14 Days in France Itinerary
How To Spend 2 Weeks In France
2 weeks in France allows you to travel from North to South, Normandy to The French Riviera, via Paris, Lyon & Provence with our 14-day tour itinerary.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, this itinerary will take you on a journey through some of the most iconic and captivating destinations in France. From the stunning architecture and rich history of Paris to the picturesque vineyards of the Loire Valley and the sun-kissed beaches of the French Riviera, this itinerary has something for everyone.
Join us as we explore the very best of France on this 14-day journey.
Day 1: Paris
Your 14-day tour of France begins in the iconic city of Paris. Known as the “City of Light,” Paris is home to some of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. Your first day in Paris will be spent exploring the city’s famous monuments and museums, as well as its charming neighborhoods.
Where else to begin other than one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Eiffel Tower. This iconic iron tower was built for the 1889 World’s Fair and has become one of the most recognizable symbols of Paris and France. Take the opportunity to ascend to the top of the tower for stunning views of the city.
Your next stop is the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a magnificent example of Gothic architecture. The cathedral is famous for its intricate carvings and stained-glass windows and is one of the most important religious landmarks in France. The Cathedral isn’t set to fully re-open until 2024; however, currently, the cathedral’s parvis, archaeological crypt, and Pont au Double are accessible to the public.
The Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum is one of the largest and most important art museums in the world. This museum is home to an incredible collection of masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to explore the museum’s many exhibitions with your private guide and learn about the history of art and the significance of each piece on display.
Your next stop is the Champs-Élysées, the most famous streets in Paris. This avenue is lined with elegant shops, cafes, and theaters and is a popular destination for both locals and tourists.
Your final stop on day one is Montmartre, a historic neighborhood known for its artistic heritage. This neighborhood is home to the iconic Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur and has been a popular destination for artists and writers for over a century. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to explore this charming neighborhood and take in the stunning views of the city.
Overnight in Paris.
Day 2-3: Normandy
We will return to the City of Light later in the itinerary, but on your second morning, you will make the 2-and-a-half-hour journey with your private driver to travel to Normandy, a region known for its stunning coastline and wartime history.
Destinations to visit in Normandy include…
A stretch of coastline that played a critical role in the Allied invasion of France during World War II.
Your next stop is the American Cemetery, a memorial to the American soldiers who lost their lives during the Normandy campaign. The cemetery is home to thousands of graves and is a moving tribute to the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers. You will have the opportunity to pay your respects and learn more about the role that the soldiers played in the liberation of France.
Bayeux Tapestry Museum
Your next stop is the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, which houses the famous Bayeux Tapestry. This historic artifact depicts the events leading up to the Norman Conquest of England and is one of the oldest and most significant pieces of textile art in the world. You will have the chance to see this incredible piece up close and learn about its history and significance.
Your final stop on day four is Mont Saint-Michel, a stunning island monastery located off the coast of Normandy. This medieval abbey is one of the most recognizable landmarks in France and is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. You will have the opportunity to explore the abbey and learn about its rich history, as well as enjoy the breathtaking views from its walls.
With its stunning coastline, rich history, and cultural significance, Normandy is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in French history and culture. Whether you are visiting the beaches of Omaha or exploring the historic town of Bayeux, you are sure to be enchanted by this beautiful region.
Day 4-6: Loire Valley
The next stop on your 14-day tour of France is the Loire Valley, a region known for its rolling hills, beautiful countryside, and magnificent castles. The Loire Valley is home to some of the most magnificent castles in France and is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in French history and culture.
The drive takes approx 2.5 hours, so your private driver will arrange a lunch stop at a destination around halfway through the journey.
Highlights of your 3 days in the Loire Valley include:
Château de Chambord
Your first stop in the Loire Valley is the Château de Chambord, one of the most famous castles in France. This magnificent castle is renowned for its stunning architecture, intricate details, and grand design. You will have the opportunity to explore the castle’s many rooms, learn about its history, and enjoy the breathtaking views from its towers.
Jardins de Villandry
Your next stop is the Jardins de Villandry, a beautiful garden located near the Château de Villandry. These gardens are renowned for their beauty, intricate design, and rich history. You will have the opportunity to wander the garden paths, admire the beautiful flowers and plants, and learn about the history of these magnificent gardens.
Château de Cheverny
Your final stop in the Loire Valley is the Château de Cheverny, another beautiful castle in the region. This castle is famous for its stunning architecture, rich history, and beautiful gardens. You will have the opportunity to explore the castle’s many rooms, learn about its history, and admire the stunning views from its gardens.
