26 days in France Itinerary

26 days in France Itinerary

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26 days in France Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Arles
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Azay-le-Rideau
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Saint-Malo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Bayeux
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Seattle

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saint-Paul de Vence and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Kids will enjoy Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Jean Blanc. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez) and La Croix-Valmer (Heraclee Beach & Plage de Sylvabelle). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nice road trip tool .

Seattle, USA to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Nice due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Seattle in June since evenings lows in Nice dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Plage de Jean Blanc, La Ponche Beach, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Paul de Vence
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

3
nights
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Step out of the city life by going to Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Plage du Cavaou. Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Carrieres des Lumieres will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Arles' surroundings by going to Porte Condamine Tarascon City Gate (in Tarascon), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Aigues-Mortes (Salin d'Aigues-Mortes & Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Arles trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Nice to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in June, you will find days in Arles are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Aigues-Mortes, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Plage du Cavaou, Site Archeologique de Glanum
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique
Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum

3
nights
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil ©
Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Beynac and Chateau des Milandes. Bring the kids along to Chateau de Bridoire and Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac. Change things up with these side-trips from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil: Chateau de Bonaguil (in Saint-Front-sur-Lemance) and Le Regourdou (in Lascaux). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Rouffignac, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Commarque, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil holiday planning site .

You can drive from Arles to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Arles in June, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is a bit cooler at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chateau de Bonaguil, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Chateau de Beynac, Le Regourdou, Grotte de Rouffignac
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Bonaguil ©
Chateau de Bonaguil
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac

2
nights
Azay-le-Rideau

Azay-le-Rideau ©
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Villandry, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Château de l'Islette, then contemplate the long history of La Vallee Troglodytique des Goupillieres, and then step into the grandiose world of La Forteresse de Montbazon.

To find out how to plan a trip to Azay-le-Rideau, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Azay-le-Rideau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Azay-le-Rideau: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Langeais, La Forteresse de Montbazon, Chateau de Villandry
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Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry
Château de l'Islette ©
Château de l'Islette
Chateau de Langeais ©
Chateau de Langeais

4
nights
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mont Saint-Michel and Fort La Latte. Step off the beaten path and head to Sentier des douaniers and Pointe du Grouin. Explore Saint-Malo's surroundings by going to Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h (in Perros-Guirec), Chateau de Fougeres (in Fougeres) and Cap Fréhel (in Saint-Brieuc). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, head outdoors with Avel Char, get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Saint-Malo trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Azay-le-Rideau to Saint-Malo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Azay-le-Rideau in July, you will find days in Saint-Malo are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Perros-Guirec, Promenade du Clair de Lune, Cap Fréhel, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Pointe du Grouin
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Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Fort La Latte ©
Fort La Latte

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.
Get some cultural insight at Normandy American Cemetery and Pointe du Hoc. Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Airborne Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont), Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, head outdoors with Omaha Beach, and brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Saint-Malo to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Bayeux sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Colleville-sur-Mer, Airborne Museum, Memorial de Caen, D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum)
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get some historical perspective at Arc de Triomphe and Palace of Versailles. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau), Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens (in Amiens) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, examine the collection at Musee Marmottan Monet, don't miss a visit to Hotel de Ville, and head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner .

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Paris, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Palace of Versailles, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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