15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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15 days in France Itinerary

Start: Paris
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Rouen
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Caen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— Few hours
Train:  4 h
5
Le Mans
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Tours
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Bourges
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Nimes
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Marseille

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paris trip builder website .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Paris, Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

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Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then admire the striking features of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Rouen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Caen.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums
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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
Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc ©
Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc

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nights
Caen

Caen ©
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Caen journey site .

You can take a bus from Rouen to Caen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Omaha Beach
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Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen
Abbaye aux Dames ©
Abbaye aux Dames

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): make a trip to La Grande Rue, then make a trip to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, and then identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel online holiday planner .

You can drive from Caen to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. August in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Le Mans.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Wildlife
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Mont Saint-Michel Bay ©
Mont Saint-Michel Bay
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel ©
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel

1
night
Le Mans

Le Mans
Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Le Mans online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Le Mans takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Le Mans are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You will leave for Tours on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Le Mans

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Tours

Tours
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and then go for a walk through Place Plumereau. On the next day, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, then admire the natural beauty at Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tours visit app .

Take a train from Le Mans to Tours in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tours can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bourges.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Amboise, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau de Villandry
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Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry

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night
Bourges

Bourges ©
For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Palais Jacques-Coeur, don't miss a visit to Les Nuits Lumiere, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Etienne, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Jardin de l'Archeveche. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Le marais de Bourges.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Bourges trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Tours to Bourges takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Bourges

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Le marais de Bourges ©
Le marais de Bourges
Cathedrale St-Etienne ©
Cathedrale St-Etienne
Les Nuits Lumiere ©
Les Nuits Lumiere

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Lyon

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lyon itinerary planning site .

Getting from Bourges to Lyon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nimes.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

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night
Nimes

Nimes ©
Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Temple of Diana, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, then delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Et-Saint-Castor de Nimes, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tour Magne.

Before you visit Nimes, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a train from Lyon to Nimes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Nimes sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
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La Maison Carree ©
La Maison Carree
Room Escape Games
Jardins de la Fontaine ©
Jardins de la Fontaine

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nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take a stroll through Vieille Ville, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally make a trip to Place Massena. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nice route maker tool .

You can drive from Nimes to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August in Nice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Adventure Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
River Rafting & Tubing
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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