18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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18 days in France Itinerary

Start: The Hague
Drive:  6 h 15 min
1
Ville de Lisieux
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Cherbourg-Octeville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Clecy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Shuttle + Train:  6 h
5
Versailles
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
6
Strasbourg
— 1 night
+3
Train + Subway + Foot + Train:  4 h
7
Rouen
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
8
Amiens
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
End: The Hague

2
nights
Ville de Lisieux

Ville de Lisieux ©
Lisieux is a town in Lower Normandy that is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in France (after Lourdes).
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Lisieux. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Leonard, enjoy the sand and surf at Deauville Beach, learn about winemaking at Calvados Boulard, then get your game on at Laser Impact Lisieux, and finally contemplate the long history of Les Buissonnets.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisieux road trip planning tool .

The Hague, Holland to Lisieux is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. In June, daytime highs in Lisieux are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Cherbourg-Octeville.

Things to do in Ville de Lisieux

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Deauville Beach, Calvados Boulard, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Sees, Eglise Notre-Dame a Orbec, Eglise Saint-Leonard
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Deauville Beach ©
Deauville Beach
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Lisieux ©
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Lisieux
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Sees ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Sees

3
nights
Cherbourg-Octeville

Cherbourg-Octeville ©
Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
Head to Omaha Beach and Tatihou Islandfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at American Cemetery & Memorial and Musee Connaissance du Cotentin - La Glacerie. Get out of town with these interesting Cherbourg-Octeville side-trips: World War 2 Museum (in Quineville), German War Cemetery (in Orglandes) and Nez de Jobourg (in Jobourg). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ravalet, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at La Cite de la Mer, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cidrerie Le Pere Mahieu, and get engrossed in the history at Musée de la Libération.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherbourg-Octeville road trip planning site .

Take a train from Lisieux to Cherbourg-Octeville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Clecy.

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Auderville, Tatihou Island, Chateau des Ravalet, Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach
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Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Chateau des Ravalet ©
Chateau des Ravalet

1
night
Clecy

Clecy ©
Clécy is a French Commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France.In 1932 it was awarded the title The Capital of Norman Switzerland by the Tourism Minister Monsieur Gourdeau.GeographyClécy is on the River Orne, in the middle of Norman Switzerland, about s south of Caen. On the 24th (Mon), explore the engaging exhibits at Chemin de Fer Miniature a Clecy, sample the tasty concoctions at Cave de la Loterie, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant, then stroll the grounds of Polish Soldiers Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Clecy tour planner.

You can drive from Cherbourg-Octeville to Clecy in 2 hours. While traveling from Cherbourg-Octeville, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Clecy, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Clecy

Historic Sites Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Falaise, Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant ©
Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant
Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais ©
Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, don't miss a visit to Grand Degre, steep yourself in history at Maison de Bertrand du Guesclin, don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue, then get engrossed in the history at Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip site .

You can drive from Clecy to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Versailles.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel ©

2
nights
Versailles

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 26th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Palace of Versailles and then make a trip to The Water Parterres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, steep yourself in history at Le Petit Trianon, don't miss a visit to La laiterie de propreté, get to know the fascinating history of Grand Canal, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Louis, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at L'Orangerie.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Versailles road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Versailles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. June in Versailles sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canal ©
Grand Canal
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet

1
night
Strasbourg

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at La Volerie des aigles, step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, then get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Humaniste, and finally examine the collection at La Maison du Pain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to La Tour des Sorcieres, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Foy, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Georges, then get to know the resident critters at La montagne des singes, and finally walk around Jardin medieval.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Strasbourg travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Versailles to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. June in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Selestat, Chatenois, Kintzheim, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Highlights from your plan
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
La Volerie des aigles
La Volerie des aigles
La Maison du Pain ©
La Maison du Pain

3
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 30th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, contemplate the long history of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, don't miss a visit to Rue Saint-Romain, then get to know the fascinating history of Cote Sainte-Catherine, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Secq des Tournelles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Cimetiere Marin, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Cressonnieres, then examine the collection at Ceramics Museum (Musee de la Ceramique), then don't miss a visit to Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou, and finally make a trip to Parlement de Normandie.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Rouen day trip website .

Getting from Strasbourg to Rouen by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Strasbourg in June, with highs in Rouen at 24°C and lows at 12°C. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Amiens.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Les Cressonnieres, Cimetiere Marin
Highlights from your plan
Abbatiale Saint-Ouen ©
Abbatiale Saint-Ouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge
Hotel de Bourgtheroulde ©
Hotel de Bourgtheroulde

3
nights
Amiens

Amiens ©
Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): stop by Carnet de Voyages and then wander the streets of St-Leu. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, look for all kinds of wild species at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then stroll the grounds of Sheffield Memorial Park and Railway Hollow Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Pozieres Memorial, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Adelaide Cemetery.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Amiens trip planner.

Getting from Rouen to Amiens by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Fri).

Things to do in Amiens

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sheffield Memorial Park and Railway Hollow Cemetery, Pozieres Memorial, Somme American Cemetery and Memorial, Village des Metiers D'antan & Musee Motobecane, Adelaide Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
St-Leu
St-Leu
Maison de Jules Verne ©
Maison de Jules Verne

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