11 days in France Itinerary

11 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 1 night
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
Drive
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 2 nights
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Nice

— 1 night

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Nice is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Nice due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Toronto in May, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), make a trip to Abbaye de Montmajour, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally contemplate the long history of Site Archeologique de Glanum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Arles online route planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Arles, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 1 night
On the 7th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac, and finally contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle online journey planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Azay-le-Rideau

— 1 night
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
On the 8th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Chateau de Villandry, then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, then step into the grandiose world of Château de l'Islette, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Azay-le-Rideau road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Azay-le-Rideau takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in May: highs in Azay-le-Rideau hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 2 nights
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 9th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, head outdoors with Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, see the interesting displays at Airborne Museum, then examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and finally steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Azay-le-Rideau to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, then stop by Montmartre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally contemplate the long history of Hotel de Ville. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paris online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.

Ile-de-France travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites
Île-de-France offers a wealth of treasures from its Parisian urban culture and natural frontiers to its romantic river walks along artistic landscapes that continue to inspire painters. The heartland of the country is like a miniature version of France as a whole, offering a sample of everything you've come to expect in the country: charming villages, museums, cathedrals, châteaux, parks, forests, river lands, and world-class shopping and restaurants, of course. Many locals still refer to the region as Région Parisienne or RP, because it's the most populated and affluent metropolitan area of the country. Although this region is small, it has borne witness to great historical battles, canvasses painted by old masters, and centuries of royalty, as evidenced by its wealth of attractions. Your vacation in the economic, religious, and political hub of France brings you up close and personal with diverse historical monuments, the pink turrets of Disney's castle, and the three surrounding rivers: the Seine, the Marne and the Oise.