14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

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14 days in France Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly:  5​h
1
Paris
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Colleville-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Nice
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

2
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle. On the next day, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then make a trip to Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paris travel route planning app .

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Colleville-sur-Mer

Colleville-sur-Mer ©
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and then take in the history at Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, steep yourself in history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum).

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Colleville-sur-Mer planner .

Traveling by car from Paris to Colleville-sur-Mer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, Colleville-sur-Mer is a bit cooler than Paris - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Omaha Beach, D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, Pointe du Hoc, Airborne Museum
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

2
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Get some historical perspective at Grotte du Pech-Merle and Chateau de Castelnaud. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Commarque and Chateau de Beynac. Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Cave Dwellings (in Belves), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Le Regourdou (in Lascaux). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, contemplate the long history of The Maison Forte de Reignac, and make a trip to Vieux Sarlat.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Colleville-sur-Mer to Sarlat-la-Caneda by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Colleville-sur-Mer in July: highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Chateau de Commarque, Cite Religieuse, Cave Dwellings, The Maison Forte de Reignac
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, then get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, take an in-depth tour of School Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent's Church.

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

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then steep yourself in history at Chateau des Baux de Provence, then don't miss a visit to Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, then contemplate the long history of Roman Theatre of Orange, and finally take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Avignon road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Avignon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Wineries Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Chateau des Baux de Provence, Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, Roman Theatre of Orange, Distillerie A. Blachere
Highlights from your plan
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Chateau des Baux de Provence ©
Chateau des Baux de Provence

2
nights
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 2nd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, then explore the galleries of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, and then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nice online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Avignon to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Saint-Paul de Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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