13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Rouen
— 1 night
Drive
2
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive
3
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
4
Cannes
— 3 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
5
Chamonix
— 1 night
Drive
6
Colmar
— 1 night
Drive
7
Strasbourg
— 1 night
Train
8
Paris
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Chartres
— 1 night
Fly

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Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 10th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Palais de Justice, shop like a local with Rue du Gros-Horloge, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip app.

New York City, USA to Rouen is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In June, Rouen is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Bayeux are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then make a trip to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Cannes.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cannes

— 3 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Escape the urban bustle at Lérins Islands and Easy Dive. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. Venture out of the city with trips to Nice (Palais Lascaris, Colline du Chateau overlook, &more). There's more to do: take a stroll through Le Suquet.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cannes driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Cannes in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in June, expect Cannes to be somewhat warmer, temps between 78°F and 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 16th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally hit the slopes at Domaine des Planards.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Cannes to Chamonix takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Colmar.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Colmar

— 1 night

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, then see the interesting displays at Parc Attractions Haut Rhin, and then wander the streets of Little Venice.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Colmar travel route website.

Getting from Chamonix to Colmar by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods · Museums

Strasbourg

— 1 night

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
On the 18th (Fri), examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, explore the world behind art at Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, then take a stroll through La Petite France, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Louis.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Strasbourg trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Colmar to Strasbourg in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Paris

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris online travel planner.

Traveling by train from Strasbourg to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. June in Paris sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chartres.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Chartres

— 1 night
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
On the 21st (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Chartres Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chartres online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Paris to Chartres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Chartres can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.