19 days in France Itinerary

19 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour itinerary builder

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Paris
— 2 nights
Train
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Le Mans City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tours
— 2 nights
Drive
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Poitiers
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cognac
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Limoges
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 2 nights

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Paris

— 2 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.
On the 8th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Luxembourg Gardens, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Guatemala, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a train to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Le Mans City

— 2 nights

Racing Capital

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Arche de la Nature, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de La Fleche, and then explore the ancient world of Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans, appreciate the extensive heritage of Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet, then join the crowd at Circuit permanent des 24 Heures du Mans, and finally get engrossed in the history at 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Le Mans City trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Paris to Le Mans City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Tours

— 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanique de Tours, then take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles, then see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, and then take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tours driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Le Mans City to Tours takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Tours can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Poitiers.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Poitiers

— 2 nights
Poitiers is a city on the Clain river in west-central France. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Notre Dame la Grande, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Radegonde, and finally walk around Parc de Blossac. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at La Vallee des Singes.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Poitiers trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Tours to Poitiers in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Poitiers can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Poitiers

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

La Rochelle

— 2 nights

White City

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 16th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, then make a trip to Hotel de la Bourse, then make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Martin de Saint-Martin-de-Re, make a trip to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, look for gifts at Ma cabane sur la Plage, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Poitiers to La Rochelle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cognac.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

Cognac

— 2 nights
Cognac is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Le Chateau des Enigmes de Pons. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Saintes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Cognac, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Camus Cognac.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Cognac online tour builder.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Cognac takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Cognac are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Cognac

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:

Bordeaux

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, make a trip to Place de la Bourse, then make a trip to The Water Mirror, then pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, and finally look for gifts at Fromagerie Deruelle. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at La Grande Dune du Pilat.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux road trip planning app.

Drive from Cognac to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Limoges.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

Limoges

— 2 nights

Porcelain City

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): browse the exhibits of Oradour-sur-Glane, then steep yourself in history at Quartier de la Boucherie, then admire the masterpieces at Musee National Adrien Dubouche, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Limoges. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Zoo du Reynou, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de l'Eveche, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Etienne.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Limoges attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Limoges takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bordeaux in April, expect nights in Limoges to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Limoges

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

Paris

— 2 nights

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and then make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paris online tour planner.

Getting from Limoges to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or fly.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

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.