16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  6 h
4
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Calgary

2
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.
Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint-Paul de Vence and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Chapelle des Penitents Blancs (in Peillon) and La Croisette (in Cannes). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Nice trip builder tool .

Calgary, Canada to Nice is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Time is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in June: high temperatures in Nice hover around 28°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, La Croisette, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Saint-Paul de Vence, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

2
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Avignon journey planner.

Drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in June, expect nights in Avignon to be slightly colder, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Roman Theatre of Orange, Distillerie A. Blachere
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Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

3
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Chateau Royale de Collioure. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cité de Carcassonne and Cathedrale St-Just. Change things up with a short trip to Château de Salses in Salses-Le-Chateau (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Cathedrale St-Just, Chateau Royale de Collioure, Château de Salses
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Church of Angoville-Au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Bayeux online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Carcassonne to Bayeux takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Carcassonne in June, with highs in Bayeux at 24°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Normandy American Cemetery, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, Pointe du Hoc
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Remains Mulberry Harbour ©
Remains Mulberry Harbour
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Île de la Cité. Louvre Museum and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Cathedrale Saint-Pierre (in Beauvais) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens (in Amiens). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paris driving holiday planner .

Take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Paris, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, The Trianons & The Hamlet
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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