17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: Plattsburgh
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
La Rochelle
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Bayeux
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Paris
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
5
Strasbourg
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Plattsburgh

1
night
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 26th (Sun): explore the activities along Vieux Port and then stroll through Reserve Naturelle Michel Brosselin. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Association Hermione-La Fayette, don't miss a visit to Clocher Observatoire, then enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines, and finally make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Rochelle travel itinerary planner .

Plattsburgh, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Plattsburgh to La Rochelle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Plattsburgh in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in La Rochelle, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Association Hermione-La Fayette, Phare des Baleines, Clocher Observatoire, Reserve Naturelle Michel Brosselin
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Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Association Hermione-La Fayette ©
Association Hermione-La Fayette
Clocher Observatoire ©
Clocher Observatoire

2
nights
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
On the 28th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Saint-Michel. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, get to know the fascinating history of Cap Fréhel, and then don't miss a visit to Fort La Latte.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo online trip maker .

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Saint-Malo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Saint-Malo sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Plevenon, Mont Saint-Michel, Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, Pointe du Grouin
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Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin
Cap Fréhel ©
Cap Fréhel
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Airborne Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Omaha Beach and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, and see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bayeux driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Bayeux sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Airborne Museum, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Omaha Beach
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

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.
Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Popular historic sites such as Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Île de la Cité are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

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

You can take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

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

2
nights
Strasbourg

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
On the 5th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Sainte Odile, then see the interesting displays at Manufacture Royale d'Armes Blanches, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at La Volerie des aigles and then step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Strasbourg online visit planner .

Getting from Paris to Strasbourg by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. June in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Manufacture Royale d'Armes Blanches, Mont Sainte Odile, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, La Volerie des aigles
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Mont Sainte Odile ©
Mont Sainte Odile
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©

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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Vieille Ville will appeal to history buffs. Saint-Paul de Vence and La Collegiale Saint Paul are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Musee du Parfum Fragonard (in Grasse), Les Jardins du MIP (in Mouans-Sartoux) and La Croisette (in Cannes). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, explore the historical opulence of Palais Lascaris, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nice using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Strasbourg in June, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, La Croisette, Les Jardins du MIP, Musee du Parfum Fragonard
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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