16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Saumur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Paris

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, stop by Le Marais, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris travel planning app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Paris is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Paris is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in May, with highs in Paris at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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3
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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Omaha Beach. Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, and make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Saumur.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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3
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Saumur

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.
Chateau de Villandry and Chateau de Breze are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Musee des Blindes and Chateau de Brissac. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Saumur visit planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saumur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

On the 12th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud.

Before you visit Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Saumur to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Saumur in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Carcassonne

Medieval Heart of France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

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Drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Nice

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Saint-Paul de Vence and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Palais Lascaris. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Vinyasa Yoga Studio & Le Suquet). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Photographie Charles Negre, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

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Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

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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.