22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

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22 days in France Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
La Rochelle
— 2 nights
5
Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Bayeux
— 4 nights
7
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Seattle

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Nice trip planner .

Seattle, USA to Nice is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Nice is 9 hours. Traveling from Seattle in April, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois, Massif de l'Esterel
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Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel

2
nights
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer ©
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain insight at Salin d'Aigues-Mortes, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then get a taste of life in the country at Ranch de la Brouzetiere.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Nice to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Aigues-Mortes
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes ©
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes

3
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Explore hidden gems such as Vieux Sarlat and Chateau de Beynac. Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Grotte du Pech-Merle (in Cabrerets), Pont Valentre (in Cahors) and Rocamadour (Cite Religieuse & La Foret des Singes). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and take an in-depth tour of Chateau des Milandes.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 41°F in Sarlat-la-Caneda. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Rocamadour, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Chateau de Beynac, Grotte du Pech-Merle, Pont Valentre
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Vieux Sarlat
Vieux Sarlat
Pont Valentre ©
Pont Valentre

2
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, then don't miss a visit to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, and finally explore the activities along Vieux Port. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Association Hermione-La Fayette, then take some stellar pictures from Clocher Observatoire, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle vacation planning website .

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to La Rochelle by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in April, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in La Rochelle: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re, Association Hermione-La Fayette, Phare des Baleines
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Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re ©
Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re

2
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Ile de Batz, then get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and then stroll through Sentier des douaniers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles and then steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Beauport.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Perros-Guirec online trip planner .

Drive from La Rochelle to Perros-Guirec in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from La Rochelle in April: highs in Perros-Guirec hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ile de Batz, Abbaye de Beauport
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Sentier des douaniers ©
Sentier des douaniers
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles ©
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Pointe du Grouin and Memorial de Caen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bayeux trip planner .

Drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In April in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Honfleur, Pointe du Grouin, Memorial de Caen, American Cemetery & Memorial, Airborne Museum
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Louvre Museum, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Montmartre, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Paris driving holiday site .

Traveling by train from Bayeux to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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