17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + train:  11​h 30​min
1
Rouen
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
+3
bus + train + foot + Fly:  6​h
4
Aix-en-Provence
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Hyeres
— 2 nights
6
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Montreal

1
day
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, don't miss a visit to Rue Saint-Romain, don't miss a visit to Vieux, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Maclou's Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to Rouen is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Rouen is 6 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Montreal in July, with highs in Rouen at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Rue Saint-Romain ©
Rue Saint-Romain

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 7th (Sun), kick back and relax at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), and finally get engrossed in the history at Memorial of Caen.

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Getting from Rouen to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Memorial de Caen, Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), Omaha Beach, American Cemetery & Memorial, Remains Mulberry Harbour
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

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 9th (Tue): trek along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint Michel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Saint-Michel, and then don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip builder app .

Take a train from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

1
night
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 10th (Wed), examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely, then examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, then make a trip to Vieux Port, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then see the interesting displays at Granet Museum, and then explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence vacation website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Aix-en-Provence takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in July: high temperatures in Aix-en-Provence hover around 35°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Calanques
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Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques

2
nights
Hyeres

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. On the 12th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage noire du Langoustier, and then take a memorable tour with Route du Sud. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Daskalides Chocolatier, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at La plage.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hyeres trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Hyeres are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

La Londe Les Maures, La plage
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Route du Sud ©
Route du Sud
Scuba & Snorkeling
Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Massif de l'Esterel in Agay (about 56 minutes away). Spend the 16th (Tue) in some colorful company at Marineland. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyeres in July, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Massif de l'Esterel, Marineland, Le Jardin exotique d'Eze
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel

1
night
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
On the 17th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers. On the next day, Head underground at Cave of Domme, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins d'Eau, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Nice to Sarlat-la-Caneda by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nice in July, Sarlat-la-Caneda is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, La Grotte De Domme, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris journey planner .

Fly from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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