21 days in France Itinerary

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Versailles
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Ville de Lisieux
— 2 nights
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Chartres
— 1 night
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Orleans
— 1 night
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Amboise
— 2 nights
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Les Epesses
— 1 night
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Arcachon
— 2 nights
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Lourdes
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Nimes
— 2 nights
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Apt
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Versailles — 2 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 11th (Thu), make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles, admire the landmark architecture of The Hall of Mirrors, make a trip to Palace of Versailles, then make a trip to The Water Parterres, and finally contemplate the long history of The Trianons & The Hamlet. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Jardins du Chateau de Versailles, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at L'Orangerie, then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Versailles route planner.

Paris to Versailles is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Versailles can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ville de Lisieux.
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Ville de Lisieux — 2 nights

Lisieux is a town in Lower Normandy that is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in France (after Lourdes).
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Deauville Beach, then make a trip to Les Halles de Dives-sur-Mer, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Saint-Germain-de-Livet. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cerza, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Lisieux, and then make a trip to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ville de Lisieux trip builder website.

You can drive from Versailles to Ville de Lisieux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Ville de Lisieux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chartres.
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Chartres — 1 night

Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
On the 15th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at église St Pierre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chartres Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Chartres Historic Preservation Area.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Chartres trip planning website.

You can drive from Ville de Lisieux to Chartres in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. May in Chartres sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Orleans.
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Orleans — 1 night

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, make a trip to Place du Martroi, then grab your bike and head to Loire a Velo Cycle Path, then walk around Parc Floral de La Source, and finally look for gifts at L'Atelier des Chimeres.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Orleans online tour planner.

You can drive from Chartres to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. May in Orleans sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Amboise.
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Amboise — 2 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stop by Galland Epicerie de Terroirs, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then make a trip to Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Amboise tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Orleans to Amboise takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Amboise can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Les Epesses.
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Les Epesses — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Puy du Fou.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Les Epesses holiday builder site.

Getting from Amboise to Les Epesses by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Les Epesses can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Arcachon.
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Arcachon — 2 nights

A popular beach resort town on the Atlantic coast, Arcachon offers you fine, sandy beaches and a particularly mild climate said to be favorable to people suffering from pulmonary diseases.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Grande Dune du Pilat and then steep yourself in history at La ville d'Hiver. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Passes, identify plant and animal life at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Getting from Les Epesses to Arcachon by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Arcachon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lourdes.
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Lourdes — 1 night

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, then browse the exhibits of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lourdes holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Arcachon to Lourdes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car 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 23rd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then stroll through Canal du Midi, then do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and finally ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just, and finally examine the collection at Musee Archeologique.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Nimes.
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Nimes — 2 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
On the 25th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Tour Magne, contemplate the long history of Temple de Diane, admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine, make a trip to Square Antonin, then explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, and finally don't miss a visit to Place du Marche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts, delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, and then snap pictures at Pont du Gard.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nimes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Nimes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May in Nimes, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Arles.
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Arles — 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Horseback Riding Tours, &more), Les Antiques (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Arles tour itinerary website.

Getting from Nimes to Arles by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Arles sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. You'll set off for Apt on the 30th (Tue).
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Apt — 1 day

Apt is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It lies on the left bank of the Calavon, 41mi east of Avignon. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): shop like a local with Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, then trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, then go deep underground at Mines de Bruoux, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Apt journey planner.

Drive from Arles to Apt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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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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Lisieux travel guide

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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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