18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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18 days in France Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h
2
Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
La Rochelle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Saint-Estephe
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cap-d'Agde
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Pertuis
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Copenhagen

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cabaret Sauvage as well as Monnaie de Paris. Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Latin Quarter and Pont-Neuf. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Pantheon, wander the streets of Trocadero, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and don't miss a visit to Père Lachaise Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary builder.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nightlife
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Latin Quarter ©
Latin Quarter
Ile Saint-Louis
Ile Saint-Louis

2
nights
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Plage de l'Ecluse, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Samson, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at GR 34.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo vacation builder.

You can take a train from Paris to Saint-Malo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Paris in July, expect nights in Saint-Malo to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Plage de l'Ecluse, Cathedrale Saint-Samson
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Plage de l'Ecluse ©
Plage de l'Ecluse

1
night
La Rochelle

La Rochelle
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 25th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Maillezais, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Terre Neuve, and then contemplate the long history of Nieul-sur-l'Autise.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Rochelle trip builder.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to La Rochelle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Estephe.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chateau de Terre Neuve, Fort Boyard, Abbaye de Maillezais
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Fort Boyard
Fort Boyard
Abbaye de Maillezais ©
Abbaye de Maillezais
Chateau de Terre Neuve ©
Chateau de Terre Neuve

1
night
Saint-Estephe

Saint-Estephe ©
On the 26th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Chateau Balac.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Estephe trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Saint-Estephe takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Estephe

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vertheuil, Chateau tour Castillon, Chateau Balac
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Chateau Balac ©
Chateau Balac
Abbatiale de Saint-Pierre de Vertheuil ©

1
night
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
To find photos and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip builder.

Getting from Saint-Estephe to Carcassonne by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cap-d'Agde.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Abbey of Saint-Hilaire
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Abbey of Saint-Hilaire ©
Abbey of Saint-Hilaire
Eglise St. Vincent ©
Eglise St. Vincent

4
nights
Cap-d'Agde

Cap-d'Agde ©
Escape the urban bustle at Plage de la Grande Conque and Lac de Salagou. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Notre-Dame-des-Auzils and Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons. Venture out of the city with trips to Abbaye de Valmagne (in Villeveyrac), Narbonne (L'Horreum & Archbishop's Palace (Palais des Archeveques)) and Cathedrale de Maguelone (in Palavas-les-Flots).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cap-d'Agde travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Carcassonne to Cap-d'Agde by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cap-d'Agde can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Pertuis.

Things to do in Cap-d'Agde

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Narbonne, Notre-Dame-des-Auzils, Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, Abbaye de Valmagne, Cathedrale de Maguelone
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Maison Noilly Prat ©
Maison Noilly Prat
Abbaye de Valmagne ©
Abbaye de Valmagne
Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons ©
Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons

2
nights
Pertuis

Pertuis ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): play a few rounds at Golf International de Pont Royal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): do a tasting at La Cave de Bonnieux, then trek along Parcours de L'Art, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Ansouis, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau Val-Joanis.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pertuis trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Cap-d'Agde to Pertuis in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Pertuis

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Golf International de Pont Royal, La Cave de Bonnieux, Chateau d'Ansouis, Parcours de L'Art
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Chateau Val-Joanis ©
Chateau Val-Joanis
Chateau d'Ansouis ©
Chateau d'Ansouis
La Cave de Bonnieux ©
La Cave de Bonnieux

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Plage de la Darse. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Promenade Le Corbusier and Ville medieval. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Old Chateau Cemetery (in Menton), Marché Forville (in Cannes) and Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Paloma Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche, steep yourself in history at Musee Renoir, and look for gifts at Deli'.

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

Traveling by car from Pertuis to Nice takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Pertuis, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Eze, Marche Forville, Ville medieval, Grotte de Saint-Cezaire, Cemetery of the Old Chateau
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Cemetery of the Old Chateau ©
Cemetery of the Old Chateau
Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Ville medieval ©
Ville medieval

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