19 days in France Itinerary

19 days in France Itinerary

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19 days in France Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Tours
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
3
Amboise
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
4
Chenonceaux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Chambord
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Nice
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Bristol

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, approximately Marne-la-Vallee away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planner.

Bristol, UK to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tours.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Paris
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris

1
night
Tours

Tours
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tours journey planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Tours in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 5th (Wed), you're off to Amboise.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

2
nights
Amboise

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, then walk around Mini-Châteaux Val de Loire, and then contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal d'Amboise. Keep things going the next day: stroll around La Pagode de Chanteloup et son parc, identify plant and animal life at Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

Plan trip to Amboise with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Amboise is just a short distance from Tours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Chenonceaux.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais
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Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais ©
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Chenonceaux

Chenonceaux ©
Situated in the valley of the river Cher within the tributary of the Loire, Chenonceaux has a unique location in the Touraine-Chenonceaux wine-growing area.
On the 7th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Loches, and then look for gifts at La Balade des Fromages. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at La Magnanerie and then get to know the resident critters at ZooParc de Beauval.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chenonceaux online trip maker .

Chenonceaux is just a short distance from Amboise. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chambord.

Things to do in Chenonceaux

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

ZooParc de Beauval, Chateau de Loches, La Magnanerie, La Balade des Fromages
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ZooParc de Beauval ©
ZooParc de Beauval
La Magnanerie ©
La Magnanerie
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau

2
nights
Chambord

Chambord ©
On the 9th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Ferte Saint Aubin, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Louis de Chambord. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Domaine Le Portail, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Troussay, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau de Villesavin.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chambord trip maker tool .

You can drive from Chenonceaux to Chambord in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Cheverny, Chateau de Villesavin, Chateau de La Ferte Saint Aubin
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Chateau de La Ferte Saint Aubin ©
Chateau de La Ferte Saint Aubin
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Cheverny ©
Chateau de Cheverny

3
nights
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.
Take a break from Carcassonne with a short trip to Reserve Africaine de Sigean in Sigean, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, meet the residents at Le Parc Australien, appreciate the extensive heritage of La Cite Medievale, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Chambord to Carcassonne takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chambord in August: high temperatures in Carcassonne hover around 33°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Reserve Africaine de Sigean
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Reserve Africaine de Sigean ©
Reserve Africaine de Sigean
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere

5
nights
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 Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Castellane, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Carcassonne in August since evenings lows in Nice dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Les Gorges du Verdon, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Marineland
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Marineland ©
Marineland
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon

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