16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

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Paris
— 3 nights
Train to Dol De Bretagne, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cogolin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
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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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

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New York City, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in May; daily highs in Paris reach 64°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 10:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel travel planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In May in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 10 — 11:

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux day trip planner.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Marseille

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Cassis (Saint Michel Church & Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). There's much more to do: make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, get outside with Sentier sous marin, get interesting insight from Tours, and cruise along Route des Cretes.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Marseille driving holiday app.

Fly from Bayeux to Marseille in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Marseille: highs are around 73°F and lows about 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cogolin.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Cogolin

— 2 nights
Cogolin is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): kick back and relax at Plage de Sylvabelle, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Marines, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Guerrevieille. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Gros Pin and then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Cap Lardier.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cogolin trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Cogolin takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Cogolin

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

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.
When in Nice, make a side trip to see Massif de l'Esterel in Agay, approximately Agay away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

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Getting from Cogolin to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Cogolin in May, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

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.