18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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Drive to Folkestone, Train to Calais-Fréthun, Drive to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Fly to Lyon, Train to Avignon
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Palud sur Verdon
— 7 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 2 nights
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Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Bayeux is known for museums, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux driving holiday planning website.

London, UK to Bayeux is an approximately 6-hour combination of car and train. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Bayeux, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

Avignon

— 1 night

City of Popes

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.
To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Avignon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in April, expect Avignon to be a bit warmer, temps between 23°C and 9°C. You'll set off for Marseille on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 21:

Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Cours Mirabeau). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to La Palud sur Verdon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:

La Palud sur Verdon

— 7 nights
Get out of town with these interesting La Palud sur Verdon side-trips: Moustiers Sainte-Marie (Centre Ville, Notre Dame de Beauvoir, &more), Aiguines (Chapelle Saint Pierre & Lac De Sainte Croix) and Castellane (River Rafting & Tubing, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Palud sur Verdon trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to La Palud sur Verdon takes 2.5 hours. In April in La Palud sur Verdon, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in La Palud sur Verdon

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — May 1:

Nice

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Plage de Pampelonne. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): wander the streets of Le Suquet, then head off the coast to Île Sainte-Marguerite, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nice route website.

Traveling by car from La Palud sur Verdon to Nice takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from La Palud sur Verdon in May, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.