13 days in France Itinerary

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Paris — 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris attractions planner.

Watertown, USA to Paris is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Watertown in October, Paris is a bit warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Bayeux — 1 night

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 31st (Sun): take in the history at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel and then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can fly to Nice.
Historic Sites
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Nice — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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 sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nice vacation maker site.

You can fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in November; daily highs in Nice reach 63°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Marseille.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Marseille — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then wander the streets of The Panier, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille attractions planner.

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.