16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Rouen
— 1 night
Drive
3
Colleville-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Fly
5
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly to Biarritz, Bus to Bilbao

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Paris

— 4 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (L'Orangerie, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Montmartre, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

Before you visit Paris, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Bilbao, Spain to Paris is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Bilbao in August, Paris is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): laugh and play at Cahem, then wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rouen trip planning tool.

You can drive from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Colleville-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Colleville-sur-Mer

— 1 night
Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.HistoryIt was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Colleville-sur-Mer trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Rouen to Colleville-sur-Mer in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Colleville-sur-Mer are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Colleville-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Colleville-sur-Mer to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Sainte-Maxime (Zipline & Plage de la Nartelle), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens). There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, stroll through Heraclee Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer).

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Raphael by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, expect Saint-Raphael to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Plage des Ondes (in Antibes), Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.