With 16 days in France, you have the luxury of time—more than two weeks to explore the country's highlights or take your time in one region, like the French Riviera. See Provence on two wheels on an electric bike tour, sip and swirl your way along the Avenue of Champagne, go on a private boat tour around the Îles d'Or, visit Mont-Saint-Michel at low tide, or cross the border and spend part of your time in Spain. Learn more about where to go and what to do with these unique itinerary suggestions.

Itinerary #1: Cities & Nature on the French Riviera

Take your time on the French Riviera with this leisurely itinerary that takes you to beautiful beaches, picturesque villages, and the wineries of Provence. 

Evening in the Old Port of Nice
Evening in the Old Port of Nice
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nice Nice
Day 2 Cooking Class & Perfume Tour in Nice Nice
Day 3 Free Day in Nice Nice
Day 4 Day Trip to Menton & Farmer's Market in Ventimiglia Nice
Day 5 Wine tour in Bellet & Saint Paul de Vence from Nice Nice
Day 6 Private Tour of Monaco, Monte Carlo, & Eze Nice
Day 7 Transfer from Nice to Cannes Cannes
Day 8 Provence Tour & Perfume Workshop Cannes
Day 9 Private Sailing Tour of the Lérins Islands Cannes
Day 10 Free Day in Cannes Cannes
Day 11 Sunset Hike & Aperitif in the Esterel Massif Cannes
Day 12 Drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez Saint Tropez
Day 13 Free Day in Saint-Tropez Saint Tropez
Day 14 Private Boat Tour of Îles d'Or Saint Tropez
Day 15 Private Driving Tour of the Mediterranean Coast Saint Tropez
Day 16 Au revoir, France!  

Welcome to the French Riviera! Begin the adventure with a stroll on Nice's waterfront, then take a cooking class with a local chef, shopping in the local marketplace for ingredients. Sip wine as you enjoy the three-course meal you'll help to make, then go on a perfume tour in the afternoon. Side-trip to Menton and browse through the farmer's market in Ventimiglia before going on a wine tasting tour around Bellet and the village of Saint Paul de Vence. Next, you'll take a day trip to Monaco, Monte Carlo, and Eze. You'll take a perfume workshop in Provence, then travel to Cannes for a private sailing tour around the Lérins Islands

Hike to the top of the Esterel Massif: the rewards are gorgeous sunset views and cold aperitifs. Later, take the scenic drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez. Take a free day to sunbathe and relax in tropical paradise, then go on a private boat tour of the Îles d'Or, going for a swim in the clear blue water. Head back to Saint-Tropez for dinner. You'll spend the last full day of the trip on a scenic drive along the Mediterranean coast. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Discover Provence by Electric Bike

What better way to see the lavender fields, vineyards, and villages of Provence than on a bicycle? Better yet, an electric one: that's exactly what you'll do on this outdoorsy e-bike tour around the region.

Lavender fields in Provence
Lavender fields in Provence
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Paris Paris
Day 2 Paris to Montelimar, Bike Pick-Up, & Route to Grignan Grignan
Day 3 Free Day in Grignan, the Gem of Drôme Provençale Grignan
Day 4 E-Bike from Grignan to Vaucluse-la-Romaine Vaison la Romaine
Day 5 Free Day in Vaison-la-Romaine Vaison la Romaine
Day 6 E-Bike from Vaison to Sault & Mount Ventoux Sault
Day 7 Free Day in Sault, the Land of Lavender Sault
Day 8 E-Bike from Sault to Roussillon & the Luberon Roussillon
Day 9 Free Day in Roussillon & Outstanding Ochre Roussillon
Day 10 E-Bike from Roussillon to Fontaine de Vaucluse Fontaine de Vaucluse
Day 11 Free Day in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, the World of Waters Fontaine de Vaucluse
Day 12 E-bike from Fontaine de Vaucluse to Avignon Avignon
Day 13 Full Day in Avignon, City of the Popes Avignon
Day 14 Avignon to Aix-en-Provence & Private City Tour Aix en Provence
Day 15 E-Bike Tour Along Cezanne's Route Aix en Provence
Day 16 Au Revoir, France  

Spend the first afternoon and evening in Paris. Then head to Montelimar on day two, where you'll pick up an electric bike, also known as an e-bike—and learn how to drive it. Over the next several days, you'll pedal through lavender fields and vineyards, moving from Grignan to Vaucluse-la-Romaine—you'll have a free day to relax in the medieval village—to Mount Ventoux to Sault, where you'll get off the bike for a well-deserved break. Go for a stroll on the Lavender Road, taste local candy at the Boyer Nougat Factory, visit lavender distilleries, and pick up some sweet-smelling souvenirs at Provence Soap Works.

