21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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21 days in France Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Amboise
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Rouen
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Subway + Train:  4 h
5
Strasbourg
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  14 h 15 min
End: New York City

3
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Paris. In August, Paris is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Amboise.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal d'Amboise, don't miss a visit to Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and then examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal de Blois and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord.

Make your Amboise itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Paris to Amboise by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Amboise are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau Royal de Blois, Chateau de Chambord
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial, and then take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bayeux vacation planner.

Drive from Amboise to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Bayeux sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Memorial de Caen, Pegasus Memorial, Normandy American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

3
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Baptiste Baly, Fleuriste (in Lyons-la-Foret). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, make a trip to Rue Eau de Robec, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, and take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen online travel route planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rouen are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fondation Claude Monet, Baptiste Baly, Fleuriste
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

2
nights
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 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, then take a stroll through La Petite France, then make a trip to Barrage Vauban, and finally make a trip to Grande Mosquee de Strasbourg. Here are some ideas for day two: take in some culture at Christmas Market (Christkindelsmarik) and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg online trip builder.

Getting from Rouen to Strasbourg by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Museums Events
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Palais de Rohan ©
Palais de Rohan

3
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.
Take a break from Nice with a short trip to La Croisette in Cannes, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nice travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 65°F in Nice. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, La Croisette
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, get engrossed in the history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee Granet and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine.

Discover how to plan a Aix-en-Provence trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nice to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Aix-en-Provence are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Marseille, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet

1
night
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center road trip planner.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Carcassonne Center in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

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