16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Nice

— 3 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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Nice due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: highs in Nice hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:

Marseille

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

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 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and finally take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Marseille itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Carcassonne

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:

Bayeux

— 2 nights
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 10th (Fri): take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux journey website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Bayeux by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in June, expect Bayeux to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 12th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip maker site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rouen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 12:

Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen, then make a trip to La maison sublime, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Rue du Gros-Horloge, then admire the natural beauty at Jardins d'Angelique, then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen trip tool.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Rouen in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:

Paris

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, take a stroll through Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 18:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.