18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 1 night
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Limoges
— 3 nights
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Chambord
Drive
4
Villandry
Drive
5
Azay-le-Rideau
— 1 night
Drive
6
Mont-Saint-Michel
Drive
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise
— 5 nights
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8
Honfleur
— 3 nights
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Etretat
— 2 nights
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10
Rouen
— 1 day
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Paris
— 1 night
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Paris — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Memorial De La Shoah and then contemplate the long history of Hotel de Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, then examine the collection at Musee Maillol, and finally identify plant and animal life at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups.

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Dallas, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Dallas to Paris. In May, Paris is a bit cooler than Dallas - with highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly to Limoges.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Limoges — 3 nights

Porcelain City

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chalucet, then steep yourself in history at Abbaye Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale de Saint Leonard de noblat. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musee du Four des casseaux, admire the masterpieces at Cite des Metiers et des Arts, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St. Michel des Lions, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Pierre du Queyroix.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Limoges trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Limoges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Limoges sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chambord.
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Find places to stay May 27 — 30:

Chambord

Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Tour de l'Horloge and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Etienne.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chambord trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Limoges to Chambord takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Chambord can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Villandry.
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Historic Sites
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Find places to stay May 30 — 31:

Villandry

Villandry is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Domaine de Cande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St-Etienne.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Villandry trip builder site.

You can drive from Chambord to Villandry in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In May in Villandry, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Azay-le-Rideau.
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Azay-le-Rideau — 1 night

As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Azay-le-Rideau trip maker site.

Azay-le-Rideau is just a short distance from Villandry. In May in Azay-le-Rideau, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 49°F at night. You will leave for Mont-Saint-Michel on the 31st (Wed).
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Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 31st (Wed), contemplate the long history of Maison de Bertrand du Guesclin, stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, and then make a trip to Grand Degre.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Azay-le-Rideau to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Sainte-Mere-Eglise.
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise — 5 nights

Sainte-Mère-Église is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in northwestern France. Discover out-of-the-way places like Church of Sainte-Mère-Église and Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain. Let the collections at Musee D-Day Omaha and World War 2 Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Sainte-Mere-Eglise side-trips: Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue (Tatihou Island, Tour Vauban de La Hougue, &more), Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach (in Colleville-sur-Mer) and D-Day Monument (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery), view the masterpieces at Aces High Gallery, steep yourself in history at Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, and examine the collection at Ferme-Musee du Cotentin.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sainte-Mere-Eglise trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Sainte-Mere-Eglise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Honfleur.
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Honfleur — 3 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eglise Saint-Leonard and Lieutenance d' Honfleur. Musee de la Marine and Musee du Vieux Honfleur will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Caen (Eglise Saint-Jean, Eglise du Vieux Saint Sauveur, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Greniers a sel de Honfleur, make a trip to Carrousel a Honfleur, soak away your stress at O Voyage des Sens, and take some stellar pictures from Panorama Mont-Joli.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Honfleur trip site.

You can drive from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Honfleur in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Honfleur can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Etretat.
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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 (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Cote d'Albatre, take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, and then kick back and relax at Les Plages Etretat. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage-Baignade Yport, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Pecheries, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Etretat vacation planner.

Drive from Honfleur to Etretat in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Etretat sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 1 day

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 10th (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at Ambiance Spa, don't miss a visit to Parlement de Normandie, examine the collection at Musee des Antiquites, then shop like a local with Tour Jeanne d'Arc, and finally admire the masterpieces at Ceramics Museum (Musee de la Ceramique).

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rouen travel planner.

You can drive from Etretat to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Rouen sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paris.
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Paris — 1 night

City of Light

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris day trip website.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 11th (Sun), you're off to home.
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France travel guide

4.3
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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Normandy travel guide

4.6
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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