15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France itinerary planner

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 2 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive to Bastia-Poretta Airport, Fly to Portland

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Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Pointe du Hoc and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Omaha Beach and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux visit planner.

Portland, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Portland in June, with highs in Bayeux at 69°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Honfleur

— 3 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palais Benedictine and Vieux Rouen. Your inner history buff will appreciate Rue du Gros-Horloge and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Get out of town with these interesting Honfleur side-trips: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen) and Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Les Jardins d'Etretat). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin and steep yourself in history at Memorial Samuel de Champlain.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Honfleur travel route planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Azay-le-Rideau

— 2 nights
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
On the 3rd (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Le Chateau de Cinq-Mars, admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St-Etienne. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais, then explore the historical opulence of Château de l'Islette, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

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You can drive from Honfleur to Azay-le-Rideau in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Honfleur in July: highs in Azay-le-Rideau hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Catholique Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Cloitre de Cadouin and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip maker.

Traveling by car from Azay-le-Rideau to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
On the 7th (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Croix, and finally contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, then see Off-Road Tours, and then kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bonifacio tour itinerary maker website.

Fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Bonifacio in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and car. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in July, you will find days in Bonifacio are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Calvi.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Calvi, Corsica

— 2 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Village abandonné d'Occi, then make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, and then steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Calvi day trip planning site.

Getting from Bonifacio to Calvi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Calvi can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Calvi

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

France travel guide

4.3
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.