12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: Aachen
Train + Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Nice
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Subway + Bus:  6 h 15 min
3
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Bayeux
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Paris
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
End: Aachen

2
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc national des Calanques and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip maker .

Aachen, Germany to Marseille is an approximately 7-hour combination of train and flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Aachen in December, you will find days in Marseille are somewhat warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palais des Papes
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Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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.
Vieille Ville and Monastère de Cimiez are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Abbaye du Thoronet and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Step out of Nice with an excursion to La Croisette in Cannes--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, head outdoors with Promenade du Paillon, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

La Croisette, Abbaye du Thoronet
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Abbaye du Thoronet ©
Abbaye du Thoronet
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Maison de Bertrand du Guesclin, admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, then get engrossed in the history at Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel, and finally don't miss a visit to Grand Degre.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in December, you will find days in Mont-Saint-Michel are little chillier (12°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Museums
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel ©

1
night
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally look for gifts at H2O Parapluies.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip planner .

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Normandy American Cemetery, H2O Parapluies
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Take a break from the city and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online road trip planner .

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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