23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Amboise
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Caen
— 1 night
Train
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bordeaux — 2 nights

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 5th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to The Water Mirror, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, snap pictures at Pont de Pierre, and then admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux route builder website.

New Orleans, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New Orleans to Bordeaux. Traveling from New Orleans in September, you will find days in Bordeaux are little chillier (75°F), and nights are colder (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Amboise.
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Amboise — 5 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Explore Amboise's surroundings by going to Chambord (Domaine National de Chambord & Chateau de Chambord), Blois (Escalier Denis Papin & La Maison des Parapluies) and Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny). Spend the 11th (Sun) in the animal kingdom at ZooParc de Beauval. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, do a tasting at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise, steep yourself in history at Tour De L’Horloge, and get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amboise driving holiday tool.

Take a train from Bordeaux to Amboise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Amboise are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then awaken your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bayeux planner.

Drive from Amboise to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Bayeux sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Caen.
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Caen — 1 night

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Abbaye aux Hommes, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Dames. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Carrousel a Honfleur, take in the views from Pont de Normandie, then make a trip to Vieux Bassin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and finally view the masterpieces at Artiane Gallery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Caen day trip planning website.

Caen is just a stone's throw from Bayeux. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 4 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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Le Marais, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Caen to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Paris sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 2 nights

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Amiens (Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Giverny (Musee des impressionnismes & Fondation Claude Monet). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rouen trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Rouen sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel 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 24th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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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