11 days in France Itinerary

11 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 1 day
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Tours
— 1 night
Drive
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La Roche-sur-Yon
Drive
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Nantes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
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Paris
— 4 nights

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Paris — 1 day

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 29th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, don't miss a visit to Pont Alexandre III, and then examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris road trip planning app.

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tours.
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Tours — 1 night

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles, then take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau, and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Villandry.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tours holiday planning site.

Traveling by train from Paris to Tours takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tours can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to La Roche-sur-Yon.
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La Roche-sur-Yon

La Roche-sur-Yon is a commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France. On the 30th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Musee du Chocolat.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Roche-sur-Yon trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tours to La Roche-sur-Yon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nantes.
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Nantes — 2 nights

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 1st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, then ponder the design of Le Miroir d'Eau, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes and then shop like a local with Passage Pommeraye.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nantes online route planner.

Traveling by car from La Roche-sur-Yon to Nantes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nantes to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 1 night

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Bayeux sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Rouen.
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Rouen — 1 night

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Palais de Justice and then get to know the fascinating history of Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen tour itinerary site.

Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 4 nights

Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). See some other sides of Paris: contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip website.

Getting from Rouen to Paris by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train.
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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.
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Normandy travel guide

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Monuments · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.
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