12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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Start: Oslo, Norway
Fly + Train:  6 h 30 min
1
Reims
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Train:  4 h 45 min
4
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Cannes
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Oslo, Norway

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Reims

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Reims route planner.

Oslo, Norway to Reims is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Oslo in July: high temperatures in Reims hover around 30°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims

2
nights
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 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, then take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, and finally steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Reims to Bayeux in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Reims in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bayeux: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, Omaha Beach, Airborne Museum, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Normandy American Cemetery
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Church of Angoville-Au-Plain ©
Church of Angoville-Au-Plain
Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye ©
Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye

2
nights
Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonifacio ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), kick back and relax at plage de Tamaricciu, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Santa Giulia. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Stagnolu and then contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Bonifacio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bayeux in July, things will get a bit warmer in Bonifacio: highs are around 36°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Porto-Vecchio
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plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu
Plage de Santa Giulia ©
Plage de Santa Giulia
Plage de Stagnolu ©
Plage de Stagnolu

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nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
On the 31st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and then steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Carcassonne Center, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bonifacio to Carcassonne Center takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bonifacio in July: highs in Carcassonne Center hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateaux de Lastours, Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, O'Vineyards
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Abbey of Saint-Hilaire ©
Abbey of Saint-Hilaire
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

2
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
On the 2nd (Thu), see where the action happens at Arenes de Nimes, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes). On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, then don't miss a visit to Roman Theatre of Orange, and then take in the views from Pont du Gard.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Avignon day trip planning site.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Pont du Gard, Arenes de Nimes, Roman Theatre of Orange, Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
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Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

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nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Head to La Croisette and Rue d'Antibesfor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Sylvabelle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannes: Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild (in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat) and Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cannes journey planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Cannes in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

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