16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 4 nights
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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.
Visit Vieille Ville and Le Suquet for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette), Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Riviera fly-fishing (in Roquefort les Pins). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nice travel itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Nice is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Nice are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 1 night

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, and then do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne online route maker.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in October, Carcassonne is slightly colder at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 nights

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Get some historical perspective at Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Get some cultural insight at Carrieres des Lumieres and Distillerie A. Blachere. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). There's more to do: take an exotic tour of Wine Safari and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Avignon, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Avignon are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 8th (Sat), stroll through Mont Saint-Michel Bay and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Saint-Michel.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip site.

Traveling by flight from Avignon to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Avignon in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the history at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and then get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bayeux road trip website.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Paris.
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Paris — 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee de l'Orangerie. Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Paris sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.