15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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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.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paris online trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 57°F. You will leave for Etretat on the 8th (Mon).
Nightlife · Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours
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Etretat — 2 nights

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers and then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Jardins d'Etretat, make a trip to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, then head outdoors with Cap Fagnet, then admire the striking features of Palais Benedictine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Etretat trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Paris to Etretat takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Etretat: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nevers.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Nevers — 4 nights

Nevers is the prefecture of the Nièvre department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in central France. Get out of town with these interesting Nevers side-trips: Guédelon (in Treigny), La Maison de Colette (in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye) and Le PAL - Parc d’Attractions et Animalier (in Saint-Pourcain-sur-Besbre). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Instant Nature, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale De Bourges, make a trip to Espace Bernadette, and identify plant and animal life at Le Domaine de la Beue.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nevers visit planner.

Drive from Etretat to Nevers in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Etretat in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Nevers, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks
Side Trips
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Aix-en-Provence — 2 nights

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, and finally contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of The Panier and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence holiday website.

Traveling by car from Nevers to Aix-en-Provence takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nevers in August, things will get a bit warmer in Aix-en-Provence: highs are around 86°F and lows about 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Saint-Tropez — 5 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Tropez side-trips: Aqualand Frejus (in Frejus), Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Castellane) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, kick back and relax at La Ponche Beach, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, and don't miss a visit to Port de Cavalaire.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for home.
Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks
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France travel guide

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.

Normandy travel guide

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.