16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chenonceaux
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Paris

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.
Head to Le Marais and Laurence Esnol Galleryfor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paris holiday website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Paris is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Paris. In November, Paris is colder than Tel Aviv - with highs of 12°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

2
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Bayeux

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 28th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche Criee en Port-en-Bessin, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally indulge your taste buds at Maison Lebrec.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Bayeux sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chenonceaux.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

1
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Chenonceaux

Situated in the valley of the river Cher within the tributary of the Loire, Chenonceaux has a unique location in the Touraine-Chenonceaux wine-growing area.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chenonceaux online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Chenonceaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Chenonceaux are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Chenonceaux

Museums
Highlights from your trip

1
night
Carcassonne

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 1st (Tue): snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne journey planner.

You can drive from Chenonceaux to Carcassonne in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. While traveling from Chenonceaux, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries

1
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Avignon

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, make a trip to Palais des Papes, then contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Gardine.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Avignon, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

2
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Aix-en-Provence

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then examine the collection at Musee Granet, and finally wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take a stroll through The Panier, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

Before you visit Aix-en-Provence, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Avignon in December, things will get a bit warmer in Aix-en-Provence: highs are around 15°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

5
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Nice

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Museum of Photography. Head to Rue d'Antibes and La Croisettefor plenty of shopping. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Le Suquet, Marche Forville, &more) and Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, wander the streets of Avenue Jean Medecin, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, and explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Nice sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.