Continue along the road to Luberon, filled with art galleries and boutiques. Then pedal to Roussillon, located in the middle of one of Europe's biggest ochre deposits. Explore the town and check out the Conservatory of Ochre and Applied Pigments, housed in an old ochre processing factory. Next, ride to Fontaine de Vaucluse, famous for its natural springs, then continue to l’Isle Sur la Sorgue, a traditional Provence town with a lively Sunday-morning market. Finish up the trip in medieval Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "City of the Popes." Spend the last full day of the trip sightseeing and sipping coffee in outdoor cafés. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Road Trip Through Western France

Get in the driver's seat to see some of France's top highlights—including famed Mont-Saint-Michel, the beaches of Normandy, the vineyards of Bordeaux, and the glittering halls of Versailles—on this road trip around western France.

The famed Mont St-Michel, seen from a distance
The famed Mont-Saint-Michel, seen from a distance
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to France! Arrive in Paris & Evening Eiffel Tower Tour Paris
Day 2 Pastry Tour of Le Marais & Afternoon at the Louvre Paris
Day 3 Day Trip to Versailles Paris
Day 4 Ile de la Cité & Paris Catacombs Paris
Day 5 Drive from Paris to Honfleur Honfleur
Day 6 Day Trip to Pays d'Auge Caen
Day 7 Drive Along the Atlantic Coast & Tour of Bayeux Bayeux
Day 8 Tour of D-Day Sites Bayeux
Day 9 Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel Bayeux
Day 10 Bayeux to Tours, Châteaux, & Wine Tours
Day 11 Day Trip to Châteaus de Chambord & Chenonceau Tours
Day 12 Retrace History with Leonardo Da Vinci Tours
Day 13 Drive to Bordeaux & Luxurious Dinner Bordeaux
Day 14 Morning Market Visit & Bordeaux Bike Tour Bordeaux
Day 15 Oyster Tasting & Wine in St. Emilion Bordeaux
Day 16 Au Revoir, France  

Begin the trip in Paris with an unforgettable evening tour of the Eiffel Tower. You'll sample pastries in Le Marais on day two, then spend the afternoon at the Louvre, before the next day's side trip to Versailles. Back in the city, explore Ile de la Cité and the Paris Catacombs. Leave Paris and begin the road trip to Honfleur and Pays d'Auge. You'll drive along the Atlantic coast next, touring Bayeux and the D-Day sites of Normandy.

Midway through the trip, a photogenic destination awaits you: Mont-Saint-Michel, the famed tidal island off the coast. Continue on to visit wineries and castles, including Chambord and Chenonceau. Then take a day to retrace the steps of Leonardo da Vinci's life and career on a themed tour through Renaissance-era gems in the region. Drive to Bordeaux next, where you'll enjoy a morning market visit, a bike tour, and several leisurely meals, including an oyster tasting with wine pairings in St. Emilion. You'll fly out on day 16. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Spain and France Road Trip

This wide-ranging trip plan proves there's no need to choose between Spain and France: with 16 days, you can see cultural and culinary highlights on both sides of the border.

