16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
train + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  12​h
End: Toronto

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.
1st Arrondissement and Chateau of Vincennes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Memorial De La Shoah and Pont-Neuf. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Reims (Maison Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, & more), Chateau de Malmaison (in Rueil-Malmaison) and Chateau of Maisons-Laffitte (in Maisons-Laffitte). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee des Arts Forains, get curious at Musee des Arts et Metiers, explore the world behind art at Atelier des Lumieres, and stroll around Parc du Champ de Mars.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paris road trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Reims, Chateau of Vincennes, Chateau of Maisons-Laffitte, Chateau de Malmaison
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1st Arrondissement ©
1st Arrondissement
Chateau of Vincennes ©
Chateau of Vincennes
Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin ©
Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint-Aubert, contemplate the long history of Maison de Bertrand du Guesclin, make a trip to Grand Degre, get engrossed in the history at Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel, then steep yourself in history at Maison de l'Artichaut, and finally don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel.

For where to stay and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Museums
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Chapelle Saint-Aubert ©
Chapelle Saint-Aubert
Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel ©
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel ©
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel

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.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux, take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, make a trip to Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, and finally contemplate the long history of Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jean, witness the site of a historic battle at Kunstlicher Hafen, then make a trip to Reporters Memorial, then examine the collection at Lace Conservatory in Hotel du Doyen (Dentelle de Bayeux), and finally stop by Fantastic Attic.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. September in Bayeux sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

German War Cemetery, Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Eglise Saint-Jean, Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, Kunstlicher Hafen
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Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux ©
Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux
Church of Angoville-Au-Plain ©
Church of Angoville-Au-Plain

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieux La Turbie and Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs. Popular historic sites such as Notre Dame des Fontaines and Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance (in Cannes), Eglise de Biot (in Biot) and Old Town (in Antibes). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Èze, steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Tende, and look and learn at Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nice driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Bayeux to Nice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in September, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Notre Dame des Fontaines, Old Town, Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, Vieux Tende
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Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs ©
Notre Dame des Fontaines ©
Notre Dame des Fontaines

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chapelle Sainte Roseline and Port de Cavalaire. Get some historical perspective at Castle Bargeme and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Cooperative oleicole de l'est varois (in Bargemon), Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial (in Draguignan) and Le Lavandou (Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, Plage d'Aiguebelle, & more).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nice in September, plan for little chillier nights in Saint-Raphael, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Port de Cavalaire, Cooperative oleicole de l'est varois, Castle Bargeme
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Castle Bargeme ©
Castle Bargeme

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Laurent, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere de la Treille, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de la Buzine, and finally don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Calanque de Samena, examine the collection at Pavillon M, then examine the collection at Regards de Provence, and finally make a trip to L'Estaque.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille sightseeing planner.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Marseille by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Marseille sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer
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Eglise Saint-Laurent ©
Eglise Saint-Laurent
Chateau de la Buzine ©
Chateau de la Buzine
Musee des Beaux-Arts ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts

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