23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Blois
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saumur
— 2 nights
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Train to Antony, Tram to Paris Orly, Fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Narbonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Fly
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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cannes
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Train to Paris St Lazare, Fly to San Francisco

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Blois — 2 nights

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Blois. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, then explore the historical opulence of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, and then see the interesting displays at Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Blois trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Blois is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In July in Blois, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Saumur.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Saumur — 2 nights

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.
On the 9th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and then explore the historical opulence of Château de l'Islette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Brissac, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee des Blindes.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saumur road trip website.

You can drive from Blois to Saumur in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

On the 11th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle vacation tool.

Do a combination of train, tram, and flight from Saumur to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Narbonne.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Narbonne — 4 nights

The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Abbaye de Fontfroide and Chateau de Peyrepertuse. Popular historic sites such as Chateau Royale de Collioure and Fort Saint-Elme are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Narbonne side-trips: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan) and Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Paroisse Saint Nazaire and walk around Promenade du Front de Mer.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Narbonne holiday app.

Drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Narbonne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Narbonne, with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.
Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 16:

Arles — 2 nights

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then steep yourself in history at Site Archeologique de Glanum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Arles trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Narbonne to Arles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Arles, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Calvi.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Calvi, Corsica — 3 nights

Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Get some historical perspective at Citadelle de Calvi and Village abandonné d'Occi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra and Off-Road Tours. When in Calvi, make a side trip to see Vallée du Fango in Galeria, approximately Galeria away. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Reserve of Scandola.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Calvi tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Arles to Calvi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In July in Calvi, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cannes.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Cannes — 3 nights

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Let the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Fragonard capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La cité médiévale and Le Suquet. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Promenade Le Corbusier (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin), Eze (Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze & Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche) and Villa Kerylos (in Beaulieu-sur-Mer). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip builder tool.

You can fly from Calvi to Cannes in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Pointe du Hoc and Bayeux War Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Omaha Beach and Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux travel route planner.

You can fly from Cannes to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cannes in July, with highs in Bayeux at 74°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:

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.