13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Arles
— 2 nights
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Villandry
— 2 nights
Drive
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Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau des Baux de Provence and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Get some cultural insight at Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Arles: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau) and Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime and admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Arles holiday maker app.

Bristol, UK to Arles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bristol to Arles due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Villandry.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Villandry

— 2 nights
Villandry is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. On the 6th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of La Forteresse de Montbazon and then contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais and then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Villandry day trip website.

You can fly from Arles to Villandry in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Arles in April, things will get slightly colder in Villandry: highs are around 19°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Villandry

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Perros-Guirec

— 1 night

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, then enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des douaniers, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Perros-Guirec trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Villandry to Perros-Guirec takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Villandry in April, plan for little chillier days in Perros-Guirec, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Omaha Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pointe du Hoc and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paris online route planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

France travel guide

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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.