17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: Paris
1
Paris
— Few hours
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Dinan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Amboise
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Arles
— 3 nights
7
Nice
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 45​min
8
Paris
— 3 nights
End: Paris

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
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Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Normandie Savoir-Faire, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux day trip planning site .

Take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Dinan.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

American Cemetery & Memorial, Omaha Beach
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 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©

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Dinan

Dinan ©
Dinan is a walled Breton town and a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in northwestern France.GeographyIts geographical setting is exceptional. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Saint Maudez Eglise and then look for gifts at From Scotland. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, make a trip to Centre Historique, then make a splash at Alligator Bay, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de la Hunaudaye.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dinan trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Bayeux to Dinan in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daytime highs in Dinan are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Amboise.

Things to do in Dinan

Historic Sites Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Avel Char, Alligator Bay
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Basilique St-Sauveur ©
Basilique St-Sauveur
Alligator Bay ©
Alligator Bay
Chateau de la Hunaudaye
Chateau de la Hunaudaye

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Amboise

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau Royal d'Amboise.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Amboise driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Dinan to Amboise takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. When traveling from Dinan in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Amboise: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Amboise

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Chateau de Chenonceau
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Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise

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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.
On the 8th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally make a trip to Vieux Sarlat. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie de la Trappe, and then experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Amboise to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. August in Sarlat-la-Caneda sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Les Grottes de Maxange, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

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Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), contemplate the long history of Theatre Antique, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Seaquarium, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Arles trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Arles in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, Arles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Nice.

Things to do in Arles

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Seaquarium, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
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Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau ©
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue ©
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue
Seaquarium ©
Seaquarium

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally make a trip to Place Massena.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nice sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Arles to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Nice sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Castel Plage ©
Castel Plage
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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Paris

Paris ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Paris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Luxembourg Gardens and then explore the historical opulence of Palace of Versailles.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in August since evenings lows in Paris dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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