12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paris
— 3 nights
Train to Dol De Bretagne, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bayeux
— 1 night
Fly to Lyon, Train to Avignon
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
5
Marseille
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
Fly

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Paris

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Orangerie, wander the streets of Le Marais, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Medellin, Colombia to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Medellin to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Medellin in April, expect Paris to be colder, temps between 18°C and 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 17th (Sat): take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Bayeux are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Avignon

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, then explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon, then make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and finally steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Avignon online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Avignon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bayeux in April, with highs in Avignon at 23°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums

Marseille

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then wander the streets of The Panier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

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You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. April in Marseille sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Nice

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu, and finally see the interesting displays at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, then steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, and then contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nice online trip builder.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

France travel guide

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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.