15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive to Toulouse, Fly to Nice
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Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Bus to Geneva, Fly to Manchester

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

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Manchester, UK to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Manchester to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Manchester in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 3 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
You'll explore and learn at Lascaux Caves 4 and Lascaux II. Chateau de Castelnaud and Chateau des Milandes will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Parc Le Bournat (in Le Bugue). The adventure continues: walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac, and make a trip to Chateau de Commarque.

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Drive from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso). Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville and admire the striking features of Tour et Couvent Saint Francois.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Nice in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Saint-Tropez

— 3 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. We've included these beaches for you: Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Pampelonne. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vergeron and stroll through Heraclee Beach.

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Getting from Nice to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nice in August: highs in Saint-Tropez hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

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Chamonix

— 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 27th (Fri), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then take a memorable tour with OXO Canyoning, and then get outside with Aiguille du Midi. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Parc de Merlet, then take the plunge with A2L-Parapente, and then head outdoors with Les Gorges de la Diosaz.

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Drive from Saint-Tropez to Chamonix in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

France travel guide

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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.