14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

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14 days in France Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  16​h
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Saint-Malo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Nantes
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: New Orleans

3
nights
Nice

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Massif de l'Esterel in Agay (about 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Nice travel route planner.

New Orleans, USA to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from New Orleans to Nice, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New Orleans in May since evenings lows in Nice dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Massif de l'Esterel, Marineland
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Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon), Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

La Ciotat, Avignon, Carrieres des Lumieres, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Calanques
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

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 20th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, then brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Bayeux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, Bayeux is slightly colder than Marseille - with highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Normandy American Cemetery, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Memorial de Caen, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

1
night
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): make a trip to Centre Historique, then head outdoors with Avel Char, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, and finally don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Saint-Malo online trip builder .

You can drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Saint-Malo sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Avel Char, Centre Historique, Pointe du Grouin
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Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin
Les Remparts de Saint-Malo ©
Les Remparts de Saint-Malo

3
nights
Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): partake in some friendly competition at Sisters Mysteres, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Sentier D'interpretation du Pointeau, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Vannes, and then stroll around Parc du Thabor.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nantes online travel planner .

Drive from Saint-Malo to Nantes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Nantes are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Parc du Thabor, Sentier D'interpretation du Pointeau, Centre Historique de Vannes
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Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes
Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

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