19 days in France Itinerary

19 days in France Itinerary

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19 days in France Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  13 h
1
Paris
— 4 nights
train w6E4MR 12:37-3:20:  3 h
2
Avignon
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
3
Aix-en-Provence
— Few hours
Bus:  30 min
4
Marseille
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
5
Arles
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
6
Montpellier
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
7
Narbonne
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
8
Carcassonne
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 30 min
9
Toulouse
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
10
Bordeaux
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
11
Saint-Emilion
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
12
Saint-Malo
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
13
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
14
Le Havre
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
15
Giverny
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
16
Roissy-en-France
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Vancouver

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Louvre Museum, Musee d'Orsay and Rue Saint Denis. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau of Vincennes and Chateau de Breteuil. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee du Parfum - Fragonard and Musee des Arts et Metiers. Change things up with a short trip to Chateau de Malmaison in Rueil-Malmaison (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Chateau of Champs-sur-Marne, take in the views from Pont-Neuf, make a trip to Place Vendome, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis.

Plan my day in Paris using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Vancouver, Canada to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Musee National de Ceramique de Sevres, Chateau de Breteuil, Chateau de Malmaison, Chateau of Champs-sur-Marne, Chateau of Vincennes
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Chateau of Vincennes ©
Chateau of Vincennes
Chateau of Champs-sur-Marne ©
Chateau of Champs-sur-Marne
Chateau de Breteuil ©
Chateau de Breteuil

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Musee du Vieux Nimes, Arenes de Nimes, Uzes Cathedral, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Agricol, then steep yourself in history at Place Crillon, then admire the striking features of Chapelle des Penitents Noir, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers).

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Avignon day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Paris to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: highs in Avignon hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Wed) before leaving for Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nimes, Uzes Cathedral
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Basilique Saint Pierre ©
Basilique Saint Pierre
Uzes Cathedral ©
Uzes Cathedral
Avignon Les Halles ©
Avignon Les Halles

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hours
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Vieille Ville de Gordes has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stop by Vieille Ville de Gordes and then contemplate the long history of Le Tour de l'Horloge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Aix-en-Provence visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Marseille.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vieille Ville de Gordes
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Le Tour de l'Horloge ©
Le Tour de l'Horloge

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Chapelle de la Visitation Catherine de Sienne, then see the interesting displays at Pavillon M, and then look for gifts at Musee du Savon de Marseille La Licorne.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Marseille online visit planner .

Marseille is just a short distance from Aix-en-Provence. May in Marseille sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chapelle de la Visitation Catherine de Sienne
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Musee du Savon de Marseille La Licorne ©
Pavillon M ©
Pavillon M

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hours
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 14th (Thu), hunt for treasures at Le Marche d'Arles, steep yourself in history at Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet, steep yourself in history at Moulin de Daudet, then take in the exciting artwork at Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles, and finally shop like a local with Anne Clergue Galerie.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Arles sightseeing planning site .

You can take a train from Marseille to Arles in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Montpellier.

Things to do in Arles

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles ©
Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles

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hours
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Place Saint-Roch, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Roch, and then see the interesting displays at Carre Sainte-Anne.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Montpellier planning app .

Traveling by train from Arles to Montpellier takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. May in Montpellier sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Narbonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums Historic Sites
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Carre Sainte-Anne ©
Carre Sainte-Anne
Eglise Saint-Roch ©
Eglise Saint-Roch

1
night
Narbonne

Narbonne ©
The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Eglise Saint-Paul as well as Donjon Gilles Aycelin.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Narbonne online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Montpellier to Narbonne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Narbonne

Historic Sites
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Donjon Gilles Aycelin ©
Donjon Gilles Aycelin
Eglise Saint-Paul ©
Eglise Saint-Paul

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hours
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.
On the 15th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent and then contemplate the long history of Memorial House (Maison des Memoires).

