18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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Sainte-Mere-Eglise
— 2 nights
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Port-en-Bessin-Huppain
— 2 nights
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Ouistreham
— 2 nights
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Rouen
— 3 nights
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Vineuil-Saint-Firmin
— Few hours
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Fere-en-Tardenois
— 1 night
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Bethune
— 2 nights
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Saint-Omer
— 2 nights
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Le Touquet – Paris-Plage
— 3 nights
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Sainte-Mère-Église is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in northwestern France. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery) and Chateau Fort de Pirou. Popular historic sites such as Batteries de Crisbecq and Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to La Chapelle des Marins (in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue) and Le Havre de Portbail (in Port-Bail). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind La Fiere Bridge and Iron Mike Monument, take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sainte-Mere-Eglise visit planner.

London, UK to Sainte-Mere-Eglise is an approximately 7-hour car ride. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Sainte-Mere-Eglise can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Port-en-Bessin-Huppain.

Things to do in Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

2
nights
Port-en-Bessin-Huppain

Port-en-Bessin-Huppain is a small district in the Calvados department in the Lower Normandie region and consists of two towns: Port-en-Bessin and Huppain.
On the 7th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Andre. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Les Braves, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then contemplate the long history of Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Port-en-Bessin-Huppain online journey builder.

Getting from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Port-en-Bessin-Huppain by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In June, daily temperatures in Port-en-Bessin-Huppain can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ouistreham.

Things to do in Port-en-Bessin-Huppain

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

2
nights
Ouistreham

With fine, sandy beaches on the English Channel, Ouistreham is a small port town with fishing boats, leisure crafts, and a ferry harbor.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Hillman Site, stroll the grounds of Hermanville War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Debarquement no. 4 Commando, and finally zoom along the surf with Normandie Jet. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Samson, make a trip to Des Vagues Et des Mots Librairie, steep yourself in history at La Flamme, then explore by horseback at Centre Equestre de Ouistreham, then take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetières Militaires.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ouistreham online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Port-en-Bessin-Huppain to Ouistreham in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Ouistreham can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Ouistreham

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

3
nights
Rouen

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, contemplate the long history of Le Bucher de Jeanne d'Arc, then admire the striking features of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, then don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Secq des Tournelles. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, and finally wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ouistreham to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Rouen, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. You'll set off for Vineuil-Saint-Firmin on the 14th (Wed).

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

few
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Vineuil-Saint-Firmin

On the 14th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise saint Samson, then identify plant and animal life at Le Potager des Princes, and then examine the collection at Pavillon de Manse.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Vineuil-Saint-Firmin online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Vineuil-Saint-Firmin takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fere-en-Tardenois.

Things to do in Vineuil-Saint-Firmin

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

1
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Fere-en-Tardenois

Fère-en-Tardenois is a commune in the Aisne department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.It is named for the Tardenois region.PersonalitiesIt was the birthplace of Camille Claudel (1864–1943), sculptor and graphic artist.SightsThe Château de Fère-en-Tardenois dates originally from 1206, with later important Renaissance altertions.The Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial is one and a half miles east of Fère-en-Tardenois. On the 15th (Thu), do a tasting at Champagne Dechelle Henri et Fille, then head outdoors with La Hotte du Diable, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fere-en-Tardenois.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fere-en-Tardenois trip maker app.

You can drive from Vineuil-Saint-Firmin to Fere-en-Tardenois in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Fere-en-Tardenois can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Bethune.

Things to do in Fere-en-Tardenois

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

2
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Bethune

Béthune is a city in northern France, sub-prefecture of the Pas-de-Calais department.GeographyBéthune is located in the former province of Artois. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Le Beffroi de Bethune, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Philosophe British Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Le Memorial International De Notre-Dame-De-Lorette, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vaast, explore the different monuments and memorials at Le Touret Military Cemetery and Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Portugais, then explore the different monuments and memorials at VC Corner Australian Cemetery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bethune travel route planning tool.

Getting from Fere-en-Tardenois to Bethune by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint-Omer.

Things to do in Bethune

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Saint-Omer

Saint-Omer in the Pas-de-Calais department is the starting point for the canals radiating out from the river Aa with a diverse population.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of La Motte Castrale Et Sa Prison, then brush up on your military savvy at La Coupole, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grange Nature. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Etangs de Romelaere, then kick back and relax at Plage de Gravelines, and then identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle Du Platier D'Oye.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Omer trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Bethune to Saint-Omer takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Bethune in June, plan for slightly colder days in Saint-Omer, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Le Touquet – Paris-Plage.

Things to do in Saint-Omer

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

3
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Le Touquet – Paris-Plage

Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, commonly referred to as Le Touquet, is a commune near Boulogne-sur-Mer, in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Dune de l'Authie, test your problem-solving skills at Escapia, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne d'Arc. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Vulfran Collegiate Church, don't miss a visit to Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, then go for a charming ride with Escap'Anes, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at La chapelle des marins.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Le Touquet – Paris-Plage route planner.

You can drive from Saint-Omer to Le Touquet – Paris-Plage in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.2
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.

Chantilly travel guide

4.1
Theme Parks · Art Museums · Specialty Museums

Pas-de-Calais travel guide

4.2
Aquariums · Landmarks · Beaches
Situated on the English Channel at the point closest to the English coast, Pas-de-Calais is a region bordering Belgium with small seaside towns, beaches, and resorts. The regional nickname "Bassin Minier," meaning "Miners' Basin," is popular among inhabitants. You can visit the marshlands near St Omer with a guided boat tour, or swim and relax on the 25 mile stretch of white, sandy beaches between Equihen-Plage in the north to Fort Mahon-Plage to the south. This densely populated region serves as a major continental economic and transportation hub with Dover of England a mere 42 km (26 mi) across the Channel. Destroyed in part by both world wars, home to heavy industry, and cold by French standards, this is not a major center of tourism. However, countryside is beautiful, and you will find fine local foods and beers and many historical attractions. War history buffs in particular will find much to see, and the lack of crowds can be a plus if you desire a more peaceful holiday. Unlike many regions, wine is not the most widespread regional drink here--beer is actually more popular. Try "bière de garde," a type of French pale ale. While in a local restaurant or pub, be sure to try escargots, a traditional regional appetizer.