18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Saumur
— 1 day
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Paris
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 1 night
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Annecy
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Paris
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux
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Cognac
— 1 night
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Paris
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 1 day
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Marseille
— 1 night
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Paris — 5 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jardin du Palais Royal, Louvre Museum, Le Palais Royal, and other attractions you added. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Printemps. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Place du Trocadero-et-du-11-Novembre and Musee du Parfum - Fragonard. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take in the views from Pont Alexandre III, and pause for some serene contemplation at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris online road trip planner.

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Saumur.
Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Saumur — 1 day

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Ackerman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Royale des Ardilliers, explore the world behind art at Chateau de Montsoreau - Musee d'Art Contemporain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale de Candes-Saint-Martin, then stop by Martin de Candre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre de Saumur.

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Traveling by train from Paris to Saumur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Saumur are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wineries
Side Trips
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Paris — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris vacation maker website.

You can take a train from Saumur to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

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 10th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with La Place Bellecour, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, then explore the galleries of Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally wander the streets of The Presqu'ile.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Annecy.
Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Annecy

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Fondation pour l'Art Contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomone, see the interesting displays at Ecomusee du Lac d'Annecy, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Francois.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Annecy online tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Lyon to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:

Paris — 2 nights

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Annecy to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.
Nightlife · Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Bordeaux

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): make a trip to Place de la Bourse, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche des Capucins, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Notre-Dame, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Vin et du Negoce.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In April in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 46°F at night. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cognac.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

Cognac — 1 night

Cognac is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Remy Martin as well as Hennessy Les Visites. On the 13th (Wed), sample the fine beverages at Hennessy Les Visites.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cognac trip builder app.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Cognac in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cognac are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
Wineries · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

Paris — 2 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Place des Vosges, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Île de la Cité.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Paris online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cognac to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Avignon.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

Avignon — 1 day

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Palais du Roure, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Agricol, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and finally contemplate the long history of Place Crillon.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon day trip app.

You can fly from Paris to Avignon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in April: highs in Avignon hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:

Marseille — 1 night

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stop by Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then examine the collection at Pavillon M, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Calanque de Port-Miou.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Marseille road trip planning site.

Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Marseille sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Paris.
Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:

Paris — 3 nights

Palace of Versailles has been added to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Atelier des Lumieres and Hotel de Ville. Step off the beaten path and head to La Madeleine and Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Le Jardin de Versailles in Versailles, about 40 minutes away.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Marseille in April, with highs in Paris at 60°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
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Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

France travel guide

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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.