27 days in France Itinerary

27 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France planner

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Paris
— 2 nights
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Giverny
— 2 nights
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Le Havre
— 2 nights
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Beauvoir
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Le Mans City
— 2 nights
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Train to Antony, Bus to Paris Orly, Fly to Toulouse
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Toulouse
— 2 nights
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Dijon
— 2 nights
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Mulhouse
— 2 nights
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Troyes
— 1 night
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Paris
— 1 night
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Paris

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris day trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Paris due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cape Town, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Giverny.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Giverny

— 2 nights
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee des impressionnismes, then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau Gaillard. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, admire the striking features of Le Vieux Moulin de Vernon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Evreux, and finally look for gifts at Blandin Cadeaux.

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Getting from Paris to Giverny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Giverny

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, admire the landmark architecture of Palais de Justice, make a trip to Parlement de Normandie, then explore the world behind art at Musee Secq des Tournelles, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Saint-Sever. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen, take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then stop by Fayencerie Augy, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gros-Horloge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rouen trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Giverny to Rouen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Le Havre.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Le Havre

— 2 nights
Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at L'Aiguille Creuse, then stroll through Falaises d'Etretat, then don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, and finally head outdoors with Abeille Parachutisme. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Joseph, admire the landmark architecture of Bibliotheque Oscar Niemeyer, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, then don't miss a visit to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and finally explore the world behind art at Carre du Theatre de l'Hotel de Ville.

Plan trip to Le Havre with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Rouen to Le Havre in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Beauvoir.

Things to do in Le Havre

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beauvoir

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee de la Poeslerie et Maison de la Dentelliere, see the interesting displays at Cornille Havard - Fondeur de Cloches, examine the collection at Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel, then make a splash at Alligator Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Moulin de Moidrey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, take in the dramatic scenery at Petite Cascade de Mortain, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fougeres, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Beauvoir road trip planner.

Getting from Le Havre to Beauvoir by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Beauvoir

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally make a trip to Tour du Nord.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip builder website.

Mont-Saint-Michel is very close to Beauvoir. In May in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Le Mans City

— 2 nights

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans, then get to know the fascinating history of Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet, then examine the collection at 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, and finally bet on your favorite at Circuit permanent des 24 Heures du Mans.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Le Mans City day trip planning site.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Le Mans City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Historic Sites · Museums

Toulouse

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 18th (Tue), get curious at Cite de l'espace, then steep yourself in history at Place Saint-Georges, and then make a trip to Le Capitole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Theatre du Capitole, look for gifts at La Maison du savon de Marseille, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Le Mans City to Toulouse takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Toulouse are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife · Parks

Rocamadour

— 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
On the 20th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse, contemplate the long history of Grotte Prehistorique des Merveilles, then identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique St-Sauveur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at La Foret des Singes, explore the historical opulence of Remparts du Chateau, then relax in the rural setting at Ferme La Borie D'Imbert, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave, and finally don't miss a visit to Gouffre de Padirac.

Before you visit Rocamadour, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Rocamadour takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Rocamadour are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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 22nd (Sat): examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, stop by La boutique de Mathilde, then don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Lyon, then test your team's savvy at DreamAway Lyon, then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Rocamadour to Lyon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Fun & Games

Dijon

— 2 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Darcy, make a trip to Owl's Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation. Keep things going the next day: stop by Athenaeum, then see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dijon trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Lyon to Dijon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Dijon sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mulhouse.

Things to do in Dijon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Mulhouse

— 2 nights
An industrial town nicknamed "the French Manchester," Mulhouse is famous for its Peugeot factory, esteemed museums, Alsace wine, and cultural riches.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mulhouse Alsace Agglomeration and then examine the collection at Cite de l'Automobile. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Parc Zoologique & Botanique de Mulhouse, then examine the collection at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer, and then get your game on at Ellip6.68.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mulhouse online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Dijon to Mulhouse takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Troyes.

Things to do in Mulhouse

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Troyes

— 1 night

Jerusalem of Stained Glass

Many half-timbered houses from the 16th century remain in wonderful condition in the old town of Troyes.
On the 29th (Sat), ponder the design of Le Coeur de Troyes, then get some fabulous bargains at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Troyes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ruelle des Chats.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Troyes travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mulhouse to Troyes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Troyes are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Troyes

Historic Sites · Shopping

Paris

— 1 night

City of Light

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take a stroll through Île de la Cité, then get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip planner.

Getting from Troyes to Paris by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

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.