19 days in France Itinerary

19 days in France Itinerary

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19 days in France Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  16​h
1
Paris
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Amboise
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Beaune
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Lyon
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
6
Avignon
— 1 night
train:  30​min
7
Arles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 1 night
train:  2​h
10
Saint-Emilion
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h
End: Des Moines

2
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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis and Luxembourg Palace are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee des Arts Forains and Memorial De La Shoah. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, take in the views from Pont-Neuf, engage your brain at Musee des Arts et Metiers, and take a stroll through Montparnasse.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Des Moines, USA to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Paris is 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Des Moines in March since evenings lows in Paris dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eglise du Coeur Immacule de Marie, Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
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Musee des Arts Forains ©
Musee des Arts Forains
1st Arrondissement ©
1st Arrondissement
Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis ©
Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of La Chapelle des Marins, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux, and finally take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Militar Jerusalem De La Commonwealth, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetières Militaires, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre, then don't miss a visit to Reporters Memorial, and finally stroll around Jardin Public de Bayeux.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Bayeux are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cimetières Militaires, Eglise Saint-Pierre, Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, La Chapelle des Marins, Church of Angoville-Au-Plain
Highlights from your plan
German War Cemetery ©
German War Cemetery
Church of Angoville-Au-Plain ©
Church of Angoville-Au-Plain

2
nights
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): do a tasting at Plou Et Fils, steep yourself in history at Abbaye de la Trinite, and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Loches. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Eglise Saint-Florentin, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Denis, stroll around Parc De La pagode De Chanteloup, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Closerie de Chanteloup, then delve into the distant past at Oppidium des Chateliers, and finally learn about winemaking at Caves Duhard.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Amboise online vacation planner .

You can drive from Bayeux to Amboise in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. March in Amboise sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Beaune.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Abbaye de la Trinite, Chateau de Loches
Highlights from your plan
Abbaye de la Trinite ©
Abbaye de la Trinite
Chateau de Loches ©
Chateau de Loches
Eglise Saint-Denis ©
Eglise Saint-Denis

2
nights
Beaune

Beaune ©
The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Les Caves de l'Abbaye, shop like a local with Galeries Bartoux Beaune, look for gifts at Athenaeum, do a tasting at Cave des Hospices, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Rebourgeon Michel, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Lejeune.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Beaune driving holiday website .

You can drive from Amboise to Beaune in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In March in Beaune, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 35°F at night. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Beaune

Wineries Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Maison des Climats ©
Maison des Climats

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau Historique de Pierreclos and Chateau de Salornay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Flecheres and Basilique d'Ars. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nizier, get engrossed in the history at Memorial National de la Prison de Montluc, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon, and admire the masterpieces at Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon trip maker .

You can drive from Beaune to Lyon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Chateau de Salornay, Chateau Historique de Pierreclos, Basilique d'Ars, Chateau de Flecheres
Highlights from your plan
Eglise Saint Nizier ©
Eglise Saint Nizier
Chateau Historique de Pierreclos ©
Chateau Historique de Pierreclos
Chateau de Salornay ©
Chateau de Salornay

1
night
Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
On the 23rd (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Chapelle des Penitents Noir, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Symphorien, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Penitents Gris, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Collegiale Saint-Didier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Saint Martial, and finally don't miss a visit to Square Agricol Perdiguie.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon journey planner .

Traveling by train from Lyon to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Avignon, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Arles.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chapelle des Penitents Noir ©
Chapelle des Penitents Noir
Collegiale Saint-Didier ©
Collegiale Saint-Didier
Temple Saint Martial ©
Temple Saint Martial

1
night
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 24th (Tue), examine the collection at The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film, steep yourself in history at Porte de la Cavalerie, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Barbegal Watermill, then make a trip to Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet, and finally contemplate the long history of Chateau de Montauban.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Arles trip itinerary website .

Arles is just a stone's throw from Avignon. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
Porte de la Cavalerie ©
Porte de la Cavalerie
Chateau de Montauban ©
Chateau de Montauban

1
night
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Memorial House (Maison des Memoires), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent's Church, learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, then do a tasting at Chateau Canet, and finally learn about all things military at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner .

Traveling by car from Arles to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Canet ©
Chateau Canet
St. Vincent's Church ©
St. Vincent's Church
Memorial House (Maison des Memoires) ©

1
night
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pick up some local products at Fermiers en Salardais, look for gifts at Moulin De La Tour, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Lacypierre, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie la Salamandre, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo Feudal de Benyac, and finally appreciate the history behind Le Badaud de Sarlat.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda road trip site .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in March, Sarlat-la-Caneda is little chillier at night with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Shopping Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de Lacypierre
Highlights from your plan
Fermiers en Salardais ©
Fermiers en Salardais
Le Badaud de Sarlat ©
Le Badaud de Sarlat
Distillerie la Salamandre ©
Distillerie la Salamandre

1
night
Saint-Emilion

Saint-Emilion ©
Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
On the 27th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Createurs a St Emilion, examine the collection at Musee de Potterie, make a trip to Chateau Ausone, do a tasting at Chateau Cadet-Bon, then learn about winemaking at Chateau des Laudes, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Tour Saint Christophe.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Emilion trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Saint-Emilion in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Chateau Tour Saint Christophe
Highlights from your plan
Chateau des Laudes ©
Chateau des Laudes
Chateau Tour Saint Christophe ©
Chateau Tour Saint Christophe
Musee de Potterie ©
Musee de Potterie

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