21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Versailles
— 2 nights
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Ville de Lisieux
— 2 nights
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Chartres
— 1 night
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Orleans
— 1 night
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Amboise
— 2 nights
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Les Epesses
— 1 night
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Arcachon
— 2 nights
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Lourdes
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Nimes
— 2 nights
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Apt
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Versailles

— 2 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to La Galerie des Batailles, admire the striking features of The Hall of Mirrors, admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles, then don't miss a visit to The Water Parterres, and finally contemplate the long history of The Trianons & The Hamlet. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin de Versailles, explore the striking landscape of L'Orangerie, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Versailles trip planner.

Paris to Versailles is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ville de Lisieux.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Ville de Lisieux

— 2 nights
Lisieux is a town in Lower Normandy that is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in France (after Lourdes).
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, then make a trip to Les Halles Medievales, then contemplate the long history of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Saint-Germain-de-Livet. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Cerza, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Lisieux, and then make a trip to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ville de Lisieux tour builder.

Getting from Versailles to Ville de Lisieux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Versailles in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Ville de Lisieux, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Chartres.

Things to do in Ville de Lisieux

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

Chartres

— 1 night
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to église St Pierre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chartres Cathedral, and then stop by Chartres Historic Preservation Area.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chartres online travel route planner.

Drive from Ville de Lisieux to Chartres in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ville de Lisieux in August: highs in Chartres hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:

Orleans

— 1 night
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, make a trip to Place du Martroi, then stroll through Loire a Velo Cycle Path, then walk around Parc Floral de La Source, and finally look for gifts at L'Atelier des Chimeres.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Orleans planning website.

Traveling by car from Chartres to Orleans takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Orleans can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Amboise.

Things to do in Orleans

Parks · Trails · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:

Amboise

— 2 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): look for gifts at Galland Epicerie de Terroirs, contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Amboise travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Orleans to Amboise in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Amboise sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Les Epesses.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:

Les Epesses

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Puy du Fou.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Les Epesses road trip app.

Drive from Amboise to Les Epesses in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Les Epesses can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Arcachon.

Things to do in Les Epesses

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:
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Arcachon

— 2 nights
A popular beach resort town on the Atlantic coast, Arcachon offers you fine, sandy beaches and a particularly mild climate said to be favorable to people suffering from pulmonary diseases.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): make a trip to La Grande Dune du Pilat and then contemplate the long history of La ville d'Hiver. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Passes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Arcachon visit planner.

You can fly from Les Epesses to Arcachon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Arcachon, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Arcachon

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Lourdes

— 1 night
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the 8th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lourdes itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arcachon to Lourdes in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daytime highs in Lourdes are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stop by Cité de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Canal du Midi, then do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and finally ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale St-Just, and finally examine the collection at Musee Archeologique.

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You can drive from Lourdes to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nimes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Nimes

— 2 nights

French Rome

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 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tour Magne, contemplate the long history of Temple de Diane, admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine, don't miss a visit to Square Antonin, then make a trip to La Maison Carree, and finally don't miss a visit to Place du Marche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, and then don't miss a visit to Pont du Gard.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Nimes road trip planning website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Nimes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. September in Nimes sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Horseback Riding Tours, &more), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Les Antiques (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's still lots to do: stroll through Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, contemplate the long history of Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Arles tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nimes to Arles in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. You will leave for Apt on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Apt

— 1 day
Apt is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It lies on the left bank of the Calavon, 41mi east of Avignon. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, then go deep underground at Mines de Bruoux, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Apt trip planner.

Getting from Arles to Apt by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Apt

Parks · Trails · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Lisieux travel guide

4.1
Zoos · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Lisieux is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. It is the capital of the Pays d'Auge area, which is characterised by valleys and hedged farmland.NameThe name of the town derives from the Latin Noviomagus Lexoviorum . The town was originally known in Celtic as Novio Magos, which was Latinized as Noviomagus. Owing to the large number of similarly-named cities, however, it was necessary to specify where this one was located. The local French demonym "Lexoviens" derives from the Latin as well.HistoryAntiquityLisieux was the capital of the Lexovii. In his work, Commentaries on the Gallic War, Caesar mentions a Gallic oppidum, a term which refers to Celtic towns located on the tops of hills. The oppidum has been pinpointed to a place referred to as le Castellier, located 3km to the southwest of the town. However the Gallo-Roman city was in fact located where Lisieux is to be found today.Middle AgesLisieux was an important center of power in medieval times. The bishopric of Lisieux controlled most of the Pays d'Auge by the 12th century. King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine are thought to have married at Lisieux in 1152, and the town remained powerful for several centuries afterwards until in the 14th century the triple scourges of the Plague, war and resulting famine devastated Lisieux and reduced its influence. The main judge of Joan of Arc, Pierre Cauchon, became a bishop of Lisieux after her death and is buried in the Lady Chapel of the cathedral.

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