23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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

The Port of the Moon

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 2nd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tour Pey-Berland, take in the views from Pont de Pierre, and then admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux vacation builder.

New Orleans, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Bordeaux is 7 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in October, Bordeaux is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Amboise: Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny), Chambord (Domaine National de Chambord & Chateau de Chambord) and Blois (Escalier Denis Papin & La Maison des Parapluies). Spend the 8th (Sat) in the animal kingdom at ZooParc de Beauval. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Amboise vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Amboise in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Bordeaux in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Amboise: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to 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 9th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then savor the flavors at Cave Cidricole Lecornu, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and finally browse the exhibits of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Bayeux are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Caen.
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Caen — 1 night

City of a Hundred Steeples

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Hommes, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Carrousel a Honfleur, snap pictures at Pont de Normandie, then make a trip to Vieux Bassin, then make a trip to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Artiane Gallery.

For ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Caen road trip planner.

Caen is just a stone's throw from Bayeux. In October, daytime highs in Caen are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 4 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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Paris vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Caen to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Giverny (Musee des impressionnismes & Fondation Claude Monet) and Amiens (Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rouen trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Rouen sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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 21st (Fri), admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel vacation planner.

Getting from Rouen to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly 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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