15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour planner

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 1 night
Fly
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Nice

— 4 nights

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 Nice's surroundings by going to Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip builder tool.

Newark, USA to Nice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Nice due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nice

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:

Carcassonne

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll around Place Gambetta, then don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Caunes Minervois, and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, and then snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Nice to Carcassonne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in September, Carcassonne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Avignon

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon, and then indulge your senses at Le Gout des Autres - Wine Prestige Tour.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Avignon online day trip planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Avignon, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 12th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Getting from Avignon to Mont-Saint-Michel by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Avignon in September: highs in Mont-Saint-Michel hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Bayeux

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 13th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Bayeux sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Paris

— 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, make a trip to Champs-Elysees, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Paris sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.