15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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15 days in France Itinerary

Start: Paris
+2
Fly + bus + train:  5​h
1
Carcassonne
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Le Lavandou
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Rouen
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Paris
— 3 nights
End: Paris

1
day
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 18th (Wed): learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne attractions planning site .

Paris to Carcassonne is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 19th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then examine the collection at Musee Granet, and finally admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Aix-en-Provence online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Aix-en-Provence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Le Lavandou.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Carrieres des Lumieres, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Highlights from your plan
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

2
nights
Le Lavandou

Le Lavandou ©
Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at La plage, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage d'Aiguebelle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Jean Blanc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Heraclee Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Sylvabelle, and then do a tasting at Chateau Des Garcinieres.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Le Lavandou tour itinerary maker site .

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Le Lavandou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Le Lavandou can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Chateau Des Garcinieres
Highlights from your plan
La plage ©
La plage
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc

3
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.
Let the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vieille Ville and Saint-Paul de Vence. When in Nice, make a side trip to see La Croisette in Cannes, approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Promenade du Soleil, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Collegiale Saint Paul, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint-Bernardin, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Coco Beach.

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

You can drive from Le Lavandou to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. September in Nice sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, La Croisette, Promenade du Soleil, Chapelle Saint-Bernardin, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant, then browse the exhibits of Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online day trip planner .

Fly from Nice to Bayeux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nice in September, with highs in Bayeux at 69°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Pegasus Memorial, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, Omaha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then don't miss a visit to Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Corderie Vallois.

Planning Rouen trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Bayeux to Rouen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Rouen sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Musee de la Corderie Vallois
Highlights from your plan
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee de la Corderie Vallois ©
Musee de la Corderie Vallois

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Le Marais, and admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paris travel itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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