16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary builder

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Paris
— 1 night
Drive
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Chartres
— 1 night
Drive
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Tours
— 2 nights
Drive
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Angers
Drive
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Rennes
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Giverny
Drive
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Chantilly City
— 1 night
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Paris

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paris online vacation planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect Paris to be slightly colder, temps between 64°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Chartres.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take a stroll through Chartres Historic Preservation Area, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chartres Cathedral, and then pause for some serene contemplation at église St Pierre. On your second day here, gain insight at Centre International Du Vitrail, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Maintenon, then have fun and explore at Musee de l'Ecole de Chartres et d'Eure-et-Loir, and finally contemplate the long history of La Maison Picassiette.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chartres travel planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Chartres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Tours

— 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 10th (Tue), examine the collection at Musee du Compagnonnage, appreciate the history behind Basilique Saint-Julien, then steep yourself in history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal d'Amboise. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanique de Tours, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tours trip itinerary app.

Drive from Chartres to Tours in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Tours sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Angers.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Angers

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
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Traveling by car from Tours to Angers takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Angers sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. You will leave for Rennes on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nightlife · Tours

Rennes

— 1 night
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rennes travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Angers to Rennes in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. You will leave for Saint-Malo on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Rennes

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Saint-Malo

— 3 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Malo side-trips: Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Grand Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at Roseraie Sainte-Anne.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Saint-Malo travel planner.

Getting from Rennes to Saint-Malo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Etretat (Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption & Falaises d'Etretat) and Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Omaha Beach, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Giverny.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Giverny

Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Giverny trip builder app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Giverny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Giverny are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. You'll set off for Chantilly City on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Giverny

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums

Chantilly City

— 1 night
On the 20th (Fri), explore the activities along Les Etangs de Commelles, then admire the masterpieces at Chateau de Chantilly, then examine the collection at Pavillon de Manse, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Le Potager des Princes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Royaumont Abbey and then get to know the resident critters at Theatre de Poseidon.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chantilly City planning site.

You can drive from Giverny to Chantilly City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Chantilly City are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chantilly City

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.

Chantilly travel guide

4.1
Theme Parks · Art Museums · Specialty Museums