11 days in France Itinerary

11 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Omaha Beach and Bayeux War Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

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Chicago, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chicago in May: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 62°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
On the 17th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel and then kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone.

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You can fly from Bayeux to Bonifacio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Bayeux in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bonifacio, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can fly to Nice.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Nice

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, visit Vieille Ville, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland.

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You can fly from Bonifacio to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Bonifacio in May, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can fly to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Paris

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Île de la Cité and Place de la Concorde. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

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Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nice in May; daily highs in Paris reach 64°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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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.