19 days in France Itinerary

19 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Paris
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Amboise
— 2 nights
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Beaune
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 1 night
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Arles
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 1 night
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Saint-Emilion
— 1 night
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Paris

— 2 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis and Hotel de Ville. Explore hidden gems such as Atelier des Lumieres and Memorial De La Shoah. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement, don't miss a visit to Place Vendome, visit Quartier Montparnasse, and admire the masterpieces at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip app.

Des Moines, USA to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Des Moines to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Des Moines in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Paris, with lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 2 nights
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 architecture and atmosphere at La Chapelle des Marins, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain, then 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Militar Jerusalem De La Commonwealth, stroll the grounds of Cimetières Militaires, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre, then make a trip to Reporters Memorial, and finally stroll around Jardin Public de Bayeux.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Amboise

— 2 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de la Trinite, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Loches. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Florentin, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Denis, stroll around La Pagode de Chanteloup et son parc, then learn about winemaking at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise, then delve into the distant past at Oppidium des Chateliers, and finally learn about winemaking at Caves Duhard.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amboise trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Amboise by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Amboise can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Beaune.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Beaune

— 2 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

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.
On the 18th (Wed), do a tasting at Les Caves de l'Abbaye, shop like a local with Galeries Bartoux Beaune, stop by Athenaeum, learn about winemaking at Cave des Hospices, then do a tasting at Domaine Rebourgeon Michel, and finally do a tasting at Domaine LEJEUNE - POMMARD.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Beaune trip builder.

Getting from Amboise to Beaune by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Lyon.

Things to do in Beaune

Wineries · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Lyon

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eglise Saint Nizier and Memorial National de la Prison de Montluc. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to SENSAS Lyon and Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Chateau de Flecheres (in Fareins), Basilique d'Ars (in Ars-sur-Formans) and Chateau de Salornay (in Hurigny). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Saint-Bruno-Les-Chartreux, make a trip to Eglise Saint-Bonaventure, and get in on the family fun at France Aventures Lyon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Beaune to Lyon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Lyon are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Avignon

— 1 night

City of Popes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Chapelle des Penitents Noir, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Symphorien, take in the spiritual surroundings of Penitents Gris, pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Saint-Didier, then pause for some serene contemplation at Temple Saint Martial, and finally don't miss a visit to Square Agricol Perdiguie.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Avignon road trip tool.

Take a train from Lyon to Avignon in 2 hours. 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) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums

Arles

— 1 night

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film, contemplate the long history of Porte de la Cavalerie, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Barbegal Watermill, then don't miss a visit to Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet, and finally contemplate the long history of Chateau de Montauban.

For reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Arles journey planner.

Getting from Avignon to Arles by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Carcassonne

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

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.
On the 25th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Memorial House (Maison des Memoires), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent, then do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Canet, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 1 night

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

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.
Kick 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, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie la Salamandre, then pause for some photo ops at Le Badaud de Sarlat, and finally appreciate the history behind Statues des Trois Oies.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Carcassonne in March since evenings lows in Sarlat-la-Caneda dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Saint-Emilion

— 1 night

Gem of the Dordogne Valley

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Createurs a St Emilion, examine the collection at Musee de Poterie, make a trip to Chateau Ausone, do a tasting at Chateau Cadet-Bon, then learn about winemaking at Chateau des Laudes, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Tour Saint Christophe.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Emilion trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Saint-Emilion in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. March in Saint-Emilion sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.