12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Nice
— 1 night
Fly + Tram:  3 h 15 min
2
Lyon
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Paris
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Tours
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: Sydney

1
night
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, and finally wander the streets of Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of St Paul de Vence, then take a stroll through La Croisette, and then explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Nice holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saint-Paul de Vence, Musee Picasso, La Croisette, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

2
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Place des Terreaux, admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, explore the ancient world of Amphithéâtre Gallo-Romain, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and finally examine the collection at Musée Miniature et Cinéma. On your second day here, examine the collection at Musée des Confluences, Head underground at Caves of La Balme, then steep yourself in history at Cite medievale, and finally make a trip to Le Mur Des Canuts.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip builder.

Getting from Nice to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in October, things will get a bit cooler in Lyon: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Les Grottes de La Balme, Cite medievale de Perouges
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Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

2
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay, then take a stroll through Montmartre, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Paris Plage, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, then take a stroll through Le Marais, then wander the streets of Ile Saint-Louis, and finally explore the activities along River Seine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris vacation builder.

You can take a train from Lyon to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tours.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

2
nights
Tours

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Château de Villandry, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Amboise, then steep yourself in history at Château du Clos Lucé, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Loire River. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Caves du Père Auguste - Vignerons en AOC Touraine Chenonceaux, then see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, then look for gifts at Marc Bredif Vouvray - Wine Cave, and finally do a tasting at Château Gaudrelle.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tours travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to Tours by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Tours can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rochecorbon, Amboise, Loire River, Caves du Pere Auguste, Chateau de Chenonceau
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): look for gifts at Les Arpents du Soleil, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial of Caen, then stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, and finally see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, take in the history at Omaha Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then admire the striking features of Notre Dame Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, and finally stop by Fantastic Attic.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tours to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Bayeux are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Normandy American Cemetery, Arpents du Soleil, Omaha Beach, Memorial de Caen
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

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