23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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23 days in France Itinerary

Start: Paris
1
Paris
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
2
Amboise
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Arles
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Lyon
— 1 night
Train:  5 h
7
Paris
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
8
Dinan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Bus + Train:  3 h
10
Paris
— 3 nights
End: Paris

1
night
Paris

Paris ©
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 3rd (Fri), examine the collection at Musee Rodin, then don't miss a visit to Pont Alexandre III, and then examine the collection at Musee de l'Orangerie.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris vacation planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a train to Amboise.

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Museums
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Musee Rodin ©
Musee Rodin
Musee de l'Orangerie ©
Musee de l'Orangerie
Pont Alexandre III ©
Pont Alexandre III

3
nights
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chateau de Chenonceau as well as Chateau de Cheverny. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and Mini-Châteaux Val de Loire. Change things up with a short trip to Chateau de Chambord in Chambord (about 52 minutes away).

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Amboise road trip website .

You can take a train from Paris to Amboise in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Amboise sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Cheverny, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau de Chambord
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Chateau de Cheverny ©
Chateau de Cheverny
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau

3
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
You've now added Monkey's Forest to your itinerary.

To find maps and other tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda road trip website .

Drive from Amboise to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Amboise in July, expect nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Monkey's Forest ©
Monkey's Forest

1
night
Carcassonne

Carcassonne
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.
To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 64°F in Carcassonne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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5
nights
Arles

Arles
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Arles trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Arles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lyon.

Things to do in Arles

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
night
Lyon

Lyon
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lyon driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Arles to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Lyon, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. You will leave for Paris on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Lyon

Fun & Games Outdoors Nightlife
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1
night
Paris

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Lyon to Paris by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. While traveling from Lyon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dinan.

Things to do in Paris

Tours
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Walking tours

3
nights
Dinan

Dinan ©
Dinan is a walled Breton town and a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in northwestern France.GeographyIts geographical setting is exceptional. Plages de St-Jacut-de-la-Mer has been added to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dinan: Plevenon (Fort La Latte & Cap Fréhel).

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dinan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Dinan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Dinan, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 56°F. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Dinan

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Plevenon, Plages de St-Jacut-de-la-Mer
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Fort La Latte ©
Fort La Latte
Cap Fréhel ©
Cap Fréhel

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mont Saint-Michel. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel holiday planner.

Drive from Dinan to Mont-Saint-Michel in an hour. In July in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.

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Historic Sites
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

3
nights
Paris

Paris ©
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Explore Paris further: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, make a trip to Place de la Concorde, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 60°F. You will leave for home on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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