23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Paris
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Giverny
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Sainte-Mere-Eglise
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
6
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Avignon
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
8
Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Nice
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Colombo

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Arc de Triomphe and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and explore the world behind art at Musee Jacquemart-Andre.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online holiday planner.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Paris is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. While traveling from Colombo, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Giverny.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

1
night
Giverny

Giverny ©
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palais Benedictine, Sanctuaire Sainte Therese and Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the galleries of Fondation Claude Monet, contemplate the long history of Palais Benedictine, then take in the exciting artwork at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally don't miss a visit to Sanctuaire Sainte Therese.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Giverny sightseeing tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Giverny takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Rouen.

Things to do in Giverny

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rouen, Sanctuaire Sainte Therese, Palais Benedictine
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Palais Benedictine ©
Palais Benedictine

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Satie House and Museum (Maisons Satie), pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Grace, and then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, admire the landmark architecture of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Secq des Tournelles.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rouen tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Giverny to Rouen in an hour. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Honfleur, Falaises d'Etretat, Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours
Highlights from your plan
Notre Dame de Grace ©
Notre Dame de Grace
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours

3
nights
Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Sainte-Mere-Eglise ©
Sainte-Mère-Église is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in northwestern France. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bowling 868 Bayeux, Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Pegasus Memorial and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Maisy Battery are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sainte-Mere-Eglise: Memorial de Caen (in Caen) and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie (in Bayeux).

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sainte-Mere-Eglise trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Sainte-Mere-Eglise takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Rouen, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bayeux, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Memorial de Caen, Maisy Battery, Pegasus Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

2
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Bridoire and Place de la Bourse are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau Lestevenie and Chateau de Reignac. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Chateau Meric et Chante l'Oiseau (in La Brede), Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion (in Saint-Emilion) and Reserve Naturelle Geologique de Saucats La Brede (in Saucats). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Pey-Berland Tower, learn something new at B-Winemaker, and wander the streets of Port of the Moon.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bordeaux tour itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Bordeaux in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Sainte-Mere-Eglise, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Wineries Classes

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, Chateau de Reignac, Chateau Lestevenie, Chateau Meric et Chante l'Oiseau, Reserve Naturelle Geologique de Saucats La Brede
Highlights from your plan
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion ©
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion
Chateau de Bridoire ©
Chateau de Bridoire
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
You've now added La Bastide Saint Louis to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, explore the historical opulence of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and finally steep yourself in history at Memorial House (Maison des Memoires). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles and then steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne Center tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Carcassonne Center in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne ©
Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palais des Papes and Roman Theatre of Orange. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pont d'Avignon and Ile de la Barthelasse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). It doesn't end there: hike along Le Sentier des Ocres and do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Avignon sightseeing planner.

Drive from Carcassonne Center to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Chateau de la Gardine, Le Sentier des Ocres, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Pont du Gard
Highlights from your plan
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

3
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and Cathédrale La Major are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Chateau d'If and Site Archeologique de Glanum. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Paul Cezanne’s Studio (in Aix-en-Provence) and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip planning app.

You can take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Marseille sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Les Gorges du Verdon
Highlights from your plan
Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If
Paul Cezanne’s Studio ©
Paul Cezanne’s Studio

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de Notre-Dame de Vie and then delve into the lush surroundings at Lérins Islands.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice sightseeing site.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Marseille in August, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Chapelle de Notre-Dame de Vie, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Lérins Islands
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

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