13 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
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Arras
— 2 nights
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Amiens
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Offranville
— 1 night
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Caen
— 2 nights
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Beauvoir
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
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Rochefort
— 1 night
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Orleans
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Paris
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Paris

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.
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Edmonton, Canada to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Edmonton to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Edmonton in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. On the 2nd (Fri), you're off to Arras.
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Arras — 2 nights

Arras is just small enough for you to enjoy over a leisurely walk along the two great squares providing a splendid collection of 155 unique façades of Flemish baroque architecture, with stop at the many bars and cafés along the way for refreshments.
On the 2nd (Fri), make a trip to Heroes Square and then take an in-depth tour of Lens' 14-18 - Centre International d'Histoire de la Première Guerre Mondiale.

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

Drive from Paris to Arras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Arras, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Amiens.
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Amiens

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Amiens road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arras to Amiens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Amiens, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Offranville.
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Offranville — 1 night

Offranville is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in north-western France.GeographyA small town of farming and light industry situated in the Pays de Caux at the junction of the D55, the D54 and the D237 roads, some 5mi south-west of Dieppe. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Musee de Dieppe.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Offranville trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Offranville takes 1.5 hours. December in Offranville sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel to Caen.
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Caen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Caen holiday builder.

Drive from Offranville to Caen in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Caen are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. You will leave for Beauvoir on the 7th (Wed).
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Beauvoir

On the 7th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Beauvoir route website.

Drive from Caen to Beauvoir in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Beauvoir are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 2 nights

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
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You can drive from Beauvoir to Saint-Malo in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle — 2 nights

White City

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.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the activities along Vieux Port. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Rochelle itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in La Rochelle are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rochefort.
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Rochefort — 1 night

Rochefort is a commune in southwestern France, a port on the Charente estuary. To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rochefort online trip maker.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Rochefort takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rochefort can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Orleans.
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Orleans — 1 night

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. On the 12th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral.

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Traveling by car from Rochefort to Orleans takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rochefort in December: high temperatures in Orleans hover around 7°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Paris.
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Paris

City of Light

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Drive from Orleans to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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