16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: London
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Nice
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Rouen
— 1 night
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  4​h
End: London

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Montmartre and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Arc de Triomphe and Musee d'Orsay. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, take a stroll through Le Marais, and browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris driving holiday planning website .

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Grotte du Pech-Merle and Chateau de Castelnaud are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Maison Forte de Reignac and Chateau de Beynac. Venture out of the city with trips to Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Le Chateau de Belves (in Belves). It doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes and make a trip to Vieux Sarlat.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in September, expect nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Cite Religieuse, Chateau de Beynac, Grotte du Pech-Merle, Le Chateau de Belves
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

2
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Chateau St Jacques d’Albas, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Rose et Paul.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne journey maker .

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carcassonne, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trip

La cité médiévale
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La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

2
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): wander the streets of Le Suquet, get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, then pause for some serene contemplation at La Collegiale Saint Paul, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Palais Lascaris, and then browse the exhibits of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip maker tool .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Carcassonne in September, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Le Suquet, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) and Pointe du Grouin. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Remains Mulberry Harbour and Omaha Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), German War Cemetery (in Orglandes) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux driving holiday site .

Getting from Nice to Bayeux by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nice in September, with highs in Bayeux at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Memorial de Caen, Pointe du Grouin, Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, Airborne Museum, German War Cemetery
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Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer ©
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 21st (Sat), make a trip to Vieux, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rouen route maker app .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rouen are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

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