12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Nantes
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Angers
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Le Mans City
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tours
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Orleans
— 1 day
Drive to Paris-Orly Airport, Fly to Chicago

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Nantes

— 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, ponder the design of Le Miroir d'Eau, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parc de la Beaujoire, then examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, and then take a stroll through Passage Pommeraye.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nantes trip itinerary planning site.

Chicago, USA to Nantes is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In June, Nantes is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Angers.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Angers

— 3 nights

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Angers is known for historic sites, theme parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Angers, contemplate the long history of Maison des Vins d'Anjou et de Saumur, stroll around Parc de l'Arboretum, and explore the activities along Lac de Maine.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Angers online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Nantes to Angers by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, daytime highs in Angers are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 20th (Mon), you're off to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Angers

Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, then bet on your favorite at Circuit permanent des 24 Heures du Mans, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Spaycific'Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet, then explore the ancient world of Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame du Pre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Le Mans City trip app.

Drive from Angers to Le Mans City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Tours

— 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 22nd (Wed), steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanique de Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau, and then see the interesting displays at Musee du Compagnonnage.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tours trip planner.

Traveling by car from Le Mans City to Tours takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Tours sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Orleans

— 1 day
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Louis de Chambord, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Cléry-Saint-André.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Orleans online travel planner.

You can drive from Tours to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

Le Mans travel guide

4.2
Historic Walking Areas · History Museums · Churches
Le Mans is a city in France, on the Sarthe River. Traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is now the capital of the Sarthe department and the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Le Mans. Le Mans is a part of the Pays de la Loire region.Its inhabitants are called Manceaux and Mancelles. Since 1923, the city has hosted the internationally famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance sports car race.HistoryFirst mentioned by Claudius Ptolemy, the Roman city Vindinium was the capital of the Aulerci, a sub tribe of the Aedui. Le Mans is also known as Civitas Cenomanorum (City of the Cenomani), or Cenomanus. Their city, seized by the Romans in 47 BC, was within the ancient Roman province of Gallia Lugdunensis. A 3rd-century amphitheatre is still visible. The thermae were demolished during the crisis of the third century when workers were mobilized to build the city's defensive walls. The ancient wall around Le Mans is one of the most complete circuits of Gallo-Roman city walls to survive.

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