16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + train:  20​h
1
Vannes
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Nantes
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Tours
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City

5
nights
Vannes

Vannes ©
Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
You'll get in some beach time at Plage de la Mine d'Or and Plage de Kerbourgnec. Explore hidden gems such as Vallee de l'Hyeres and Parc Aquanature. Change things up with these side-trips from Vannes: Carnac stones (in Carnac), Marais Salants de Kervillen (in La Trinite-sur-Mer) and Petite Plage de Kervoyal (in Damgan). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle Marais de Sene, take in nature's colorful creations at Des Heures Dehors, wander the streets of Place Henri IV, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Vannes.

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New York City, USA to Vannes is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Vannes. In June, Vannes is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 71°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Vannes

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Plage de Kerbourgnec, Vallee de l'Hyeres, Marais Salants de Kervillen, Le Sterou Parc Naturel, Plage de la Mine d'Or
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Plage de la Mine d'Or ©
Plage de la Mine d'Or
Le Sterou Parc Naturel ©
Le Sterou Parc Naturel
Petite Plage de Kervoyal ©
Petite Plage de Kervoyal

2
nights
Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Medieval walled town of Guerande and Chapelle de Prigny. Discover out-of-the-way places like Plage de Boisvinet and Les Machines de L'ile. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nantes: Les Cinq Pineaux (in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez), Tropicarium Bonsai (in La-Baule-Escoublac) and Plage de la Birochere (in Pornic).

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Traveling by car from Vannes to Nantes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Nantes are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tours.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cite Medievale de Guerande, Chapelle de Prigny, Plage de la Birochere, Les Cinq Pineaux, Tropicarium Bonsai
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Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Cite Medievale de Guerande ©
Cite Medievale de Guerande
Boisvinet Beach ©
Boisvinet Beach

4
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 Chateau de Cheverny and Château de Villandry. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Château du Clos Lucé and Chateau de Chambord. Explore Tours' surroundings by going to Eglise Saint-Vincent-de-Paul (in Blois) and Amboise (Chateau d'Amboise & Closerie de Chanteloup). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Gatien.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Tours trip itinerary website

You can take a train from Nantes to Tours in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tours are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Amboise, Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais, Chateau de Chambord, Eglise Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Chateau de Cheverny
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Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Chateau de Cheverny ©
Chateau de Cheverny

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.
Get some historical perspective at Palace of Versailles and Sacre Coeur Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, wander the streets of Le Marais, and contemplate the long history of Catacombs of Paris.

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Take a train from Tours to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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