21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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Start: Durham
Train:  5 h 30 min
1
Lille
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Amiens
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Plailly
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
4
Giverny
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Honfleur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Lannion
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Carnac
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h
End: Durham

2
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Lille

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get in on the excitement at Le Defouloir and then don't miss a visit to Grande Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, then don't miss a visit to Vieux-Lille, then get your game on at Le Waf, and finally get to know the resident critters at Lille Zoo.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lille road trip planning app.

Durham, UK to Lille is an approximately 5.5- hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Lille is 1 hour. Traveling from Durham in August, expect nights in Lille to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Amiens.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

Arras, Musée du Louvre-Lens, Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de Carvin
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Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille ©
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille
Grande Place ©
Grande Place

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Amiens

Amiens ©
Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Horloge Dewailly et Marie-sans-chemise, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, then stop by St-Leu, and finally get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Les Puits Tournants de Frechencourt, get to know the resident critters at Zoo d'Amiens, then have some family-friendly fun at Archery Arena, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de Picardie.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read our Amiens holiday planning website.

Traveling by train from Lille to Amiens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Plailly.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Les Puits Tournants de Frechencourt
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Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens ©
Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Maison de Jules Verne ©
Maison de Jules Verne

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Plailly

Plailly
On the 20th (Thu), stop by Le Comptoir des Jeux, then see the interesting displays at The Living Museum of the Horse, then admire the masterpieces at Chateau de Chantilly, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Le Potager des Princes.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Plailly day trip tool.

Getting from Amiens to Plailly by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Plailly sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Giverny.

Things to do in Plailly

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Chantilly City
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Chateau de Chantilly
Chateau de Chantilly
Le Potager des Princes ©
Le Potager des Princes
Le Comptoir des Jeux ©
Le Comptoir des Jeux

2
nights
Giverny

Giverny ©
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Chateau Gaillard, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny, admire the landmark architecture of Le Vieux Moulin de Vernon, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Gaillon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Evreux, and finally head outdoors with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Giverny trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Plailly to Giverny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Giverny are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Rouen.

Things to do in Giverny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau Gaillard, Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, Le Vieux Moulin de Vernon, Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, Chateau de Gaillon
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Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny ©
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Musee des impressionnismes ©
Musee des impressionnismes

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Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Saint-Sever, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then make a trip to Parlement de Normandie, and finally steep yourself in history at Palais de Justice. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Place du Vieux-Marche, admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, contemplate the long history of Le Bucher de Jeanne d'Arc, visit Rue du Gros-Horloge, then appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Maclou's Church.

Plan trip to Rouen with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Giverny to Rouen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Honfleur.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Parlement de Normandie ©
Parlement de Normandie

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Honfleur

Honfleur ©
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
On the 25th (Tue), take in the views from Pont de Normandie, then make a trip to Carrousel a Honfleur, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and finally make a trip to Vieux Bassin. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, and then admire the landmark architecture of Palais Benedictine.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Honfleur travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Honfleur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Deauville Beach, Palais Benedictine, Falaises d'Etretat
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Vieux Bassin ©
Vieux Bassin
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church ©
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church

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Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Baron Gerard, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Keep things going the next day: take in the history at Omaha Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Normandie Savoir-Faire.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Honfleur to Bayeux in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Omaha Beach, Normandy American Cemetery
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord, make a trip to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres and then admire the natural beauty at Musee Christian Dior.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel online road trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lannion.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Musee Christian Dior, Chateau de Fougeres
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel
Musee Christian Dior ©
Musee Christian Dior

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Lannion

Lannion ©
Lannion is a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in Brittany in northwestern France. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then stroll through Sentier des douaniers, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose.

To see ratings and tourist information, refer to the Lannion travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Lannion takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Carnac.

Things to do in Lannion

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Perros-Guirec, Roscoff, Chateau du Taureau
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Cote de Granit Rose ©
Cote de Granit Rose
Sentier des douaniers ©
Sentier des douaniers
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h

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Carnac

Carnac
Carnac is a commune beside the Gulf of Morbihan on the south coast of Brittany in the Morbihan department in north-western France.Its inhabitants are called Carnacois in French. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): head outdoors with Cote Sauvage, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Colomban, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de Prehistoire, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Cornely. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Cidrerie Manoir du Kinkiz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint Ronan, make a trip to Centre Historique de Locronan, contemplate the long history of Saint Corentin Cathedral, then make a trip to Centre Historique de Pont-Aven, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Promenade Xavier Grall.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carnac trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lannion to Carnac takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Lannion in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Carnac, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carnac

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pont-Aven, Locronan, Quimper, Cote Sauvage
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Cote Sauvage
Cote Sauvage
Carnac stones ©
Carnac stones
Dolmens de Mane Karioned ©
Dolmens de Mane Karioned