21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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21 days in France Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h
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Paris
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Versailles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Fontainebleau
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rouen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Chartres
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Giverny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
9
Tours
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Vezelay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Beaune
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Epernay
— 2 nights
13
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: San Francisco

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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.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker app .

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET) is 9 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. You'll set off for Versailles on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife Tours Shopping
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Pirogue as well as Bulldog Bar. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get a taste of local nightlife at Bulldog Bar and then get a taste of local nightlife at La Pirogue.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Versailles road trip planner.

Versailles is just a short distance from Paris. In June, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fontainebleau.

Things to do in Versailles

Nightlife
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La Pirogue ©
La Pirogue

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Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau ©
Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Palace of Versailles.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fontainebleau trip planner .

You can drive from Versailles to Fontainebleau in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Fontainebleau can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Fontainebleau

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Les BerThoM Rouen as well as Historial Jeanne d’Arc. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Les BerThoM Rouen.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rouen trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Versailles to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Rouen sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chartres.

Things to do in Rouen

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Historial Jeanne d’Arc ©
Historial Jeanne d’Arc

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Chartres

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.
On the 30th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chartres Cathedral, wander the streets of Chartres Historic Preservation Area, and then admire the masterpieces at Chapelle Saint Eman.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chartres day trip site .

Traveling by car from Rouen to Chartres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Chartres can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral

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Giverny

Giverny ©
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fondation Claude Monet. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Giverny route planner .

Traveling by car from Chartres to Giverny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. July in Giverny sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Giverny

Parks
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Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet

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Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then brush up on your military savvy at Musee D-Day Omaha, then take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, use the Bayeux holiday website .

Getting from Giverny to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Omaha Beach, Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, Musee D-Day Omaha, German War Cemetery
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Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In July in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 5th (Fri), you'll travel to Tours.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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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.
To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tours driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Tours in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In July in Tours, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 58°F at night. On the 7th (Sun), you're off toVezelay.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Vezelay

Vezelay
Vézelay is a commune in the Yonne department in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in north-central France. To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Vezelay trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Tours to Vezelay takes 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 57°F. On the 8th (Mon), you're off toBeaune.

Things to do in Vezelay

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Beaune

Beaune ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Nuiton-Beaunoy- Cave des Hautes-Cotes. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame and then learn about winemaking at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Beaune trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vezelay to Beaune takes 1.5 hours. July in Beaune sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Epernay.

Things to do in Beaune

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Eglise Notre Dame
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La Cave de l'Ange Gardien ©
La Cave de l'Ange Gardien
Eglise Notre Dame ©
Eglise Notre Dame

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Epernay

Epernay ©
Best known for its Champagne production, Épernay is a small town featuring several famous brands, including Moët & Chandon, that have been aged in the miles of tunneled cellars carved from chalk rock beneath the town.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): do a tasting at Champagne Janisson Baradon et Fils, do a tasting at Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, learn about winemaking at Mercier, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenue de Champagne, then learn about winemaking at Champagne Pierre Morlet, and finally do a tasting at Champagne Chateau de Boursault. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Champagne Georges Cartier, then do a tasting at Champagne Boizel - Atelier 1834, then learn about winemaking at Champagne Collard-Picard, and finally learn about winemaking at Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Epernay trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Beaune to Epernay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Epernay can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Epernay

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Champagne Le Gallais, Champagne Pierre Morlet
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Champagne Janisson Baradon et Fils ©
Champagne Janisson Baradon et Fils
Avenue de Champagne ©
Avenue de Champagne
Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars ©
Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars

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Paris

Paris ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Arc de Triomphe and Musee d'Orsay. Enjoy Paris some more: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower and explore the galleries of Louvre Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paris road trip website .

Traveling by train from Epernay to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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