16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Lille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 3 nights
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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: Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Cannes (Vieux Port & La Croisette). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nice sightseeing planning site.

Edinburgh, UK to Nice is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in September: high temperatures in Nice hover around 28°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Avignon

— 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
On the 27th (Wed), make a trip to Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, then identify plant and animal life at Wine Safari, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Avignon trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Nice to Avignon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 16°C in Avignon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Lille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lille

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Explore Lille's surroundings by going to Calais Wine Superstore (in Calais), Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy (in Givenchy-en-Gohelle) and Le Beffroi de Bethune (in Bethune). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, hunt for treasures at La Grande Braderie de Lille, take a stroll through Vieux-Lille, and make a trip to Grande Place.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lille day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Avignon to Lille takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Avignon in September, things will get a bit cooler in Lille: highs are around 23°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Lille

Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 2nd (Mon), admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, make a trip to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, then make a trip to La Grande Rue, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, head outdoors with Avel Char, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, and finally cool off at Alligator Bay.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel route planner.

Getting from Lille to Mont-Saint-Michel by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks

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.
On the 4th (Wed), stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, then see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, and finally appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument.

Start your trip to Bayeux by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paris

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Paris sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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.