16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Zurich
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Rocamadour
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Avignon
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Bayeux
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Paris
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Zurich

2
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
On the 20th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda online trip itinerary maker .

Zurich, Switzerland to Sarlat-la-Caneda is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Chateau de Commarque, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau de Beynac, Chateau de Bridoire
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau de Bridoire ©
Chateau de Bridoire

2
nights
Rocamadour

Rocamadour ©
Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse, identify plant and animal life at La Foret des Singes, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac, and then Head underground at Grotte du Pech-Merle.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rocamadour tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Rocamadour by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rocamadour can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Gouffre de Padirac, Grotte du Pech-Merle, Grottes de Lacave
Highlights from your plan
Rocher des Aigles ©
Rocher des Aigles
Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle
Grottes de Lacave ©
Grottes de Lacave

3
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathar Castles and La cité médiévale. Get a sense of the local culture at Parc de la Prehistoire and O'Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet) and Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne journey planner.

Getting from Rocamadour to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rocamadour in July since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cathedrale St-Jean, Parc de la Prehistoire, La cité médiévale, Château de Salses, Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet
Highlights from your plan
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

3
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Chateau de Tarascon and Roman Theatre of Orange are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Family-friendly places like Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Palais des Papes will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes), Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Head underground at Grotte Chauvet 2 - Ardeche, and explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Avignon trip maker website .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Avignon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arles, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Roman Theatre of Orange
Highlights from your plan
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

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.
Remains Mulberry Harbour and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bayeux War Cemetery and Airborne Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Caramels d'Isigny in Isigny-sur-Mer (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Bayeux online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Avignon to Bayeux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Avignon in July, with highs in Bayeux at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Omaha Beach, Normandy American Cemetery, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Caramels d'Isigny
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris tour planner .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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