18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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18 days in France Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25​h
1
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Paris
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Rouen
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Villeneuve-Loubet). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nice road trip site .

Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Nice. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cannes
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 14th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then see the interesting displays at Granet Museum, then make a trip to Cours Mirabeau, and finally take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Mairie d'Aix-en-Provence, then steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then see the interesting displays at Fondation Vasarely, and finally see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles.

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Traveling by car from Nice to Aix-en-Provence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in July since evenings lows in Aix-en-Provence dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
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Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
On the 16th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, wander the streets of Carcassonne Medieval City, then get engrossed in the history at School Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Cité de Carcassonne. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center journey planner.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Carcassonne Center by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Chateaux de Lastours, O'Vineyards
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

2
nights
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, then contemplate the long history of Le Chateau de Belves, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Château de Biron, then steep yourself in history at Cave Dwellings, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Belves, Chateau de Beynac, Château de Biron, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe ©
Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Musee d'Orsay. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, take a stroll through Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. July in Paris sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee de Courseulles, then get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), then get engrossed in the history at Memorial of Caen, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musée de Normandie.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, Bayeux is slightly colder than Paris - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Caen, Pegasus Memorial, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Normandy American Cemetery
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, admire the striking features of St. Maclou's Church, then view the masterpieces at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Ouen's Abbey.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rouen day trip planning site .

Drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Rouen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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
Abbatiale Saint-Ouen ©
Abbatiale Saint-Ouen

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