11 days in France Itinerary

11 days in France Itinerary

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11 days in France Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + train:  14​h 45​min
1
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Calvi, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Paris
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
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 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360, then examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at Omaha Beach, then explore the galleries of Museum of the Battle of Normandy, and then learn about all things military at Memorial of Caen.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Minneapolis in July: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 74°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, Memorial de Caen, Omaha Beach
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Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema ©
Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen

2
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Plage de Chatelaillon, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Association Hermione-La Fayette and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to La Rochelle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in La Rochelle when traveling from Bayeux in July, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle, Plage de Chatelaillon, Association Hermione-La Fayette, Phare des Baleines
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Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Association Hermione-La Fayette ©
Association Hermione-La Fayette
Vieux Port
Vieux Port

2
nights
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil ©
Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Rouffignac, then explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil, contemplate the long history of Cave Dwellings, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte du Grand Roc, then contemplate the long history of Roc de Cazelle, and finally make a trip to Chateau de Commarque.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from La Rochelle to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from La Rochelle in July, you will find days in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Cave Dwellings, Chateau de Bonaguil, Grotte de Rouffignac
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The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac
Chateau de Bonaguil ©
Chateau de Bonaguil
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

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night
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
On the 26th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally wander the streets of Carcassonne Medieval City.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne Center driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Carcassonne Center takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

1
night
Calvi, Corsica

Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. On the 27th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aregno Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Calvi trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Carcassonne Center to Calvi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Calvi are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Aregno Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Citadelle de Calvi ©
Citadelle de Calvi
Aregno Beach ©
Aregno Beach

2
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.
On the 28th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): take a stroll through Montmartre, make a trip to Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and finally head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paris travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Calvi to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Calvi in July, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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