26 days in France & Reykjavik Itinerary

26 days in France & Reykjavik Itinerary

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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 1 night
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Amboise, France
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 1 night
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Antibes, France
— 3 nights
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Avignon, France
— 1 night
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Annecy, France
— 1 night
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Dijon, France
— 1 night
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
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Nancy, France
— 1 night
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Reims, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland — 2 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallgrimskirkja. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at Blue Lagoon.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Reykjavik online vacation planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Reykjavik is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Reykjavik is 6 hours. While traveling from Minneapolis, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Reykjavik, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 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 now added Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (L'Orangerie & Palace of Versailles). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Reykjavik to Paris in 7 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Reykjavik to Paris due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Reykjavik in September: high temperatures in Paris hover around 70°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France — 1 night

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Amboise.
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Amboise, France — 2 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Villandry, Chateau d'Usse and Chateau de Chambord. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chambord, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Usse.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Amboise route planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Amboise in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 2 nights

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.
Canal du Midi has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally stroll through Canal du Midi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planner.

Getting from Amboise to Carcassonne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence, France — 1 night

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence online visit planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Antibes.
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Antibes, France — 3 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Les Gorges du Verdon, La Citadelle d'Entrevaux, Nice Cycle Tours, and other attractions you added. Change things up with a short trip to Pont d'Avignon in Avignon (about 2h 45 min away). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Antibes online trip maker.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Antibes in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Antibes, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon, France — 1 night

City of Popes

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.
To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip builder.

You can drive from Antibes to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Antibes in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Avignon, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Annecy trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Annecy takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in September, expect Annecy to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dijon.
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Dijon, France — 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 19th (Mon), take in the views from Pont Couverts and then wander the streets of La Petite France.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dijon road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Annecy to Dijon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. September in Dijon sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 1 night

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): make a trip to Place Stanislas and then admire the striking features of Hotel de Ville.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Strasbourg visit planning website.

You can take a train from Dijon to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Nancy.
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Nancy, France — 1 night

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nancy trip planner.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Nancy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Reims.
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Reims, France — 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
You've now added Champagne Taittinger to your itinerary.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Reims trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nancy to Reims takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Reims are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

Your day by day itinerary now includes Disneyland Paris.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Reims to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 24th (Sat), you're off to 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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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Historic Sites
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.
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