15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 day
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Le Lavandou
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
Fly to Nantes, Drive to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 3 nights

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Carcassonne

— 1 day

Medieval Heart of France

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 18th (Wed): learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally stop by Cité de Carcassonne.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Carcassonne online driving holiday planner.

Paris to Carcassonne is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in September: highs in Carcassonne hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Aix-en-Provence

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and finally admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Le Lavandou.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Le Lavandou

— 2 nights
Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Plage d'Aiguebelle and then stroll through Plage de Jean Blanc. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Heraclee Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sylvabelle, and then do a tasting at Chateau Des Garcinieres.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Le Lavandou trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Le Lavandou in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Nice

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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. Vieille Ville and Chapelle Saint-Bernardin will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Promenade du Soleil (in Menton), La Croisette (in Cannes) and St-Paul-de-Vence (La Collegiale Saint Paul & Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice vacation planning website.

You can drive from Le Lavandou to Nice in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 2 nights
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 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, then take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Bayeux travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Nice to Bayeux takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, Bayeux is a bit cooler than Nice - with highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then steep yourself in history at Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la Corderie Vallois.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rouen tour planning app.

Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Rouen, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paris

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Place de la Bastille, stop by Le Marais, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paris road trip planning app.

You can drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to 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.