21 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, 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.
Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Vieux Bassin (in Honfleur). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

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Fort Wayne, USA to Rouen is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Traveling from Fort Wayne to Rouen, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fort Wayne in October, expect nights in Rouen to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are slightly colder, around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
When in Bayeux, make a side trip to see La Compagnie des Terroirs in Caen, approximately Caen away. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

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Drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 7th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can fly to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud), Kelys (in Sainte-Maxime) and Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez (in Saint-Tropez). There's much more to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cite Episcopale, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, and get interesting insight from Forcerie Vial.

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Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Raphael takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in October, you will find days in Saint-Raphael are somewhat warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
When in Nice, make a side trip to see Azur Wine Tours in Vence, approximately Vence away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

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You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can fly to Paris.
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Paris — 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in October, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 48°F. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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.