22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay), Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron) and Le Nomade (in Antibes). There's lots more to do: visit Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Nice is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hyeres.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Hyeres — 4 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Grimaud (Plage de Guerrevieille & Plage du Gros Pin), La Croix-Valmer (Heraclee Beach, Le Cap Lardier, &more) and Zipline (in Sainte-Maxime). There's much more to do: hike along Sentier Jean Francois Jube, head outdoors with Sentier sous marin, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and enjoy breathtaking views from Chateau d'Hyeres.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hyeres trip planning website.

You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marseille.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Marseille — 3 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Stand-Up Paddleboarding), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and get your game on at Laser game Evolution.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Marseille travel planner.

You can drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James), Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, pause for some photo ops at Pegasus Memorial, and steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, Bayeux is slightly colder than Marseille - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Paris.
Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Paris — 5 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris trip maker app.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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France travel guide

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.