15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner

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Fly to Nantes, Drive to Saint-Malo
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dinan
— 1 night
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Train
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Tours
— 4 nights
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Train to Montparnasse 2 - Gare Tgv, Bus to Paris Orly, Fly to Beirut

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Saint-Malo

— 2 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): indulge your taste buds at Marche aux Huitres and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Cap Fréhel, don't miss a visit to Fort La Latte, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Les Artistes Et la Mer, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Sillon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo driving holiday planning website.

Beirut, Lebanon to Saint-Malo is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Beirut in May, expect nights in Saint-Malo to be slightly colder, around 9°C, while days are cooler, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 16th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip site.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Mont-Saint-Michel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Lyon

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the local landmark of La Place des Jacobins, browse the exhibits of Fresque des Lyonnais, explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Lyon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. While traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lyon, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dinan.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods

Dinan

— 1 night
Dinan is a walled Breton town and a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in northwestern France.GeographyIts geographical setting is exceptional. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Le Couvent des Cordeliers, then steep yourself in history at Les Remparts de Dinan, then admire the striking features of Basilique St-Sauveur, and finally don't miss a visit to Centre Historique.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Dinan road trip app.

You can fly from Lyon to Dinan in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in May, you will find days in Dinan are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Dinan

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bordeaux

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as St. Andre Cathedral and Chateau Cantenac. Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion and Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: Chateau Le Chatelet (in Saint-Emilion) and Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Louis des Chartrons, take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Notre-Dame, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Pape Clement.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bordeaux online itinerary planner.

Drive from Dinan to Bordeaux in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Dinan in May, you will find days in Bordeaux are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tours.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Tours

— 4 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau d'Angers and Chateau de Langeais. Do some cultural sightseeing at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire and Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Go for a jaunt from Tours to Angers to see Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Château de l'Islette, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts, steep yourself in history at La Forteresse de Montbazon, and get engrossed in the history at Hotel Gouin.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tours attractions site.

Getting from Bordeaux to Tours by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tours are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.