51 days in France Itinerary

51 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 8 nights
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Giverny
— 2 nights
Train to Paris St Lazare, Train to Lille
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Lille
— 2 nights
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Reims
— 2 nights
Train
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Strasbourg
— 2 nights
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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Dijon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chablis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amboise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chinon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Angers
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
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Nantes
— 2 nights
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Carnac
— 2 nights
Drive
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Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
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Rouen
— 6 nights
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Paris — 8 nights

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes La Defense, Place de la Bastille, Canal Saint-Martin, and other attractions. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary maker.

Boston, USA to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Paris. Traveling from Boston in September, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Giverny.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 10:

Giverny — 2 nights

Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Chateau des Tourelles has been added to your itinerary. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Musee des impressionnismes, then see the interesting displays at Fondation Claude Monet, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bizy.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Giverny trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Paris to Giverny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lille.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Lille — 2 nights

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Maison Folie Wazemmes, Maison Natale Charles de Gaulle, Hotel de Ville, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): wander the streets of Vieux-Lille, make a trip to Place Rihour, and then don't miss a visit to Hotel de Ville. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Maison Natale Charles de Gaulle, explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, and then make a trip to Maison Folie Wazemmes.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lille trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Giverny to Lille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. September in Lille sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Reims.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Reims — 2 nights

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Basilique Saint-Remi, La Maison Mumm and Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin. On the 15th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, then learn about winemaking at Champagnes Pommery, and then do a tasting at La Maison Mumm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Tau, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint-Remi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Reims trip planner.

You can drive from Lille to Reims in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Reims, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Strasbourg.
Wineries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Strasbourg — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eglise Saint-Thomas, Palais de Rohan, Alsatian Museum, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): walk around Parc de l'Orangerie, take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, then see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Barrage Vauban, wander the streets of La Petite France, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Thomas.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Strasbourg trip planner.

You can take a train from Reims to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Colmar.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Colmar — 2 nights

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
You've added Marche Couvert, Little Venice, Eglise St-Martin, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise des Dominicains, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin, and finally make a trip to Old Town.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colmar sightseeing planner.

Drive from Strasbourg to Colmar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Dijon.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Dijon — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Musee de la Vie Bourguignonne, Rue Des Forges, Jardin de l'Arquebuse, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, make a trip to Rue Des Forges, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Vie Bourguignonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at The Market, then contemplate the long history of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin de l'Arquebuse.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dijon online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Colmar to Dijon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Dijon sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Chablis.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Chablis — 2 nights

Chablis is a town and commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Domaine Clotilde Davenne, Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, Les Caves Bailly Lapierre, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Village Medievale and then admire the natural beauty at Abbaye de Fontenay.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chablis vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Dijon to Chablis takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Chablis are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Amboise.
Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Amboise — 2 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Chenonceau as well as Chateau Royal de Blois. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal de Blois and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Amboise day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Chablis to Amboise takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Amboise are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chinon.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Chinon — 2 nights

On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Collegiale de Candes-Saint-Martin, Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale and Pierre et Bertrand Couly. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau and then learn about winemaking at Pierre et Bertrand Couly.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chinon vacation maker website.

You can drive from Amboise to Chinon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Angers.
Historic Sites · Wineries
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Angers — 2 nights

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau du Plessis-Bourre, Chateau de Brissac and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Plessis-Bourre and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Angers.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Angers itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Chinon to Angers in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Angers, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

La Rochelle — 2 nights

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.
You've added Le Bunker de La Rochelle, Towers of La Rochelle, Museum d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): make a trip to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, then enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines, and then get a new perspective on nature at Museum d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Vieux Port, then make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and then see the interesting displays at Le Bunker de La Rochelle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Rochelle trip maker.

You can drive from Angers to La Rochelle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nantes.
Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

Nantes — 2 nights

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Les Machines de L'ile, Village de Trentemoult and Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nantes online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from La Rochelle to Nantes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Nantes when traveling from La Rochelle in October, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Carnac.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Carnac — 2 nights

Carnac is a commune beside the Gulf of Morbihan on the south coast of Brittany in the Morbihan department in north-western France.Its inhabitants are called Carnacois in French. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Tumulus de St-Michel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Cornely, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de Prehistoire, and finally delve into the distant past at Carnac stones. On the next day, head outdoors with Cote Sauvage, stroll through La Grande Plage, and then take in the waterfront at Port De St Goustan.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carnac online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Nantes to Carnac takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Carnac can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Perros-Guirec.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Perros-Guirec — 2 nights

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Plage de Trestraou. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose, then get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Trestraou. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Sentier des Douaniers and then steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Beauport.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Perros-Guirec trip builder tool.

You can drive from Carnac to Perros-Guirec in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in October, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Plage du Sillon as well as Les Remparts de Saint-Malo. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, and then stroll through Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Bayeux — 5 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Abbaye de Graville, Eglise Notre-Dame de la Delivrande and Abbaye aux Dames. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Parc Emmanuel Liais (in Cherbourg-Octeville) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, and witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux day trip app.

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. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rouen.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:

Rouen — 6 nights

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Place du Vieux-Marche, Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde and St. Maclou's Church. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Etretat (Jardins d'Etretat & Falaises d'Etretat), Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre) and Honfleur (Saint Catherine's Catholic Church & Vieux Bassin). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, don't miss a visit to Rue Eau de Robec, see the interesting displays at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, and take a stroll through St-Leu.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Rouen, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 47°F at night. On the 21st (Fri), you're off to home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.

Bourgogne-Franche-Comte travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Castles · Wineries & Vineyards

Brittany travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.