13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Fly
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Albi
— 1 night
Fly
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Lyon
— 1 night
Drive
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Dijon
— 1 night
Train
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Colmar
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bayonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Maison du Biscuit and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Step out of Bayeux with an excursion to Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Bayeux is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Bayeux due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in November, things will get a bit warmer in Bayeux: highs are around 13°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Albi.
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Albi — 1 night

Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Albi road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Bayeux to Albi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

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You can fly from Albi to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dijon.
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Dijon — 1 night

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): make a trip to Place de la Liberation, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, then trek along Owl's Trail, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dijon trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Dijon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Colmar.
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Colmar — 3 nights

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musée d'Unterlinden and La Volerie des Aigles. Change things up with these side-trips from Colmar: Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf (in Mulhouse) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville and see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet.

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You can take a train from Dijon to Colmar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Colmar, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Bayonne.
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Bayonne — 1 night

Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Rocher de la Vierge, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Biarritz, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Bayonne trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Colmar to Bayonne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Colmar in November, expect Bayonne to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Public, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux, then don't miss a visit to Pont de Pierre, and then admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Bayonne to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel 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.