15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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15 days in France Itinerary

Calgary
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Blois
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Bayeux
— 3 nights
+4
train + bus + Fly + shuttle + train:  6​h
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Rocamadour
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Calgary

2
days
Blois

Blois ©
Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
On the 26th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal de Blois. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Blois Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Amboise.

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Calgary, Canada to Blois is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Time is 8 hours. In August in Blois, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chateau d'Amboise, Chateau de Cheverny, Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire
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Chateau de Cheverny ©
Chateau de Cheverny
Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire ©
Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire
Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau Royal de Blois

3
days
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
German Cemetery La Cambe and Sainte Mere Eglise are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Remains Mulberry Harbour and La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Utah Beach D-Day Museum (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). Next up on the itinerary: witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral.

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You can drive from Blois to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Bayeux sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Pointe du Hoc, Utah Beach D-Day Museum, Omaha Beach, Remains Mulberry Harbour
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Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc
Utah Beach D-Day Museum ©
Utah Beach D-Day Museum
Remains Mulberry Harbour ©
Remains Mulberry Harbour

3
days
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateaux de Lastours and Château Comtal. Get some cultural insight at Cathar Castles and Eglise Heptagonale Sainte Marie. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, contemplate the long history of Maison des Mémoires, and explore the historical opulence of Cité de Carcassonne.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Bayeux to Carcassonne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bayeux in August; daily highs in Carcassonne reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Belvédère des Chateaux de Lastours, Eglise Heptagonale Sainte Marie, Chateau Canet
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Basilica of Saint-Nazaire ©
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Château Comtal ©
Château Comtal

2
days
Rocamadour

Rocamadour ©
Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique St-Sauveur. On the next day, get in on the family fun at La Foret des Singes, then Head underground at Grotte du Pech-Merle, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac.

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Rocamadour in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rocamadour when traveling from Carcassonne in September, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Grottes de Lacave, Gouffre de Padirac, Grotte du Pech-Merle
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Gouffre de Padirac ©
Gouffre de Padirac
Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle
Grottes de Lacave ©
Grottes de Lacave

2
days
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil ©
Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Cave Dwellings, then take an in-depth tour of Chateau des Milandes, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, then steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac, and then don't miss a visit to Chateau de Commarque.

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Traveling by car from Rocamadour to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 12°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau de Beynac, cave dwellings of Belvès, Chateau des Milandes, Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac
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Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac

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