13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route builder

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Fly
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Paris
— 3 nights
Train to Dol De Bretagne, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Amboise
— 2 nights
Train
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 2 nights
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Paris

— 3 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 (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris road trip planning tool.

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In June, Paris is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

Make your Mont-Saint-Michel itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Amboise.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Amboise

— 2 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal d'Amboise. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Amboise road trip planner.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Amboise in 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Amboise are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Lyon

— 3 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.
Lyon is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Amboise to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amboise in June; daily highs in Lyon reach 79°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Nice

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally make a trip to Place Massena.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · 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.

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.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.