16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Chartres
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Sancerre
— 3 nights
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Dijon
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Beaune
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 1 night
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Valensole
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Chartres

Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chartres trip itinerary tool.

New York City, USA to Chartres is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Chartres is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, expect Chartres to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 52°F. On the 27th (Sun), you're off to Sancerre.

Things to do in Chartres

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:

Sancerre

— 3 nights
Sancerre is a medieval hilltop town, commune and canton in the Cher department of central France overlooking the Loire River. Your day by day itinerary now includes Tour des Fiefs. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Domaine Philippe Raimbault, do a tasting at Henri Bourgeois, then learn about winemaking at Vincent Grall Vigneron, and finally don't miss a visit to Tour des Fiefs. Keep things going the next day: trek along Cave Eric Louis - Vins de Sancerre, relax in the rural setting at L'Escargot sur Loire, and then make a trip to Prieuré Notre-Dame de La Charité-sur-Loire.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sancerre trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Chartres to Sancerre by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Sancerre are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dijon.

Things to do in Sancerre

Wineries · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

Dijon

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): walk along Owl's Trail, steep yourself in history at Maison Milliere, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, then admire the masterpieces at Palace of the Dukes, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, and finally don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dijon day trip planning app.

You can drive from Sancerre to Dijon in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Beaune.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 1:

Beaune

— 3 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maison Louis Jadot as well as Maison Joseph Drouhin. On the 1st (Thu), learn about winemaking at Maison Louis Jadot and then learn about winemaking at Maison Joseph Drouhin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, then learn the secrets of viniculture at Chateau de Meursault, then see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Notre Dame.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Beaune vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Dijon to Beaune takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Beaune, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lyon.

Things to do in Beaune

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:

Lyon

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 3rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to La Renaissance Du Vieux Lyon, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then make a trip to Rue Saint-Jean, and finally admire the local landmark of La Place des Jacobins.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lyon route maker app.

Traveling by car from Beaune to Lyon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 4:

Avignon

— 1 night

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Place de l'Horloge.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Avignon travel route builder website.

You can take a train from Lyon to Avignon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Avignon sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 64°F at night. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Valensole.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 5:

Valensole

Valensole is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France.GeographyThe river Asse forms most of the commune's northern border, then flows into the Durance, which forms all of its western border. On the 5th (Mon), stop by Lavande Angelvin and then make a trip to Plateau de Valensole.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Valensole online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Valensole takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Valensole are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Valensole

Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 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.
Nice is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

Getting from Valensole to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Valensole in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Nice, with highs around 81°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:

Marseille

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, stop by Cours Mirabeau, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally head off the coast to Chateau d'If. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Marseille travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in July, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 88°F. You will leave for home on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

France travel guide

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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.