16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

Make it your trip
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Orleans
— 1 night
Drive
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Tours
— 1 night
Drive
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Angers
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rennes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 1 night
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Paris

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and visit Le Marais.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bogota to Paris is 6 hours. When traveling from Bogota in October, plan for slightly colder days in Paris, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Orleans

— 1 night
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. You've now added Chartres Cathedral to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chartres Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chambord, then walk around Parc Floral Orleans, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Place du Martroi, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de La Ferte Saint Aubin, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Meung sur Loire.

To find out how to plan a trip to Orleans, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Paris to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Orleans sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tours.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Tours

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the striking features of Place Plumereau, stop by Le Cirque en Bois, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville de Tours, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Compagnonnage, and finally appreciate the history behind Basilique Saint-Julien.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tours tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Orleans to Tours in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tours can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Angers.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Angers

— 2 nights

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.
On the 10th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Chateau de Brissac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Angers, then explore the world behind art at Galerie David d'Angers, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Angers online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tours to Angers takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Angers sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Rennes

— 2 nights
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
On the 11th (Mon), stroll around Parc des Gayeulles, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Rennes, then get a sense of history and politics at Parlement de Bretagne, then walk around Parc du Thabor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Pierre. On your second day here, make a trip to Centre Historique, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Combourg, and then see the interesting displays at Manoir de l'Automobile.

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Drive from Angers to Rennes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Rennes are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Rennes

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 13th (Wed), admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then make a splash at Alligator Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Moulin de Moidrey.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rennes to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 1 night
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 14th (Thu): admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then stroll through Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, then see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, then take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

Before you visit Bayeux, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Bayeux are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.