16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour itinerary planner
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Boston, USA to Mont-Saint-Michel is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Boston to Mont-Saint-Michel, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in May, you will find days in Mont-Saint-Michel are slightly colder (62°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
Historic Sites
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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.
On the 7th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery. On the next day, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, and finally awaken your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux day trip site.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Marseille — 3 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Avignon (Pont d'Avignon, Palais des Papes, &more), Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, surround yourself with nature on Trolib, and look for gifts at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Marseille driving holiday site.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Marseille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, Marseille is somewhat warmer than Bayeux - with highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nice.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Nice — 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Azur Wine Tours (in Vence) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nice vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Nice sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Paris.
Museums · Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Paris — 5 nights

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. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, Paris is a bit cooler than Nice - with highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trip
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.