13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France Trip Planner

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Fly
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Nice
— 1 night
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Corte, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly to Toulouse, Train to Carcassonne Center
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Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amboise
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive to Dinard-Pleurtuit-Saint-Malo Airport, Fly to Hamad International Airport

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Nice

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Tete de Chien, pick up some new kitchen skills with Pasta Piemonte, then take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and finally take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, then stop by Izdeguiz, and then stop by 1862 Wines & Spirits.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nice day trip planning website.

Doha, Qatar to Nice is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Doha to Nice. When traveling from Doha in October, plan for cooler days in Nice, with highs around 24°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 3 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Grottes de Bonifacio and Plage de San Giovanni. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jet Concept 2A and Iles Lavezzi. Venture out of the city with trips to Porto-Vecchio (Watersports Center La Chiappa & Plage de Palombaggia). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Plage de Santa Giulia.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bonifacio planner.

Getting from Nice to Bonifacio by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October in Bonifacio, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Corte.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Corte, Corsica

— 3 nights
Corte tourism is based on the region's mountainous terrain, ensuring plenty of photo opps and outdoor activities.
On the 19th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Bouches de Bonifacio, look for gifts at Chez Marie et Jean-luc, then stop by Epicerie Ghionga Jean Marie a casa curtinese, and finally stop by Patisserie Casanova. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Plateau de Coscione and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage De Roccapina.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Corte day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Bonifacio to Corte in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Corte are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Corte

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for gifts at Fromagerie la Ferme, get a taste of the local shopping with Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then make a trip to Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne Center trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Corte to Carcassonne Center in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Amboise.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Amboise

— 1 night
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and then examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Amboise online travel route planner.

Drive from Carcassonne Center to Amboise in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. When traveling from Carcassonne Center in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Amboise, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amboise

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stop by Au Fin Gousier, and finally look for gifts at Fantastic Attic.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

France travel guide

4.3
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.