14 days in Western Europe Itinerary

14 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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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.
Step out of Nice with an excursion to Massif de l'Esterel in Agay--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and make a trip to Place Massena.

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New Orleans, USA to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New Orleans to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for little chillier nights in Nice, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Marseille — 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, get interesting insight from Tours, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Bayeux — 2 nights

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 20th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, then learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

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

You can fly from Marseille to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in May, expect Bayeux to be little chillier, temps between 62°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 1 night

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, then learn something new at Avel Char A Voile, then get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, and finally don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo.

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Drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nantes.
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Nantes — 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): put a fun spin on your tour with Sisters Mysteres, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sentier D'interpretation du Pointeau, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Vannes, and then stroll around Parc du Thabor.

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You can drive from Saint-Malo to Nantes in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Nantes, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 48°F at night. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Calvados travel guide

Military Museums · Art Museums · Cemeteries
Taking its name from a cluster of rocks off the English Channel coast, Calvados caters to your every holiday whim in its prestigious seaside resorts, but the department is most famous as the landing site of Allied troops on the beaches of the Bay of the Seine on the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944. Located in the Lower Normandy region and created during the French Revolution, this department belongs to the Basse-Normandie region where the Battle of Normandy took place. Agriculture dominates the economy of Calvados, with specialties you can try at nearby shops and restaurants, including butter, cheese, hard cider, and Calvados, the apple-based liqueur that takes its name from the area. The department is one of the most-touristed destinations and biggest vacation hot spots in Normandy thanks to its seaside resorts with luxurious hotels and casinos, manor houses, castles, and quiet chalk cliffs all along the green countryside.

Brittany travel guide

Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.

Loire-Atlantique travel guide

Specialty Museums · Room Escape Games · Gardens