17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: Waldsassen
Drive:  8 h 45 min
1
Paris
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Etretat
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
+5
Shuttle + Train + Subway + Bus + Foot + Fly:  7 h 15 min
5
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  11 h
End: Waldsassen

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder app.

Waldsassen, Germany to Paris is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In May, daytime highs in Paris are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 6th (Wed), make a trip to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, walk around Les Jardins D'Etretat, then explore the striking landscape at The Pinnacle L'Aiguille Creuse, then take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, and finally make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Etretat road trip website.

You can drive from Paris to Etretat in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Nature
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers
Les Jardins d'Etretat ©
Les Jardins d'Etretat

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 7th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, look for gifts at Fantastic Attic, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then don't miss a visit to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip maker.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Pointe du Hoc
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 9th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Mont Saint-Michel, then don't miss a visit to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, and then don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. May in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel ©
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel

2
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
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 10th (Sun): visit The Panier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Place des Huiles, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Mont-Saint-Michel to Marseille in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
The Panier ©
The Panier

2
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and then stop by Catalan Bougie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, hike along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, let the kids burn off some steam at Total Xscape, then appreciate the history behind Monument aux Morts, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Francois de Paule.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael day trip app.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Frejus, Notre Dame d‘Afrique
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Total Xscape ©
Total Xscape
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Chapelle Saint-Francois de Paule ©
Chapelle Saint-Francois de Paule

3
nights
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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other 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. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Marineland
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Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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