13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

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13 days in France Itinerary

Start: Paris
Train:  15​min
1
Versailles
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
2
Nantes
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Les Epesses
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
La Rochelle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Angouleme
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Toulouse
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
8
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Nimes
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Nice
— 1 night
Fly + Tram:  3​h
11
Lyon
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
End: Paris

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Versailles

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 4th (Tue), make a trip to The Hall of Mirrors, then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin de Versailles, then don't miss a visit to Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Canal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade des Petits Ponts, stroll around Parc de Sceaux, then see the interesting displays at Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Malmaison, and finally explore the historical opulence of The Trianons & The Hamlet.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Versailles itinerary planner.

Paris to Versailles is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Versailles are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nantes.

Things to do in Versailles

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Parc de Sceaux, Chateau de Malmaison, Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, Promenade des Petits Ponts, Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de La Roche-Guyon ©
Chateau de La Roche-Guyon
Grand Canal ©
Grand Canal
Chateau de Malmaison ©
Chateau de Malmaison

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Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 6th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Art Me, take a stroll through Village de Trentemoult, then see the interesting displays at Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes, then take a stroll through Passage Pommeraye, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nantes tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Versailles to Nantes by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. June in Nantes sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Les Epesses.

Things to do in Nantes

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes ©
Village de Trentemoult ©
Village de Trentemoult

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Les Epesses

Les Epesses ©
On the 7th (Fri), see the sky in a new way at La Cite des Oiseaux, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tiffauges, and then stroll around Parc Oriental de Maulevrier.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Les Epesses travel route planning tool .

Getting from Nantes to Les Epesses by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Les Epesses sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Les Epesses

Parks Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Chateau de Tiffauges, Parc Oriental de Maulevrier, La Cite des Oiseaux
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Tiffauges ©
Chateau de Tiffauges
Parc Oriental de Maulevrier ©
Parc Oriental de Maulevrier

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La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
On the 8th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, then see the interesting displays at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, and finally don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Rochelle day trip planning site .

Drive from Les Epesses to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Angouleme.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Musee Maritime de La Rochelle ©
Musee Maritime de La Rochelle
Le Bunker de La Rochelle ©
Le Bunker de La Rochelle

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Angouleme

Angouleme ©
Angoulême is a commune, the capital of the Charente department, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Angoumoisins or Angoumoisines.Located on a plateau overlooking a meander of the Charente River, the city is nicknamed the "balcony of the southwest". Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Musee de la resistance et de la deportation, explore the world behind art at Le Tresor de la Cathedrale d'Angouleme, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de La Rochefoucauld, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Musee d'Angouleme.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Angouleme trip maker website .

Drive from La Rochelle to Angouleme in 2 hours. Traveling from La Rochelle in June, expect nights in Angouleme to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Angouleme

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de La Rochefoucauld
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de La Rochefoucauld ©
Chateau de La Rochefoucauld
Musee d'Angouleme ©
Musee d'Angouleme

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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil ©
Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, then don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac, then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Commarque, and finally explore the historical opulence of The Maison Forte de Reignac.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Angouleme to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil takes 2.5 hours. June in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau des Milandes, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau de Beynac
Highlights from your plan
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac

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Toulouse

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Musee Saint-Raymond - Musee des Antiques de Toulouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Couvent des Jacobins, then explore the world behind art at Fondation Bemberg, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Natural History.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Toulouse trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Bemberg ©
Fondation Bemberg
Couvent des Jacobins ©
Couvent des Jacobins
Musee Saint-Raymond ©
Musee Saint-Raymond

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent's Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip planner.

You can drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nimes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites

Side Trip

La cité médiévale
Highlights from your plan
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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Nimes

Nimes ©
Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Baudile, explore the historical opulence of Castellum Aquae, steep yourself in history at Temple of Diana, delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, then take in panoramic vistas at Tour Magne, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la Romanite.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nimes trip builder website .

Getting from Carcassonne to Nimes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Nimes can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Diana ©
Temple of Diana
Musee de la Romanite ©
Musee de la Romanite
Tour Magne ©
Tour Magne

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Nice

Nice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, then steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, then examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastère de Cimiez.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice road trip planner.

Drive from Nimes to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nimes in June: highs in Nice hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Place Garibaldi ©
Place Garibaldi
Monastère de Cimiez ©
Monastère de Cimiez

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Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
On the 15th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, then explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, then take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, then wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, then admire the local landmark of Place des Jacobins, and finally examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and tram from Nice to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lyon, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Théâtre gallo-romain ©
Théâtre gallo-romain
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon ©
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon

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