18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner
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Paris
— 3 nights
Train
2
Lyon
— 2 nights
Train
3
Amboise
— 1 night
Drive
4
Orleans
Drive
5
Blois
— 2 nights
Train
6
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Paris
— 5 nights
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Paris — 3 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 Place Vendome, Église Saint-Eustache, Place de la Concorde, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 20th (Sun), make a trip to Place de la Bastille, catch a live performance at Opera Bastille, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, don't miss a visit to Place de la Republique, then don't miss a visit to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Montparnasse Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Orangerie, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Tuileries, don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, make a trip to Place Vendome, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Eustache, and finally shop like a local with Westfield Forum des Halles.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planning site.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in May, with highs in Paris at 20°C and lows at 11°C. On the 22nd (Tue), you're off to Lyon.
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Lyon — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Place des Terreaux, Institut & Musee Lumiere, Vieux Lyon, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): wander the streets of La Place Bellecour, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, then examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally make a trip to Place des Terreaux.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lyon online day trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Lyon by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Amboise.
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Amboise — 1 night

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Amboise trip builder site.

Take a train from Lyon to Amboise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 25th (Fri), you're off to Orleans.
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Orleans

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Orleans vacation planning website.

You can drive from Amboise to Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Orleans sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. You'll set off for Blois on the 25th (Fri).
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Blois — 2 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 de Chambord as well as Chateau de Cheverny. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chambord.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Blois travel route planning site.

Getting from Orleans to Blois by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bayeux Shuttle, Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Go for a jaunt from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel to see Mont Saint-Michel about 1h 35 min away.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Bayeux road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Blois to Bayeux takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 5 nights

City of Light

Your day by day itinerary now includes Pantheon as well as Sainte-Chapelle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Arc de Triomphe and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace of Versailles and Île de la Cité. Explore Paris further: take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, kick back and relax at Paris Plage, and admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris tour builder.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for home.
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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.
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