17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  13​h
1
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
La Croix-Valmer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bandol
— 2 nights
4
Avignon
— 2 nights
5
Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Bayeux
— 1 night
7
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, then explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Le Suquet, then wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes, and then take a stroll through La Croisette.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip maker tool .

New Delhi, India to Nice is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from New Delhi in May, things will get much colder in Nice: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Cannes
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

2
nights
La Croix-Valmer

La Croix-Valmer ©
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the gorgeous colors at Le Cap Lardier, then kick back and relax at Plage d'Heraclee, and then stroll through Plage de Sylvabelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Debarquement, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vergeron.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Croix-Valmer journey planner.

Drive from Nice to La Croix-Valmer in 2 hours. When traveling from Nice in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in La Croix-Valmer: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bandol.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage du Debarquement ©
Plage du Debarquement

2
nights
Bandol

Bandol is a commune in Var department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, southeastern France. On the 20th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Calanque de Figuerolles, and then kick back and relax at Plage du Capelan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at La Collegiale Saint Paul, tour the water at your own pace with Route du Sud, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier Jean Francois Jube.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bandol trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from La Croix-Valmer to Bandol takes 1.5 hours. May in Bandol sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Bandol

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

La Calanque de Figuerolles, Sentier Jean Francois Jube, La Collegiale Saint Paul, Route du Sud
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Scuba & Snorkeling
La Collegiale Saint Paul ©
La Collegiale Saint Paul
Route du Sud ©
Route du Sud

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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 22nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then explore the ancient world of Les Antiques, then identify plant and animal life at Les Gorges de Regalon, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Angladon. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Avignon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bandol to Avignon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In May in Avignon, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Carrieres des Lumieres, Roman Theatre of Orange, Les Antiques, Les Gorges de Regalon, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

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night
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, step into the grandiose world of Cité de Carcassonne, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally contemplate the long history of Carcassonne Medieval City.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Carcassonne Center trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne Center in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Carcassonne Center, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trip

O'Vineyards
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards

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night
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 25th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, and finally contemplate the long history of Omaha Beach. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant, then identify plant and animal life at La Roche d'Oetre, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus).

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bayeux tour planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Carcassonne Center to Bayeux in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in May, expect Bayeux to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

American Cemetery & Memorial, La Roche d'Oetre, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant, Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus)
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Le Marais or Champs-Elysees. Get a sense of the local culture at Montmartre and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paris online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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