16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France itinerary planner

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Nice
— 2 nights
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Arles
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Blois
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Nice

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and then examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Nice online travel route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Nice is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Toronto in May, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 25th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and then admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Chateau des Baux de Provence, take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Arles trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nice to Arles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.
On the 27th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then stop by Cité de Carcassonne.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne driving holiday planner.

Getting from Arles to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Pointe du Hoc. Visit Normandy American Cemetery and Remains Mulberry Harbour for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bayeux attractions planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Bayeux by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, Bayeux is slightly colder than Carcassonne - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Blois

— 2 nights

Town of Art and History

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 1st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry and then contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny and then contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal de Blois.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Blois trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Blois takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Blois are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Let the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Musee Rodin capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Île de la Cité, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

You can drive from Blois to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time 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.