23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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Blois
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saumur
— 2 nights
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Train to Antony, Tram to Paris Orly, Fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Narbonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Fly
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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cannes
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Blois

— 2 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Blois. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, then explore the historical opulence of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, and then see the interesting displays at Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Blois trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Blois is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In July in Blois, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Saumur.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Saumur

— 2 nights

Pearl of Anjou

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
On the 9th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and then explore the historical opulence of Château de l'Islette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Brissac, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee des Blindes.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saumur road trip website.

You can drive from Blois to Saumur in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle vacation tool.

Do a combination of train, tram, and flight from Saumur to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Narbonne.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Narbonne

— 4 nights

Crossroads of the South

The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
Popular historic sites such as Abbaye de Fontfroide and Château de Salses are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau Royale de Collioure and Fort Saint-Elme. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Peyrepertuse (in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse), Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan) and Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan). There's more to do: admire the striking features of Paroisse Saint Nazaire and walk around Promenade du Front de Mer.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Narbonne trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Narbonne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in July, Narbonne is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Narbonne

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 16:

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then steep yourself in history at Site Archeologique de Glanum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Arles trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Narbonne to Arles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Arles, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Calvi.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Calvi, Corsica

— 3 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Get some historical perspective at Citadelle de Calvi and Village abandonné d'Occi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra and Scuba & Snorkeling. When in Calvi, make a side trip to see Vallée du Fango in Galeria, approximately Galeria away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Nature Reserve of Scandola, don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Calvi day trip planning app.

You can fly from Arles to Calvi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cannes.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Cannes

— 3 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Let the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Fragonard capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La cité médiévale and Villa Kerylos. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Eze (Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze & Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche) and Promenade Le Corbusier (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and take a stroll through Le Suquet.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannes day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Calvi to Cannes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In July, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Bayeux.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Airborne Museum and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Take a break from Bayeux with a short trip to D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) in Saint-Come-du-Mont, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux route app.

Fly from Cannes to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cannes in July; daily highs in Bayeux reach 74°F and lows reach 55°F. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:

France travel guide

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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.