13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avranches
— 1 night
Drive
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Alencon
— 1 night
Drive to Tours-Val-de-Loire Airport, Fly to Mexico City

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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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris tour itinerary website.

Mexico City, Mexico to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Mexico City to Paris due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 7th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue du Gros-Horloge. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Fondation Claude Monet, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, then get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip planner.

Getting from Rouen to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Avranches.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Avranches

— 1 night
Avranches is a commune in the Manche department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel, admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Avranches trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Avranches takes 1.5 hours. September in Avranches sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Alencon.

Things to do in Avranches

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Alencon

— 1 night
Alençon is a commune in Normandy, France, capital of the Orne department. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Maison Natale de Sainte Therese.

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Drive from Avranches to Alencon in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Alencon

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.