12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Paris
— 3 nights
Train
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Reims
— 1 night
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
Drive
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Ville de Lisieux
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Paris

— 3 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

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Charleston, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Charleston in August, things will get little chillier in Paris: highs are around 77°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:

Reims

— 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): do a tasting at Budding, explore the activities along Jardin d'Horticulture Pierre Schneiter, then admire the striking features of Palais du Tau, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

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Getting from Paris to Reims by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 48°F in Reims. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Reims

Nature · Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:

Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, have some family-friendly fun at Cahem, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rouen itinerary planner.

Drive from Reims to Rouen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Rouen are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ville de Lisieux.

Things to do in Rouen

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Ville de Lisieux

— 1 night
Lisieux is a town in Lower Normandy that is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in France (after Lourdes).
On the 5th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Calvados Boulard, then explore the galleries of Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience, then meet the residents at Cerza, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Saint-Germain-de-Livet.

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Ville de Lisieux journey planner.

Drive from Rouen to Ville de Lisieux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Ville de Lisieux can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Ville de Lisieux

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mont Saint-Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

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You can drive from Ville de Lisieux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Nice

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Step out of Nice to go to Saint-Raphael and see TakSea, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nice online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in September, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 76°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Lisieux travel guide

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Zoos · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Lisieux is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. It is the capital of the Pays d'Auge area, which is characterised by valleys and hedged farmland.NameThe name of the town derives from the Latin Noviomagus Lexoviorum . The town was originally known in Celtic as Novio Magos, which was Latinized as Noviomagus. Owing to the large number of similarly-named cities, however, it was necessary to specify where this one was located. The local French demonym "Lexoviens" derives from the Latin as well.HistoryAntiquityLisieux was the capital of the Lexovii. In his work, Commentaries on the Gallic War, Caesar mentions a Gallic oppidum, a term which refers to Celtic towns located on the tops of hills. The oppidum has been pinpointed to a place referred to as le Castellier, located 3km to the southwest of the town. However the Gallo-Roman city was in fact located where Lisieux is to be found today.Middle AgesLisieux was an important center of power in medieval times. The bishopric of Lisieux controlled most of the Pays d'Auge by the 12th century. King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine are thought to have married at Lisieux in 1152, and the town remained powerful for several centuries afterwards until in the 14th century the triple scourges of the Plague, war and resulting famine devastated Lisieux and reduced its influence. The main judge of Joan of Arc, Pierre Cauchon, became a bishop of Lisieux after her death and is buried in the Lady Chapel of the cathedral.

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