17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris itinerary website.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Paris is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in June, things will get much colder in Paris: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rouen.
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Rouen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 5th (Tue), wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins d'Angelique, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Monument Jeanne d'Arc, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rouen day trip website.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Paris in July, with highs in Rouen at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow 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.
On the 7th (Thu), awaken your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame. On the next day, stroll through Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux travel route tool.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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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 9th (Sat): make a trip to Mont Saint-Michel and then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to fly 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Granet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Marseille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in July, with highs in Marseille at 36°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nice online trip maker.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in July, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Sat).
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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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