15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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15 days in France Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Paris
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
2
Caen
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Reims
— 1 night
Train:  4 h
4
Beaune
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Aix-en-Provence
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
6
Paris
— 1 night
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, don't miss a visit to Place Vendome, then admire the striking features of Luxembourg Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris travel route planner.

Chicago, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Caen.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Neighborhoods
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Musee du Parfum - Fragonard ©
Musee du Parfum - Fragonard
Memorial De La Shoah ©
Memorial De La Shoah
1st Arrondissement ©
1st Arrondissement

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Sees and Château d'Ô. Get some cultural insight at Eglise Saint Etienne and Eglise Saint-Pierre. Change things up with these side-trips from Caen: Eglise Notre Dame des Flots (in Sainte-Adresse), Musee Maison de L'Armateur (in Le Havre) and Ville de Lisieux (Carmel De Lisieux & Les Buissonnets). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Havre de Portbail, take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, explore the historical opulence of Hotel de Beaumont, and make a trip to Place Saint-Sauveur.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Caen online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Caen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Reims.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Ville de Lisieux, Alencon, Le Havre, Château d'Ô
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Carmel De Lisieux ©
Carmel De Lisieux
Château d'Ô ©
Château d'Ô
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Sees ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Sees

1
night
Reims

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Get some cultural insight at Eglise Saint Jacques and Cathedrale Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau of Coucy and Musee Automobile Reims. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reims: Porte d'Ardon (in Laon) and Chateau de Fere-en-Tardenois (in Fere-en-Tardenois). Next up on the itinerary: get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Carnegie, admire the local landmark of Fontaine Sube, make a trip to Reve de couleurs Reims, and see the interesting displays at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Reims online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Caen to Reims in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May in Reims, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 44°F at night. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Beaune.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau of Coucy, Cathedrale Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais, Porte d'Ardon, Chateau de Fere-en-Tardenois
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Cathedrale Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais ©
Chateau of Coucy ©
Chateau of Coucy
Porte d'Ardon ©
Porte d'Ardon

2
nights
Beaune

Beaune ©
The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Maison des Climats, shop like a local with Galeries Bartoux Beaune, learn about winemaking at Cave des Hospices, stop by Les Domaines de Pommard, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Rebourgeon Michel, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine LEJEUNE - POMMARD.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Beaune trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Reims to Beaune in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Beaune, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Beaune

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Eglise Saint Nicolas
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Cave des Hospices ©
Cave des Hospices
Eglise Saint Nicolas ©
Eglise Saint Nicolas
Domaine LEJEUNE - POMMARD ©
Domaine LEJEUNE - POMMARD

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 15th (Fri), stroll around Promenade de la Torse. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Michel de Frigolet, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St-Vincent, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Paul Cezanne.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Beaune to Aix-en-Provence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Beaune in May; daily highs in Aix-en-Provence reach 74°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tarascon, Eglise St-Vincent
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Abbaye Saint-Michel de Frigolet ©
Abbaye Saint-Michel de Frigolet
Eglise Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon ©
Eglise Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon
Eglise St-Vincent ©
Eglise St-Vincent

1
night
Paris

Paris ©
On the 18th (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, delve into the distant past at Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame, take in the views from Pont-Neuf, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Passage des Princes, then explore the ancient world of Arenes de Lutece, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Grande Mosquée de Paris. On the next day, examine the collection at Musee des Arts Forains, steep yourself in history at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste de Belleville, and then get curious at Musee des Arts et Metiers.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris visit planning app.

Traveling by train from Aix-en-Provence to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 64°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Hotel de Ville ©
Hotel de Ville
Musee des Arts Forains ©
Musee des Arts Forains
Musee des Arts et Metiers ©
Musee des Arts et Metiers

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