22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

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22 days in France Itinerary

Start: Bordeaux
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Paris
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Subway + Bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Bordeaux

2
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux) and Chateau de Puyguilhem (in Villars). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins d'Eau, and stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary planning app .

Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. July in Sarlat-la-Caneda sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Jardin Exotique, Chateau de Puyguilhem
Highlights from your plan
Les Noyeraies du Landers ©
Les Noyeraies du Landers
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

4
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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Hall of Mirrors). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Le Marais, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris tour itinerary planning website .

Fly from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chemin des Douaniers). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Calvados Experience by Pere Magloire, cast your line with a fishing tour, and don't miss a visit to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rouen, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Paris to Rouen by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, things will get a bit cooler in Rouen: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Etretat, Calvados Experience by Pere Magloire, Fishing Charters & Tours, Palais Benedictine, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat

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 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, then get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bayeux vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bayeux are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Normandy American Cemetery, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Memorial de Caen, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
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

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, hike along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then kick back and relax at Beach of Genets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Genets, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
Highlights from your plan
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Castellane) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nice vacation planner .

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in July: high temperatures in Nice hover around 32°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

Side Trips

Antibes, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Massif de l'Esterel, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze
Highlights from your plan
SENSAS Nice ©
SENSAS Nice
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

4
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aix-en-Provence: Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape), Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde (in Marseille) and Palais des Papes (in Avignon). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Route des Cretes, get your game on at Laser game Evolution, and contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Aix-en-Provence vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nice to Aix-en-Provence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in July, Aix-en-Provence is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Londe Les Maures, La Ciotat, Laser game Evolution, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Highlights from your plan
Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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