16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+3
Fly + train + foot + train:  13​h 30​min
1
Rouen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  3​h 30​min
4
Arles
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Jumieges, then admire the landmark architecture of Palais Benedictine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen online route planner .

Chicago, USA to Rouen is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Rouen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, things will get a bit cooler in Rouen: highs are around 69°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Abbaye de Jumieges, Palais Benedictine, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Abbaye de Jumieges
Abbaye de Jumieges
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church ©

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like American Cemetery & Memorial and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Omaha Beach. When in Bayeux, make a side trip to see Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, and admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bayeux road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Memorial de Caen, Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc
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Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

2
nights
Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonifacio ©
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 11th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Bonifacio Citadel and then step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi. On the next day, kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bonifacio tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bayeux to Bonifacio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bayeux in June: high temperatures in Bonifacio hover around 82°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Arles.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio

2
nights
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Site Archeologique de Glanum, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Baux de Provence, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then steep yourself in history at Salin d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime).

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Arles trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bonifacio to Arles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Aigues-Mortes, Les Baux de Provence, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Site Archeologique de Glanum
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Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau ©

3
nights
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil ©
Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Beynac and Chateau de Commarque. Attractions like Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Bridoire make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil: Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Chateau de Bonaguil (in Saint-Front-sur-Lemance). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Roc de Cazelle, explore the historical opulence of The Maison Forte de Reignac, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Rouffignac.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil trip planner .

Drive from Arles to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Arles in June since evenings lows in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau de Bridoire, Chateau de Beynac, Grotte de Rouffignac, Chateau des Milandes
Highlights from your plan
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Bonaguil ©
Chateau de Bonaguil
Chateau de Bridoire ©
Chateau de Bridoire

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Île de la Cité and Musee De Cluny. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Paris by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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