12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+3
Fly + train + foot + train:  13​h 30​min
1
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Etretat
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 3 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
5
Amboise
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Chicago


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2
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Monument Jeanne d'Arc, take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Vieux, make a trip to Place du Vieux-Marche, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, then wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rouen online travel route planner .

Chicago, USA to Rouen is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Rouen due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in December: high temperatures in Rouen hover around 48°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Monument Jeanne d'Arc, Fondation Claude Monet
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Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

2
nights
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Palais Benedictine, then make a trip to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, and finally make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee des Pecheries, get outside with Le Fleuve La Veules, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins D'Etretat.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Etretat day trip planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Etretat in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Etretat are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Fecamp, Le Fleuve La Veules
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers
Musee des Pecheries ©
Musee des Pecheries

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Bayeux are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Normandy American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Memorial de Caen
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

3
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 9th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, make a trip to La Grande Rue, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, make a trip to Tour du Nord, then make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fougeres.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in December, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Amboise.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Chateau de Fougeres
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel Bay ©
Mont Saint-Michel Bay

2
nights
Amboise

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise, then contemplate the long history of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and finally stop by Galland Epicerie de Terroirs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Amboise travel planning site .

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Amboise by train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Chenonceau
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Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord

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