13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris Orly, Train to Chatelet Les Halles, Train to Rouen
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Rouen
— 1 night
Drive
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Caen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 1 night
Drive
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Nantes
— 1 night
Drive
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Tours
— 1 night
Drive
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Blois
— 1 night
Drive
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Orleans
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Rouen — 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

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Florence, Italy to Rouen is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Florence in August; daily highs in Rouen reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Caen.
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Caen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Caen: Cathedrale Notre-Dame (in Bayeux), Normandy American Cemetery (in Colleville-sur-Mer) and Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (Omaha Beach & D-Day Monument). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Hommes, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Caen.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Caen trip itinerary app.

Getting from Rouen to Caen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Caen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 1 night

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Grand Aquarium, then make a trip to Centre Historique, and finally make a trip to La Tour de l'Horloge.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo travel planner.

You can drive from Caen to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nantes.
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Nantes — 1 night

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, then see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally take a stroll through Place Graslin.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nantes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Nantes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Nantes sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tours.
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Tours — 1 night

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, and then make a trip to Basilique Saint Martin.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tours online tour planner.

You can drive from Nantes to Tours in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Blois.
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Blois — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord, appreciate the extensive heritage of Escalier Denis Papin, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Blois.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Blois online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tours to Blois takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Orleans.
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Orleans — 1 night

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stop by Sebastien Papion, don't miss a visit to Place du Martroi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Hotel Groslot.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Orleans trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Blois to Orleans takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Orleans sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 4 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Orleans to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Paris sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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