16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
2
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
drive:  5​h
3
Tours
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Arles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Villefranche-sur-Mer
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
7
Nice
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Paris
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Calgary

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Musee de l'Orangerie, The Catacombs of Paris, Musee Rodin, and other attractions. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Le Marais and Île de la Cité. It doesn't end there: stroll through Paris Plage and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Tuileries.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris route planner.

Calgary, Canada to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Calgary in May since evenings lows in Paris dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Musee Rodin ©
Musee Rodin

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): look for gifts at La Petite Confiturerie, examine the collection at Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Beach of Genets.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tours.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

La Petite Confiturerie, Beach of Genets, Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel
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La Petite Confiturerie ©
La Petite Confiturerie

1
night
Tours

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 10th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de l'Islette and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Villandry.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tours route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Tours in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Tours sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Villandry, Château de l'Islette
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Château de l'Islette ©
Château de l'Islette
Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry

2
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Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): do a tasting at La Maison du Vigneron de Sauternes.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip site .

You can take a train from Tours to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Arles.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Citadelle de Blaye, La Maison du Vigneron de Sauternes
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Citadelle de Blaye ©
Citadelle de Blaye
Musee d'Aquitaine ©
Musee d'Aquitaine
Pey-Berland Tower ©
Pey-Berland Tower

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Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 13th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Place de la Republique, take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of Montmajour, and finally admire the masterpieces at Carrieres de Lumieres. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Camargue Nature Park, then stroll through Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Arles trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Bordeaux to Arles in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Arles are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Arles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tour Carbonniere, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, Espiguette Beach, Carrieres des Lumieres
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Abbaye de Montmajour ©
Abbaye de Montmajour
Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime

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nights
Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer ©
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the French Riviera.GeographyVillefranche-sur-Mer adjoins the city of Nice to the east along Mont Boron, Mont Alban and Mont Vinaigrier, and 10km south west of Monaco. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, look for gifts at Deli', then steep yourself in history at Villa Grecque Kerylos, and finally steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): trek along Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche, then get to know the fascinating history of Promenade Le Corbusier, then look for gifts at Pasta Piemonte, and finally don't miss a visit to Tete de Chien.

Before you visit Villefranche-sur-Mer, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Arles to Villefranche-sur-Mer by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nice.

Things to do in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Eze, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Tete de Chien, Villa Kerylos, Promenade Le Corbusier
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La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
Villa Kerylos ©
Villa Kerylos

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stroll through Blue Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castel Plage, and then admire the striking features of Palais Lascaris.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip builder tool .

Nice is just a short distance from Villefranche-sur-Mer. In May, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Castel Plage ©
Castel Plage
Palais Lascaris ©
Palais Lascaris
Blue Beach ©
Blue Beach

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Paris

Paris ©
Eiffel Tower has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Trocadero, then admire the striking features of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then explore the activities along Seine River, and finally make a trip to Eiffel Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nice in May, with highs in Paris at 20°C and lows at 11°C. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Trocadero ©
Trocadero

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