12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Fly
1
Paris
— 2 nights
Train
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Annecy
— 1 night
Drive
3
La Croix-Valmer
— 1 night
Drive
4
Nice
— 2 nights
Fly to Nantes, Drive to Bayeux
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
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Paris

— 2 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.
Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, visit Le Marais, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paris attractions planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in June, with highs in Paris at 74°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a train to Annecy.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Annecy

— 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Annecy trip app.

Traveling by train from Paris to Annecy takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

La Croix-Valmer

— 1 night
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): do a tasting at Domaine Sainte Marie, then kick back and relax at Plage d'Aiguebelle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Jean Blanc, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Sylvabelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the water at your own pace with HPCO - Location Barques Electriques, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Marines, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Gigaro, and finally kick back and relax at Heraclee Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Croix-Valmer road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Annecy to La Croix-Valmer takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Annecy in June, expect nights in La Croix-Valmer to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Transportation

Side Trips

Nice

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll through Coco Beach, then take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice and then head off the coast to Lérins Islands.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice travel route builder tool.

Getting from La Croix-Valmer to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from La Croix-Valmer in June, expect nights in Nice to be somewhat warmer, around 66°F, while days are slightly colder, around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux day trip planning app.

Do a combination of flight and car from Nice to Bayeux in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nice in June; daily highs in Bayeux reach 69°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then make a trip to Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rouen journey builder.

You can drive from Bayeux to Rouen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rouen are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums

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.