21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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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 2nd (Mon): make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles, admire the landmark architecture of The Hall of Mirrors, then admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles, then make a trip to The Water Parterres, and finally admire the striking features of The Trianons & The Hamlet. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin de Versailles, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at L'Orangerie, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, and finally make a trip to Hotel de Ville.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Versailles day trip planner.

Paris to Versailles is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. May in Versailles sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ville de Lisieux.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Ville de Lisieux

— 2 nights
Lisieux is a town in Lower Normandy that is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in France (after Lourdes).
On the 4th (Wed), stroll through Deauville Beach, don't miss a visit to Les Halles Medievales, then step into the grandiose world 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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Lisieux, and then don't miss a visit to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Ville de Lisieux tour itinerary planner.

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. In May, daily temperatures in Ville de Lisieux can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chartres.

Things to do in Ville de Lisieux

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at église St Pierre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chartres Cathedral, and then take a stroll through Chartres Historic Preservation Area.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chartres journey builder.

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. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Orleans

— 1 night
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral, make a trip to Place du Martroi, explore the landscape on two wheels at Loire a Velo Cycle Path, then walk around Parc Floral de La Source, and finally stop by L'Atelier des Chimeres.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Orleans day trip tool.

You can drive from Chartres to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Orleans

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

Amboise

— 2 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. On the 8th (Sun), stop by Galland Epicerie de Terroirs, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Amboise trip site.

Traveling by car from Orleans to Amboise takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Amboise sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Les Epesses.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Les Epesses

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Puy du Fou.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Les Epesses trip maker.

You can drive from Amboise to Les Epesses in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly to Arcachon.

Things to do in Les Epesses

Theme Parks
Find places to stay May 9 — 10:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at La Grande Dune du Pilat and then contemplate the long history of La ville d'Hiver. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Passes, then stroll through Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Arcachon trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Les Epesses to Arcachon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Arcachon, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Arcachon

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Lourdes

— 1 night
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, then browse the exhibits 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, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lourdes route builder website.

Getting from Arcachon to Lourdes by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 12 — 13:

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, stroll through Canal du Midi, then do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and finally admire the local landmark of Fountain of Neptune. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Archeologique.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip planner.

Getting from Lourdes to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nimes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

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.
On the 16th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Magne, steep yourself in history at Temple de Diane, admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine, then make a trip to Square Antonin, then explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, and finally make a trip to Place du Marche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, contemplate the long history of Roman Theatre of Orange, and then take in the views from Pont du Gard.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nimes trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Nimes in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Nimes can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arles: Les Antiques (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Horseback Riding Tours, &more) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and steep yourself in history at Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Arles trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Nimes to Arles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 21st (Sat), you're off to Apt.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

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 21st (Sat): shop like a local with Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mines de Bruoux, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Apt attractions planning app.

You can drive from Arles to Apt in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Apt

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

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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