12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h
1
Nice
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + subway + bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Rouen
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Vieille Ville. You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Palais Lascaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: St-Paul-de-Vence (Saint-Paul de Vence & La Collegiale Saint Paul) and La Croisette (in Cannes). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nice online trip maker .

San Francisco, USA to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Nice is 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, La Croisette
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

1
day
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Saint-Michel.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, Mont-Saint-Michel is slightly colder than Nice - with highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Memorial de Caen. Get some historical perspective at Remains Mulberry Harbour and Pointe du Hoc. When in Bayeux, make a side trip to see Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, and admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux driving holiday site .

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Bayeux are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, Airborne Museum, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Memorial de Caen
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue du Gros-Horloge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Saint-Sever, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Corderie Vallois.

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Getting from Bayeux to Rouen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Musee de la Corderie Vallois
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

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.
Champs-Elysees and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris visit planner.

Take a bus from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Paris sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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

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