17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Verdun
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Honfleur
— 1 night
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, visit Île de la Cité, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planning website.

Boston, USA to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Paris due to the time zone difference. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Verdun.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Verdun — 2 nights

The River Meuse runs through Verdun forming several canals throughout the valley, surrounded by hills with historical fortresses, battlefields, and underground barracks, as well as a healthy beer brewing culture.
On the 9th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Memorial de la Voie Sacre, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire du Faubourg-Pave, and then steep yourself in history at Ouvrage de La Ferte. Keep things going the next day: witness the site of a historic battle at La Tranchee de Chattancourt and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Saint Mihiel American Cemetery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Verdun online attractions planner.

You can drive from Paris to Verdun in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In May in Verdun, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

Nice — 3 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.
Step out of Nice with an excursion to Massif de l'Esterel in Agay--about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

Fly from Verdun to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Verdun in May, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas
Side Trips
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Marseille — 1 night

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): wander the streets of The Panier, then don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 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 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes and then pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Marseille in May, with highs in Mont-Saint-Michel at 62°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can 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 16th (Mon), admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally awaken your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux trip itinerary planning tool.

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. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Honfleur.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches
Side Trips
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Honfleur — 1 night

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): snap pictures at Pont de Normandie, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and then don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Honfleur online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Honfleur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Honfleur can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.
Historic Sites
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Rouen — 2 nights

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to La Maison Sublime, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, and then head outdoors with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rouen trip builder website.

Getting from Honfleur to Rouen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.

Normandy travel guide

4.7
Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.