15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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15 days in France Itinerary

Start: Durango
Fly + train:  17​h 15​min
1
Rouen
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Albi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Arles
— 1 night
train:  4​h
6
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Durango

1
day
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 17th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip itinerary planner .

Durango, USA to Rouen is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durango to Rouen is 8 hours. Traveling from Durango in September, you will find days in Rouen are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are a bit warmer (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of the Battle of Normandy and Pointe du Hoc. You'll explore and learn at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum). 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: get engrossed in the history at Memorial of Caen, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral, and witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Albi.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Remains Mulberry Harbour, D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), Pointe du Hoc, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Memorial de Caen
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Remains Mulberry Harbour ©
Remains Mulberry Harbour
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

1
night
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Forteresse de Najac, pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Saint Chirstophe, then examine the collection at Musee du Saut du Tarn, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Penne, explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Albi online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Albi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Bayeux in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Albi, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Collegiale Saint Chirstophe, Musee du Saut du Tarn, Forteresse de Najac, Chateau de Penne
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Forteresse de Najac ©
Forteresse de Najac
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
On the 24th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Carcassonne Medieval City, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, then step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, and then explore the historical opulence of Cité de Carcassonne.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Albi to Carcassonne Center takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Carcassonne Center are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, Chateaux de Lastours
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
Chateaux de Lastours ©
Chateaux de Lastours

1
night
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Arles day trip site .

Getting from Carcassonne Center to Arles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Arles

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Carrieres des Lumieres
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Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Arles to Paris in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Arles in September; daily highs in Paris reach 70°F and lows reach 53°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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