15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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Drive to Fort Smith Regional Airport, Fly to Paris
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Versailles
— 1 day
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Tours
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dijon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Paris
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Paris — 3 nights

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 a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and The Paris Catacombs. There's still lots to do: visit Montmartre, shop like a local with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paris attractions planner.

Fayetteville, USA to Paris is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Fayetteville to Paris due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Fayetteville, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Versailles.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Versailles — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Versailles.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Versailles trip site.

Traveling by car from Paris to Versailles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Versailles are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tours.
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Tours — 2 nights

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Chateau de Chenonceau has been added to your itinerary. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Villandry, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St-Etienne.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Tours trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Versailles to Tours takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Tours sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dijon.
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Dijon — 2 nights

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.
Keep things going the next day: trek along Owl's Trail, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, then do a tasting at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, then steep yourself in history at Maison Milliere, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dijon route planner.

Traveling by car from Tours to Dijon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Dijon are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lyon.
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Lyon — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get outside with Cyclo City Tours, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, then examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lyon itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Dijon to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 3 nights

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Place de la Bourse and St. Andre Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich and Maison de la Nature. Change things up with a short trip to La base de loisirs de Testarouman in Pissos (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), make a trip to The Water Mirror, examine the collection at Musee d'Aquitaine, and admire the local landmark of Fontaine des Trois Graces.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to Paris by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Bordeaux in October, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 62°F. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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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.
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