18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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18 days in France Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Paris
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Vimy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Honfleur
— 1 night
bus + train:  5​h 30​min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
train:  8​h 45​min
5
Bourges
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Saint-Raphael
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Nice
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  12​h
End: Ottawa


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4
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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, explore the activities along Seine River, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Paris due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Vimy.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Vimy

Vimy ©
Vimy is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France. On the 2nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Cimetiere du Cabaret Rouge and then pause for some photo ops at Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vimy trip maker app .

You can take a train from Paris to Vimy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Vimy are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Honfleur.

Things to do in Vimy

Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cimetiere du Cabaret Rouge, Speedpark Henin Beaumont, Loisiparc
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Loisiparc ©
Loisiparc
Cimetiere du Cabaret Rouge ©
Cimetiere du Cabaret Rouge

1
night
Honfleur

Honfleur
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Honfleur trip maker tool .

Getting from Vimy to Honfleur by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Honfleur are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 4th (Fri), you're off toMont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Honfleur

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 4th (Fri), don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, make a trip to Mont Saint-Michel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre, and finally don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Honfleur to Mont-Saint-Michel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Bourges.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre ©
Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre

2
nights
Bourges

Bourges ©
For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Palais Jacques-Coeur, then don't miss a visit to Les Nuits Lumiere, then don't miss a visit to Le Jardin de l'Archeveche, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Etienne.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Bourges trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bourges in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Bourges are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Bourges

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale St-Etienne ©
Cathedrale St-Etienne
Palais Jacques-Coeur ©
Palais Jacques-Coeur
Le Jardin de l'Archeveche ©
Le Jardin de l'Archeveche

2
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
On the 7th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Secrets d'Apiculteur.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner .

You can drive from Bourges to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Trails Golf
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

1
night
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Aqueduc romain and then don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): tee off at Golf de Cap Esterel and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Abel Baliff Beach.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael route maker tool .

Getting from Lyon to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of tram and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in October, you will find days in Saint-Raphael are a bit warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Aqueduc romain
Highlights from your plan
Abel Baliff Beach ©
Abel Baliff Beach
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Aqueduc romain ©
Aqueduc romain

4
nights
Nice

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: La Croisette (in Cannes) and Le Nomade (in Antibes). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner .

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Antibes, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, La Croisette
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

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