11 days in France Itinerary

11 days in France Itinerary

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11 days in France Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Marseille
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Saint-Raphael
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Bayeux
— 1 night
5
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Durham

1
day
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then explore the world behind art at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille online trip builder .

Durham, USA to Marseille is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Durham to Marseille. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durham in April: highs in Marseille hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites
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MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain ©
MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

1
night
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Jerusalem and then don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nice.
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Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel

3
nights
Nice

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Nice is known for parks, museums, historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Mt Boron, make a trip to Place Massena, and stroll around Colline du Chateau overlook.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Nice itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

1
night
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and then stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary website .

Getting from Nice to Bayeux by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nice in April: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 58°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

American Cemetery & Memorial
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

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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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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