23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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23 days in France Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25​h
1
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Bayeux
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: La Croisette (in Cannes) and Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nice online journey builder .

Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Nice reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Antibes, St-Paul-de-Vence, La Croisette
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Food Tours
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael is known for wildlife, historic sites, adventure, casinos, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, stop by Catalan Bougie, partake in some friendly competition at Total Xscape, and appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions, Notre Dame d‘Afrique
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Cap du Dramont ©
Cap du Dramont
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Total Xscape ©
Total Xscape

3
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.
Marseille is known for historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, and explore the striking landscape of Parc national des Calanques.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip maker tool .

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Parc national des Calanques ©
Parc national des Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
The Panier ©
The Panier

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bayeux driving holiday planning app .

You can fly from Marseille to Bayeux in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, Bayeux is slightly colder than Marseille - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Memorial de Caen, Pointe du Hoc, Mont Saint-Michel, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, D-Day Monument
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

5
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 much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

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Traveling by train from Bayeux to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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