9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 1 night
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Marseille
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Paris — 3 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.
Paris is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris road trip planner.

Newark, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in May, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 64°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Bayeux — 1 night

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 20th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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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 21st (Sat): stop by The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

To find ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille travel route tool.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Marseille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bayeux in May, with highs in Marseille at 73°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nice.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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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 to go to Agay and see Massif de l'Esterel, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Shopping
Side Trip
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.