12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Nice
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lorient
— 2 nights
Drive
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Angers
— 1 night
Drive
4
Blois
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Nice

— 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Antibes (Musee Picasso & Le Nomade). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Nice trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Nice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 28°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Lorient.

Things to do in Nice

Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Lorient

— 2 nights
Lorient is on the south coast of Brittany where the river Scorff and the river Blavet join to form an estuary before discharging into the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): shop like a local with La Galerie du Faouedic, take an unorthodox tour of Carnac stones, then head outdoors with Cote Sauvage, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la Compagnie des Indes. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Etang du Ter, steep yourself in history at Enclos du port, tour the pleasant surroundings at Voie Verte Lorient Ploemeur, then look for gifts at Comtesse du Barry, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Les Pieds dans l'Eau.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lorient trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Nice to Lorient in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nice in September; daily highs in Lorient reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Angers.

Things to do in Lorient

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Angers

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Galerie David d'Angers, explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers, then pause for some photo ops at Maison d'Adam, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Bon Pasteur, and finally sample the fine beverages at Giffard.

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You can drive from Lorient to Angers in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Angers can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Blois.

Things to do in Angers

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Blois

— 1 night

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
On the 1st (Thu), don't miss a visit to Chateau de Chambord, get to know the fascinating history of Escalier Denis Papin, and then soar above the sights with Aerocom Montgolfiere.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Blois online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Angers to Blois in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Paris

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (L'Orangerie, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

You can drive from Blois to Paris in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Paris, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.