning app.

Take a train from Bordeaux to Amboise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in April, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Amboise

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:

Tours

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tours trip planner.

Tours is very close to Amboise. In April in Tours, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 1st (Sun), stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, take in the local highlights with Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

You can drive from Tours to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In April in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Trails · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

Bayeux

— 1 night
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 2nd (Mon): appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online trip builder.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

Paris

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (L'Orangerie, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip builder site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 2 — 6:

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.

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.