15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Fly
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Le Lavandou
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
Fly

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Paris — 2 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Champs-Elysees. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, take a stroll through Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Paris. July in Paris sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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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.
Normandy American Cemetery and Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Visit Omaha Beach and Deauville Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, take in the pleasant sights at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Paris in July, expect Bayeux to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Le Lavandou.
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Le Lavandou — 3 nights

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Relax by the water at Plage de Jean Blanc and Plage Des Brouis. Venture out of the city with trips to Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud), Port Grimaud 1 Beach (in Port Grimaud) and La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sylvabelle and kick back and relax at Plage de Saint-Clair.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Le Lavandou planner.

Fly from Bayeux to Le Lavandou in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Le Lavandou: highs are around 33°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cannes.
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Cannes — 3 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Visit Vieille Ville and La cité médiévale for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Eglise de Biot. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire (in Villeneuve-Loubet) and Castel Plage (in Nice). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, get a taste of the local shopping with La Croisette, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Village de Mougins.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cannes road trip site.

Traveling by car from Le Lavandou to Cannes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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.
On the 30th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and then do a tasting at O'Vineyards. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, stop by Cité de Carcassonne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cannes to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carcassonne in July, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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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