27 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet) and Antibes (Wine Shop Flacons Divins, Villa Eilenroc, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

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Edmonton, Canada to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Nice is 8 hours. Traveling from Edmonton in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 4 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 Marseille's surroundings by going to La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Scuba & Snorkeling), Trolib (in Cassis) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Room Escape Games). Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, visit The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

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Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon — 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Spas (in Carpentras) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, make a trip to Pont du Gard, and learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Gardine.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 2 nights

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel and then make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, trek along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then don't miss a visit to Pointe du Grouin du Sud.

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You can fly from Avignon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Avignon in May; daily highs in Mont-Saint-Michel reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
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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 Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, and kick back and relax at Omaha Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bayeux day trip tool.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paris.
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Paris — 7 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 lots more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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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