17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 1 night
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Paris — 5 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Valparaiso, USA to Paris is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Valparaiso in April, with highs in Paris at 60°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can 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 6th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Omaha Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bayeux online travel planner.

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 May, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive 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 (Mon), don't miss a visit to Mont Saint-Michel and then hike along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel journey builder app.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to fly to Avignon.
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Avignon — 1 night

City of Popes

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.
On the 9th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Gardine, contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Angladon.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Avignon road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May: high temperatures in Avignon hover around 74°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Marseille.
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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.
On the 10th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally wander the streets of The Panier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely, and then surround yourself with nature on Trolib.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marseille day trip planning website.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 4 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.
Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and wander the streets of Old Town.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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