14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France attractions planner

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Versailles
— 2 nights
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Ville de Lisieux
— 2 nights
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Nantes
— 1 night
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Chambord
— 1 night
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Nevers
— 3 nights
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Gujan-Mestras
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Nimes
— 1 night
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Versailles

— 2 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at L'Orangerie, admire the landmark architecture of The Trianons & The Hamlet, don't miss a visit to Palace of Versailles, then admire the landmark architecture of The Hall of Mirrors, and finally make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Musee des impressionnismes, then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Canal.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Versailles day trip planning website.

Roissy-en-France to Versailles is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Versailles sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ville de Lisieux.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Ville de Lisieux

— 2 nights
Lisieux is a town in Lower Normandy that is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in France (after Lourdes).
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Saint-Germain-de-Livet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): make a trip to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese, then contemplate the long history of Les Buissonnets, then get your game on at Laser Impact Lisieux, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Lisieux.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ville de Lisieux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Versailles to Ville de Lisieux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Ville de Lisieux can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Ville de Lisieux

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Nantes

— 1 night

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 17th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Sisters Mysteres.

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Traveling by car from Ville de Lisieux to Nantes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Nantes are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Chambord.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

Chambord

— 1 night
On the 18th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, and then contemplate the long history of Domaine National de Chambord.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chambord travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nantes to Chambord takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Nevers.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

Nevers

— 3 nights
Nevers is the prefecture of the Nièvre department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in central France. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale De Bourges (in Bourges) and Le PAL (in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Besbre). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Gildard Convent & Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Sainte Marie, don't miss a visit to Espace Bernadette, and step into the grandiose world of Palais Ducal.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nevers route planner.

Traveling by car from Chambord to Nevers takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Nevers can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gujan-Mestras.

Things to do in Nevers

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Gujan-Mestras

— 1 night
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the striking landscape at La Grande Dune du Pilat and then find something for the whole family at Parc de la Coccinelle.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gujan-Mestras trip planner.

You can drive from Nevers to Gujan-Mestras in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Gujan-Mestras can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Gujan-Mestras

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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 23rd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, then do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Drive from Gujan-Mestras to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nimes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Nimes

— 1 night

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
On the 25th (Mon), look for gifts at Toril d'Artistes, steep yourself in history at Temple de Diane, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, then appreciate the history behind La Maison Carree, then don't miss a visit to Tour Magne, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nimes driving holiday planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Nimes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

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.