16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Bayeux
— 4 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
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.
Let the collections at Musée Rodin and Louvre Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palace of Versailles and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and steep yourself in history at The Catacombs.

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

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 16°C in Paris. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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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 Bayeux War Cemetery and Omaha Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Utah Beach D-Day Museum and Memorial of Caen. Change things up with a short trip to Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, and see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux travel itinerary creator.

Take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Paris in August, plan for little chillier days in Bayeux, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Bayeux

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Airborne Museum, Utah Beach D-Day Museum, American Cemetery & Memorial, Pointe du Hoc
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Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Notre Dame Cathedral
American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

4
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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.
Family-friendly places like Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and La Ferme aux Crocodiles will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Roman Theatre of Orange and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Avignon trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Bayeux to Avignon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in August, expect Avignon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau des Baux de Provence, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, La Ferme aux Crocodiles, Roman Theatre of Orange
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Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

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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.
Visit Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Croisette and Le Suquet. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, and enjoy the sand and surf at Eden Plage Mala.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in August, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums

Side Trips

Cannes, St-Paul-de-Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Eden Plage Mala, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

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