12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: New York City
+4
Bus + Fly + Train + Foot + Train:  14 h
1
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Rouen
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
5
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  12 h 15 min
End: New York City

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Airborne Museum. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux trip planner.

New York City, USA to Bayeux is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from New York City to Bayeux, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In March in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Memorial de Caen, Airborne Museum
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen

1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Vieux, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then shop like a local with Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rouen online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Rouen, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

3
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris attractions planning website .

Getting from Rouen to Paris by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonifacio ©
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
On the 10th (Tue), head off the coast to Iles Lavezzi, then steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, and then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps).

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bonifacio road trip website .

Getting from Paris to Bonifacio by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in March: highs in Bonifacio hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
Iles Lavezzi ©
Iles Lavezzi

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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, learn about winemaking at Domaine de Toasc, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nice visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Massif de l'Esterel, Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois
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Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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