18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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18 days in France Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
2
Rouen
— 2 nights
3
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Dinan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Tours
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
La Chaussee-Saint-Victor
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Versailles
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
nights
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.
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Eiffel Tower will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Paris at 70°F and lows at 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Maclou's Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Palais de Justice, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue du Gros-Horloge, steep yourself in history at Gros-Horloge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Jumieges.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rouen trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Paris to Rouen by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Abbaye de Jumieges
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Abbaye de Jumieges
Abbaye de Jumieges

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 23rd (Mon), make a trip to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Baron Gerard, then explore the world behind art at MAHB Musee d'art et d'histoire baron gerard, and finally look for gifts at Normandie Savoir-Faire.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux itinerary website .

Drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

American Cemetery & Memorial, Omaha Beach
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint-Aubert and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dinan.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Mont Saint-Michel Bay ©
Mont Saint-Michel Bay
Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre ©
Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre
Chapelle Saint-Aubert ©
Chapelle Saint-Aubert

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Les Remparts de Dinan and then head outdoors with Avel Char.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Dinan driving holiday planner .

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Dinan by car takes about an hour. In September in Dinan, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Dinan

Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Avel Char
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Avel Char ©
Avel Char

3
nights
Tours

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and Chateau Royal d'Amboise. Museum-lovers will get to explore Chateau de Chenonceau and Musee du Compagnonnage. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Villandry, look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tours trip planner .

Getting from Dinan to Tours by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. September in Tours sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to La Chaussee-Saint-Victor.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Amboise, Chateau de Chenonceau, Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais, Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Chateau de Villandry
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Cathedrale Saint-Gatien ©
Cathedrale Saint-Gatien
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau

2
nights
La Chaussee-Saint-Victor

La Chaussee-Saint-Victor ©
On the 30th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chambord and then grab your bike and head to Domaine national de Chambord. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Park and Chateau de Beauregard, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal de Blois, and then see the interesting displays at Maison de la Magie.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Chaussee-Saint-Victor visit planning tool .

You can drive from Tours to La Chaussee-Saint-Victor in an hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tours in September since evenings lows in La Chaussee-Saint-Victor dip to 47°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Wed) before leaving for Versailles.

Things to do in La Chaussee-Saint-Victor

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Blois, Chambord, Park and Chateau de Beauregard
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Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau Royal de Blois
Park and Chateau de Beauregard ©
Park and Chateau de Beauregard

2
nights
Versailles

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at The Royal Chapel, explore the wealth of natural beauty at L'Orangerie, and then explore the historical opulence of The Trianons & The Hamlet. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Palace of Versailles and then make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Versailles trip app .

You can drive from La Chaussee-Saint-Victor to Versailles in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Versailles are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Grand Canal ©
Grand Canal

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