13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 1 night
Fly
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Caen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Versailles
— 1 night
Drive
6
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly

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Strasbourg — 1 night

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and then get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of La Petite France, then get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile.

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Phoenix, USA to Strasbourg is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 8 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in February, you will find days in Strasbourg are much colder (45°F), and nights are slightly colder (32°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tour Pey-Berland, don't miss a visit to Place du Parlement, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, then admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin, and then explore the world behind art at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain.

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Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Strasbourg in February, expect nights in Bordeaux to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): examine the collection at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel, then get engrossed in the history at Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip maker site.

Fly from Bordeaux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Caen.
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Caen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, take an in-depth tour of Musée de Normandie, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Caen online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Caen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. February in Caen sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Versailles.
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Versailles — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Palace of Versailles.

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Traveling by car from Caen to Versailles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Versailles sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, snap pictures at Pont Alexandre III, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

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Getting from Versailles to Paris by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in February, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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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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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
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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