26 days in France Itinerary

26 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Orleans
— 3 nights
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Blois
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tours
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saumur
— 5 nights
Drive
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Angers
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 2 nights
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Paris

— 5 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.
You've added Musee Edith Piaf, Le Manoir de Paris, Musee des Vampires Et du Monde de l'Imaginaire, and other attractions to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pere-Lachaise Cemetery and Île de la Cité. Step off the beaten path and head to Atelier des Lumieres and The Trianons & The Hamlet. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, don't miss a visit to Place Vendome, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Orangerie, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paris road trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. When traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Orleans.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trips

Orleans

— 3 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse de Saint Paterne, then make a trip to Place du Martroi, and then walk around Parc Floral Orleans.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Orleans driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Paris to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Orleans can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel to Blois.

Things to do in Orleans

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Blois

— 4 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau Royal de Blois, Chateau de Chambord and Chateau de Cheverny. Popular historic sites such as Escalier Denis Papin and Hotel de Villebresme (Maison de Denis Papin) are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Chenonceau and Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Blois trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Orleans to Blois in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Blois can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll travel to Tours.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tours

— 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
You've now added Musee des Beaux-Arts Tours to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Thu), explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts Tours, take in the pleasant sights at Place Plumereau, and then take an in-depth tour of Hotel Gouin. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Chateau Gaudrelle, then wander the streets of Rue Nationale, then browse the different shops at Les Halles, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale Saint Martin et Tour Charlemagne.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tours trip tool.

Drive from Blois to Tours in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Tours, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 24th (Sat), you'll travel to Saumur.

Things to do in Tours

Shopping · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Saumur

— 5 nights

Pearl of Anjou

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Popular historic sites such as Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale and Eglise Saint-Pierre de Saumur are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Saumur and Chapelle Royale des Ardilliers. Step out of Saumur to go to Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil and see La Chevallerie - Gaetan BRUNEAU wines, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at ile Millocheau, do a tasting at Langlois-Chateau, see the interesting displays at Musee du Champignon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de Nantilly.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Saumur trip maker website.

Getting from Tours to Saumur by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. July in Saumur sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 29th (Thu), you're off to Angers.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Angers

— 4 nights

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parc Anjou Aventure. Chateau d'Angers and Maison des Vins d'Anjou et de Saumur are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Robert Tatin and Galerie David d'Angers. Change things up with these side-trips from Angers: Jardin de la Perrine (in Laval) and Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes (in Solesmes). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place du Ralliement, contemplate the long history of Collegiale Saint-Martin, and make a trip to Maison d'Adam.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Angers online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Saumur to Angers takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Angers, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Paris

— 2 nights

City of Light

You've now added Musee Edith Piaf to your itinerary.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paris sightseeing website.

You can take a train from Angers to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

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Highlights from your 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.