16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
+2
Fly + bus + train:  21​h
1
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
La Rochelle
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Blois
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Dinan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Bayeux
— 2 nights
7
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Cathar Castles. Carcassonne Medieval City and Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne Center: Notre-Dame-des-Auzils (in Gruissan), Palais des Archeveques (in Narbonne) and Chateau de Puilaurens (in Lapradelle-Puilaurens). There's much more to do: make a trip to Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, steep yourself in history at Fort Liberia, and get to know the fascinating history of Village Medieval de Castelnou.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center trip itinerary planning website .

Vancouver, Canada to Carcassonne Center is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Carcassonne Center. In May, daytime highs in Carcassonne Center are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Chateau de Puilaurens, Eglise Saint-Sulpice, Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, Fort Liberia
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Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

2
nights
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Exotique, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Beynac, Jardin Exotique, Château de Biron, Cave Dwellings
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

1
night
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre-Dame de l'Esperance.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle road trip tool .

Drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May: highs in La Rochelle hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Blois.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rochefort, Phare des Baleines
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Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Musee National de la Marine ©
Musee National de la Marine
Musee De L'ecole De Medecine Navale ©

2
nights
Blois

Blois ©
Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Troussay. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent-de-Paul.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Blois online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Blois takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from La Rochelle in May, plan for little chillier nights in Blois, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dinan.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cheverny, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau de Chambord
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Chateau de Cheverny ©
Chateau de Cheverny
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau

1
night
Dinan

Dinan
Dinan is a walled Breton town and a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in northwestern France.GeographyIts geographical setting is exceptional. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Malo de Dinan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Lehon, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Guildo, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de la Hunaudaye, and finally make a trip to Centre Historique.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dinan tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Blois to Dinan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Dinan

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Abbaye de Lehon, Promenade du Clair de Lune, Chateau du Guildo
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Chateau de la Hunaudaye
Chateau de la Hunaudaye
Chateau du Guildo ©
Chateau du Guildo
Abbaye de Lehon ©
Abbaye de Lehon

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), examine the collection at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, contemplate the long history of German Cemetery La Cambe, then snap pictures at Pegasus Bridge, and finally take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Bayeux road trip planning website .

You can drive from Dinan to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Ranville, German Cemetery La Cambe, D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum)
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
German Cemetery La Cambe ©
German Cemetery La Cambe
Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) ©

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.
Get some historical perspective at Palace of Versailles and Eiffel Tower. Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Louvre Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Chateau de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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