12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cherbourg-Octeville
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
Drive
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Cherbourg-Octeville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chambord
Drive
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Rocamadour
— 1 night
Drive
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Lascaux
Drive
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Toulouse
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
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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.
Paris is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Paris. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 28th (Sat), you're off to Cherbourg-Octeville.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:

Cherbourg-Octeville

— 1 night
Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cherbourg-Octeville journey planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Cherbourg-Octeville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Paris in August, expect nights in Cherbourg-Octeville to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. You will leave for Mont-Saint-Michel on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 29:

Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 29th (Sun), stroll through Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel tour builder site.

You can drive from Cherbourg-Octeville to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cherbourg-Octeville.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:
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Cherbourg-Octeville

— 2 nights
To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherbourg-Octeville online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Cherbourg-Octeville in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, you will find days in Cherbourg-Octeville are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chambord.

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

Chambord

On the 31st (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chambord trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Cherbourg-Octeville to Chambord takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Cherbourg-Octeville in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Chambord: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:
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Rocamadour

— 1 night

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Rocamadour day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chambord to Rocamadour takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Chambord in August, expect nights in Rocamadour to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. You will leave for Lascaux on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Rocamadour

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:

Lascaux

Your day by day itinerary now includes Lascaux Caves 4 as well as Lascaux II. On the 1st (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Lascaux II and then make a trip to Lascaux Caves 4.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lascaux trip planner.

Drive from Rocamadour to Lascaux in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Rocamadour in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Lascaux, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Lascaux

Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:
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Toulouse

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Cite de l'espace has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japonais, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Toulouse journey site.

You can drive from Lascaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lascaux in September, expect nights in Toulouse to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Saint-Tropez

— 2 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for gifts at Rondini, visit Port Grimaud, then stroll through Plage de Pampelonne, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Tropez Harbor.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Saint-Tropez vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Toulouse to Saint-Tropez in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Cherbourg-en-Cotentin travel guide

3.6
Aquariums · Castles · Parks