23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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23 days in France Itinerary

Start: Mexicali
Fly:  28 h
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Paris
— 4 nights
Train + Bus:  5 h 15 min
5
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Etretat
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: Mexicali

3
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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice visit planner.

Mexicali, Mexico to Nice is an approximately 28- hour flight. Traveling from Mexicali to Nice, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Mexicali in April: highs in Nice hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pitchoun Forest, Eglise
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Sainte-Maxime (Kelys, Galerie Regard, &more) and Chateau de Grimaud (in Grimaud).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael road trip planning website.

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. While traveling from Nice, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Frejus, Sainte-Maxime, Notre Dame d‘Afrique, Chateau de Grimaud
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Musee des Troupes de Marine ©
Musee des Troupes de Marine

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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Avignon (Palais des Papes & Musee Angladon), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Aix-en-Provence (Mystery Games, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, and make a trip to Moulin Le Pain Blanc.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip builder website.

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 April in Marseille, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Moulin Le Pain Blanc, Carrieres des Lumieres
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

4
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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, take a stroll through Le Marais, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in April, things will get slightly colder in Paris: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Maison de l'Artichaut, then make a trip to Grand Degre, and then pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pointe du Grouin du Sud, make a trip to Pointe du Roc, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, train, and shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Granville, Pointe du Grouin du Sud
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Pointe du Roc ©
Pointe du Roc

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.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Jardins en Hommage a Jacques Prevert (in Saint-Germain-des-Vaux), Hapik (in Mondeville) and Flamanville (La Ferme aux Cinq Saisons & Golf Paysan). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and head outdoors with Norman'Air.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Flamanville, Hapik, Memorial de Caen, Norman'Air
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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 21st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Musee des Pecheries, then get outside with Cote d'Albatre, and then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat. On the next day, play a few rounds at Golf d'Etretat, then don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, and then explore the striking landscape at Porte d’Aval.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Etretat trip itinerary website.

Getting from Bayeux to Etretat by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Etretat

Outdoors Golf Parks

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

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