22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Auckland
Fly:  30 h
1
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Etretat
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Paris
— 7 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Auckland

4
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 these side-trips from Nice: La Galerie - Geant Mandelieu (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Antibes (Marché provençal, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more) and Colgan's Brewery (in Mouans-Sartoux). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Nice is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 11 hours. When traveling from Auckland in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Antibes, La Galerie - Geant Mandelieu, Local History Museum, Colgan's Brewery
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Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain ©
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

2
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
On the 7th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, and then look for gifts at Catalan Bougie. On your second day here, examine the collection at Musee des Troupes de Marine, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Francois de Paule, thenstroll through Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and finally let little ones run wild at Total Xscape.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Frejus, Notre Dame d‘Afrique
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Total Xscape ©
Total Xscape
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Musee des Troupes de Marine ©
Musee des Troupes de Marine

2
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 9th (Sun), make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, thenput a fun spin on your tour with Mystery Games, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Fun & Games Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Laser game Evolution
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Paul Cezanne’s Studio ©
Paul Cezanne’s Studio
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, thenstroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant and then try to win big at Hippodrome de Clairefontaine.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux journey planner.

Fly from Marseille to Bayeux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in May, things will get little chillier in Bayeux: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Hippodrome de Clairefontaine, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant
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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
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 13th (Thu), examine the collection at Musee des Pecheries, thenget outside with Cote d'Albatre, and then don't miss a visit to Falaises d'Etretat. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Porte d’Aval, thenmake a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, and then play a few rounds at Golf d'Etretat.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Etretat route site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Etretat in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In May in Etretat, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Etretat

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trip

Musee des Pecheries
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Golf d'Etretat ©
Golf d'Etretat
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Musee des Pecheries ©
Musee des Pecheries

7
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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) 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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