Discover how to plan a Carcassonne trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Carcassonne is just a stone's throw from Narbonne. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites
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Eglise St. Vincent ©
Eglise St. Vincent
Memorial House (Maison des Memoires) ©

2
nights
Toulouse

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Toulouse road trip planning tool .

Take a train from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Chapelle des Carmelites ©
Chapelle des Carmelites
Capitole de Toulouse ©
Capitole de Toulouse

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take a stroll around Domaine de Malagar - Centre Francois Mauriac, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Martin de Cadillac, examine the collection at Maison du Lillet, take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu, then ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville (City Hall), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Marie-de-la-Bastide.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux vacation maker app .

Traveling by train from Toulouse to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Domaine de Malagar - Centre Francois Mauriac, Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu, Eglise Saint-Martin de Cadillac, Maison du Lillet
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Eglise Saint-Martin de Cadillac ©
Eglise Saint-Martin de Cadillac
Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu ©
Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu
Maison du Lillet ©
Maison du Lillet

2
nights
Saint-Emilion

Saint-Emilion ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chateau Coutet as well as Clocher de l'Eglise Monolithe.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Emilion road trip site .

Take a train from Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Vignobles Carles
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Vignobles Carles ©
Vignobles Carles
Chateau Coutet ©
Chateau Coutet
Artisans Createurs a St Emilion ©
Artisans Createurs a St Emilion

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hours
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fort National as well as Saint-Malo Cathedral. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Saint-Malo Cathedral, then look for gifts at Epices Roellinger, and then contemplate the long history of Fort National.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo online trip planner .

Drive from Saint-Emilion to Saint-Malo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. When traveling from Saint-Emilion in May, plan for slightly colder days in Saint-Malo, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Shopping
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Fort National ©
Fort National
Saint-Malo Cathedral ©
Saint-Malo Cathedral
Epices Roellinger ©
Epices Roellinger

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pointe du Roc, Tour Gabriel and Porte du Boulevard.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel attractions app .

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Mont-Saint-Michel takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Le Havre.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

L'Ecume des Falaises, Cabane Vauban, Pointe du Roc
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Pointe du Roc ©
Pointe du Roc
Chapelle Saint-Aubert ©
Chapelle Saint-Aubert
Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel ©

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nights
Le Havre

Le Havre ©
Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Musee des Pecheries as well as Bibliotheque Oscar Niemeyer. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): make a trip to Abbaye de Hambye, contemplate the long history of Tour des Dockers, examine the collection at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, then look for gifts at Loho Le Local Shop, then admire the masterpieces at Carre du Theatre de l'Hotel de Ville, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Vincent de Paul. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montivilliers, kick back and relax at Plage-Baignade Yport, examine the collection at Musee des Pecheries, then examine the collection at Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Bibliotheque Oscar Niemeyer.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Le Havre online route planner .

Do a combination of train and bus from Mont-Saint-Michel to Le Havre in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Le Havre sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Giverny.

Things to do in Le Havre

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Abbaye de Montivilliers, Plage-Baignade Yport, Abbaye de Hambye, Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre, Musee des Pecheries
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Musee des Pecheries ©
Musee des Pecheries
Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre ©
Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre
Abbaye de Montivilliers ©
Abbaye de Montivilliers

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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).
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Gaillon, then see the interesting displays at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, then examine the collection at Maison de Claude Monet a Vetheuil, and finally get engrossed in the history at Le Musee de l'Outil.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Giverny visit planner.

You can drive from Le Havre to Giverny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Roissy-en-France.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Gaillon, Le Musee de l'Outil, Maison de Claude Monet a Vetheuil
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Musee de Mecanique Naturelle ©
Musee de Mecanique Naturelle
Le Musee de l'Outil ©
Le Musee de l'Outil
Chateau de Gaillon ©
Chateau de Gaillon

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night
Roissy-en-France

Roissy-en-France
To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Roissy-en-France day trip planner.

You can drive from Giverny to Roissy-en-France in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Roissy-en-France sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Roissy-en-France

Fun & Games Historic Sites Outdoors
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