16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Ferry to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Fly to Lyon
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Lyon
— 1 night
Drive
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Briancon
— 1 night
Drive
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Embrun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brive-la-Gaillarde
— 1 night
Drive
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Chenonceaux
— 1 night
Drive
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Chambord
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Lyon

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, and finally examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or and then take a stroll through Cite medievale de Perouges.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Lyon is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Briancon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Briancon

— 1 night
Briançon a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. On the 30th (Sun), hike along La Croix de Toulouse and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Briancon holiday planner.

Getting from Lyon to Briancon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Embrun.

Things to do in Briancon

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

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Embrun

— 2 nights
Embrun is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.DescriptionIt is located between Gap and Briançon and at the eastern end of one of the largest artificial lakes in Western Europe: the Lac de Serre-Ponçon.The Canadian town of Embrun, Ontario was named after Embrun in 1856.HistoryEmbrun was formerly known as Ebrodunum. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): make a splash at Aquaparc embrun, then get active on the water at Water Sports, and then head outdoors with Lac de Serre-Poncon. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, then contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Boscodon, then tour the water at your own pace with Serre Poncon Tour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Real.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Embrun online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Briancon to Embrun in an hour. In June in Embrun, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Brive-la-Gaillarde.

Things to do in Embrun

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Transportation

Side Trips

Brive-la-Gaillarde

— 1 night
Brive-la-Gaillarde is a commune of France. On the 3rd (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave, then identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles, and then identify plant and animal life at La Foret des Singes. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Grottes de Saint-Antoine, head outdoors with Lac du Lauzanier, and then trek along La Sente aux Cochons.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Brive-la-Gaillarde trip app.

You can drive from Embrun to Brive-la-Gaillarde in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Embrun in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brive-la-Gaillarde: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chenonceaux.

Things to do in Brive-la-Gaillarde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Chenonceaux

— 1 night
Situated in the valley of the river Cher within the tributary of the Loire, Chenonceaux has a unique location in the Touraine-Chenonceaux wine-growing area.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at La Magnanerie, then step into the grandiose world of chateau Montpoupon, and then examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chenonceaux road trip planning app.

Drive from Brive-la-Gaillarde to Chenonceaux in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chambord.

Things to do in Chenonceaux

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chambord

— 2 nights
On the 6th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord, pause for some serene contemplation at Mairie, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau of Talcy, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Meung sur Loire, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbatiale Notre-Dame, then steep yourself in history at Tour Cesar Donjon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beaugency.

To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Chambord journey planner.

Traveling by car from Chenonceaux to Chambord takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Chambord are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, then enjoy the sea views from Cap Fréhel, and then step into the grandiose world of Fort La Latte.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Malo road trip planner.

Getting from Chambord to Saint-Malo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Chambord in July, expect nights in Saint-Malo to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Paris

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Saint-Malo to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Saint-Malo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

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.

Hautes-Alpes travel guide

3.8
Ski Areas · Outdoor Activities · River Rafting & Tubing