18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France attractions planner

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Etretat
— 1 night
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Paris
— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Square Mistral & Lérins Islands). Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nice route planning app.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Nice is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Nice is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in May, with highs in Nice at 24°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Marseille

— 3 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Take a break from Bayeux with a short trip to Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Omaha Beach, make a trip to Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, and examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Bayeux travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Marseille to Bayeux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marseille in May: high temperatures in Bayeux hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, then make a trip to Pointe du Grouin du Sud, and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel day trip site.

Getting from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Etretat

— 1 night
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): kick back and relax at Plage Du Tilleul, then make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, and then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Etretat tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Etretat takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Paris

— 5 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Etretat to Paris by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.