16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

16 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
Train
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Dijon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
5
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Ville de Lisieux
— 1 night
Drive
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Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Fly to Valparaiso

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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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris attractions tool.

Valparaiso, USA to Paris is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Valparaiso in April, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 60°F and lows about 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can take a train to Dijon.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Dijon — 2 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, trek along Owl's Trail, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Musee Magnin, and finally don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Domaine De La Choupette-Gutrin Fils, then look for gifts at Boucherie MORON, then examine the collection at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Jeannot.

For ratings and tourist information, read our Dijon trip app.

Take a train from Paris to Dijon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Dijon sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.
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Wineries · Museums · Fun & Games · Trails
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Lyon — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
On the 7th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, then ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins, then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon route planner.

You can drive from Dijon to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 9th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Mont Saint-Michel and then hike along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel itinerary planning site.

Fly from Lyon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Lyon in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then stroll through Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, and finally take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ville de Lisieux.
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Ville de Lisieux — 1 night

Lisieux is a town in Lower Normandy that is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in France (after Lourdes).
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Cerza, then indulge your taste buds at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience, and then relax and rejuvenate at Spa Arbre des Sens.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ville de Lisieux online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bayeux to Ville de Lisieux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, examine the collection at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, then get a taste of the local shopping with Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Secq des Tournelles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rouen online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Ville de Lisieux to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Bourgogne-Franche-Comte travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Castles · Wineries & Vineyards

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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Lisieux travel guide

4.3
Zoos · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Lisieux is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. It is the capital of the Pays d'Auge area, which is characterised by valleys and hedged farmland.NameThe name of the town derives from the Latin Noviomagus Lexoviorum . The town was originally known in Celtic as Novio Magos, which was Latinized as Noviomagus. Owing to the large number of similarly-named cities, however, it was necessary to specify where this one was located. The local French demonym "Lexoviens" derives from the Latin as well.HistoryAntiquityLisieux was the capital of the Lexovii. In his work, Commentaries on the Gallic War, Caesar mentions a Gallic oppidum, a term which refers to Celtic towns located on the tops of hills. The oppidum has been pinpointed to a place referred to as le Castellier, located 3km to the southwest of the town. However the Gallo-Roman city was in fact located where Lisieux is to be found today.Middle AgesLisieux was an important center of power in medieval times. The bishopric of Lisieux controlled most of the Pays d'Auge by the 12th century. King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine are thought to have married at Lisieux in 1152, and the town remained powerful for several centuries afterwards until in the 14th century the triple scourges of the Plague, war and resulting famine devastated Lisieux and reduced its influence. The main judge of Joan of Arc, Pierre Cauchon, became a bishop of Lisieux after her death and is buried in the Lady Chapel of the cathedral.

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