14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Arles
— 1 night
Drive
3
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
4
Albi
— 1 night
Fly
5
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Paris
— 4 nights
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Nice

— 3 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.
You'll explore and learn at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rue d'Antibes and La Croisette. Change things up with a short trip to Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs in St-Paul-de-Vence (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nice online road trip planner.

Arkhangelsk, Russia to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Arkhangelsk to Nice is minus 2 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Arkhangelsk in October; daily highs in Nice reach 24°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Arles

— 1 night

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Arles travel route planner.

You can drive from Nice to Arles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Carcassonne

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

To find out how to plan a trip to Carcassonne, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Arles to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 24th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, then snap pictures at Pont Vieux, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Albi sightseeing planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Albi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Pointe du Hoc. Go for a jaunt from Bayeux to Sainte-Mere-Eglise to see Airborne Museum about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip builder app.

Fly from Albi to Bayeux in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Bayeux is a bit cooler than Albi - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris itinerary planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

France travel guide

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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.