An empty street in Aix-en-Provence
An empty street in Aix-en-Provence
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Barcelona & Self-Guided Afternoon Tour Barcelona
Day 2 Art Nouveau & Tapas in Barcelona Barcelona
Day 3 Travel Back in Time to Tarragona Barcelona
Day 4 A Day With Salvador Dali Barcelona
Day 5 Transfer from Barcelona to Perpignan & Afternoon Free Perpignan
Day 6 Transfer from Perpignan to Carcassonne & City Tour Carcassonne
Day 7 Tour of the Cathar Castles Carcassonne
Day 8 Lastours Castles, Wine Tasting, & Canal du Midi Carcassonne
Day 9 Transfer from Carcassonne to Montpellier Montpellier
Day 10 Montpellier to Aix, Visit Nîmes & Avignon Aix en Provence
Day 11 Hilltop Villages & Wine in the Luberon: Full Day Tour Aix en Provence
Day 12 Aix City Tour & Transfer to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
Day 13 Verdon Gorges: Europe's Highest Canyon Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
Day 14 Napoleon Route from Verdon Gorges to Lyon via Grenoble Lyon
Day 15 Culinary Tour of Lyon Lyon
Day 16 Depart Lyon—Au Revoir, France!  

Kick off the trip in Barcelona with a self-guided tour and a visit to Mt. Montjuic, overlooking the port. You'll focus on Art Nouveau architecture and tapas on day two, then side-trip to Tarragona and retrace the steps of Salvador Dalí, stopping at various landmarks related to the artist's life and career. Continue to Carcassonne, where you'll base yourself while going on day tours to the Cathar Castles and Lastours Castles, stopping for a wine tasting along the way. Move onto Montpellier, then stop to tour Avignon on your way to Aix-en-Provence.

Enjoy a leisurely tour of hilltop villages and wineries in the Luberon. Head back to Aix-en-Provence and connect to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where you'll spend the night, and Verdon Gorges, home to Europe's highest canyon. The trip continues with a drive along the Napoleon Route from Verdon Gorges to Grenoble to Lyon. Spend the last part of your trip taking a food tour, admiring the architecture, and relaxing over traditional Lyonnaise cuisine in one of France's culinary capitals; you'll catch a flight out on day 16. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Highlights of Eastern France

Cruise down the Avenue of Champagne, pedal around Lake Annecy, and explore the Black Forest on this action-packed adventure in eastern France.

Lake Annecy in the French Alps
Lake Annecy in the French Alps
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Paris & Cruise on the Seine Paris
Day 2 Pastry Tour of Le Marais & Afternoon at the Louvre Paris
Day 3 Paris to Reims & Cultural Exploration with Tastings in Champagne Reims
Day 4 Champagne Tasting and Olfactory Workshop in Epernay Reims
Day 5 Reims to Strasbourg & Discover Petit France Strasbourg
Day 6 Exploring the Wine Route on a VW Kombi Strasbourg
Day 7 Train to Colmar & River Cruise of the Canals Colmar
Day 8 The Ridge Road in Alsace & Haut Kœnigsbourg Colmar
Day 9 Drive from Colmar to Annecy Annecy
Day 10 Cycle Around Lake Annecy Annecy
Day 11 Guided Nature Hike from Annecy Annecy
Day 12 Alpine Cheese & Savoie Wine Annecy
Day 13 Transfer to Geneva & Flight to Nice Nice
Day 14 Full Day on the Coast: Cannes, Antibes, & Saint-Paul de Vence Nice
Day 15 Private Tour of Monaco, Monte Carlo, & Eze Nice
Day 16 Au Revoir, France  

The adventure begins in Paris. Take a cruise along the Seine River, enjoying the romance of the City of Lights as the sun goes down. Take a pastry tour in Le Marais the next day, then visit the Louvre in the afternoon. Next, you'll travel to Reims to sip bubbly at several of the famed champagne houses along the Avenue of Champagne. Sharpen your tasting skills during an olfactory workshop in Epernay, then go to Strasbourg and put them to practice: you'll tour the region's wine route in a VW Kombi, visiting wineries along the way. 

Board the train to Colmar, where you'll cruise the canals on a riverboat. Then discover the picturesque villages of Alsace on a guided tour, climbing to the turrets of the Château du Haut Kœnigsbourg for views over the surrounding area. Relax on the lakefront of Lake Annecy with wine and cheese and go on a cycling tour around the lake. Then you'll take an Alpine cheese and wine tour, visiting four historic vineyards before continuing to Geneva. The trip's almost over, but a couple of side trips still await: first, a full day on the coast with stops in Cannes, Antibes, and Saint Paul de Vence, and finally, a day trip to Monaco, Monte Carlo, and Eze. Learn more

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Map of 16 Days in France - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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