17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  15 h
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Bayeux
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6 h 15 min
3
Montpellier
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Aix-en-Provence
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Nice
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Cape Town

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Marais and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and Seine River. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paris trip maker app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Paris is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and MAHB Musee d'art et d'histoire baron gerard. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bayeux War Cemetery and Normandie Savoir-Faire. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, take in the history at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, examine the collection at Lace Conservatory in Hotel du Doyen (Dentelle de Bayeux), and brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bayeux are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Montpellier.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

1
night
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): play a few rounds at R-Golf International, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre, and finally take a stroll through Place de la Comedie.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Montpellier attractions planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Montpellier takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or drive. In September, Montpellier is a bit warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums Outdoors Golf
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Musee Fabre ©
Musee Fabre
Place de la Comedie ©
Place de la Comedie

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee Granet and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. For shopping fun, head to Marche aux Fruits et Legumes or Chateau du Seuil. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and take in the exciting artwork at Carre d'Artistes Aix-en-Provence.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Montpellier to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Wineries Shopping
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Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles
Paul Cezanne’s Studio ©
Paul Cezanne’s Studio

5
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.
Head to Avenue Jean Medecin and Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleyafor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vieille Ville and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the masterpieces at Palais Lascaris, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, and stroll through Castel Plage.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner .

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall

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