15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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15 days in France Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Caen
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary tool .

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in February, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 46°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Martainville, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then get a taste of the local shopping with Rue du Gros-Horloge, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Saint-Sever, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre, examine the collection at V1 Site at Val Ygot, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Corderie Vallois, and finally appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen online tour builder .

You can take a bus from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February in Rouen, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre, Chateau de Martainville, Musee de la Corderie Vallois, V1 Site at Val Ygot
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Gros-Horloge ©
Gros-Horloge

3
nights
Caen

Caen ©
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Memorial de Caen and Pointe du Hoc. Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Cathedrale Notre-Dame will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Caen: Omaha Beach (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Normandy American Cemetery (in Colleville-sur-Mer). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Caen trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Rouen to Caen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in February, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Bayeux, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Pegasus Memorial, Normandy American Cemetery
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Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then see the interesting displays at Fondation Vasarely, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Caen to Aix-en-Provence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Caen in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aix-en-Provence: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marseille, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
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Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Saint-Paul de Vence and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Église Saint Veran. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to La Maison du Portal in Levens, about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Nice journey planning site .

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, La Maison du Portal, Eglise, Église Saint Veran, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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