17 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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3
Paris
— 5 nights
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Nice — 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Antibes (Chapelle Saint-Bernardin & Musee Picasso). The adventure continues: stop by Old Town, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Nice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Nice: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 26th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then walk around Place Gambetta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, then snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and finally make a trip to La Porte D'aude.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Nice in June, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder.

Fly from Carcassonne to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in June, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Jardins d'Angelique, then wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at Meshi Mushki, explore the galleries of Fondation Claude Monet, and then examine the collection at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rouen online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Rouen reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Bayeux is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and examine the collection at Musee du debarquement.

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You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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