17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Bus to Chicago O'Hare, Fly to Paris
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Paris
— 7 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 4 nights
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Taxi to Pontorson Mont St Michel, Train to Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2, Train to Antony, Bus to Paris Orly, Fly to Montignac
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Montignac
— 2 nights
Drive to Bergerac-Roumanière Airport, Fly to Madison

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Paris

— 7 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee Rodin. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & The Royal Chapel). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Madison, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Madison in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

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Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 9th (Thu), examine the collection at Fondation Claude Monet, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bizy. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then stop by Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Secq des Tournelles.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rouen travel site.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for little chillier days in Rouen, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Rouen

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Mont-Saint-Michel

— 4 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mont Saint-Michel and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Fougeres and Maison de l'Artichaut. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Aubert and don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel online trip builder.

You can drive from Rouen to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Montignac.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

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Montignac

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Lascaux II, Head underground at Lascaux Caves 4, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Front. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of The Maison Forte de Reignac and then take an in-depth tour of Prehistorical site of Castel-Merle.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Montignac day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, train, bus, and flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Montignac takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Montignac

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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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.