With its rolling hills, beautiful countryside, and magnificent castles, the Loire Valley is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in French history and culture. Whether you are exploring the grand halls of Château de Chambord or admiring the beauty of the Jardins de Villandry, you are sure to be enchanted by this beautiful region.
Visiting Wine Estates in the Loire Valley
The Loire Valley is known not only for its magnificent castles and stunning scenery but also for its delicious wine. The region is famous for its production of white wines, including Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, and Muscadet. Visiting local wine estates is a great way to learn more about the wine-making process, taste some of the delicious wines produced in the region, and experience the local culture.
A visit to a local wine estate will typically start with a tour of the vineyards, where you will learn about the different grape varieties and the winemaking process. You will also have the opportunity to sample some of the wines produced on the estate and learn about their unique flavors and aromas. Many wine estates also offer gourmet lunches or dinners, where you can sample more of the local wines and enjoy delicious food made from locally-sourced ingredients.
During a tasting session that we will arrange at another producers vineyard, you will sample a range of local wines and learn about their different flavors, aromas, and production methods. You will also have the opportunity to speak with the winemaker and learn more about their approach to winemaking.
This is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of the local wine culture and learn more about the wines produced in the region.
Day 7: Return to Paris
Just 2 hours after your breakfast, your private driver will have delivered you back to Paris. Your second day in the city promises to be an exciting and enriching experience as you delve deeper into the city and its many attractions.
Your first stop of the day will be the Tuileries Gardens, a stunning public park located in the 1st arrondissement. The park is famous for its stunning landscape, which features a series of formal gardens and sculptural features. It is also home to several museums, including the Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume, which house some of the most important works of art in the world.
Next, you will visit the Sainte-Chapelle, a magnificent Gothic chapel located on the Île de la Cité. Built in the 13th century, the Sainte-Chapelle is renowned for its stunning stained glass windows, which are considered to be some of the finest in the world. The windows depict scenes from the Bible, and the chapel is considered one of the most important examples of Gothic architecture in the world.
In the afternoon, you will have the chance to explore the Latin Quarter, one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in Paris. This vibrant area is known for its narrow streets, charming cafes, and artistic atmosphere. It was once home to some of the greatest minds in French history, including Voltaire and Jean-Paul Sartre, and today it is a popular destination for visitors seeking to immerse themselves in Parisian culture.
Finally, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the city’s famous cuisine, including croissants, cheese, and wine. Paris is known for its rich culinary traditions, and there is no better way to experience them than by sampling the local fare.
Overnight in Paris.
Day 8-9: Lyon
This morning your private driver will collect you and your baggage from your hotel early as you drop off your baggage on the high-speed train to Lyon, which takes just over 2 hours. Upon arrival, another driver will collect you and your bags and take you to your accommodation in the city center.
Your guided tour of the city will start with a visit to Old Lyon, one of the city’s most historic and charming neighborhoods. Here, you will discover the rich history of Lyon’s Old Town and its medieval architecture. The narrow, cobbled streets and traditional buildings give you a glimpse into what life was like in Lyon centuries ago.
Next, you will visit the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The basilica is located on a hill overlooking the city and provides stunning views of Lyon and its surroundings. The basilica was built in the 19th century and is known for its intricate details and beautiful stained glass windows. You will have the opportunity to explore the interior and admire the many works of art and sculptures.
Afterward, you will head to the Parc de la Tête d’Or, one of France’s largest urban parks. This stunning park features a large lake, a zoo, and numerous walking paths, making it the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon. The park is also home to the Botanical Garden of Lyon, where you can see a wide variety of plants and flowers from all over the world.
Your final stop of the day will be at the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the largest museums in France. The museum houses an impressive collection of art and artifacts, including paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. Whether you are an art lover or just interested in learning more about the cultural heritage of Lyon, the Museum of Fine Arts is sure to impress.
Your second day of guided tours in Lyon promises to be just as exciting as the first, with a focus on the city’s contemporary charm and cuisine.
The day will begin with a visit to the Croix-Rousse Neighborhood, one of the city’s most historic and charming areas. This neighborhood is known for its steep hills and narrow, winding streets and is home to many traditional Lyon buildings and shops. The area was once the center of the silk industry in Lyon, and today it is a popular destination for visitors looking to experience the city’s vibrant culture and history.
