17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paris
— 4 nights
Train
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Champagnat-le-Jeune
— 1 night
Drive
4
Amboise
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Paris

— 4 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris online journey planner.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Paris. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Bordeaux

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, and make a trip to Place du Parlement.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bordeaux day trip planner.

Take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Champagnat-le-Jeune.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wineries · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Champagnat-le-Jeune

— 1 night
On the 1st (Sat), go deep underground at Amethystes d'Auvergne.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Champagnat-le-Jeune tour planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Champagnat-le-Jeune in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Champagnat-le-Jeune when traveling from Bordeaux in May, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Amboise.
Highlights from your trip

Amboise

— 2 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): browse the exhibits of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chambord.

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You can drive from Champagnat-le-Jeune to Amboise in 4 hours. In June, daytime highs in Amboise are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Bayeux

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, play a few rounds at Golf Omaha Beach, and learn about all things military at Musee D-Day Omaha.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux day trip app.

Drive from Amboise to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Bayeux are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.