16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Giverny
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chablis
— 6 nights
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Drive to Paris-Orly Airport, Fly to Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, Drive to Libourne
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Libourne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Collonges-la-Rouge
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salles-la-Source
— 1 day
Drive
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Montpellier
— 3 nights

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Giverny — 2 nights

Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, admire the landmark architecture of Le Vieux Moulin de Vernon, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bizy, and finally examine the collection at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Giverny online itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Giverny. In June in Giverny, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chablis.
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Chablis — 6 nights

Golden Gate of Burgundy

Chablis is a town and commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France.
Explore Chablis' surroundings by going to Abbaye de Fontenay (in Montbard), Parc de l'Auxois (in Arnay-sous-Vitteaux) and MuseoParc Alesia (in Alise-Sainte-Reine). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Chablis Vititours, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Ancy-le Franc, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and stop by Vins d'Ici ou d'Ailleurs.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chablis trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Giverny to Chablis in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, daily temperatures in Chablis can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Libourne.
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Libourne — 2 nights

Libourne is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. On the 2nd (Tue), do a tasting at Chateau du Tailhas, then do a tasting at Chateau Paloumey, then do a tasting at Chateau de Reignac, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Chateau Beaurang, make a trip to Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, then do a tasting at Chateau Laniote, then indulge your taste buds at Cloitre des Cordeliers, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lac des Dagueys.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chablis to Libourne. In July in Libourne, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Collonges-la-Rouge.
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Collonges-la-Rouge — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Pierre, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptiland, then explore the ancient world of Ville de Martel, and finally make a trip to Halle de Martel. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Chateau of Castelnau-Bretenoux, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac, then admire the sheer force of La Cascade d'Autoire, and finally admire the striking features of Abbatiale Saint-Pierre.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Collonges-la-Rouge trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Libourne to Collonges-la-Rouge takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Libourne in July: highs in Collonges-la-Rouge hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Salles-la-Source.
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Salles-la-Source — 1 day

Salles-la-Source is a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France.The Rodez-Marcillac Airport is located in Salles-la-Source. On the 6th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Les Chambres de Lumiere, then examine the collection at La Maison de la Forge et des Anciens metiers, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Belcastel, and finally don't miss a visit to Cascade de Salles-la-Source.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Salles-la-Source vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Collonges-la-Rouge to Salles-la-Source takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Montpellier.
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Montpellier — 3 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Explore Montpellier's surroundings by going to La Maison Carree (in Nimes) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Zoologique Henri de Lunaret, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Planet Ocean Montpellier, and see the interesting displays at Carre Sainte-Anne.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Montpellier trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Salles-la-Source to Montpellier takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Salles-la-Source in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Montpellier: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C.
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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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