17 days in France Itinerary

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Paris — 6 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker tool.

Boston, USA to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Paris is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Musee Picasso (in Antibes), Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet). The adventure continues: stop by Old Town, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Trolib (in Cassis), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, wander the streets of The Panier, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

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Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and then appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally indulge your senses at Cave Cidricole Lecornu.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Marseille in May, with highs in Bayeux at 62°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) 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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

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You can 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 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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.