Next, you will visit Place Bellecour, the largest square in Lyon and one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The square is home to an equestrian statue of King Louis XIV and is surrounded by beautiful buildings and shops. The square is a hub of activity and is the perfect place to take a break and relax before continuing your tour.
In the afternoon, you will visit La Confluence, a modern neighborhood located on the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. La Confluence is known for its shopping and dining options, as well as its contemporary architecture. You will have the opportunity to explore the area and see the many cultural and commercial attractions that it has to offer.
Finally, you will have the opportunity to sample some of the city’s famous cuisine, including its traditional Lyonnais dishes and local wine. Lyon is known for its rich culinary traditions, and there is no better way to experience them than by sampling the local fare.
Whether you are a fan of traditional French cuisine or prefer more contemporary dishes, there is something for everyone in Lyon. So, be sure to savor the flavors of the city and indulge in the culinary delights that Lyon has to offer.
Overnight in Lyon.
Day 10-11: Best of Provence: Avignon, Vineyards, & Marseille
Provence boasts breathtaking scenery, including rolling hills, pristine river valleys, dramatic gorges, and stunning coastal regions dotted with charming old villages.
The region is blessed with a picturesque Mediterranean climate that makes it a prime destination for capturing stunning photos.
Start your day with a private guided tour of the historic city of Avignon. Your guide will take you through the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Palais des Papes, the Pont Saint-Bénézet, and the Ramparts.
The Palais des Papes was once the home of the popes during the 14th century and is now a museum showcasing the opulence of the papacy during that time. The Pont Saint-Bénézet, also known as the Avignon Bridge, is a famous bridge that dates back to the 12th century. The Ramparts are the city’s ancient fortifications, and a walk along them provides panoramic views of Avignon and the surrounding countryside.
After your tour, you can enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the famous vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
In the afternoon, you’ll embark on a guided tour of the vineyards, learning about the history and production of the famous wines and even getting to taste a few! The vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are famous for producing red wines made from a blend of grape varieties. Your guide will show you the vineyards and explain the wine-making process, giving you a chance to sample some of the finest wines in the region.
On the second day, you’ll start by visiting the market in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, famous for its antiques and lovely river setting.
Your guide will take you on a walking tour of the town, showing you the many antique shops, the Fontaine de Vaucluse, and the beautiful churches.
The Fontaine de Vaucluse is a stunning spring that is the source of the Sorgue River. The antique shops in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue are renowned for their quality and selection of vintage and antique items.
After lunch, you’ll have the chance to explore the Calanques of Marseille, a stunning coastal landscape that is only accessible by boat. Your private guide will take you on a scenic boat tour and show you the best spots for taking in the breathtaking views.
The Calanques are a series of rocky cliffs and beaches along the Mediterranean coast, with crystal-clear waters and unique geology.
Overnight in Avignon.
Day 12-14: French Riviera
The French Riviera, also known as the Côte d’Azur, is a stunning stretch of coastline located in the southeast of France. The region is home to several picturesque towns and villages, each offering its own unique blend of history, culture, and beauty.
One of the most popular destinations on the French Riviera is Nice, a charming city that combines the sophistication of a seaside resort with the energy of a bustling metropolis. Visitors can explore its lively street markets, wander through its picturesque Old Town, and relax on the city’s famous pebble beaches.
Another must-visit destination on the French Riviera is the tiny principality of Monaco, known for its glamorous casinos, high-end shopping, and luxurious yachts. Monaco is also famous for its Monte Carlo Casino, which has been featured in many films and is a popular attraction for both tourists and local residents. Additionally, the Palace of Monaco, the official residence of the Prince of Monaco, is a stunning example of Renaissance architecture and is open to visitors for tours.
Saint-Paul de Vence is a beautiful hilltop village located just a short drive from Nice. This charming village is known for its medieval streets, stunning views of the French Riviera, and vibrant arts scene. Visitors can explore the numerous art galleries, which showcase works by local artists, as well as visit the famous Fondation Maeght, a modern art museum located just outside the village.
Finally, Cannes is another must-visit destination on the French Riviera. This chic seaside town is famous for its glitzy film festival, which attracts stars from all over the world, but it also offers much more. Visitors can explore the town’s lovely beaches, stroll along its glamorous promenade, and visit its historic Old Town, which is home to charming streets, picturesque squares, and lovely churches.
Each of these destinations on the French Riviera offers a unique and unforgettable experience, from the sophistication of Nice and Monaco to the charming hilltop village of Saint-Paul de Vence and the glamour of Cannes. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday or a cultural experience, the French Riviera has something for everyone.
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